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Monday, November 2, 2015

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Arts and Humanities


Children with Special Needs Thrive in Music Program That Teaches Music for Music's Sake

A New Jersey music school helps special needs students achieve more than learning an instrument – opening a world of opportunity

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– Rutgers University


Veterans Use Shakespeare to Heal at UW-Milwaukee

[Faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are working with veterans to produce Shakespeare’s plays as a way of dealing with trauma and engaging with others.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Alan Alda’s 2016 ‘Flame Challenge”: What Is Sound?

After reviewing hundreds of questions submitted by children from around the world, the 2016 Flame Challenge will ask the burning question, “What is sound?” The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is challenging scientists to answer that resounding question in video or written form. An international contest now in its fifth year, the Flame Challenge is judged by 11-year-olds around the world, challenging scientists at every level – from graduate students to senior researchers – to answer and communicate familiar yet complex concepts in a way that is understandable to an 11-year-old.

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– Stony Brook University

IU Kelley School of Business Research Uncovers Recipe for Producing and Managing Star Performers

While the contributions and value added by star performers can be extraordinary and even legendary, companies today often overlook the influence those top employees can have on others around them, according to new and previous research by an Indiana University Kelley School of Business management professor.

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– Indiana University


Divorce Rate Doesn’t Go Up as Families of Children with Disabilities Grow

Couples raising a child with developmental disabilities do not face a higher risk of divorce if they have larger families, according to a new study by researchers from the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Long Distance Love Affair

What people believe they want and what they prefer are not always the same thing. When outperformed as an element of romantic attraction, the difference between affinity and desirability becomes clearer as the distance between people gets smaller.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

– University at Buffalo


Beyond the Temples, Ancient Bones Reveal the Lives of the Mayan Working Class

Most of what we know about Mayan civilization relates to kings, queens and their elaborate temples. To understand what life was like for the 99 percent, one researcher turned to ancient animal bones stored at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Journal of Anthropological Archaeology

– University of Florida

New App Gives Teens Access to Programs Outside School

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee worked with area teens to develop an app that gives them information on more than 250 things to do outside of school hours.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



Ag and Gardening Day Set for UF Homecoming on Nov. 7

Anyone involved in gardening or agriculture and gardening-related industries and education can “come home” to Gainesville as the University of Florida introduces Agriculture and Gardening Day for Homecoming weekend.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Pop Culture


Bond’s Beatings Would Leave Britain’s Best-Loved Spy with Double-O Vision

MI6’s finest, James Bond, often takes a good beating in the service of his country. We cheer his remarkable recovery. But how close is this to reality? Does big screen violence mask the reality of traumatic brain injury?

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– University of Birmingham

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Supreme Court Could Improve on Its Selection of Cases, Law Scholars Argue

While much attention has been paid to how the Supreme Court decides its cases, far less attention has been paid to the question of which cases the Court chooses to decide — and which cases it chooses not to. Notre Dame law professors argue that the Court may not be living up to its purpose.

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Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 31, 2016

– University of Notre Dame

LifeWire Announcements

Nutritional Sciences Professors Taking on Leadership Roles During ObesityWeek℠

A dozen faculty members and graduate students from Texas Tech are heading to Los Angeles to participate in The Obesity Society’s flagship research conference.

– Texas Tech University

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