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Thursday, October 15, 2015

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“Adult Bullying – a Nasty Piece of Work” Sheds Light on Workplace Bullying and What to Do About It

From the workplace to the boardroom, research shows that adult bullying takes many forms. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.... (more)

– North Dakota State University

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New UW School of Law Group to Study Marijuana Regulation for State of Washington

A new group at the University of Washington School of Law will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying existing and emerging markets for marijuana, to assist and inform the state as it prepares to blend current medical and recreational markets for... (more)

– University of Washington

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Pressure to ‘Publish or Perish’ May Discourage Innovative Research, Study Suggests

The traditional pressure in academia for faculty to “publish or perish” advances knowledge in established areas. But it also might discourage scientists from asking the innovative questions that are most likely to lead to the biggest breakthroughs, according to a new study spearheaded by a UCLA professor.

American Sociological Review, Oct-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Don't Stop at 'Don't Do That Again!'

A new University of Iowa study finds conversations parents have with their children after a serious injury help young people internalize safety values, a process similar to how a child develops a conscience.

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Journal of Pediatric Psychology

– University of Iowa


Revised Measure Provides Means to Assess Parents’ Ignoring of Children’s Emotions

Ignoring children’s emotional outbursts is a strategy commonly employed by parents with a wide range of psychological know-how, drawing on their intuition, family tradition, modeling, or simple desperation. Despite its widespread use, parental ignoring has previously received little attention or assessment by child development professionals.

European Journal of Developmental Psychology, May-2015

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

“Adult Bullying – a Nasty Piece of Work” Sheds Light on Workplace Bullying and What to Do About It

From the workplace to the boardroom, research shows that adult bullying takes many forms. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Dr. Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, North Dakota State University, Fargo, has researched the topic of workplace bullying for more than a decade. Her book, “Adult Bullying – A Nasty Piece of Work: Translating a Decade of Research on Non-Sexual Harassment, Psychological Terror, Mobbing and Emotional Abuse on the Job," explains what workplace bullying is; how much of it occurs; what individuals can do; and how organizations can address it.

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Adult Bullying – A Nasty Piece of Work

– North Dakota State University


Mama or Dada? Research Looks at What Words Are Easiest for Kids to Learn

New research by a Florida State University psychology professors delves into how children build their vocabularies and what words are easiest for them to learn.

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Developmental Science

– Florida State University

New Research Shows How to Make Effective Political Arguments, Stanford Sociologist Says

In today's American politics, it might seem impossible to craft effective political messages that reach across the aisle on hot-button issues like same-sex marriage, national health insurance and military spending. But, based on new research by Stanford sociologist Robb Willer, there's a way to craft messages that could lead to politicians finding common ground.

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Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

– Stanford University

Political Pundits, Presidential Polls and Primary Debates—Helping Children Understand the Presidential Election Process

Baylor researchers have four tips to help parents and educators explain the presidential election to children in fun, engaging and non-partisan ways.

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– Baylor University



9,000 Miles Away, First Refugee Camp Students Graduate From New University of Utah College of Social Work Program

New certificate program provides practical education to students who want to help peers living in refugee camps. First cohort graduating after 9 months of online classes in Malawi and Kenya refugee camps.

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– University of Utah

Hamilton's First TEDx Explores Creativity

The goal of the first TEDx talk at Hamilton College, sponsored by the Oral Communication Center and Dean of Faculty’s Office, was to leave the conformity of our everyday lives and return to no-strings attached inquisitive nature of youth in order to achieve uninhibited curiosity and creativity.

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– Hamilton College

Pop Culture


Pumpkin Foods May Not Live Up to Healthy Reputation

Pumpkin products proliferate this time of year — and not just for traditional pies and breads, but for whimsical goodies that may not live up to the pumpkin’s healthy reputation.

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– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy


Government Agencies Less Likely Than Private Firms to Comply with Environmental Regulations

Governments entities are less likely to comply with certain federal environmental regulations than privately owned entities, according to a new study. And regulatory authorities are less vigorous in enforcing the rules against governments.

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American Journal of Political Science, 18-Sep-2015

– Indiana University

Governments Must Ask People Which Feelings Matter Not Just Ask How Happy They Are - Say Economist & Former Cabinet Secretary

Governments around the world have been wrestling with attempts to use data on people’s happiness to shape policy and public spending decisions, but they have been missing a crucial step according to new research by University of Warwick economist Professor Andrew Oswald and former Cabinet Secretary Lord (Gus) O’Donnell.

Ecological Economics

– University of Warwick


Presidential Elections: DePaul University Faculty Experts Discuss the 2016 Campaigns, Candidates, Issues

The U.S. presidential primary season is underway, and DePaul University faculty experts are available to provide insight and commentary on issues facing voters and the candidates. Scholarly experts can provide analysis on how candidates market themselves, the workings of campaigns, how the media influences elections, and current debate issues including immigration, race and the economy.

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– DePaul University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

APA Asks Kerry to Work with Congress to Obtain Emergency Funds for Syrian Refugees

The American Psychological Association has called on the Obama administration to work with Congress to win the release of emergency funds to support the mental health and community integration of Syrian refugees fleeing to the United States.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

LifeWire Announcements

$1 Million Gift to Benefit Binghamton University Athletics Department

Binghamton University announced Wednesday a gift of $1 million from prominent local physician and Binghamton University Foundation Board of Directors member Dr. Bai Lee to benefit the Department of Athletics. This gift will support facility enhancements that will positively impact students, athletes and coaching, including benefits to the strength and conditioning program, the sports medicine team, the Student Success Center and more. It is the largest gift the Binghamton University Athletics Department has received to date.

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– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Media Advisory for Reporters Covering U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Visit to IU on Thursday

Indiana University is releasing information for media covering Thursday’s address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the IU Auditorium. Kerry, the first sitting secretary of state to visit IU in 20 years, is speaking as part of a two-day celebration of the new home for the School of Global and International Studies.

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– Indiana University

UN Exec Ertharin Cousin to Kick Off University of Chicago Women in Public Leadership Program, November 16, 2015

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, will be the guest speaker at the kick-off of the University of Chicago’s inaugural Women in Public Leadership (WIPL) program on Nov. 16.

– University of Chicago

Increasing Gender Equity in Public Higher Education

“Gender equity affects everyone,” pointed out sociology professor Meredith Redlin of South Dakota State University. She will lead a multi-institutional team of researchers who will examine employee policies and evaluations to identify gender inequities within the South Dakota Board of Regents system through a Partnerships for Learning and Adaptation Networks grant from the National Science Foundation. “We are one of the first groups of researchers to examine a higher education public employee system,” Redlin said.

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– South Dakota State University

GW Partners with Posse Foundation to Increase Access for Diverse Students at Top-Tier Colleges and Universities

George Washington University is taking another step toward improving access to a college education for students from all backgrounds by partnering with The Posse Foundation to offer full-tuition leadership scholarships to select Atlanta-area public high school graduates.

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– George Washington University

Members of Congress Salute U.S. Mathematical Olympiad Team

This week U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) along with U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-Conn) sent a request to President Obama asking him to invite the U.S. Mathematical Olympiad team to the White House to honor their success achievement.

– Mathematical Association of America

UChicago Urban Labs Announces $2.15 Million in Grants to Test Policy Innovations

Timothy Knowles, the Pritzker Director of UChicago Urban Labs, announced on Oct. 12 the winners of $2.15 million in Innovation Challenge grants from the UChicago Health, Poverty and Energy & Environment Labs. The winners have proposed innovative solutions to challenging urban policy problems.

– University of Chicago

New UW School of Law Group to Study Marijuana Regulation for State of Washington

A new group at the University of Washington School of Law will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying existing and emerging markets for marijuana, to assist and inform the state as it prepares to blend current medical and recreational markets for cannabis.

– University of Washington

Children’s Learning Institute Awarded Nearly $10 Million in Education Research Grants

Children’s Learning Institute researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) were recently awarded federal funding for research covering a variety of education topics ranging from reading comprehension to English-language learners to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) assessments. A total of $9.8 million in grants among six research projects were given to the Children’s Learning Institute by two sources: the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), a part of the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

LifeWire Higher Education Events

NYU’s “Inside Barthes” Conference to Focus on the Man Behind the Intellect—Oct. 15-17

New York University’s Center for French Civilization and Culture will host “Inside Barthes,” a conference that gathers those who knew Roland Barthes for an inside and personal look at the renowned French scholar, to be held Oct. 15-17 at various venues on the NYU campus.

– New York University

Uofl Professor to Deliver Talk at FSU as ACC Distinguished Lecturer

Maureen McCall, Ph.D., will discuss the impact of eye disease, the search for therapies and the challenges in curing blindness in her ACC Distinguished Lecture address.

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– University of Louisville

Summit on Oct.23 at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Will Focus on School Discipline Disparities

Researchers, educators, students and community members will meet at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law for an education summit titled “Leadership through Innovation: A Summit on School Discipline and Education in Utah.” The summit comes in the aftermath of a report issued by the law school’s public policy clinic, in which students used U.S. Department of Education data to examine school discipline rates in Utah. Their findings indicated that Utah students are being disciplined in extraordinarily high numbers starting in elementary school. The trend makes it harder for schools to graduate students and prepare them to be contributing members of the community, leading to the School-to-Prison-Pipeline (or STPP).

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– University of Utah





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