Posted by sextoyslover , Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:40 AM
education policy, and the fact that 47 percent of the districts adopted abstinence-plus policies is groundbreaking. This is progress.
Of those 71 school districts with an abstinence-plus policy, 35 districts went one step further and adopted the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) policy promoted by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and Mississippi First, an education nonprofit. The CHART policy requires the school district to adopt an evidence-based curriculum. The evidence-based curriculum must be on the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ list of evidence-based programs and be approved by the Mississippi Department of Education. Two evidence-based, abstinence-plus curricula are being implemented by CHART districts: Draw the Line/Respect the Line and Reducing the Risk. These 35 school districts, most of which are considered high priority because they have significantly high teen birth and STI rates, will also have access to ongoing technical assistance, teacher training, and evaluation. This is progress.
Mississippi received federal Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP) dollars to support the CHART initiative. While many states awarded PREP dollars to nonprofits for community-based sex education, Mississippi took a different route and used these dollars to institutionalize evidence-based, abstinence-plus sex education. Now, Mississippi is benefiting from a perfect storm of factors: federal funding to support evidence-based sex education, a state department of health that understands teen pregnancy as a public health epidemic, and an unfunded mandate by the Mississippi legislature to teach sex education. This is progress.
One of the most encouraging characteristics about this progress is that it is led by young Mississippians. Mississippi First, the nonprofit that created the CHART policy with support from the Mississippi State Department of He.
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It appears that these spines promote male copulation success in this sort of environment, Grieshop said. Identifying the precise function of a trait that varies across species, such as these spines, provides insight into the evolutionary pressures that caused them to evolve and also how new species may arise. Most adaptive functions of genitalia so far discovered only make a difference after mating has begun. For genitalia to make a difference before copulation is unusual. This puts genital traits on the same playing field as so-called 'secondary sexual traits,' like coloration or other adornments.
The research, he said, encourages the scientific community to consider male genital trait evolution as being similar to that of secondary sexual traits, which may facilitate the understanding of one of the greatest unknowns in evolutionary biology: why male genitalia are so incredibly variable across species.
Grieshop is in the process of completing his master's degree. His research was supported by a University Research Council Graduate student research fellowship, as well as support from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. Polak's research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.