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Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Singing Calms Baby Longer Than Talking

In a new study from the University of Montreal, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song, which they didn’t even know, as... (more)

– Universite de Montreal

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Researcher Links Crime Genre TV with Attitudes About Sexual Assault

A Mississippi State instructor of management is part of a recent study appearing in the Journal of Health Communication that explored the influence... (more)

– Mississippi State University

Arts and Humanities


Historian Examines Environmental Cost of Tapping Alternate Sources for Water, Oil

Saudi Arabia is one of the top oil producing countries in the world. However, an Iowa State professor of history says it may have never earned that reputation if not for a quest to find drinking water in the late 19th century, because of drought and repeated cholera outbreaks.

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Comparative Studies in Society and History

– Iowa State University

Gonzaga Alumna Hofland on Diplomatic Frontline in Ukraine Leading New America House Cultural Center

KYIV, Ukraine – Gonzaga University alumna Christi Anne Hofland (’05) is leading an experiment in U.S. international relations at the center of a volatile geopolitical drama. As director of the newly opened America House cultural center here, Hofland combines her passions for cultural diplomacy and people-to-people engagement.

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– Gonzaga University


Smithsonian Snapshot: A Fragrant Surrealist Icon by Salvador Dalí

When Salvador Dalí first exhibited “Lobster Telephone” at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1938, he replaced the handset of a desk telephone with an actual crustacean. Over the five-and-a-half-week run of the “International Exhibition of Surrealism,” the creature would decay, and its odor would turn viewers’ desire to disgust. This Smithsonian Snapshot shows an unscented version of “Lobster Telephone” that will be seen Oct. 29–Feb. 15, 2016, in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s “Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York,” the first major museum exhibition devoted to a comprehensive view of the movement’s three-dimensional works.

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– Smithsonian Institution


Tsunami Boat’s Journey Captured in New Children’s Book

A small fishing boat swept into the ocean by the 2011 tsunami off the coast of Japan washed ashore two years later in Northern California the subject of new children's book.

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– Humboldt State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Can We Unconsciously ‘Hear’ Distance?

We use sight to judge distance. Now, a new study from the University of Rochester reveals that our brains also use sound delays to fine-tune what our eyes see when estimating distances.

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– University of Rochester

Singing Calms Baby Longer Than Talking

In a new study from the University of Montreal, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song, which they didn’t even know, as they did when listening to speech.

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– Universite de Montreal

Frequently Monitoring Progress Toward Goals Increases Chance of Success

If you are trying to achieve a goal, the more often that you monitor your progress, the greater the likelihood that you will succeed, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Your chances of success are even more likely if you report your progress publicly or physically record it.

Psychological Bulletin

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Women May Fare Better Than Men in Assertive Team Leadership

Considerable research suggests that when women act assertively and self-promote in the workplace, they are commonly penalized by others.

Academy of Management Journal

– University of Florida

MSU Researchers Examine Twitter Use During Major Weather Events

Two Mississippi State researchers continue work on a two-year study of how social media may be better applied during extreme weather events that disrupt normal communication channels.The investigation by John F. Edwards and Somya Mohanty began in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive storm of the 2012 Atlantic season and second-costliest hurricane in United States history.

– Mississippi State University


Negative Publicity Reduces Police Motivation

Recent negative publicity surrounding police after several shootings of unarmed civilians appears to have diminished some officers’ motivation to be in law enforcement but does not decrease willingness to carry out their duties, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Group Living: For Baboons Intermediate Size Is Optimal

New research by a team of scientists led by Catherine Markham, PhD, a Stony Brook University anthropologist, reveals that intermediate-sized groups provide the most benefits to wild baboons.

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– Stony Brook University

Researcher Links Crime Genre TV with Attitudes About Sexual Assault

A Mississippi State instructor of management is part of a recent study appearing in the Journal of Health Communication that explored the influence different crime dramas had on attitudes regarding sexual assault, rape and consent. Viewers of "Law and Order" had a better understanding of issues related to consent and were less likely to believe myths that blame sexual assault victims, whereas viewers of CSI and NCIS were linked with negative attitudes about sexual assault and consent-seeking behaviors.

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Journal of Health Communication

– Mississippi State University

Rehab Counselors Help Clients Find Work, Live Independently

Rehabilitation counselors can help clients with physical or mental disabilities—or both, as is often the case—find employment and live independently, according to South Dakota State University professor Alan Davis. October is National Disability Employment Awareness month.

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– South Dakota State University


Annual Survey Reveals New #1 Fitness Trend in 2016

Nearly 3000 exercise pros predict what you’ll see in fitness next year

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Health & Fitness Journal

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Gender Equality Gives Men Better Lives

Men living in highly gender equal societies have better quality of life than men in less gender equal societies, according to new research from Øystein Gullvåg Holter.

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– KILDEN - Information Centre for Gender Research in Norway

George McLaughlin: The Rutgers Alumnus Who Fought for Civil Rights Through Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins

George McLaughlin: The Rutgers Alumnus Who Fought for Civil Rights Through Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins

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– Rutgers University



A High Ranking for TC’s Doctoral Program in Movement Sciences & Education/Kinesiology

TC’s doctoral program in Movement Sciences & Education/Kinesiology, in the College’s Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, has tied for fourth in the rankings of 52 programs nationally by the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) for the period 2010-2014.

– Columbia University, Teachers College


American University Master’s in Education Degree Prepares Teachers to Lead

After surveying dozens of policy makers, school officials and nonprofit leaders, American University's School of Education designed a Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership. The M.Ed. offers two new tracks for degree candidates eager to delve into educational instruction and policy. The new tracks are Policy Studies and Teacher Leadership.

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– American University

Young Scholars Program Offers Rich Mathematics Education

More than 2,000 students from grades 7 through 12 have participated in the Young Scholars Program since its founding at the University of Chicago in 1988.

– University of Chicago

Pop Culture


Interview with a (Vampire) Scholar

Bloated and rosy, sallow with long fingernails, fangs and foul breath, sexy and young, cuddly and goofy, melancholy and conflicted — vampires have been all of this and more. A Baylor scholar has a massive "vampire-abilia" collection and has written a vampire encyclopedia.

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– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy


New Center for Intellectual Property at Georgia State Law To Promote Collaboration Among Academics and IP Community

Building upon the reputation of its Intellectual Property program, Georgia State University College of Law has created the Center for Intellectual Property, which will coordinate intellectual property (IP) programs, initiatives and provide opportunities for students, academics and IP professionals to collaborate.

– Georgia State University

LifeWire Announcements

The Council on Undergraduate Research Recognizes Campuses with Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Council on Undergraduate Research Names Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments’ (AURA)Inaugural Class including Allegheny College, George Mason University, and The College of New Jersey

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Tulane Professor Gets $2.6 Million to Study Trauma in Public School Students

A Tulane University psychology professor and a team of community partners will spend the next four years in New Orleans public schools as part of a first-of-its-kind study to determine the best ways to meet the needs of trauma-exposed students.

– Tulane University

Tufts University's Gordon Institute Launches Master's Program in Innovation & Management

Most science and engineering majors don't have the flexibility to take courses outside their core technical field. The Gordon Institute at Tufts University's School of Engineering is launching a one-year M.S. in innovation & management to equip recent engineering and science graduates with additional skills needed to lead in the technology sector.

– Tufts University

$3 Million NSF Grant to Transform Stem Teaching Approaches at Wayne State University

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $3 million grant to Wayne State University for an institutional transformation project aimed at reformulating teaching approaches in STEM courses.

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National Science Foundation, 1524878

– Wayne State University Division of Research

Sally Ride Science Launches at UC San Diego

In a partnership agreement announced by the University of California, San Diego, future generations—especially girls and historically underrepresented K-12 students—will be motivated to continue with STEM in school and beyond through Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. The newly created program aligns with the university’s Strategic Plan to expand existing initiatives and implement new approaches that result in accessible and affordable learning for all.

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– University of California, San Diego

Dr. Nancy Klimas Receives Prestigious Provost’s Research and Scholarship Award From Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Nancy Klimas Receives Award from Nova Southeastern University

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– Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Thomas A. Laveist Joins the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health as Chair of Health Policy and Management Department

Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (Milken Institute SPH) recently named Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management.

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– George Washington University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

At UChicago, Filmmaker Agnes Varda Reflects on an Eclectic Career

Iconic French filmmaker Agnes Varda reflected on her career during a week in residence at UChicago, where she delivered lectures and participated in public conversations about her films.

– University of Chicago

Bill Bradley, Jack Matlock, Stephen Cohen, and John Pepper on “U.S.-Russian Conflict From Ukraine to Syria”—Nov. 23 Discussion at NYU

Former U.S. senator Bill Bradley and former U.S. ambassador to Russia Jack Matlock, Jr. will be among the panelists for “U.S.-Russian Conflict From Ukraine to Syria: Did U.S. Policy Contribute to It?”—a discussion at NYU’s School of Law on Mon., Nov. 23, 6-8 p.m.

– New York University

Final MOOC of the Year Explores Climate Change Policy and Public Health

“Climate Change Policy and Public Health,” the sixth and final Massive Open Online Course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison this year, launches Nov. 9. The course will be taught by Jonathan Patz, a professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

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