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Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Good Boss? Bad Boss? Study Says Workers Leave Both

When fast-rising employees quit their jobs for better pay or more responsibility at another organization, the knee-jerk reaction may be to blame... (more)

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Urban Sprawl Stunts Upward Mobility, U Study Finds

A recent study by University of Utah Department of City & Metropolitan Planning professor Reid Ewing and his colleagues in Utah, Texas and... (more)

– University of Utah

Arts and Humanities


Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Adds 4 New Inductees on Feb. 9

The inductees are Joe Joyce, Tom Braddock, Chip Hinton and Billy Kempfer

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Daughters of Interracial Parents More Likely Than Sons to Identify as Multiracial

Daughters of interracial parents are more likely than sons to identify as multiracial, and this is especially true for children of black-white couples, according to a new study in the February issue of the American Sociological Review.

(Embargo expired on 28-Jan-2016 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Review, Feb-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Holocaust Survivors Are at Increased Risk of Developing Schizophrenia

”Exposure to the protracted, multiple maximal adversities of the Holocaust increase the risk of developing schizophrenia,” says Prof. Stephen Levine of the University of Haifa, who undertook the study

Psychological Medicine

– University of Haifa


Good Boss? Bad Boss? Study Says Workers Leave Both

When fast-rising employees quit their jobs for better pay or more responsibility at another organization, the knee-jerk reaction may be to blame their leaving on a bad boss. Although the common perception is that workers join companies but leave managers, new research by a University of Illinois business professor shows that workers leave good bosses, too -- and for companies, there may be a silver lining to their departure.

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Personnel Psychology

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Excelencia in Education Reports More Hispanic-Serving Institutions Overall, but Growth Remains Concentrated

In 2014-15, 13 percent of colleges and universities identified as Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) enrolled 62 percent of all Latino undergraduates in the U.S. according to Excelencia in Education’s annual analysis released today. The number of colleges and universities that meet the definition of HSIs in 2014-15 rose 7 percent from the previous year and are concentrated in 18 states.

– Dick Jones Communications

Rough Discipline, in Black and White

In a time when questions of racial inequality once again roil the nation, a UC Santa Barbara researcher has found striking evidence that “some aspects of the ‘bad old days’ are not fully behind us.” Dick Startz, a professor of economics at UCSB, reports in a blog post for the Brookings Institution that black children are twice as likely as white children to receive corporal punishment at school.

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– University of California, Santa Barbara

Story of Child Immigrants Goes Uncovered, Grad Student Finds

For doctoral candidate Ricardo Valencia, awareness is the primary takeaway he hopes people will get from his upcoming talk on how American media have covered the recent surge of unaccompanied children entering the country from Central America.

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– University of Oregon


Being Married Might Hurt Your Chances of Weight Loss After Surgery

Spouses ideally could play a key role in helping patients lose pounds and keep them off after weight-loss surgery, but being married might actually work against patients, researchers from The Ohio State University have found. The researchers, led by Megan Ferriby, a graduate student in human sciences, concluded that the impact of weight-loss surgery extends to his or her romantic relationships and likely to the entire family.

– Ohio State University

Why You Should Never Use the Term ‘the Mentally Ill’

Even subtle differences in how you refer to people with mental illness can affect levels of tolerance, a new study has found.

The Journal of Counseling and Development, Jan-2016

– Ohio State University

Ecotourism, Natural Resource Conservation Proposed as Allies to Protect Natural Landscapes

If environmentalists want to protect fragile ecosytems from landing in the hands of developers—in the U.S. and around the globe—they should team up with ecotourists, according to a University of Georgia study published in the Journal of Ecotourism.

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Journal of Ecotourism

– University of Georgia

The Smart(Phone) Solution for Urban Mobility

New research from Concordia University in Montreal uses mobile technology to map routes, calculate travel times and help alleviate some of the most pesky transport issues.

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– Concordia University

Urban Sprawl Stunts Upward Mobility, U Study Finds

A recent study by University of Utah Department of City & Metropolitan Planning professor Reid Ewing and his colleagues in Utah, Texas and Louisiana, tested the relationship between urban sprawl and upward mobility for metropolitan areas in the United States. The study examined potential pathways through which sprawl may have an effect on mobility and uses mathematical models to account for both direct and indirect effects of sprawl on upward mobility.

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Landscape and Urban Planning, April 2016

– University of Utah

Study Finds Human Trafficking Is Judged Unevenly by Law, Public

The severity of the criminal penalty for human trafficking in the U.S. has no effect on the number of suspects who are arrested and prosecuted for the crime, according to a wide-ranging new study by Northeastern criminologist Amy Farrell and her research partners.

– Northeastern University

Texting at Night Affects Teens’ Sleep, Academic Performance

Rutgers researcher finds that instant messaging in the dark makes a difference compared to having the lights on

DOI: 10.1177/0883073815624758

– Rutgers University


Airlines Aren't Learning Enough From Near Misses

YU study funded in part by U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Risk Analysis

– Brigham Young University

Transparency Key in Decision to Label Modified Ingredients

Now, amid public debate about whether food companies should list genetically modified (GM) ingredients on their labels, that same deliberative process may be crucial to the perceived legitimacy surrounding controversial decisions. A Cornell University study found consumers are more supportive of labeling decisions when they believe the company considered the public’s input in the process.

– Cornell University



Does Student Race Affect “Gifted” Assignment?

Even among elementary school students with high standardized test scores, black students are about half as likely as their white peers to be assigned to gifted programs in math and reading. However, when black students are taught by a black classroom teacher, the racial gap in gifted assignment largely disappears, according to new research published today in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.


– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Pop Culture


New John Grisham Book "The Tumor" Promotes Focused Ultrasound as a Groundbreaking Medical Treatment

Bestselling author John Grisham has written "The Tumor", a fictional account of how a real medical technology could impact the future of medicine. The short book is about focused ultrasound, a revolutionary non-invasive therapy with the potential to transform the treatment of a variety of serious medical disorders. The Kindle e-book is available for free on Amazon.

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– Focused Ultrasound Foundation

Law and Public Policy


Violent Crime Lower Near Drug Treatment Centers Than Other Commercial Areas

New Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests there may actually be less serious crime near outpatient drug treatment clinics than other community businesses.

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– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Report Outlines Public Cost of New York’s Minimum Wage

More than half of workers in New York who earned less than $15 an hour (in 2014 dollars) between 2011 and 2013 received public assistance ,or had a family member enrolled in such safety net programs, according to a study released today by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education. The estimated annual cost of this support was found to be $9.1 billion.

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– University of California, Berkeley


New Iowa State/WHO-HD Poll Shows Tight Race as Iowa Caucus-Goers Change Their Minds

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Ted Cruz lead their respective parties, according to a new Iowa State University/WHO-HD Iowa Caucus Poll. However, there is little room separating them from the next candidate.

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– Iowa State University

LifeWire Announcements

Broward College Graduates Highest Earners in State

According to a recent study, “Labor Market Experiences After Postsecondary Education,”​ Broward College graduates not only meet the demands of the job market, but also make more money their first year of employment, than those completing the same degrees at other schools. The report, a product of the partnership between the State of Florida and College Measures, documents the variations in median first-year wages of graduates from two-year and four-year higher education institutions.

– Broward College

Financial Times Names UVA Darden Best MBA in General Management

Darden rose in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking 2016, while being named the top MBA for general management and sixth in the world in career placement success.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

Record Numbers of Students Seek to Join Union College

Applications to Union have topped 6,000 for the first time, the highest number submitted for any individual class in the College’s history. The record 6,570 applications from some of the nation’s top high school students vying to join the Class of 2020 eclipse last year’s mark of 5,996.

– Union College

USC Annenberg Public Relations Center Announces All-New Board of Advisors, Research and Events

The USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations (CPR), a think tank that connects the school and its students with the $14 billion global PR industry, has announced a new Board of Advisors.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Shakespeare Discovery by UWM Historian on Exhibit at Folger Library

A story included in 17th century papers by an anonymous author offer a glimpse of the personal life of the famous bard, about whom relatively little is known. The anecdote, found by a UWM historian, is on exhibit through March 27 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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