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New Insight on Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers: CUR Releases Update to Classic Text on Advising Undergraduate Researchers

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he emphasized the importance of education and its role in the competitiveness and growth of this country. This week the Council on Undergraduate Research is releasing “How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers,” which highlights the importance of guiding the independent thinking, managing skills and academic and occupational futures of students, along with suggestions on how higher education faculty can do so.

Stress: Brain and Body

Every day, you probably face a number of stressors: a paper to write, an exam to study for, a difficult situation at work or at home. So you are no stranger to the headaches, sweaty hands, and queasy stomach feelings associated with stress. However, the body’s response to stress, like many other emotional and physical responses, is governed by its innate drive to protect itself in the face of an external threat.

Study Indicates Targeted Strategies Needed to Find, Prevent and Treat Breast Cancer among Mexican-Origin Women

Specific prevention and education strategies are needed to address breast cancer in Mexican-origin women in this country, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, which was published online in the journal.

A More Perfect Union: Validating the Relationship between Cultural Competence & Minority Medicine

Scholarly articles on the topic of cultural competence commonly cite three realities (Betancourt, Green, Carrillo & Park, 2005). First, the population of the United States is rapidly becoming more diverse in its racial and ethnic demography (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). Second, significant disparities exist between racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. population (Smedley, 2002). Finally, in order to prevent these disparities from worsening and to eventually eliminate health disparities, it is necessary to develop a more diverse and culturally competent health care workforce and delivery system (Smedley, 2004). While the rationale behind efforts to promote cultural competence is relatively straightforward, the number of studies that report quantifiable outcomes for such interventions is limited. The growing body of evidence suggests, however, that culturally competent interventions implemented at multiple levels of the health care system can be effective in improving health outcomes in minority populations.

The Legacy of Tuskegee: Investigating Trust in Medical Research and Health Disparities

What was done cannot be undone, but we can end the silence … We cannot be one America when a whole segment of our nation has no trust in America. We can stop turning our heads away. We can look at you in the eye, and finally say, on behalf of the American people, what the United States government did was shameful and I am sorry. (Clinton, 1997)