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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Children of Undocumented Mexican Immigrants Have Heightened Risk of Behavior Problems

Children of undocumented Mexican immigrants have a significantly higher risk of behavior problems than their co-ethnic counterparts with documented or naturalized citizen mothers, according to a new study.

(Embargo expired on 26-Feb-2015 at 00:00 ET)

Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Mar-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)


Young Drinkers of Flavored Alcohol Beverages Who Only Consume Supersized Versions at Increased Risk of Negative Outcomes

Underage drinkers of flavored alcoholic beverages who exclusively consume the supersized versions are more than six times as likely to report suffering alcohol-related injuries compared to underage youth who drink other types of alcoholic beverages, according to a new study.

(Embargo expired on 25-Feb-2015 at 16:00 ET)

American Journal of Public Health

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Facebook and University of Washington Partner on Suicide Prevention Effort

New initiative provides tools and resources to help suicidal people and concerned observers

– University of Washington


Cyberbystanders: Most Don’t Try to Stop Online Bullies

In a new study, 221 college students participated in an online chat room in which they watched a fellow student get “bullied” right before their eyes. Only 10 percent of the students who noticed the abuse directly intervened, either by confronting the bully online or helping the victim.

Computes in Human Behavior, April-2015

– Ohio State University

Communicating Emotions

Mandarin-speakers rely more on tone of voice rather than on facial cues to understand emotion compared to English-language speakers. This may be a result of the limited eye contact and more restrained facial expressions common in East Asian cultures.


– McGill University

Veterans Suicide Prevention Takes Critical Step Forward

What the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act really means for veterans seeking mental health care

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– Rutgers University



At a relatively small cost, elders could be made more self-reliant and healthy and also less depressed, suggest the preliminary findings of a home-intervention pilot led by Sarah L. Szanton of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing



This National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Encourages Everyone to 'Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle'

There is no one food, drink, pill or machine that is the key to achieving optimal health. A person’s overall daily routine is what is most important. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month® 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

'Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle' with Informed Food Choices During National Nutrition Month and Beyond, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

An eating pattern that meets people’s nutrient needs within calorie limits is vital to maintaining good health and quality of life. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” with informed food choices during National Nutrition Month® 2015 and throughout the year.

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

During National Nutrition Month, Make Sensible Snacks Part of Your Healthy Eating Plan, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Snacks can be a fun and valuable part of a person’s healthful eating plan – but they can also add unneeded calories, sugar, sodium and fat. During National Nutrition Month®, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers smart snacking ideas that help everyone “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Make Physical Activity a Part of How You 'Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle' this National Nutrition Month, Says Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Make physical activity a part of your daily routine as you “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” during National Nutrition Month®.

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

On Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and Every Day: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Celebrates the Experts

March is National Nutrition Month®, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthful eating. It is also when the Academy celebrates Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, honoring the contributions and expertise of RDNs as the food and nutrition experts. This year, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day will take place March 11.

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– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


As Tennessee Weighs Common Core, Report Reviews Early Stages of State’s Achievement School District

As education officials in Tennessee weigh the Common Core and the advantages of initiatives

– George Washington University

OMG Moment Affects GPAs

When Wake Forest University chemistry professor Angela King realized how much students' expectations for a class impact their learning, she turned to a pop culture phenomenon for innovative teaching ideas.

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– Wake Forest University


University Forges Rare Partnership to Ignite Kids' Interest in STEM

Columbus State University and the Muscogee County School District are proving their passion about getting students interested in STEM. They have partnered on a contract that will give every elementary student in every school a chance to interact with the university’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center.

– Columbus State University

Binghamton University Receives Record Number of Freshman Applications

Binghamton University received a record-high of 30,168 freshman applications for fall 2015 admission, surpassing the previous record high of 29,450 set in 2013.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Pop Culture


Communicating Emotions

Visual cues play a much more important role in the understanding of the emotions being conveyed by music than they do in the understanding of speech.

Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

– McGill University

Law and Public Policy


Developers Help Fund Transit Through Value Capture Plans

Transit improvements increase property values, and cities increasingly are asking real estate developers to help fund transit facilities that will benefit their projects, according to a report by the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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– University of Illinois at Chicago


Iowa State Professor Working to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

An Iowa State professor has new perspective as to the challenges veterans face when seeking mental health care. It’s an issue Alicia Carriquiry was aware, but she never fully understood the need until listening to veterans testify about their situation.

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– Iowa State University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

The Council on Undergraduate Research joins NDD United and Other Diverse Groups to Address Importance of Eliminating Sequestration, Fiscal Austerity

With the return of full sequestration in 2016, CUR and NDD United have renewed their efforts to bring an end to sequestration. NDD United has joined more than 2,100 organizations from across all sectors of the economy and society, including CUR, to urge Congress and President Obama to work together to end sequestration.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

LifeWire Announcements

AERA Announces 2015 Fellows

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the selection of 23 scholars as 2015 AERA Fellows. AERA Fellows are selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements.

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Baylor President Ken Starr Announces Appointment of Dr. Todd Still as Dean of Truett Seminary

Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr has announced the appointment of New Testament scholar Todd D. Still, Ph.D., as the fifth dean of Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary.

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– Baylor University

The Case Centre Names UVA Darden Professor Casey Lichtendahl Outstanding Case Teacher of 2015

Darden Professor Casey Lichtendahl is named Outstanding Case Teacher of 2015 by The Case Centre

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

Celebrating the Centennial of Quarterly Journal of Speech

2015 marks the centennial of the National Communication Association’s Quarterly Journal of Speech (QJS). During the course of its 100-year history, QJS has been at the forefront of Communication studies, pushing boundaries, provoking comment, and strengthening the impact and reputation of the field.

Quarterly Journal of Speech

– National Communication Association

Two UF/IFAS Experts Chosen for National Program to Help Solve Community Issues

Communities wrestle with all sorts of issues: crime, poverty, housing, recreation. Sometimes experts help them solve their problems. Two, like the UF/IFAS faculty members chosen to attend the Kettering Foundation, will help Extension agents train community leaders to solve their issues.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

LifeWire Higher Education Events

UC Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation Presents Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age

The Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business will host its inaugural signature Conference “Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age,” on March 19 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, 100 Academy in Irvine, California.

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

Coping with Stress Discussed March 5

A University of Louisville psychologist will provide techniques to cope with stress in a free program on March 5.

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– University of Louisville


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