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Monday, January 18, 2016

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Teenagers' Role in Language Change Is Overstated, Linguistics Research Finds

Teenagers are not solely causing language change, according to Kansas State University research. Language changes occur throughout a lifetime and not just during the teenage years.

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– Kansas State University

Preventing Youth Gun Violence: What We Know and Still Need to Know

The causes of youth gun violence are complex and while focusing on just a single variable will probably not prevent shootings, understanding and preventing youth violence should be a national priority, according to a comprehensive review published by the American Psychological Association.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Speed Reading Promises Are Too Good to Be True, Scientists Find

Learning to speed read seems like an obvious strategy for making quick work of all the emails, reports, and other pieces of text we encounter every day, but a new report shows that the claims put forth by many speed reading programs and tools are probably too good to be true.

Psychological Science in the Public Interest

– Association for Psychological Science

Study of Altruism During the Ebola Outbreak Suggests Good Intentions Are in the Details

A study of risk communication as it relates to altruistic behavior has found that portraying an event as a distant risk, despite highlighting its importance and potential progression, fails to prompt altruistic behavior intention.

Risk Analysis

– University at Buffalo

Texas A&M Prof Contends Alcohol Companies Directly Marketing To Youth On Social Media

Youth are being targeted with alcohol-related advertisements on social media platforms, according to new research by a Texas A&M University professor.

– Texas A&M University

Adolescents Stress More with Poor Sleep

Cortisol levels that indicate increased stress response are higher in adolescents with sleep problems.

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Physiology and Behavior

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

A Kansas State University aging specialist discusses 10 main signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of obtaining an early diagnosis.

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– Kansas State University



Study: Digital Distraction in Class Is on the Rise

A survey of 675 students at colleges in 26 states found a growing percentage are using smartphones and other digital devices for non-class purposes. Most students indicate no intention of stopping.

Journal of Media Education, Jan-2016

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Encouraging Advanced Care Planning Among Native Americans

Three Lakota elders are discussing advanced care planning and wills with their peers on Pine Ridge and other South Dakota reservations through an outreach project done in collaboration with a South Dakota State University nurse-researcher. The group developed a Lakota-specific advanced directive brochure and received training to be advance directive coaches. What they’ve done could impact Native American nationwide.

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– South Dakota State University

Pop Culture


Historian: ‘the Revenant’ Is Part Make-Believe, Part Historic Art

“The Revenant,” a movie nominated for 12 Oscars including for best picture and best actor, is a film that takes liberties telling the true story of mountain man Hugh Glass. Jon Coleman, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, says the fiction in the storytelling is, in a way, the "most historical part."

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– University of Notre Dame

Law and Public Policy


New FAU Report Shows 45 Percent Increase in Death by Law Enforcement From 1999 to 2013

Between 1999 and 2013, there were 5,511 deaths by legal intervention or law enforcement in the U.S., and in 2013, an estimated 11.3 million arrests resulted in approximately 480 deaths from law enforcement.

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Journal of Preventive Medicine

– Florida Atlantic University

Better Design Improves Understanding of Online Privacy Notices

Privacy policies for websites, smartphone apps and, especially, components of the emerging Internet of Things are usually ineffective or ignored by users, but Carnegie Mellon University researchers say properly designed privacy notices — pushed out to users at appropriate times — could help remedy that problem.

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– Carnegie Mellon University

In South Africa, an Uneven Transformation with Land Reform

When South Africa’s brutal and racially oppressive policies of apartheid came to a close in 1994, it was promised by Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress party that as much as 30 percent of land seized from native farmers by white landowners would be returned to them within 10 years. It didn’t come close.

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– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

LifeWire Announcements

$682,000 Mellon Grant to Help Academic Publishers Increase Workforce Diversity

The University of Washington, the MIT Press, Duke University Press, the University of Georgia Press and the Association of American University Presses join forces to create the new University Press Diversity Fellowship program.

– University of Washington

January Twitter Chat: First Responders, Can You See Us Now?

Please join @dhsscitech on Wednesday, January 27 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET for a chat to discuss the importance of building relationships with the state and local response community and learn about some of S&T’s ongoing partnerships testing video datacasting and LTE technologies.

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– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Jason Perry Named Director of Hinckley Institute of Politics at University of Utah

Jason Perry will take on a new dual role as the University of Utah's vice president for government relations and director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

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– University of Utah

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