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Monday, August 31, 2015

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Research Links Borderline Personality Traits with Lowered Empathy

Those with borderline personality disorder a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal... (more)

– University of Georgia

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Study: Better Signs Could Help Reduce Friction Between Motorists, Bicyclists

Web-based survey finds "Bicyclists May Use Full Lane," more effective message for signs (more) (Embargo expired on 28-Aug-2015 at 14:00 ET)

– North Carolina State University

Arts and Humanities

27-Aug-2015

New Professor Helps Iowa Towns Build Community, Identity and Economy Through Art

Jennifer Drinkwater is on a mission to help Iowa communities apply art in ways that improve the fabric of their towns. She's the new assistant professor of art and visual culture and community art extension specialist at Iowa State University. Her outreach-oriented position is one of only a handful nationwide.

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– Iowa State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

28-Aug-2015

Study: Better Signs Could Help Reduce Friction Between Motorists, Bicyclists

Web-based survey finds "Bicyclists May Use Full Lane," more effective message for signs

(Embargo expired on 28-Aug-2015 at 14:00 ET)

PLOS ONE

– North Carolina State University

Research Links Borderline Personality Traits with Lowered Empathy

Those with borderline personality disorder a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.

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Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment

– University of Georgia

The Art of Letting Go

Ready or not, throngs of parents will say goodbye to their teenagers this month as their children transition to freshmen in college. Expert E. Christine Moll, PhD, offers advice for parents.

Expert(s) available

– Canisius College

27-Aug-2015

Student Entrepreneurs in Texas Launch Nonprofit to Provide Telepsychiatry for the Homeless

Kavina Patel and Farhan Ahmad aren't Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, but nevertheless they are going to start their own technology company that’s going to change the world! Two University of Texas System college students will be launching a nonprofit called VideoMed to provide psychiatric therapy sessions to homeless individuals in Austin and San Antonio through videoconferencing with licensed mental health providers. If successful with their test cities, they plan to go nationwide.

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– The University of Texas System

Education

31-Aug-2015

Spreading the Wealth on Simulation, IPE

Hopkins Nurse-led partnership offers free online learning modules meant to improve teamwork on patient care

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

28-Aug-2015

Broward College Expert Offers Tips for ADHD Month

During the month of September and as the school year begins, many healthcare, family and children’s organizations focus on the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As part of this, Alexis Resnick, Ph.D., a professor of psychology in the behavioral science department at Broward College, as well as a licensed psychologist who provides assessment, therapy and consultation services to children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral, academic, developmental, emotional, and social concerns, is providing several behavioral treatment tips for ADHD.

Expert(s) available

– Broward College

27-Aug-2015

Back to School is Getting Healthier

From American Heart Association News: U.S. schools have significantly improved school nutrition practices and should continue striving to provide a quality nutrition environment for students.

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American Heart Association News

– Voices for Healthy Kids

Going Through College with No Textbooks

UT System launches first all-digital, no-paper textbook degree program at UT Rio Grande Valley.

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– The University of Texas System

Law and Public Policy

27-Aug-2015

15 Percent of Cigarettes Sold in NYC Have Illegal Tax Stamps, Study Finds

Licensed tobacco retailers throughout New York City are selling a substantial number of cigarette packs carrying either counterfeit or out-of-state tax stamps, finds an investigation by NYU public health researchers.

(Embargo expired on 27-Aug-2015 at 17:30 ET)

Tobacco Control, Aug. 27

– New York University

Four-Day School Week Can Improve Academic Performance, Study Finds

Shortening the school week to four days has a positive impact on elementary school students’ academic performance in mathematics, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Montana State University.

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Education, Finance and Policy, July 2015

– Georgia State University

LifeWire Announcements

Stoney Nakoda Nation and the Samson Cree Nation Sign Buffalo Treaty

The Stoney Nakoda Nation and the Samson Cree Nation became the most recent signatories to a treaty that establishes intertribal alliances for cooperation in the restoration of American buffalo (or bison). The signing took place at a ceremony held by the two Canadian First Nations in Banff, Alberta, Canada on August 13th.

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– Wildlife Conservation Society

Amy Kass, Inspirational Teacher Who Treasured a Humanistic Education, 1940 – 2015

Amy Apfel Kass, AB'62, senior lecturer emeritus in humanities, died on Aug. 19 at her home in Washington, D.C., after a 10-year battle with ovarian cancer and a short battle with leukemia. She was 74.

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– University of Chicago

UT System and Mexican Technology Council Form Partnership

UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven officially signed a memorandum of understanding with the council — also known as CONACYT — at a ceremony at UT San Antonio. The agreement provides a legal framework for the System’s 14 institutions to collaborate with CONACYT to develop a wide variety of STEM-related research and academic programs for faculty and students. Several UT System institutions currently have existing relationships with CONACYT for research collaboration and graduate student funding.

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– The University of Texas System

FSU Wins $1 Million Award to Improve Preschool Education

FSU researchers have received a $1 million award to improve the quality of education in preschools. The three-year study will focus on preschool classrooms serving children at high risk because of poverty and low parental education.

– Florida State University

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