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Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Racial Attitudes of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Resemble Those of Whites, Study Finds

Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by... (more) (Embargo expired on 17-Aug-2015 at 09:30 ET)

– Baylor University

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The Ceremonial Sounds that Accompanied Our Ancestors’ Funerals, 15,000 Years Ago

The Natufian culture, which flourished 15,000 years ago, is well known for its complex burial customs. A new study by Dr. Danny Rosenberg and Prof.... (more)

– University of Haifa

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The Ceremonial Sounds that Accompanied Our Ancestors’ Funerals, 15,000 Years Ago

The Natufian culture, which flourished 15,000 years ago, is well known for its complex burial customs. A new study by Dr. Danny Rosenberg and Prof. Dani Nadel of the University of Haifa has discovered that these ceremonies included the use of giant boulder mortars whose pounding sound informed the community that a ceremony was being held

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– University of Haifa

Social and Behavioral Sciences


ASA Task Force Releases New Book on Climate Change

Edited by Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle, the forthcoming book, Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives, breaks new theoretical and empirical ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions, and cultural practices.

(Embargo expired on 20-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives

– American Sociological Association (ASA)


Study Shows African Americans Discriminated Against in Access to US Local Public Services

Requests for information from local public services, like sheriffs’ offices, school districts and libraries, across the United States are less likely to receive a reply if signed by ‘black-sounding’ names, according to new research conducted by economists at IZA and the University of Southampton.

(Embargo expired on 19-Aug-2015 at 19:05 ET)

– University of Southampton

Happiness Spreads but Depression Doesn’t

Having friends who suffer from depression doesn’t affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick.

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Proceedings of the Royal Society B DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1180

– University of Warwick

Study Finds Racial Disparity Exists Between What Black and White Borrowers Pay for Home Mortgages

Racial disparity in mortgage rates is widespread between black and white borrowers, according to a newly published study which found more financially vulnerable black women suffer the most.

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The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics

– Florida Atlantic University

A First of its Kind: Kentucky African American Encyclopedia Celebrates State’s History

From the earliest moments of Kentucky’s recorded history, the lives of African-Americans have been intricately woven into the fabric of the state. Now, a first-of-its-kind reference chronicles individuals, events, places, organizations, movements and institutions that have shaped the state’s history.

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– University of Kentucky

Pair Plan to Rebuild Nepalese School to Honor Marines

Amrit Kandel and Biraj Pokharel, natives of Nepal now living in Omaha, Neb., are raising money to rebuild a school devastated by last spring's earthquakes and honor six Marines killed while on a humanitarian mission in Nepal.

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– Creighton University

Broward College Experts for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season started June 1, and Broward College has several experts available to discuss issues surrounding hurricane preparation and awareness, including:

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– Broward College


How Having Racially Diverse Friends Can Help You on the Job

Employees with a racially diverse group of friends outside of work may actually perform better at their jobs, a new study suggests.

Organization Science

– Ohio State University

Mothers Give More Than They Receive When Family Struck by Major Illness

Mothers provide more support to adult children with a serious health condition than to their other children, according to new research from Iowa State University. It’s a situation that can put older mothers in a vulnerable position.

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The Gerontologist; American Sociological Association 2015 Annual Meeting

– Iowa State University


Racial Attitudes of Blacks in Multiracial Congregations Resemble Those of Whites, Study Finds

Troubling questions about multiracial congregations’ potential to address racial inequality are raised by a new national study done by researchers at Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago.

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Sociology of Religion

– Baylor University

Kenya Study Finds Neutral Language Builds Trust in Financial Markets Among Divisive Groups

On the heels of President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya this summer, in which the U.S. president called on Kenya to overcome ethnic divisions, a new study provides insights into the economic cost of segregation in developing countries and how to overcome it.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

University of Utah Researcher: Republicans Have Happier Marriages Than Democrats

A new study by University of Utah sociologist Nick Wolfinger and a colleague from the University of Virginia reveals that Republicans tend to be happier in their marriages than Democrats, and are less likely to be divorced. Wolfinger and W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist at the University of Virginia, published the study Monday in Family Studies: The Blog of the Institute for Family Studies. Titled “Red Families vs. Blue Families: Which are Happier?,” the findings add to an ongoing debate over which set of political ideals help to lead people to a happy life, said Wolfinger.

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Family Studies: The Blog of the Institute for Family Studies

– University of Utah



Key Professions Losing Staff Due to Lack of Support for Student Mothers

Key professions such as nursing, teaching and social work are losing thousands of potential recruits as student mothers drop out of higher education due to a lack of support from universities.

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– University of Warwick

Massachusetts High School Students Complete Program at Tufts University School of Medicine

High school students, their families, and Tufts University School of Medicine celebrated the achievements of the 26 youths from the Bay State who participated in the School’s 2015 Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) program. Established in 1989, the program is one of Tufts’ signature initiatives to foster aspiring young doctors, health professionals and scientists of diverse backgrounds.

– Tufts University


Addressing Community Needs, Broward College Offers New Nursing Course on Advanced Heart Failure

Nearly 5 million people in the U.S. are living with heart failure. To assure that South Florida cardiovascular disease patients receive care from knowledgeable and skilled nurses, Broward College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development program is offering a new Advanced Heart Failure course. This class is now included amongst a wide variety of specialty nursing offerings, such as Emergency Nursing and Critical Care Nursing courses, which were created through the Broward Specialty Nursing Consortium, a unique partnership, unlike anywhere in the United States, between the College and a group of medical professionals – consisting of the North Broward and South Broward hospital districts, in conjunction with Holy Cross Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic – to meet the immediate needs of the constantly changing South Florida health care environment.

– Broward College

Law and Public Policy


Berkeley Soda Tax Fizzles Out

The soda tax passed last fall by voters in Berkeley, California – the first such city ordinance in the country – has fizzled at raising retail prices for high-calorie sugary drinks by less than half the amount expected, according to a Cornell University and University of Iowa study.

– Cornell University

Surge in Heroin Use Tied to Prescription Opioid Abuse, According to CDC

Heroin use has increased 63 percent over the last 10 years according to (CDC). That increase, according to the agency, is closely tied to the growing abuse of prescription opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine. An alarming 45 percent of Americans addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids.

– Texas A&M University


In First Year, Two Florida Laws Reduce Amount of Opioids Prescribed, Study Suggests

Two Florida laws, enacted to combat prescription drug abuse and misuse in that state, led to a small but significant decrease in the amount of opioids prescribed the first year the laws were in place, a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers suggests.

(Embargo expired on 17-Aug-2015 at 11:00 ET)

JAMA Internal Medicine

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

IRS Rules To Protect Patients from Health Care Financial Burdens Are Inadequate and Need Legal Reform, Law Professor Says

Recently issued new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules for tax-exempt, typically nonprofit, hospitals designed to help protect patients from health care financial burdens are inadequate and need further legal reform, Georgia State University Law Professor Erin C. Fuse Brown says.

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American Medical Association (AMA) Journal of Ethics, August 2015

– Georgia State University

LifeWire Announcements

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Adds Seven to Full-Time Faculty

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School has added seven research- and practice-track professors and lecturers to its full-time faculty for the start of the 2015-16 academic year, bringing the school’s total number of full-time faculty members to 76.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Texas Tech School of Law Introduces Brain Performance Initiative for Students

The partnership with the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas is designed to give first-year law students the tools necessary to maximize mental efficiency.

– Texas Tech University

Charter School to Build High School on University Campus

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock and eStem Public Charter Schools are collaborating on a project that could revolutionize high school STEM education.

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– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Broward College Transitioning to Tobacco-Free / Smoke-Free Campus

Effective with the start of the Fall 2015 semester on Monday, August 24, Broward College will be a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus. The Broward College Board of Trustees recently approved the policy to further promote a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and the community.

– Broward College

UCI’s Business School Teams with PAAMCO to Teach Financial Literacy to 8th and 9th Graders

PAAMCO announced today a pledge of $250,000 to fund UCI’s annual LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program. Offered through the Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, the week-long LIFEvest program provides a foundation of financial knowledge for underserved 8th and 9th graders from Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties. PAAMCO’s $250,000 pledge will be paid out over the course of five years in $50,000 increments.

– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business

UF/IFAS NGO Expert Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Muthusami Kumaran takes his students to India each summer in a cultural exchange program. They learn about nonprofit leadership, organization and management, while he gives lectures and consults.

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

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