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Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce When Wives Get Sick

A new Iowa State University study analyzed the divorce rate for couples in which either spouse was diagnosed with a serious illness. The study found... (more)

– Iowa State University

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Study: Men Tend to Be More Narcissistic Than Women

With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals... (more)

– University at Buffalo

Arts and Humanities


High School Actor With "Great Guy Hair" Shaves Head to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Teenager starts fundraising campaign at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey by shaving his head.

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– Rutgers University


Creighton Undergrad Discovers Lost Manuscript

Cole Crawford, a senior English and computer science major at Creighton University, discovered a long lost poem manuscript by 19th-century Scottish poet Robert Tannahill.

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– Creighton University

Architecture Professor Builds Public Interest Design Hub at Iowa State University

Eight years ago, Nadia Anderson blazed trails at Iowa State by offering a community design project as an elective for architecture students. Students collaborating with community residents to address issues through design was uncommon. Now, Anderson is one of several ISU faculty whose students work with Iowa’s urban neighborhoods and rural towns.

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– Iowa State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce When Wives Get Sick

A new Iowa State University study analyzed the divorce rate for couples in which either spouse was diagnosed with a serious illness. The study found a higher probability of divorce for wives that got sick. However, a husband’s illness did not increase the risk.

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Journal of Health and Social Behavior

– Iowa State University

It Is Beneficial to Express Genuine Benevolent Emotions for Others

A new study, conducted by Prof. Dana Yagil from the Department of Human Services at the University of Haifa, found that suppressing positive interpersonal emotions is detrimental to employees as well as to customer satisfaction

Motivation and Emotion

– University of Haifa

Study: Marriages More Likely to End in Divorce When Wives Get Sick

Countless couples have recited the words, ‘in sickness and in health’ on their wedding day with the intention of honoring those vows. But as it turns out, that may be easier said than done.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Mar-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Study: Men Tend to Be More Narcissistic Than Women

With three decades of data from more than 475,000 participants, a new study on narcissism from the University at Buffalo School of Management reveals that men, on average, are more narcissistic than women.

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Psychological Bulletin

– University at Buffalo

Stigma of Mental Illness in India Linked to Poverty

The stigma surrounding people with severe mental illness in India leads to increased poverty among them, especially women, according to new research led by Jean-Francois Trani, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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The BMJ Open

– Washington University in St. Louis

Health People, New York’s Pioneering Peer Education Organization, Celebrates 25 Years

Health People will launch its 25th anniversary celebration with a graduation for the first national Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) provided by trained public housing residents, the latest in evidence-based health education Health People has delivered to more than 10,000 high need South Bronx residents

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– Health People


Educating College Students on Drinking Risks Can Help Lessen Drinking Behaviors, but Only Temporarily, Study Finds

Briefly counseling college students on the dangers of binge drinking is effective in lowering heavy drinking levels among many students, but only temporarily. Three out of four will be right back where they started a year later, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 03-Mar-2015 at 09:00 ET)

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Understanding Electric Car “Range Anxiety” Could Be Key to Wider Acceptance

Drivers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles due to “range anxiety,” the fear of becoming stranded with an empty battery. This phenomenon was recently addressed in a study that aims to explain range anxiety and determine whether hands-on experience can reduce drivers’ stress.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Spouses of Alcoholics Can Benefit From Online Help, Study Finds

Researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) have found that women with alcoholic partners who face barriers to seeking help may benefit from an Internet-based, interactive support program.

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

– University at Buffalo

Researchers Use Roommate Selection Data to Examine Attitudes Toward Minority Groups

A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, authored by researchers from Baylor University, Texas A&M University and the University of California-Davis, examines the attitudes and preferences of white males toward black males by analyzing what affects the probability of choosing a black roommate at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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– Baylor University


Results Challenge Conventional Wisdom About Where the Brain Begins Processing Visual Information

Results of a brain mapping study challenge conventional wisdom that the "magic" which transforms visual information into the three-dimensional world that we perceive all occurs in the visual cortex.

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Nature Neuroscience (02Mar2015)

– Vanderbilt University

Longer Duration of Prescribed Antismoking Medication Before Quitting Appears Promising

Smokers may be more likely to successfully quit their habit if simple adjustments were made to how an existing anti-smoking medication is prescribed, according to a new study by a University at Buffalo research team.

Nicotine & Tobacco Research

– University at Buffalo



Study: Little Evidence That Executive Function Interventions Boost Student Achievement

Despite growing enthusiasm among educators and scholars about the potential of school-based executive function interventions to significantly increase student achievement, a federally funded meta-analysis of 25 years’ worth of research finds no conclusive evidence that developing students’ executive function skills leads to better academic performance, according to a new study published today in Review of Educational Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

(Embargo expired on 05-Mar-2015 at 00:05 ET)

Review of Educational Research

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Study Simulates Changes to Admissions Criteria for NYC’s Specialized High Schools

A new report from NYU's Research Alliance for New York City Schools examines students’ pathways from middle school to matriculation at a specialized high school, and simulates the effects of various admissions criteria that have been proposed as alternatives to the current policy – which uses students’ performance on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) as the sole determinant of admission.

– New York University


Study Shows Teacher Candidates Lack a Clear Understanding of edTPA

The edTPA process in 2014 posed challenges for many teacher candidates in New York and Washington—the first two states to require successful edTPA completion for teacher certification. According to a recent study, led by University of Rochester Professors Kevin Meuwissen and Jeffrey Choppin, candidates in both states, particularly in New York, felt unprepared during the first year of edTPA implementation.

Spencer grant #201500084

– University of Rochester

Pop Culture


UNF Business Professor Takes Madness out of the Month

University of North Florida business professor Dr. Jay Coleman takes the madness out of the month with his “Dance Card" Method for determining NCAA March Madness brackets, also known as “bracketology.”

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Expert(s) available

– University of North Florida


Perfect NCAA Bracket? Near Impossible: DePaul University Mathematician

The odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than one in 9.2 quintillion (that’s 9,223,372,036,854,775,808), according to Jeff Bergen, mathematics professor at DePaul University.

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Expert(s) available

– DePaul University

Law and Public Policy


Selma March 50th Anniversary Covered by Ithaca College Student Journalists

A group of Ithaca College journalism students will help NBC News cover events surrounding the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights.

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– Ithaca College

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Raising Tobacco Sales Age to 21 Is Best Way to Prevent Lifelong Addiction

Raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 would save lives by preventing adolescents from ever taking up smoking, a new report suggests. The minimum age to buy tobacco products in most of the country is 18.

– Ohio State University

LifeWire Announcements

Batten Institute at UVA Darden School of Business to Host Signature Events at 2015 Tom Tom Founders Festival

Darden helps build world-class entrepreneurial ecosystem by hosting signature events at 2015 Tom Tom Festival

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

GW-UTeach Partnership to Prepare STEM Majors to Become Teachers

The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) announced Tuesday that GW was selected by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to join a national network of universities in the UTeach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher preparation program. GW received a $1.45 million grant to implement the program.

– George Washington University

Clarkson University and Union Graduate College Announce Intent to Explore Merger

Clarkson University and Union Graduate College have announced their intent to pursue a mutually exclusive discussion to explore a merger of graduate programs,

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– Clarkson University

Save the Date Now for Health Career Information Later

The University of Louisville is the host institution for the National Association of Minority Medical Educators' 2015 College Student Development Program and Student Recruitment Fair, Sept. 19 in Louisville.

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– University of Louisville

Baldwin Wallace University Launches Country’s First Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Major

A newly evolved Arts Management and Entrepreneurship program integrates the artistic, business and entrepreneurship education that best prepares students for career success.

– Baldwin Wallace University

AACN Awards CNL Visionary Leader and Vanguard Awards to Forerunners in the National Clinical Nurse Leader Movement

AACN is pleased to announce that Nancy Hilton, Chief Nursing Officer from St. Lucie Medical Center in Florida, is the recipient of the 2015 CNL Visionary Leader Award. The highest honor presented by AACN to practice leaders making significant contributions to advancing the Clinical Nurse Lead

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight! Program Serving Up Variety of Enhancements

The Dinner Tonight! program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been enhanced and expanded, and its administrators have chosen March, National Nutrition Month, to announce program improvements.

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– Texas A&M AgriLife

Florida State Opens New Clinic To Find Positives in ADHD

A Florida State University researcher has opened a new clinic that will provide assessment and treatment services for Tallahassee-area families with children suspected of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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– Florida State University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Wellesley College Hosts Summit for First Generation College Students, March 7

Wellesley College hosts Class Action's 3rd Annual First Generation College Student Summit. The summit will convene 175 attendees representing 32 colleges and universities and 4 organizations from around the Northeast.

– Wellesley College


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