How many more men than women suffered vehicular fatalities in the U.S in 2012?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, more males died in vehicular accidents than females in every single state in 2012 (the latest year data is available). The graph below shows the rate of deaths of occupants involved in motor vehicle crashes by gender per 100,000 population in alphabetical order by state.

North Dakota ranked highest in male deaths at 29.3 and Missouri had the most female fatalities in the country, 14.2. In Illinois, the male death rate of 6.3 was nearly double that of females, 3.2.

Top 5 states for male vehicular death rates
State                       Death Rate (per 100K)
North Dakota                    29.3
Mississippi                        22.3
Wyoming                           21.9
Montana                             21.9
Oklahoma                          19.2

Top 5 states for female vehicular death rates
State                       Death Rate (per 100K)
Wyoming                           12.9
Montana                            10.9
North Dakota                    10.5
Arkansas                           10.4
Kentucky                           10.1


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Are Chicago’s Safe Passage Routes Located in the Highest Risk Areas?

Safe passage routes to school provide not only a sense of safety for Chicago students from pre-K through high school, but they reduce crime involving students and help increase school attendance. Chicago’s Safe Passage program was introduced in 2009 after the beating death by gangs of 16-year-old Fenger High School honors student Derrion Albert, which was captured on cell phone video. His death and the circumstances received national attention along with a series of other incidents involving CPS students caught in gang violence. Since then, the program has expanded to include schools, parents, residents, law enforcement officials and even local businesses in efforts to provide students with a safe environment. The various types of safe passage programs among the 51 safe route programs currently available include: safe haven programs in which students who fear for their safety can find refuge at the local police station, fire house, library and even convenience stores, barbershops and restaurants; patrols along school routes by veterans, parents and local residents; and walking to school programs in which parents and local residents create a presence to help deter unlawful incidents.

The map below shows the number of all crimes committed in the city of Chicago during the current school year, and the locations of schools and safe routes among those communities that have safe routes. Currently, there are 517 Chicago public schools, of which, only 136 Chicago public schools (26.3% of all schools) fall within the 51 safe routes. Although the safe routes are located in 37 of the high crime communities in general (south, west and northeast sides of Chicago), they do not exist in the pockets of the highest crime incidents (1,500+ highlighted in burgundy) where children are the most vulnerable. Of the 47 schools that fall within the extreme crime areas (1,500+ incidents a year), only 6 have safe routes; the others offer no safe passage options. A list of the schools appears at the end of this blog.

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Schools located in extremely high-crime areas of Chicago (Schools highlighted in green have safe passage routes):
Bennett, Bowen HS, Bradwell, Camelot Safe – Garfield Park, Camelot Safe Academy, Clark HS, Coles, Community, Ericson, Frazier Charter, Frazier Prospective, Galapagos Charter, Great Lakes Charter, Gregory, Harlan HS, Hefferan, Heroes, Herzl, Hirsch HS, Hubbard HS, Learn Charter – Butler, Leland, Mann, Mireles, Noble Charter – Academy, Noble Charter – Baker College Prep, Noble Charter – DRW, Noble Charter – Muchin, Noble Charter – Rowe Clark, Oglesby, Plato, Polaris Charter, Powell, Schmid, Shabazz Charter – Shabazz, Smith, South Shore Intl HS, Webster, Westcott, Winnie Mandela HS, YCCS Charter – Association House, YCCS Charter – CCA Academy, YCCS Charter – Community Service, YCCS Charter – Innovations, YCCS Charter – Olive Harvey, YCCS Charter – Sullivan, YCCS Charter – Youth Development


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Three Blogs that Academics Should be Following

Not all of our reading is necessarily productive reading.  In fact, some of it is downright garbage.  For example, despite having no interest in their media empire, and even less belief that they contribute anything of value to the universe, I, somehow, have quite an extensive file of Kardashian knowledge in my brain.  This is actually quite a feat, if you ask me, given that I have never watched any KUWTK television (or any of its BS iterations).  See what happens is, that I click on something that promises to be mildly funny/entertaining/thought-provoking/etc on The Facebook or The BuzzFeed.  And next thing you know, a click or two later and now I know all about the controversy about Kylie Jenner’s (she is part of the Kardashian tribe) new lip kit (spoiler alert: word on the street is that the thing that she is charging $29 for on her website is some $6 drug store brand.)  THE SHOCK.  THE HORROR.  And I am like, “Well, maybe she didn’t know that her lip kit…”

This cannot continue.  It cannot- because in reality there is nothing that any Kardashian/Jenner will do that will matter.  At all.  Ever.

In an effort to reclaim some of that intellectual bandwidth, I have been seeking out more sustaining content.  Here I share with you the product of these efforts.

ProfHacker: Housed at the Chronicle of Higher Education, ProfHacker covers a wide range of topics, including teaching, tech, and productivity.  There are the usual posts that you would expect in such a blog (like Tools for a Productive Workflow), but also some other great kinds of posts.  These include explorations with “specifications” grading, NearPod for classroom polling, and creating new habits with apps.

Patter: Curated by Pat Thomson, a professor at the University of Nottingham, Patter is a wonderful resource on research and writing.  Some great recent posts include, the reading and writing that no one sees, giving feedback on a paper, and writing a publishable review paper.

Explorations of Style: Written by Rachel Cayley, a professor at the University of Toronto.  Her “For New Visitors” landing page is a masterful list of the topics that most academic writers encounter on their journey, and is an absolute gem.  There is something for everyone here, from the experienced academic writer, to the haggard advisor slugging through paper after paper of underwhelming and undeveloped writing.  She has sections on productivity, mechanics, revising, audience, identity, etc.  Put this in your feedly!!!

Write on Site Fridays at Noon

The SSRC is hosting weekly “Write on Site” events during May, June, and July for DePaul Faculty, Students, and Staff.  These writing sessions will take place on Friday afternoons (from 12-2 pm) in the conference room in Suite 3100 of 990 W. Fullerton.  Bring your lunch, bring your computer, and write away from all the distractions of your office.

What does it mean to “write-on-site”? The term originated by Kerry Ann Rockquemore (Sociology and African-American studies at UIC) and pertains to writers congregating to work on their specific projects for two hours at least once a week. Although working on their own projects, writing together provides the accountability of showing up, and cultivates the sense that writers are part of a community.

The first session will take place on Friday May 6, at noon.  For information or details contact Jessi Bishop-Royse at jbishopr AT