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Thursday, March 17, 2016

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Most Presidential Candidates Speak at Grade 6-8 Level

A readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches by researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (LTI) finds... (more)

– Carnegie Mellon University

Featured Story:

The Sounds of Eating May Reduce How Much You Eat

New study shows food sound is an important sensory cue. (more)

– Brigham Young University

Science News


Experts Needed: Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for His Supreme Court Nominee

Today, Wednesday, March 16th, President Obama said he would nominate Merrick B. Garland as the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice. Experts needed for media inquiries.

(Embargo expired on 16-Mar-2016 at 11:05 ET)

– Newswise


State of Cancer Care Report Briefing on Capitol Hill Today

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 15-Mar-2016 at 09:00 ET)

– Newswise

Arts and Humanities


Bicentenary Celebration of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’

The 200th anniversary of Emma, one of Jane Austen’s most popular novels, is being marked with a special exhibition at Chawton House Library in Hampshire, England – supported by the University of Southampton.

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– University of Southampton

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Researchers Win International Grant to Study Effects of Violence on Brains of Colombian Youth

The study will look at how the recurrent paramilitary and drug-related violence in Colombia affect the brain function and development of children and youth in the region.

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– Texas Tech University


Most Presidential Candidates Speak at Grade 6-8 Level

A readability analysis of presidential candidate speeches by researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute (LTI) finds most candidates using words and grammar typical of students in grades 6-8, though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others.

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A Readability Analysis of Campaign Speeches from the 2016 US Presidential Campaign

– Carnegie Mellon University

Center for Combating Human Trafficking to Host Justice and Freedom Rally

The Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT) at Wichita State University is partnering with several faith congregations, businesses and nonprofit organizations to host a rally demanding justice for human trafficking victims believed to be receiving unfair and harsh legal punishment.

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– Wichita State University

United Nations' March 20 'Happiness Day' Has Serious Side

While cynics may scoff at the United Nations'; March 20 observance of International Happiness Day, a positive psychology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis says it's high time for happiness to be taken seriously. "Happier people live longer, get sick less often, are more productive at work, more engaged in their communities, more likely to help those in need, and enjoy higher-quality relationships." said Tim Bono, who teaches courses on the psychology of happiness in Arts & Sciences at Washington University.

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Expert(s) available

– Washington University in St. Louis


Evidence of a ‘Ferguson Effect’ on Baltimore Arrests Before Unrest

A “Ferguson effect” likely decelerated arrests in Baltimore well before the April 2015 unrest related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, but there is little evidence to suggest it influenced the city’s crime rate, a new report concludes.

(Embargo expired on 15-Mar-2016 at 12:05 ET)

Fergus on, Gray, and Davis: An Analysis

– Johns Hopkins University

Love Trumps Budget in Sentimental Buys

Brides and the bereaved beware: You, like many shoppers, may have a tendency to reject thriftiness when your purchase is a matter of the heart, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Judgment and Decision Making

– University of Colorado at Boulder

Watching TV May Reduce Differences Between Men and Women’s Sexual Expectations

What young men and women expect, sexually, in their romantic relationships is influenced in different ways by the television programs they watch.

Communication Monographs

– National Communication Association

The Sounds of Eating May Reduce How Much You Eat

New study shows food sound is an important sensory cue.

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Food Quality and Preference

– Brigham Young University

U.N. Day of Happiness (March 20): Is There a Smile on Your Horizon?

Feeling less than ecstatic as the United Nations-decreed “Day of Happiness” approaches? Should you just plaster a smile on your face on March 20 (Sunday), or can your grin be more genuine — and longer-lasting?

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– Baylor University

Spring Break Water Safety for Children

Remember the basics of water safety as you head to the pool, lake and beach.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Where We Live Affects Our Bias Against Mixed-Race Individuals, Psychology Study Finds

Whites living in areas where they are less exposed to those of other races have a harder time categorizing mixed-race individuals than do Whites with greater interracial exposure, a condition that is associated with greater prejudice against mixed-race individuals, a new experimental study shows.

(Embargo expired on 14-Mar-2016 at 12:00 ET)

Psychological Science; NSF-BCS-1423708, NSF-BCS-1226201

– New York University

Report: Despite Economic Gains, Rural Chinese Children Continue to Lag Urban Counterparts

A new comprehensive study of children’s well-being in China reveals glaring disparities in education, economic conditions and emotional health between rural and urban children and the need for educational and public policy reforms to help close those gaps.

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Report on the State of Children in China

– University of Chicago

Equipping Parents with Learning Activities Helps Close Cognitive Development Gap Between Disadvantaged and High-Resourced Children

Home-based interventions that teach parents to engage children in playful interactive learning activities can close the cognitive development gap between disadvantaged children and high-resource peers, according to a new study led by RTI International.

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Pediatrics, April 2016

– RTI International

Nature Versus Nurture

A UCSB psychologist shows that while environmental intervention can raise general intelligence, the effects aren’t permanent.


– University of California, Santa Barbara

Freedom of Religion, Civic Rights Were Important Components of a 'Muslim Nation'

Prophet Muhammad believed that freedom of religion and civic rights were important components of a 'Muslim nation,' according to a Rice University analysis of the prophet's covenants with Christians. The researcher argues that the covenants can be used to develop a stronger democratic partnership between Muslims and Christians in the Islamic world and elsewhere.

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– Rice University

New Research Confirms: Tech Blogs Set the Agenda for the Traditional Media

Tech blogs initiate the tech topics to traditional media, which in turn increase the public interest, claims a new research. The research explored the leading tech blogs and traditional media websites in the U.S.

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– University of Haifa



Wallace Launches $47 Million Initiative to Build Evidence on How Universities Can Shape More Effective Training of School Principals

The Wallace Foundation is launching a five-year, $47 million initiative to help universities improve how they prepare future principals, especially for the nation's highest-need schools, as new studies point to a concern that many programs are falling short of school district needs and expectations.

– Wallace Foundation

Georgia State Business, Education and Law Programs Rank Among Best in the Country

Several Georgia State University graduate programs rank among the best in the country in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2017 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

– Georgia State University

TC's Chris Emdin on "The Myth of the Hero Teacher"

In an interview in The New York Times, TC's Chris Emdin responds to the story of Ed Boland, an executive at Prep for Prep, a nonprofit organization that places minority children in elite private schools, who quit to teach at a low-performing public school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Boland had seen movies "in which heroic teachers reach into the lives of at-risk adolescents and make a difference," writes John Leland of the Times. "Mr. Boland believed he could be one of them," but soon quit teaching and returned to Prep for Prep. Boland wrote a book about his experience, “The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School.

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– Columbia University, Teachers College


Teaching Children with Disabilities to Monitor Their Behavior, Improves Their Behavior

According to BYU professor Blake Hansen, children with developmental and intellectual disabilities are one of the most understudied populations in the US, but he’s working to change that.

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Remedial and Special Education

– Brigham Young University

Pop Culture


2016 Presidential Campaign Shows American Politics Has Reached a Breaking Point, Expert Says

Journalists and political pundits have repeatedly stressed that the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is like nothing they’ve ever seen. Robert Schmuhl, Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, believes that the campaign may indicate that American politics has reached a breaking point.

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– University of Notre Dame

Law and Public Policy


UMD-Led Team Ranks Nations on Vulnerability to Cyberattacks

Damaging cyberattacks on a global scale continue to surface every day. Some nations are better prepared than others to deal with online threats from criminals, terrorists and rogue nations.

– University of Maryland, College Park


When You Claim Social Security Influences Whether Your Spouse Enters Poverty in Widowhood

A recent study finds that when the primary wage earner in a marriage claims Social Security can significantly affect whether that person’s spouse becomes impoverished in later life.

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance DOI: 10.1017/S1474747215000438

– North Carolina State University


CRI Poll: Kasich Should Stay in Presidential Race, Governor at BW on Election Night

On the eve of Ohio’s winner-take-all primary election, a majority of Northeast Ohio Republicans (53%) believe the state’s Governor, John Kasich, should stay in the race for his party’s presidential nomination, a new Baldwin Wallace (BW) University poll of registered voters in Northeast Ohio finds.

– Baldwin Wallace University

Justices Scalia and Brandeis: History Repeats Itself (Sort Of)

One hundred years ago, Washington became embroiled in one of the biggest struggles over a Supreme Court justice in American history. What can it tell us about what's going on today?

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– Brandeis University

LifeWire Announcements

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Top 25 Nationally

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is among the top 25 research-oriented medical schools in the nation, and is No. 1 in Ohio, according to the influential ranking of graduate schools released today by U.S.News & World Report.

(Embargo expired on 16-Mar-2016 at 05:00 ET)

– Case Western Reserve University

Twenty-Two Communities Across the Country Join Voices of Youth Count

Twenty-two communities from across the United States will work with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago in partnership on Voices of Youth Count, a first-of-its-kind national effort aimed at ending youth homelessness.

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– University of Chicago

ADHA Announces Keynote Speakers and Community Service Day

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has announced the details of its two Plenary Sessions and Community Service Day (CSD) set to take place during the 2016 Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at the 93rd Annual Session (AS) being held in downtown Pittsburgh on June 8-14.

– American Dental Hygienists' Association

U Game Design Program Ranked No. 1

The Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) program at the University of Utah is the No. 1 undergraduate school for studying game design, according to the Princeton Review, which released the rankings today. The EAE graduate program is ranked No. 3.

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– University of Utah

Virginia Mason Institute Offers Lean Training and Engaging Staff Courses with CME/CNE in June

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

– Virginia Mason Institute

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Expert Supreme Court Discussion, 3/17: When to Fill a Vacancy, and Does It Matter?

Four Amherst College Supreme Court experts--including two former clerks to justices--will discuss the filling of Antonin Scalia’s seat

– Amherst College

Weeklong Immersive Journalism Program for High School, College Students Starts with White House Briefing

Top student journalists from many of the nation’s leading media programs will come to the nation’s capital this summer for a new immersive journalism program including a press briefing at the White House facilitated by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and other top Obama administration officials.

– George Washington University

“Today” Co-Host Hoda Kotb to Address Tulane University Graduates  

Hoda Kotb, whose Emmy Award-winning career has spanned the globe from covering wars and natural disasters to co-hosting NBC’s “Today” show, will deliver the keynote address at Tulane University’s Commencement 2016 at 9 a.m., May 14 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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– Tulane University

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