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July 16, 2016

Children and Weight Loss
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Obesity is a growing problem for school age Kids. But a new program for high schoolers helps students lose weight and keep it off. Then, more women these days have degrees in engineering, and which can pay well. But for some reason, many are choosing to change careers. We’ll have the story.
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Successful Weight Loss for Kids
Laura M. Bogart, PhD is Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges. Dr. Bogart directed a five-week obesity prevention program for seventh grade students that helped obese students lose an average of nine pounds over the following two year period. She outlined the methods that were most effective, which included school-wide environmental changes and encouragement to eat healthy school cafeteria foods, along with a student-led education and marketing campaign.
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Why Women Leave Engineering
The number of women enrolling in engineering school has increased steadily over the past four decades, but Susan S. Silbey, PhD, Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences, Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said one-third of women graduates soon leave the profession to pursue other careers. She said the reasons behind this problem are primarily related to the culture of engineering itself. She offered suggestions for women who are entering the profession, and explained why an engineering career should be such an attractive option for women.
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Maximizing Energy Efficiency
Dong Zhao, PhD, Assistant Professor of Construction Management, Michigan State University led a study that found that found that more than 50 percent of potential energy savings from energy efficient homes can be lost if users don’t know how to use the buildings properly. Dr Zhao said this is a concern both for individual homeowners as well as for commercial property owners.
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