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Let There Be Night
October 5th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  Eight out of 10 children born in America today will never know a night sky dark enough to see the Milky Way. In our modern world, where nights are getting brighter, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard (James Madison University) is the author of the new book “The End of […]

Edna the Engineer: Who Gets to be a Scientist?
February 9th, 2013 - (2 Comments)

brewbooks / Foter.com / CC BY-SA In 2009, fewer than 2% of physical science degrees—like physics and chemistry—went to African-Americans. Considering African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, these numbers are shockingly low. And they’re getting even lower. In the second episode of our ongoing series about STEM education, we ask: what does a […]

Finding Health Care in Appalachia
June 23rd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Access to health care is still a major challenge for many Americans, even with the recent government overhaul.  In Appalachia, access can be even more limited.  With the nearest  health specialists sometimes hundreds of miles away, many people rely on free clinics for their medical, dental, and vision needs.  Thousands travel to Wise, Virginia each year for a weekend of teeth […]

Finding Health Care in Appalachia
July 31st, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Access to health care is still a major challenge for many Americans, even with the recent government overhaul.  In Appalachia, access can be even more limited.  With the nearest  health specialists sometimes hundreds of miles away, many people rely on free clinics for their medical, dental, and vision needs.  Thousands travel to Wise, Virginia each year for a weekend of teeth […]

Brain Painting and Music of the Mind
July 24th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

You know what it’s like to have a song stuck in your head. But what if your brain was constantly making music of its own without your knowledge? “Brainwave Chick” Paras Kaul (George Mason University) has found a way to tap into the natural melodies of her mind, convert them to digital sound, and make […]

More College Women are Drinking Hard
June 12th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

The last decade has seen an increase in the rate of college women who engage in high risk drinking, especially among sorority women when they drink at fraternity parties.  Jill Russett (College of William and Mary) is studying the trend.  Also featured: Much has been written about the way our culture raises girls.  But what […]

Women at War
January 23rd, 2010 - (0 Comments)

Women journalists who covered the Vietnam War are often not given their proper due when the history of the conflict is told.  Joyce Hoffman (Old Dominion University) is the author of On Their Own:  Women Journalists in Vietnam. She shares stories of women who won esteemed prizes for their reporting and several who broke new […]

Furious Flower
January 2nd, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Poet Lucille Clifton is widely acclaimed for her powerful explorations of race, womanhood, and spirituality. This June she was honored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center (James Madison University), which brought together more than 40 teachers and scholars to examine the National Book Award-winner’s lifetime of contributions to American poetry.  Also: Hilary Holladay (Virginia Foundation […]

The Wright Brothers’ Sister
December 26th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Wilbur and Orville Wright won a place in history for unraveling the secrets of heavier-than-air flight, but their charismatic sister, Katharine Wright, deserves a lot of credit.  Cindy Wilkey (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) says the brothers, who never married, were shy and reserved and that Katharine devoted her life to running their home […]

Trickster Heroines
April 25th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

During the Vietnam War, many young Vietnamese women moved from country villages to bigger cities to become bargirls. Some later came to the United States as refugees. Mai Lan Gustafsson (Christopher Newport University) has been talking to these women for over ten years. They proudly consider themselves to be “tricksters:” smart and cynical manipulators who […]