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Newswise LifeWire
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Arts and Humanities


New Book Challenges Remembrances of 'Christmas Truce'

In December 1914, German and British soldiers on the western front initiated a series of unofficial ceasefires. Enlisted men across No Man’s Land abandoned trenches and crossed enemy lines to sing carols, share food and play soccer. Yet new accounts suggest the tale bears little resemblance to the truth.

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– University of Kentucky

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Mothers Should Be Cautious When Discussing Weight with Daughters

How a mother discusses her own weight concerns in front of her daughter influences her daughter's body image, according to a study from the University of Notre Dame.

Body Image, March-2016

– University of Notre Dame

Holiday Harmony: Kansas State University Therapist Offers Advice on Coping with Stress, Depression

A Kansas State University marriage and family therapist offers advice on coping with holiday stress and depression.

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– Kansas State University

Washu Expert: Top 10 Tips for a Happier New Year​

Wishing family and friends a “Happy New Year” is all well and fine, but if you’re serious about spreading cheer in the New Year, consider passing along more specific advice from a psychologist who studies the science of happiness at Washington University in St. Louis. There is no secret to happiness, but there is a science to it, says Tim Bono.

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– Washington University in St. Louis


Study Finds Activity Trackers Are Better at Counting Steps Than Measuring Sleep

Wearable activity trackers that promise to monitor physical activity, sleep and more are becoming increasingly popular with health-conscious consumers. A recent study led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International found that the trackers are better at measuring some metrics than others.

International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Dec. 2015

– RTI International

Men More Likely to Go Missing on Night Out in the UK in December Than Any Other Time of Year

Men are more likely to go missing – with a fatal outcome – during a night out in the UK in December than at any other time of year, a new study led by an expert from London’s Kingston University has revealed

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– Kingston University

Parent Touch, Play and Support in Childhood Vital to Well-Being as an Adult

Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood, according to University of Notre Dame researchers.

Applied Developmental Science

– University of Notre Dame

Law and Public Policy


Ten Years of Somber Reflection: WVU Faculty, Staff Recall Sago Mine Disaster

As we embark on the 10th anniversary of the Sago Mine disaster, WVU experts are available to reflect and discuss the issues - ranging from mine safety, legal ramifications, emergency response, trauma care and media coverage - related to the tragedy.

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– West Virginia University


Confidence Counts: Accuracy of Eyewitness IDs Increases with Degree of Certainty

Field study of police lineups suggests courts must pay attention to initial witness confidence ratings and police departments should continue using traditional, simultaneous procedure.

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– University of California, San Diego

Understanding the 'Wicked Problem' of Climate Change

Frank Incropera. former dean of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering, acknowledges that it’s somewhat unusual for an engineer to delve deeply into the topic of climate change. Scientists, not engineers, have played the most prominent roles in the climate change debate to date. However, Incropera believes solving the problem going forward will require a joint effort from the two specialties.

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– University of Notre Dame

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

UCI, Other Professors Enlist Rappers for US Supreme Court Brief

In what may be the first amicus brief signed by prominent rap artists, a University of California, Irvine professor and two hip-hop scholars have enlisted Killer Mike, T.I. and Big Boi, among others, in a request to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear a First Amendment case involving violent lyrics penned by a high school student in Mississippi.

– University of California, Irvine

LifeWire Announcements

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to Become Part of Tufts University in 2016

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University have signed a memo of understanding paving the way for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to become part of Tufts in 2016. When finalized, this would expand the 70-year relationship between the SMFA and Tufts, giving faculty and students enriched programmatic opportunities and enhanced access to museum resources.

– Tufts University

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Issues Call for Papers on Nutrition Economics

With the recently expanded scope of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB), the editors are planning a special issue devoted to nutrition economics.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

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