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Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Study: Vacations Can Lead to Weight Gain, Contribute to ‘Creeping Obesity’

A faculty member in the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences found that adults going on a one- to three-week... (more)

– University of Georgia

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Cluttered Kitchens Cause Over-Snacking

A cluttered and chaotic kitchen can often cause out-of-control stressful feelings. It might also cause something else — increased snacking of indulgent treats. (more)

– Cornell University

Arts and Humanities


Saudi Alumna’s Gift Launches New Global Health Program

A significant gift from Aisha Almana, a UO graduate, hospital executive and prominent feminist, will create new international opportunities in education and global health at the University of Oregon.

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– University of Oregon

UCLA professor creates video games that redefine art

Eddo Stern straddles the world of fine art and game design to ask fundamental questions about what is real.

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– University of California Los Angeles UCLA

Songs in the Key of Colonialism

A UCSB historian’s new book reveals the role of music in the subjugation and liberation of African culture.

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– University of California, Santa Barbara

Social and Behavioral Sciences


New Report: New Yorkers Are Active, But Want More Opportunities to Get Fit

New study reveals attitudes about physical activity and what city dwellers need to workout more often.

New York Academy of Medicine

– New York Academy of Medicine

New Report: New Yorkers Are Active, But Want More Opportunities to Get Fit

New study reveals attitudes about physical activity and what city dwellers need to workout more often.

– New York Academy of Medicine

New Kelley School Study Finds Psychological Toll of Madoff Fraud Case Went Far Beyond the Victims

In a new paper, an Indiana University professor and two co-authors study where Bernie Madoff’s fraud case left its deepest impact and on whom — not just among his direct victims, but also on how others viewed the trustworthiness of financial markets.

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Conference on Financial Decisions and Asset Markets

– Indiana University


Media Stereotypes Fuel Support for Anti-Muslim Action, New Research Shows

Iowa State researchers found a link between negative media stories about Muslims and support for military action and restrictions against Muslims. The research, published was designed to gauge the influence of media coverage portraying Muslims as terrorists.

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Communication Research

– Iowa State University

Practice Makes Perfect: Switching Between Languages Pays Off

The results of a study recently published by the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology show that bilingual children are better than monolinguals at a certain type of mental control, and that those children with more practice switching between languages have even greater skills.

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology

– Concordia University

Anonymous Browsing Hinders Online Dating Signals

Big data and the growing popularity of online dating sites may be reshaping a fundamental human activity: finding a mate, or at least a date. Yet a new study in Management Science finds that certain longstanding social norms persist, even online.

– McGill University

Addressing trauma in juvenile offenders should be larger focus of rehabilitation, study finds

Treating trauma in juvenile offenders can aid social relationships that help them stay out of trouble, according to a new study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University.

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– Case Western Reserve University

New Study Finds No Evidence For “Black Dog Syndrome”

A recently published study by Canisius College Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior Christy L. Hoffman, PhD, suggests that Black Dog Syndrome (BDS) does not exist in animal shelters.

Animal Welfare, Nov-2015

– Canisius College

Cluttered Kitchens Cause Over-Snacking

A cluttered and chaotic kitchen can often cause out-of-control stressful feelings. It might also cause something else — increased snacking of indulgent treats.

Environment and Behavior, February 2016

– Cornell University

High-Tech Toys Could Stagnate Babies’ Communication Skills

When babies and toddlers play with a tablet or other noisy device, they often play alone, which can be detrimental to their development, according to Bradford Wiles, an assistant professor and extension early child development specialist at Kansas State University. Research has shown that children need meaningful interaction with adults to reach their full social potential.

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– Kansas State University

Reinforcing Parenting Through Cooking

Roasted vegetables, fruit salads and spinach smoothies can form the basis for a healthy meal and provide a chance to connect as a family. These are insights that 9- and 10-year-olds and their caregivers in South Dakota gained through iCook, a multi-state U.S. Department of Agricultural project to increase culinary skills, family mealtime and physical activity as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

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– South Dakota State University


Patient-Centered Health Care More Effective, Efficient, APA Says

The following is a statement from W. Douglas Tynan, PhD, director of integrated health care with the American Psychological Association, regarding the annual report of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, released today:

(Embargo expired on 02-Feb-2016 at 13:00 ET)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Newly Identified Pathway Links Fetal Brain Development to Adult Social Behavior

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine and other institutions have recently uncovered abnormalities in embryonic brain development in mice, including transient embryonic brain enlargement during neuron formation, that are responsible for abnormal adult brain structures and behavioral abnormalities.

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Molecular Psychiatry; R01NS073159; R01NS079231; P30NS065780

– Case Western Reserve University

Fallen Off the Resolution Wagon? Vanderbilt Expert Offers Four Steps to Get Back On

A Vanderbilt expert on lifestyle changes says that those who have come up short on their resolutions should take heart.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nova Southeastern University to Provide Free Relationship “Check Ups” Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

As Valentine's Day approaches, many couples are "feeling the love" while others, not so much. NSU's Brief Therapy Institute is providing Relationship Check Ups to help strong relationships get stronger and to help those struggling get back on the right track.

– Nova Southeastern University

'Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century '

The new book "Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century" offers an in-depth sociological exploration of present-day colorism in the lives of black women, investigating the lived experiences of a phenomenon that continues to affect women of African descent.

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– University of North Florida

A Scholar's View on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Sociologist Christopher Bail studies how anti-Muslim organizations use social media.

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– Duke University


Study Suggests Different Written Languages Are Equally Efficient at Conveying Meaning

A study led by the University of Southampton has found there is no difference in the time it takes people from different countries to read and process different languages.

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– University of Southampton

Senior Citizens May Accept Robot Helpers, but Fear Robot Masters

Senior citizens would likely accept robots as helpers and entertainment providers, but are leery of giving up too much control to the machines, according to researchers.

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Interaction Studies

– Pennsylvania State University

Once a Risk-Taker, Always a Risk-Taker, Study Suggests

People who are risk-takers in their youth also tend to take relatively more risks than their peers as they age, according to an analysis of more than 44,000 German citizens.

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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

– Yale University

Phone Counseling Found Insufficient to Help Teen Smokers Stay Quit Into Young Adulthood

In a 14-year study involving more than 2,000 teen smokers in 50 Washington state high schools, a team of cancer prevention researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that one year of telephone counseling using motivational interviewing and skills training delivered during the senior year of high school is insufficient to help the smokers quit and stay quit up to six years into young adulthood.

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PLOS ONE; R01 CA082569

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Teens Are More Caring When They Feel Support From Others

Research from the University of Rochester finds that caring for others dips during adolescence. But when young people feel supported from their social circles, their concern for others rebound.

Developmental Psychology, Jan-2016; RO1 DA13434

– University of Rochester

Study: Vacations Can Lead to Weight Gain, Contribute to ‘Creeping Obesity’

A faculty member in the University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences found that adults going on a one- to three-week vacation gained an average of nearly 1 pound during their trips. With the average American reportedly gaining 1-2 pounds a year, the study’s findings suggest an alarming trend.

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Physiology and Behavior

– University of Georgia

University of Missouri Program Provides Tools for Educators Supporting Children Involved in Natural Disasters, Crises

The Disaster and Community Crisis Center (DCC) at the University of Missouri is developing tools that can help children and youth affected during this disaster as well as future events. Recently, the program released animated, online disaster preparedness videos that will aid teachers and counselors who work with school-aged children.

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– University of Missouri Health

Can Games Help Train Future Doctors and Nurses?

Kaizen, a Web-based gaming platform developed by UAB physicians, promotes learning through a mix of education, entertainment and competition.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham



Gulf's Coastal Observing System Now Part of National Weather-Ready Initiative

NOAA initiative recognizes partners that are helping to improve the nation's readiness against extreme weather, water and climate events.

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– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)


First-Semester GPA a Better Predictor of College Success Than ACT Score

Underrepresented students’ first-semester GPA may be a better predictor of whether they’ll graduate college than their ACT score or their family’s socioeconomic status, a new study found.

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– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2015 Carnegie Classification of More Than 4,660 Universities and Colleges Released

The 2015 edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is now available. Produced by an Indiana University research center, it is the most comprehensive review of institutional diversity at more than 4,660 colleges and universities in the United States.

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– Indiana University

Targeted Teacher Turnover Boosts Teacher Quality, Student Achievement

Teacher turnover is often rightly perceived as a problem for schools. A growing body of evidence finds that teacher turnover reduces student achievement, either directly because replacement teachers are less effective than exiting teachers or indirectly through the disruptions caused by high turnover rates. This is especially true in schools whose students come from high-poverty households, where teacher turnover rates are especially high and where it is often very difficult to recruit new teachers who are as effective as those who left.

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Working Paper

– University of Virginia

Shannon Greco: A Self-Described “STEM Education Zealot”

Shannon Greco, a science education program leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, has been named one of the YWCA Princeton’s “women of excellence” for her work with young women and disadvantaged youth, including her help in starting two all-girls robotics teams for the YWCA Princeton.

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– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Students Work with Presidential Campaigns in Iowa & New Hampshire

When 22 Wake Forest University students travel to the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries to work with presidential campaigns, they will embark upon a yearlong journey that combines classroom and real-world political experience through a program called Wake the Vote.

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– Wake Forest University


How Student Debt Impacts the Racial Wealth Gap

With an increasing number of young Americans accumulating student debt as they strive for a higher degree and a more secure economic future, their growing financial burden has been highlighted by the media and lawmakers. However, current policy conversations have failed to address the racial disparities that exist in student borrowing and how student debt impacts the racial wealth gap among young households.

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– Brandeis University

Pop Culture


Super Bowl Fun for the Little Kids on the Big Day

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching, and you’re planning to throw — or go — to a big party of friends and families. So what do you do with the young’uns to keep them happy and occupied so you can watch the game in (relative) peace? A Baylor expert offers ideas.

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– Baylor University

LifeWire Announcements

PwC Supports LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program with $25,000 Gift

PwC has awarded the LIFEvest Financial Literacy Program, offered through the Center for Wealth Management (CIWM) at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, a $25,000 gift as part of their “Earn Your Future” program. The gift was made possible by CIWM member Suzanne Fradette, a partner at PwC, who initiated the submission of the LIFEvest program for consideration by the Earn Your Future team.

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– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business

UVA Darden Comes to D.C. Area — Expanding Reach of Executive MBA Program

UVA Darden comes to the Washington, D.C. area, expanding the reach of its Executive MBA program

(Embargo expired on 03-Feb-2016 at 03:00 ET)

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

The George Washington University Names Inaugural Director of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute

Kevin Pelphrey will begin his new role April 1.

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– George Washington University

UNF Launches New Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations

Racial issues have recently been at the core of unrest and violence across the country. In order to move beyond the traditional black-white racial paradigm and to look at race and ethnic relations through a diverse lens, the University of North Florida has launched the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations.

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– University of North Florida

Northeastern Achieves Highest Classification for Research Activity

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has moved into the top tier for research activity among higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions, according to a leading clas­si­fi­ca­tion used to dis­tin­guish U.S. col­leges and universities.

– Northeastern University

UCI Biologist Named to Salton Sea Science Advisory Committee

The California Natural Resources Agency has named University of California, Irvine biologist Tim Bradley to the science advisory committee for the state effort to preserve its largest inland body of water.

– University of California, Irvine

Richard Danzig and Paul Stockton Join Johns Hopkins APL as Senior Fellows

Dr. Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy, and Dr. Paul Stockton, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs, have joined APL as Senior Fellows.

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– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Clarkson University Campus Opens in Schenectady

Clarkson University has officially opened its new campus in Schenectady, N.Y. The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus is the former Union Graduate College (UGC), and is a result of UGC merging into Clarkson University on Feb. 1.

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– Clarkson University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

UC Irvine’s 25th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference to Focus on Health Politics and Policies in a Presidential Election Year

The 25th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference titled, “Health Politics and Policies in a Presidential Election Year,” will take place February 18-19 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering at 100 Academy Drive, Irvine, CA 92617. The conference is hosted by the Center for Health Care Management and Policy (CHCMP) at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Tickets are $795.00 per person. Registration details and a full agenda can be found at

– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business

LifeWire Marketplace

Virginia Mason Institute Offers Experience-Based Design and Lean Training in April

/PRNewswire/ -- Virginia Mason Institute, a leading lean education resource for health care organizations, is offering two training courses in April 2016.

– Virginia Mason Institute

Fumble Your Diet on Super Bowl Sunday? Use Monday to Get Back on Track

Diana Rice, a registered dietitian on staff with The Monday Campaigns (the nonprofit organization behind Meatless Monday), offers these tips to get your health back on track after an indulgent Super Bowl Sunday.

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– Monday Campaigns

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