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Teaching to the Test: Who Isn't These Days?

By Laura Brodie Ph.D. on May 28, 2010 in Love in a Time of Homeschooling
 When standardized testing reigns supreme, who can avoid teaching to the test?

What would a bee do in today's workplace?

By Michael O'Malley Ph.D. on May 27, 2010 in The Wisdom of Bees

My talk at TEDxUIUC

By Daniel Simons on May 27, 2010 in The Gorilla Guys
Dan Simons speaks on "counter-intuition" at TEDxUIUC.

Online Safety: Educate, Not Legislate

Facebook’s recent privacy control changes have triggered a big response of concern, indignation, and pages of analysis. When people are angry, they demand solutions—often in haste and not often rationally. This has added fuel to the political fire to regulate social networking sites. It’s time to take a deep breath and realize that we need a longer view to achieve a solution that is both effective and sustainable. That solution is education, not legislation. We need to redefine media literacy to include understanding how media technologies work and how they are used, not just focus on content. We need to elevate media literacy to media citizenship. Media literacy needs to be included as a core item in our educational line-up not an after-school after-thought.

It's About Eating

By Frances Kuffel on May 27, 2010 in What Fat Women Want
It always amazes me how much cravings recede once I eat my planned, abstinent meal.  Being full is the best frontline deterrent to giving into cravings.

The Procrastination Field or Why I Finally Cleaned Out My Fridge

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on May 27, 2010 in Don't Delay
Oh, the strange things that we do when we know we don't have time to take a break (but we do). While not working, we find ourselves maintaining a readiness to work, dramatizing our commitment to work, trying to convince the world and ourselves that we are not really off task. 

AAP sputters, then retracts policy on female genital cutting

By Paul Raeburn on May 27, 2010 in About Fathers
The American Academy of Pediatrics has evidently found that compromise, when it comes to genital cutting, can be unwise.

Hidden Brain Puzzle: Caregivers Are Less Likely to Get Prison Time

By Shankar Vedantam on May 27, 2010 in The Hidden Brain
Does being a parent make you less likely to get jail time?
Why We Hate Goodbyes
The Classy Breakup
Coping With Transition
Going Solo

The day I woke up no longer young

I was no longer that woman, as evidenced by the lines, the postpartum droop, and the metabolism that stuck its lip out and refused to cooperate, or would have, if metabolisms had lips. People treated me differently, because I was different, and my self-definition was a little slow on the uptake. 

When You're in Love with a Statue

What Central Park sculptures have to say about love, hate, and memory.

Genetic Testing for Freshmen?

By Pete Shanks on May 26, 2010 in Genetic Crossroads
The University of California, Berkeley has decided to offer this year's freshmen "the opportunity to find out what they're made of -- genetically speaking -- courtesy of the College's On the Same Page program."

Not enough hours in the day? No time for friends? Read on...

How many times have you felt that there simply aren't enough hours in the day? Or perhaps, thought you really would like to spend more time with girlfriends but don't have the time?If feelings like these haunt you, you'll want to read Laura Vanderkam's inspiring new book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010). Based on interviews with happy and successful people who have mastered the art, Laura provides practical tips to manage the ample time you have so your life and your relationships are more satisfying and efficient. I was delighted to interview Laura about the book and its relevance to female friendships.
Many Faces of the Pleaser
Being The Doormat
The Good Guy Contract
Just Say No

Rigging Kids’ Brains for Happy Memories

When I was in fifth grade, I was teased ruthlessly each morning on the bus to school. I had frizzy hair I tried to style like Farrah Faucet’s and buck teeth. I was awkward and had a tendency to brown-nose. Worst of all, my bus stop was the last one, giving the mean kids ample time to plot how they would torture me. (A favorite was simply to throw berries at me.)

BP: Why can't they say they are sorry and trying to make sure it will never happen again?

By Robert I. Sutton on May 25, 2010 in Work Matters
Why BP's Cold Language and Finger-Pointing Will Hurt Them in the End

Preventive Medicine for the Rich and Famous

By Shantanu Nundy M.D. on May 25, 2010 in Beyond Apples

Two Steps Forward for America’s Health

The fine print of the 2010 Health Care Reform bill is still being analyzed. Shortcomings and limitations are being uncovered. But a new report from the Commonwealth Fund showed that there will be immense and immediate gains for young adults.

Be In Your Body

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on May 25, 2010 in Owning Pink
So here I am, after nearly two decades of living in my mind, learning to reinhabit my body.

The Attack of the Birds

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on May 25, 2010 in Mental Mishaps
I've become a character in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Birds." I don't remember auditioning for the part. I always thought the birds were my friends. But this spring, the birds have attacked. 

Earth Rx: An Amazing Solution for Pain and Stress

By Stephen T Sinatra M.D., F.A.C.C. on May 25, 2010 in Heart Health