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Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Who’s the ‘Enviest’ of Them All?

UC San Diego paper finds young adults are more envious than older adults. They are more envious over looks and for a wider range of other reasons,... (more)

– University of California, San Diego

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Working on Your Tot’s Memory Now Can Help His High School Success

Preschoolers who score lower on a working memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 13, researchers at... (more)

– Universite de Montreal

Arts and Humanities


New Documentary Sheds Light on the Life and Brutal Murder of Chilean Singer-Songwriter and Political Activist Victor Jara

Feature length film focuses on the life of Victor Jara, considered the Bob Dylan of South America, who was assassinated shortly after the Chilean coup of 1973 for his political views and support for the democratic election of Popular Unity party candidate, President Salvador Allende

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– University of Vermont


National Communication Association to Hold 101st Annual Convention

More than 5,000 Communication scholars, students, and professionals are expected at this year’s National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention. Members of the scholarly discipline of Communication will convene in Las Vegas to discuss projects and research that have real-world implications.

– National Communication Association

Social and Behavioral Sciences


In Preventing Return of Winter Blues, Talk Outshines Light, New Study Says

In the long term, cognitive behavior therapy is more effective at treating seasonal affective disorder that light therapy, considered the gold standard, a study to be published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found. Two winters after the initial treatment, 46 percent of research subjects given light therapy reported a recurrence of depression compared with 27 percent of those who were administered CBT. Depressive symptoms were also more severe for those who received light therapy.

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American Journal of Psychiatry

– University of Vermont


Racial Anxiety May Alter Time Perception for Some White Americans, Research Finds

Time may appear to slow down for white Americans who feel threatened by an approaching black person, raising questions about the pervasive effects of racial bias or anxiety in the United States, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 04-Nov-2015 at 09:00 ET)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Who’s the ‘Enviest’ of Them All?

UC San Diego paper finds young adults are more envious than older adults. They are more envious over looks and for a wider range of other reasons, too. It also appears that both men and women are more likely to envy someone who is of their own gender and approximately their own age

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Basic and Applied Social Psychology, DOI 10.1080/01973533.2015.1088440

– University of California, San Diego


Military Sexual Trauma: Prevalent and Under Treated

Rates of military sexual trauma among men who served in the military may be as much as 15 times higher than has been previously reported, largely because of barriers associated with stigma, beliefs in myths about male rape, and feelings of helplessness, according to articles published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 03-Nov-2015 at 09:00 ET)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Working on Your Tot’s Memory Now Can Help His High School Success

Preschoolers who score lower on a working memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 13, researchers at Université Sainte-Anne and the University of Montreal revealed today.

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Intelligence, October 30, 2015

– Universite de Montreal

Kicking Substance Addiction in Teens: Tobacco Dependence Should Be Treated with Same Urgency as Other Drugs, Study Says

Substance abuse treatments that target main issues such as serious drug and alcohol addiction are not frequently being used to also wean adolescents from tobacco, a University of Georgia study finds.

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Journal of Adolescent Health

– University of Georgia


Chimpanzee Language Claims Lost in Translation, Researchers Conclude

Research published earlier this year claiming chimpanzees can learn each others’ language is not supported, a team of scientists concludes after reviewing the study.

(Embargo expired on 02-Nov-2015 at 12:00 ET)

Current Biology

– New York University

APA Brief Affirms Benefits of Racial and Ethnic Diversity on Campus

Institutions of higher education should be permitted to employ race-conscious admissions practices to promote the many educational benefits a diverse campus offers to all students, according to an amicus curiae brief filed by the American Psychological Association with the U.S. Supreme Court.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Chopin, Bach Used Human Speech ‘Cues’ to Express Emotion in Music

Music has long been described, anecdotally, as a universal language. This may not be entirely true, but we're one step closer to understanding why humans are so deeply affected by certain melodies and modes.

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Frontiers of Psychology: Cognition

– McMaster University



News Briefs from the ACAAI International Food Allergy Symposium

The four abstracts below will be presented as part of the ACAAI International Food Allergy Symposium on Thursday, November 5. The symposium is a chance for world-renowned experts to discuss all aspects of food allergy diagnosis and treatment, and review case histories.

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2015 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)


New Report: Evaluations of Educator Effectiveness Have Strong Foothold in State Policy

The National Council on Teacher Quality today released "State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning,” which provides a lay of the land on state teacher and principal evaluation policy in 2015.

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State of the States 2015: Evaluating Teaching, Leading and Learning

– National Council on Teacher Quality

University of Delaware Expert Offers Strategies for Attacking Food Deserts

Allison Karpyn, associate director for the University of Delaware's Center for Research in Education and Social Policy, has been involved in recent research efforts on corner store programs in urban areas and in-store marketing approaches to promote purchase and consumption of healthier options.

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– University of Delaware


Expanding Opportunities for Graduate Students

The University of Chicago's newly launched Graduate Global Impact internship program offers short-term internship and externship opportunities to graduate students and postdocs.

– University of Chicago


Horse Science Academy Combines Science and Math with Horse Management

High school students will have an opportunity to combine science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles with their interest in horses at the first Horse Science Academy at Oklahoma State University.

– Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Scarlet Stories

Two new books present insider perspectives and previously unpublished photography in celebration of Rutgers University's 250 anniversary

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– Rutgers University

Pop Culture


Largest Velvets Archive Collection Now Underground at Cornell Library

Twenty-five boxes of Velvet Underground material were recently donated to the library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University by collector and author Johan Kugelberg.

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– Cornell University

Law and Public Policy


Country-to-Country Aid for Health Varies Dramatically

An analysis of country-to-country aid for health over a 20-year period suggests wide variations among donor countries’ giving that do not always reflect recipient countries’ health needs.

(Embargo expired on 03-Nov-2015 at 17:30 ET)

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Life, Enhanced: UW Professors Study Legal, Social Complexities of an Augmented Reality Future

Those designing coming augmented reality systems should make them adaptable to change, resistant to hacking and responsive to the needs of diverse users, according to a report by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Washington's Tech Policy Lab.

– University of Washington


"Introducing the 45th U.S. President..." WIU Mock Presidential Election Culminates Nov. 2

"The Road to the White House Starts at Western Illinois University" will culminate tonight (Monday, Nov. 2) with the Electoral College vote. The WIU event is the largest and most elaborate mock presidential simulation in the nation.

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– Western Illinois University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

GME Squeeze for US Med School Graduates Unlikely, Commentary Says

Will U.S. medical students have trouble securing residency positions in the future as they have been warned by media and groups representing organized medicine? Not likely, according to a new analysis by researchers at the George Washington (GW) University Health Workforce Institute.

(Embargo expired on 04-Nov-2015 at 17:00 ET)

– George Washington University

LifeWire Announcements

University of North Florida Named Military Friendly School for Seventh Consecutive Year

For the seventh consecutive year, the University of North Florida has been designated as one of the most military friendly schools in the country by Victory Media, the leader in connecting the military and civilian worlds.

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– University of North Florida

UVA Darden’s Batten Institute Announces The Kathryne Carr Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Darden School Business announces the Kathryne Carr Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence which will recognize and reward the i.Lab Incubator founder or founders who best represent the values, strength and determination embodied in Kathy’s incomparable approach to creating and growing new ventures.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

Athena Forum Courses Embed Commission for Case Manager Certification’s Code of Ethics Into 8,000-Page Online Course Curricula

Athena Forum LLC—a leading publisher of online continuing education for case managers, social workers and healthcare professionals—now incorporates the Code of Ethics of the Commission for Case Manager Certification into its 125 online continuing education courses.

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– Athena Forum

DHS Announces Appointment of New Members of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced the appointment of 28 new members to the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

AACN Endorses New Roadmap to Elevate the Organization’s Role as the Voice for Academic Nursing

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has endorsed a bold new set of recommendations to better position the organization as the nation's leading voice for academic nursing.

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Adam Cohen Becomes Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy in Washington

Adam Cohen becomes Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy in Washington

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– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Names Senior and Junior Scientists of the Year

Susan Baker, PhD, a leading researcher of a class of viruses that includes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), has been named Senior Scientist of the Year at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Wei Qiu, PhD, who is researching the molecular mechanisms of liver cancer, has been named Junior Scientist of the Year.

– Loyola University Health System

Smithsonian Celebrates American Indian Heritage Month

The Smithsonian invites the public to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month throughout November with a series of performances, lectures, exhibitions, family activities and tours at various museums around the Smithsonian. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated. For a full calendar of events, visit

– Smithsonian Institution

LifeWire Higher Education Events

UCI Professor’s New Publication Investigates Growing Militarism in China

Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, will launch his new book, Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World (Prometheus Books, 2015), and a companion documentary Thursday, Nov. 12. The 6 p.m. public meeting in the Merage School auditorium is being held in collaboration with the Orange County chapter of the World Affairs Council and the UCI Chancellor’s Club.

– University of California, Irvine

Food Network Celebrity Chef to Appear at SJU Food Marketing Fundraiser

Saint Joseph’s University’s Academy of Food Marketing will host Chef Robert Irvine, star of Restaurant:Impossible, at an event to benefit the Food Marketing Educational Foundation and the Office of Veterans Services. Held on Tuesday, November 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fretz Kitchen Showroom located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the cost is $125 per person, and $75 for veterans.

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– Saint Joseph's University

LifeWire Marketplace

Laser Etching "Dawg" Pumpkins

Carving a bulldog pumpkin is hard -- it's way easier to watch a laser etcher do all the work! This pumpkin was etched at the UGA Science Library's MakerSpace. MakerSpace offers 3D printers, a laser cutter, and a vinyl cutter available for use to all current University of Georgia students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit

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– University of Georgia

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