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Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Study: Controlling Parents Create Mean College Kids

College students whose parents lay on the guilt or try to manipulate them may translate feelings of stress into similar mean behavior with their own... (more)

– University of Vermont

Featured Story:

Human Sounds Convey Emotions Clearer and Faster Than Words

It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations, according to researchers from McGill. It doesn’t matter whether the non-verbal sounds are growls of anger, the laughter of happiness... (more)

– McGill University

Arts and Humanities


UD Grad Students Help to Rescue Memories

A graduate art conservation class taught by UD’s Debra Hess Norris class is addressing water damage and sharing best approaches for preserving family treasures after floodwaters ravaged the town of Wimberly, Texas.

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– University of Delaware

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Study: Controlling Parents Create Mean College Kids

College students whose parents lay on the guilt or try to manipulate them may translate feelings of stress into similar mean behavior with their own friends, a new study by a University of Vermont psychologist has found. The students’ physical response to stress, which the researchers measured in a laboratory test, influenced the way they carry out that hostility – either immediately and impulsively or in a cold, calculated way.

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Journal of Youth and Adolescence

– University of Vermont


Survey Finds the Percentage of Undergraduate Women at 9 Colleges Who Were Sexually Assaulted During 2014-2015 Academic Year Varied Considerably

In a survey of students at nine U.S. colleges and universities, the percentage of undergraduate women who experienced a sexual assault, defined as sexual battery or rape, during 2014-2015 academic year varied considerably—rates varied among the 9 schools, ranging from 4 percent to 20 percent.

– RTI International

Going to the Grocery Isn't Just for Shopping for Dietetics & Human Nutrition Researcher

Going to the grocery store is not a chore for one University of Kentucky professor. In fact, Alison Gustafson views the places where people buy food as “labs." Watch why this Dietetics and Human Nutrition professor is so passionate about food access in rural areas.

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– University of Kentucky


Young White Students at Elite Colleges View Asian-Americans as More Competent than Blacks and Hispanics, Baylor Study Finds

Asian-Americans are stereotyped as “cold but competent” — and more competent than blacks and Hispanics — by young white students at elite colleges, according to a Baylor University study.

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Social Psychology Quarterly

– Baylor University

Rejection From 'American Idol' Provides Insights Into Perseverance

New research based on observations at American Idol auditions and in-depth interviews with 43 contestants reveals how contestants come to accept rejection after being cut from the competition.

Symbolic Interaction

– Wiley

Hockey Helps Youth, Warms Hearts

Gonzaga Exceptional Hockey, launched by Gonzaga University special education Professor Mark Derby in 2008 to help youth overcome learning and communications difficulties, has caught the attention of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

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– Gonzaga University


Human Sounds Convey Emotions Clearer and Faster Than Words

It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations, according to researchers from McGill. It doesn’t matter whether the non-verbal sounds are growls of anger, the laughter of happiness or cries of sadness. More importantly, the researchers have also discovered that we pay more attention when an emotion (such as happiness, sadness or anger) is expressed through vocalizations than we do when the same emotion is expressed in speech.

Biological Psychology

– McGill University

In Married Couples, Death May Not Entirely Do You Part

A person's quality of life at the time of their death continues to influence his or her spouse's quality of life in the years following the person's passing, according to new research by UA psychologists.

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Psychological Science

– University of Arizona



Donald Roden: The Professor Who Founded a Prison-to-College Program That Provides a Second Chance

Mountainview Program at Rutgers has produced national scholars

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– Rutgers University


Educational Gains by Immigrants to US Not as Large as Believed, Study Finds

Educational attainment by many European immigrants focus of assessment.

Journal of Human Capital

– RAND Corporation

Law and Public Policy


Latest FAU Poll Shows Trump Surging to 48 Percent in Florida as Clinton Closes Gap in Matchups with GOP

Donald Trump has surged nearly 12 points in the last two months and is closing on half of the GOP vote in Florida, where Hillary Clinton has improved in all head-to-head matchups against GOP frontrunners, according to a new poll by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI).

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– Florida Atlantic University

Legal, Policy Changes Can Lead to Shifts in Use of Medical Marijuana

A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health analysis of registered medical marijuana users found that a hodgepodge of law and policy changes since 2001 had varying effects on the number of people consuming what in many states remains an otherwise illegal drug for its purported health benefits.

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; T32DA007292

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Cost Burden of Quebec’s Carbon Market Seen as Modest

The cost burden of Quebec’s carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team.

Canadian Public Policy

– McGill University


Wichita State Report: State Tax on Food Drives Shoppers to Neighboring States

A new report conducted by the Kansas Public Finance Center at Wichita State University's Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs shows that Kansas' sales tax on food hurts economic activity, especially in border counties.

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– Wichita State University

Race a Factor in Repeated Victimizations of People with Mental Illness, Georgia State Study Finds

Researchers at Georgia State University in Atlanta found that African-Americans living with mental illness were more likely to suffer repeated violence against them than are mentally ill white people, in the first study of its kind to look at revictimization of persons with serious mental illness by race.

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Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Dec-12-2015

– Georgia State University

After Washington, D.C., Economics Professor Susan Helper Brings National Experiences to Her Teaching and Research at CWRU Weatherhead School of Management

As they interact with Susan Helper in the classroom and on research, students at Case Western Reserve University are getting a chance to learn first-hand what goes into national economic policy-making at the highest levels. Helper spent the last two years on leave from Weatherhead School of Management, managing a team of about 20 researchers as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The year before that, she worked for President Barack Obama as a senior economist with the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).

– Case Western Reserve University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Applauds Senate Agriculture Committee's Work on Child Nutrition Reauthorization

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports the bipartisan work of the Senate Agriculture Committee on the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016, which prioritizes the health, nutrition and well-being of millions of children by assuring access to healthy foods and nutrition services.

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

LifeWire Announcements

American Sociological Association Launches New Open Access Journal, Socius

The American Sociological Association (ASA) has launched Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, a new open access journal, which published its inaugural articles earlier this month.

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Scott Merrill Named 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate

Scott Merrill, an architect known for his originality and creative application of architectural precedents, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame.

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– University of Notre Dame

American Fitness Index Releases New Community Action Guide

Updated tool helps leaders take action to improve the health of their communities

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– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

UNL to Lead National Early Education Research Network

University of Nebraska-Lincoln receives $6.5 million grant to shape state policies; will lead a $26 million national research initiative.

U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

David Simon—Creator of HBO’s ‘the Wire’ and Other Award-Winning Series—to Be Honored with Rod Serling Award From Ithaca College

The first Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media will be presented on February 4 at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. Distinguished television writer David Simon is the inaugural winner of the award, created by Ithaca College.

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– Ithaca College

Leading International Arbitration Lawyer Joins NUS as Director of the Centre for International Law

Singapore, 21 January 2016 - The National University of Singapore (NUS) is pleased to announce that Ms Lucy Reed, an internationally renowned practitioner-scholar of international law, will join NUS in July 2016 as Director of the Centre for International Law (CIL). She will also be appointed as the first Professor of Practice at NUS Law.

– National University of Singapore

Lloyd Rudolph, Leading Scholar and Teacher of South Asia, 1927-2016

Lloyd Rudolph, professor emeritus of political science, died Jan. 16, in Oakland, Calif. of prostate cancer. He was 88. He had a long and distinguished career at UChicago, almost entirely in collaboration with his wife, Prof. Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, who died in December 2015.

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– University of Chicago

LifeWire Higher Education Events

UCI to Host Three-Day Food Justice Conference

Amid concerns about student access to affordable and healthy food, activists from several University of California campuses are sponsoring the second annual California Higher Education Food Summit. The three-day conference will feature workshops and speakers addressing food justice on California college and university campuses. The food justice movement aims to ensure equal access to nutritious, locally sourced food and living wages for all food system workers.

– University of California, Irvine

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