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Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Children's Interactions More Complex Than Predicted

While sharing toys and fighting with each other, kindergarten children helped researchers understand the patterns and qualities of interactions in... (more)

– Frontiers

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U.S. Presidents From the South More Likely to Use Force in Military Disputes

The United States is more likely to use force in a military dispute when the president is a Southerner, according to a new study coauthored by a Yale... (more)

– Yale University

Arts and Humanities


New Book Is the First Comprehensive History of LBJ’s Great Society

In Prisoners of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism, historian Randall B. Woods presents the first comprehensive history of the Great Society, exploring both the breathtaking possibilities of visionary politics, as well as its limits.

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Prisoners of Hope: Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the Limits of Liberalism

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Social and Behavioral Sciences


How Do the Pitcher's Emotions Effect Batters?

The expression of emotions serves as a source of information and provides clues about what is likely to happen in social situations in general, and in baseball in particular. This is the finding of a joint study by researchers from the University of Haifa and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. “Other peoples’ emotions provide information. The expression of emotions can mark for us what the person is thinking and what they are about to do. If we read others’ emotions well, we will be better able to anticipate their behavior and to adapt our behavior to that of others,” explains Dr. Arik Cheshin of the University of Haifa, who undertook the study.

– University of Haifa


Restaurant Kids’ Meals Make Nutrition Strides, but Leave Room for Improvement

Eating meals from restaurants has become routine for many American children, often contributing excess calories, solid fats, sodium, and added sugar to diets already lacking in fruit, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. Many restaurants have made voluntary changes to their kids’ menus, including reducing the calories in new items, in advance of menu-labeling legislation that will mandate printed calorie counts. However, many kids’ menu items are still high in fat and sodium, leading researchers to question how well children’s meals at top restaurants match national nutritional recommendations.

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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Some Users Hit ‘Delete’ After Pledging Charitable Donations Online, Johns Hopkins Study Shows

Do charitable campaigns conducted on social media platforms actually “click” with the public? A new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University suggests that such campaigns can draw the attention of social media users but not always their commitment to donate money.

Sociological Science

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

For Parents of Autistic Children, More Social Support Means Better Health

About one in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their parents consistently report greater stress levels, caregiving burden and depression than parents of typically developing children. Chronic caregiving stress has also been associated with poorer physical health — more pain, more disruptions from physical-health problems and lower overall health-related quality of life. One powerful way to reduce their stress: social support.

Family Relations

– Concordia University

Overall Sense of Satisfaction Shrinks When Inequality Widens

In their seminal 2010 study, Nobel laureates Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton of Princeton demonstrated that higher income improves one’s life satisfaction but not one’s emotional well-being.

– Cornell University

Quality Time Rather Than Study Time Improves Teens’ Educational Aspirations

Teenagers who spend quality time with their parents are more likely to want to further their studies, according to research from the University of Warwick.

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Journal of Youth Studies March 2016

– University of Warwick

Children's Interactions More Complex Than Predicted

While sharing toys and fighting with each other, kindergarten children helped researchers understand the patterns and qualities of interactions in social groups. The results were much more complex than the scientists originally predicted.

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Frontiers in Psychology

– Frontiers

U.S. Presidents From the South More Likely to Use Force in Military Disputes

The United States is more likely to use force in a military dispute when the president is a Southerner, according to a new study coauthored by a Yale political scientist.

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World Politics

– Yale University

Nearly Anything You Want to Know About Americans Is in This Survey

Fifty years ago, on April 11, 1966, a woman from the federal government sat down in the rural home of a 54-year-old man and asked him a bunch of personal questions. Neither the man nor the interviewer could have guessed, but they were making history on that April day.

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– Ohio State University


Few Children Get 60 Minutes of Vigorous Physical Activity Daily

Only 15% of children achieve the recommended daily average of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and only 8% achieve the school-time recommendation of 30 minutes. Girls, compared to boys, had significantly fewer minutes of physical activity.

– Tufts University



Student Who Faced Multiple Learning Challenges Earns National Honor for Helping Others, Raising Awareness

Gonzaga University sophomore Madison Rose, a special education major who has been challenged by multiple learning disabilities, has received a national honor for her work helping students with learning disabilities.

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– Gonzaga University


Who Participates in Social Entrepreneurship Programs -- and Why?

Khanjan Mehta and then Penn State undergraduate student Rachel Dzombak and graduate student Sally Mouakkad studied the reasons men and women involved with HESE cited as their top motivations for participating in the program with a goal of better understanding why women are drawn to the program.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Pop Culture


Airline Quality Rating: 2015 Airline Performance Improves Slightly; Virgin America Narrowly Retains Top Spot

As Virgin America claimed the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, overall U.S. airline performance improved slightly in 2015, according to the 26th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), released today (Monday, April 4) at the National Press Club in Washington.

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– Wichita State University

Law and Public Policy


Trump Seemingly Bulletproof Against Attack Ads, For Now, Says Texas A&M Prof.

Despite the growing barrage of attack ads against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, most of which are being financed by GOP supporters, Trump’s lead in the national polls continues to rise.

– Texas A&M University

New Book Explores Ferguson’s Fault Lines

The August 2014 death of unarmed Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson captivated the nation and touched off a heated debate about the nature of law enforcement in the United States.A new book edited by Kimberly Norwood, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and of African & African American Studies in Arts & Sciences, explores the underlying fault lines that cracked and gave rise to the eruption in Ferguson.

– Washington University in St. Louis


Household Food Insecurity at Record High in the North: University of Toronto Researchers

Despite anti-poverty efforts, hunger in Canada has not decreased - and it has now reached epidemic levels in Nunavut, where almost half of households suffer from food insecurity, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers.

– University of Toronto

LifeWire Announcements

Threat of Climate Change Found to Be Key Psychological and Emotional Stressor

Climate change is a significant threat to the health of Americans, creating unprecedented health problems in areas where they might not have previously occurred, according to a report released April 4 by the White House.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

UNF Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Research in Asia

Dr. Joshua Gellers, assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida, has been awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award to conduct research on public participation in the environmental decision-making process at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.

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– University of North Florida

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Ranks No. 2 in World Ranking

On the heels of its No. 1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has been ranked the No. 2 nursing school in the world by QS World University.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

UVA Darden, Concordia and US Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships Extend Application Deadline for 2016 Public-Private Partnership Award

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, Concordia and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships extend the application deadline for the 2016 P3 Impact Award, which recognizes exemplary public-private partnerships (P3s) from around the world.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Promoting Undergraduate Research with the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research has selected Kennesaw State University to host the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate research.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

LifeWire Marketplace

How to Keep Walking Beyond National Walking Day -- Start a Monday Mile Walking Group

The Lerner Centers for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse, Johns Hopkins and Columbia universities all participate in the Monday Mile program. The Monday Mile is part of The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit organization, which dedicates the first day of every week to health. The organization offers a free Monday Mile Starter Kit and resources for workplaces, campuses and community groups to start their own program.

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– Monday Campaigns

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