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Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Early Maternal Loss Has Lifelong Effects on Chimpanzees

>Wild-caught chimpanzees, who were orphaned and imported from Africa in their early infancy, exhibit an impaired social behaviour also as adults.... (more)

– University of Vienna

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Emotionally Supportive Relationships Linked to Lower Testosterone

Two University of Notre Dame anthropologists looked beyond the nuclear family for effects on testosterone levels in men and found that not only... (more)

– University of Notre Dame

Science News

10-Nov-2015

Chemo Crosses Blood-Brain Barrier with Sound Waves; Virtual Press Conference

Principal Investigator Takes Questions and Demonstrates Procedure with Video and Animation via Virtual Press Conference Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. ET

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Blood-Brain Barrier Opened Non-Invasively With Focused Ultrasound for the First Time ; Register to Attend Press Conference

– Newswise

Arts and Humanities

11-Nov-2015

Orchestra Helps Boost Confidence and Mood for Those with Dementia

A special orchestra for people with dementia has helped boost their confidence and mood, according to a new research project.

– Bournemouth University

One of the Nation's First Soldiers' Revolutionary War Correspondence to College Friends Revealed

Rutgers University graduate Simeon DeWitt and his former classmates kept in touch through eight years of war

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– Rutgers University

10-Nov-2015

22 Ancient Shipwrecks Discovered in Small Greek Archipelago

A joint Greek-American archaeological expedition, co-directed by a University of Southampton researcher, has recorded 22 shipwrecks over 13 days in what may be the ancient shipwreck capital of the world.

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– University of Southampton

Social and Behavioral Sciences

12-Nov-2015

UF/IFAS Gives Back at Thanksgiving

For some, Thanksgiving means more than gobbling turkey and watching football. It’s the season of giving thanks and giving back to the community.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

11-Nov-2015

Grow Kids’ Brains Through Sport!

Organized extracurricular sport activities for children help them develop and improve cognitive skills, such as greater concentration capacity, that can in term greatly help them in the classroom, says Université de Montréal professor Linda Pagani.

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CONI USA Conference, November 11, 2015

– Universite de Montreal

Focusing on User Habits Key to Preventing Email Phishing, According to UB Research

The cumulative number of successful phishing cyberattacks has risen sharply over the last decade, and in 2014 that figure surged past the total U.S. population, according to a University at Buffalo expert in cyber deception.

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication

– University at Buffalo

Early Maternal Loss Has Lifelong Effects on Chimpanzees

>Wild-caught chimpanzees, who were orphaned and imported from Africa in their early infancy, exhibit an impaired social behaviour also as adults. So far long-term effects of early traumatic experiences on social behaviour were known only for humans and socially isolated chimpanzees.

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Scientific Reports, DOI: 10.1038/srep16439

– University of Vienna

Is Your Boss A Tyrant? An Unhappy Home Life May Be To Blame

When supervisors are verbally abusive to their subordinates, it harms not only the employees, but the organization as a whole, says Texas A&M University Professor of Management Stephen Courtright, whose study reveals it’s often factors outside of work that cause bad boss behavior.

Academy of Management Journal

– Texas A&M University

Britain Lags Behind in Reducing Infant Mortality and Child Poverty

Britain has the fourth highest rate of infant mortality of all Western countries. More seriously, the high death rates of British children correlate with high child poverty and with a lack of investment in healthcare, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

– Bournemouth University

10-Nov-2015

Parents of First-Born Sons and Only-Child Daughters Give More, Women’s Philanthropy Institute Study Finds

Parents’ charitable giving is affected by the sex of their first child, according to a new report released today by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

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– Indiana University

Why We Look at Pretty Faces

In her PhD thesis, conducted at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Olga Chelnokova has explored how our visual system is able to direct attention to the most important information in a face. Her study suggest that evolution has made us experts on faces.

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– University of Oslo

Emotionally Supportive Relationships Linked to Lower Testosterone

Two University of Notre Dame anthropologists looked beyond the nuclear family for effects on testosterone levels in men and found that not only spouses, but also other relatives, good friends, colleagues, neighbors and fellow church members can play a role.

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Hormones and Behavior, Oct-2015

– University of Notre Dame

Award-Winning Feminist Family Researcher Examines Sense of Feminist Fraudulence in Her Work

A Texas Tech University professor garnered national attention in her field when she openly questioned whether she was a bad or imperfect feminist. She unveiled complex challenges of conducting feminist research within the backdrop of post-feminist, neoliberal sensibilities.

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Journal of Family Theory & Review, Sept-2015

– Texas Tech University

09-Nov-2015

Pen Pal Is Powerful Boost to Prisoner Wellbeing

A prison pen pal scheme, currently operating in 52 prisons in England and Wales, is contributing to prisoner wellbeing, offering early warning of potential suicide and improving the chances of successful rehabilitation, says an in-depth study from the University of Warwick.

Prisoner Wellbeing and The Experience of Punishment - November 2015

– University of Warwick

Fundamentalist Christian Protests More Likely to Draw Police Attention

Police are less likely to show up at protests involving religious actors or organizations — unless the protesters are fundamentalist Christians, according to a new study. Notre Dame researchers found fundamentalist Christian groups attracted more police attention than either secular or other Christian groups.

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American Sociological Review, Nov-2015

– University of Notre Dame

Polling Station Environments Matter: Physical Layout Can Impact the Voting Experience

Human factors/ergonomics researchers examined the relationship between U.S. voting system usability and the polling station environment because these systems are so diverse and little is understood about the impact of one on the other. The study reveals that if environmental features and system attributes deter people from voting, it could lead to altered election outcomes.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

UNF Race Expert Available to Discuss University of Missouri Football Players Protest of Racism

University of North Florida race expert Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder discusses the building story of the African-American football players at the University of Missouri who are protesting due to racist events on their campus.

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– University of North Florida

Education

10-Nov-2015

Study Shows Why 4-Year-Olds Don’t Thrive in Head Start Classes

Most Head Start classrooms serve children of mixed ages and that hurts the academic growth of older children, a new national study suggests.

Psychological Science

– Ohio State University

09-Nov-2015

Innovative Health Program Reduces Depression, Unhealthy Weights in Teens

An innovative high school health program helped students maintain healthier weights and even alleviated severe depression for a full year after the program ended.

Journal of School Health, Dec-2015

– Ohio State University

School Choice Programs Lead to Private School Revenue Gains

As private school vouchers gain popularity and the financial implications become more complicated, one question remains: Where does the money spent by these programs ultimately go? University of Notre Dame researchers found that the programs raise a lot of money for schools.

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National Bureau of Economic Research, Oct-2015

– University of Notre Dame

Law and Public Policy

11-Nov-2015

Study Cites Gap Between Theory and Practice in Natural Resource Management

Natural resource agencies have embraced an approach known as adaptive management to adjust and refine their management plans in the face of uncertainties. But a study finds that agencies often apply adaptive management in ways that fail to promote learning, an approach the authors call “AM Lite.”

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Conservation Biology 2-NOV-2015

– Indiana University

Can Government Agencies Regulate Each Other? Texas A&M Researcher Investigates

Government entities are less likely to comply with certain federal environmental regulations than are similar entities owned by private companies, and they are less likely to be fined or sanctioned for violations, according to a study co-authored by a Texas A&M University political scientist.

– Texas A&M University

10-Nov-2015

Pinpointing Poverty with Cellphone Data

Researchers believe that call data records from millions of people, when fused with census and household survey data, can be used to drill down to at least 123 arrondissements (similar to U.S. counties) nationwide, providing an unparalleled look at which communities lack access to food, health care, education and other human necessities.

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– University at Buffalo

Medical Marijuana Should Be Held to Same Standard as Other Drugs, UB Pharmacist Says

Medical marijuana needs to be studied like any other drug. No one is opposed to the active ingredients in it, but we need to have some data. That is what we would expect from any other drug, Bednarczyk says.

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– University at Buffalo

09-Nov-2015

Sexism Rules in the Voting Booth Unless Voters Have More Information

Female candidates have to be more qualified than their male opponents to prevail in an election because many people don’t see women as leaders, according to research that reveals hidden bias that can emerge in the voting booth.

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– Vanderbilt University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Urges Congress: Pass Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

During November’s American Diabetes Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics joins advocacy communities across the country to raise awareness of the fact that diabetes rates have continued to rise over the past 10 years. To help save lives, improve health and save countless health care dollars, the Academy urges Congress to pass legislation that would provide effective and comprehensive medical nutrition therapy to Medicare beneficiaries with prediabetes.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

LifeWire Announcements

Williams College Environmental Center Starts Clock on Living Building Challenge

A popular and well-used building on the Williams College campus will attempt to live for one year with only the electricity it can generate on its own and the water it can recycle on-site. This endeavor will earn it a Living Building Challenge certification, the highest environmental performance standard for a building.

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– Williams College

CWRU Weatherhead School of Management to Conduct Master of Science in Management-Healthcare Classes at Global Center for Health Innovation

Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management’s Master of Science in Management-Healthcare (MSM-Healthcare) program is branching out into the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. Two MSM-Healthcare courses—Health Finance and Health Decision Making and Analytics—will be taught there when the next semester starts in January.

– Case Western Reserve University

New Women’s Leadership Education Program at Harris School Welcomes White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett

CHICAGO – Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will visit the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Women in Public Leadership (WIPL) program, Rebecca Sive, the program’s academic director, announced today.

– University of Chicago

Wayne State Receives $1.4 Million NSF Grant to Prepare Next Generation of Math Teachers in Detroit

There is a growing critical need to produce a high quality teaching workforce in elementary and middle school mathematics nationally. Thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Wayne State University will be embarking on a new program that will prepare the next generation of mathematics teachers in Detroit.

National Science Foundation, 1540819

– Wayne State University Division of Research

Landmark Publications and Research by University of Warwick Academics Awarded Bainton Book Prizes for Art History and Reference

Several members of the Warwick community have been recognised by the international Sixteenth Century Society this month for their outstanding publications that showcase Warwickshire’s rich cultural heritage.

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Journal of British Studies; Journal of the Northern Renaissance

– University of Warwick

A New Name and Enduring Mission: Welcome to the Center for Health Journalism

The nation’s pre-eminent center for health journalism training and news collaborations today announced a name change: the Center for Health Journalism.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Here's Johnny! Carson Legacy Continues with $20 Million Gift to Nebraska Film School

A $20 million gift from the foundation of the late Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, who was a University of Nebraska alumnus, will will offer Nebraska students an education at the vanguard of new forms of filmmaking and emerging media, such as virtual production, interactive and mobile media, film special effects, augmented and virtual reality, game design and more.

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Copyright Implications Up for Discussion

YouTube sensation CassetteBoy are to join a delegation of academics and experts to talk about the implications of copyright reform, one year on from a change in the law in October 2014.

– Bournemouth University

2015 ITPalooza is Almost Here – Event Expected to Draw Record Crowds

Annual IT event brings together higher education and the technology world for a host of activities and interaction.

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– Nova Southeastern University

LifeWire Marketplace

Women In and of the World with Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Cokie Roberts

American Journalist and Political Commentator Cokie Roberts interviews United States Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).

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– New York University

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