Policy & Ethics
Whenever Corey Webel introduces himself to someone as a math educator, he inevitably receives a passionate story or two about an experience — usually negative — someone had with a certain math class or topic at some point in their educational journey. Now, as the director of the elementary math specialist program in the MU College of Education and Human Development, Webel is passionate about empowering Missouri teachers with strategies to help their students feel more confident and competent when learning various math topics. The elementary math specialist program at MU, which Webel has led since 2015, is a two-year, online graduate certificate program and professional development opportunity designed for Missouri elementary school teachers to enhance their math education teaching skills. Entering its 10th year, the program recently received funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which will fund 100 Missouri elementary school teachers to complete the MU program over the next two years.
- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 to protect sensitive protected health information (PHI) from being disclosed without patient consent. But a study published August 15 in the journal Patterns shows that some PHI is not as secure as expected. Researchers reviewed the tactics of five digital medicine companies and the actions of cross-site tracking software to demonstrate how browsing data related to health topics is shared with Facebook for lead generation and advertising purposes.
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Program
To understand where partisan animosity comes from and what can be done to address it, researchers from Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University have teamed up to launch the Polarization Research Lab.
Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at Austin have selected five research projects to be funded by the Energize Program, a new opportunity for enhanced scientific collaboration between the two institutions.
To help students perform better in the classroom and drive long term health benefits, the American Heart Association awards 64 elementary, middle and high schools with grant funding to extend school wellness programs.
New international standards to improve global tax transparency have been approved by the General Assembly of the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) and highlight areas where national governments need to improve reporting on their tax systems.