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Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Mascots Most Effective in Boosting Conservation by Threatening Disapproval

Smokey Bear has spent decades reminding picnickers “only you can prevent forest fires” and has even been known to cry over the... (more)

– University of Delaware

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‘Delayed Remembering’: Kids Can Remember Tomorrow What They Forgot Today

For adults, memories tend to fade with time. But a new study has shown that there are circumstances under which the opposite is true for small children: they can remember a piece of information better days later than they can on the day they first... (more)

– Ohio State University

Arts and Humanities

23-Sep-2015

St. Mary’s College Religious Studies Professor Examines Christian Perspectives on Women’s Sexuality, Reproductive Rights in America

What are women’s rights with respect to reproduction and sexuality? This question is controversial, but Katharina von Kellenbach, professor of religious studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, takes a clear stand: “Women have a right, and a responsibility, to be able to say ‘no’… to childbearing and sex.” In her new essay, “The Paradox of Freedom: Mary, the Manhattan Declaration and Women’s Submission to Childbearing,” von Kellenbach questions biblical interpretations of freedom that are used to restrict women’s moral agency in the United States.

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Academia

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

21-Sep-2015

New Digital Archive at University of Utah Examines the Complicated and Multi-Dimensional Sides of Suicide

Margaret Pabst Battin, distinguished professor of philosophy and medical ethics at the University of Utah has spent almost 40 years researching, collecting and organizing historical sources on suicide, examining every side of these issues. Her new book, “The Ethics of Suicide: Historical Sources,” published by the Oxford University Press with an accompanying digital archive hosted by the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, provides a diverse range of thinking about suicide throughout history, representing a full range of cultures and traditions.

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– University of Utah

Coming to America - The Pope and Politics

As Pope Francis embarks on his first visit to the U.S., a recent survey shows that while he is extremely popular with American Catholics, there is a significant split concerning his active role in pushing an agenda outside the normal papal realm.

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– University of Louisville

Social and Behavioral Sciences

23-Sep-2015

New Research Shows Relationships Among Creative Identity, Entitlement and Dishonesty Hinge on Perception of Creativity as Rare

Think that you are special because you are creative? Well, you are not alone, and there may be some serious consequences especially if you believe that creativity is rare. A new study by Lynne Vincent, an assistant professor of management at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, and Maryam Kouchaki, an assistant professor of management and organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, demonstrates that believing that you are a creative person can create feelings of entitlement when you think that creativity is rare and valuable. That feeling of entitlement can be costly for you and your organization as it can cause you to be dishonest.

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Academy of Management Journal

– Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

Negative Spiritual Beliefs Associated with More Pain and Worse Physical, Mental Health

Individuals who blame karma for their poor health have more pain and worse physical and mental health, according to a new study from University of Missouri researchers. Targeted interventions to counteract negative spiritual beliefs could help some individuals decrease pain and improve their overall health, the researchers said.

Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health

– University of Missouri Health

22-Sep-2015

Energy Use Feedback Key to Unlocking Savings, if Used Wisely

Using feedback that incorporates goals or incentives and leverages new media and technology appears to be the best way to get people to cut back on their energy use, according to researchers who analyzed dozens of studies on feedback’s effectiveness in energy conservation. The research appears in the journal Psychological Bulletin, which is published by the American Psychological Association.

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Psychological Bulletin

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Looking to Brain Science for Clues to Better Writing

Good writing isn’t an art, a University of Florida researcher says -- it’s a science.

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– University of Florida

21-Sep-2015

Obamacare Saps Enthusiasm for Government Health-Care Spending

The Affordable Care Act has eroded support for federal health care spending not just from Republicans, but also from Democrats and independents, a study found.

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Sociological Science, Sept-2015

– Johns Hopkins University

‘Delayed Remembering’: Kids Can Remember Tomorrow What They Forgot Today

For adults, memories tend to fade with time. But a new study has shown that there are circumstances under which the opposite is true for small children: they can remember a piece of information better days later than they can on the day they first learned it.

Psychological Science

– Ohio State University

Mind Your Manners, Robot: How Social Cues Influence Human-Robot Interaction

New research to be presented at the HFES 2015 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles in October examines the importance of social cues when evaluating the role of trust in human-robot interaction.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Mascots Most Effective in Boosting Conservation by Threatening Disapproval

Smokey Bear has spent decades reminding picnickers “only you can prevent forest fires” and has even been known to cry over the devastation they leave in their wake. University of Delaware researchers say the cartoon bear illustrates how mascots can most effectively protect the environment – by threatening disappointment.

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– University of Delaware

Warwick Team Begins Research on Refugee and Migrant Experiences of Crossing the Mediterranean

Social scientists from the University of Warwick are carrying out an urgent research project on the current migratory situation in Europe, using emergency funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

– University of Warwick

Substance Abuse Recovery Odds Increase in a Community Setting

Following substance abuse treatment, individuals who live in a collaborative housing setting with community rules and responsibilities have their substance abuse treated more effectively than those not provided supportive housing, according to research led by Leonard Jason, a community psychologist at DePaul University.

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– DePaul University

Education

23-Sep-2015

Digital Textbook Analytics Can Predict Student Outcomes

College professors and instructors can learn a lot from the chapters of a digital textbook that they assign students to read. According to a new Iowa State University study, digital books provide real-time analytics to help faculty assess how students are doing in the class.

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Internet and Higher Education

– Iowa State University

21-Sep-2015

Williams College and U.Va Adopt Wellesley’s Quick College Cost Estimator

To help prospective students and their families more easily see what colleges will cost them, Williams College and the University of Virginia have implemented My inTuition, the groundbreaking tool developed by Wellesley College that is the quickest college cost calculator available to the public.

– Wellesley College

Pop Culture

22-Sep-2015

Nova Southeastern University Is Now on Google Maps’ Street View - Joins Elite Group of Colleges & Universities on Google Maps

Google Maps' Street View recently completed a full visit to the Nova Southeastern University main campus in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida - and the result is now the campus has been fully mapped and available on Google Maps.

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– Nova Southeastern University

Law and Public Policy

23-Sep-2015

Latest FAU Poll Shows Rubio Jumping to Second Place in Florida; Clinton Facing Tough Matchups Against GOP

Marco Rubio jumped into second place in Florida, a pivotal swing state where Hillary Clinton trails in most general election matchups with Republican presidential contenders, according to the latest survey conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) in the College of Business.

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– Florida Atlantic University

Expert: EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Can There Be Clean Without Sacrificing Green?

Expert can discuss the ways in which industries that produce low-BTU waste gases (such as methane) can remain profitable even while adopting the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan, and how the technology developed by his company, Ener-Core, Inc., can play a key role in effective this positive change.

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– Ener-Core, Inc.

21-Sep-2015

GW Becomes Host of Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection in Collaboration with SRI International

As of Oct. 1 the George Washington University will be the new host of the Institute for Infrastructure Protection (I3P).

– George Washington University

TMS Educates Congressional Leaders on STEM Issues

More than 40 attendees from U.S. Senate and House Congressional offices learned about issues related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and workforce development at the "Materials Information Luncheon: Building the STEM Workforce for a Robust Economy."

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– TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society)

LifeWire Announcements

FAU Receives $1.2 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Education to Prepare Teachers to Work with Students with Autism

Preparing professionals to be highly-qualified and appropriately equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to teach students with autism spectrum disorder is critical in alleviating the dire shortage of special education teachers in the United States.

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– Florida Atlantic University

University of Virginia Darden School of Business Launches Darden Business Institute in Washington, D.C., Area

Darden Business Institute is designed to introduce young professionals to business fundamentals in the functional areas of accounting, finance, operations and marketing.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

WildCam Gorongosa: Help Tag Animal Selfies to Support Conservation in Africa

WildCam Gorongosa is a new citizen science project that needs your help. You can contribute to the restoration of one of the most biodiverse places in Africa from your phone or computer. Sign up at wildcamgorongosa.org to identify animals in photos taken by motion-activated trail cameras.

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– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

UAB Announces Joint M.D./MBA Degree Offering

The new M.D./MBA program is accepting applicants for the summer of 2016 for first-year medical students.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

2015 University of Virginia Investing Conference Explores Investing in a Low-Return World

Experts gather to offer investing insights on navigating the a low-return world

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

China’s Last Empire Through Lens of Western Photographer

The new George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum's first exhibition since its grand opening last spring, China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868-1872) (Saturday to Feb. 14, 2016), presents a rare window into late 19th century China through photographs and period textiles.

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– George Washington University

New Curriculum Highlights Care Considerations for Seniors During a Disaster

America’s senior citizens often face unique challenges during disasters. The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has just released its newest resource for health educators and trainers, “Caring for Older Adults in Disasters: A Curriculum for Health Professionals,” to address these issues.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Georgia State Gets $8.9 Million Grant From U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education today (Sept. 21) awarded Georgia State University, in partnership with the University Innovation Alliance (UIA), a grant of $8.9 million as part of the department’s First in the World program to drive innovation and keep higher education within reach for all Americans.

– Georgia State University

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