Angela Davis Targets Link Between Racism, Prison
Angela Davis did not need to convince the audience in UNH’s Johnson Theatre Thursday night that President Barack Obama’s election was a historic occasion and significant move forward in America. But she reminded them of the reality still facing the country in the wake of his inauguration: “Racism has not ended because one black family is in the White House.” A spokesperson for civil rights, Davis has dedicated her life to activism as a past member of the Communist Party USA and the Black Panther Party and, more recently, examining the state of the country’s prison system. And Thursday night, a full house was captivated by her views on the prison system and its correlation to socioeconomic status, education and income, which framed her presentation as the keynote speaker in UNH’s 2009 Commemorative Address in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Continue Reading…)

South Africa to Establish Space Agency
President Kgalema Motlanthe has signed the South African National Space Agency Bill into law, which could see South Africa setting up its own space agency later this year to pull together all space-related activities in the country under one banner. The agency will promote the peaceful use of outer space; foster research in astronomy, earth observation, communications, navigation and space physics; foster international cooperation in space-related activities; and advance scientific, engineering and technological competencies through human capital development and outreach programmes. Published in the Government Gazette the National Space Agency Act provides for the establishment of a national space agency to implement a space programme for South Africa. (Continue Reading…)

Study: African-American Parents Distrust Medical Establishment
Black parents are more likely to distrust both physicians and medical researchers than white parents, and that may be a barrier to clinical trials that include African-American children, researchers found. A cross-sectional survey of parents who accompanied children to a primary care clinic found that 67% of African-Americans distrusted the medical establishment compared with 50% of white parents (P=0.04), Kumaravel Rajakumar, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues reported in the February issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. (Continue Reading…)

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