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2008-10-14 03:00:14

Editor, Times-Dispatch: In a recent column, Ross Mackenzie wrote: "Finance and economics are not true sciences. They are not like chemistry or physics or mathematics. They are more like psychology, sociology, and political "science" -- akin to shamanism because they contain so many variables and are subject to the occult conjurings of modern-day medicine men." We beg to disagree. Finance and economics are sciences, as are the studies of sociology, psychology, political science, and...

2008-10-11 03:00:07

By Henry, John F The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why it Matters, by Diane Coyle. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press. 2007. Hardcover: ISBN 13: 978-0-691-12513-8, $27.96. 277 pages. There are two good reasons why every reader of this journal should peruse this book. First, it is a very good introduction to work now being done by "mainstream" economists that (ostensibly) departs from the rather sterile output previously generated by "neoclassical" economists,...

2008-09-12 03:00:08

By Beaudreault, Amy Making Political Science Matter, edited by Sanford F. Schram and Brian Caterino, New York University Press, 2006. 304 pp. $24.00 (paper). ISBN: 978-0-8147-4033-0. If you read Bent Flyvbjerg's 2001 book, Making Social Science Matter, Sanford F. Schram and Brian Caterino's new book, Making Political Science Matter (2006), is the must-read companion; it's a book that builds on an earlier debate started by Flyvbjerg, which makes reading Making Social Science Matter prior to...

2008-08-29 03:00:22

By Snell, Joel C Marsh, Mitchell The article describes an elementary course in social biochemistry for social science majors. This offering assumes that nature and nurture are intertwined and explain human behavior. It is an upper division undergraduate course or graduate course. 1. The Course: The History of Nature and Nurture Debate Why have there been large divisions and political conflicts over the discussion of nature and nurture of humans? It has a great deal to do with the impact...

2008-08-22 03:00:15

By Intner, Sheila S I consider myself a word lover, a person for whom words have major appeal. Besides owning numerous dictionaries and thesauri (and being known to get lost for hours on end occasionally when I delve into one of them), doing crossword puzzles and double-crostics regularly, and playing nightly games of Scrabble with my husband, I've written columns about the implications of naming technical services departments using various words, such as "support services,""database...

2008-08-17 18:00:43

By Wales, Jenny The new secondary curriculum includes economic and business for every student in secondary schools something that teachers have wanted for years. The new QCA programme of study for economic wellbeing requires an understanding of how businesses work and the way in which some simple economics affects us and the world in which we live. The aim of the programme is to bring together the existing aspects of the curriculum that help students to look after their own economic...

2008-08-12 03:00:26

By Fitch, Nancy-Elizabeth Vernon J. Williams, Jr., The Social Sciences and Theories of Race. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006. Pp. 151. Cloth $50.00. Paper $20.00. The Social Sciences and Theories of Race is a small, provocative, and thought-provoking collection of essays by Vernon J. Williams Jr., a professor at Indiana University. It is a mixture of genres, including history of ideas, African American and U.S. intellectual history, biography, and historiography....

2008-07-29 03:00:56

By McClay, Wilfred M What use are the humanities? Even some scholars no longer seem sure. But at a time when bioengineering throws into question what it means to be human, the answer should be obvious. LAMENTATIONS ABOUT THE SAD STATE OF THE humanities in modern America have a familiar, indeed almost ritualistic, quality about them. The humanities are among those unquestionably nice endeavors, like animal shelters and tree-planting projects, about which nice people invariably say nice...

2008-04-01 03:00:38

By Coll, Kenneth M Stewart, Roger A Designed to explore the utility of a retention assessment of students within a college of education, and using Pascarella and Terenzini's (1983) academic and social integration scales, this study found several pertinent results: (a) Factor analyses of the scales support earlier validation studies with first-year college students, and (b) The scales differentiate academic integration, social integration, and career decidedness between students who have...

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2008-03-06 16:30:00

In a provocative article in this week's Science Magazine, the University of Maryland's Ben Shneiderman, one of the world's leading researchers and innovators in human-computer interaction, says it's time for the laboratory research that has defined science for the last 400 years to make room for a revolutionary new method of scientific discovery. He calls it Science 2.0., and it combines the hypothesis based inquiry of laboratory science with the methods of social science research to...