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Thursday, March 12, 2015

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How Parents May Help Create Their Own Little Narcissists

Children whose parents think they’re God’s gift to the world do tend to outshine their peers – in narcissism. (more) (Embargo expired on 09-Mar-2015 at 15:00 ET)

– Ohio State University

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Actresses Must Be Picky About With Whom They Work to Survive in Movie Industry

Actresses need to be pickier than men about with whom they work if they want to survive in the movie industry, suggests a new study. (more)

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Arts and Humanities

11-Mar-2015

For 80 Years, Ancient Gold Treasure Rested Undisturbed in UB Library

A collection of ancient Greek and Roman coins includes an incredibly rare aureus of the Roman emperor Otho, who reigned for a mere three months.

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– University at Buffalo

10-Mar-2015

In Wintry Buffalo, a Café Heated Daily with Just Six Logs of Wood

A century-old storefront in Buffalo was recently renovated by a pair of University at Buffalo architects, and their design is an awesome innovation for frosty northern climes: The space has no mechanical heating or cooling systems.

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– University at Buffalo

Social and Behavioral Sciences

12-Mar-2015

Actresses Must Be Picky About With Whom They Work to Survive in Movie Industry

Actresses need to be pickier than men about with whom they work if they want to survive in the movie industry, suggests a new study.

American Sociological Review, Apr-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

11-Mar-2015

Women Who Petition for Restraining Orders Against Abusers Typically See Decreased Earnings

“Why doesn’t she just leave?” is a timeworn question about women trapped in relationships with men who physically and/or emotionally abuse them. Economic dependence is clearly part of the story — many women lack the financial means to leave and find themselves trapped by both poverty and abuse.

American Sociological Review, Feb-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

News Coverage of Fukushima Disaster Found Lacking

A new analysis by American University sociology professor Celine Marie Pascale finds that U.S. news media coverage of the Fukushima disaster largely minimized health risks to the general population. Pascale analyzed more than 2,000 news articles from four major U.S. outlets.

– American University

A Recent Study Suggests Combining Anti-Depressants and Therapy May a Powerful Treatment Option for Major Therapy

A recent study, co-authored by Paula Young, PhD, staff therapist and head of cognitive behavioral therapy services at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, suggests that one size may not fit all when it comes to treating depression. Individually-tailored treatment — a combination of medication and psychotherapy, or psychotherapy alone — may provide better results.

Journal of the American Medical Association-Psychiatry

– Family Institute at Northwestern University

10-Mar-2015

Move Over Mozart: Study Shows Cats Prefer Their Own Beat

As more animal shelters, primate centers and zoos start to play music for their charges, it’s still not clear whether and how human music affects animals. Now, a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that while cats ignore our music, they are highly responsive to “music” written especially for them. The study is online at Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

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Applied Animal Behaviour Science

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

09-Mar-2015

How Parents May Help Create Their Own Little Narcissists

Children whose parents think they’re God’s gift to the world do tend to outshine their peers – in narcissism.

(Embargo expired on 09-Mar-2015 at 15:00 ET)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– Ohio State University

Youth Suicide Rate in Rural Areas Is Nearly Double the Rate in Cities

The adolescent and young-adult suicide rate in the United States was almost twice as high in rural settings than in urban areas between 1996 and 2010, and new research suggests that the gap appears to be widening.

(Embargo expired on 09-Mar-2015 at 11:00 ET)

JAMA Pediatrics

– Ohio State University

Perceptual Training Boosts Contrast Sensitivity for Older Adults

Older adults whose vision is affected by declining contrast sensitivity – which is a factor in the ability to detect and resolve details in low light – can improve their ability to see with perceptual learning training, according to researchers at UC Riverside and Brown University.

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Psychological Science

– University of California, Riverside

Committing the ‘Gamblers Fallacy’ May Be in the Cards, New Research Shows

It’s called the gambler’s fallacy: After a long streak of losses, you feel you are going to win. But in reality, your odds of winning are no different than they were before.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Office of Naval Research Grants N00014-08-1-0042 and N00014-13-1-0067; Intelligence Advanced Re- search Projects Activity via Department of the Interior Contract D10PC20021...

– Texas A&M University

Education

12-Mar-2015

Special Issue of Educational Researcher Examines Value-Added Measures

The American Educational Research Association has published a special edition of its peer-reviewed journal Educational Researcher (ER) devoted to examining value-added measures (VAM).

Educational Researcher

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

11-Mar-2015

Texas A&M Prof. Identifies Five Markers of Genius in Black Men

“The education system and the prison system are in competition for their souls,” says Texas A&M Professor Marlon James about black males in America. James says the key to black male success lies in finding models of excellence, not struggle.

Expert(s) available

– Texas A&M University

10-Mar-2015

UC Santa Cruz Professor Aims to Expand Science Internships for High School Students

Astronomer Puragra GuhaThakurta is using a sabbatical at Google to explore ways to expand and diversify the Science Internship Program for high school students that he started in 2009 at UC Santa Cruz.

Expert(s) available

– University of California, Santa Cruz

09-Mar-2015

Amid Calls for a More Highly Educated RN Workforce, New AACN Data Confirm Enrollment Surge in Schools of Nursing

According to new data released today by AACN, Enrollment in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs increased last year as more nurses answered the call to achieve higher levels of education.

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Amphibians, Already Threatened, Face Increased Susceptibility to Disease From Stress

Research conducted by Duquesne University biology student Shelby Boord, with faculty advisor Dr. Sarah Woodley, associate professor of biological sciences, supports the hypothesis that environmental stressors increase salamanders’ susceptibility to infection, based on chronic exposure to corticosterone, a stress hormone.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Two Duquesne Students Share Their Research in Harrisburg

Two Duquesne University students were among the undergraduates statewide presenting their research in the state Capitol on Tuesday, March 3.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Law and Public Policy

11-Mar-2015

New Book Traces Parallels Between Four Fallen Empires and the United States

America in the Shadow of Empires, by Wake Forest University professor David Coates, compellingly compares the development and failure of four of history’s greatest empires to the current American situation, especially regarding foreign policy and military deployment, the domestic economy, education and health care.

Expert(s) available

– Wake Forest University

LifeWire Announcements

Children’s Learning Institute and Texas Education Agency Launch Free Statewide Online Pre-K Learning Platform

The Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) have launched a new, innovative online platform, known as CLI Engage. This online platform is now available at no cost to all Texas public school districts, charter schools and Head Start programs.

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– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Having Seconds: Hopkins Nursing Once Again in Top 5

Hopkins Nursing graduate programs stay at top of U.S. News rankings, landing at No. 2 for 2016

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Urban Labs Initiative Seeks Solutions for World's Urban Challenges

The University of Chicago is creating a new network of five Urban Labs to address some of the world’s most daunting urban problems and help realize the promise of cities in an era of global urbanization.

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– University of Chicago

Urban Labs Innovation Challenge to Focus on Chicago

Although the work of UChicago Urban Labs is global, its inaugural competition for partners seeks promising ideas that can be implemented in the city of Chicago. The Urban Labs Innovation Challenge seeks to generate evidence on what urban policy interventions work, for whom, and why. Urban Labs are seeking letters of interest from organizations or agencies with promising strategies for addressing one of the focus areas of the three newly created Urban Labs: energy and the environment, health, and poverty. The labs also welcome interventions that span multiple focus areas.

– University of Chicago

UChicago Partners with Marine Biological Laboratory Semester in Environmental Science

The University of Chicago’s partnership with the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) has made possible a new educational opportunity for students studying environmental science.

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– University of Chicago

UIC Poet Wins Prestigious Whiting Award

University of Illinois at Chicago poet Roger Reeves has been named a recipient of the Whiting Award, a prominent creative writing honor that annually recognizes 10 emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama.

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– University of Illinois at Chicago

Tip/Conference to Examine How Fiscal Policy Uncertainty Shapes the Economy

A research conference, to be held on April 7-8, 2015 in Washington DC, aims to explore how uncertainty manifests in fiscal policy, and exactly how that uncertainty can shape the real economy.

– University of Chicago

Ci3’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab Awarded $1 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded $1 million over two years to Ci3’s Game Changer Chicago Design Lab at the University of Chicago to advance its work developing game-based learning experiences that promote sexual and reproductive health among urban youth.

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– University of Chicago Medical Center

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