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Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Science News


Trending Stories Report for 29 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: lung cancer surgery, childhood obesity, physics, imaging, nutrition, civil unrest in Baltimore, Nepal earthquake.

– Newswise Trends


Trending Stories Report for 28 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Underage drinking, dieting, electrical engineering, neurology and genetics, Nepal earthquake, breast cancer, and supercomputing.

– Newswise Trends


Trending Stories Report for 27 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Bruce Jenner and transgender health, agriculture and pesticide alternatives, new tick-borne disease, internal dissent in Iran over nuclear deal, listeria ice cream recalls, changing mammography recommendations, immunology, materials science, and healthcare education.

– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities


Seen but Seldom Heard: Challenging the Perceptions of Young Disabled People Through Poetry and Performance

The London 2012 Paralympics raised the profile of disabled athletes in way never seen before. The focus was unquestionably on people’s achievements and successes rather than exclusively on their disabilities. While it went a long way towards changing perceptions of disability, concerns remained that it did little to challenge the negative media portrayals of disabled people. Some even argued that the image of disabled athletes as ‘super humans’ only served to emphasise the divide between elite sports people and ordinary disabled people. For Dr Carrie Hodges and her team in Bournemouth University’s (BU) Faculty of Media & Communication, and Wendy Cutts and Dr Lee-Ann Fenge from the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, the platform provided by the Paralympics created the perfect opportunity to challenge perceptions of disability.

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– Bournemouth University


All the Campus Is a Stage

Roving bands of thespians, workshops, master classes, an endowed chair and, of course, the summer festival will help foster appreciation of the playwright’s works.

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– University of California, Irvine

Social and Behavioral Sciences


New Technology, Tablets Still a Struggle for Older Generations

Learning a new technology can be a daunting task for adults of any age, but this is especially true in older adults. New research from Drs. Kate Magsamen-Conrad and John Dowd, assistant professors of communication at Bowling Green State University, and BGSU graduate students Shrinkhala Upadhyaya and Claire Youngnyo Joa, looked at tablet acceptance and use across multiple generations.

Computers in Human Behavior, Sept-2015

– Bowling Green State University

Economic Instability Could Contribute to Low Fertility Rates, Finds New Research

New research from Kansas State University finds environmental factors like economic downturn and high mortality rates could contribute to changing fertility desires.

– Kansas State University


Healthy Children’s Menu Items Tied to Healthier Ordering Patterns and Sustained Restaurant Revenue

The first study of its kind evaluating ordering patterns of children’s meals when provided with healthier menu items and changes in restaurant revenues shows potential for both improved children’s health and restaurant growth. This study, published in The Obesity Society’s scientific journal Obesity, shows promise for other restaurateurs looking to promote healthy eating among children while remaining competitive in the marketplace.

(Embargo expired on 28-Apr-2015 at 12:00 ET)

Obesity, May-2015

– Obesity Society

Impulsive, Angry Personalities More Prone to Aggressive Driving, Accidents, Study Finds

A new study confirms researchers’ previously limited findings that drivers with impulsive, angry personality characteristics are more likely than other drivers to engage in the kind of belligerent driving that potentially leads to accidents, conclusions that could be used in designing more effective traffic safety publicity campaigns.

Risk Analysis

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Keeping Food Visible Throughout the House Is Linked to Obesity

Researchers have identified two seemingly unrelated but strong predictors of obesity: having low self-esteem related to one’s weight and keeping food visibly available around the house, outside the kitchen.

International Journal of Obesity

– Ohio State University

Hamilton College Study Analyzes NFL Draft Strategies

Hamilton College Professor of Economics Steve Wu and 2012 grad Kendall Weir analyzed five years of NFL draft data and discovered that the performance of NFL players who had an arrest record but no charges was better than those without an arrest and those arrested and charged performed as well as those with clean records - but they cost less.

Journal of Sports Economics

– Hamilton College

Chicago Project on Security & Terrorism Creates First Annual Report on Suicide Terrorism

A new report on global trends in suicide terrorism shows that during 2014 more than 4,300 people in more than 15 countries were killed in suicide bombings. Out of the 15 countries, Afghanistan and Iraq led the world last year in suicide attacks with an increase in Iraq.

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– University of Chicago



Small High School Reform Boosts Districtwide Outcomes

Creating small high schools improves outcomes for students in the overall school district – both in new small schools and existing larger schools – according to a study of New York City schools by researchers at New York University, Syracuse University, and Arizona State University.

Educational Researcher, April 2015; Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

– New York University


Master's in "Big Data" Can Lead to Big Career

Clarkson University will offer a new master of science degree in the highly sought-after field of data analytics. "Big data" is one of the most in-demand career paths, leading to high-skill/high paying jobs in marketing intelligence, startups, big pharma, entertainment, and many other businesses.

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– Clarkson University

Pop Culture


Sociologist’s Research on Gangsta Rappers Sheds Light on Emerging Path from Gang Culture

Morningside College Professor Geoff Harkness looks at diverse communities in the U.S. and abroad. His work has taken him to the streets, clubs and recording studios of Chicago to learn about the connections between rap music and gang culture.

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Expert(s) available

– Academy Communications

Law and Public Policy


Tax Cuts for Middle, Lower Income Americans Boost the Economy While Tax Breaks for the Rich Do Little to Help

Tax cuts for ordinary Americans boost economic growth and create jobs, while tax breaks for the rich do little to help the economy.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Sociologists Available to Discuss Same-Sex Marriage

With the Supreme Court of the United States hearing oral arguments today in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which addresses the matter of marriage equality and the constitutional status of state bans on same-sex marriage, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has a number of sociologists available to discuss same-sex marriage.

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– American Sociological Association (ASA)

LifeWire Announcements

Hopkins Scholar to Study Obesity Spike in South Korea

Doctoral nursing student Lorenzo Nava earns Fulbright Scholarship; will look at obesity in South Korea and how nations can grow wealthier without health concerns that can come with it.

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

NUS Is World’s Top 10 for 11 Subjects, and Asia’s Best for 21 Subjects

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been placed among the world’s 10 best universities for 11 subjects across disciplines in Architecture/Built Environment, Engineering, Science, and the Social Sciences, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The University is also Asia’s best across 21 subjects, up from 18 subjects last year.

– National University of Singapore

UCI Distinguished Professor RubéN Rumbaut Elected AAAS Fellow

Rubén Rumbaut, UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of sociology, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He’s among 197 new fellows elected this year to the 235-year-old academy, considered one of the nation’s most select societies.

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– University of California, Irvine

Psychologist Jonathan Bricker Finalist for 'Geek of the Year Award' by GeekWire

Dr. Jonathan Bricker, a psychologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who studies acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, to help people quit smoking and other unhealthy behaviors, has been selected as one of five finalists for GeekWire's prestigious annual “Geek of the Year Award" for using technology to make a positive impact.

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– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

U.Va. Darden School, Concordia and US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships Extend Application Deadline for 2015 Public-Private Partnership Award

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, Concordia and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships today extended the application deadline for the P3 Impact Award, which recognizes model public-private partnerships (P3s) from around the world.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

DC Center for AIDS Research Established with New Grant from the NIH

An interdisciplinary, city-wide consortium of researchers, led by Alan E. Greenberg, MD, MPH, professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for an expected $7.5 million over five years to fund the newly established District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research.

– George Washington University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Announces Major General Margaret C. Wilmoth as Commencement Speaker

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Announces Major General Margaret C. Wilmoth as Commencement Speaker on May 18, 3 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia

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– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Latin American Policy Forum 2015 at the University of Chicago

On Friday, May 1st, the University of Chicago will host the Latin American Policy Forum 2015, a day-long event in which prestigious and high-ranking practitioners and policy players from Latin America are invited to the University to discuss relevant and pressing issues for the region.

– University of Chicago

Stephanie Courtney a.k.a. “Flo” to Speak at Binghamton University Commencement

Stephanie Courtney, who graduated from Harpur College with an English degree in 1992, will speak at Binghamton University's Harpur Fine Arts/Humanities ceremony at noon Sunday, May 27, where she will be honored as an alumna.

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– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Spring Flours Annual Gala to Support the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

On May 1, 2015, the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is hosting the annual Spring Flours Gluten-Free Gala. The event will feature a multi-course, gluten-free dinner created by some of Chicago’s best chefs and bakers.

– University of Chicago Medical Center


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