The Best of Our Knowledge
4:57 am
Mon October 23, 2006

The Best of Our Knowledge # 840

Albany, NY – EDUCATORS JOIN TO GET MORE GIRLS INTO MATH AND SCIENCE -
When many people hear about Title IX, they usually associate it with
providing more opportunities for women in sports. But U.S. Senator,
Ron Wyden, has reread the law and tells The Best of Our Knowledge
he believes Title IX was meant to be an academic statute, not a sports
statute. Wyden says it should be used to lever open opportunities for
women in math and science. During the summer on TBOOK, we
broadcast comments from the U.S. Secretary of Education at the First
National Summit on the Advancement of Girls in Math and Science,
and told you we would have more to report on. Over 100 top educators
came together to address the math-science gender gap. Our microphones captured comments from top mathematicians, scientists, and politicians.
Glenn Busby reports. (7:36)

STUDY: WHY WOMEN GET BETTER GRADES THAN MEN AND GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE IN HIGHER PERCENTAGES -
58-percent of bachelor's degrees in the U.S. today go to women.
That compares to only 35-percent in 1960. Women have outpaced
men in college and university graduation rates since 1982. Dr. Claudia Buchmann wanted to know why those numbers have increased so
dramatically. Dr. Buchmann is a Sociology Professor at Ohio State
University. Buchmann examined data from students born in 1973
and 1974...and then followed these students educational progress
until just recently. TBOOK asked Dr. Buchmann about her research,
and how it all began.
Mary Darcy reports. (6:56)

ORIGINS OF LIFE - SCIENCE RESEARCH IN EDUCATION SERIES
AUTHENTICATING ORIGINS AND INDEGENEITY OF ANCIENT
ORGANIC MOLECULES , Pt. 2 of 2 -
Last week, we learned about the building blocks of life from outer space,
and technological advances that are helping scientists look deeper into
chemical history. This week, Dr. Steve Macko discusses his research
from deep sea ocean vents to his investigation into what President
George Washington ate. Dr. Macko is a Professor of Isotope and
Organic Geochemistry at the University of Virginia. His major areas
of interest include marine organic carbon preservation, and K - 12
education and outreach. Macko has been featured on Discovery
and National Geographic Channel programs.
Glenn Busby reports. (4:20)