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Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Study Finds Lack of Ultimate Meaning in Life Associated with Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction and Other Mental Health Problems

One of the most commonly used treatment models in addiction is the 12-step model developed in the 1930s and rooted in spirituality. Yet,... (more)

– Florida Atlantic University

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Overreliance on Imagination May Be a Sign of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Confusing reality with imagination and losing contact with reality are two key characteristics that could play a role in the development of... (more)

– Universite de Montreal

Arts and Humanities

12-Aug-2015

New Book Focuses on Sustainability Communication in Organizations

A new book provides a road map for organizations and corporations to improve their environmental sustainability programs through better communication.

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Strategic Communication for Sustainable Organizations

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

10-Aug-2015

Smithsonian Snapshot: Happy 169th Birthday!

The Smithsonian turns 169 today, and to celebrate, we're sharing a photo from our younger days. This photo was taken in 1850 during the Smithsonian Castle’s construction; it is the earliest-known image of the building.

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– Smithsonian Institution

Social and Behavioral Sciences

13-Aug-2015

Study Finds Lack of Ultimate Meaning in Life Associated with Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction and Other Mental Health Problems

One of the most commonly used treatment models in addiction is the 12-step model developed in the 1930s and rooted in spirituality. Yet, surprisingly, there is no clear understanding about how to nurture spirituality among people struggling with addictions.

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Journal of Social Service Research

– Florida Atlantic University

Overreliance on Imagination May Be a Sign of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Confusing reality with imagination and losing contact with reality are two key characteristics that could play a role in the development of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is what we learn from a study conducted by researchers at the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal) and the University of Montreal, the results of which were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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Journal of Clinical Psychology

– Universite de Montreal

12-Aug-2015

Papal Experts Available to Speak on Pope Francis' Visit

Creighton University has several experts available to discuss elements of Pope Francis' message and ministry.

Expert(s) available

– Creighton University

A Decade After Hurricane Katrina: Experts Discuss Climate Change, Race Relations and Social Enterprise

DePaul University faculty experts are available to provide insight and commentary on the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina from a variety of angles including climate change, race relations and social enterprise.

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Expert(s) available

– DePaul University

11-Aug-2015

One Technique Therapists Use That Really Helps Depressed Patients

Some depressed patients may be hoping for answers from their therapists, but a new study suggests questions may be the key.

Behaviour Research and Therapy

– Ohio State University

NYU Study Examines Top High School Students’ Stress and Coping Mechanisms

The study shows that there is growing awareness many subgroups of youth experience high levels of chronic stress, to the extent it impedes their abilities to succeed academically, compromises their mental health functioning, and fosters risk behavior. Furthermore, this chronic stress appears to persist into the college years, and researchers warns it may contribute to academic disengagement and mental health problems among emerging adults.

Frontiers in Psychology; Charles Engelhard Foundation ; P30 DA011041

– New York University

Behaviors Linked to Adult Crime Differ Between Abused Girls and Boys

Troubling behaviors exhibited by abused children can be predictors of later criminal activity, and that those indicators differ between boys and girls.

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

– University of Washington

10-Aug-2015

Kids, Teens Win When Mental Health Providers Team with Family Doctors

Children and adolescents who receive integrated mental health and medical treatment are 66 percent more likely to have a good outcome than those who receive more traditional primary care.

(Embargo expired on 10-Aug-2015 at 11:00 ET)

JAMA Pediatrics

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Municipal Utilities Drive Sustainability in Smaller Cities

Small cities and rural areas lag behind in environmental protection policymaking because they often lack the financial or technical resources needed. According to newly published research at Binghamton University, places that have municipal utilities have the capacity to pursue sustainability — and are more likely to leverage that capacity to adopt more green energy policies.

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Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Movie Theaters in Developing Economies Should Consider the Big Screen

In emerging economies, where real estate is expensive and space is limited, there has been a boom in multiplex movie theater construction fueled by the conviction that small screens with many show times will increase ticket sales. But new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that the strategy doesn’t always work.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Stepchildren Who View Former Stepparents as ‘Family’ Maintain Relationships Following Divorce

Researchers found stepchildren’s views of former stepparents depended on emotional reactions to the divorce, patterns of support or resource exchanges, and parental encouragement or discouragement to continue step-relationships. Whether stepchildren maintained relationships with their former stepparents largely depended on whether stepchildren viewed their former stepparents as family, the researchers found.

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Journal of Marriage and Family

– University of Missouri Health

Education

11-Aug-2015

Iowa State Researchers Aim to Boost Science Education with Summertime Pest

It may be hard to imagine how a mosquito could inspire students to develop an interest in science. Iowa State University researchers believe it’s not only possible, but say that generating student interest in the pesky insect will improve science learning and public health.

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– Iowa State University

Pop Culture

11-Aug-2015

Q&A: Film Expert Explains Why Hollywood Banks on the Zombie Feeding Frenzy

For some, it’s difficult to understand how a herd of rotting corpses with insatiable appetites for human flesh can have such mass appeal. But millions of people around the globe are eating it up … so to speak.

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Expert(s) available

– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy

10-Aug-2015

Raises for Elected Representatives Could Lead to Better Representation

New research shows that paying elected representatives more may result in better policies for voters.

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Journal of Theoretical Politics

– Vanderbilt University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Legal Research Paper: United States Has a Common Law Trust Obligation to African-Americans 150 Years After Slavery Ended

This year marks the 150-year anniversary of the abolition of slavery in America. Over the years, there have been numerous unsuccessful attempts to secure reparations for African-American slave descendants.

New York University Review of Law & Social Change

– Case Western Reserve University

LifeWire Announcements

GW’s Lisner Auditorium Concert Series Celebrates African Culture

GW’s Lisner Auditorium will celebrate a range of African music styles, including Ethiopian pop, South African vocal music and West African dance music, during its 2015-16 season.

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– George Washington University

Broward College Offers New Technology-Focused Degree Programs to Meet Local Workforce Demand

Broward College Online, the College’s virtual campus which offers some of the most affordable degrees in South Florida, is introducing two new associate degree programs in computer and network security – cybersecurity, and technology project management, to expand opportunities for students to enter these high-wage, growing fields of employment. These programs were developed using labor market analysis, which measures and determines local workforce demand.

– Broward College

$4.4 Million Plaza Gallery Building and Annex Gifted to Salisbury University Foundation

Developers Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson have announced the donation of one of West Main Street's signature structures, the Plaza Gallery Building and Annex, to the Salisbury University Foundation, Inc. The gift is valued at some $4.4 million.

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– Salisbury University

Thomas Jefferson University Launches Interactive Curricula Experience

New Curriculum Platform uses iPads to Meet Students Where They Are – On Mobile Devices

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– Thomas Jefferson University

Harvard Professor Elected President of the American Sociological Association

Michèle Lamont, a Professor of Sociology and African and African-American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, has been elected the 108th President of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

LifeWire Higher Education Events

UofL Honors Veterans on 70th Anniversary of WWII’s Ending

Several units at the University of Louisville will join together with groups from throughout Louisville and the United States to commemorate the end of World War II.

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– University of Louisville

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