March 17, 2013 |
When on March 26 the Supreme Court hears oral arguments about whether California's ban on same-sex marriages violates the constitutional right to "equal protection of the laws," these arguments will invoke the intersection of law and social science. The court should tread cautiously, if at all, on this dark and bloody ground. The Obama administration says California's law expresses "prejudice" that is "impermissible. " But same-sex marriage is a matter about which intelligent people reasonably disagree, partly because so little is known about its consequences.
April 27, 2006 |
TV's female commander-in-chief, Geena Davis, got cut in Round One. So did Al Franken. Oprah Winfrey made it to the "Sweet 16" but lost in a close match to real-life politician John Edwards. The favorites appear to be Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. They rose to the "Elite Eight" this week, and that's how many candidates remain in Central High School's "Head of State 2008" forward-looking presidential contest, patterned after college basketball's "March Madness. " This is "April Madness" at the high-caliber magnet school in Philadelphia, and all seniors in social science classes are participating in the contest in which students research, write reports, debate, and vote on potential matchups.
August 31, 2005 |
David Brady is an assistant professor of sociology at Duke University. Each August, we Americans tell ourselves a lie. Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released the official poverty rates for 2004. Pundits, politicians, the media and the President almost certainly rehearsed empty remarks on why poverty is higher or lower than last year, and attributed this failure or success to things that really have nothing to do with poverty's true causes. This entire episode is profoundly dishonest.
April 3, 1997 |
Kelly Colgan of St. Anastasia School in Newtown Square took the Best of Fair award and the 1997 Delaware County Science Fair Achievement award at the 38th annual Delaware County Science Fair, held recently at Granite Run Mall in Middletown. It featured projects by public, private and parochial middle school and high school students. Among other top award winners, the SmithKline Beecham Best of Category awards went to Nancy Hagerty, Cardinal O'Hara High School, behavioral and social science; Matthew Phillips, St. Cyril of Alexandria, biochemistry; Kristen Dickey, St. Mary Magdalen, botany; Kelly Ann Davis, St. Dorothy School, chemistry; Matthew Huenerfauth, Devon Preparatory School, computer science; Linda Harrison, Cardinal O'Hara, earth and space science; Dand Serpico, Ridley High School, engineering; Lauren Silio, St. Kevin School, environmental science; Rebecca Boudwin, St. Dorothy School, math; Kate Twilley, Cardinal O'Hara, medicine and health; John J. Newton, Ridley, microbiology; Badal Randhi, Upper Darby High School, physics; Jill Mercandante and Kristen Stewart, Ridley, team project; and Kathleen DeStefano, St. Mary Magdalen, zoology.
December 17, 2012
Albert Hirschman, 97, who worked at prestigious colleges and institutes and wrote some of the most perceptive works of social science in his era, has died. Through his books, lectures, and essays, Dr. Hirschman, who died Dec. 10, sought to apply rigorous and rational social-science scholarship to clashes of political ideology and economic impasses - conflicts that have often fueled violence and repression. Having learned the stakes firsthand, he devoted his career to advancing economic development and the spread of democracy.
March 6, 1990 |
The official school district document puts it blandly and euphemistically. "For the majority of his life, Aquil has not had a stable home life," it says. But the story that statement masks about 18-year-old Aquil McNair is nothing short of incredible: Since the age of 4, when his mother "put us away because she said she had to get her life together," Aquil has lived in seven foster homes and three group homes and attended 23 schools. He has been separated from his siblings and shunted from place to place, never quite knowing why. Now he's a senior at Benjamin Franklin High School, with all intentions of graduating in June and becoming a chef.
April 25, 2015 |
Damion Lee, who had decided to transfer after playing three seasons at Drexel, will complete his final year of college basketball eligibility at Louisville. On Lee's Twitter account, there is a photo of Lee in a Louisville jersey with the words, "Louisville First Cards Forever. " The 6-foot-6 Lee, who was unavailable for comment, also mentioned on his Twitter page that he chose Louisville over Arizona, Gonzaga, Marquette, and Maryland. He will be eligible immediately and enroll at graduate school at Louisville after earning his undergraduate degree in general humanities social science at Drexel in June.
October 20, 1997 |
Virtuocracy - which may be defined as the bureaucratization of personal morality - is on the move again. We have just seen public hatred of tobacco companies whipped to a fever pitch with some dubious arguments. Now it is the turn of the liquor industry. Before we succumb once more, it would be well to examine social science and raise some questions that social science cannot answer. William J. Bennett recently noted that a high density of liquor stores and a high rate of crime often coincide.
April 5, 2011
Moms on TV commercials are scarily omniscient, possessing Ph.D.-level knowledge of the gastrointestinal tract, sinuses, and peanut butter ("choosy mothers" and all that). Caring for kids with supreme efficiency, they lullaby and shepherd, empower and embrace. "Where," my daughter asked me one morning as we watched the endless mercantile momma-thons, "are the daddies?" Thank you, baby. The message from the tube - and the entire culture, for that matter - is that women are the superior parents, biologically built for the job. Fathers, on the other hand, are good only for barbecues and oil changes - just glorified baby-sitters, really, slightly less reliable than that nice 14-year-old Tiffany from down the street.
February 20, 1997 |
Tomorrow is the last day for students to register for the 38th annual Delaware County Science Fair, scheduled for March 10 to 13 at Granite Run Mall in Media. Eligible students must be in sixth through 12th grades at public, private, parochial schools or home schools in the county. Projects may be entered in behavioral and social science, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, computer science, earth and space sciences, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine and health, microbiology, physics, team projects and zoology.