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Thursday, September 17, 2015

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VIDEO AVAILABLE: Airline Quality Rating Holiday Travel Forecast: Book Early; Demand Will Be Strong for Seats

Book your holiday air travel early this year. That’s the advice from Dean Headley, Airline Quality Rating co-author and associate professor of... (more) (Embargo expired on 15-Sep-2015 at 08:25 ET)

– Wichita State University

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Drawing Conclusions: Scientists Look Inside the Works of Great Artists

A new exhibit at the McMaster Museum of Art brings together years of painstaking research by an international team of scientists, engineers,... (more)

– McMaster University

Science News


VIDEO AVAILABLE: Holiday Travel Forecast and Live Press Conference with Researcher

At 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, September 10 the Airline Quality Report will be presented live and reporters will be able to engage with one of the study's co-authors.

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– Newswise

VIDEO AVAILABLE: Airline Quality Rating Holiday Travel Forecast: Book Early; Demand Will Be Strong for Seats

Book your holiday air travel early this year. That’s the advice from Dean Headley, Airline Quality Rating co-author and associate professor of marketing at Wichita State University.

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– Wichita State University

Arts and Humanities


Drawing Conclusions: Scientists Look Inside the Works of Great Artists

A new exhibit at the McMaster Museum of Art brings together years of painstaking research by an international team of scientists, engineers, conservators and art historians who have used sophisticated equipment and techniques to uncover new details—once hidden to the human eye—by some of history’s greatest artists.

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– McMaster University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Strained Relationships Between Sisters, One of Whom Has an Eating Disorder, Can Cause the Healthy Sister to Develop High Emotional Distress and Depression

The study found that healthy sisters of women suffering from eating disorders suffered from higher levels of depressive symptoms stemming from the strained relationship between the two. “During treatment maximum attention should be given to the relationship between the two sisters, strengthening it and transforming it from a negative, competitive interaction to one of support,” said Prof. Yael Letzer from the University of Haifa who led the research together with Prof. Ruth Katz and Keren Berger

– University of Haifa


Psychology Research Links Distress to Perceived Internet Pornography Addiction

A study of Internet pornography users suggests a person’s own feeling of being addicted to online pornography drives mental health distress, not the pornography itself. Researcher Joshua Grubbs, a doctoral candidate at Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Psychological Sciences, said the finding adds a fresh perspective to commonly held concerns that Internet pornography can be a threat to mental health. The research, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, suggests that feeling addicted to Internet pornography is associated with depression, anger, and anxiety, but that actual use of pornography is not.

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, Sept. 14, 2015

– Case Western Reserve University

When ‘Healthy’ Eating Becomes a Health Risk

Rutgers psychologist discusses the dangers of orthorexia

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– Rutgers University


Earliest Evidence for Ambush Hunting by Early Humans in the Kenyan Rift

Early humans were skilful at using the landscape features of the Kenyan Rift to ambush and kill their prey. They became adept at predicting the pathways used by potential prey, enabling them to ambush large and dangerous animals.

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Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 14011 (2015)

– Bournemouth University


You’re Not Irrational, You’re Just Quantum Probabilistic

A new trend taking shape in psychological science not only uses quantum physics to explain humans’ (sometimes) paradoxical thinking, but may also help researchers resolve certain contradictions among the results of previous psychological studies.

Current Directions in Psychological Science; Trends in Cognitive Sciences

– Ohio State University

Solo Grandparents Raising Grandchildren at Greater Risk Than Parents for Serious Health Problems

Single grandparents raising grandchildren are more vulnerable to poor physical and mental health than are single parents, according to a study recently published in current gerontology and geriatrics research.

Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research

– Georgia State University

Pop Culture


Foodie Fest: DePaul University Experts Chew Over Impact of Food on Health, Wine, Culture

Local faculty experts from DePaul University are available to provide insight and commentary on the many different ways food impacts our lives, from filling your belly to filling your soul.

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– DePaul University

Temple University Experts Available to Speak on Pope Francis

Reporters wishing to request an interview should contact Ashwin Verghese at 215-204-7739 (office), 717-676-8584 (cell) or Photos are available upon request.

Expert(s) available

– Temple University

Law and Public Policy


Open Borders-Not Giant Wall- Is Best Solution for Immigration Issue

Immigration expert Robert Barsky describes the experiences of undocumented migrants, all around the world, bringing to life the challenges they face from the moment they consider leaving their country of origin, until the time they are deported back to it. Drawing on a broad array of academic studies, including law, interpretation and translation studies, border studies, human rights, communication, critical discourse analysis and sociology, Robert Barsky argues that the arrays of actions that are taken against undocumented migrants are often arbitrary, and exercised by an array of officials who can and do exercise considerable discretion, both positive and negative.

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Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law: The Flight and the Plight of People Deemed Illegal (Routledge

– Vanderbilt University

FAU Poll Shows Hispanics Believe Immigration is Important Election Issue and Favor Clinton and Trump for Nominations

An overwhelming majority of Hispanics say immigration is an important issue in the 2016 presidential race, and they’re throwing their support behind Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, according to the latest survey conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative in the College of Business.

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– Florida Atlantic University


Indiana University Expert: Building New Camps Won't Solve European Refugee Crisis

While European governments are considering building new camps for the thousands of Syrian and Eritrean refugees crossing their borders, an Indiana University professor said the current crisis has been caused by the very solution now under discussion.

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– Indiana University

New Analysis of First Primary Debate Available

Patrick Stewart, associate professor of political science and nonverbal coding expert at the University of Arkansas, specializes in analyzing presidential primary debates. A new analysis of the Aug. 6 primary debate offers insights into what to look for in this week's primary debate.

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– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


National Conference to Focus on Smart Decarceration of American Criminal Justice System A national conference held at Washington University in St. Louis Sept. 24-27 will begin a conversation on finding a lasting solution to America’s incarceration problem. Organized by Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School, the conference will discuss proposals for sustainable and effective decarceration of America’s jails and prisons.

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– Washington University in St. Louis

LifeWire Announcements

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Ranks #1 in Innovation

In an affirmation of the school’s leadership, academic rigor, and commitment to cutting-edge programs, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) was named the Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S. by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Aims to Make the Mary Free Bed YMCA the First Building in the World to Have Universal Design Certification

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has partnered with the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University and the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University of Buffalo (IDeA Center), leading organizations in advancing the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. The goal of the partnership is to work towards receiving the first Global Universal Design Certification from the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC) for the Mary Free Bed YMCA when the facility opens in December 2015.

– Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University

Broward College Expands $10k Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Broward College is expanding its current $10,000 ($10K) baccalaureate degree offerings to include six additional options, totaling 11 qualifying bachelor’s degree programs. As a part of the $10K initiative, eligible students pay the first $10,000 of tuition and fees, and the College pays the remainder of the student’s tuition and fees during the last year of study.

– Broward College

Honeywell, Missouri S&T to Collaborate on Science and Innovation

Officials from Missouri S&T announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, a master collaboration agreement with Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies that will allow the two organizations to work more closely on research and development of new technology to meet national security needs.

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Broward College Ranks Fifth Nationally in Conferring Associate Degrees

Broward College was recently recognized as a top college in the nation for the high number of associate degrees it awards in an academic year. During 2013-14, Broward College conferred 5,780 associate degrees, ranking the college fifth in the nation, according to the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers for 2015 report, which is issued by Community College Week.

– Broward College

Saint Joseph’s University Inaugurates 28th President

Saint Joseph’s University will inaugurate Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., its 28th president on Friday, Sept. 18, during a ceremony in the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena.

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– Saint Joseph's University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

2nd Annual UCI Audit Committee Summit to Feature SEC Chief Accountant James Schnurr

James Schnurr, chief accountant for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), will keynote the second annual UCI Audit Committee Summit to be held Friday, October 23rd at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. Hosted by UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, the half-day conference will address the confluence of significant changes enacted and under consideration by the SEC, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), all of which significantly increase audit committee responsibilities and public companies’ financial reporting.

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

CEO of OptumLabs Named 2015 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute alumnus and chief executive officer of OptumLabs Paul A. Bleicher, M.D., Ph.D. (B.S. ’76), has been selected as the 2015 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year.

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– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)





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