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Monday, January 25, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Season of Giving Extends Past the Holidays: Food Donations Needed Year-Round

It comes naturally for many people to give to their local food pantries during the holidays, but it’s important to remember that “hunger knows no season.” An assistant professor of human nutrition and registered dietitian explains the importance of making healthful food pantry donations so families can have balanced meals, based on the MyPlate dietary guidelines.

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– Kansas State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


The Best Way to Help Homeless Youth Is Hardly Ever Used

– Teens without homes, many of whom have suffered at the hands of those entrusted with providing them care and kindness, often refuse to seek warmth and nourishment at shelters.

Prevention Science

– Ohio State University


Why Sports Wins and Sunshine May Lead You to Gamble

The fact that your favorite sports team unexpectedly won yesterday won’t improve your chances of winning the lottery—but it might increase the likelihood that you’ll buy a ticket, a team of neuroscientists has found.

Psychological Science

– New York University

#Selfie: Researchers Find Instagram Selfie Posts Tied to Romantic Relationship Conflict

Florida State University researchers have discovered the more selfies an individual posts on the social media site Instagram, the greater the likelihood he or she might experience romantic relationship conflict and dissolution.

– Florida State University

Emojis May Help Reduce Waste by Measuring Kids' Emotional Response to Foods

Sensory analysis researchers at Kansas State University Olathe are looking at whether emojis can help reduce the food grade school students throw away at lunch.

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– Kansas State University

Neuroscientists Open Doors to Collaboration

Ed Awh and Ed Vogel, two leading scholars whose joint research focuses on visual cognition and working memory, joined the University of Chicago's growing neuroscience and cellular science faculty in fall 2015.

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– University of Chicago


College Students’ Internet Overuse Leads Families to Connect and Conflict, New Study Finds

College students who are addicted to the Internet report positive and negative effects on their family relationships, according to new research from Georgia State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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– Georgia State University

University of Arizona Sociologists: Teen Pregnancy Not an Isolated Issue

Christina Diaz and Jeremy E. Fiel found that socioeconomic disadvantage may reduce the effect young motherhood has on how successful a person is academically, and also what wages can be expected in the future.


– University of Arizona

How the Economy Affects Traffic Fatalities

With the recent fall in gas prices, most drivers might be thinking that now they can afford to take that road trip, take a quick jaunt to the outlet mall, or just drive to work instead of taking public transportation. The trouble is that millions of other drivers are thinking the same thing—which can lead to a jump in traffic fatalities.

– Texas A&M University



New Research Uncovers Hidden Bias in College Admissions Tests

A little over two years after the College Board released research rebutting findings by an Indiana University Kelley School of Business professor concerning the board's testing methods, the professor and his colleagues have raised new questions in a paper about test bias, based on the testing service’s own data.

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Journal of Educational Psychology

– Indiana University


The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 Predicts 6 Percent Rise in Giving to Education

Giving to education is expected to grow by 6.3 percent this year and by an additional 6.1 percent next year, according to The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017, a new report by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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– Indiana University

A Green View Through a Classroom Window Can Improve Students’ Performance, Study Finds

High school students perform better on tests if they are in a classroom with a view of a green landscape, rather than a windowless room or a room with a view of built space, according to research from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture.

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Landscape and Urban Planning

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Parents Positive About Classes

Mums and dads are likely to sign up for parenting classes – but only if there is adequate funding, according to new research. Academics at the University of Warwick have conducted a three year trial to evaluate the success of the classes proposed by the Government.

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– University of Warwick

Pop Culture


Stony Brook University Activates Emergency Operating Center in Preparation for Winter Storm Jonas

As hundreds of students from across the country prepare to move into their resident halls this weekend, Stony Brook University is taking an extra steps to keep students safe.The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) at Stony Brook will be activated, starting at midnight tomorrow (Friday into Saturday) and throughout the storm.

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– Stony Brook University

Elvis’ First Venture to Las Vegas Was a Flop, Writes Historian

Beginning with “one electrifying night” in 1969 and continuing through the mid-1970s, Elvis Presley reigned as Las Vegas’ top nightclub act. But his first attempt to win over fans in that city 60 years ago was “a painful setback” for the young performer, writes a Missouri University of Science and Technology historian.

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Law and Public Policy


Transnational Collaboration Results in Arrest and Conviction of Illegal Wildlife Trader

An international collaboration between law enforcement agencies and wildlife crime investigators including the London Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit, UK Border Force, East Java Police (Indonesia), Interpol and the Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has resulted in the arrest, conviction and sentencing of an illegal wildlife trader in London.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

LifeWire Announcements

SU Named 'Hispanic Outlook' Top 50 'Publisher's Pick

Salisbury University is one of the top 50 colleges in the U.S. offering “outstanding opportunities to Hispanic students” according to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

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– Salisbury University

Federal Grant Starts Talk About West Side History, Gentrification

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will use a $200,000 NEH grant to start conversations about gentrification and history among residents of Chicago's near west side.

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– University of Illinois at Chicago

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