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Newswise LifeWire
Thursday, February 12, 2015

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Featured Story:

F-Bombs Notwithstanding, All Languages Skew Toward Happiness

Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York... (more) (Embargo expired on 09-Feb-2015 at 15:00 ET)

– University of Vermont

Featured Story:

Love Online Is About Being Real, Not Perfect

How you fill out an online profile makes a big difference in how you're seen by others. New research shows it is better to be real with your... (more)

– University of Iowa

Arts and Humanities


Music News Tips from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Story ideas on classical music, dance and music education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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– Johns Hopkins University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Looking for Love? Use Reddit to Give Cupid Tech Support

Study finds that users on OKCupid and mobile-based Tinder aren’t able to determine social norms or effective match-making techniques on the services, so they use Reddit to learn tips about online dating. Once there, they also find ways that allow them to “cheat the system” to interact with more potential dates

Association of Computing Machinery’s conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015)

– Georgia Institute of Technology


Stress Caused by Discrimination Linked to Mental Health Issues Among Latino Teens

Latino adolescents who experience discrimination-related stress are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and issues with sleep, according to research led by NYU. These mental health outcomes were more pronounced among Latino teens born in the U.S. to immigrant parents, as opposed to foreign-born teens.

(Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2015 at 00:15 ET)

Child Development, Feb. 11

– New York University

Want To Save The Planet? Neighbors Better Allies Than Family

Socializing with neighbors leads to more planet-friendly behaviors than spending time with friends or family, research finds. That's due to the diversity of neighbors and overwhelming similarity of loved ones, researchers say. So be kind to your neighbors: they may hold the secret to greater action on climate change.

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Environment and Behavior

– University of Vermont

Love Online Is About Being Real, Not Perfect

How you fill out an online profile makes a big difference in how you're seen by others. New research shows it is better to be real with your information than trying to be perfect.

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– University of Iowa

Give the Gift of a Healthier Heart

The heart is a symbol of love, and there’s no better way to say “I love you” than to help someone you love quit smoking. February is American Heart Month, and New York City Treats Tobacco wants you take steps towards a healthier heart by quitting smoking!

Expert(s) available

– NYU Langone Medical Center


More Women Choosing Living Together Over Marriage

If it seems like more women are choosing to live with a partner instead of get married, you’re right. According to researchers at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the percentage of women who have cohabitated with someone has almost doubled over the past 25 years.

– Bowling Green State University

Sociologists Available to Discuss Valentine’s Day-Related Topics

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss topics ranging from dating, love, and consumerism to weddings, sex, and sadness.

Expert(s) available

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Fall Back on Those New Year’s Resolutions? Six Tips to Get Back on Track

Nancy Rudner, an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Nursing, offers tips on how to maintain healthy New Year's resolutions for life.

Expert(s) available

– George Washington University


F-Bombs Notwithstanding, All Languages Skew Toward Happiness

Arabic movie subtitles, Korean tweets, Russian novels, Chinese websites, English lyrics, and even the war-torn pages of the New York Times—research from the University of Vermont, examining billions of words, shows that these sources—and all human language—skews toward the use of happy words. This Big Data study confirms the 1969 Pollyanna Hypothesis that there is a universal human tendency to “look on and talk about the bright side of life.”

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, February 9, 2015

– University of Vermont

Both Liberals, Conservatives Can Have Science Bias

New research suggests that liberals, as well as conservatives, can be biased against science that doesn’t align with their political views.

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, March-2015

– Ohio State University



USciences Prepares High School Students for International Young Physicists’ Tournament

As Phoenixville Area High School students prepare to end the United States’ eight-year absence from the International Young Physicists’ Tournament (IYPT), faculty from University of the Sciences have spent the past few months helping them polish their science and research skills before the week-long competition in Thailand this summer.

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– University of the Sciences

Pop Culture


Research Shows Real Life “Horrible Bosses” Are Everywhere!

They may not all be as sinister as Kevin Spacey or as inappropriate as Jennifer Anniston in the Hollywood blockbuster “Horrible Bosses,” but recent research conducted by three University of Louisville professors highlighted that up to 36 percent of American workers – and possibly higher – work for a “horrible” or “dysfunctional” boss.

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– University of Louisville


Long Live the CD? UW Grads’ Business Brings Disc Collections to the Cloud

Is there a life for compact discs in the age of the cloud? No, and yes, is the answer from Murfie, a Madison business founded by two UW-Madison alumni that is now in its fourth year of operation. No: It’s a hassle to juggle discs. Yes: Ownership of the disc gives you the right to play its music through a cloud-connected device in your car, home, office or pocket. Murfie’s business is encoding music from customers’ CDs onto its hard drives, and then playing them through any device a customer owns.

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– University of Wisconsin-Madison

50 Shades of Nothing New: ‘Grey’ Just the Latest Example of Erotica in Literature and Film

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is credited with a sexual awakening among tame housewives and staid girlfriends, and the addition of lower-lip-biting spice to vanilla bedrooms across America. But for Rebecca Plante, an associate professor of sociology at Ithaca College, the BDSM exploits of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are hardly an erotic revelation.

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– Ithaca College


Clothing Sizing Changes Through Decades

The associate professor and chair of Buffalo State’s Fashion and Textile Technology Department has studied clothing sizing for more than 20 years, and she’s the first to admit it’s puzzling at best. When it comes to women’s clothing, there is no industry sizing standard, meaning it’s up to each designer to decide the ideal female shape. For many women, finding clothes that consistently fit can pose a challenge.

Expert(s) available

– SUNY Buffalo State

Law and Public Policy


New Study Suggests How Health Authorities Might Improve Communication about Vaccinations

Fatalists trump rational thought: A new study by a political scientist at the University of Arkansas examines perceptions of U.S. citizens about the benefits and risks of immunizations.

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Risk Analysis

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

LifeWire Announcements

Leaders From Africa and Asia Join Fellowship to Bring New Perspectives on International Development to Global Dialogue

Editor's Note: For more about the New Voices Fellowship, visit or email Follow all the fellows on Twitter here and the fellowship at @aspennewvoices.

– Aspen Institute

Case Western Reserve University Launches Five All-Online Engineering Master’s Degrees

Case Western Reserve University is launching five online engineering master's, designed for professionals to complete the degree remotely within two years. The new programs offer a Master of Engineering, and Master of Science degrees in biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering and systems and control engineering.

– Case Western Reserve University

USciences Launches Bold Marketing Campaign ‘Proven Everywhere’

University of the Sciences has unveiled a bold marketing campaign on billboards, public transit, and local television and radio stations. Featuring a new theme, “Proven Everywhere,” the campaign reflects USciences’ emphasis on providing students with transformative experiences that prepare them for successful careers in healthcare and science.

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– University of the Sciences

Human Performance Resource Center at the Uniformed Services University and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Launch New Supplement, Education, and Awareness Partnership

The Consortium for Health and Military Performance’s Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) today announced an important new partnership created to provide robust educational resources designed to help service members understand and navigate the potential dangers associated with dietary supplements.

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– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

The Miami Herald’s “Innocents Lost” Project Wins USC Annenberg’s 2015 Selden Ring Award

Miami Herald reporters Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burch have won USC Annenberg’s 2015 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, for their examination of six years of child deaths in Florida.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Electronic Music Pioneer; Filmmaker; and Legislator Named Recipients of Wellesley College’s Alumnae Achievement Awards for 2015

The Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Awards, which have been presented annually since 1970, are the highest honor given to Wellesley alumnae. Recipients are chosen for achievement and distinction in their fields.

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– Wellesley College

GW Professor Becomes Inaugural James R. Hoffa Teamsters Professor in Modern American Labor History

Eric Arnesen, a specialist in the history of race, labor, politics and civil rights was officially installed as the George Washington University’s James R. Hoffa Teamsters Professor in Modern American Labor History.

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– George Washington University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Loyola to Sponsor Midwest Conference of Medical Students in Psychiatry

The Midwest Regional Medical Students in Psychiatry Conference will be held Feb. 28 at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

– Loyola University Health System

Mississippi State to Feature Prestigious African American Collection

At places like Walt Disney World and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, more than four million people have viewed The Kinsey Collection’s artifacts, manuscripts, books and art documenting African American history. Soon, the collection, comprising one of the largest private collections of African American pieces in the world, will make its first visit to the Magnolia State at Mississippi State University. Free, public viewings of The Kinsey Collection’s “African American Treasures” will be open March 21-June 20 in the John Grisham Room at Mitchell Memorial Library.

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– Mississippi State University

University of Utah Alum David Schwendiman to Speak on Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan

University of Utah alum David Schwendiman to speak on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and his new post as chief prosecutor of the European Union's Special Investigative Task Force on Kosovo.

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– University of Utah


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