Current Demographic Research Report #121, February 13, 2006.

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Index to this issue:

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

U.S.

Census Bureau: Census 2000 Special Report, Facts for Features

_Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_ Article: "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diagnoses of HIV/AIDS --- 33 States, 2001--2004"

National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Deaths: Injuries, 2002"

Department of State, Office of the U.S. Global Aids Coordinator Report: "Action Today, A Foundation for Tomorrow: The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Second Annual Report to Congress"

National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "US R&D Continues to Rebound in 2004"

Government Accountability Office Report: "Breastfeeding: Some Strategies Used to Market Infant Formula May Discourage Breastfeeding: State Contracts Should Better Protect Against Misuse of WIC Name"

Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2002"

Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Reports

Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau Report: "The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2005"

Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: "Annual Flu Shot Rates among Persons 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Non-institutionalized Population, 2003"

National Research Council Monograph: _Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum_

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US States:

Idaho:

Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor Report: "Hispanic Buying Power in Idaho"

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Maryland:

Maryland State Data Center Report: "Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) 1983-2004: US and Maryland"

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Australia:

Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports, Information Paper

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Canada:

Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada _The Daily_ Article: "Study: Accessing first-contact health services"

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Cyprus:

Statistical Service Report: "Labor Statistics 2004"

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Finland:

Statistics Finland Monograph: _Men and Women in Finland: 2005_ (2006).

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Iceland:

Statististics Iceland News Release: "Migration 2005"

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Macao:

Direccao dos Servicos de Estatistica e Censos: "Monthly Bulletin of Statistics"

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: Web Magazine Articles, Press Release

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand Hot Off the Press: "National Population Estimates (December 2005 quarter)"

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Households' payments in kindergartens. Rates of change, January 2006: Large drop in kindergarten fees"

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia: "Detailed Data on Births"

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Taiwan:

Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C (Taiwan) Reports

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Turkey:

Turkish Statistical Institution (TURKSTAT): "Institutional Population Personal Expenditure Survey Results, 2005"

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UK:

Office of National Statistics News Releases

HM Revenue and Customs: "Child Benefit Quarterly Statistics: November 2005"

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

_Demographic Research_ Article: "Found in translation? A cohort perspective on tempo-adjusted life expectancy"

Population Action International Research Commentary: "Family Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Reducing Risks in the Era of AIDS"

Kaiser Family Foundation Factsheet: "African Americans and HIV/AIDS"

College Board Report: "Advanced Placement Report to the Nation"

American Cancer Society Report: "Cancer Facts & Figures 2006"***

Milbank Memorial Fund 2005 Robert H. Ebert Memorial Lecture: "Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: The Perpetual Challenge"

Springer Monograph: _Population Change and Rural Society_

Washington University at St. Louis News Release: "New analysis shows three human migrations out of Africa: Replacement theory 'demolished'

_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Article Abstracts***

_New England Journal of Medicine_ Perspective Article: "Facing the Diabetes Epidemic -- Mandatory Reporting of Glycosylated Hemoglobin Values in New York City"

_British Medical Journal_ Various

_Lancet_ Essay Focus: "Stigma"

Info for Health Pop. Reporter

WORKING PAPERS

University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology
Princeton University Office of Population Research
National Bureau of Economic Research
Levy Economics Institute (Bard College)
Population Council
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
World Bank
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

TABLES OF CONTENTS

Other Journals

CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Center for Education Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics

Association of Survey Computing

Socio-Economic Panel User Call for Papers

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES/FELLOWSHIPS

National Institutes of Health

Princeton University Office of Population Research: National Institutes of Health Fellowship

DATA

National Longitudinal Survey
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

Kaiser Family Foundation: "StateHealthFacts.org" Update
_Reading History Sideways_ Debate

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US

1. Census Bureau: Census Special Report, Facts for Features:

A. "We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States," by Stella U. Ogunwole (Census 2000 Special Report CENSR-28, February 2006, .pdf format, 21p.).

http://www.census.gov/prod/2006pubs/censr-28.pdf

B. "Valentine's Day: February 14 (CB06-FF.02-2, Feb. 7, 2006, HMTL and .pdf format, 5p.).

HTML:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/006116.html

.pdf:

http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2006/cb06ff02-2.pdf

2. _Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report_ Article: "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Diagnoses of HIV/AIDS --- 33 States, 2001--2004," (Vol. 55, No. 5, February 10, 2006, .pdf and HTML format, p. 121-125).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5505a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5505.pdf

3. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Deaths: Injuries, 2002," by Arialdi M. Minino, Robert N. Anderson, Lois A. Fingerhut, Manon A. Boudreault, and Margaret Warner (National Vital Statistics Reports Vol. 54, No. 10, January 2006, .pdf format, 128p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_10.pdf

4. Department of State, Office of the U.S. Global Aids Coordinator Report: "Action Today, A Foundation for Tomorrow: The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Second Annual Report to Congress" (February 2006, .pdf format, 160p.).

http://www.state.gov/s/gac/

5. National Science Foundation InfoBrief: "US R&D Continues to Rebound in 2004" (NSF 06-306, January 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf06306/

6. Government Accountability Office Report: "Breastfeeding: Some Strategies Used to Market Infant Formula May Discourage Breastfeeding: State Contracts Should Better Protect Against Misuse of WIC Name: (GAO-06-282, February 2006, .pdf format, 30p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06282.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports are always available at:

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/gaoreports/index.html

7. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Felony Defendants in Large Urban Counties, 2002," by Thomas H. Cohen and Brian A. Reaves (NCJ 210818, February 2006, .pdf, ASCII text, and Excel format, 46p.).

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/fdluc02.htm

8. US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report:

A. "Retired Admissions, 2003," (Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS), February 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k6/retiredTX/retiredTX.cfm

B. "Youth Violence and Illicit Drug Use," (National Survey on Drug Use& Health (NSDUH), February 2006, .pdf and HTML format, 4p.).

http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k6/youthViolence/youthViolence.cfm

9. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau Report: "The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2005" (2006, HTML and .pdf format, 100p.).

http://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/thechild/index.htm

Click on "Print It!" at the top right of the page for link to .pdf full text.

10. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief: " Annual Flu Shot Rates among Persons 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Non-institutionalized Population, 2003," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief #114, February 2006, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/PrintProducts/PrintProd_Detail.asp?ID=729

11. National Research Council Monograph: _Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum_ (Committee on the Support for the Thinking Spatially: The Incorporation of Geographic Information Science Across the K-12 Curriculum, Committee on Geography, National Research Council, National Academies Press, 2006, OpenBook format, 332p.). Pricing information for a print or .pdf version is available at the site.

http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11019.html

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US States:

Idaho:

Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor Report: "Hispanic Buying Power in Idaho" (January 2006, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://lmi.idaho.gov/admin/uploadedPublications/3910_Idaho_Hispanic_Buying_Power.pdf

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Maryland:

Maryland State Data Center Report: "Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR) 1983-2004: US and Maryland" (February 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.mdp.state.md.us/msdc/dw_cffr04.htm

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Australia:

Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports, Information Paper

A. "South Australia at a Glance, 2006" (February 2006, .pdf format, 8p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/1306.42006?OpenDocument

B. "How Australia Takes a Census, 2006" (February 2006, .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/2903.02006?OpenDocument

C. "Improved Methods for Estimating Net Overseas Migration, 2006," by Dennis Trewin (Information paper, February 2006, .pdf format, 38p.).

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/3107.0.55.0032006?OpenDocument

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Canada:

-Statistics Canada/Statistique Canada _The Daily_ Article: "Study: Accessing first-contact health services" (Feb. 13, 2006).

http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/060213/d060213a.htm

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Cyprus:

Statistical Service Report: "Labor Statistics 2004" (February 2006, .pdf format, 286p.).

http://www.mof.gov.cy/mof/cystat/statistics.nsf/publications_en/publications_en?OpenDocument

Scroll to of "find in page" "LABOUR STATISTICS 2004" (without the quotes). Then click on "EL/EN" for link to full text.

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Finland:

Statistics Finland Monograph: _Men and Women in Finland: 2005_ (2006). Note: this monograph is in print format only at present. Ordering information is available at the site.

http://www.stat.fi/ajk/poimintoja/2006-02-10_naisetmiehet_en.html

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Iceland:

Statististics Iceland News Release: "Migration 2005" (No 10/2006, Feb. 8, 2006). The news release links to several interactive tables (1986-2005) on the topic.

http://www.statice.is/?PageID=444&NewsID=1632

Click on "Statistics" at the bottom of the news release for link to tables.

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Macao:

Direccao dos Servicos de Estatistica e Censos: "Monthly Bulletin of Statistics" (January 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 77p.).

http://www.dsec.gov.mo/e_index.asp?src=/english/pub/e_bme_pub.html

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands: Web Magazine Articles, Press Release:

A. "Most municipalities have more than one residential nucleus," by Niek van Leeuwen (Web Magazine, Feb. 7, 2006).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/milieu-natuur-ruimte/ruimte/publicaties/artikelen/2006-1878-wm.htm

B. "More women active on the labour market," by Diana Janjetovic and Alan Sebo (Web Magazine, Feb. 7, 2006).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-inkomen-sociale-zekerheid/arbeidsmarkt/publicaties/artikelen/2006-1879-wm.htm

C. "Higher income makes city dwellers quick to leave," by Jan Latten and Bas Hamers (Web Magazine, Feb. 7, 2006).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/arbeid-inkomen-sociale-zekerheid/inkomen-bestedingen-vermogen/publicaties/artikelen/2006-1876-wm.htm

D. "Population growth at historic low" (Press Release, Feb. 10, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 3p.). Note: link to .pdf version, with tables, is at the bottom of the press release.

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/dossiers/allochtonen/publicaties/persberichten/2006-013-pb.htm

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New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand Hot Off the Press: "National Population Estimates (December 2005 quarter)" (Feb. 7, 2006, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www2.stats.govt.nz/domino/external/pasfull/pasfull.nsf/web/Hot+Off+The+Press+National+Population+Estimates+December+2005+quarter?open

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Norway:

Statistics Norway News Release: "Households' payments in kindergartens. Rates of change, January 2006: Large drop in kindergarten fees"

http://www.ssb.no/en/barnegenend/main.html

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Slovenia:

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia: "Detailed Data on Births." Detailed data on births up to 2004 has been released in the SI-Stat database.

http://www.stat.si/eng/novice_poglej.asp?ID=933

Click on "Population," then "Births".

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Taiwan:

Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C (Taiwan) Reports:

A. "Healthcare Expenditure Stats" (February 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 37p.). Note: cancel any request to download a Chinese language character set. This report is in English.

http://www.doh.gov.tw/EN/Webpage/content.aspx?class_no=0&now_fod_list_no=7624&array_fod_list_no=0&level_no=2&doc_no=43474&show=show

B. "Comparative analysis of international health statistics" (February 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Word format, 34p.). Note: cancel any request to download a Chinese language character set. This report is in English.

http://www.doh.gov.tw/EN/Webpage/content.aspx?class_no=0&now_fod_list_no=7624&array_fod_list_no=0&level_no=2&doc_no=43662&show=show

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Turkey:

Turkish Statistical Institution (TURKSTAT): "Institutional Population Personal Expenditure Survey Results, 2005" (2006, Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.die.gov.tr/english/SONIST/kurumsal/k_250106.xls

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UK:

1. Office of National Statistics News Releases:

A. "ONS publishes a health check for the UK" (Feb. 9, 2006, .pdf format, 4p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/health0206.pdf

B. "Third successive annual increase in marriages" (Feb. 7, 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/marriages0206.pdf

2. HM Revenue and Customs: "Child Benefit Quarterly Statistics: November 2005" (February 2006, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 10p.).

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/child_benefit/quarterly.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

_Demographic Research_ Article: "Found in translation? A cohort perspective on tempo-adjusted life expectancy," by Joshua R. Goldstein (Vol. 14, Article 5, February 2006, p. 71-84).

http://www.demographic-research.org/Volumes/Vol14/5/default.htm
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Population Action International Research Commentary: "Family Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: Reducing Risks in the Era of AIDS," by Richard P. Cincotta and Sarah Haddock (Vol. 1, Issue 2, February 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.populationaction.org/resources/researchCommentaries/index.htm

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Kaiser Family Foundation Factsheet: "African Americans and HIV/AIDS" (February 2006, .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.kff.org/hivaids/6089.cfm

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College Board Report: "Advanced Placement Report to the Nation" (February 2006, .pdf format, 88p.). The report is linked to from a College Board press release: "Increase in Advanced Placement Student Success Achieved in All 50 States" (Feb. 7, 2006).

http://www.collegeboard.com/press/article/0,,50291,00.html

More information on College Board:

http://www.collegeboard.com/about/index.html

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American Cancer Society Report: "Cancer Facts & Figures 2006" (February 2006, .pdf format, 52p.). The report is linked to from an ACS news article: "Society Report Describes Historic Drop in Cancer Deaths" (Feb. 9, 2006).

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_Society_Report_Describes_Historic_Drop_in_Cancer_Deaths.asp

Click on title at the bottom of the first paragraph of the news article for link to full text.

More information on ACS:

http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp?level=0

***Related article: "Why U.S. reached a cancer tipping point first," by Andre Picard (_Globe and Mail_ [Toronto, Ontario, Canada], Feb. 9, 2006).
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060210.wxhcancer10/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home

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Milbank Memorial Fund 2005 Robert H. Ebert Memorial Lecture: "Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases: The Perpetual Challenge," by Anthony S. Fauci (January 2006, HTML and .pdf format, 19p.).

http://www.milbank.org/reports/0601fauci/0601fauci.html

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Springer Monograph: _Population Change and Rural Society_, edited by William A. Kandel and David L. Brown (The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, Vol. 16, 2006, 467p., ISBN 1-4020-3911-5). For more information see:

http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,4-0-22-72683958-0,00.html

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Washington University at St. Louis News Release: "New analysis shows three human migrations out of Africa: Replacement theory 'demolished'," by Tony Fitzpatrick (Feb. 2, 2006).

http://news-info.wustl.edu/tips/page/normal/6349.html

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_Journal of the American Medical Association_ Article Abstracts:

A. "Low-Fat Dietary Pattern and Risk of Invasive Breast Cancer: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial," by Ross L. Prentice, et. al. (Vol. 295, No. 6, Feb. 8, 2006, p. 629-642).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/6/629

B. "Low-Fat Dietary Pattern and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial," by Shirley A.A. Beresford, et. al. (Vol. 295, No. 6, Feb. 8, 2006, p. 643-654).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/6/643

C. "Low-Fat Dietary Pattern and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: The Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial," by Barbara V. Howard, et. al. (Vol. 295, No. 6, Feb. 8, 2006, p. 655-666).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/295/6/655

***Related article: "Study: Less Fat May Not Lower Cancer Risk," by Lindsey Tanner (Associated Press via _San Francisco [California] Chronicle_, Feb. 7, 2006).
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/02/07/national/a155559S22.DTL

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_New England Journal of Medicine_ Perspective Article: "Facing the Diabetes Epidemic -- Mandatory Reporting of Glycosylated Hemoglobin Values in New York City," by Robert Steinbrook (Vol. 354, No. 6, Feb. 9, 2006, HTML and .pdf format, p. 545-548). Note: This article is freely available to the public.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/6/545

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_British Medical Journal_ Various

A. "The tobacco industry in developing countries," by Stanton A Glantz (editorial extract, Vol. 322, No. 7537, Feb. 11, 2006, p. 313-314).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7537/313

B. "US primary care is on verge of collapse, says doctors' body," by Janice Hopkins Tanne (news extract, Vol. 322, No. 7537, Feb. 11, 2006, p. 320).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7537/320-b

C. "UK defies US by funding abortion programmes," by Lynn Eaton (news roundup extract, Vol. 322, No. 7537, Feb. 11, 2006, p. 322).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/extract/332/7537/322

D. "Trends in sexually transmitted infections in general practice 1990-2000: population based study using data from the UK general practice research database," by Jackie A Cassell, Catherine H Mercer, Lorna Sutcliffe, Irene Petersen, Amir Islam, M Gary Brook, Jonathan D Ross, George R Kinghorn, Ian Simms, Gwenda Hughes, Azeem Majeed, Judith M Stephenson, Anne M Johnson, and Andrew C Hayward (article abstract, Vol. 322, No. 7537, Feb. 11, 2006, p. 332-334).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/332/7537/332

E. "Timing of mortality among internally displaced persons due to the tsunami in Sri Lanka: cross sectional household survey," by Nobuyuki Nishikiori, Tomoko Abe, Dehiwala G M Costa, Samath D Dharmaratne, Osamu Kunii, and Kazuhiko Moji (article abstract, Vol. 322, No. 7537, Feb. 11, 2006, p. 334-335).

http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/332/7537/334

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_Lancet_ Essay Focus: "Stigma". _Lancet_ (Vol. 367, No. 9509, Feb. 11, 2006), contains several essay articles on "stigma". They are: "Stigma and global health: developing a research agenda," by Gerald T. Keusch, Joan Wilentz and Arthur Kleinman (p. 525-527); "Stigma and its public health implications," by Bruce G. Link and Jo C. Phelan (p. 528-529); "Stigma and the law," by Scott Burris (p. 529-531); "Stigma, race, and disease in 20th century America," by Keith Wailoo (p. 531-533); and "The many stigmas of mental illness," by Kay Redfield Jamison (p. 533-534). All are available in HTML and .pdf format. These articles are freely available to the public, after required registration.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/section?volume=367&issue=9509&section=Essay+Focus

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Info for Health Pop. Reporter: Info for Health Pop. Reporter: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs Compendium: Info for Health Pop. Reporter (vol. 6, no. 6, Feb. 13, 2006). "The Johns Hopkins University Population Information Program delivers the reproductive health and family planning news you need. Each week our research staff prepares an electronic magazine loaded with links to key news stories, reports, and related developments around the globe."

http://www.infoforhealth.org/popreporter/

Note: January 2004 - present Pop. Reporter is available via CD-ROM. Contact Ghazaleh Samandari at gsamanda@jhuccp.org with your request and complete mailing address.

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WORKING PAPERS:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Demography and Ecology: "Public Use Samples of 1910 and 1920 Puerto Rico Censuses," by Kristen Velyvis, Theresa Thompson-Colon, and Halliman Winsborough (WP-2006-01, Feb. 2006, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

This paper describes new public use samples made from the first and second U.S. Censuses of Puerto Rico. We made these digital files by sampling and transcribing information from archival microfilms of the original schedules. Textual information was transcribed verbatim. Procedures and coding conform to the IPUMS standard for census samples. Versions of the files are currently available from IPUMS and ICPSR.

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2006-01.pdf

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Princeton University Office of Population Research: "Predicting Mortality from Standard and Nontraditional Biomarkers," by Noreen Goldman, Cassio M. Turra, Dana A. Glei, Christopher L. Seplaki, Yu-Hsuan Lin, and Maxine Weinstein (2006-01, 2006, .pdf format, 18 p.).

Abstract:

Background: Few studies focus on "preclinical" warning signs associated with mortality. In this paper, we investigate associations between all-cause mortality and two clusters of biological risk factors: 1) standard clinical measures related to cardiovascular disease and metabolic function; and 2) nontraditional measures pertaining to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity, sympathetic nervous system activity and inflammatory response.

Methods: Data come from the 2000 Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study, a national sample of Taiwanese ages 54 and older: 1497 persons were interviewed in their homes and 1023 participated in a hospital examination. The analysis is based on 927 respondents with complete information. Logistic regression models describe the association between biomarkers and the three-year probability of dying.

Results: Although both groups of biomarkers are significantly associated with mortality, a model with nontraditional biomarkers has better explanatory and discriminatory power than one with clinical measures. The association between the nontraditional measures and mortality remains strong after adjustment for the clinical markers, suggesting that the physiological effects of the nontraditional biomarkers are broader than those captured by the cardiovascular and metabolic system measures included here.

Conclusions: Nontraditional markers are likely to provide early warning signs of deteriorating health and function beyond what can be learned from conventional markers. Our findings are consistent with recent studies that 1) demonstrate the importance of neuroendocrine and immune system markers for survival, and 2) indicate that standard clinical variables are less predictive of mortality in older than in younger populations.

http://opr.princeton.edu/papers/opr0601.pdf
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National Bureau of Economic Research:

A. "Ugly Criminals," by Naci Mocan, Erdal Tekin (Working Paper No. w12019, February 2006, .pdf format, 50p.).

Abstract:

Using data from three waves of Add Health we find that being very attractive reduces a young adult's (ages 18-26) propensity for criminal activity and being unattractive increases it for a number of crimes, ranging from burglary to selling drugs. A variety of tests demonstrate that this result is not because beauty is acting as a proxy for socio-economic status. Being very attractive is also positively associated adult vocabulary test scores, which suggests the possibility that beauty may have an impact on human capital formation. We demonstrate that, especially for females, holding constant current beauty, high school beauty (pre-labor market beauty) has a separate impact on crime, and that high school beauty is correlated with variables that gauge various aspects of high school experience, such as GPA, suspension or having being expelled from school, and problems with teachers. These results suggest two handicaps faced by unattractive individuals. First, a labor market penalty provides a direct incentive for unattractive individuals toward criminal activity. Second, the level of beauty in high school has an effect on criminal propensity 7-8 years later, which seems to be due to the impact of the level of beauty in high school on human capital formation, although this second avenue seems to be effective for females only.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12019

B. "Is Spanish-Only Schooling Responsible for the Puerto Rican Language Gap?" by Joshua Angrist, Aimee Chin, and Ricardo Godoy (Working Paper No. w12005, February 2006, .pdf format, 24p.).

Abstract:

Between 1898 and 1948, English was the language of instruction for most post-primary grades in Puerto Rican public schools. Since 1949, the language of instruction in all grades has been Spanish. We use this policy change to estimate the effect of English-intensive instruction on the English-language skills of Puerto Ricans. Although naive estimates suggest that English instruction increased English-speaking ability among Puerto Rican natives, estimates that allow for education-specific cohort trends show no effect. This result is surprising in light of the strong presumption by American policymakers at the time that instruction in English was the best way to raise English proficiency. This has implications for medium of instruction policy in former colonies as well as U.S. education policy toward immigrant children.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12005

C. "Trends in Intergenerational Income Mobility," by Chul-In Lee and Gary Solon (Working Paper No. w12007, February 2006, .pdf format, 26p.).

Abstract:

Previous studies of recent U.S. trends in intergenerational income mobility have produced widely varying results, partly because of large sampling errors. By making more efficient use of the available information in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, we generate more reliable estimates of the recent time-series variation in intergenerational mobility. Our results, which pertain to the cohorts born between 1952 and 1975, do not reveal major changes in intergenerational mobility.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12007

D. "The Roles of High School Completion and GED Receipt in Smoking and Obesity," by Donald S. Kenkel, Dean R. Lillard, and Alan D. Mathios (Working Paper No. w11990, February 2006, .pdf format, 45p.).

Abstract:

We analyze data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 to explore the relationships between high school completion and the two leading preventable causes of death - smoking and obesity. We focus on three issues that have received a great deal of attention in research on the pecuniary returns to schooling. First, we investigate whether GED recipients differ from other high school graduates in their smoking and obesity behaviors. Second, we explore the extent to which the relationships between schooling and these health-related behaviors are sensitive to controlling for family background measures and cognitive ability. Third, we estimate instrumental variables (IV) models of the impact of schooling on smoking and obesity. Although our IV estimates are imprecise, both the OLS and IV results tend to suggest that the returns to high school completion include a reduction in smoking. We find little evidence that high school completion is associated with a lower probability of being overweight or obese for either men or women. The results also suggest that the health returns to GED receipt are much smaller than the returns to high school completion.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11990

E. "Measurement Error, Legalized Abortion, and the Decline in Crime: A Response to Foote and Goetz (2005)," by John J. Donohue and Steven D. Levitt (Working Paper No. w11987, February 2006, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

Donohue and Levitt (2001) argue that the legalization of abortion in the United States in the 1970s played an important role in explaining the observed decline in crime approximately two decades later. Foote and Goetz (2005) challenge the results presented in one of the tables in that original paper. In this reply, we regretfully acknowledge the omission of state-year interactions in the published version of that table, but show that their inclusion does not alter the qualitative results (or their statistical significance), although it does reduce the magnitude of the estimates. When one uses a more carefully constructed measure of abortion (e.g. one that takes into account cross-state mobility, or doing a better job of matching dates of birth to abortion exposure), however, the evidence in support of the abortion-crime hypothesis is as strong or stronger than suggested in our original work.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11987

F. "Uses and Abuses of Empirical Evidence in the Death Penalty Debate," by John J. Donohue III and Justin Wolfers (Working Paper No. w11982, February 2006, .pdf format, 46p.).

Abstract:

Does the death penalty save lives? A surge of recent interest in this question has yielded a series of papers purporting to show robust and precise estimates of a substantial deterrent effect of capital punishment. We assess the various approaches that have been used in this literature, testing the robustness of these inferences. Specifically, we start by assessing the time series evidence, comparing the history of executions and homicides in the United States and Canada, and within the United States, between executing and non-executing states. We analyze the effects of the judicial experiments provided by the Furman and Gregg decisions and assess the relationship between execution and homicide rates in state panel data since 1934. We then revisit the existing instrumental variables approaches and assess two recent state-specific execution morartoria. In each case we find that previous inferences of large deterrent effects based upon specific examples, functional forms, control variables, comparison groups, or IV strategies are extremely fragile and even small changes in the specifications yield dramatically different results. The fundamental difficulty is that the death penalty -- at least as it has been implemented in the United States -- is applied so rarely that the number of homicides that it can plausibly have caused or deterred cannot be reliably disentangled from the large year-to-year changes in the homicide rate caused by other factors. As such, short samples and particular specifications may yield large but spurious correlations. We conclude that existing estimates appear to reflect a small and unrepresentative sample of the estimates that arise from alternative approaches. Sampling from the broader universe of plausible approaches suggests not just "reasonable doubt" about whether there is any deterrent effect of the death penalty, but profound uncertainty -- even about its sign.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W11982

G. "Bias Corrected Estimates of GED Returns," by by James J. Heckman and Paul LaFontaine (Working Paper No. w12018, February 2006, .pdf format, 28p.).

Abstract:

Using three sources of data, this paper examines the direct economic return to GED certification for both native and immigrant high school dropouts. One data source - the CPS - is plagued by non-response and allocation bias from the hot-deck procedure that biases upward the estimated return to the GED. Correcting for allocation bias and ability bias, there is no direct economic return to GED certification. An apparent return to GED certification with age found in the raw CPS data is due to dropouts becoming more skilled over time. These results apply to native born as well as immigrant populations.

http://papers.nber.org/papers/W12018

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Levy Economics Institute (Bard College) [Annandale-on-Hudson, NY]:

A. "Parental Child Care in Single Parent, Cohabiting, and Married Couple Families: Time Diary Evidence from the United States and the United Kingdom," by Charlene M. Kalinkoski, David C. Ribar, Leslie S. Stratton (Working Paper No. 440, February 2006, .pdf format, 32p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full-text are at:

http://www.levy.org/default.asp?view=publications_view&pubID=1094651a81f

B. "Where Do They Find the Time?: An Analysis of How Parents Shift and Squeeze Their Time around Work and Child Care," by Lyn Craig (Working Paper No. 439, February 2006, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full-text are at:

http://www.levy.org/default.asp?view=publications_view&pubID=10931749bf5

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Population Council:

A. "Policy lessons of the East Asian demographic transition," by Geoffrey McNicoll (Policy Research Division Working Paper no. 210, 2006, .pdf format, 26p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full-text are at:

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/wp/prd/210.html

B. "The implications of changing educational and family circumstances for children's grade progression in rural Pakistan: 1997-2004," by Cynthia B. Lloyd, Cem Mete, and Monica J. Grant (Policy Research Division Working Paper no. 209, 2006, .pdf format, 29p.). Note: Links to an abstract and full-text are at:

http://www.popcouncil.org/publications/wp/prd/209.html

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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: "Gender And HIV/AIDS in the Asia And Pacific Region" (Discussion Paper 18, December 2005, .pdf format, 22p.).

http://www.unescap.org/esid/GAD/Publication/DiscussionPapers/18/DiscussionPaper18.pdf

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Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development: "Projecting OECD health and long-term care expenditures: what are the main drivers?" (Economic Department Working Paper No. 477, February 2006, .pdf format, 81p.).

Abstract:

This paper proposes a comprehensive framework for projecting public heath and long-term care expenditures. Notably, it considers the impact of demographic and non-demographic effects for both health and long-term care. Compared with other studies, the paper extends the demographic drivers by incorporating death-related costs and the health status of the population. Concerning non-demographic drivers of health care, the projection method accounts for income elasticity and a residual effect of technology and relative prices. For long-term care, the effects of increased labour participation, reducing informal care, and wage inflation are taken into account. Using this integrated approach, public health and long-term care expenditure are projected for all OECD countries for the years 2025 and 2050. Alternative scenarios are simulated, in particular a 'cost-pressure' and 'cost-containment' scenario, together with sensitivity analysis. Depending on the scenarios, the total health and long-term care spending is projected to increase on average across OECD countries in the range of 3.5 to 6 percentage points of GDP for the period 2005-2050.

http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/57/7/36085940.pdf

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World Bank: "Who gets AIDS and how ? The determinants of HIV infection and sexual behaviors in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania," by Damien de Walque (WPS3844, February 2006, .pdf and ASCII text format, 51p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text are at:

http://econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&piPK=64165421&theSitePK=469382&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000016406_20060203104911

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany]: IZA has recently released several new working papers. Links to abstracts and full text can be found at:

http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/papers?year=2006

Papers recently released are numbered 1970-1979.

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Other Journals:

AIDS (Vol. 20, No. 4, Feb. 28, 2006).

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200602280-00000.htm

European Journal of Public Health (Vols. 15, No, 6, December 2005, Vol. 16, No. 1, February 2006). Note: Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library and the EBSCO Host Academic Search Elite database. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/archive/

Population Research and Policy Review (Vol. 24, No. 6, December 2005). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0167-5923/contents

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CONFERENCES/CALLS FOR PAPERS:

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Center for Education Statistics Call for Papers: "The 2007 NICHD-NCES Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) - First Release Conference," to be held May 8-10, 2007. "The purpose of this conference will be to provide an opportunity for investigators to share research findings using data from the 9-month and 2-year ECLS-B data collections. Papers that focus on child health outcomes of ethnic minorities, low-birth weight and very-low-birth weight births, cognitive development, and twins are particularly encouraged. NIH and NCES staff will jointly serve as moderators to the speakers and paper discussants for the conference." The deadline for paper submissions is July 15, 2006.

http://nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/confinfo.asp?confid=20
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National Center for Education Statistics: "NAEP Database Use for Research and Policy Analyses - NAEP Database Training Seminar," to be held June 20-23, 2006 (registration deadline is May 8, 2006). "The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3 1/2-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) database for education research and policy analysis."

http://nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/conferences/confinfo.asp?confid=40
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Association of Survey Computing: "Delivering Results: Reporting and Dissemination Practices," a conference to be held in London, UK, Apr. 21, 2006). For more information see:

http://www.asc.org.uk/Events/Apr06/index.htm
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Socio-Economic Panel User Call for Papers: The 7th International Socio-Economic Panel User Conference (SOEP2006) will be held in Berlin, July 3-5, 2006, at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung - Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). The conference provides researchers who use the SOEP with the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other researchers familiar with the SOEP data. Researchers in all disciplines who use either the Public-Use version of the SOEP or the GSOEP part of the Cross-National Equivalent Files (CNEF) are encouraged to submit an abstract. Research making use of the longitudinal features of the German SOEP data is especially encouraged. Papers on survey statistic issues (e.g. attrition or missing value problems) and on topics of survey research (e.g. panel or mode effects) are especially welcome as well. The deadline for submissions of abstracts (up to 300 words) is Feb. 28, 2006. To submit:

http://www.diw.de/deutsch/dasinstitut/abteilungen/ldm/archiv/ar2006/soep2006/submissions.jsp

Conference information:

http://www.diw.de/deutsch/dasinstitut/abteilungen/ldm/archiv/ar2006/soep2006/

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES/FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

National Institutes of Health: "National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Policies and Procedures for Acceptance of Large Grant Applications for Review" (NOT-HD-06-003, Feb. 10, 2006). For more information see:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HD-06-003.html
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Princeton University Office of Population Research: National Instutes of Health Fellowship: "The Office of Population Research at Princeton University invites applications for an NIH postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates must have completed an MD or a PhD in demography, sociology, statistics, or other relevant field before appointment. Holders of NIH fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal, and a start date between July 1, 2006 and January 1, 2007. Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, 1-3 page projected research plan, writing samples, and appropriate supporting material by mail to:

Barbara Sutton
Office of Population Research
Princeton University, 212
Wallace Hall,
Princeton, NJ 08544-2091

or electronically to bsutton@princeton.edu.

Three letters of reference should be sent under separate cover. Screening of applications will begin on March 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled. Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer. For information about applying to Princeton, please link to:

http://web.princeton.edu/sites/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

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DATA:

National Longitudinal Survey: The Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State University has released three questionnaires for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 Cohort. Note: The two questionnaires from the NLSY79 Children-Young Adults are not available for downloading, but can be viewed online.

C01QX2002 NLSY79 Questionnaire 2002
CHD-2004 Child, Mother, and Child Self-Administered Supplements
YA-2004 Young Adult 2004 Questionnaire

http://www.chrr.ohio-state.edu/nls-info/ordering/display_db.php3

Scroll to or "find in page" the item numbers.
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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: On February 6, 2006, AHRQ posted data updates for three MEPS data files (HC-057, HC-076, and HC-066). Links to the updates can be found at:

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/whatsnew.asp

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

Kaiser Family Foundation: "StateHealthFacts.org" Update: Kaiser has recently updated this website. Items listed from Jan. 18, 2006 through Feb. 10, 2006 are either new or updated (P. 1 of the "New or Updated Topics).

http://statehealthfacts.org/cgi-bin/healthfacts.cgi?action=whatsnew
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_Reading History Sideways_ Debate: There is an ongoing debate between Arland Thornton and Steven Ruggles on the former's _Reading History Sideways: The Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm on Family Life_. To follow the action:

Thornton:

http://developmentalidealism.org/pubs/rhs-ssha05.html

Ruggles:

http://www.pop.umn.edu/~ruggles/Sideways/Sideways.htm

More information about _Reading History Sideways_

http://developmentalidealism.org/pubs/rhs.html

Thornton:

http://developmentalidealism.org/people/thornton.html

Ruggles:

http://www.pop.umn.edu/~ruggles/

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Jack Solock
Data Librarian--Center for Demography and Ecology
4470 Social Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608-262-9827
jsolock@ssc.wisc.edu