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Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Science News


Trending Stories Report for 15 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: robotics, nicotine and alcohol, stem cells, vision, cancer, pregnancy, racial disparities in smoking risk, and herbal therapy for cardiac hypertrophy

– Newswise Trends


Trending Stories Report for 14 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: organic chemistry, cybercrime, pancreatic cancer research from Mayo Clinic, diabetes, pediatrics, new cancer treatment in development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, pain medicine research from the Ohio State University, marijuana in the workplace, and stem cells

– Newswise Trends


Trending Stories Report for 13 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: fertility, same-sex marriage, mobile apps, IL tornado, Clinton running for President, violence against women, CA water crisis, medical research

– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities


Franco Dictatorship Declaration a New Leaf for Spanish Citizens, Politicians, Scholars

The Spanish government's official recognition of the rule of Francisco Franco as a dictatorship opens up new conversations for the nation, its history and its newest generations.

– Creighton University

T.H. Tsien, Scholar and Librarian of East Asian Studies, 1909-2015

Tsuen-hsuin (T.H.) Tsien, curator emeritus of the East Asian Collection of the Joseph Regenstein Library and professor emeritus of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, passed away April 9 in Chicago. He was 105.

– University of Chicago


WVU History Professors Explore How Religion Was Used for, Against Unionization in Post-World War II South

In “Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie,” WVU history professors chronicle the important role of evangelical Protestantism in the battle to unionize the South.

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– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Faculty in Doctoral Programs More Responsive to White Male Prospective Students, Research Finds

Faced with requests to meet with potential doctoral students of easily identifiable gender, race or ethnicity, faculty in almost every academic discipline are significantly more responsive to white males than to women and minorities, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Journal of Applied Psychology

– American Psychological Association (APA)

New Method Helps Establish South Asian Perceptions of Dementia

Dementia care for south Asian people could be improved after researchers from The University of Manchester adapted a commonly used tool for judging perceptions of the disease.

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Ageing and Mental Health, April 2015

– University of Manchester


Chimpanzees Show Ability to Plan Route in Computer Mazes, Research Finds

Chimpanzees are capable of some degree of planning for the future, in a manner similar to human children, while some species of monkeys struggle with this task, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Wofford College and Agnes Scott College.

Journal of Comparative Psychology, March 2015

– Georgia State University



Child Development Scholar Suggests Strategies to Build Foundation for Empathy, Tolerance

This story looks at how a parent can influence a child's relationships to others.

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– Kansas State University

First You Make Eye Contact, Suggests Kansas State University Child Development Scholar

This story looks at how to enrich that special connection between a child and parents.

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– Kansas State University

Kansas State University Physical Activity Scientist Suggests Strategies to Keep Children on the Move

This story looks at children and exercise.

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– Kansas State University

Kansas State University Family Therapist Suggests Parents Relearn to Play

This story looks at the importance of playtime.

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– Kansas State University

Baldwin Wallace University Pilots Beneficial New Student Teaching Model

As Ohio teachers prepared to be evaluated on student test scores, they increasingly began to balk at turning their classrooms over to student teachers. The resulting placement shortage inspired a grassroots alliance of Ohio education stakeholders to seek new ways to provide this crucial classroom experience to future teachers in training. Co-teaching, a new approach borrowed from special education is now being piloted by Baldwin Wallace University in the Berea, Ohio schools. The method aims to reverse the shortage of student teaching placements, fueled by fears about new accountability standards for teachers.

– Baldwin Wallace University

Farmers Markets Serve as Local Development Driver

Farmers markets present obvious benefits for both customers and growers, but the operations also provide an avenue for rural and urban community development.

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– Mississippi State University, Office of Agricultural Communications


Report Says Schools Still Shortchanging Gifted Kids

Far too many high-ability children are still languishing in American classrooms, bored and unchallenged. That's why top administrators, researchers, and professors with the University of Iowa's College of Education have issued a new report, updating their call for academic acceleration for America's brightest students.

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– University of Iowa

Pop Culture


Suntanned in Paradise? Baylor Researcher Explores Why Some People Risk Skin Cancer

Tanning as “paradise” — the depiction in ads and magazines of smiling people sporting even tans and often enjoying exotic vacation spots — may influence people to tan in the sun or tanning beds and take risks with UV ray exposure and ultimately, skin cancer, says a Baylor University researcher.

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– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy


Intellectual Property in 3D Printing

The implications of intellectual property in 3D printing have been outlined in two documents created for the UK government by Bournemouth University.

– Bournemouth University


Mayors From Great Lakes, Middle East to Sign Water Pact

Leaders from both regions will convene during Water After Borders: Global Stakes, Local Politics, a two-day University of Illinois at Chicago summit that will focus on strategies for sharing water across political, geographical and cultural boundaries.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Prohibition 2.0?

Why are there so few breweries in the U.S. South? A University of Louisville economics professor who has researched the issue says the reason can be traced to strong, anti-alcohol religious beliefs permeating throughout the Deep South.

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– University of Louisville


Women’s Political Speeches and Ads Available Through Online Archive

Voters, scholars and students can search thousands of speeches and political ads from Hillary Clinton and more than 300 women candidates that are easily accessible through the Catt Center's Women's Political Communication Archives at Iowa State University.

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– Iowa State University

LifeWire Announcements

How Ancient Footprints Can Help Us Understand Modern-Day Crime Scenes

Bournemouth University’s newest research Institute – the Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution (ISLHE) – has been awarded a significant grant from the Natural Environment Research Council to explore how techniques for documenting ancient footprints can help forensic scientists understand modern-day crime scenes.

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– Bournemouth University

University Establishes Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge will bring together scholars from many fields to examine the historical, social and intellectual circumstances that give rise to different kinds of knowledge, and to assess how this knowledge shapes the modern world.

– University of Chicago

AAMC CEO Dr. Darrell Kirch to Deliver Einstein’s 2015 Commencement Address

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 commencement ceremony for Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Einstein’s 57th graduation will take place at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on Thursday, May 28 at 3 p.m.

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Retiring Dean at University of Utah College of Social Work Took Unique Path Into Lifetime Career of Helping Others Through Social Work and Education

Jannah Mather, retiring dean at the University of Utah College of Social Work, was inspired to help others after watching her father —a professional gambler —use some of his winnings to help the downtrodden in the small Indiana town where she was raised.

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– University of Utah

Norman H. Nie, Leading Scholar of American Political Behavior and Public Opinion, 1943–2015

Norman H. Nie, a political scientist and inventor of the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, or SPSS, computer software technology that changed the way social scientists analyze data, died April 2, one day after his 72nd birthday. Nie had lung cancer.

– University of Chicago

Winners Announced for Tufts University $100K New Ventures Competition

A remedy for Boston's parking woes and a therapy for a treatment-resistant cancer were among the winners of the 11th New Ventures business competition organized by the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program of Tufts Gordon Institute. Finalists vied for $100,000 in cash and in-kind awards in general/high tech ventures, life sciences and social impact.

– Tufts University

The Next Great Idea! Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Highlights Student Innovation Achievements

Extraordinary achievements in student innovation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute were recognized recently with several hallmark entrepreneurship awards.

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– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

IU to Lead First-Ever Investigation Into Subtle Cues' Influence on Women's Success in Stem

The National Science Foundation wants to identify obstacles that keep women from entering and remaining in STEM careers, and Indiana University's Mary C. Murphy is working to reveal a previously hidden factor that may be preventing advancement in these fields.

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National Science Foundation

– Indiana University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

University of Chicago Law School to Host Conference on Youth and Police

n an effort to advance public discourse about the ongoing national crisis over police-community relations in urban America, the University of Chicago Law School is hosting a conference on youth and police. The April 24-25 conference is designed to contribute to the development of concrete policy, advocacy and research agendas for addressing issues arising from the interactions between youth and police.

– University of Chicago


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