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Monday, March 14, 2016

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State of Cancer Care Report Briefing on Capitol Hill Tuesday

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to release State of Cancer Care in America: 2016 report in Capitol Hill briefing. To confirm in-person or webcast attendance, please contact...

(Embargo expired on 14-Mar-2016 at 09:00 ET)

– Newswise

Arts and Humanities


Spoiler Alert! TV Series Finales a Mixed Bag of Hits and Misses

Pop culture scholar who wrote the book on television series endings weighs in on some of the best and worst, as several series prepare to sign off.

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– Ithaca College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


NEI Employment Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities Celebrates 10 Years

Andrew Butler may be one of the hardest working people at the National Institutes of Health. Not even Winter Storm Jonas could keep him away. After the blizzard struck the East Coast in late January, the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland was buried in snow and eerily quiet for several days. Still, Butler reported for all of his daily shifts except one, when his supervisors asked him to stay home. Butler’s dedication is important, because he works at the Building 49 Central Animal Facility—home to the many rodents and other laboratory animals that are a vital part of NIH research—helping ensure that they receive the care they need.

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Laboratory Animal Science Professional, December 2015

– NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)


Climate Change Less Politicized Among Minority Groups

Race and ethnicity as a function of climate-change attitudes is the subject of a recent study by Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and collaborator Adam Pearson, assistant professor of psychology at Pomona (Calif.) College.

Climatic Change

– Cornell University

Millennials More Likely Than Older Adults to Donate Clothing Rather Than Trash It

In 2012, Americans sent more than 14 million tons of textile waste to trash dumps around the country, despite many options for consumers to repurpose or recycle textile waste, including donating old clothes to charities and recycling the materials to be remade into other products. Pamela Norum, professor and interim department chair of textile and apparel management at the University of Missouri, found that younger adults from ages 18-34 are much less likely to throw old clothes and other textile waste into the garbage than older adults. She also found that millennials were more likely to donate clothing to secondhand stores such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal

– University of Missouri

Study: Financial Literacy Declines with Age, Confidence to Make Decisions Doesn’t

A study from two Texas Tech professors shows an alarming decrease in financial awareness among Americans of retirement age.

Management Science

– Texas Tech University



Science Curriculum Tailored to English Language Learners Boosts Student Achievement

In a large-scale study involving more than 6,000 fifth graders, an innovative science curriculum was found to have a positive impact on science learning for students with different levels of English proficiency.

American Educational Research Journal; NSF DRL 1209309

– New York University

Law and Public Policy


Higher Tax Leads to Better Government Quality

There is a positive connection between taxation of a state's citizens and how well the state's institutions works. The reason is that any ruler who wants to collect taxes must build a well-functioning bureaucracy and give the taxed something in return, in the shape of welfare reforms and some influence over how the taxes are handled. This is shown in a new dissertation from University of Gothenburg.

– University of Gothenburg

LifeWire Announcements

DHS S&T Undersecretary Reginald Brothers to Speak at 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival

The panel will focus on how imagination inspires innovation in the real world and the government’s role in developing the art of possible ideas into reality.

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– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

North Hill-Olin College Innovation Fund Event Features Professor Helen Donis-Keller

Olin College of Engineering and North Hill, a senior living community in Needham, Mass., announce the third annual North Hill-Olin College Fund for Innovation in Aging event to be held Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Olin College from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Camille A. Nelson Named Dean of American University's Washington College of Law

After an extensive national search, the American University Washington College of Law has appointed Camille A. Nelson as the school’s next dean. Nelson’s appointment begins July 25, 2016.

– American University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist Thomas L. Friedman to Address Graduates at Olin’s 11th Commencement

Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist and author Thomas L. Friedman will be the speaker for Olin College’s 11th commencement, which will be held on May 15, 2016.

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– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

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