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Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Can You Judge a Man by His Fingers?

Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women. This phenomenon stems from their fetal life, and the hormones... (more)

– McGill University

Featured Story:

Basic Personality Changes Linked to Unemployment, Study Finds

Unemployment can change peoples' core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (more)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Arts and Humanities


Stitching History

Last fall, a local vintage-clothing collector, preparing for a move, graciously donated more than 200 pieces to the Department of Theatre — rack upon rack of dresses, skirts, bodices, hats, gloves, shoes, parasols, fans, a few men’s garments, sporting equipment, and, of course, the blue silk-peacock suit. All together, the collection showcases 90 years of changing fashions, from the 1880s to the 1970s.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Can You Judge a Man by His Fingers?

Men with short index fingers and long ring fingers are on average nicer towards women. This phenomenon stems from their fetal life, and the hormones these men have been exposed to in their mother’s womb. The findings might help explain why these men have more children.

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Personality and Individual Differences

– McGill University

Basic Personality Changes Linked to Unemployment, Study Finds

Unemployment can change peoples' core personalities, making some less conscientious, agreeable and open, which may make it difficult for them to find new jobs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Journal of Applied Psychology

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Consumers Increasingly Face Companies’ Creative Smoke and Mirrors, Study Finds

Heavily marketed as a safer, healthful alternative to smoking, electronic cigarettes are under fire from California health officials who have declared “vaping” a public health threat, hoping to head off the type of deceptive manipulation that tobacco companies succeeded with for decades, according to researchers.

American Sociological Review, Feb-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)


Crowdsourcing a Valid Option for Gathering Speech Ratings

Crowdsourcing – where responses to a task are aggregated across a large number of individuals recruited online – can be an effective tool for rating sounds in speech disorders research, according to a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Journal of Communication Disorders, Jan/Feb 2015; NIH R03DC 012883

– New York University

Can Virtual Reality Help Treat Anxiety in Older People ?

Up to 25% of people aged 65 and over experience varying degrees of anxiety. Although cognitive behavioural therapy is a preferred treatment approach, it has limitations as people age (decreased mobility and visualization skills). Could virtual reality be an effective therapy for anxiety in older people?

International Psychogeriatrics, Sept-2014

– Universite de Montreal

Social Media Can Help Alert Students During Campus Emergencies, Study Finds

Using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to spread information during campus emergencies can help keep students safer, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.

International Journal of Business Information Systems

– University at Buffalo


Terror Attacks Offer Insights for First Responders

When terrorists strike, emergency workers who have the proper training, information access and a positive work environment will make better decisions, according to research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.

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IIMB Management Review

– University at Buffalo

Criminologist 'Hacks' the Hacker

Hacking is a late-modern transgressive craft, according to the latest research from a Kansas State University criminologist.

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British Journal of Criminology

– Kansas State University

UB Researcher Has Some Questions for the Interview

Interviews begin with questions, but a University at Buffalo researcher is instead questioning the interview, and the answers are mapping the history and unexplored conceptual areas of this familiar information-gathering tool.

– University at Buffalo



Study: Manufacturing Growth Can Benefit Bangladeshi Women Workers

The life of a Bangladeshi garment factory worker is not an easy one. But new research from the University of Washington indicates that access to such factory jobs can improve the lives of young Bangladeshi women — motivating them to stay in school and lowering their likelihood of early marriage and childbirth.


– University of Washington

Pop Culture


Oscar’s Women: Are Female Roles as Accessories to Great Men?

An Ursinus College film professor calls for a "cultural shift" in how Hollywood perceives women.

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– Ursinus College

Law and Public Policy


Research Finds Little Public Support for Benefit Principle Taxation to Fund Roads

Benefit principle taxes, such as a mileage tax, have the potential to replace fuel taxes and make up for falling revenues. But new Indiana University research shows that, at best, only one in three Americans believe roads should be financed with benefit-based taxes.

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Public Budgeting and Finance, Winter 2014

– Indiana University

Juvenile Offenders Do Better Close To Home

Juvenile criminal offenders in Texas who are placed under county supervision, close to home, are less likely to be rearrested than those placed in state-run correctional facilities, according to researchers at Texas A&M University.

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– Texas A&M University

LifeWire Announcements

Wellesley College Releases 2015 Albright Institute Lectures to the Public

The Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute at Wellesley College, a program that brings together 40 students from different fields of study each year to engage with world issues, has made a sampling of lectures from its January 2015 Wintersession available online, for free, to the public.

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– Wellesley College

Reminder: 2015 National Physical Activity Plan Congress- February 23-24

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance will hold its 2015 Congress on February 23-24 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. Leaders from health care, public health, sports, government, industry and other areas of American society will come together to recognize successes and help influence the next evolution of the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP).

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets Selects First Woman To Lead as Corps Commander

For the first time in Texas A&M’s 139-year history, a woman will lead the university’s legendary Corps of Cadets. Alyssa Marie Michalke of Schulenburg, Texas, will take command of the 2,400-plus member unit, the largest of its type in the nation except for the service academies, at the conclusion of the spring semester and serve throughout the 2015-16 school year.

– Texas A&M University

UC San Diego’s Head Librarian Wins Top Award from American Library Association

Brian E. C. Schottlaender, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, has been named the 2015 winner of the American Library Association’s Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Schottlaender, will receive a cash award and citation during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco this June.

– University of California, San Diego

LifeWire Higher Education Events

February 25 Forum Highlights Hidden Problem of Eating Disorders

Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University (GW) will hold a public forum on February 25 that will address the impact of eating disorders. The event, to be held during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, will feature a keynote talk by best-selling author Brian Cuban.

– George Washington University

Mediation Expert Kenneth Feinberg Keynote Speaker at Law Review Symposium

Litigation and risk is the topic of the Georgia State University College of Law’s Law Review Symposium on “Risky Business: The Art of Reducing Litigation Uncertainty and Settling Cases,” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at The Carter Center. The symposium features nationally known attorney and alternative dispute resolution expert Kenneth Feinberg, founder and managing partner of Feinberg Rozen LLC.

– Georgia State University

The Future of U.S. and Latin American Relations at Center of 2015 Rocco C. And Marion S. Siciliano Forum

U.S. ties with Latin America have never been more critical. The U.S. now recognizes the region as one of its fastest-growing trade partners, a key ally in developing alternative fuels, as well as its largest source of immigrants—both documented and undocumented—and illegal drugs. Furthermore, as Latin America’s global impact steadily increases, the United State’s dominant influence in the region is waning. Latin American countries have not only grown more independent but are also forging closer ties with other global powers including China and India. In recognition of this complex and changing landscape, the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah will present the 17th Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, Considerations on the Status of the American Society. This year’s theme is “The Future of U.S.-Latin American Relations.” The 10 day conference, which starts on Feb.23, will consist of 16 events including art exhibits and a documentary screening. The

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– University of Utah


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