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Monday, September 21, 2015

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Arts and Humanities


Salman Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh to Headline the Fall 2015 Distinguished Thinkers Program at Wellesley College

Wellesley College welcomes renowned writers Salman Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh to the Boston area this fall for the new program, entitled, “Distinguished Thinkers” at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center. Both authors will read from selected work then engage in an open dialogue with the audience.

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– Wellesley College

Melvin Edwards: Five Decades

Melvin Edwards, a renowned sculptor and a beloved professor of art, returns to Rutgers University to celebrate a retrospective showcasing 50 years of his pioneering work.

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– Rutgers University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Researcher: Social Support in Schools Is Key to Student Success

Lara Perez-Felkner, an assistant professor of higher education and sociology and a senior research associate at Florida State’s Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS), asked the question “How can the social context of schools keep underrepresented minority students on track to transition to college?”

Teachers’ College Record

– Florida State University

UW Experts: Census Bureau’s Annual ‘Poverty Numbers’ Provide Good News

The new “poverty numbers” from the U.S. Census Bureau reflect some good news for the nation’s antipoverty efforts, according to UW–Madison experts.

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– University of Wisconsin-Madison


From Vulcan Salute to Papal Blessing – Ulnar Nerve Damage Caused Original Benediction Sign

A study of anatomy, art, religion, and culture overturns the popular explanation for the papal hand of benediction posture. An NYIT professor says an ulnar nerve injury suffered by St. Peter, not a median nerve injury, is the underlying reason why he adapted what later became the familiar papal gesture.

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Clinical Anatomy, Sept-2015

– New York Institute of Technology

How the Brain Can Stop Action on a Dime

Scientists have identified the precise nerve cells that allow the brain to make a split-second change of course, like jamming on the brakes.

Nature Neuroscience, Sept-2015; AG09973; AG045039

– Johns Hopkins University



Is It Cyberbullying? Parents’ Views Differ on How Schools Should Respond

Cyberbullying? 1 in 5 parents say students who post online rumors about sex should be referred to police.

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– University of Michigan Health System

History Marker Honors UF/IFAS Extension’s Role in Helping Florida’s Farmers, Ranchers, Families

Today, UF/IFAS’s Extension program, with offices in all 67 counties, has expanded well beyond farming, ranching and homemaking. It helps Floridians address issues concerning natural resources, health and nutrition, and youth development, among many other areas.

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Want to Be a Superhero? Help Your College Peers Curb Sexual Assaults, Cheating, Suicides and Racism

The University of Texas System is launching a three-year initiative this fall to teach students intervention strategies to help prevent suicides, sexual assaults, high-risk drinking, hazing, hate speech and academic dishonesty, among others. Known as the UT System Bystander Intervention Initiative, a $1.4-million allocation from the Board of Regents that’s funding the program at all eight UT System academic campuses to teach students how to keep their peers healthy and safe.

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– The University of Texas System

LifeWire Announcements

NYIT Offers Degrees with Top Chinese Media University

NYIT and Communication University of China are offering dual-degree graduate and undergraduate programs in communications and marketing fields in the first Ministry of Education-approved cooperatively-run media collaboration between Chinese and foreign institutions.

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– New York Institute of Technology

NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute, Evrybit Team Up for All-Mobile Coverage of Pope’s Visit to New York City

Pope Francis is making his first trip to the United States later this month. To document this historic visit, New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is partnering with mobile publishing startup Evrybit for a collaborative mobile reporting project to provide live coverage of the event.

– New York University

Arnold Caplan Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Arnold I. Caplan, PhD, professor of Biology and director of the Skeletal Research Center at Case Western Reserve University, received the MSC Lifetime Achievement Award last month at the National Center for Regenerative Medicine’s Mesenchymal Stem Cell conference, MSC 2015. Dr. Caplan is the founding director of the conference, which began in 2007 and has since drawn thousands of national and international leaders in translational adult stem cell research and regenerative medicine.

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– Case Western Reserve University

The Power of Songwriting and Storytelling Abound as Punk, Blues and Americana Music Artists Take On GW’s Lisner Auditorium

Lisner’s 2015-16 Rock Music Series Reveals Eclectic Range of Genre

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– George Washington University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Harris Wofford to Join NYU in Celebrating Launch of Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program – Oct. 5

The NYU Leadership Initiative will celebrate the launch of NYU’s Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers, on Monday, Oct. 5, 3 to 4 p.m.

– New York University

Conflicts Between Civil Liberties and Religious Liberties at Center of 32nd Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate at University of Utah

Conflicts between civil liberties and religious liberties is topic of 32nd Annual Jefferson B. Fordham Debate at University of Utah

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– University of Utah





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