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Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Choosing to End It All

Studies show that the way a person makes decisions is among the main factors that determines whether they are protected from or vulnerable to... (more)

– McGill University

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Study Investigates Whether Blind People Characterize Others by Race

Most people who meet a new acquaintance, or merely pass someone on the street, need only a glance to categorize that person as a particular race. But, sociologist Asia Friedman wondered, what can we learn about that automatic visual processing from... (more) (Embargo expired on 25-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Science News

26-Aug-2015

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24-Aug-2015

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Arts and Humanities

24-Aug-2015

Flood Damage After Katrina Could Have Been Prevented, S&T Expert Says

A decade after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, experts say the flooding that caused over 1,800 deaths and billions of dollars in property damage could have been prevented had the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers retained an external review board to double-check its flood-wall designs.

Expert(s) available

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Social and Behavioral Sciences

27-Aug-2015

Choosing to End It All

Studies show that the way a person makes decisions is among the main factors that determines whether they are protected from or vulnerable to suicide. This particular trait is partially shared with family members. Therapies could be adapted to target decision-making.

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Journal of Psychiatric Research, July 2015

– McGill University

26-Aug-2015

Are You a Nomophobe?

Iowa State University researchers have developed a questionnaire to help you determine if you suffer from nomophobia or a fear of being without your mobile phone.

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Computers in Human Behavior

– Iowa State University

25-Aug-2015

Romantic Opportunities Appear to Influence Women’s Sexual Identities, But Not Men’s

Romantic opportunities appear to influence women’s sexual identities — but not men’s, suggests a new study that will be presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

(Embargo expired on 25-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Study Investigates Whether Blind People Characterize Others by Race

Most people who meet a new acquaintance, or merely pass someone on the street, need only a glance to categorize that person as a particular race. But, sociologist Asia Friedman wondered, what can we learn about that automatic visual processing from people who are unable to see?

(Embargo expired on 25-Aug-2015 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

The Greater a Country’s Gender Equality in Employment, the Higher Its Homicide Rate

The greater a country’s gender equality when it comes to employment, the higher the overall homicide rate, according to a Baylor study of 146 countries. What is uncertain is the "why" of that, hip, although prior research suggests it may be due to threatening male status, the researcher says.

(Embargo expired on 25-Aug-2015 at 15:45 ET)

American Sociological Association’s annual meeting

– Baylor University

Slower Response to Confrontation Can Slash Violent Crime Arrests for Some Youth

The ability to think fast and respond quickly to a situation generally is considered advantageous and indicative of a nimble mind. But automatic responses, particularly among young, disadvantaged youth, often are used in ill-suited situations and can lead to violence and crime.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

24-Aug-2015

"Tobacco Goes to College" Shows Battle for Youth Market Began Early

In her book “Tobacco Goes to College: Cigarette Advertising in Student Media, 1920-1980,” Dr. Elizabeth Crisp Crawford, North Dakota State University, Fargo, studied how tobacco advertising targeted college students to smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette. Crawford found the advertising plans and creative tactics to be extremely strategic over the six decades studied. The book’s in-depth analysis of vintage cigarette ads provides insights into sophisticated advertising that was well ahead of its time, and still applicable in today's discussion of promoting e-cigarettes.

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Tobacco Goes to College

– North Dakota State University

Education

26-Aug-2015

Georgia State Enrolls Highest-Achieving, Largest, Most Diverse Freshman Class

Georgia State University has set records this fall for the size, diversity and quality of its freshman class.

– Georgia State University

Broward College Offers Tips for Updating Resumes

When it comes to first impressions in a job search, there is nothing as important as a well-organized and visually appealing resume, especially since job recruiters quickly skim over the document before making a decision to toss it into the possible contender or rejection pile. With such a short time to get important information across, it is crucial that job seekers make their resumes as polished and professional as possible. To commemorate Update Your Resume Month, which is recognized in September, Broward College’s Career Center is offering tips to produce a resume that will impress potential employers and get results.

Expert(s) available

– Broward College

Broward College Expert Offers Hurricane Safety Tips

It only takes one major hurricane to bring devastation to a particular region, which is why time and preparation are key factors to protecting personal property and lives. Marcus Robinson, director of safety and chief fire official at Broward College, is offering several helpful tips the community can put into practice before, during and after a storm.

Expert(s) available

– Broward College

25-Aug-2015

School Lunch Study: Visual Proof Kids are Tossing Mandated Fruits and Veggies in Trash

Less than a month before Congress votes on whether to reauthorize a controversial program mandating healthier school lunches, a new study confirms the suspicions of school officials – many students are putting the fruits and vegetables they’re now required to take straight into the trash, consuming fewer than they did before the law took effect.

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Public Health Reports

– University of Vermont

Law and Public Policy

27-Aug-2015

Expert: In Wake of Obama’s Heroin Initiative, New Treatment Options Are Needed

Expert can discuss the need to address the issue of heroin and prescription opioid abuse by developing innovative medical treatments. Specifically, he can describe the features and benefits of an inside-the-cheek format of buprenorphine for the maintenance treatment of opioid addiction.

Expert(s) available

– BioDelivery Sciences International Inc.

25-Aug-2015

Tulsa Takes New Strides to Improve Health

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, new rules for nutrition standards for city owned vending machines went into effect when the City Attorney signed an Executive Order on July 2, 2015. This ensures that vending machines on city owned and leased properties, such as public libraries, parks, nature centers, the convention center and the Tulsa Zoo all meet recommended nutrition standards and use calorie labeling to provide patrons with healthier options as well as basic education on what is available.

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– Voices for Healthy Kids

24-Aug-2015

Nations’ Policies Affect Mothers’ Ability to Balance Work-Family Life, Study Shows

Various Western nations’ work-family policies leave many working mothers feeling unsupported as both caretakers and workers, according to a comparative study of working mothers in multiple countries by The University of Texas at Austin.

American Sociological Association 110th Annual Meeting.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

LifeWire Announcements

Strengthened Community Relationships Is the Goal of Public Health Practice Office Relocation

The UofL Office of Public Health Practice has relocated from the Health Sciences Center campus to West Louisville, an area of the city marked by health disparities and poverty.

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– University of Louisville

UC San Diego is No. 1 in Nation for Sixth Year, According to Washington Monthly

For the sixth consecutive year, the University of California, San Diego has been ranked the number one university in the nation by Washington Monthly for its contributions to the public good. The magazine released its 2015 College Guide today, an annual issue that takes a different approach to ranking the nation’s colleges and universities.

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– University of California, San Diego

Beacon College Opens New Academic Year with Record Enrollment

A nearly 50-percent enrollment jump seen at nation’s first four-year college for students with learning differences.

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– Beacon College, College for Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Pacific University Ranked 19th Nationally Among Master's Universities by Washington Monthly

Pacific University Ranked 19th Nationally Among Master's Universities by Washington Monthly

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– Pacific University (Ore.)

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Gloria Steinem Joins Speakers At Texas A&M Conference On Role Of Women In Foreign Policy Sept. 11

U.S. national security is strongly dependent on the treatment of women around the world, say speakers at the upcoming conference titled “National Security and Women’s Insecurity: Why Women Matter in Foreign Policy” at Texas A&M University on Sept. 11. Hosted by The Bush School of Government and Public Service, the conference will feature distinguished speakers including famed women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, Ryan Crocker, former U.S. Ambassador to six Middle Eastern nations and current Bush School dean, Michèle Flournoy of the Center for a New American Security, Valerie Hudson, Bush School professor and recent recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, along with a bevy of activists and journalists.

– Texas A&M University

Former Treasury Secretary Paulson Joins President Bair for Conversation on China-U.S. Economic Ties, Environmental Crises, and More

Moderated by CNBC's John Harwood, the event will draw on Paulson's expertise in China's economic policies and sustainability issues and Bair's perspectives on economic challenges and opportunities around the globe.

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– Washington College

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