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Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Government Use of Technology Has Potential to Increase Food Security

Acceptance of information technology can play a vital role in meeting the demand for food in developing countries, according to a new study by Iowa... (more)

– Iowa State University

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New Prevention Treatment for Those At Risk for Cancerous Polyps, Many Targeted Cancer Therapies Suppress T Cell Immune Responses, High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Not Need Annual Screenings, and more in the Cancer News Source

See the latest cancer research and get pertinent informative features on the fight against cancer at Newswise's Cancer News Source. (more)

– Newswise

Science News


Parents Wary of Online Doctor Ratings, Subset of E. coli Linked to Deadly Disease in Premmies, New Campaigns to Prevent Poisonings, Early Intervention Can Improve Cognitive Delays in Low-Income Children, and more in the Children's Health News Source

Get the latest research and features in the field of children's health and pediatrics, including vaccinations, abuse, premature births, mental health, autism and more in the Newswise Children's Health News Source.

– Newswise


New Prevention Treatment for Those At Risk for Cancerous Polyps, Many Targeted Cancer Therapies Suppress T Cell Immune Responses, High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients May Not Need Annual Screenings, and more in the Cancer News Source

See the latest cancer research and get pertinent informative features on the fight against cancer at Newswise's Cancer News Source.

– Newswise

Arts and Humanities


Gonzaga Professor Silvestri Explores How Social Media Has Transformed Soldiers’ Experiences of War

SPOKANE, Wash. – As social media has become a ubiquitous part of contemporary American culture, scholars are studying its capacities for both good and ill. Lisa Ellen Silvestri, assistant professor of communication studies at Gonzaga University, explores how Facebook and YouTube have transformed soldiers’ experiences at the frontlines of war in her book, “Friended at the Front: Social Media in the American War Zone” (2015, University Press of Kansas).

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– Gonzaga University


In First Year, the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum Sees Surge in Programming, Visitors

One year after the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum opened with a new museum model in a combined facility, programming has quadrupled and attendance has surged.

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– George Washington University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Made Ya Look: Moviegoers May Have Little Control Over Their Eye Movements During Hollywood-Style Films, Study Finds

Lester Loschky, associate professor of psychological sciences, recently published a study in PLOS ONE, which suggests viewers may have limited cognitive control of their eye movements while trying to understand films.

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Plos One

– Kansas State University

Why Sexual Harassment Is Worse Than Other Types of Abuse Online

While many women gamers can shrug off much of the name-calling and abuse they receive while playing online video games, sexual harassment sticks with them even when they’re offline.

New Media & Society

– Ohio State University

Government Use of Technology Has Potential to Increase Food Security

Acceptance of information technology can play a vital role in meeting the demand for food in developing countries, according to a new study by Iowa State University researchers. They say increasing production is not the only solution for food insecurity.

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Information Technologies & International Development

– Iowa State University

Depression Study Examines Levels of ‘Love’ Hormone and Its Impacts on Mother-Baby Emotional Bonding

Widely referred to as the “love” hormone, oxytocin is an indispensable part of childbirth and emotional mother-child bonding. Psychologists are looking at how breast feeding, oxytocin and face-to-face interactions between a mother and her baby are impacted by depression and the mother’s oxytocin levels.

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– Florida Atlantic University

Hillary or Bernie? Scholar Has Studied Generational Political Differences Between Mothers & Daughters

Krista Jenkins, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, has studied differences regarding issues of politics and feminism between women college students and their mothers.

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– Academy Communications


The Invisible World of Human Perception

Stage magicians are not the only ones who can distract the eye: a new cognitive psychology experiment demonstrates how all human beings have a built-in ability to stop paying attention to objects that are right in front of them.

Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

– University of Toronto

No Joke: Blondes Aren’t Dumb, Science Says

The “dumb blonde” stereotype is simply wrong, according to a new national study of young baby boomers.The study of 10,878 Americans found that white women who said their natural hair color was blonde had an average IQ score within 3 points of brunettes and those with red or black hair.

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Economics Bulletin

– Ohio State University

Belief in the American Dream Regulates Materialism and Impulsive Spending

For the first time, researchers provided findings that link materialism, impulsive spending and personal perceptions of economic mobility. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School found that belief in the so-called “American Dream,” or the prospect that upward economic mobility is possible, limits impulse spending among materialistic consumers.

Journal of Marketing Research

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School



Study Snapshot: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Programs Fall Short

While teen dating violence prevention programs increased knowledge and changed student attitudes to be less supportive of such behavior, they did not actually reduce dating violence, according to this meta-analysis of research on middle- and high school intervention programs.

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Pop Culture


The Politics Behind Polling: SJU Expert

Virginia Miori, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Saint Joseph's University and an expert in predictive analysis shares advice and warnings about public opinion polling.

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– Saint Joseph's University


Are Garage Sales Worth It?

If you’re waffling on whether to devote your time to labeling items and waking up at dawn to hold a weekend garage sale, you may want to consider donating, selling online or selling on consignment, suggests Becky Jones, senior lecturer of accounting and business law in Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.

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– Baylor University

To Garage Sale, or Not to Garage Sale? That Is the Question (in Spring)

How many events offer you the chance to buy neat stuff at a low price, unload clutter, join forces with neighbors, spend family time together, make money, go green while you spend some green, practice your haggling skills — <i>and</i> be trendy by “upcycling?” Enter that harbinger of spring -- the garage sale.

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– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy


Efforts to Destroy ISIS Have Permanently Changed International Law, Legal Researcher Concludes

An urgent need to respond with force to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has permanently changed the use of self-defense in international law to attack a threat in another country, according to newly published research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The use of force against al-Qaida and ISIS during the past 14 years has given rise to what Michael Scharf, co-dean of the Case Western Reserve School of Law, describes as a “Grotian Moment”—a fundamental paradigm shift that will have broad implications for international law. The main implication of this newly accepted change in the international law of self-defense is that any nation can now lawfully use force against a threat (terrorists, rebels, pirates, drug cartels, etc.) in another country if that nation is unable or unwilling to suppress the threat within its borders.

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Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law

– Case Western Reserve University


Police View Blacks as 'Suspects First, Civilians Second'

Most of the Ferguson protestors believed police view black people as worthless thugs and white people as innocent and superior - perceptions that, true or not, affect police-community relations in an era of persistent racial strife.

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Journal of Crime and Justice

– Michigan State University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

National Communication Association Reaffirms the Importance of Preserving Free Speech and Academic Freedom

The National Communication Association (NCA), the association representing thousands of Communication scholars and teachers, has a more than 100-year tradition of advocating for free speech and academic freedom.

– National Communication Association

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Applauds House Passage of Older Americans Act

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, commends the United States House of Representatives for passing the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2016 (S.192).

– Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

LifeWire Announcements

UF CALS Honors Faculty and Staff with Teaching, Advising Awards

University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty and staff members honored as teachers and advisers of the year use innovative methods to get the best from students. “Promoting excellence in teaching is one of the highest priorities for CALS,” said CALS Dean Elaine Turner. “These outstanding teachers and advisers find creative ways to engage students and inspire success. We are proud to recognize them with CALS awards.”

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Caregiver Monday Launch Free Weekly “Caring Lunch Hour Chat”

You're invited to chat with Caregiver Monday & every Monday beginning Monday, March 28th. The event takes place from 11 A.M. EST - 3 P.M. EST. Our Caring Lunch Hour Chat is open to anyone who cares for or has cared for a family member or friend with a chronic illness, disease or disability. To join the Caring Lunch Hour discussion, go to and click the orange “chat” button on the home page.

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– Monday Campaigns

University of Utah College of Law Receives $250,000 Gift and New $5 Million Endowment to Top-Ranked Environmental Law Program

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law receives $250,000 gift and new $5 million endowment to top-ranked environmental law program

– University of Utah

UTEP Professor Earns Prestigious Award at Bilingual Conference

The Government of Mexico recognized UTEP’s Josefina V. “Josie” Tinajero, Ph.D., with its Regional Ohtli Award on March 4, 2016, during the 45th annual National Association for Bilingual Education conference in Chicago, Illinois.

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– University of Texas at El Paso

NYIT Honored for Excellence in International Education

New York Institute of Technology is among a select group of universities to receive the prestigious 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

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– New York Institute of Technology

NUS is World’s Top 10 for 13 Subjects, and Asia’s Best for 25 Subjects

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been placed among the world’s 10 best universities for 13 subjects, up from 11 subjects last year, according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

– National University of Singapore

Georgia State University Water Scientist Participates in White House Water Summit

Daniel Deocampo, associate professor and chair of Geosciences at Georgia State University, will attend the White House Water Summit today (March 22) to share his plans for bringing new technologies and workforce development to the water economy of the southeastern United States.

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– Georgia State University

Barbara Walters Honored with Savitch Award for Excellence in Journalism

Renowned journalist Barbara Walters has been honored by Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications as the 2016 recipient of the Jessica Savitch Award of Distinction for Excellence in Journalism, an accolade that recognizes broadcasters for their professional excellence and for their mentorship of new journalists.

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– Ithaca College

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management Adds Business Analytics Specialization to its MBA Program

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management is now offering a specialization in business analytics to its MBA program, both on-campus and online through MBA@Syracuse. This brings the number of concentrations to seven; the other six include accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing management, real estate and supply chain management.

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– Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

IU's Little 500 Scores the Bachelor's Ben Higgins as Grand Marshal

Ben Higgins, Indiana University alumnus and star of ABC’s hit reality TV series “The Bachelor,” will participate in IU’s 2016 Little 500 festivities, serving as grand marshal of both the women’s and men’s races.

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– Indiana University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

DePaul University 2016 Commencement Speakers: Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, and Business, Education, Technology and Humanitarian Thought Leaders

DePaul University 2016 commencement speakers: refugee advocate Edwin Silverman; NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez; theatre scholar Todd London; Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs; social justice advocate Marty Castro; software architect Kerrie Holley; Coca-Cola CFO Kathy Waller.

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– DePaul University

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Hosts 'Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions'

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law hosts 'Green Infrastructure, Resilient Cities: New Challenges, New Solutions'

– University of Utah

Bryan Stevenson Named Commencement Speaker at Williams College

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the commencement speaker on June 5 at Williams. Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert will speak at baccalaureate on June 4.

– Williams College

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