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Tony Greenwald’s “Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” is included on The Washington Post’s 2017 summer reading list.

June 27, 2017

An unusual 2017 summer reading list


Each summer I publish a summer edition of great reading with recommendations from college admissions counselors and deans, compiled by Brennan Barnard,  director of college counseling at the Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., and a contributor to this blog. Here is a unique list of 50 fiction and nonfiction books with some titles that can appeal to just about everybody.

By Brennan Barnard

If you are like me, the pile of unread books has once again reached a tipping point, and the titles and subjects are broad and deep. Every year at this time I like to take this opportunity to suggest a few books for graduating seniors who will be starting the next chapter of their educational lives.  The theme of my book list is mindfulness; in a world where we are increasingly distracted — we run from one commitment to another, often connected to a device but not ourselves or each other — it is important to pause and be aware of the experience of living.  But if mindfulness doesn’t interest you, there is, too, a longer list of fiction and nonfiction books recommended by college admissions counselors and deans from around the country. Enjoy!

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald

Recommended by: Michele Koenig, associate director of college counseling, Proctor Academy, N.H.

For the full list, click here.

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Nancy Kenney was quoted in the Seattle Times about women choosing to have children, or not.

June 23, 2017

The Mom question: Seattle-area women share their complicated decisions

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Kate McLaughlin was interviewed in this BBC World Service radio show about the effects of poverty on brain development.

June 21, 2017

Does Poverty Change The Way We Think?

BBC World Service

The Inquiry

Does the experience of poverty actually take a physical toll on your brain? The Inquiry investigates the scientific claims that being poor affects how our brains work.

It's well known that children from poorer backgrounds do worse at school. And adults who are poor are often criticised for making bad life decisions - ones that don't help them in the long-term.

Some say the problems are rooted in the unfair way our society functions. Others argue it's simple genetics. But a growing body of research suggests that something else may be going on too.

The Inquiry assesses the evidence and asks: does poverty change the way we think?

Link to the podcast here.

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Randy Kyes celebrates 20th Anniversary of Field Course

June 20, 2017

UW Scientist and International Colleagues Celebrate Monumental 20th Year of Field Course

Washington National Primate Research Center

Where in the world is Dr. Randall Kyes? Friends, colleagues and students call him Randy. Ask any of them and they will tell you that Randy is always on the move. Dealing with the hustle and bustle of crowded airport terminals in far-flung corners of the world is just another day at “the office” for Kyes. Treacherous foreign tuk-tuk rides come with the territory for this nomadic primatologist and University of Washington Psych professor.

Kyes, also a Core Staff scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), and Director of the Center for Global Field Study(CGFS), spends much of his time away from his home in Seattle. Stretching every dollar of his modest grant money, he often sleeps in cockroach-infested motels or in tents stationed out in the bush.

Depending upon the time of year, you might find him in Indonesia, Nepal, or Thailand. These are only a few of the countries that Kyes has added over time to his expanding portfolio of international collaboration.

Since its infancy in 1990, beginning on Tinjil Island in Indonesia, three themes have emerged as driving forces for Randy’s global programs: Science, Collaboration and Community. Year after year, his colleagues and students personify those themes – as they work together on research projects addressing primate conservation and related human health, conduct field-training courses, and provide community outreach education – which may explain the longevity and success.

“It’s important to understand that all our programs are 100% collaborative,” notes Kyes.  “I am honored to work with wonderful international colleagues and have the highest respect for the dedication and passion they bring in support of environmental conservation and global health.  It’s truly inspiring.”

Read the entire article here.