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Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Media-Driven Attitudes About ‘Made in China’ Label Affect Product and Country

Consumers develop opinions about a product based on their experience with the item or company. An Iowa State researcher says those attitudes are also... (more)

– Iowa State University

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I'll Cry if I Want To

Research led by the University of Iowa has found another reason why people may dehumanize society’s outcasts: emotional exhaustion. (more)

– University of Iowa

Arts and Humanities


New Honors Course Teaches Philosophy of Video Game Design

What if video games had no score? No set goal? No adversary (or “boss,” in gamer terms) to defeat? Such games exist, and Dr. Timothy Stock of Salisbury University’s Philosophy Department is bringing them to the forefront in a new experimental course taught through SU’s Bellavance Honors Program.

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– Salisbury University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Accepting a Job Below One’s Skill Level Can Adversely Affect Future Employment Prospects

Accepting a job below one’s skill level can be severely penalizing when applying for future employment because of the perception that someone who does this is less committed or less competent, according to new research from a sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin.

American Sociological Review, April-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Media-Driven Attitudes About ‘Made in China’ Label Affect Product and Country

Consumers develop opinions about a product based on their experience with the item or company. An Iowa State researcher says those attitudes are also influenced by the media, which affects the image of the product and the country where it's made.

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Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly (2012); Newspaper Research Journal (2014); International Journal of Strategic Communication (2015)

– Iowa State University

Your Modern Lifestyle Is Made Possible by Creating Tons of Waste, New Book Reveals

Josh Reno, assistant professor of anthropology at Binghamton University, spent a year working as a paper picker at a large mega-landfill on the outskirts of Detroit, M.I., to explore the relationship North Americans have with garbage. His two big takeaways: a) People don’t think twice about what happens to the garbage they throw out and b) the American dream of two cars, a house and perfect commodities is made possible by creating tons of waste. Reno delivers the nitty-gritty details of his job and the impact of waste management on society in Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill, a new book published by the University of California Press.

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Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


Genetics and Brain Regions Linked to Sex Differences in Anxiety-Related Behavior in Chimpanzees, Study Finds

Genetics and specific brain regions are linked to sex differences in chimpanzees’ scratching behavior, a common indicator of anxiety in humans and others primates, according to a research study led by Georgia State University that shows chimpanzees can be models of human mental illness.

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Psychophysiology, Feb. 2016

– Georgia State University

Number of Psychology Internships Exceeds Number of Applicants

For the first time this century, the number of psychology internships was greater than the number of graduate students who applied for them, an indication that the American Psychological Association’s $3 million stimulus to help alleviate this imbalance is working.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Targeted Online Ads Can Actually Change How You View Yourself

Online advertisements targeted specifically at you because of your behavior can actually change how you feel about yourself, a new study suggests.

Journal of Consumer Research

– Ohio State University

Study Links Mobile Device Addiction to Depression and Anxiety

Is cellphone use detrimental to mental health? A new study from the University of Illinois finds that addiction to, and not simply use of, mobile technology is linked to anxiety and depression in college-age students.

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Computers in Human Behavior

– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How Parents, Romantic Partners Influence Student Spending

Romantic partners may be even more important than Mom and Dad in shaping college students' financial habits, according to a new study co-authored by University of Arizona researchers.

Family Relations

– University of Arizona

Racially Diverse U.S. Neighborhoods Undergoing Re-Segregation

Racially segregated neighborhoods in the United States persist for many social and economic reasons. Yet new research shows that many racially diverse neighborhoods -- seemingly a sign of progress in racial equality – are, in fact, segregating over time.

Sociological Science

– American University

Myths and Facts About Greek Yogurt

Many consumers have wondered what Greek yogurt is all about and if it’s really much healthier than regular yogurt and worth the higher price. Dr. Zhiping Yu, assistant professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, shares more about this popular dairy product.

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– University of North Florida

Four Simple Factors Can Determine Future Poverty Risk

A new poverty risk calculator, co-developed by Mark Rank of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, can determine an individual's risk of poverty based on four basic factors: race, education, marital status and age.

– Washington University in St. Louis


Americans Who See God as ‘a Secure Base’ Tend to Be More Committed, Satisfied in the Workplace, Baylor Study Finds

People who see God as a “secure base” for intimacy and attachment are more likely to be emotionally committed to their workplace and satisfied with their jobs. They also tend to see their work as a calling from God, which correlates to higher levels of job commitment and satisfaction, according to a Baylor University study of working American adults.

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Journal Review of Religious Research

– Baylor University

US Officials Charged 84 People with ISIS-Related Offenses Since March 2014

The number of ISIS-related charges issued in the U.S. since March 2014 increased from 81 to 84, according to updated research from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.

– George Washington University

Psychologist Examines the Profound Power of Loneliness

The power of loneliness — its potential for causing depression and other serious health problems as well as its surprising role in keeping humans safe from harm.

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– University of Chicago


I'll Cry if I Want To

Research led by the University of Iowa has found another reason why people may dehumanize society’s outcasts: emotional exhaustion.

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Social Psychological and Personality Science, Feb. 2016

– University of Iowa

UNF Poll Reveals Hillary Clinton Holds Lead in Democratic Presidential Primary Race

A new University of North Florida statewide poll of likely Democratic primary voters reveals that if the Florida Democratic Presidential Primary were held today, the majority of respondents would vote for Hillary Clinton.

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– University of North Florida



Scholarships or Salaries for College Athletes?

John R. Thelin, University of Kentucky professor and higher education expert, examines why "play for pay" is not in a college athlete's best interest.

– University of Kentucky


Texas Researchers and Campus Police Develop Scientific Blueprint for Sexual Assault Response

A unique collaboration between The University of Texas System Police and UT Austin researchers has produced a science-based, victim-centered blueprint for law enforcement to respond to sexual assault cases at all 14 UT institutions.

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– The University of Texas System


E. Chester Ridgway Trainee Conference Impacts Global Thyroid Education

The newly developed Ridgway program, designed by the American Thyroid Association (ATA) Trainees and Career Advancement Committee, combined two independent programs adding new components with the overall objective of advancing the trainee understanding of thyroid physiology, disease and treatment.

– American Thyroid Association

Pop Culture


UK Linguists Imagine Ancient Languages for Video Game, Far Cry Primal by Ubisoft

The two University of Kentucky linguists created ancient languages of more than 40,000 words with established grammar, syntax and structure to breath life into the recently released video game Far Cry Primal, by Ubisoft. The professors say the game and its languages are important to the academic world because 1) it's the first time Proto-Indo-European has been used as a living language since it was spoken thousands of year ago and 2) it's the first time any video game creator included a constructed, prehistoric language in the game.

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– University of Kentucky

Law and Public Policy


Researchers ID Risk Factors That Predict Violence in Adults With Mental Illness

Researchers have identified three risk factors that make adults with mental illness more likely to engage in violent behavior. The findings give mental health professionals and others working with adults with mental illness a suite of characteristics they can use as potential warning signs, allowing them to intervene and prevent violent behavior.

DOI: 10.1176/; R01MH093426

– North Carolina State University


NYU Study Defines Social Motivations of Urban Farms

Two thirds of urban farmers have a social mission that goes beyond food production and profits, finds new research led by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

British Food Journal; NIFA Award 2012-68006-30177

– New York University

Ending Mass Incarceration in the U.S.

California’s prison downsizing experiment is the nation's largest. But Republican states are the ones leading the way, according to Northwestern University professor Heather Schoenfeld, who is investigating why states are seeking reform and how these efforts might help the U.S. reverse mass incarceration.

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ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

– Northwestern University

LifeWire Announcements

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Selects Biotechnology Business Leader Dr. Tony Coles as Commencement Speaker

Tony Coles, MD, a leader in the biotechnology industry, will deliver the commencement address at the summer graduation ceremony of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Reinisch Joins NYIT as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Lou Reinisch, Ph.D., an accomplished educator, researcher, and administrator at universities in the United States, Europe, and New Zealand, joins New York Institute of Technology today as associate provost for academic affairs. He'll lead and promote interdisciplinary programs and innovative curriculum development in collaboration with academic deans and help drive initiatives designed to increase student retention and achieve excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service.

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– New York Institute of Technology

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Faculty Wins Overall Prize in Case Centre Awards

A business case study co-authored by Assistant Professor Haiyang Yang of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School was recognized as “Overall Winner” in the Case Centre Awards and Competitions for 2016.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Kathleen Anduze LBDA Dorothy Mangurian Volunteer of the Year Award

The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) Board of Directors has named Kathleen Anduze, the recipient of the newly re-named LBDA Dorothy Mangurian Volunteer of the Year Award.

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– Lewy Body Dementia Association

The Family Institute at Northwestern University’s Board of Directors Announce Transition in CEO Position

The Family Institute at Northwestern University (TFI) and its Board of Directors today announced the transition of its Chief Executive Officer role from William M. Pinsof, PhD, to Jana L. Jones, currently President of TFI. Dr. Pinsof will continue as Chief Clinical Scientist, President of the Epstein Center for Psychotherapy Change and Staff Therapist. The transition is effective as of March 1, 2016.

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– Family Institute at Northwestern University

Groundbreaking Conference Planned to Expand Health Policy Advocacy in Indian Country

May 2-4, 2016: “Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health” will feature Native American leaders, Native youth advocates, and national philanthropic organizations developing solutions to address the health crisis in Indian Country.

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– Voices for Healthy Kids

U.S. Wins Romanian Master of Mathematics Competition

A team of U.S. high school students won first place in the 2016 Romanian Master of Mathematics (RMM), one of the most challenging international high school mathematics competitions in the world. Sixteen countries were invited to compete in the RMM, held from February 24 to 29 in Bucharest, Romania. In addition to the team victory, U.S. student Eshaan Nichani achieved the highest individual score in the contest, winning a gold medal.

– Mathematical Association of America

New York Academy of Medicine Awards Inaugural Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship in the Clinical Transaction

The New York Academy of Medicine's awards Barondess Fellowship--to enhance the ability of young physicians to conduct the essential elements of the clinical transaction—capacities that are required for effective clinical care, but have significantly declined among graduate trainees in recent decades.

– New York Academy of Medicine

Northwestern Student Named Luce Scholar

Northwestern University senior Jessie Moravek has been named a Luce Scholar to live and work in Asia, where she will investigate how people and cultures are impacted by environmental change.

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– Northwestern University

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