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Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Depressed Pinterest Users Suffer From Lack of Positive Messages

Despite the large number of posts on visual social media platforms that suggest—and fuel—depressing or suicidal thoughts, there... (more)

– University of Georgia

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Study Links Facebook Connections, Alcohol Use in College-Aged Females

Researchers at the University of Georgia have found links between certain patterns of connections among Facebook friends and drug and alcohol use... (more)

– University of Georgia

Arts and Humanities

10-Dec-2015

Uncovering the True Essence—and Fake Paintings—of Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton captured early- to mid-20th century America with a style and swagger uniquely his own. Capturing what made the painter tick—and tick-off so many people—has been a career-long pursuit of art historian Henry Adams.

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– Case Western Reserve University

09-Dec-2015

Holiday Time Means Cookie Time

In the next few weeks, they will seemingly be everywhere—in homes, at offices and at parties. They come in several varieties, and most people can probably name a favorite when it comes to holiday cookies. According to two Kansas State University experts, cookies can and should be enjoyed in moderation this holiday season. The experts provide tips to prepare, bake and store cookies safely, and offer advice on how people can alter ingredients to make cookie recipes a bit more healthful.

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– Kansas State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

10-Dec-2015

Parents have more influence than they might realize to prevent substance use

Adolescence is a time when many children may consider experimenting with alcohol or drugs. New Iowa State University research shows parents can reduce that risk by maintaining a healthy and open relationship with their children.

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Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Journal of Family Psychology

– Iowa State University

09-Dec-2015

Depressed Pinterest Users Suffer From Lack of Positive Messages

Despite the large number of posts on visual social media platforms that suggest—and fuel—depressing or suicidal thoughts, there aren’t many for users to read and share that would help them cope with their mental state more proactively, a University of Georgia study finds.

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Public Relations Review

– University of Georgia

Is Seeing Believing? People Are Not Good at Identifying Where Sights, Sounds Originate

Our vision and hearing aren't as reliable as we might think, according to a study by life scientists at UCLA.

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PLOS Computational Biology

– University of California Los Angeles UCLA

Which College Students Are Likely Candidates for Risky Sex?

A University of Illinois study suggests a significant link between instability in the lives of college-age young adults and the likelihood that they will engage in risky sex.

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

– University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Researcher Working with Military Veterans

New Mexico State University social work faculty is researching Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association’s equine-assisted psychotherapy model as an add-on to existing conventional therapy while assisted military personnel and veterans to resolve post-dramatic stress issues.

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– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

08-Dec-2015

On a Scale of 1 to 5, How Distracting Is Talking to Your Car? HF/E Researchers Develop a New Framework for Measuring Cognitive Distraction

Distractions while driving can come from visual, physical, and cognitive sources. A special section of the December 2015 Human Factors presents a framework for measuring cognitive distraction, followed by expert commentaries that suggest a way forward for reducing crash risk.

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Access to the Internet Makes Us Less Willing to Say We Know Things

People are less willing to rely on their knowledge and say they know something when they have access to the Internet, suggesting that our connection to the web is affecting how we think.

Consciousness and Cognition

– University of Waterloo

UB Researcher Develops Model to Show Effects of Personalizing Online Information

People tend to seek political information that confirms their existing opinion or belief while avoiding contrary information. This is selective exposure, and Internet technologies are likely exacerbating this behavior, according to UB's Ivan Dylko.

Communication Theory

– University at Buffalo

From Gifts to Food: Shop for the Holidays Without Blowing Your Budget

Black Friday and Cyber Week may be behind us, but the holiday shopping season is still in full swing. Consumers can shop adequately for the holidays without blowing their budget. This means being creative with gift giving and making lists of everything needed for the holidays.

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– Kansas State University

07-Dec-2015

Men’s Interest in Babies Linked with Hormonal Responses to Sexually Explicit Material

Young men’s interest in babies is specifically associated with their physiological reactivity to sexually explicit material, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Psychological Science, Dec. 1, 2015

– University of Chicago

Study Links Facebook Connections, Alcohol Use in College-Aged Females

Researchers at the University of Georgia have found links between certain patterns of connections among Facebook friends and drug and alcohol use among college-aged females.

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Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

– University of Georgia

Breaking Bread with Colleagues Boosts Productivity

Plenty of companies invest big money to provide their employees with upscale workplace eateries or at least catered meals. But are those companies getting a good return on their investment? According to a new Cornell University study, the answer is yes.

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Human Performance, Volume 28, Issue 4, 2015

– Cornell University

Can Your Childhood Pet Make You Depressed?

Having a pet offers companionship, comfort and emotional security to millions; many love and cherish them like family members. This can in turn have positive effects on mental health.

Anthrozoös; DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1052274

– Taylor & Francis

Education

10-Dec-2015

Guatemala Give and Take

Guatemala, a land of great beauty and need, finds its way into Johns Hopkins students’ hearts, thanks to the hope and creativity of an experienced nurse.

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

January Is National Mentoring Month: Who Has Time for Mentoring?

Do you have time to mentor? Perhaps not. Effective mentoring requires investing in another person’s growth and development. It is an intentional commitment. But the truth is, though we think we don’t have time to mentor, we can’t afford not to.

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– Wake Forest University

09-Dec-2015

Iowa State Students Design Interiors for Combat Outposts

If you think interior design is all about paint colors, fabric swatches and furniture styles, think again. Students in an Iowa State grad studio have propelled interior design to a place it's never been before: the 21st century combat outpost. They created environments that support combat soldiers' mental health and help alleviate PTSD.

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– Iowa State University

Gonzaga Gets Three Sets of Identical Twins in Class of '19

The all-female Holy Names Academy in Seattle is well represented in Gonzaga University’s Class of 2019 with 18 women, including three sets of identical twins – two of which are members of Gonzaga’s crew team.

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– Gonzaga University

Birmingham’s Newest Sports Venue, BBVA Compass Field at Uab, Officially Debuts

Officials from BBVA Compass and the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Wednesday officially debuted the city’s newest sports venue, BBVA Compass Field, and marked the start of its final phase of construction by having an MLS midfielder lead students from Glen Iris Elementary through drills on the Blazers’ pristine soccer pitch.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

07-Dec-2015

Exporting Innovation

From Baltimore to Saudi Arabia, China, South Africa, and back, nursing leadership travels well

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

STEM for the Holidays

For less than $100 parents can give kids "learning labs" this holiday season, a former Sesame Street researcher shows you how.

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– University of Delaware

Pop Culture

08-Dec-2015

Taking the Past into the Future: Making Holiday Oral Histories with Technology Can Preserve Precious Memories

By combining the advancing tools of technology with time-honored techniques of interviewing and storytelling, Christmas can be an ideal time for people to preserve eyewitness accounts of experiences from loved ones for future generations, says an oral historian at Baylor University. .

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– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy

09-Dec-2015

University of Utah Researchers: Federal Lands Takeover Won’t Help State Obtain Mineral Resources

New research from the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the S.J. Quinney College of Law explores the issue of mineral resources under the Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act, or TPLA, which demands that the federal government transfer title to more than 31 million acres of federal public lands within Utah to the state.

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– University of Utah

08-Dec-2015

Eyewitness Identification Reforms Not Always Supported by Data

Motivated by hundreds of false convictions, many states and law enforcement agencies have reformed eyewitness identification procedures. Reforms that California adopted were based on solid science while some it resisted were on shaky ground.

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Policy Matters

– University of California, Riverside

07-Dec-2015

Planners Aim for Coastal Growth in All the Right Places

When it comes to helping coastal communities be more resilient to weather hazards, ideas don’t need to be sandbagged, experts say. That’s why the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted $750,000 to a program that already is experienced in working with city leaders along the Texas coast and other Gulf states.

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– Texas A&M AgriLife

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Testifies on Bill To Protect Sports Medicine Professionals Across State Lines

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) testified before the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on HR 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act.

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– American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)

CWRU Law Clinic to Represent Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, with a grant from the Ohio Attorney General's Office, will launch a human trafficking law clinic in which students, under faculty supervision, will represent victims of human trafficking and sexual assault. Professors Judith Lipton and Maureen Kenny will serve as co-directors of the Human Trafficking Project, which will provide legal services to survivors of human trafficking and education and awareness to service providers, educators, students and the general public on this important issue.

– Case Western Reserve University

LifeWire Announcements

AACN's President and CEO Testifies Before Congress on the Impact of Federal Programs that Bolster the Nursing Workforce

AACN's President and CEO Deborah E. Trautman presented testimony this morning before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on the need to reauthorize Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs. Dr. Trautman was invited to testify on behalf of academic nursing to underscore the impact Title VIII programs has on sustaining the nursing workforce, including the supply of nurse faculty, researchers, and advanced practice clinicians.

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

2016 Spring Journal Club Focusing on Lessons Learned From Development and Implementation of Behavioral Nutrition Interventions

The webinars will host nutrition education and behavior experts who will share their experiences with successfully designing and implementing nutrition education interventions. These educational workshops will provide valuable learning opportunities for participants wishing to expand their knowledge base and learn the right tools needed for building a successful behavioral nutrition intervention.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Inmar Establishes Computer Science Scholarships at WFU

Wake Forest University is the recipient of new academic scholarships funded by Inmar, Inc. to attract and develop future students interested in a computer science major.

– Wake Forest University

Project to Examine Extremist Organizations’ Social and Neurological Influence

A new UChicago study will bring together political scientists, neuroscientists and psychologists to examine the neurological processes that create sympathy toward extremist groups, in an effort to determine how cultures of martyrdom mobilize support for violence, especially suicide attacks.

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– University of Chicago

LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program Gets Lifesaving Support

Compak Asset Management was recently honored with the Fidelity Investments “Be Greater” award for demonstrating excellence in critical areas of their business. Feroz Ansari, senior principal and portfolio manager for Compak, received $15,000 as part of the recognition package, which was earmarked for the charitable organization of his choice. The LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program, hosted by the Center for Wealth Management (CIWM) at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, was the lucky recipient.

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

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