China at 60: Myths and Realities Pt 3
China at 60: Myths and Realities Pt 3 Qingshan Tan, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at Cleveland State University Pt 3: Village Elections and Governance Village elections have been implemented throughout China for more than a decade. In spite of improvements in the election process and villagers’ increasing awareness of democratic rights, the elections are widely viewed as producing little effect on village governance. Why have villag
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Islamic microfinance gains popularity in war-torn Afghanistan
After spending several years in Iran as a refugee struggling to make a living, Shooperi Sharif never imagined that one day she would have a business of her very own. Last year, the 34-year old mother of three took out an Islamic microfinance loan to expand her business -- it was an Islamic loan as she's one of thousands of Afghans who refuse to take interest-bearing loans.
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Comprehension of emotion in neurodegenerative disorders
Recent evidence indicates that the posterior corpus callosum is smaller in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Conversely, it has been demonstrated that patients with frontal systems deficits also have degradation of the anterior corpus callosum. Although these investigations indicate possible morphological relationships between the corpus callosum and cortical structures in neurodegenerative disorders, the relationship between specific neuropsychological measure of cognitive functioning and
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Richard Marston and Jeremy Siegel: Will the Bank Plan Revive Global Markets?
With stock markets in freefall, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced on Tuesday that the government's effort to unlock credit markets would include direct investments of $250 billion in bank equities. He also warned bankers not to hoard the money, but to use it to make the loans that lubricate the nation's economy. In separate interviews, Wharton finance professors Richard Marston and Jeremy Siegel tell Knowledge@Wharton that while the investment is not without risk, it appears to be
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27 Sep 2010: Energy Market Consequences of an Emerging U.S. Carbon Management Policy
Emerging energy and climate policies in the United States are accelerating the pace of technological changes and prompting calls for alternative energy and stricter energy efficiency measures. These trends raise questions about the future demand for fossil fuels, such that some energy-producing nations are reluctant to invest heavily in the expansion of production capacity. The abundance of shale gas resources in North America could allow the United States to utilize more gas in its energy mix a
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FLJS and Aspen Institute Lecture: Detention without Trial in Wartime Britain
Delivered by Prof. AWB Simpson at the Aspen Institute on 7 Jul 08, it gives an account of the response of the courts to detention without trial during WWII. It serves to open a two-day seminar entitled 'In Times of Crisis Can We Trust the Courts?'. The lecture argues that the courts largely abandoned any role in protecting civil liberty, on the ground that, under the emergency legislation of the time, this was not their responsibility. It goes on to explain how the ratification of the European C
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Illinois State's Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline
The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline (CTEP), now in its 10th year, builds partnerships between Illinois State University and the schools and community-based organizations in the respective neighborhoods. Benefiting from CTEP's many partnerships, preservice students live and work in these areas and gain deep understanding of how to use the community's assets. They then incorporate their new knowledge and perspectives into their teaching practices. More information at: http://TeacherPipeline.Il
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Aihwa Ong: the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture "Where the Wild Genes Are."
Aihwa Ong presents the Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture "Where the Wild Genes Are." In 1998, the Human Genome Project sought to represent humanity in general. In contrast, a few years earlier, NIH promoted the study of race in the human genome. This talk discusses the impact of the two events on genomic science in Biopolis, a biomedical hub in Singapore. Professor Ong examines Asian scientists' claims "This is where the variants are," and why their DNA map is "more valuable" than genetic databases
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1 Meet your first active galactic nuclei

Figure 1 compares two nearby spiral galaxies of similar distance and type. NGC 5548, on the left, has a brighter nucleus than that of NGC 3277, on the right. This extra emission from the central regions of NGC 5548 is not generated by stars. Instead this light is thought to be ultimately powered by material falling
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Une approche pro-pédagogique du diagnostic cognitif dans les STI: conception, formalisation, et imp
In an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS), issues related to the design and the implementation of the cognitive diagnosis (DC) of learner's behavior is addressed intuitively according to the specific goals of this STI. From a purely operational viewpoint, this approach is not really bad since the STIs arising from it, "work". However, when it comes to give to DC a pedagogical dimension in the human tutors, a look into perspective on more fundamental considerations promotes reflection in this direc
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An Interactive Virtual Global Cultural Course: Building a Real Time Cost Effective Global Collaborat
A virtual collaborative environment was created at East Carolina University, using videoconference technology via regular internet to bring students from 18 different countries, 2 at a time, to the same classroom in real time to learn about each other’s culture. Students from two countries are partnered one on one,, they meet for 4-5 weeks, and submit a joint paper. Then the same process is repeated for two other countries. Lectures and student discussions are managed with pre-determined topics
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The defining characteristics of intelligent tutoring systems research: ITSs care, precisely
his paper argues that, despite the changes in philosophies and techniques that have occurred since ITS research began, there are continuous threads running through this research which define its essential and distinctive nature. In particular, ITSs are computer-based learning systems which attempt to adapt to the needs of learners and are therefore the only such systems which attempt to 'care' about learners in that sense. Also, ITS research is the only part of the general IT and education fie
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Cognitive factors related to user involvement with computers and their effects upon learning from an
Cognitive theories proposed to explain the high motivation to use, and deep involvement with computers, often found in schoolchildren suggest three main factors. They are: desire in the user to control the computer; the user responds to a perceived challenge from the computer; and the user wishes to explore the complexity of the computer software. The paper describes an experiment using a specifically developed piece of software to investigate these factors and to assess their effects on involve
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Knowledge based tool for modeling dynamic systems in education
Dynamic systems are often used in education: in physics, chemistry, biology, history, etc. This paper describes a programming tool for modelling dynamic systems which can assist the teaching and training process. The tool aims at supporting the creation of computer models which can be used for educational games and simulations. The tool is built using the logic programming language Prolog.
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Using computers to learn logic: undergraduates' experiences
Learning formal logic can be difficult for many students. This paper describes some ongoing research into a computer program designed to help computer science undergraduates learn the natural deduction style of formal reasoning. Data collection methods included observation and videotaping of workshops, interviews, written tests, surveys, and logging of program usage. The paper focuses on students' experiences using the program to assist proof construction. It was found that videotaping students
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An Introduction to the Simple Role of Numbers in Social Science Research
Social science is facing increasing demands for research involving 'quantitative' approaches. Among these are the need, expressed by policy-makers, for practical evidence about what works, and the demand, exemplified by the new ESRC guidelines for research training, that all researchers learn something about techniques of analysis involving numbers. At the same time, however, traditional 'quantitative' approaches are facing a major upheaval caused by growing criticism of null hypothesis signific
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Mind Over Matter
This Web site from the National Institute on Drug Abuse focuses on the brain's response to drugs. Students navigate through a series of colorful and informative pages that describe certain regions of the brain and how the chemicals in drugs like marijuana, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, opiates, and steroids can harm them. To aid teachers with the brain anatomy and function, a helpful teacher's guide accompanies the site, as well as more detailed information on the drug effects.
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Kids Genetics
Drug company GlaxoSmithKline offers this online genetics tutorial designed for kids. The tutorial presents lessons on DNA, genes, heredity, genetic susceptibility to disease, and the role of genetic markers in predetermining risk of disease and medicinal response. Each subject page includes a description of the topic, plus loads of interactive educational games and activities. The educational games are especially well done, although the cartoon-style presentation, which is intended for younger s
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Computational Lab - Cristian Coarfa
Expression profiles of osteosarcoma that can predict response to chemotherapy. Lab for the Computer-Aided Discovery Methods course taught at Baylor College of Medicine.
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Soil Erosion
This site provides a collection of audio, visual, and informational resources about soil erosion. Animations and MPG movies cover topics including the migration of African dust across the Atlantic, bank erosion, rain splash erosion, dune sand saltation, and the physical and cultural effects of erosion in Haiti. The site also features audio and visual files about the Dust Bowl during the 1930's as well as links to galleries of soil erosion images.
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