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Special Report: ‘Living Wage’ Debate at the University

RECENT MONTHS HAVE seen a rapid series of developments — including demonstrations, a four-day sit-in, teach-ins and face-to-face meetings between student protesters and University of Virginia President John T. Casteen III — in the debate over the pay rate for the University’s lowest-paid employees. This special report is intended to provide an overview of the issues and of the differing perspectives of those involved. Full story.

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Robert Tai
Block Scheduling in High School Equals Lower Scores in College Science Classes

Block scheduling was introduced into high school curricula as a way for students to learn better, especially in the sciences. The most common type of block scheduling consists of 90-minute classes that alternate two or three days a week, as opposed to the traditional classes that run 45 to 55 minutes and are held every day. In fact, students in college science are doing worse in comparison to peers who had traditional class schedules in high school, according to Robert Tai (above), assistant professor of science education at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Full story.

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Blood Pressure Readings Lower When Patients Slow Down, U.Va. Study Finds

Nearly one-third of Americans have high blood pressure, and if left untreated, it can lead to stroke, stiffness of the heart over time and an enlarged heart. A new study from a team of University of Virginia nurses headed by Melly Turner, R.N., shows that when patients have their blood pressure taken immediately after arriving in the exam room and sitting on an examination table, systolic blood pressure can be an average of 14 points higher than when sitting in a chair with their back supported and feet flat on the floor. This can mean the difference between a clean bill of health and an inaccurate diagnosis. Full story.

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Amalia Miller
U.Va. Economist Finds that Good Things Come to Those Who Delay Motherhood

When is the “right” time to start a family? ”It’s an individual decision,” said University of Virginia economist Amalia Miller (above). “Women need to know what’s best for them, what their values are.” But women who delay motherhood by as little as one year could see greater financial gain, according to Miller’s new study, “The Effects of Motherhood Timing on Career Path.” Miller’s examination of the effects of motherhood delay on the career earnings of women in their 20s and early 30s shows that on average a woman in this age group will earn 10 percent more over her lifetime if she delays motherhood for just one year. Full story.


Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
U.Va. Unveils Schematic Design for South Lawn Project
U.Va. Leads Public Universities with Highest African-American Graduation Rate for 12th Straight Year
Web Calendar   The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts
Fri., 11 a.m., Miller Center of Public Affairs, 2201 Old Ivy Rd. • Speakers: John J. DiIulio Jr. and John M. Beridgeland, former domestic policy advisors to President George W. Bush • Information: 924-7236.

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