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Monday, June 15, 2015

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

15-Jun-2015

Secrets of Innovation Revealed in Study of Global Video Game Industry

From the adventures of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider to the apocalyptic drama of Fallout - new research from the University of Warwick has revealed the secret to how some of the world’s most iconic video games were created.

American Journal of Sociology

– University of Warwick

12-Jun-2015

Study Analyzes Twitter Hashtags Associated with Diabetes

An analysis of Twitter hashtag use on the subject of diabetes provides new insights about spreading health information through social media. The study, led by Jenine Harris, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, looked at the hashtag #diabetes and its interaction with two Twitter measures of engagement, retweeting and favoriting.

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Preventing Chronic Disease

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nearly Half of African-American Women Know Someone in Prison

African-American adults — particularly women — are much more likely to know or be related to someone behind bars than whites, according to the first national estimates of Americans' ties to prisoners.

Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race

– University of Washington

11-Jun-2015

New Study Finds Group Discussion Improves Lie Detection

In "Group Discussion Improves Lie Detection," the researchers designed four experiments in which groups consistently distinguished truth from lies more accurately than one individual, demonstrating that the group advantage in lie detection comes through the process of group discussion, not the product of a "wisdom of crowds" effect.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Another Look at TSA's Efficiency, Control and Transparency

Despite pitfalls evolving into media frenzies, TSA — an outgrowth of the nation’s security push in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks — remains able to do an at least passably effective job, though perhaps not for the most suspected reasons.

– Creighton University

Education

11-Jun-2015

Beyond MOOCs: Campus Launches Online Learning Office Headed by Jeff Elman

Enhancing education through technology is a passion of Jeff Elman’s. “My first job after college was as a high school teacher in an area of Boston where few kids went to college,” said the UC San Diego professor of cognitive science and former dean of the Division of Social Sciences. “My love for teaching and learning has continued ever since. But over the years, I’ve become increasingly aware that there’s often a mismatch between what we know from the science of learning and the way we actually teach. Online platforms and the use of technology are not silver bullets—after all, they can be misused—but they do open up exciting new educational possibilities.”

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– University of California, San Diego

Law and Public Policy

12-Jun-2015

Poll: Freedom of Expression Reigns Supreme, Except in Cases of Threats

Saint Leo University Polling Institute surveyed a national sample of 1015 adults on topics currently facing the Supreme Court.

– Dick Jones Communications

11-Jun-2015

Connecticut Handgun Licensing Law Associated with 40 Percent Drop in Gun Homicides

A 1995 Connecticut law requiring a permit or license – contingent on passing a background check – in order to purchase a handgun was associated with a 40 percent reduction in the state’s firearm-related homicide rate, new research suggests.

(Embargo expired on 11-Jun-2015 at 16:00 ET)

American Journal of Public Health

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

LifeWire Announcements

ScholarBridge to Serve as a Gold Sponsor for Upcoming URPD Conference

ScholarBridge (www.ScholarBridge.com) will be one of the key sponsors at the upcoming Council of Undergraduate Research Undergraduate Research Program Directors Conference (CUR URPD) in Norman, Oklahoma from June 21-23, 2015.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

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