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Monday, December 14, 2015

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Timing of First Childbirth Influences Women’s Health at Age 40

A new study finds some surprising ways in which women’s health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital history. (more)

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Science News

11-Dec-2015

Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

Click to view today's top stories.

(Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2015 at 09:00 ET)

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Arts and Humanities

11-Dec-2015

Lifesaving Scrubs Repurposed as Art to Celebrate UAB Women and Infants Center Anniversary

The quilts, made by more than 100 volunteers from scrubs worn by medical staff at the Women and Infants Center, will be unveiled at a ceremony Dec. 17. The quilts will be installed in the center.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

10-Dec-2015

Learning Life’s Lessons Through Renaissance Literature

Though the Renaissance literature was written more than 400 years ago, English professor Bruce Brandt said, “Modern students can find lots of things that can lead them to be better people.” The Harvard graduate has authored two books, co-edited two books of proceedings, written 36 scholarly articles and delivered 35 conference papers during his 36-year career at South Dakota State University while teaching a full class load. “Doing scholarly research flows right into teaching.”

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– South Dakota State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

14-Dec-2015

Four reasons breaking up with Facebook is hard to do

New research from Cornell Information Science discovered four reasons why our relationship with Facebook is complicated.

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– Cornell University

Timing of First Childbirth Influences Women’s Health at Age 40

A new study finds some surprising ways in which women’s health at midlife is connected to when they had their first child and to their marital history.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Dec-2015

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

11-Dec-2015

New Research Shows Gray Divorced Women Are More Likely to Be Poor

More and more adults are entering their golden years alone, either through gray divorce, or by choosing to stay unmarried, and for older women, Social Security benefits often aren’t enough to stave off poverty.

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– Bowling Green State University

10-Dec-2015

People in States That Rely Heavily on Ballot Initiatives Are Happier

Ballot initiatives, those petition-driven public votes on contested issues, are often disparaged by liberals and conservatives alike for their avoidance of conventional representative democratic processes and their vulnerability to manipulation. However, researchers have found that people living in states that rely more heavily on those initiatives are, on average, happier, especially lower- and middle-income people.

Social Indicators Research, Aug-2015

– University of Notre Dame

Businesses May Benefit From 'Overqualified' Employees

Employee overqualification has been widely considered harmful for organizations, which is why most companies tend to screen out such job applicants. Research from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business suggests, however, that hiring overqualified employees brings benefits.

Journal of Applied Psychology, Dec-2014

– University of Notre Dame

Education

10-Dec-2015

Colorado Sets Young Children Up for Healthy Futures

Jill Birnbaum, Executive Director of Voices for Healthy Kids, issued the following statement on the progress made in Colorado to ensure all children grow up at a healthy weight by issuing new rules on nutrition, physical activity and screen time in child care facilities.</

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– Voices for Healthy Kids

Law and Public Policy

14-Dec-2015

FAU Study First to Show How Leaders in Law Enforcement Feel About Police Wearing Body Cameras

The use of force and police behavior continues to be a prominent topic in the media. While the use of body-worn cameras on police to address these issues has been endorsed by the media, government, social activists, and policy makers alike, there is scant scientific evidence to support or refute the perceived benefits or drawbacks.

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American Journal of Criminal Justice

– Florida Atlantic University

11-Dec-2015

Trump Supporters Rally Around Him Even More with Each Attack Thrown His Way, UB Political Scientist Says

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump can withstand attacks for his antics if those come from political opponents or members of the media, says Jacob Neiheisel, University at Buffalo professor of political science. And in fact, those attacks will only help his presidential bid.

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– University at Buffalo

LifeWire Announcements

Wrapped in Love at the Meridian Community Resource Center

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Meridian Community Resource Center at Freehold Raceway Mall (located near Macy’s on Level One) , will host a gift wrapping extravaganza called Wrapped in Love. The center will offer gift wrapping services for shoppers and accept voluntary donations in support of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the most comprehensive provider of pediatric care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

– Meridian Health

Partnership Launched to Increase International Recruitment at UAB

With significant implications to its student enrollment and economic impact in the region, UAB’s partnership with INTO University Partnerships will increase access for international students to one of the nation’s most diverse college campuses.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gonzaga Receives $294,415 Lilly Endowment Grant to Encourage High Schoolers to Explore Theology

SPOKANE, Wash. – A $294,415 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will establish the Gonzaga University Theology Institute for High School Youth. The grant is part of Lilly Endowment’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

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– Gonzaga University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Wichita State University Honors Student's Heroic Actions with Posthumous Degree, Room Dedication

In May, the Wichita State University community said goodbye to 22-year-old electrical engineering student Abduljaleel "Jaleel" Alarbash, who was killed trying to stop a suicide bomber from entering a mosque in Saudi Arabia. This week the man hailed as a hero will be remembered with an honorary degree and have a room in Jabara Hall named in his memory.

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– Wichita State University

Peter the Anteater Featured in Newport Beach Boat Parade and Rose Parade

The University of California, Irvine’s anteater mascot, voted Mashable’s 2015 Mascot Madness champion, will host an entry in the 107th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and will be represented on the Irvine Chamber of Commerce/Destination Irvine’s boat. Peter’s appearances are part of UCI’s 50th anniversary celebration and help illustrate the spirit of innovation shared by the campus and larger community.

– University of California, Irvine

LifeWire Marketplace

UC San Diego Alums Turn Ugly Christmas Sweater Line Into Booming Business

Look around your holiday party this season and you won’t just see typical Yuletide flair—something quite bold and different may catch your eye. The “ugly Christmas sweater” has emerged as a holiday necessity, and according to Tipsy Elves founders – Nicklaus Morton, a 2005 graduate of UC San Diego, and Evan Mendelsohn, who graduated in 2006 – the trend is here to stay.

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– University of California, San Diego

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