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Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Minorities’ Homicide Victimization Rates Fall Significantly Compared to Whites’

A new study reveals that while homicide victimization rates declined for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in the United States from 1990-2010, the drop was much more precipitous for the two minority groups. (more) (Embargo expired on 31-Mar-2016 at 00:00 ET)

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

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When Women Feel Their Partner Demands Perfection, Sex Life Suffers

Women who perceive that their sexual partner is imposing perfectionist standards on them may suffer sexual dysfunction as a result, psychologists at the University of Kent have found. (more)

– University of Kent

Arts and Humanities

28-Mar-2016

Playing Action Video Games May Increase the Capability for a Suicide Attempt

Among individuals already thinking about suicide, those who play action video games may be significantly more capable of attempting it than those who play other video game categories, according to a new study from Texas Tech University.

– Texas Tech University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

31-Mar-2016

Minorities’ Homicide Victimization Rates Fall Significantly Compared to Whites’

A new study reveals that while homicide victimization rates declined for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in the United States from 1990-2010, the drop was much more precipitous for the two minority groups.

(Embargo expired on 31-Mar-2016 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Review, April-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

30-Mar-2016

Race Biases Teachers’ Expectations for Students

When evaluating the same black student, white teachers expect significantly less academic success than black teachers, a new study concludes. This is especially true for black boys.

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– Johns Hopkins University

Why Is Critical Interaction with Disability Missing From Academia?

Concordia University's Critical Disability Studies Working Group is working to highlight how ableist assumptions about the body, cognition and perception promote a limited range of understanding what it means to be human.

– Concordia University

When Women Feel Their Partner Demands Perfection, Sex Life Suffers

Women who perceive that their sexual partner is imposing perfectionist standards on them may suffer sexual dysfunction as a result, psychologists at the University of Kent have found.

Archives of Sexual Behavior

– University of Kent

29-Mar-2016

Immigrant New Yorkers Face Unexpected Challenges to Health and Wellbeing

A new report based on in-person interviews and surveys conducted by The New York Academy of Medicine provides insights into what immigrants—nearly 30 percent of the city’s population—in New York City see as barriers to improved wellbeing, as well as potential solutions to poor health status. In a discussion of what it takes to successfully transition between cultures, city residents representing more than 10 ethnic groups, from four boroughs, talk about their mental and physical health and wellbeing in a new report, “Immigrant Communities: Bridging Cultures for Better Health.”

– New York Academy of Medicine

Blind Adults Learn Native Gesture Patterns By Learning To Speak A Language, Researchers Find

Researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Chicago have found that congenitally blind adults use gestures -- important markers in language development in children -- similar to those by sighted adults, even though they've never seen the gestures before.

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Psychological Science, Mar-2016

– Georgia State University

Narcissism Linked to Sexual Assault Perpetration in College, Study Finds

Almost 20 percent of college men have committed some kind of sexual assault, and 4 percent have committed rape, according to a study published by University of Georgia researchers who were examining the link between different kinds of narcissism and the perpetration of sexual assaults.

Violence Against Women

– University of Georgia

Uncertainty Can Cause More Stress Than Inevitable Pain

Knowing that there is a small chance of getting a painful electric shock can lead to significantly more stress than knowing that you will definitely be shocked.

Nature Communications

– University College London

How Studying Child Prodigies Helps US Understand Autism

Scientists may learn a lot about autism from studying a group of people who don’t have the disorder. Joanne Ruthsatz,is one of the first researchers to have uncovered the link between prodigy and autism.

The Prodigy’s Cousin: The Family Link between Autism and Extraordinary Talent

– Ohio State University

Professor Discusses Factors Leading to Populist Fervor in 2016

Stephen Pendleton has taught economics and finance, along with political science, during his almost 40-year academic career. Through this lens, he pointed to longtime economic factors that have created the perfect storm to fuel populist-driven campaigns in both parties. Voter anger over unemployment, underemployment, and the shrinking of the middle class has bolstered support for two outsider candidates. While Trump and Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders tout vastly different ideologies, they both have railed against free-trade policies they say have decimated the American workforce.

Expert(s) available

– SUNY Buffalo State

28-Mar-2016

Running Out of Money Linked to Fear of Death

Roughly 52 percent of American households will not have enough retirement income to maintain their standard of living if they retire at 65.

Journal of Consumer Psychology

– Society for Consumer Psychology

Conspicuous Consumption May Drive Fertility Down

A new mathematical model shows how fertility goes down as the cost of achieving social status goes up.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

– Emory Health Sciences

Widespread Sexual Harassment Persists in India

Sexual harassment remains a pervasive problem in India despite tougher laws enacted more than three years ago after a woman was gang raped on a bus and later died of her injuries, indicates new research by a Michigan State University criminologist.

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International Criminal Justice Review

– Michigan State University

New Study Finds that Despite More Women in Science, We Still Perceive Women to be Incompatible with STEM Fields

Linda Carli's "Stereotypes About Gender and Science: Women ≠ Science” shows that despite significant progress made, women are still thought to lack the qualities needed to be successful scientists, and the findings suggest this may contribute to discrimination and prejudice against women in those fields.

– Wellesley College

The Non-Driving Millennial? Not So Simple, Says New Research

A recently published study shows that the popular notion that millennials are choosing not drive may be oversimplified. In a suburban community with low density and no public transportation, teens obtained their drivers' licenses on average within a month of their 16th birthday.

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Annals of the Association of American Geographers

– University of Vermont

Medical Student Queer Alliance’s #PushForPronouns Promotes Transgender Patient Health Equity

The Northeast Medical Student Queer Alliance is launching a social media initiative to promote a culture of respect for transgender patients, 70 percent of whom experience discrimination when accessing medical care.

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– University of Vermont

Education

30-Mar-2016

Classroom Program Increases School Breakfast Participation, Not Obesity

Serving free breakfast in New York City’s classrooms has boosted the number of students eating what some consider the most important meal of the day at school, according to research by New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy and the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

(Embargo expired on 30-Mar-2016 at 00:05 ET)

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; R01HD070739

– New York University

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to Offer First Fully Online Masters Degree

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will offer its first wholly online, part-time masters degree program beginning this fall.

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Pop Culture

30-Mar-2016

FOMO: It’s Your Life You’re Missing Out On

“You missed out.” Is there another sentence that could strike such anxiety in the hearts of young people? Known as FOMO in millennial-speak, fear of missing out is quickly taking a toll on Generation Y—and it’s probably causing damage to your own life.

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– Texas A&M University

Law and Public Policy

30-Mar-2016

Understanding ISIS, Middle East Violence and What the Resulting Refugee Crisis Means for the U.S.

There is no justification for the bombings at the Brussels airport and train station, but Michael Christopher Low says it is important to understand the factors motivating this type of violence by the terrorist group ISIS.

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Expert(s) available

– Iowa State University

29-Mar-2016

Is HUD Housing Affordable? New FAU Study Says Not When You Factor in Costs to Commute

Where to live can be a dilemma for many Americans. Do you pay more for housing located near work and other destinations or do you pay less for housing that requires extensive driving? What about families with housing subsidies? Does this tradeoff on housing and transportation expenses hold true for them?

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Housing Policy Debate

– Florida Atlantic University

LifeWire Announcements

Sia Furler Institute to Foster New Generations of Artists

The University of Adelaide is proud to announce it has established a new institute of contemporary music and media named after internationally acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Sia Furler.

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– University of Adelaide

What's in a Name? International Approaches to Nutrition Education

Wednesday, April 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. EDT

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Military Medical School First to Incorporate Joint Pain Education Program Into Curriculum

Prescription opioid abuse and a nationwide heroin epidemic are claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. To help address this problem in addition to supporting our service members who may struggle with prescription misuse associated with chronic pain, the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) has implemented a new pain management curriculum – the first medical school in the nation to do so.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

American Sociological Association Names Nancy Weinberg Kidd New Executive Officer

The American Sociological Association (ASA) announced today that Nancy Weinberg Kidd will succeed the retiring Sally T. Hillsman as the Association’s executive officer in September.

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

UCI to Launch First-of-Its-Kind Official E-Sports Initiative in the Fall

UC Irvine is launching an official e-sports initiative this fall, the first of its kind at a public research university. A state-of-the-art arena equipped with high-end gaming PCs, a stage for League of Legends competitions and a live webcasting studio will be constructed at the Student Center, and as many as 10 academic scholarships will be offered to students on the team.

– University of California, Irvine

Danielle Reed Appointed Associate Director of Monell Center

Danielle R. Reed, PhD, a world-recognized expert on the behavioral genetics of taste, has been named Associate Director of the Monell Center, effective immediately.

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– Monell Chemical Senses Center

UNF Music Flagship Program Orchestrates Cultural Excellence, Equips 21st Century Music Professionals

The Music Flagship Program at the University of North Florida announces it has now been officially designated a School of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences, expanding its training and equipping of a wide range of music students—jazz studies, performance, music education and conducting as well as music technology and production—in a culture of excellence in order to be relevant 21st century music professionals.

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– University of North Florida

American University President Cornelius M. Kerwin to Step Down in 2017

American University President Neil Kerwin announced today that he plans to step down after more than a decade of leadership that transformed the institution in academic quality, campus facilities, and national standing.

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– American University

U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey to Deliver George Washington University Commencement Address

U.S. Senator Cory Booker announced through Snapchat that he will be the 2016 commencement speaker for GW

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– George Washington University

Tufts University to Collaborate with City Year to Expand Tufts’ 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program

Through an agreement with City Year, Fellows in the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning program will now be able to serve in urban school districts in the U.S. Tufts 1+4 offers accepted applicants the chance to learn from a year of service before starting as undergraduates at Tufts. This is City Year's first formal relationship with a university bridge-year program.

– Tufts University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Persecution of Middle East Christians to be Addressed by Baylor University Panel

As the global persecution of Christians continues, Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr, former Congressman Frank Wolf, founder of Word Refugee Care Jalil Dawood and Cole Richards of The Voice of the Martyrs will discuss the critical issue at Baylor on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

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– Baylor University

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