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Thursday, February 25, 2016

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Featured Story:

Alcohol Exposure During Pregnancy Affects Multiple Generations

When a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, even a small dose, she can increase the chances that the next three generations may develop... (more)

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Featured Story:

Computers Can Tell if You're Bored

Computers are able to read a person's body language to tell whether they are bored or interested in what they see on the screen, according to a new study led by body-language expert Dr Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology at Brighton and... (more)

– University of Sussex

Science News


Pollution Linked to Obesity, Natural Sugar Possible Health Benefits, and Just 5% Weight Loss Has Big Impact on Health...and More at the Obesity News Source

Bariatric surgery improves knee replacement outcome, weight loss stigma, using fat cells to fight diabetes, and more...

– Newswise

Arts and Humanities


Centennial of Henry James' Death Recalls Author's Wide-Ranging Work

Memorial events, academic conferences and public readings are slated in places James knew well, including London and Paris, where he spent many years in his youth and later life, and Venice, which he visited many times.

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– Creighton University


Columbia University Announces Winner of 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the 2016 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

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– Columbia University

"Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey"

By the time she's in first grade, Ozge Samanci is learning harsh lessons about the Turkish educational system and her country, which was undergoing intense political and social upheaval during the 1980s and '90s.

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– Northwestern University


Paul Robeson: Rutgers Scholar, Athlete Sacrificed His Stardom to Expose Social Injustice

Paul Robeson used his fame to fight injustice for people all over the world

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– Rutgers University

Addressing Funding Inequities for Arts Organizations of Color

Arts management professors, artists and cultural managers gather at American University to discuss challenges to improving equity in arts funding. Audience Q-and-A to follow.

– American University

Gala Premiere of Keough-Naughton Institute’s Documentary Series, '1916: The Irish Rebellion,' to Be Held at Notre Dame

The gala premiere of “1916: The Irish Rebellion,” a three-part documentary film series produced by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, will include narrator Liam Neeson, co-producer Briona Nic Dhiarmada and executive producer Christopher Fox.

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– University of Notre Dame

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Public Service Workers with High Levels of Emotional Intelligence Are Extremely Motivated to Serve the Public

A new study conducted at the University of Haifa reveals that public servants with high levels of emotional intelligence are better equipped to meet the expectations of their role

– University of Haifa


How Tablets and YouTube Can Empower People with Intellectual Disabilities

New research from Concordia University in Montreal shows that mobile technologies like tablets and smartphones can go a long way in helping people with intellectual disabilities face challenges. By using these tools to create videos that explain their life experiences and successes, they can become more self-empowered while demonstrating and teaching their skills to peers.

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– Concordia University

In Polarized Political Climate, Penn State Study Finds Common Ground

In the midst of the 2016 presidential election season, headlines often tell the story of a polarized political climate in America. However, a recent national survey conducted by Penn State researchers found overwhelming bipartisan support for parks and recreation.

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– Penn State University

Computers Can Tell if You're Bored

Computers are able to read a person's body language to tell whether they are bored or interested in what they see on the screen, according to a new study led by body-language expert Dr Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).

Frontiers in Psychology

– University of Sussex


New Study Finds Our Desire for ‘Like-Minded Others’ Is Hard-Wired, Controls Friend and Partner Choices

A path-breaking new study on how we seek similarity in relationships, co-authored by researchers at Wellesley College and the University of Kansas, upends the idea that “opposites attract,” instead suggesting we’re drawn to people who are like-minded. The results sound a warning for the idea that couples can change each other over time.

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

– Wellesley College

Alcohol Exposure During Pregnancy Affects Multiple Generations

When a mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, even a small dose, she can increase the chances that the next three generations may develop alcoholism, according to a new study from Binghamton University. A research team led by Nicole Cameron, assistant professor of psychology at Binghamton University, was the first to investigate the effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy on alcohol-related behavior (consumption and sensitivity to the effect of alcohol) on generations that were not directly exposed to alcohol in the uterus during the pregnancy.

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Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Feb-2015

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


Goods Targeted in Thefts 'Change with Market Values'

The more expensive an item, the more likely it is to be targeted by thieves and stolen, a report by a University of Warwick academic has revealed.

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It's prices, stupid: Explaining falling crime rates in the UK

– University of Warwick

Study: Gender Quotas in Mexico Not Reducing Quality of Female Political Candidates

A new study examining the impact of a series of gender quotas passed by Mexico to ensure equal representation in government shows no drop in the qualifications of women in office after two election cycles, and also refutes the widely held perception that women rely on personal connections more than men to get elected.

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Politics, Groups, and Identities

– University of Vermont

Graphic Images May Not Scare Smokers Off Cigarettes, Says Study

Images of disease and suffering should move smokers to kick the habit – at least, that’s the thinking behind graphic warning labels used on cigarette packages in much of the world, and maybe someday in the U.S.

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Communication Research

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Little Things

Research from UNC social psychology professor Sara Algoe suggests gratitude and shared laughter strengthen romantic partnerships.

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– University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Throwaway Culture Can Include Friendships, Researcher Says

In a highly mobile society like the United States, people who relocate for work, school or simply to "wipe the slate clean" tend to jettison replaceable objects when they move.

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Personal Relationships

– University of Kansas



School Buildings Designed as “Teaching Green” Can Lead to Better Environmental Education

Students learning in green buildings have higher levels of environmental knowledge and behavior.

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Children, Youth and Environments

– University of Missouri

Rowan University Faculty and Students Partner with Dupont to Examine Sustainable Chemical Manufacture

With the support of a pollution prevention grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey) chemical engineering team has been working with DuPont scientists on improving the sustainability of chemical manufacture.

– Rowan University


Science Achievement Gaps Begin by Kindergarten

Large science achievement gaps at the end of eighth grade between white and racial/ethnic minority children and between children from higher- and lower-income families are rooted in large yet modifiable general knowledge gaps already present by the time children enter kindergarten, according to new research published today in Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Journal of the American Educational Research Association; Educational Researcher

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Northwestern University Among Top Fulbright Producers

Northwestern University tied with Yale University as the nation’s third top producer of Fulbright U.S. Student Program winners among research institutions in 2015-16

Chronicle of Higher Education

– Northwestern University


New Reports Show Positive and Negative Effects of Louisiana School Voucher Program

New report examines the impact of Louisiana's school voucher program on the achievement and non-cognitive skills of students offered vouchers, as well as racial segregation and the competitive effects on students in public schools.

(Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2016 at 17:00 ET)

– Tulane University

Pop Culture


FAU Professor Says #OscarSoWhite Boycott Unlikely to Affect Academy Awards

A boycott of Sunday night’s Academy Awards to protest the lack of racial diversity among the nominees is unlikely to create the change many hoped for, says a Florida Atlantic University professor who has studied boycotts for almost 20 years.

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– Florida Atlantic University


Good Enough to….Photograph, then Eat

Food-related hashtags on social media have millions of posts: but what happens after we snap a food selfie? Intrigued by this new social norm and its impact, Sean Coary, Ph.D., assistant professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, teamed up with Morgan Poor, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing at the University of San Diego, to research the impact of consumer-generated images of food on satisfaction.

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Journal of Consumer Marketing

– Saint Joseph's University

Law and Public Policy


Voting Restrictions Stir Anger, Mobilize More Democrats to Polls

In recent years, many states have passed laws that make it more difficult for people to register and vote.

Political Psychology

– University of Michigan


Clinton and Cruz Could Take Texas, University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll Finds

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lead their respective competitors in Texas as early voting continues in the run-up to the March 1 Super Tuesday nominating contests, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Meaningful Education Reform Requires Data, Education Deans Argue

Deans for Impact, a nonprofit organization formed last year, released a policy brief calling on educator preparation programs to collect more, better data on its graduates.

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– Texas Tech University

LifeWire Announcements

New York Institute of Technology Unveils New Website

New York Institute of Technology's new website,, is screen-adaptive and loaded with new content to help users understand NYIT's key traits: dynamism, transformative and experiential educational opportunities, and innovation.

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– New York Institute of Technology

CUR Fellows Award Recognizes Excellence in Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will be presenting Dr. Jeffrey M. Osborn, Dean of the School of Science at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), and Dr. Jill Singer, Professor and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at SUNY- Buffalo State, the 2016 CUR Fellows Award.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

NUS Partners Sciences Po to Offer New Undergraduate Double Degree Programme to Prepare Students for Diverse Careers

Singapore, 24 February 2016 — The National University of Singapore (NUS) has partnered with Sciences Po, France’s leading university in the social sciences , to introduce a new undergraduate Double Degree Programme (DDP) in the academic year starting in August 2016. This is NUS’ first such collaboration with Sciences Po, and it is also the preeminent French university’s first undergraduate degree programme in the social sciences offered jointly with a Singapore university.

– National University of Singapore

NYU’s Jacquet Receives Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship to Study Fisheries Policies

Jennifer Jacquet, an assistant professor in New York University’s Department of Environmental Studies, has received a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to examine the feasibility of altering fisheries policies on the high seas.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

– New York University

UVA Darden Students Partner With Top Organizations in New IDEA Experiential Course

As part of an enhancement to the residential MBA program, Darden students are partnering with leading organizations to solve some of the business world’s biggest challenges.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

Sociologist Richard Arum Named Dean of UCI’s School of Education

Richard Arum, chair of New York University’s Department of Sociology, will become dean of the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, effective June 30.

– University of California, Irvine

Seth Meyers ’96 to Address Northwestern Class of 2016

Northwestern University alumnus Seth Meyers, the host of NBC’s “Late Night” talk show and one of the nation’s best-known comedians, is among the five distinguished individuals who will be recognized with honorary degrees at the University’s 158th commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 17. Meyers will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016.

– Northwestern University

Solar Array to Meet 10 Percent of Ithaca College Electricity Needs

Ithaca College is partnering with private developers, with the assistance of a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, to build and operate an off-site solar array that will move the college closer to its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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– Ithaca College

U.S. Students Compete in Romanian Math Competition

A team of six high school students will travel to compete against 17 teams in the Romanian Master of Mathematics, a challenging international math contest invitational.

– Mathematical Association of America

Dr. Irwin Lucki to Lead Military Medical School Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics Department

Irwin Lucki, Ph.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Behavioral Psychopharmacology Laboratory, has been named as the new chair of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Therapeutics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Salisbury University Contributes Over $480 Million Annually to Local Economy

Salisbury University’s impact on the Eastern Shore economy is approaching half a billion dollars annually and supports almost 3,300 local jobs, according to a recently released economic impact study.

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– Salisbury University

Andrew Viterbi, Wireless Pioneer and UC San Diego Professor Emeritus, Wins Draper Prize

Andrew Viterbi, a renowned wireless pioneer, co-founder of Linkabit and Qualcomm, and UC San Diego professor emeritus has been awarded the prestigious Draper Prize—often referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Engineering”—from the National Academy of Engineering.

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– University of California, San Diego

UC San Diego Is No. 14 on the Peace Corps Top Colleges List

The University of California, San Diego has been ranked 14th nationally among large schools on the 2016 Peace Corps list of colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps Volunteers, moving up one spot from last year. This marks the sixth consecutive year that UC San Diego has been named in the organization’s top 15 rankings and the 10th straight year that the campus has appeared in the top 25.

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– University of California, San Diego

Fourteen Fulbright Finalists Place Notre Dame Among Top-Producing Universities in US

Fourteen University of Notre Dame students have been awarded Fulbright grants in the 2015-16 program, placing the University among the top-producing universities in the nation. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It awards a one-year postgraduate fellowship for research, study or teaching English abroad.

– University of Notre Dame

Thousands of Texas Child Care Programs Aim for School Readiness Through TSR Online

The Children’s Learning Institute, a part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), is inviting Texas Rising Star certified providers and former Texas School Ready participants to sign up for TSR Online, an online platform that includes free access to progress monitoring tools and professional development resources. Hundreds of Texas school districts, charter schools and Head Start programs currently have access to TSR Online tools and resources at no cost, directly impacting more than 100,000 young Texans this year alone.

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– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

LifeWire Higher Education Events

National Academic Leaders Discuss Future of Higher Education This Friday

What is the future of the American university? How should we rethink our vision in the face of slashed state funding, $1 trillion-plus in student debt, demographic transformations, breakthrough teaching methods, challenges to the research mission, and other structural changes?

– University of California, Irvine

Former U.S. Ambassadors Coming to Texas Tech for Middle East Forum

The diplomats, who have served in Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with other Middle East and south Asian countries, will speak on how the events in that region affect the U.S. and the world.

– Texas Tech University

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