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Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Featured Story:

Direct Engagement with Constituents a Plus for Political Leaders

Politicians who discuss hot-button issues in online town halls can persuade their constituents about the merits of their positions on policy matters,... (more)

– University of California, Riverside

Featured Story:

Persuasive Power: Members of Congress Can Sway the Public

Members of the U.S. Congress really do have the power to persuade their constituents in several different ways, according to a first-of-its kind national study. (more) (Embargo expired on 16-Mar-2015 at 15:00 ET)

– Ohio State University

Arts and Humanities


New Book Offers Unique Critical Analysis of Holocaust Poet's Early Writings

A new book offers the first sustained critical analysis of the early work of Nobel Prize laureate Nelly Sachs.

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The Space of Words: Exile and Diaspora in the Works of Nelly Sachs

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

MTSU’s Center for Popular Music Launches American Music Manuscripts Website

Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music has completed a groundbreaking digitization project to launch its new American Vernacular Music Manuscripts website. Hundreds of American music manuscripts from the 1730s to 1910 are available online for the first time at


– Middle Tennessee State University


Unraveling Jewish-Christian Relations in the Late Middle Ages Through a Passover Haggadah

In 1489, a magnificent illustrated Passover Haggadah was sent as a bequest to the Monastery of Saint Quirinus at Tegernsee in southern Germany. Shortly afterwards, the monastery’s librarian sent the book to a Dominican friar named Erhard von Pappenheim, a Hebraist and expert on Jewish practice, and asked him to write a prologue. In response, Erhard wrote a remarkable treatise that is arguably the earliest quasi-ethnographic account of Jewish practice in early modern Europe and an extraordinary window onto a fifteenth-century Christian’s perception of Jews and Judaism.

– Penn State University Press

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Location, Location, Location: Bike-Sharing Systems Need Revamp To Attract More Riders

A new study by University of Chicago Booth School of Business Assistant Professor Elena Belavina, INSEAD Professor of Sustainable Development Karan Girotra and INSEAD Ph.D. candidate Ashish Kabra found that it is possible for cities to increase ridership without spending more money on bikes or docking points—simply by redesigning the network.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Robot Model for Infant Learning Shows Bodily Posture May Affect Memory and Learning

Using both robots and infants, an Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators have found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge.

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– Indiana University

CSD Report Offers Insights Into How Young People Save in Developing Countries

A new project from the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis shows, among other findings, that girls in developing countries, given equal opportunities, will save as much or more in formal financial institutions than boys.

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Center for Social Development

– Washington University in St. Louis

The Family Institute’s “Relationship and Health Study” Examines Possible Health Benefits of Long-Distance Relationships

While there is a wide variety of research on proximal relationships, or relationship where partners live near one another, research on long-distance relationships is lacking, despite the increasing prevalence of long-distance relationships in the U.S. and elsewhere. Co-principle investigators Steve Du Bois, PhD, LCP, Family Institute Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellow and Tamara Goldman Sher, PhD, Family Institute affiliate, designed the “Relationship and Health Study” to help clarify some of these mixed findings, and to gain a deeper understanding into long-distance relationships.

– Family Institute at Northwestern University


Food TV Could Be Harmful to Your Health

Women who watched food television and cooked frequently from scratch had a higher body-mass-index, or BMI – weighing on average 10 more pounds – than those who obtained information from sources like family and friends, magazines and newspapers, or cooking classes. Women who watched food television but didn’t cook from scratch failed to see their viewing habits translate to a higher BMI.

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– University of Vermont

Breadth vs. Depth

Whether it’s crossing disciplines, breaking down silos, or thinking outside the box, everyone’s talking about boundary spanning as the key to solving the world’s toughest problems. So why isn’t everyone doing it? A new study conducted by Tom Bateman, Professor of Management at the McIntire School of Commerce, and Andrew Hess, Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Washington & Lee University, offers some intriguing clues.

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– University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce

'Aging Illinois' Requires Better Intergovernmental Cooperation

Municipalities throughout Illinois will need to improve transportation options, add a variety of housing types, and strengthen health and human services to meet the day-to-day needs of the aging population, according to a report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Families, Experts, Peer Leaders Gather at CHOP for Guidance on the Transition to College for Teens With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Last Monday, more than 200 young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their parents and autism support professionals gathered for a free, half-day presentation and Q&A panel hosted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Autism Research (CAR) to support families considering life after high school, and the possibilities for higher education.

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Persuasive Power: Members of Congress Can Sway the Public

Members of the U.S. Congress really do have the power to persuade their constituents in several different ways, according to a first-of-its kind national study.

(Embargo expired on 16-Mar-2015 at 15:00 ET)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– Ohio State University



Spring-Cleaning Can Keep Stored Food Pests at Bay

Proper storage can help reduce infestations of stored-food pests, which commonly occur in grain products such as flour and cereal.

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– Mississippi State University, Office of Agricultural Communications

Pop Culture


Fall, Winter Rains Will Bring Great Wildflower Displays in Much of Texas

Most areas of Texas should have great wildflower blooms this spring, and some areas already have a great show started thanks to intermittent rains since last fall, according to a restoration ecologist at The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Law and Public Policy


Direct Engagement with Constituents a Plus for Political Leaders

Politicians who discuss hot-button issues in online town halls can persuade their constituents about the merits of their positions on policy matters, engender greater trust and approval, and inspire more citizens to vote for them.

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PNAS; NSF Grant IIS-0429452

– University of California, Riverside


Experts Discuss Irish Beef's Availability in U.S. For First Time in 15 Years

Trade and agricultural experts from Kansas State University say this "green beef" could open the door for trade agreements with other countries in the European Union.

Expert(s) available

– Kansas State University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Strong Regulations on Gun Sales Prevent High-Risk Individuals From Accessing Firearms and Can Reduce Violent Crime

A review of 28 published studies examining U.S. gun policy found that laws and regulations designed to keep firearms from people at risk of committing violence, such as felons and those under restraining orders, are effective and, in some instances, reduce lethal violence.

Annual Review of Public Health

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

LifeWire Announcements

Celebrate the Culture and Biodiversity of Peru at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian is bringing the cultural vibrancy, history and biodiversity of Peru and the Andean region of South America to the nation’s capital. Through a series of programs, exhibits and events across the Smithsonian, visitors will learn about the rich history and achievements of indigenous communities, the importance of cultural continuity and traditions, and conservation of biodiversity.

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– Smithsonian Institution

Celebración de la Cultura y la Biodiversidad Del Perú en el Smithsonian

El Smithsonian trae a la capital de la nación la vitalidad cultural, historia y biodiversidad del Perú y de la región andina de América del Sur. A través de una serie de programas, exposiciones y eventos del Smithsonian, los visitantes aprenderán sobre la rica historia y los logros de las comunidades indígenas, la importancia de la continuidad cultural y las tradiciones, y la conservación de la biodiversidad.

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– Smithsonian Institution

Prize Patrol Hits the Road to Fulfill D.C. High School Seniors’ Dreams with Full-Ride Scholarships to GW

The college decision-making process got a little easier for several D.C. high school students when Steven Knapp, president of the George Washington University, hand-delivered acceptance letters and full-ride scholarships to nine unsuspecting students.

– George Washington University

$1 Million Literacy Project to Reach African American Boys

Alfred Tatum, dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has received a three-year grant of nearly $1 million from the Kellogg Foundation to improve the literacy of 100 African American boys in grades 3, 4 and 5 by working through 20 parents and five school principals in schools on the South and West sides.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Duquesne Undergrad Recognized with Prestigious Science Award

A Duquesne University student researching pain and depression has been selected from applicants across the state as western Pennsylvania’s first Clarkston Scholar.University student researching pain and depression has been selected from applicants across the state as western Pennsylvania’s first Clarkston Scholar.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Columbus State University Announces 'First Choice' Comprehensive Campaign with $100 Million Goal

Columbus State University today officially announced its “First Choice Campaign,” a comprehensive effort designed to raise at least $100 million to create an academic and collegiate environment that will cement CSU’s status as a favored destination for top students and faculty.

– Columbus State University

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Loyola University Chicago's Graduate Nursing Program Among Nation’s Best

U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing as one of the 2016 Best Nursing Schools in the nation. Loyola’s Master of Science in nursing program was ranked 51st in the nation.

– Loyola University Health System

St. Louis MetroMarket to Take the Fight to End Hunger on the Road

Saint Louis University recently received grant funding to tackle the health impacts of living without easy access to grocery stores and healthy foods.

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– Saint Louis University Medical Center

Tulane Receives Grant to Study Social and Health Impacts of BP Oil Spill

Tulane University has received $1.4 million from the BP Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) to collect new information about health, social wellbeing and economic impacts of the oil spill in three hard-hit coastal communities in Louisiana and Alabama.

– Tulane University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Straight A’s & Stressed: Navigating Childhood Adult Anxiety, a Family Institute Event, Teaches Parents How to Manage Their Children’s Anxiety

From bitten nails and stomachaches to all-night study sessions, our kids display their anxiety in a variety of ways. However, not all anxiety is bad. The Family Institute at Northwestern University's event Straight A’s & Stressed: Navigating Childhood, Teen and Young Adult Anxiety addresses these issues.

– Family Institute at Northwestern University

Noted Prison Reform Experts to Share Insights at 'Re-Visioning Justice in America'

For the first time, three national experts on critical issues surrounding mass incarceration and restorative justice are featured at a conference hosted by the Cal Turner Program on Moral Leadership.

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– Vanderbilt University


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