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University of Haifa Excavations Uncover Unique Hebrew Inscription Showing Existence of a Jewish Village at Kursi

This first evidence of a Jewish village on the site strengthens the hypothesis, that until now was no more than folklore, that this is the... (more)

– University of Haifa

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Police Shootings of Black Males: A Public Health Problem

Research on police shootings by Keon Gilbert, DrPH, assistant professor of behavioral science and health education at Saint Louis University,... (more)

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

Arts and Humanities

18-Dec-2015

University of Haifa Excavations Uncover Unique Hebrew Inscription Showing Existence of a Jewish Village at Kursi

This first evidence of a Jewish village on the site strengthens the hypothesis, that until now was no more than folklore, that this is the “Kursi” mentioned in the New Testament as one of the sites where Jesus performed his miracles

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– University of Haifa

Ready for Whatever Comes Next

With her wife by her side, a Rutgers graduate pursues her love of acting and improving the lives of urban children

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– Rutgers University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

21-Dec-2015

Love in the Time of Ebola: Study Reveals Factors Bolstering Altruism in Face of Risk

Study explores why some people react altruistically to news about an Ebola outbreak while others do not.

Risk Analysis

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

How Graphic Photos on Cigarette Packs Help Smokers Consider Quitting

A new study is the first to provide real-world evidence of the effectiveness of smoking warning labels that include graphic photos of the damage caused by regular tobacco use.

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PLOS ONE

– Ohio State University

18-Dec-2015

Faith-Based Community Organizations Can Boost Muslim Civic Engagement, Quality of Life

Faith-based community organizing coalitions can provide a pathway to greater civic engagement by Muslim Americans, according to a recent study by an Indiana University researcher.

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A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy

– Indiana University

Police Shootings of Black Males: A Public Health Problem

Research on police shootings by Keon Gilbert, DrPH, assistant professor of behavioral science and health education at Saint Louis University, identifies solutions to address a timely problem. Gilbert says Ferguson, Missouri, could be anywhere, USA.

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Journal of Urban Health, Dec. 10, 2015 online

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

Autism Breakthrough

In a discovery that could offer valuable new insights into understanding, diagnosing and even treating autism, Harvard scientists for the first time have linked a specific neurotransmitter in the brain with autistic behavior.

Current Biology

– Harvard University

Genetic Potential for Intelligence Adversely Affected by Social Class in U.S. Only

Genetic influence on intelligence varies according to people’s social class in the United States, but not in Western Europe or Australia, according to a psychology study at The University of Texas at Austin.

Psychological Science; R24HD042849

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

An App to Digitally Detox From Smartphone Addiction: Lock n' LOL

KAIST researchers have developed an application that helps people restrain themselves from using smartphones during meetings or social gatherings.

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– The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Police Shootings of Black Males: A Public Health Problem

Saint Louis University public health research study calls for immediate, low-cost steps to address issue.

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Journal of Urban Health

– Saint Louis University

Candy Games Stimulate Appetite

At least once a week, two thirds of all children of primary-school age will play an internet game that was created to draw attention to a brand. Most of these advertisements are for snacks and candy. Only 6% of these children are aware that such advergames are advertisements. In the meantime, such games do affect their behaviour, discovered Frans Folkvord, and if it were up to him they would be banned. Folkvord, a behavioural scientist at Radboud University, will be awarded a PhD for his work on 13 January 2016.

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Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences

– Radboud University

A Compassionate Approach Leads to More Help and Less Punishment

A new set of studies suggests that compassion — and intentionally cultivating it through training — may lead us to do more to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer.

PLoS ONE

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kansas State University Veterinarian Offers Tips to Keep Holidays Safe and Accident-Free for Pets

Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center, offers tips for your pets that could help you prevent some holiday-related accidents.

Expert(s) available

– Kansas State University

Holiday Harmony: Kansas State University Experts Share Tips on Helping Preschoolers Deal with Family Gatherings, Divorce

Experts from Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology share advice on helping preschoolers cope with large gatherings and divorced parents during the holidays.

Expert(s) available

– Kansas State University

17-Dec-2015

Gerontologist Offers Suggestions for Families Coping with Dementia

A Kansas State University gerontologist offers tips on coping during the holidays with a family member who has dementia.

– Kansas State University

Study Uncovers Strategies for Increasing Charitable Giving

A researcher at the University of Delaware found that people are more likely to give when a donation is part of a default setting they have to opt out of.

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– University of Delaware

Education

17-Dec-2015

Georgia State Gets Grants Totalling $1.2 Million to Expand Summer Success Academy for First-Year Students

The Kresge Foundation and the ECMC Foundation have awarded Georgia State University two grants totaling $1.2 million to improve and expand its Summer Success Academy, a program that supports incoming freshmen who may need help in the transition to the college classroom.

– Georgia State University

Think Like a Girl Engineering a Business

A team of female students in the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, are developing kits to teach young girls the fundamentals of engineering.

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– Rowan University

Pop Culture

18-Dec-2015

Transformers Toys Provide Key Character Lessons, Management Researcher Says

Parents looking for holiday gifts that instill character should check out the Transformer toys and DVD. In a study to be printed in the spring of 2016, Dr. Peter Harms says the Transformers franchise provides key lessons about leadership, teams and the characteristics necessary to get ahead.

– University of Alabama

Law and Public Policy

18-Dec-2015

International Team Says Carnivore Hunting Policy and Science Don't Align

An international group of biologists say that policies regulating the hunting of large carnivores do not always align with basic scientific data, which can undermine conservation efforts.

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Science doi: 10.1126/science.aac4768

– University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

17-Dec-2015

Why Smoking Bans May Have Advantage Over Higher Tobacco Taxes

If governments want to discourage smoking among young people, both high taxes and smoking bans do the job – but bans may have one key advantage.

(Embargo expired on 17-Dec-2015 at 16:00 ET)

American Journal of Public Health

– Ohio State University

National Survey: Public Still Against Life in the Internet “Fast Lanes"

As a federal court considers new rules on Internet service, a study by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication shows most people still oppose Internet “fast lanes.” The study also shows Americans are reluctant to give the federal government power to regulate “net neutrality.”

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– University of Delaware

LifeWire Announcements

Professor’s Film on Video Editing Named One of Year’s Best Video Essays

A Missouri University of Science and Technology professor’s 20-minute video that likens certain film editing techniques to “punctuation marks” in movies has been included in a listing of the year’s best video essays.

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– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Pacific University (Ore.) Professor Awarded $108,000 Grant for Pancreatic Cancer Therapy Research

Pacific University professor awarded $108,000 grant for pancreatic cancer therapy research

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– Pacific University (Ore.)

Florida State University Receives $100M to Create the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

Florida State University announced today the largest gift in its history — $100 million — from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation to honor the late Jim Moran and create what will be the nation’s largest interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship.

– Florida State University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

David Rubenstein, Carlyle Group Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Named Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Graduation Speaker

David M. Rubenstein, the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group, will deliver the graduation address at the commencement ceremony of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

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