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Compulsive Texting Associated with Poorer School Performance Among Adolescent Girls, Study Finds

Teenage girls who compulsively text are more likely than their male counterparts to do worse academically, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. (more) (Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2015 at 09:00 ET)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

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Chore or Stress Reliever: Study Suggests That Washing Dishes Decreases Stress

Student and faculty researchers at Florida State University have found that mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress. (more)

– Florida State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

05-Oct-2015

Compulsive Texting Associated with Poorer School Performance Among Adolescent Girls, Study Finds

Teenage girls who compulsively text are more likely than their male counterparts to do worse academically, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2015 at 09:00 ET)

Psychology of Popular Media Culture

– American Psychological Association (APA)

02-Oct-2015

A Stand-Up Solution

According to a new University of Iowa study, employees with sit-stand desks stood 60 minutes more a day at work compared with their co-workers with sitting desks, and they continued to do so long after their newfangled desks lost their novelty.

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American Journal of Preventive Medicine

– University of Iowa

Does Knowing High-Status People Help or Hurt?

How happy you are may have something to do with who you know—and where you come from. Lijun Song, assistant professor of sociology, set out to discover whether knowing high-status people helped or harmed mental health, using depressive symptoms as a proxy. Her findings appear in the July 2015 issue of Social Science and Medicine.

Social Science and Medicine

– Vanderbilt University

Experts Available to Talk About Psychology Related to School Shootings

Media advisory on Oregon school shooting.

Expert(s) available

– American Psychological Association (APA)

01-Oct-2015

Why Do People Vote Strategically, and for Whom?

“People vote strategically when they think neither their first nor their second choice has any chance of winning in their electorate. They vote for their third choice party in the hopes of blocking an outcome that would be even worse,” said Jean-François Daoust, a researcher at the University of Montreal’s Department of Political Science.

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Politique et sociétés

– Universite de Montreal

14 Million People Could Lose Power From Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin could result in power failure for as many as 14 million people, according to power outage forecasts by researchers at Texas A&M University and University of Michigan.

– Texas A&M University

Chore or Stress Reliever: Study Suggests That Washing Dishes Decreases Stress

Student and faculty researchers at Florida State University have found that mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress.

Mindfulness

– Florida State University

Education

02-Oct-2015

College Scorecard Lists USciences High Among Career Earnings for Graduates

Talk about a return on a college investment: A new college scorecard by the U.S. Department of Education puts University of the Sciences graduates high on the list of top career earnings.

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– University of the Sciences

01-Oct-2015

New System Helps Teachers Gain Back Valuable Instruction Time

Elementary schoolchildren often dawdle between activities during the school day, losing valuable instructional time in the process. New University of Georgia research has found a way to reclaim these lost minutes and make the transition to a new subject fun while increasing student focus.

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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis

– University of Georgia

Pop Culture

01-Oct-2015

The Media Love Men… Bad News for Women

Five out of every six names that appear in the media today are those of men, a McGill-led research team has discovered. That's because the media focuses nearly exclusively on individuals at the top of occupational and social hierarchies, who are mostly men: CEOs, politicians, movie directors, and the like.

American Sociological Review

– McGill University

NFLPA’S One Team for the Cure Shirts Back for 2015 Benefiting Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

One Team For The Cure shirts benefitting the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. are now on sale online through One Team Shop (www.oneteamshop.com), the NFLPA’s e-commerce store featuring officially licensed player merchandise of more than 1,800 NFL players.

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– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Law and Public Policy

01-Oct-2015

Investors Are Indifferent to the Technology Needs of Healthcare Systems

Health technologies are not governed by the real needs and challenges of healthcare systems, reveals a new University of Montreal study.

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Science and Public Policy

– Universite de Montreal

LifeWire Announcements

Paper on Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety Awarded 2015 Human Factors Prize

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society congratulates Thomas Franke, Nadine Rauh, Madlen Günther, Maria Trantow, and Josef F. Krems on receiving the 2015 Human Factors Prize for their article, “Which Factors Can Protect Against Range Stress in Everyday Usage of Battery Electric Vehicles? Toward Enhancing Sustainability of Electric Mobility Systems.”

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

UNF Engineering Professor Earns National 2015 Educator of the Year Award

Dr. Adel ElSafty, professor of civil environmental engineering at the University of North Florida, was named 2015 Educator of the Year by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, a national scientific, technical and professional institute for the precast concrete structures industry.

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– University of North Florida

UVA Darden School, Concordia and US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships Announce TV White Space Partnership in the Danajon Reef as Winner of P3 Impact Award

Winner of the P3 Award announced

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

$300 Million University of Florida College of Engineering Transformation Begins with $50 Million Naming Gift

Dr. Herbert Wertheim and the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation have committed $50 million to launch a $300 million public and private investment in the University of Florida’s College of Engineering.

– University of Florida

Digital World Map Broadens Scope for Middle Ages Teaching and Research

Online users can now travel back in time to the medieval world by clicking through a collection of international research on the first digital platform of its kind from The University of Texas at Austin

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

National Communication Association Announces New Digital Repository of Anti-Bullying Research and Resources

The National Communication Association (NCA) announces the launch of the NCA Anti-Bullying Digital Repository, providing access to the valuable work that the nation’s Communication scholars have done to help others understand and stop social aggression. The launch of the new repository marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month.

– National Communication Association

OU School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Recognized Nationally for Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma was recently selected as one of only five universities in the nation to participate in a special Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity program. The diversity program selected the school to help support and continue its ongoing efforts to attract and retain women and underrepresented minority students and faculty.

– University of Oklahoma, College of Engineering

European Funding Grant Boosts Liberal Arts at Warwick

The University of Warwick has been awarded a prestigious grant to develop the teaching of Liberal Arts degrees in partnership with a number of other European universities.

– University of Warwick

University of Maryland School of Social Work-Led Study Seeks to Prevent Suicide Among Middle-Aged Men, an at-Risk Group

Interdisciplinary researchers across the nation, led by Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, MSW, and Tanya Sharpe, PhD, MSW, will examine an online screening tool and an online therapeutic program known as Man Therapy, specifically addressing some of the gender-specific issues that increase the risk of suicide for men, including their reluctance to seek help and follow through with treatment.

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– University of Maryland, Baltimore

LifeWire Higher Education Events

MEDIA ADVISORY: Art, Music & Discussion Surrounding FDA's Ban on Blood Donations from Gay/Bisexual Men

Experts, activists and blood donors gather to discuss the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s discriminatory policy on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Also on the program: Artist Jordan Eagles will present a special, luminous, one-night-only blood and light installation, and Rock Creek Singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., will perform.

– American University

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