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VIDEO GAME: THE LOGICAL JOURNEY OF THE ZOOMBINIS – $658,388

KATHERINE CLARK | MASSACHUSSETS-5 | DEMOCRAT This $658,388 NSF grant to Technical Education Research Centers, Inc. sought to redevelop a 1990s computer game called The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis. This educational game allows elementary and middle school students to create their own small blue creature, called a Zoombini, and face challenges based on computational thinking, such as “Pizza Pass”.

RESEARCHING STIGMATIZATION OF DANISH SMOKERS – $330,176 LOU BARLETTA | PENNSYLVANIA-11 | REPUBLICAN

This $330,176 grant from HHS went to Dickinson College to study the effects of stigmatization on Danish smokers and the role stigmatization plays in perceptions of the risks of smoking. Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 30 smokers, half from Denmark and half from the United States. The study examined the reactions of smokers from the smoking-lenient Denmark to the more stringent United States to see which group reacted more strongly to stigmatization. Given this data, the research sought to analyze the impact of stigmatization on smoking reduction.

KENYA PROSTITUTES TESTING CLIENTS FOR HIV – $710,337 DAVID PRICE | NORTH CAROLINA-4 | DEMOCRAT

A $710,337 HHS grant to the University of North Carolina provided HIV testing kits to female sex workers in Kenya so they could administer tests to their potential sexual partners before engaging in unprotected intercourse. The grant covered the testing kits sex workers gave to their clients monthly for six months as well as vouchers for HIV testing of the sex workers at clinics. Researchers asked the sex workers to respond via text message to a survey about their experiences.

TAXPAYER-FUNDED YOGA – $4,457,965 The federal government spent nearly $4.5 million on yoga programs in fiscal year 2016. Federal departments awarded 21 yoga-centered grants to 11 different institutions. Yoga is often proposed as a medical cure to different ailments and illness. These federally funded yoga programs attempted to address health afflictions including depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, smoking addiction, breast cancer symptoms, and diabetes.

STUDY OF EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL IN RISKY SEXUAL DECISIONS AMONG GAY MEN – $180,457 DAVID CICILLINE | RHODE ISLAND-1 | DEMOCRAT

Brown University received $180,457 from HHS to study the effects of acute alcohol use on sexual minority men and the subsequent impact on risky sexual decisions. First, the study recruited 30 adult sexual-minority men into focus groups to discuss their experiences of sexual impulsivity. Researchers then placed 180 volunteers in the pilot study into groups that received alcohol, a placebo, or nothing at all. The study examined the effects on each group on risky sexual behavior.

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OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...

OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...