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Thursday, December 17, 2015

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U Mad Bro? Computers Now Know When You're Angry

Most people can tell if you're angry based on the way you're acting. Professor Jeffrey Jenkins can tell if you're angry by the way you move a... (more)

– Brigham Young University

Featured Story:

Jane Austen's Family Music Books Digitised for Free Access Online

The music collection of novelist Jane Austen and her family is being made freely available to access online as part of a University of Southampton... (more)

– University of Southampton

Arts and Humanities


The Magic of Clangers Revealed for the First Time

New book on children’s stop-frame animation by a researcher at University of Warwick investigates what Clangers, Pingwings and Pogles tell us about our society, history and Englishness.

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– University of Warwick


The George Washington University’s Gelman Library to House Winston Churchill’s World War II Engagement Diary

A collection of handwritten cards detailing Winston Churchill’s appointments during World War II, including such historic events as Victory in Europe (VE) Day and the British prime minister’s regular meetings with the King of England and President Franklin Roosevelt, will have a new home at the George Washington University. The “engagement diary” will be featured in the new National Churchill Library and Center to be located at GW.

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– George Washington University

Divorce: On the Decline in Sub-Saharan Africa

With education, employment and income levels all rising for women in sub-Saharan Africa, many observers have speculated that divorce rates would follow suit – as they have in much of the developed world. But a new study by McGill University researchers finds that divorce rates across 20 African countries over the past 20 years have remained stable or declined.

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– McGill University

Jane Austen's Family Music Books Digitised for Free Access Online

The music collection of novelist Jane Austen and her family is being made freely available to access online as part of a University of Southampton digital library project.

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– University of Southampton

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Making Bicycling Safer for Kids with ADHD

University of Iowa researchers hope new avenues of study about why children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have more accidents while crossing the street on their bicycles will help parents teach their children to better navigate busy intersections.

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– University of Iowa

Growing Diversity in Doctoral Programs

Northwestern University is testing a new supplemental coaching program to provide in-depth guidance on succeeding in science careers and reduce the commonly reported feelings of pressure and isolation of Ph.D. students from underrepresented backgrounds. In the study’s paper, one African-American female student from the new coaching group said, “I’m so happy to see other people of color in one place doing the same thing that I’m doing.”

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– Northwestern University


Military families benefit from UCLA-developed resilience program

A new study validates a widely-used program for combatting psychological and emotional challenges faced by military families.

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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Researchers Investigate Mental Health of Teens After Dad Leaves

Family breakdown and the insecure financial situation that may result is more likely to cause worry, anxiety and depressive symptoms in adolescents who are separated from their father, says Professor Jennifer O’Loughlin of the University of Montreal.

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Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

– Universite de Montreal

Online and Mobile Apps Can Target Health Behaviors

Scouring the Web to learn new ways to instill better health habits? Trying to find the best health app to lose weight or reduce stress? Or maybe you’re posting on Twitter and Facebook to try to build a supportive community for your healthy goals. Online and mobile health interventions are getting easier to come by but psychologists say that while social media and Internet-based treatment programs can be beneficial, there is a need for rigorous methods to help guide the development and evaluation of these programs and apps.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Energy Drinks Push Masculinity, but Can Harm Men’s Health

A new study from two Texas Tech University researchers shows the men most likely to use energy drinks to boost their performance are losing sleep because of their consumption.

Health Psychology, 2015, Vol. 34, No. 11, 1100–1106

– Texas Tech University

Ostracized Children Use Imitation To Fit In, Study Finds

The threat of ostracism influences children to imitate group behaviors as a means of re-affiliating, according to psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Psychological Science

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Can Your Pet Boost Your Sex Appeal?

Dogs and Cats are increasingly seen as being a crucial member of a traditional family, but aside from the companionship and love you receive from your pet… can they also make you appear sexier?


– Taylor & Francis

Antiquity's Hermaphroditus - a Gender Bender

The view that androgynous individuals are pathologically deviant has caused scholars to reject the possibility that the mythological figure Hermaphroditus could be perceived as erotically attractive. But the Romans had a different view of sexuality and a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg shows that Hermaphroditus was an object of in particular men's desire.

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Title of the doctoral thesis: Desiring Hermaphrodites: The Relationships of Hermaphroditus in Roman Group Scenes

– University of Gothenburg

University Project Focuses on Reducing Binge Drinking

How many shots of alcohol does it take to fill a plastic, red solo cup? The answer is 11 and that’s just one of the questions New Mexico State University students are asking fellow students as part of the “Aggies Winning Choices” project.

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– New Mexico State University (NMSU)


Looking for Motivation? Enjoying the Task at Hand Will Matter Once You Start

Want to lose weight? Then make sure you’re thinking about more than just the numbers on the scale when choosing your workout. A new study suggests that when people look forward to or back on an activity, they tend to underestimate how important it is to actually enjoy doing it. The finding may help explain why people often fail to persevere through tedious or unpleasant tasks.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

U Mad Bro? Computers Now Know When You're Angry

Most people can tell if you're angry based on the way you're acting. Professor Jeffrey Jenkins can tell if you're angry by the way you move a computer mouse. The BYU information systems expert says people experiencing anger (and other negative emotions--frustration, confusion, sadness) become less precise in their mouse movements and move the cursor at different speeds.

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– Brigham Young University

Helping Others Dampens the Effects of Everyday Stress

Providing help to friends, acquaintances, and even strangers can mitigate the impact of daily stressors on our emotions and our mental health, according to new research published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Clinical Psychological Science

– Association for Psychological Science

Study Reports Childhood Family Breakups Harder on Girls' Health

A childhood family breakup can have long-term negative consequences for the children. Recent University of Illinois research looks at overall health, depression, and smoking as a health-related behavior and finds that, for girls, all three are worse.

Review of Economics of the Household

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

WashU Expert: Five Holiday Talking Points for Families Facing Aging, End-of-Life Decisions

Article Body 2010 Few things are as certain as the end of life, so why is it so hard to talk about? That’s the question many families will be grappling with as they get together over the holidays with extended families, including close relatives who are getting on in years or those battling a serious health issue. While it’s easy to put off dark discussions during festive times, it’s best to have them sooner than later, said Brian Carpenter, a psychologist who studies family relations in later life at Washington University in St.

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– Washington University in St. Louis



Metcalf Interns Offered Return Internships, Full-Time Jobs

Nearly half of all University of Chicago undergraduates who participated in the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program this year have reported receiving return offers from their employers for either an internship next summer or a full-time job after graduation.

– University of Chicago

Tracing University’s Intellectual History

The University’s Departmental Histories Fellowship Program challenged graduate students to research and document the histories of 17 of UChicago’s 87 academic units, as part of the University's 125th anniversary celebration.

– University of Chicago


New Research: ‘Flipped’ Classrooms Improve Physics Education

If physics makes you break out in a cold sweat, you are not alone. And yet thousands of students enroll yearly in university classes to undertake the daunting task of solving questions far more complex than that. One Concordia researcher has a solution: flip the traditional classroom on its head.

– Concordia University

Special Person on and Off Bike

Special Olympian an inspiration due to her determination and the encouragement of her dad

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Broward College Experts Available to Discuss New Year’s Resolutions

As 2016 approaches, many are considering their New Year’s resolutions. Broward College has the following experts available to discuss the most popular resolutions, such as health and wellness, as well as financial and professional goals, and how to make these resolutions more attainable

Expert(s) available

– Broward College


It Pays to Graduate: Texas Alum Earned $150K More Than Non-Graduates

University of Texas System graduates earned $147,910 more in salary over 10 years than students who enrolled at a UT System academic institution but did not graduate.

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– The University of Texas System

Pop Culture


Santa vs. Superheroes

An amusing yet scientific look at how St. Nick’s powers stack up against Superman, the Hulk and various other Marvel Comics and DC Comics characters.

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– University of California, Irvine

Law and Public Policy


History Meets Geography: James Gregory's Collaborative Digital Project Tracks Key 20th Century Social Movements

It's one thing to read that the NAACP grew from three branches nationwide in 1912 to 894 branches in 1945, but it's more interesting and revealing to watch that expansion — from Tacoma to Bangor, Maine, and beyond — on an interactive map, as the decades slide by. That sort of data visualization lies at the heart of University of Washington historian James Gregory's new collaborative digital project, "Mapping American Social Movements through the 20th Century."

– University of Washington

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

AADA Applauds New Bill to Protect Senior Access to Dermatologic Care

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) announced its support for the Medicare Advantage Bill of Rights Act, introduced today by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). If passed, the legislation would ensure that patients will have adequate physician networks in their Medicare Advantage plans.

– American Academy of Dermatology

LifeWire Announcements

The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on

– Newswise

University at Buffalo Announces New Department of Jewish Thought

The University at Buffalo will launch a new department at the end of the current semester dedicated to the academic study of the Jewish intellectual tradition in the development of Western civilization.

– University at Buffalo

NYU Steinhardt Plans Major Push into Residency-Based Online Teacher Education

NYU Steinhardt, the country’s oldest university-based school of pedagogy, today announced plans for a new residency-based teacher education program that will deliver its courses 100 percent online. Pending state approval, the proposed program – designed specifically for teacher residencies – would enable students to earn a graduate degree by combining online coursework with immersive on-site experiences in high-needs schools, rather than by attending traditional lectures and seminars at NYU.

– New York University

Northwestern to Open San Francisco Space in Spring 2016

Northwestern University is opening a new space in San Francisco that will further enhance the school’s leadership at the intersection of engineering, computer science, journalism and integrated marketing communications.

– Northwestern University

Two Drama Critics Receive 2015 George Jean Nathan Award

The George Jean Nathan Award Committee has chosen two recipients of the 2014-15 prize for the year’s best work in dramatic criticism. Brian Eugenio Herrera is receiving the award for his book Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (University of Michigan, 2015). Chris Jones has been chosen for his work as theater critic for the Chicago Tribune.

– Cornell University

Vancouver Photographer Wins Global Physics Photowalk Competition, Captures Childhood Memories

In September, eight research laboratories from around the globe hosted over 200 photographers at their world-class facilities for a unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and capture the beauty of physics through the Global Physics Photowalk 2015. An panel of international judges, along with a public online vote, now reveal the winners from the thousands of submissions.

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LifeWire Higher Education Events

Alumnus Philip Glass Returns to UChicago in February

60 years after graduating from the University of Chicago, celebrated composer Philip Glass will return to campus as a UChicago Presidential Arts Fellow Feb. 17-19, 2016 for a three-day residency featuring a film screening, public conversation, and a sold-out concert at Mandel Hall.

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– University of Chicago

NASA Astronaut Janet Kavandi to Speak at Missouri S&T Commencement

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi, deputy director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center and a Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate, will speak at two graduation ceremonies at Missouri S&T this month.

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

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