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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Why Some People Would Pay for a Drug They Probably Won't Ever Need

A sick person is obviously willing to pay for a good medical treatment, but economists have found that healthy people are potentially a much broader,... (more) (Embargo expired on 01-Dec-2015 at 00:05 ET)

– Johns Hopkins University

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New FAU Study Finds ‘Your Friends Were Right! You Did Change After You Started Dating’

Researchers at FAU and colleagues put to test the hypothesis that adolescents become less similar to their friends and more similar to romantic... (more)

– Florida Atlantic University

Arts and Humanities

02-Dec-2015

Lutherans, Catholics Taking More Steps in Ecumenical Dialogue

As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, Lutherans and Catholics are seeking common ground and ecumenical touchstones to widen understandings of the historical Church, its ministry, and the Eucharist.

– Creighton University

01-Dec-2015

Iran’s Enduring Impact

Home of one of the most ancient and enduring civilizations, Iran has been at the nexus of world history for the past 3,000 years. That’s what Concordia researcher Richard Foltz reminds readers in Iran in World History (Oxford University Press). Encompassing religion, literature, the arts and politics, his new book provides a comprehensive history of one of the world's most influential civilizations.

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– Concordia University

Vanderbilt Historian Offers Unsettling Look at Bioengineered Near Future

While some people today feel driven to purchase the latest smartphone or other technology, historian Michael Bess worries how near-future generations will deal with innovations ranging from pills that boost intelligence to bioengineered body parts for all ages.

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– Vanderbilt University

30-Nov-2015

NMU Art Museum Loans Shiras Prints to Paris Exhibit

Northern Michigan University's DeVos Art Museum loaned several prints by renowned wildlife photographer George Shiras III to an exhibition at the Museum of Hunting and Nature in Paris.

– Northern Michigan University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

03-Dec-2015

Effects of Exposure of Females to Stress During Adolescence Are Transmitted Not Only to Children but Also to Grandchildren

“Our studies suggest that there are processes, unrelated to maternal care, that can explain how information is transmitted from generation to generation,” said Dr. Inna Gaisler-Salomon of the University of Haifa, who conducted the study

– University of Haifa

Sociologists Available to Discuss Mass Shootings and Gun Culture

In the wake of yesterday’s tragic event in San Bernardino, California, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss mass shootings and gun culture.

Expert(s) available

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

02-Dec-2015

New FAU Study Finds ‘Your Friends Were Right! You Did Change After You Started Dating’

Researchers at FAU and colleagues put to test the hypothesis that adolescents become less similar to their friends and more similar to romantic partners after they start a new romantic relationship.

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Developmental Psychology; Developmental Psychology

– Florida Atlantic University

A Window Into Sexuality

New research from of the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory at Queen's University shows that heterosexual women have more diverse patterns of sexual response than previously reported.

PLOS ONE

– Queen's University

Could Psychotherapy Software Detect the Sound of Empathy?

Scientists in California and Utah have developed software that recognizes words and vocal qualities in therapy. The vocal data is run through algorithms to infer, for instance, whether a counseling session was empathic.

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Plos ONe, Dec-2015

– University of Utah

Indiana University Experts Offer Tips for a Healthy and Safe Holiday Season

In time for the holiday season, Indiana University experts offer tips on keeping peace with family, healthy holiday eating, drinking responsibly and staying safe.

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– Indiana University

01-Dec-2015

Why Some People Would Pay for a Drug They Probably Won't Ever Need

A sick person is obviously willing to pay for a good medical treatment, but economists have found that healthy people are potentially a much broader, if largely overlooked, market for medical innovations.

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Journal of Economic Studies, Dec-2015

– Johns Hopkins University

30-Nov-2015

Looking at Chicago’s Experience with Mixed-Income Public Housing

Chicago and many other cities around the world have turned to mixed-income housing as a strategy to provide housing for low-income people. That approach received a closer look in a new book that examines public housing transformation in Chicago.

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– University of Chicago

Education

01-Dec-2015

First Language Wires Brain for Later Language-Learning

You may believe that you have forgotten the Chinese you spoke as a child, but your brain hasn’t. Moreover, that “forgotten” first language may well influence what goes on in your brain when you speak English or French today. In a paper published today in <i>Nature Communications</i>, researchers from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute describe their discovery that even brief, early exposure to a language influences how the brain processes sounds from a second language later in life. Even when the first language learned is no longer spoken.

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Nature Communications

– McGill University

WIU Adapted Physical Activity Motor Clinics for Special Ed Students Evolve with iPad App Use

WIU faculty members and students from three different disciplines are partnering with the Chicago-based app development company, Exercise Connection, to enhance an award-winning, "pioneering" adapted physical activity Motor Clinic for west central Illinois special education students.

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– Western Illinois University

Western IL University Exercise Science Students Involved in Cutting-Edge Research Project to Study Exercise and Use iPads with Students with Autism

This semester, nine exercise science students at Western Illinois University are involved in research that could help show how using technology can be beneficial for individuals with autism when exercising.

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– Western Illinois University

Jewelry Designer Creates FUSE Challenge

Jewelry designer Christopher Duquet recently collaborated with Northwestern University to create a FUSE Challenge, part of a broader effort to help businesses excite young people about exploring pathways to future STEM study and careers. To date, FUSE has reached over 4,000 pre-teens and teenagers in 63 locations, including schools, libraries and youth centers in Illinois, Ohio and California. A school in Helsinki, Finland, will be the first international site to implement FUSE.

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– Northwestern University

Pop Culture

02-Dec-2015

New Brunswick Music Scene Celebrated in New Archive

An innovative multimedia archive at Rutgers Libraries collects ephemera from New Brunswick’s music scene from the 1980s to today

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– Rutgers University

Law and Public Policy

03-Dec-2015

Mental Health Courts Significantly Reduce Repeat Offenses, Jail Time

New research finds that mental health courts are effective at reducing repeat offending, and limiting related jail time, for people with mental health problems – especially those who also have substance use problems.

Law and Human Behavior, Nov-2015

– North Carolina State University

02-Dec-2015

Addressing Climate Change Should Start with Policies to Increase Energy Efficiency

Making our homes more energy efficient should be the first choice to mitigate climate change, says an Iowa State University researcher. Yu Wang says energy efficiency is cheap, easy and effective when compared to other options, such as renewable energy sources.

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– Iowa State University

01-Dec-2015

The Adverse Outcomes of Climate Change Cannot Be Resolved by the Health Community Alone

In a study recently published in the Annals of Global Health researchers review the links between climate change, the processes leading to greenhouse gas emissions and health outcomes.

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– Concordia University

Architect Proposes Sustainable, Short-Term Housing for European Refugees

An innovative project to help manage the European refugee crisis has recently been proposed by Richard M. Economakis, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, and is now under consideration by officials of the United Nations, the European Union and the Greek government.

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– University of Notre Dame

Panel Discussion on U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

A panel of experts at Northwestern University, moderated by WBEZ’s Jerome McDonnell, will reflect on a global model to successfully respond to today’s refugee crisis. Hosted by Northwestern University’s Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS), the panel discussion will take place Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event will launch the center’s Refugee Resettlement Program.

– Northwestern University

30-Nov-2015

Changing Labor Laws May Weaken Public Employees’ Clout — including in the Presidential Election, Baylor Study Finds

Changed labor laws — with some states curtailing collective bargaining — may lessen political activity among teachers and other public employees, traditionally cornerstones in electing Democrats.

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American Journal of Political Science

– Baylor University

LifeWire Announcements

UChicago Science of Learning Center Seeks to Remove Walls Between Research, Practice

Understanding how people learn, and developing real-world learning tools — especially for children from high poverty communities, who tend to underperform in school — is the goal of the new University of Chicago Science of Learning Center. The overarching goal of the center is bring cutting edge research findings to bear on real world learning problems.

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– University of Chicago

USC Annenberg Professor Dan Birman to Co-Produce Documentary Series Based on Bestselling Works of Thomas Cahill

USC Annenberg Professor and award-winning documentarian Dan Birman has landed the rights to produce the bestselling seven-volume book series Hinges of History, by revered scholar and historical author Thomas Cahill.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

140 Celebrities Rally to Support Los Angeles' Top Pediatric Medical Facility

Fans can bid on ornaments signed by Heidi Klum, Drew Barrymore, Bradley Cooper, Josh Gad, LL Cool J, Selena Gomez, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Chris O’Donnell, Pharrell Williams, Sarah Chalke, Caitlyn Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Speck iPad Air cases signed by Spike Lee, Jack Black, Kevin Bacon, James Franco, Ryan Reynolds and Connie Britton, among others

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– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

UCI Paul Merage School of Business Introduces Veteran Entrepreneurship Program

Applications are now being accepted for The Paul Merage School of Business Veteran Entrepreneurship Program, an innovative week-long certificate program uniquely designed to provide U.S. Military Veterans with the knowledge, strategies, tools, and resources necessary to cultivate critical leadership skills and develop and advance their entrepreneurial ideas. The program will be held February 21-27, 2016 and will be led by highly experienced Merage School faculty and thought leaders in the area of entrepreneurship, innovation, and management. Program fees will be waived for all selected participants.

– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business

MSU Space Cowboys Earn Shining Star Award

Mississippi State’s rocketry team is finding its trophy case a little more crowded. The Space Cowboys recently earned the Shining Star Award for Technical Excellence for a student organization, with members accepting the award at the National Space Club’s 27th annual Von Braun Memorial Celebration in Huntsville, Alabama.

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– Mississippi State University

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to Receive Award

Boise State University's Frank Church institute will Honor Secretary Panetta with the frank and Bethine Church Award for public service on jan. 18.

– Boise State University

Veronica Guerrieri Wins Bernácer Prize for European Economists Under Age 40

The 2014 Bernácer Prize has been awarded to University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Veronica Guerrieri. The Bernácer Prize is awarded annually to European economists under the age of 40, who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of macroeconomics and finance.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

AdvancePath Academics Appoints Stanley H. Greene as CEO

Will Position Recently Merged AdvancePath Academics and ScholarCentric as the Global Leader in Providing Innovative Social-Emotional and Academic Solutions for K-12

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– AdvancePath Academics, Inc.

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Youth Justice System Should Be Viewed Through Public Health Lens

Matthew Aalsma of Indiana University will discuss why juvenile justice reform efforts that decrease the reliance on incarceration and improve behavioral health and medical services are important public health initiatives.

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– University of Louisville

LifeWire Marketplace

2015 ACI Excellence In Concrete Construction Award Winners

The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards provides a platform to recognize concrete projects at the forefront of innovation and technology, and showcases these projects to inspire excellence in concrete design and construction around the world.

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– American Concrete Institute (ACI)

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