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Thursday, July 30, 2015

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When Being an Immigrant Makes It More–Not Less–Likely to Have a Job

Race and education shape employment outcomes for U.S.- and foreign-born blacks in surprising ways. (more)

– Vanderbilt University

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How to Talk Like a Democrat or Republican: Language Divide Between U.S. Political Parties Reaches Historic High

A new study finds that American political speech has become more polarized across party lines over time, with a clear trend break around 1980, and that current levels are unprecedented. (more)

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Arts and Humanities

29-Jul-2015

Research Reveals Henry V's Agincourt Naval Fleet Much Smaller Than Previously Believed

University of Southampton historian, Dr Craig Lambert, has examined the naval preparations which allowed Henry V’s army to travel from England to France in August, 1415. Using English exchequer rolls in the National Archives at Kew, London, along with other sources, Dr Lambert has concluded Henry had a fleet of ships less than half the size of that which accepted history suggests.

The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt Conference 2015: War on Land and Sea

– University of Southampton

Iowa State Professor Returns From Cuba with a Sense of Optimism

Rose Caraway recently returned from Cuba after witnessing the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Havana. It’s a moment the Iowa State University assistant professor of religious studies has hoped for ever since she first traveled to Cuba 12 years ago.

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– Iowa State University

28-Jul-2015

Does “Rate My Professors” Help or Hurt Learning?

RateMyProfessors.com is the largest online source for student-generated ratings of college and university professors. Millions of students have evaluated professors on the site, which claims that more than 4 million students use it each month to glean insights about potential professors. But RateMyProfessors (RMP) doesn’t allow for professors to directly defend themselves against negative ratings. This distinguishes the site from the many corporate sites that do allow feedback about products or customer service, potentially allowing the reader a more thorough profile.

Communication Education

– National Communication Association

Social and Behavioral Sciences

30-Jul-2015

With Racial Segregation Declining Between Neighborhoods, Segregation Now Taking New Form

Recent research has shown that racial segregation in the U.S. is declining between neighborhoods, but a new study indicates that segregation is manifesting itself in other ways — not disappearing.

(Embargo expired on 30-Jul-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Review, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

29-Jul-2015

Ongoing Recovery Efforts Take Toll on Hurricane Survivors

According to the Sandy Child and Family Health Study, a major report on NJ residents living in Superstorm Sandy’s path, over 100,000 experienced significant structural damage to their primary homes. Conducted by Rutgers University, New York University (NYU), Columbia University and Colorado State University, research finds that tens of thousands still live with unfinished repairs, disputed claims and recurrent mold, all associated with increased odds of mental health distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.

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The Hurricane Sandy PLACE Report: Evacuation Decisions, Housing Issues, and Sense of Community; The Hurricane Sandy PERSON Report: Exposure, health, Economic Burden, and Social Well-Being...

– New York University

Researchers Reveal Climbing a Tree Can Improve Cognitive Skills

Climbing a tree and balancing on a beam can dramatically improve cognitive skills, according to a study recently conducted by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Florida.

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Perceptual and Motor Skills

– University of North Florida

28-Jul-2015

Hormones Influence Unethical Behavior

Hormones play a two-part role in encouraging and reinforcing cheating and other unethical behavior, according to research from Harvard University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

How to Talk Like a Democrat or Republican: Language Divide Between U.S. Political Parties Reaches Historic High

A new study finds that American political speech has become more polarized across party lines over time, with a clear trend break around 1980, and that current levels are unprecedented.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Doctor Google: How Age and Other Factors Influence Online Health Information Searches

A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making aims to evaluate the types of search strategies that Internet users adopt when trying to solve a complicated health problem.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

When Being an Immigrant Makes It More–Not Less–Likely to Have a Job

Race and education shape employment outcomes for U.S.- and foreign-born blacks in surprising ways.

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Population Association of America annual meeting, 2015

– Vanderbilt University

Talking About Race: Subtle Racism Can Lead to Violence, Distrust

As concerns about police bias continue to affect communities, the psychology of racial bias and interracial distrust will be the focus of various presentations at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Children of Same-Sex Parents Face Challenges, but Will Be OK

A little more than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right to same-sex marriage nationwide, psychologists will present research into such families at the American Psychological Association’s 123rd Annual Convention.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

27-Jul-2015

Mum’s the Word: Maternal Language Has Strong Effect on Children’s Social Skills

Psychologists at the University of York have revealed new evidence showing how specific language used by parents to talk to their babies can help their child to understand the thoughts of others when they get older.

British Journal of Developmental Psychology

– University of York

Selective Imitation Shows Children are Flexible Social Learners, Study Finds

Psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin found that children flexibly choose when to imitate and when to innovate the behavior of others, demonstrating that children are precocious social learners.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Connection Found Between Audience Reaction and Candidate Debate Success

Audience laughter and applause have unique effects on presidential primary debates. Patrick Stewart, an associate professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, is an expert in political non-verbal communication.

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Presidential Studies Quarterly, June 2015

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Education

27-Jul-2015

Research Reveals Universities Not Yet as International as They Think

Universities’ internationalisation rankings have limited significance according to new research from the University of Warwick.

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– University of Warwick

Education Professors Taking Message of Reform on the Road

Prior to new education standards coming in 2017, two Texas Tech educators are offering advice to teacher education programs in other states on the process of reform.

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– Texas Tech University

LifeWire Announcements

Atlanta Falcons, American Academy of Dermatology ‘Rise Up’ to Fight Skin Cancer

The American Academy of Dermatology and the Atlanta Falcons will host free SPOTme® skin cancer screenings at Falcons training camp from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, Saturday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 2

– American Academy of Dermatology

Engineering Peace: Drexel University Joins PeaceTech Lab in Global Mission to Use Technology for Resolving Conflicts

Drexel University engineering researchers and students are joining an international effort led by PeaceTech Lab, a non-profit entity launched by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), to prepare the next generation of humanitarian engineers. The PeaceTech Lab’s Young Engineers Program seeks to use the skills of talented young technologists in service of communities in conflict zones around the world who are seeking to create a sustainable peace.

– Drexel University

USU Alumnus, Army Doctor Completes Astronaut Training

Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Andrew “Drew” Morgan has officially joined the ranks of Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin as one of America’s newest astronauts.

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– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

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