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Green Gitmo

President Obama announced plans to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Now two scholars are proposing to transform the naval... (more) (Embargo expired on 17-Mar-2016 at 14:00 ET)

– University of Vermont

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Study: Divided Parties Rarely Win Presidential Elections

New research shows that a divided party could mean a difference of 4 to 5 percent of the vote in the general election—enough to have a... (more)

– University of Georgia

Social and Behavioral Sciences

18-Mar-2016

Homeless Youth with Pets Have Benefits, Challenges: Study

Led by researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), the team found that homeless youth with pets are less likely to engage in potentially harmful behaviour, more likely to open up to veterinarians about their personal challenges and generally less depressed.

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– University of Guelph

Education

18-Mar-2016

College Can Cultivate Innovative Entrepreneurial Intentions

Innovative entrepreneurial intentions – or the aim to create new products and bring them to market, rather than replicating existing products – are boosted by college experiences, according to research by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

(Embargo expired on 18-Mar-2016 at 01:00 ET)

Journal of Higher Education, May/June 2016; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

– New York University

PPWC Launches Week-Long Campaign to Prevent Poisonings

Unintentional poisoning hazards span a lifetime but preventing poisoning can take only moments. During National Poison Prevention Week, March 20 – 26, 2016, the Poison Prevention Week Council (PPWC) will take to social media to bring awareness to the common, but often hidden poison dangers, as well as encourage the public to take a few simple precautions to prevent poisonings.

– American Cleaning Institute

17-Mar-2016

Successful Mentoring Programs Begin with Focus, Training

'Intentionally brief' middle school mentoring programs yielded better grades, fewer absences.

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Advances in School Mental Health Promotion

– University of Houston

New Study Shows Social-Behavioral Readiness in Kindergarteners Impacts Long-Term Success

Children who enter kindergarten behind in social-behavioral development are more likely to be held back, need more individualized supports and services, and be suspended or expelled, according to new research by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Deborah Gross, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Amie Bettencourt, PhD, and Grace Ho, PhD, RN.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

A Regular School Day Turned into Celebrating Full-Ride Scholarships to the George Washington University for 10 D.C. High School Students

Hard work paid off for 10 academically talented D.C. high school students on Thursday when the George Washington University scholarship team, led by GW President Steven Knapp, hand-delivered acceptance letters and full-ride scholarships during a whirlwind trip across four D.C. wards.

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– George Washington University

Law and Public Policy

17-Mar-2016

Study: Divided Parties Rarely Win Presidential Elections

New research shows that a divided party could mean a difference of 4 to 5 percent of the vote in the general election—enough to have a significant impact on the outcome.

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Political Behavior

– University of Georgia

Slamming Latinos Motivates Many to Register and Vote

Presidential candidate Donald Trump may be inadvertently tapping into a phenomenon that is energizing U.S. Latinos against him when he talks of sending illegal immigrants home and building a wall blocking off Mexico. Recent news reports have noted a surge of Latinos registering to vote with the intent to vote against Trump because of his negative statements about their ethnic group. These results are consistent with a 2015 study by Efrén Pérez of Vanderbilt University, Ricochet: How Elite Discourse Politicizes Racial and Ethnic Identities. The study predicted that when Latinos who strongly identify with their ethnic group perceive it is being disparaged, they respond by becoming more politically engaged and motivated to register and vote.

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– Vanderbilt University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Green Gitmo

President Obama announced plans to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Now two scholars are proposing to transform the naval base into a marine research center and international peace park.

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Science Magazine

– University of Vermont

New Report Reveals Hundreds Still Dying in Detention

An ongoing culture of secrecy, poor access to specialist mental health services and a lack of high quality independent investigations has contributed to hundreds of non-natural deaths in detention, according to a new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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– University of Warwick

LifeWire Announcements

The 2016 International Conference on Urban Health Gathers Global Stakeholders to Improve Health in Cities Worldwide

Hundreds of researchers, educators, community leaders, practitioners, and policy makers from all regions of the world will convene in San Francisco, California from April 1-4 to advance understanding of actions needed to improve health and health equity in cities worldwide. This year marks the 13th annual conference (ICUH 2016) organized by the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) in collaboration with the American Association of Geographers. The theme of the event, “Place & Health,” will feature insights from diverse groups of multi-disciplinary experts in fields such as urban planning, architecture, transportation, housing, environmental health, public health, and health care delivery.

– International Society for Urban Health and the American Association of Geographers and the New York Academy of Medicine

WFU Announces Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Programs

Wake Forest University announced today that new academic programs in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering will anchor the University’s undergraduate presence, referred to as Wake Downtown, in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter beginning in 2017.

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– Wake Forest University

Dr. Jeffrey Quinlan, Navy Doctor, to Chair "America's Medical School" Family Medicine Department

Navy Captain (Dr.) Jeffrey D. Quinlan was selected as the new chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Quinlan, an associate professor and vice chair in the department, will lead the department of approximately 30 faculty and staff, including family physicians and behavioral health providers. The department has consistently ranked among the top in the nation by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the largest U.S. physician specialty society.

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– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) as the No. 1 accredited graduate nursing school program in the country in its 2017 survey.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Celebrating a Local Community That Took on Mickey Mouse, and Won

The world premiere of 'When Mickey Came to Town,' a new documentary film, will take place in Washington, D.C., this Saturday.

– American University

Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH, to Lead the Composite Committee of United States Medical Licensing Exam

Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been elected chair of the Composite Committee, which is the governing board of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program.

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– Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Williams College Hosting Global Poverty Conference Featuring Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton April 7-8

Williams College's Center for Development Economics will host a global poverty conference featuring Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton and other noted economists April 7-8.

– Williams College

Autism Conference & Expo of Georgia to Support Implementation of the Autism Plan of Georgia

The second annual Autism Conference & Expo of Georgia, showcasing the 10 focus areas of the Autism Plan for Georgia, will take place Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center.

– Georgia State University

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