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Newswise LifeWire
Monday, February 16, 2015

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Arts and Humanities


Smithsonian Snapshot: Matthew Henson, Arctic Explorer

This artwork adorns a postage stamp of Admiral Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson that was issued May 28, 1986. A former sharecropper from Maryland, Henson participated as a navigator and translator in six expeditions to the North Pole and was Peary’s most trusted member of the expedition that discovered the North Pole.

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– Smithsonian Institution

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Depression: A Barrier to Communication for Couples?

A massive 6.7 percent of the U.S. population suffers from depressive disorders each year. Along with causing pessimism, irritability, and exhaustion, depression also affects people’s communication and their ability to maintain relationships. “The Role of Relational Uncertainty in Topic Avoidance among Couples with Depression,” published in the National Communication Association’s journal, Communication Monographs, evaluates how depression and relational uncertainty within couples correspond with communication behaviors.

– National Communication Association

A Matter of Trust: Researcher Develops New Software to Assess Online Interaction

Shuyuan Mary Ho, an assistant professor in the School of Information in the College of Communication and Information at Florida State University and an expert in cybersecurity, built a software application that can assess a human’s disposition and identify potential dangerous behaviors.

– Florida State University


Study Finds Obese Black and White Women Differ in How They View Weight

Perceptions about weight differ between low-income obese white and black women, according to research by Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University.

American Journal of Health Behavior; R01 DK081329

– Indiana University

Changing Stereotypes Key to Getting Girls Interested in Computer Science

Stereotypes are a powerful force in discouraging girls from careers in computer science and engineering, but there are ways to effectively counteract them, two new studies from the University of Washington find.

– University of Washington

Cheaper Gas Prices Lead to More Vehicle Crashes

As the price of gasoline drops, the number of automobile crashes increases, according to analysis of monthly crash data. from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety for 1998 to 2007. However, the time frame within which this occurs varies based on the driver’s age, according to South Dakota State University sociologist Guangqing Chi. He led the multi-institutional team of researchers who analyzed crash data from Minnesota, Mississippi and Alabama in relationship to gasoline prices.

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Journal of Tranport Geography 28 (1): 1-11; Safety Science 59 (1): 154-162; Traffic Injury Prevention 13 (5): 476-484; Accident Analysis and Prevention 43 (1): 194-203; Journal of Safety Research 41 (6): 493-500...

– South Dakota State University



Use of ‘Digital Badges’ in Schools Would Motivate Students, Research Shows

The blend of digital technology and traditional merit badges, such as those earned by Boy and Girl Scouts, would provide an opportunity to both motivate and measure learning, according to new research by a UB education professor.

International Journal of Learning and Media

– University at Buffalo

Vanderbilt Education Experts Offer 18 Apps Making Learning Fun

When chosen wisely, apps can help a child learn important skills such as reading, algebra, fractions and even computer coding—all while having fun. Vanderbilt experts give tips on picking a great app and list their favorites.

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– Vanderbilt University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Puerto Rican Officials Blame Parents of Children with Obesity, Consider Fines

In an attempt to address the significant problem of childhood obesity in the United States territory, Puerto Rican officials have proposed a $500 - $800 fine for parents whose children have obesity and have not improved after parent-focused education. While some public and pediatric health organizations have called the bill “unfair,” The Obesity Society (TOS) and The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) go further to call it a misguided policy that ignores the core scientific understanding of obesity as a disease.

– Obesity Society

LifeWire Announcements

Columbus State University Planning to Move Another of its Colleges to Downtown Columbus

Columbus State University is finalizing plans to move its College of Education and Health Professions to downtown Columbus, a move that will further expand the university’s popular RiverPark campus with an extra 1,800 students, faculty and staff.

– Columbus State University

Uniformed Services University Alumni and Faculty Earn Top Air Force Medical Awards

Faculty and alumni from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences topped the list of recently announced Air Force Medical Service award recipients in the areas of education, research, clinical care and leadership.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Dental Hygiene Students, Faculty and Staff Join Washington County Dental Society Members to Give Kids A Smile

The university's seventh annual Give Kids A Smile day on Saturday, Feb. 7 provided more than 100 children of low-income families with critical dental care, including comprehensive evaluations and necessary restorative procedures.

– Pacific University (Ore.)

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Jane Fonda, Sheryl Sandberg, Gloria Steinen to Headline the International Conference on Mansculinities: Engaging Men and Boys For Gender Equality

The Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (CSMM) at Stony Brook University will host the International Conference on Masculinities: Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality, a four-day symposium to encourage men’s activism in support of gender justice and increase cooperation between feminist activists and academic researchers who address these issues.

– Stony Brook University

UC Irvine's 24th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference Focuses on Health Politics and Policies Under a Republican Congress

Leading authorities and prominent keynote speakers including Norman J. Ornstein, PhD, television commentator and Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will give inside-the-beltway insights on Health Politics and Policies Under a Republican Congress during the 24th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference. Hosted by The Paul Merage School of Business Center for Health Care Management and Policy, the conference begins Thursday, February 19 and runs through Friday, February 20 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering on the UC Irvine campus.

– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business


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