Meet Project SAM

Having sat through two meetings of the Colorado task force I have been appointed to by Gov. John Hickenlooper to recommend a regulatory framework for recreational marijuana use in this state, it is clearer to me than ever that our nation needs to have far more educated and honest debate about this drug. It is also clear to me that...

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Videos worth your time

Today, I received links to two videos that reference my research — but that’s not why I’m sharing them. I’m sharing these videos because I consider them illuminating in ways that news coverage about the marijuana debate too often is not. I also really appreciate that these videos were made by smart people...

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Why one high school watched suspensions fall 85%

May 26, 12 Why one high school watched suspensions fall 85%

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When science informs public policy — even if we’re talking student discipline at one public high school in Walla Walla, Wash. — wonderful things can happen. I hope you’ll read this great story for yourself. It chronicles how Lincoln High School, located in, yes, Walla Walla, radically changed its approach to...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

May 08, 12 It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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In my world, May is a really big month. It’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Here’s a quick look at how people in more than 1,100 communities and across 115 federal programs in the United States are participating in events aimed specifically at highlighting the importance of child mental health: The Substance Abuse and...

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Helping kids with epilepsy

May 03, 12 Helping kids with epilepsy

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Three years ago, 16-year-old Chelsea Hutchison died after experiencing a seizure in her sleep. The official cause of death: Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy, or SUDEP, which accounts for roughly 18 percent of deaths of people with epilepsy. No one knows exactly what causes SUDEP. However, as SUDEP Aware notes: “Various...

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