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Monday, August 24, 2015

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Food Is Community

According to a new University of Iowa study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing... (more)

– University of Iowa

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People with Psychopathic Traits Are Less Likely to 'Catch' a Contagious Yawn than Empathetic Folks

People with psychopathic characteristics are less likely to be affected by “contagious yawning” than those who are empathetic, according... (more)

– Baylor University

Science News

21-Aug-2015

Top Stories 21 August 2015

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– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities

20-Aug-2015

UD's Horn Program Stirs Entrepreneurship in Kenya

Staff from the University of Delaware's Horn Program in Entrepreneurship visited Kenya, where young innovators shared projects in energy, marketing, security and agriculture.

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– University of Delaware

Social and Behavioral Sciences

24-Aug-2015

Lightness/Darkness of Skin Affects Male Immigrants’ Likelihood of Gaining Employment

Skin color is a significant factor in the probability of employment for male immigrants to the United States, according to a new study.

(Embargo expired on 24-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Unlike Boys, Girls Lose Friends for Having Sex, Gain Friends for Making Out

Early adolescent girls lose friends for having sex and gain friends for “making out,” while their male peers lose friends for “making out” and gain friends for having sex, finds a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

(Embargo expired on 24-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Blacks Hit Hardest by Public-Sector Job Losses During Recession, Study Finds

A new University of Washington study found that public-sector job cuts during and after the Great Recession disproportionately impacted African-Americans, especially women, and have increased racial disparity in the public sector.

(Embargo expired on 24-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

– University of Washington

Fitness Experts Share Safety Tips

End the season on a positive note and stay safe while having fun and doing the Monday Mile in the summer sun. Fitness experts offer tips.

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– Monday Campaigns

23-Aug-2015

Study Finds People’s Spiritual Awareness Varies Throughout the Day

People who report having spiritual awareness have it vary throughout the day, rather than being constant, according to a study by University of Connecticut researchers.

(Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

U.S. Has 5% of World’s Population, But Had 31% of its Public Mass Shooters From 1966-2012

Despite having only about 5 percent of the world’s population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to new research.

(Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Study Explores How Nations’ Policies Affect Mothers’ Ability to Balance Work-Family Life

When it comes to supporting working mothers, the United States’ work-family welfare policies leave much to be desired, according to a comparative study of working mothers in multiple countries.

(Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Study Suggests Same-Sex Couples Face More Obstacles to Infertility Treatment Than Opposite-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples encounter more obstacles to treatment for infertility than opposite-sex couples, suggests a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

(Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Want A Better Relationship And A Better Sex Life? Men Should Take More Child Care Responsibilities, Study Finds

If men take up more of the child-care duties, splitting them equally with their female partners, heterosexual couples have more satisfaction with their relationships and their sex lives, according to new research by Georgia State University sociologists.

(Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

annual meeting of the American Sociological Association

– Georgia State University

Couples That Split Childcare Duties Have Higher Quality Relationships and Sex Lives

Heterosexual couples that split childcare duties have higher quality relationships and sex lives than those who don’t, according to new research.

(Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Polygamy and Alcohol Linked to Physical Abuse in African Marriages

African women in polygamous marriages or with alcoholic husbands have a significantly higher risk of being physically abused by their husbands than women in monogamous marriages or women whose husbands don’t abuse alcohol, new research shows.

(Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

22-Aug-2015

Unmarried Women: Politically Cohesive, More Concerned About Women’s Status Than Married Counterparts

Why do unmarried women tend to be more liberal and Democratic than their married counterparts? A key reason is because unmarried women — those who have never been married and those who are divorced — are more concerned about the status of women as a collective group, suggests a new study.

(Embargo expired on 22-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Women More Likely Than Men to Initiate Divorces, But Not Non-Marital Breakups

Women are more likely than men to initiate divorces, but women and men are just as likely to end non-marital relationships, according to a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

(Embargo expired on 22-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Veterans Live in More Diverse Neighborhoods Than Their Civilian Counterparts of Same Race

When members of the U.S. military leave the service, they tend to settle in neighborhoods with greater overall diversity than their civilian counterparts of the same race, according to a new study.

(Embargo expired on 22-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Americans Support Local Food Markets to Feel Part of Something Bigger Than Themselves

More Americans than ever before are supporting their local food markets, and it’s not just because they believe the food is fresher and tastes better.

(Embargo expired on 22-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Study Shows TV’s Subliminal Influence on Women’s Perception of Pregnancy and Birth

In an era where popular culture is increasingly recognized for its impact on lay understanding of health and medicine, few scholars have looked at television’s powerful role in the creation of patient expectations, especially regarding pregnancy and birth.

(Embargo expired on 22-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Food Is Community

According to a new University of Iowa study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called “locavores” are also driven to eat locally grown produce and meat because their commitment to do so makes them feel a part of something greater than themselves - a community that shares their passion for a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable environment.

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American Sociology Association Annual meeting

– University of Iowa

21-Aug-2015

Study Uses 311 Complaints to Track When and Where Neighborhood Conflict Emerges

In a new study from New York University using 311 complaint data, researchers tracked when and where New Yorkers complain about their neighbors making noise, blocking driveways, or drinking in public. They found that these complaints – a defining aspect of urban life – are more likely to occur in areas sandwiched between two homogenous communities, where the boundaries between different ethnic and racial groups aren't clearly defined.

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ASA Annual Meeting, Aug. 2015

– New York University

Study Uses 311 Complaints to Track Where and When Neighborhood Conflict Emerges

In a new study from New York University (NYU) using 311 complaint data, researchers tracked when and where New Yorkers complain about their neighbors making noise, blocking driveways, or drinking in public.

(Embargo expired on 21-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

20-Aug-2015

People with Psychopathic Traits Are Less Likely to 'Catch' a Contagious Yawn than Empathetic Folks

People with psychopathic characteristics are less likely to be affected by “contagious yawning” than those who are empathetic, according to a Baylor University psychology study.

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Personality and Individual Differences

– Baylor University

Teen E-Cig Users More Likely to Smoke

As e-cigarette usage among high school students continues to climb, a recent study from The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals an unsettling trend: that adolescent e-cigarette users are more likely than their non-vaping peers to initiate use of combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and hookahs.

JAMA

– Texas A&M University

Maltreated Children’s Brains Show ‘Encouraging’ Ability to Regulate Emotions

A new study led by the University of Washington finds that given the right strategies, abused children have a surprising ability to regulate their emotions.

Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; KO1-MH092526, KO1-MH092555

– University of Washington

Education

20-Aug-2015

Study Finds Causal Connection between Genotypes Related to Educational Attainment and Years of Education Achieved

A first-of-its-kind, nationally representative study of siblings supports previously published research on unrelated individuals that links specific genotypes to educational attainment among adults in their mid-20s to early 30s. The research, published today in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, found that, within families, an adolescent with a higher “polygenic score”—which summarizes previously identified genome-wide associations for educational attainment—than her or his sibling tended to go on to complete more years of schooling.

AERA Open

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Major California River the 'Ultimate Teacher'

For a select group of new science students, California’s second largest river, the Klamath River, will be the focus of everything they learn and do at Humboldt State University.

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– Humboldt State University

Pop Culture

21-Aug-2015

Biting Back: Are We Feeding From Vampires?

Vampires aren't just crypt dwellers and sparkly teens anymore. Now, they're reflecting our need to bond.

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– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

LifeWire Announcements

Stony Brook University Helps Prepare Next Generation of Farmers by Introducing a Hydroponic ‘Freight Farm’ On Campus

This fall, Stony Brook University is introducing a fresh new technology – a hydroponic Freight Farm – where student farmers can grow crops year-round in an indoor environment. Created in a discarded shipping container converted into a fully operational hydroponic farm known as the Leafy Green Machine, the Freight Farm will be primarily managed by Stony Brook students. Using the latest in farm-management technologies such as cloud-synced growth data, live camera feeds and a smartphone app that monitors and controls light levels inside the container anytime, anywhere, the students will get hands-on experience planting and harvesting lettuce, and Campus Dining will use the fresh produce to feed the student body. Stony Brook University is the first higher education campus to offer students a hydroponic Freight Farm.

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– Stony Brook University

Gonzaga Expands Green Efforts: Complimentary Bus Passes to Students, Faculty and Staff

As part of its increasing sustainability efforts and programs to become carbon neutral by mid-century, Gonzaga University will offer complimentary Spokane Transit Authority bus passes to faculty, students and staff. The program starts in mid-September.

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– Gonzaga University

Women’s Studies Program Introducing Peace Corps Prep Certificate

The Women's Studies Program at Texas Tech will have a 15-hour certificate that allows students to focus on women's issues, health and security and includes a one-month service learning project in an emerging nation.

– Texas Tech University

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Launches MBA in Health Care Management at Sibley Memorial Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School has launched a new cohort-based MBA degree program in Health Care Management at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. This special cohort of the MBA in Health Care Management consists of employees and medical staff from Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

NSU Researcher Receives Up To $4.3 Million for Marine Safety Training

The Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on April 20, 2010 was the largest disaster of its kind in history. Its negative impact on the economy ran in the tens of billions of dollars and caused irreversible damage to the environment.

– Nova Southeastern University

Sunil Kumar Appointed to Second Term as Dean of University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Sunil Kumar has been appointed dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for a second five-year term,

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– University of Chicago

LifeWire Higher Education Events

NYIT Annual Cybersecurity Conference: Threats, Innovations, and New Frontiers

Sixth NYIT cybersecurity conference at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway features academic, corporate, and governmental cyber experts, plus a mobile security workshop.

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– New York Institute of Technology

UVA Darden School of Business Announces Fall Leadership Speakers Series

Leaders in their field, executives in the fall 2015 Leadership Speaker Series will share their stores, expertise and advice with Darden students, faculty and staff.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

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