Mediation Brings Doctors, Patients Face to Face

Malpractice lawsuits have been around as long as there have been doctors and lawyers. But there may be a better way to resolve doctor-patient conflicts. It’s mediation, and it’s keeping some potential malpractice suits out of America’s crowded courtrooms. It’s also providing opportunities for patients to actually talk to their doctors, and giving doctors a chance to learn something from their mistakes.

Professor Develops Index for Workplace Effectiveness

Getting along with others smooths life in grade school, and scoring well in that category as an adult may be the best indicator of professional success, too. According to University of Mississippi business professor Gerald Ferris, social astuteness and political savvy outweigh traits like conscientiousness, and even intelligence, in predicting whether or not an employee will be effective on the job.

Internet’s Role in Public Policy Examined – Part 2

The Internet has a pivotal role to play in civic and social life, but not if it proves to be simply a provider of commercial content. That was the message from participants at a recent symposium sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, who gathered in Seattle to discuss “Shaping the Network Society: The Future of the Public Sphere in Cyberspace.”

Internet’s Role in Public Policy Examined – Part 1

The Internet has a pivotal role to play in civic and social life, but not if it proves to be simply a provider of commercial content. That was the message from participants at a recent symposium sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, who gathered in Seattle to discuss “Shaping the Network Society: The Future of the Public Sphere in Cyberspace.”

Want a Healthy Heart? Don’t Get Hostile

Heart patients with hostile dispositions can become healthier by changing their attitude, according to a study published in Health Psychology by scientists from Ben-Gurion University, Israel, the University of Alabama and Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S.

Increased Contact Among Races Brings Multiple Gains

More Americans of all races and ethnicities are forming relationships outside their own groups, resulting in a deeper appreciation of how discrimination affects others, a recent study found.

Nevertheless, bias against members of minority groups, especially blacks, continues, and there is a marked lack of understanding about religions other than a person’s own, according to the National Conference for Community and Justice survey.

Researcher Delves Into What Motivates Us All

Steven Reiss, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Ohio State University, has spent five years developing and testing a new theory of human motivation. The result of his research is published in the new book, “Who Am I? The 16 Basic Desires that Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities.” After conducting studies of more than 6,000 people, Reiss has found that 16 basic desires guide nearly all meaningful human behavior.

French Women Risked Their Lives to Save Children From Genocide

The following story by Hélèna Katz was written on her recent return from southern France, where she has been researching a book on the network of women who rescued Jewish children from the Nazi holocaust. Katz’s mother was 13 when she arrived in Romans-sur-Isère as one such child in October 1943, along with her own mother, brother and three aunts. Her father had been deported to Auschwitz the year before, never to return. Katz said: “Although my mother was hidden in many places, Romans is the only one she speaks of with any fondness and where she finally felt safe.

Program Inspires People to Teach for America

Montressor Upshaw is one of the lucky ones. A graduate of an inner-city high school in Gary, Ind., he’s now a 21-year-old college senior at Emory University in Atlanta. But he knows what it’s like to be in a school where violence is common, resources are few and teachers are struggling to make their students competitive with those from more affluent suburban schools. So when the chance came to do something to help students in some of the poorest schools in Atlanta, he jumped at it.

Meet Captain Skirt, and Other Men Fighting for Women’s Causes – Part 3

A Legal Warrior… For the last several years, Mufti Ziauddin has pursued an unusual career, one that few men in Pakistan — and even fewer in his village — would dare enter. He works as a human rights attorney on behalf of women.

In a country that still denies women such basic rights as employment, education and access to credit and loans, Ziauddin is in a minority. His efforts to reduce men’s violence against women and girls and to improve their legal and constitutional rights have made him suspect in the eyes of many of his male peers.