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Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary Year, 2016, Will Not Only Be a Celebration of Dead White Males

The death of most performed playwright in the world is to be marked in Stratford-upon-Avon, London and across the globe this year. Researchers from the Multicultural Shakespeare in Britain Project at the University of Warwick are set to launch a new online Shakespeare performance database on 15 Jan 2016 that holds three years of research which documents and contextualises BAME performers’ crucial yet undervalued contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare - our greatest cultural symbol of ‘Britishness’.

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– University of Warwick

Pulitzer Prizes Begin Centennial Celebration

he Pulitzer Prize Board is launching a series of events all across the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the prizes. Grassroots Pulitzer-themed programs are scheduled throughout 2016. Larger marquee events will be held in four major U.S. cities: St. Petersburg, Dallas, Los Angeles and Cambridge.

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– Columbia University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


School Shootings and Street Violence: How They’re Alike and Different

The two types of youth gun violence couldn’t be more different, but the ways to prevent them remain largely the same, according to a new report by some of America’s top violence researchers.

American Psychologist

– Ohio State University


Racial Makeup of Labor Markets Affects Who Gets Job Leads

Research finds that the racial composition of a labor market plays a significant role in whether workers find out about job leads – regardless of the race of the worker.

Social Currents, DOI: 10.1177/2329496515620645

– North Carolina State University

Study: Workplace Flexibility Benefits Employees

New research released today shows that workers at a Fortune 500 company who participated in a pilot work flexibility program voiced higher levels of job satisfaction and reduced levels of burnout and psychological stress than employees within the same company who did not participate.

American Sociological Review, Feb-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Monkeys’ Reaction to Those Who Have More? Spite

Monkeys, like humans, will take the time and effort to punish others who get more than their fair share, according to a study conducted at Yale. In fact, they can act downright spiteful. Capuchin monkeys will yank on a rope to collapse a table that is holding a partner monkey’s food. While chimpanzees collapse their partner’s table only after direct personal affronts like theft, capuchins punish more often, even in cases where the other monkey merely had more food, according to a study published online in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

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Evolution and Human Behavior

– Yale University

UF/IFAS Financial Expert Says Powerball Winners Should Be Prepared and Discreet

Your next step is going to be whether to take an annual payment or one lump-sum payment.

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Eating Disorders Prevention Program Alters Brain's Response to Thin Models

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– Oregon Research Institute


Reboot Your New Year’s Resolutions with a Monday Health Reset

Public health experts think the key to success to turn our New Year’s resolutions into reality is to bring the “fresh start” mindset of the beginning of the year to the beginning of every week. Research conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that Monday is akin to a “mini-New Year.” Reinforcing this “fresh start” Monday mindset with weekly cues and reminders can be a powerful tool in helping people sustain healthy behaviors over time.

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– Monday Campaigns

Generations Later, Language Continues to Isolate Immigrant Communities

The way second- and third-generation immigrants learn a language may spell trouble early on in school and further isolate them from society, according to a Germanic studies researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Pediatric Researcher's Cartoons are a Hit on YouTube

EL PASO, Texas – A faculty member at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has a popular YouTube channel that’s garnered more than 12 million views.

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– Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso



Teaching Privileged Students About Social Justice Necessary for Change, Says ISU Professor

Social justice educational initiatives often focus on giving a voice to students of color and low-income students, but Katy Swalwell, an assistant professor of education at Iowa State University, says such efforts alone may not be enough to bring about real change.

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Curriculum Inquiry

– Iowa State University

Law and Public Policy


Stanford Experts Analyze North Korea's Nuclear Test and Diplomatic Solutions for Curbing Future Nuclear Experiments

Stanford nuclear policy experts say that economic sanctions alone might not be enough to curtail the country's nuclear program.

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– Stanford University

LifeWire Announcements

In Innovative, Multi-Year Project, Tufts Researchers to Study How West Point Grooms Cadets to Be Leaders

Researchers at Tufts University are collaborating with the United States Military Academy on a first-of-its-kind, five-year longitudinal study of how West Point develops character and leadership in its cadets, a project that could help predict which practices produce successful officers and influence character and leadership education in schools, businesses, and other organizations.

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– Tufts University

Learning Commons Named for Alumna Adele Coryell Hall

Nearly $7 million in private donations to the University of Nebraska Foundation enabled the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to build a new "Learning Commons" space in an area that once housed books. The facility is named in honor of the late Adele Coryell Hall, whose husband, Don, serves as chairman of Hallmark Cards Inc., based in Kansas City.

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

LifeWire Higher Education Events

The Council on Undergraduate Research to Recognize Excellence in Undergraduate Research

On January 22, the Council on Undergraduate Research will be celebrating the achievements in undergraduate research at Allegheny College, George Mason University, and The College of New Jersey, at the American Association of Colleges and Universities annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

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