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Science News


Alcoholism, Marijuna, Placebo Effect, and More Top Stories 2 July 2015

Other topics include neurology, obesity, statins, and the risks of wearing high heels.

– Newswise Trends


Marijuana Weight Gain, Climate Change and Floods, Alcoholism Predictors, and More Top Stories 1 July 2015

Other topics include; do x-rays really cause cancer? And more.

– Newswise Trends


Newswise Staff Picks

The best news, curated by Newswise editors

– Newswise Recommends

Athlete Safety, Smart Concrete, and the Dangers of Sugary Drinks; Top Stories for 30 June 2015

Other topics include; grape seed oil to reduce obesity, gender differences in chronic pain, workplace wellness, healthcare in rural Africa after Ebola, cancer treatment, and finding a cure for MERS.

– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities


The Fear You Experience Playing Video Games Is Real, and You Enjoy It, IU Study Finds

With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and in new ways, according to new research by faculty in Indiana University's Media School.

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Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media

– Indiana University

Art Exhibit to Transform Into Home for Fuller Center

A sculpture installation by artist Cedar Lorca Nordbye on exhibit at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Contemporary Art Gallery will be used to construct a new home for a local family upon conclusion of the exhibit. The exhibit, “Building Ethics,” is not only an art installation, but also a social action, according to Nordbye of Memphis. It will be on display in the gallery through Aug. 21.

– Southeastern Louisiana University

Special Issue of Journal of American History Explores the ‘Carceral State’

In a special issue of the Journal of American History, historians explore the forces that led to mass incarceration in the U.S. and its implications for urban spaces, politics, distribution of government resources, race, gender and other factors of American life.

– Indiana University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Children from High Conflict Homes Process Emotion Differently, Could Face Social Challenges

Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings are based on measuring research subjects’ brain activity during a psychological test

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Journal of Family Psychology

– University of Vermont

Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently than Others Do, Baylor Study Shows

Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California.

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– Baylor University

Talk Is Cheap: New Study Finds Words Speak Louder Than Actions

When it comes to the art of persuasion, you can attract more followers if you turn conventional wisdom on its head and stress what you like, not what you do. A new study, to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, finds that people are more likely to conform to others' preferences than conform to others’ actions. In other words, people want to like what others like, but they want to have or do what others don’t have or don't do.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business



Extracurricular Sports Produce Disciplined Preteens

Regular, structured extracurricular sports seem to help kids develop the discipline they need in order to engage effectively in the classroom, according to a new study led by Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital.

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American Journal of Health Promotion

– Universite de Montreal

70 Percent of College Students Stressed About Finances

Seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances, according to a new national survey.Nearly 60 percent said they worry about having enough money to pay for school, while half are concerned about paying their monthly expenses.

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National Student Financial Wellness Study

– Ohio State University


University of Vienna Bestows Honorary Degree on Professor and Dean John W. Boyer

Dean of the College John W. Boyer has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Vienna in recognition of his more than three decades of scholarship on the history of the Habsburg Empire.

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– University of Chicago

Students in the College Explore Richard Wright’s Chicago

University of Chicago undergraduates visit Bronzeville, the South Side neighborhood historically known as a rich site for African American arts, culture and politics and the setting of Wright's novel Native Son.

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– University of Chicago


Minnesota Students Honored for Efforts to “Clean Up Germ City”

Family and Consumer Science students at Minnesota’s Fulda High School, aiming to educate other students about the importance of handwashing, decided they needed to “Clean Up Germ City.” Their classroom project ended up receiving a national award from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

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– American Cleaning Institute

Pop Culture


Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin REALLY Say That?

As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say these things for which they receive so much acclaim? A Baylor scholar can tell the truth about Ben.

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– Baylor University


Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction Announced

This unique summer reading list--voted on by the readers of JOM, the member journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society--highlights books containing materials science and engineering themes.

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– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

Law and Public Policy


Analysis, Weaknesses, and Historic Context for Same Sex Marriage Ruling by the Supreme Court from University of Vermont Scholar

Ellen Andersen, associate professor of political science and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of Vermont, and author of "Out of the Closets and into the Courts: Legal Opportunity Structure and Gay Rights Litigation" breaks down the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

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– University of Vermont

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Alabama’s New Grocery Access Program

The following statement from Jill Birnbaum, Executive Director, Voices for Healthy Kids in support of a new financing program established in Alabama to support access to healthier foods. Governor Robert Bentley held a ceremonial signing of the Healthy Food Financing Act on July 1, 2015.

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– Voices for Healthy Kids

American Icon: House Bill Re-Introduced to Make Bison the National Mammal of the United States

The Vote Bison Coalition applauded the introduction of legislation, H.R. 2908, in the U.S. House of Representatives to officially recognize bison as the National Mammal of the United States.

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– Wildlife Conservation Society

LifeWire Announcements

UChicago Creates Undergraduate Major in Molecular Engineering

The University of Chicago is announcing the creation of a bachelor-of-science degree in molecular engineering, the first undergraduate degree program in engineering that the University has offered in its 125-year history.

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– University of Chicago

DePaul Art Museum Selects MCA’s Julie Rodrigues Widholm as Director

DePaul University has named Julie Rodrigues Widholm, a nationally recognized curator of contemporary art, as director for the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. Widholm brings 16 years of experience from her career with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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– DePaul University

Binghamton Earns National Designation as an ‘Innovation & Economic Prosperity University’

Binghamton University is one of 18 universities to be named an Innovation & Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), in recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

SNEB Presents the 2015 Fall Journal Club Focusing on Survey Design and Validation in Nutrition Education and Behavior Research

Beginning in September, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) launches a sixth semester of the Journal Club. The Journal Club is weekly webinars featuring authors from the latest issues of Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Mobilizing Nutrition Communications to Improve Americans' Consumption Patterns

SNEB members attend webinars free as a benefit of membership. Non-members are also invited to attend this webinar at no charge to become more familiar with SNEB education opportunities.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Turns 100

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is kicking off a yearlong, globe-spanning celebration of its Centennial year.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

UChicago to Offer Free Online Course on Technology and Law

the University of Chicago will launch a free online course this summer for its alumni and the public. Randal C. Picker, AB’80, AM’82, JD’85, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law and senior fellow at the Computation Institute, will lead a course that explores the complex and sometimes adversarial relations between law and modern technology.

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– University of Chicago

Philosopher Elected to the Royal Society of Literature

University of Southampton (UK) philosopher Professor Ray Monk has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature (RSL).

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– University of Southampton

Loyola University Chicago Appoints New Health Sciences Division Provost

Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, has been named provost of the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. She will lead all academic initiatives in the Health Sciences Division, which includes the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and The Graduate School programs. Callahan will officially join Loyola on September 1.

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– Loyola University Health System

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