A recent study by Oxford University and UCL researchers suggests that money is being wasted on research into social and psychological interventions. The study claims that because methods used by researchers aren’t fully reported in academic journals, these important details aren’t available for policymakers and practitioners. Details of the research methods used are also needed, according to the study, to indicate whether the results of an experiment are biased. The study reviewed over 200 experiments across 40 of the leading journals in social and behavioural sciences. Paul Montgomery, Professor of Psycho-Social Interventions at the University of Oxford, commented in a University Press Release “In this era of austerity, policymakers increasingly look for evidence of “what works” to ensure that revenue is well-spent on programmes that address issues such as poverty, mental health, crime, and drug use.” He continued “When they are reported fully and transparently, they can help policymakers choose the most effective way to spend public funds; however, readers rely on reports of these studies in academic journals to effectively understand and use the research. Reporting guidelines are a critical step in improving this area of research for policy decision-making.” To try and improve the situation, new guidelines similar for those used for medicine will be developed to try and encourage improved reporting standards of these reports. These guidelines will be developed in consort with researchers from across the disciplines. In response to the study, a student told Cherwell “As a social science student, it’s not all that encouraging that professional academics are being told that their research may be a waste of time. I hope that this can be improved quickly otherwise it may discourage students from doing research or graduate study which would have a negative effect on progress within the social sciences. It seems like they’re working hard to try and improve the situation though.” Harry Burt President of the Oxford PPE Society opined, “Although the paper in question raises some interesting points and will no doubt prompt some much needed improvements in intervention reporting standards, I do not think it will or need alarm those considering further study, whether in PPE or otherwise. This is not least because the issues implicit in moving from experimental data to policy implementation are already well documented, allowing researchers to help mitigate those concerns from the moment they begin their research onwards.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 18-year-old man was killed in a high-speed crash while driving a Lamborghini in his hometown of Mount Sinai early Friday morning.Suffolk County police said Samuel Shepard was driving the Italian sports car northbound on County Road 83 when he lost control and struck a guardrail near Route 25A at 2:25 a.m.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.His 49-year-old passenger, Michael Power, of Port Jefferson Station, was taken to the same hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Investigators believe that that excessive speed was a factor in the crash.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call them at 631-854-8652 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Five members of USC’s football team earned first-team Pac-12 football honors on Tuesday, the conference announced. Redshirt junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen, junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor and junior center Max Tuerk headlined the list on offense. On defense, junior defensive end Leonard Williams and sophomore defensive back Su’a Cravens represented the Trojans.First and foremost · Junior Nelson Agholor was one of two wide receivers to earn first team all-conference honors. Agholor boasts 1,233 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season along with two punt return scores. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFreshman corner-wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson was named the Defensive Freshman of the Year and freshman wide receiver-safety JuJu Smith earned second-team specialist honors.Agholor is second in the conference in receiving yards (1,223) and third in receiving touchdowns (11). The Tampa, Florida, product had an off-game at UCLA, with just three catches for 24 yards, but in the other five most recent games, he’s averaged 158.8 yards per game. These impressive performances earned him a spot on the shortlist for the Biletnikoff Award, which former Trojan Marqise Lee won in 2012.Allen posted six consecutive 100-plus-yard rushing games in the middle of the season, the longest such streak since Heisman winner Marcus Allen had 11 in 1981. The Tallahassee, Florida, native, has racked up 1,337 rushing yards this season along with nine touchdowns. He’s also hauled in 442 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air. His 1,779 all-purpose yards are good for 14th in the nation.On the other side of the ball, Cravens had a breakout season for the Trojans. He transitioned from safety to linebacker and recorded 62 total tackles, including a team-high 16 tackles for loss. Cravens proved himself an explosive playmaker by hauling in two interceptions and racking up five sacks.Williams, who was also a 2013 first-teamer, hauled in an unlikely interception in the Trojans’ season opener on his way to a 71-tackle season. He’s managed 8.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, while forcing three fumbles in what was likely his final season at USC, as he’s been hailed as a Top-5 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.Jackson became the third Trojan in four years to be named defensive freshman of the year. The versatile playmaker has 42 total tackles this season. Jackson also has nine passes defensed this season and one forced fumble and recovery, and has held opposing quarterbacks to a 118.5 passing efficiency rating — the second-best mark by a defensive back in the conference. Though he couldn’t duplicate Myles Jack’s accomplishment of earning both offensive and defensive freshman honors, Jackson was impressive on offense as well, hauling in two touchdowns this season, in addition to his 100-yard kickoff return touchdown at Utah.Jackson also made the Pac-12 honorable mention list on defense along with senior linebackers Hayes Pullard and J.R. Tavai. Honorable mentions on offense included redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler, freshman offensive linemen Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao and senior tight end Randall Telfer.Despite leading the conference in completion percentage (70.7), Kessler lost out to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and UCLA’s Brett Hundley, who were named to the first and second team, respectively.