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Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Up to 27 Seconds of Inattention After Talking to Your Car or Smartphone

If you think it is okay to talk to your car infotainment system or smartphone while driving or even when stopped at a red light, think again. It... (more) (Embargo expired on 22-Oct-2015 at 00:00 ET)

– University of Utah

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Survey: More than Half of U.S. and Canadian Food Workers Go to Work Sick

As part of the annual Mind of the Food Worker study, the CRPP polled more than 1,200 food workers at all stages of the food supply chain, including... (more)

– Dick Jones Communications

Arts and Humanities


Diamonds, Guns, Vodka ... And a Historian

In a new book, historian Todd Cleveland captures the voices of the African men, women and children who labored for the largest diamond mining operation in the colonial history of Angola.

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Diamonds in the Rough

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Up to 27 Seconds of Inattention After Talking to Your Car or Smartphone

If you think it is okay to talk to your car infotainment system or smartphone while driving or even when stopped at a red light, think again. It takes up to 27 seconds to regain full attention after issuing voice commands, University of Utah researchers found in a pair of new studies for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

– University of Utah

Fear-Based Appeals Effective at Changing Attitudes, Behaviors After All

Fear-based appeals appear to be effective at influencing attitudes and behaviors, especially among women, according to a comprehensive review of over 50 years of research on the topic, published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 22-Oct-2015 at 09:00 ET)

Psychological Bulletin

– American Psychological Association (APA)


The Power of Thank You: Research Links Gratitude to Positive Marital Outcomes

A key ingredient to improving couples’ marriages might just be gratitude, according to new University of Georgia research. The study was recently published in the journal Personal Relationships.

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Personal Relationships

– University of Georgia

Using Skype, FAU Unlocks the Voices of People Who Stutter in Rwanda

According to the African Stuttering Research Center, there is just one therapist for every 37,483 people who stutter in Africa. Florida Atlantic University is the first to provide free tele-therapy for patients who stutter in Africa.

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– Florida Atlantic University


Alcohol Ads Linked to Teen Alcohol Brand Choices

Overall exposure to brand-specific alcohol advertising is a significant predictor of underage youth alcohol brand consumption, with youth ages 13 to 20 more than five times more likely to consume brands that advertise on national television and 36 percent more likely to consume brands that advertise in national magazines compared to brands that don’t advertise in these media.

(Embargo expired on 20-Oct-2015 at 08:00 ET)

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abus; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (5R01AA020309)

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

New Study Explores Gender Bias in Academic Hiring

When all else is equal between highly qualified candidates for entry-level faculty positions, professors in academic science overwhelmingly prefer women over men, Cornell researchers previously found in national experiments. In their follow-up study, Cornell social scientists Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams found that women’s hiring edge disappeared when pitted against slightly more accomplished men for faculty positions in engineering, economics, psychology and biology.

Frontiers in Psychology

– Cornell University

Rehab Counselors Help Clients Find Work, Live Independently

Rehabilitation counselors can help clients with physical or mental disabilities—or both, as is often the case—find employment and live independently, according to South Dakota State University professor Alan Davis. October is National Disability Employment Awareness month.

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– South Dakota State University


Study Compares Traditional and Modern Views of Aging

Traditional societies may see the aging process in a more positive light than modern societies, according to a Cornell researcher in a recent study published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Science.

Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Science

– Cornell University

A Study Suggests a Computer Algorithm Can Predict Someone’s Behavior More Reliably Than Humans Can

In research presented at IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, researchers, from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory suggest an algorithm can predict human intuition better than us humans.

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IEEE Data Science and Advanced Analytics; MIT News

– Newswise Trends

Survey: More than Half of U.S. and Canadian Food Workers Go to Work Sick

As part of the annual Mind of the Food Worker study, the CRPP polled more than 1,200 food workers at all stages of the food supply chain, including farms, processing plants, cafeterias, restaurants, and grocery stores across the U.S. and Canada. The independent survey was commissioned by Alchemy Systems, which works with companies and organizations across the food system to improve safety and operations.

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– Dick Jones Communications

​Moving​, Even to More Affluent Areas, Puts Kids at Greater Risk for Not Graduating High School​

Want to make sure your child graduates from high school? Don’t move. A new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis finds that students experiencing at least one move over a twelve-month period have a roughly 50 percent decreased likelihood of obtaining a high school diploma by age 25.

Social Science Research

– Washington University in St. Louis

Students Plan 'Get FRUVED' Activities to Promote Healthy Campus Lifestyle

Students at South Dakota State University are carving the pathway toward a healthier college experience with the Get FRUVED—Get your FRUits and VEgetables—social marketing campaign.

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– South Dakota State University



Middle Schoolers May Benefit Academically From Extracurricular Activities

Activities outside the classroom – especially community engagement and sports – may help low-income, urban youth academically as they transition into middle school, according to a new study by NYU Steinhardt.

American Journal of Community Psychology; Carnegie Corporation B4850; MH43084

– New York University


Unique Degree Prepares IUPUI Students for Careers in Sports Analytics

The IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management and School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have developed the first integrated degree program that will prepare students for in-demand jobs in the field of sports analytics.

– Indiana University

Texas Now Providing Free College Courses for High School Students

The University of Texas System launched four courses this fall with a fifth on the way to provide high school students in Texas, the nation and throughout the world with opportunities to prepare themselves for college.

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– The University of Texas System

'Boys Will Be Boys' and 'She Just Likes Him' Wrong Approach to Bullying, Expert Says

Educational psychologist Patricia Hawley, who researches bullying, power and aggression, led a workshop for 120 student teachers discussing how to recognize bullying and what to do about it when they see it.

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– Texas Tech University


Meet Robert Palomino: 'Give Everything a Shot!'

Profile of Robert Palomino, a postdoc at Brookhaven National Laboratory, who is studying the properties of catalysts at the National Synchrotron Light Source II.

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– Brookhaven National Laboratory


How Can Universities Prevent Students' Math Anxiety From Derailing STEM-Career Plans?

The Department of Mathematics at West Virginia University recently received funding for a project that will look at how math anxiety impacts students’ long-term career plans.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

USciences Encourages Social Media-Savvy Teens to Turn Healthy Living Ideas into Cash

More than $10,000 in scholarships and cash prizes are at stake for high school students who showcase the most effective health-conscious social media campaigns at the sixth annual Healthy Lifestyles Scholarship Competition at University of the Sciences.

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– University of the Sciences

Pop Culture


New Book by SU Faculty Member Explores Queer Themes in Horror Movies

Andrew Scahill’s new book, released by Palgrave MacMillan, appropriately enough, in October, is titled “The Revolting Child in Horror Cinema,” and explores the dark underside of this genre. Its subtitle, “Youth Rebellion and Queer Spectatorship,” is a tipoff to the provocative direction that his research takes.

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– Salisbury University


Where Are the Hoverboards? Ithaca College Professor Says Not Too Far Off

Thought you’d celebrate the real Back to the Future Day with a ride on your hoverboard or in your flying car? Sadly, that’s not going to happen in time for Wednesday; but the levitating technology Marty McFly encountered in his jaunt through Oct. 21, 2015 during the 1989 film “Back to the Future II” isn’t as far-fetched as it might seem.

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– Ithaca College

Law and Public Policy


BGSU Poll Shows Ohio Republicans Backing Trump, Carson; Democrats Favor Clinton, Biden

A new Bowling Green State University poll shows Republicans in Ohio are favoring outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson in the 2016 presidential race, while Democrats are looking toward insiders former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and—if he enters the race—Vice President Joe Biden.

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– Bowling Green State University

University of North Florida Poll Reveals Hillary Clinton Holds Significant Lead in Democratic Primary Race

A new UNF statewide poll of Democratic primary likely voters reveals that if the primary were held today, the majority of respondents (54.6 percent) would vote for Hillary Clinton.

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– University of North Florida

Fish Story: Analysts See Nations’ Misuse of “Rational Use” When It Comes to Fishing Rights

The term “rational use,” as applied to fishing rights in Antarctic waters, has been misused by certain countries, an analysis by a team of researchers has concluded.

Marine Policy

– New York University

BGSU Poll: Marijuana Legalization Too Close to Call in Ohio

Ohio could be the largest state in the country, and the first in the Midwest, to legalize marijuana when voters go to the polls on Nov. 3. But according to a new Bowling Green State University statewide poll of likely voters, the issue is too close to call.

– Bowling Green State University

BGSU Poll: Ohio Voters Divided on President Barack Obama, Split on Defunding Planned Parenthood

Ohio voters are divided on their feelings about President Barack Obama, with 45.8 percent favorable toward the president and 47.2 percent saying they feel unfavorable toward him. That’s according to a new Bowling Green State University statewide poll of likely voters.

– Bowling Green State University

From the Land of Bernie Sanders: Vermont’s Newest Medical Students Weigh in on Single-Payer

Vermont future physicians weigh in on the Sanders platform issue that is likely to have the greatest impact on their future careers - single payer healthcare - as they approach the milestone of the White Coat Ceremony.

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– University of Vermont

Inspired by a Widow’s Anguish, Technology Seeks to Protect Cops and Schools

After Cynthia Vetter’s husband—a highway patrol officer—was fatally shot in Texas during a routine traffic stop in 2000, the tragedy inspired the creation of Dallas-based COPsync, Inc. The company has created the COPsync Network, with applications that enable law enforcement patrol officers to communicate in real-time on the Network; and COPsync911, which is activated by school staff when a threatening situation arises, and allows the staff to send an immediate and silent alert to all other staff, the local law enforcement dispatch center and the closest law enforcement officers in their patrol cars.

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– COPsync


WIU Mock Presidential Election Promo Features Jeb Bush

To promote Western Illinois University Mock Presidential Election, University Relations Student Content Producer Jeff Marta (Lisle, IL), a graduate student in WIU's sport management program, is producing a series of video promos. His latest promo features Republican Presidential Candidate and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. See the promo @

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– Western Illinois University

LifeWire Announcements

FAU Professor to Receive ‘Excellence in Ethics Award’ from the National Association of Social Workers

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) will be honoring Allan Barsky, JD, MSW, Ph.D., professor in the School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, on Friday, Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C., at its upcoming 60th Anniversary Conference’s Pioneer Induction Ceremony.

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– Florida Atlantic University

Improving Health Literacy in West Louisville Is the Focus of Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Gift

The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences has received a $300,000 gift from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence to develop health literacy tools that tailor information about chronic health conditions to the underserved.

– University of Louisville

David Skorton Installed As 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian in Ceremony Held in Historic Arts and Industries Building

David J. Skorton was installed as the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution during a ceremony held on Oct. 19 at the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall. The Hon. John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States and Chancellor of the Smithsonian, presided over the ceremony and presented Skorton with a ceremonial brass key that once opened one of the massive oak doors of the Smithsonian Castle.

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– Smithsonian Institution

Tufts University Junior Wins 2015 Global Peter Drucker Challenge

Tufts University junior Khuyen G. Bui has won the 2015 Global Peter Drucker Challenge, selected from among 148 students from dozens of countries in an essay contest focused on managing oneself in the digital age. As grand prize winner, Bui will be recognized in early November at the annual Peter Drucker Global Forum in Vienna, Austria, where he will meet with thought leaders and members of prominent business media. He will receive a prize of 1,000 euros, approximately $1,125.

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– Tufts University

Binghamton University Launches Peace Corps Master's International Program

Binghamton University’s Department of Public Administration is now participating in the Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) program. The program allows individuals interested in serving in the Peace Corps to combine their overseas experience with graduate studies. The Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University is one of only two PCMI programs in public administration in New York State.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Burton Blatt Institute Receives $2.5 Million From National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research for Increasing Supported Decision Making in Community Living

The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University (BBI) has received a $2.5 Million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for a new five-year project on “Understanding and Increasing Supported Decision-Making’s Positive Impact on Community Living and Participation Outcomes.” The funding (grant #90DP0076-01-00) is the only award of its kind in the country.


– Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

UCI Announces Endowed Chairs in Sikh, Jain and Modern India Studies

The School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine has three new endowed chairs: the Dhan Kaur Sahota Presidential Chair in Sikh Studies, Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair in Jain Studies, and Swami Vivekananda-Dharma Civilization Foundation Presidential Chair in Modern India Studies. Donations of $4.5 million, plus another $1.5 million from the UC Office of the President, will fund these chairs, intended to expand UCI’s scholarship in South Asian religions and culture.

– University of California, Irvine

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Balancing Immigration, Terrorism, and Surveillance on the Foundation of Democracy—Oct. 22 Conference at NYU

New York University will host representatives from the Council of Europe, the ACLU, and others for a one-day conference that will consider western democracies’ responses to an influx of immigrants on Thurs., Oct. 22.

– New York University





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