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Monday, April 20, 2015

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Convenience, Workplace Incentives May Increase Use of Public Transit

Transit stops close to home and workplace incentives are associated with higher likelihood that commuters will choose public transportation,... (more)

– Washington University in St. Louis

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NYU Study Evaluates the Influence of College Experiences on Career Outcomes

Meaningful college experiences, including internships and studying abroad, may not matter as much as your major and what school you attend when it comes to job satisfaction and earnings, according to research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of... (more) (Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2015 at 15:55 ET)

– New York University

Science News

17-Apr-2015

Trending Stories Report for 17 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: neurology, environment, crowdfunding, engineering, smoking, pharmaceuticals, medical research, cardiology and diabetes

– Newswise Trends

16-Apr-2015

Trending Stories Report for 16 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include:sustainability, COPD, neurology, cancer, sleep, food, and genetics.

– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities

16-Apr-2015

Indonesian Authorities Arrest Online Orangutan Trader

The State Prosecutor of North Sumatra and WCS’s Wildlife Crimes Unit announced the arrest of a suspect for trafficking a living orangutan in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The trafficker allegedly sold wildlife through Facebook and by BlackBerry Messenger. The arrest was made on April 13, 2015.

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– Wildlife Conservation Society

Social and Behavioral Sciences

17-Apr-2015

Freshness, Personal Connections Drive Farmers Market Shopping

Farmers markets are a growing business in many small and large communities. But what drives them? This story looks at what they offer that consumers feel is valuable enough to warrant their time, money and extra effort.

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– Mississippi State University, Office of Agricultural Communications

16-Apr-2015

Research Identifies Barriers in Tracking Meals and What Foodies Want

Researchers studied how mobile-based food journals integrate into everyday life and specific challenges when using food journaling technology. Their research suggests how future designs might make it easier and more effective.

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015)

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Convenience, Workplace Incentives May Increase Use of Public Transit

Transit stops close to home and workplace incentives are associated with higher likelihood that commuters will choose public transportation, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study is co-authored by Aaron Hipp, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School.

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Journal of Transport & Health

– Washington University in St. Louis

Social Shaming and the Search for Validation: WVU Professor Examines How, Why

WVU sociologist professor Jason Manning outlines the social conditions that breed online complaining and hashtag activism.

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Nature

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Sowing the Seeds of Change

Stella Liu, a UC Irvine senior majoring in international studies, is the founder and creator of OneSeed. It’s a subscription-based gardening kit that arrives on the doorstep with three plants in a handcrafted redwood planter. Each season, new seedlings are delivered so that subscribers can exercise their green thumb year-round. Online videos supplement the experience, and salad recipes are provided for enjoying the fruits of one’s labor. Her goal is to motivate people to start growing their own food and to connect with where their food comes from. It’s a for-profit venture that seeks to have a positive effect on the environment and society.

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– University of California, Irvine

Reliving Prehistoric History with "The Great Human Race"

Anthropology professor Bill Schindler and his costar Cat Bigney will recreate the living conditions of our earliest ancestors when filming begins this month for National Geographic Channel's The Great Human Race.

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– Washington College

Communication Scholar Suggests Strategies to Build Language, Listening Skills

This story looks at how a parent can bolster a child's communication skills.

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– Kansas State University

Education

20-Apr-2015

Wichita State, Kansas State Working Together on Unmanned Aerial Systems Studies

Wichita State University and Kansas State University are working together with the FAA to minimize the risk associated with the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operating in the National Airspace System.

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– Wichita State University

19-Apr-2015

Literacy App Improves School Readiness in At-Risk Preschoolers

Using mobile apps in preschool classrooms may help improve early literacy skills and boost school readiness for low-income children, according to research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

(Embargo expired on 19-Apr-2015 at 11:45 ET)

AERA, April 19

– New York University

18-Apr-2015

NYU Study Evaluates the Influence of College Experiences on Career Outcomes

Meaningful college experiences, including internships and studying abroad, may not matter as much as your major and what school you attend when it comes to job satisfaction and earnings, according to research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

(Embargo expired on 18-Apr-2015 at 15:55 ET)

AERA, April 18

– New York University

17-Apr-2015

Researchers Suggest Ways to Develop Healthy Eating Habits in a Child — Start Early and Eat Your Vegetables

This story looks at developing healthy eating choices in children.

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– Kansas State University

16-Apr-2015

Peace Corps Surprise Lands Nursing Student Right Where She Needed to Be

Eager to practice her Spanish in Guatemala, Peace Corps volunteer landed instead in English-speaking Guyana. It proved the perfect path to the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Pop Culture

16-Apr-2015

College Football Rivalries Influenced by Competition for Resources

A new study of intercollegiate football rivalries suggests that competition for scarce resources influences fan opinions. The researchers found that geographic proximity and a shared history of comparable success determine rivalrous and sometimes hostile feelings.

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Economic Inquiry

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Billy Joel Lends Voice to Save Elephants

Africa’s elephants have just gotten a powerful new supporter –music legend, Billy Joel.

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– Wildlife Conservation Society

Law and Public Policy

16-Apr-2015

HIV Pioneer: Use Lessons From the Epidemic to Improve Health-Care System

Michael Saag, M.D., spreads message from first book to TEDxBirmingham attendees; says three lessons can help enact change.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

LifeWire Announcements

‘Most Quoted Man in Utah’ to Leave Post at the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics

University of Utah Professor Kirk Jowers elevated the institution's Hinckley Institute of Politics to a new level of prestige on the national stage of higher education. He has resigned to take a position in the private industry. Jason Perry has been appointed to the role of interim director upon Jowers' June 30 departure.

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– University of Utah

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Online Talk on Women and Strategy Board Games

Erin Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cornell College, will speak about the role of women in strategy boardgaming and the challenges they face.

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– Cornell College

Alumnus David LaChapelle to Speak at UNCSA High School Commencement

An estimated 120 seniors in the high school Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts programs will receive diplomas from America’s first state-supported arts school, a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories.

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– University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Medal of Honor Recipient and UNH Alumnus Ryan Pitts is 2015 Commencement Speaker

The ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for his combat actions in Afghanistan, former U.S. Army staff sergeant Ryan Pitts ‘13 will deliver the University of New Hampshire commencement address Saturday, May 16, 2015.

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– University of New Hampshire

UCI Ayala School of Biological Sciences Announces Olympic Gold Medalist and Activist Greg Louganis as 2015 Commencement Speaker

Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis will give the keynote address at the 2015 UC Irvine Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences commencement on June 14, 2015.

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– University of California, Irvine

Pacific University's 19th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Set for This Weekend

More than 150 students representing 56 colleges and universities throughout North America will discuss a wide variety of topics.

– Pacific University (Ore.)

Social Activist David Mixner to Address Washington College Class of 2015

2015 Commencement at Washington College will honor celebrated civil rights activist and author David Mixner, once described as "the most powerful gay man in America."

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– Washington College

LifeWire Marketplace

U Community Solar Brightened Local Economic Activity

The University of Utah Community Solar Program, which launched a year ago on Earth Day, April 22, and closed on Oct. 24, 2014, generated nearly a million dollars in wages for 18 full-time, temporary and seasonal employees, according to a new report. The program also inspired two other Utah communities to offer similar programs.

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– University of Utah

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