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Penn Psychologists Study Intense Awe Astronauts Feel Viewing Earth From Space

Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed by what they describe as the magic such a... (more)

– University of Pennsylvania

Arts and Humanities


‘Will You See the Players Well Bestowed?’

In the Elizabethan era, the play was indeed the thing, and even so vaunted a playwright as Shakespeare was far from a widely-known quantity. The playwright’s death on April 23, 1616, was marked by precious few remembrances.

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– Creighton University


Fire, Risk and Accident Shape Glassblower Who Shattered Norms

Widely regarded as the world’s greatest living master in glass, Dale Chihuly’s works capture the restlessness and essence of his subjects, often plant and animal forms brimming with elaborate ribbing and streaks of color.

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– Case Western Reserve University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Green Living Tips: Don't Recycle Those Pasta-Sauce Jars Just Yet

To celebrate Earth Week, students at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, New York, were asked to share their favorite green-living life hacks.

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– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


Chemical Exposure Could Lead to Obesity, UGA Study Finds

Exposure to chemicals found in everyday products could affect the amount of fat stored in the body, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers. Phthalates are chemicals found in everything from plastic products to soap to nail polish—they give plastic its bendy stretch.

Toxicology in Vitro

– University of Georgia

Researchers Identify New Way to Measure Autism in Boys

Researchers have developed a new method to map and track the function of brain circuits affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in boys using brain imaging.

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– George Washington University

Online Program Reduces Bullying Behavior in Schools, Tests Show

Behaviors that enable bullying—a significant public health problem for adolescents—were reduced among students who completed a new online anti-bullying program, according to a new study.

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– Case Western Reserve University


‘Good Cop’ Parent Not Enough to Buffer Some Harmful Effects of ‘Bad Cop’ Parent

New Iowa State University research shows harsh parenting may increase a child’s risk for poor physical health and obesity as they get older. And attempts by one parent to counterbalance the harsh behavior are not always effective in lessening that risk.

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Social Science and Medicine

– Iowa State University

Penn Psychologists Study Intense Awe Astronauts Feel Viewing Earth From Space

Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed by what they describe as the magic such a perspective brings. This phenomenon is called the "overview effect," and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center are studying it to better understand the emotions astronauts commonly recount.

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Psychology of Consciousness

– University of Pennsylvania

Researchers Find a Fast Road Out of Poverty

New research has measured the 'wealth effect' of upgrading the infrastructure in poorer sections of cities. Revamps, such as surfacing roads and joining them to the city grid, dramatically push up prices of the adjoining land and properties, says the study to be published in the journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Toronto measured how households who owned property in the upgraded roads were also allowed to spend more on credit so they could buy items for the home or cars that made them better off.

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– University of Oxford

Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Kinsey Study Finds Adults Who Wait to Have Sex Are Stigmatized

A recent study by researchers at the Kinsey Institute titled “Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Relationship Stigma Associated with Being a Sexually Inexperienced Adult,” found that people who wait to have sex are stigmatized, and also stigmatize other sexually inexperienced adults.

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The Journal of Sex Research, March-2016

– Indiana University

Transgender College Students at Higher Risk for Suicide Attempts After Denial of Access to Bathrooms, Appropriate Housing, Study Finds

Transgender university and college students are at a significantly higher risk for suicide attempts when their campus experience includes denial of access to bathrooms and gender-appropriate campus housing, according to researchers at Georgia State University.

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Journal of Homosexuality

– Georgia State University

Prison's Extended Punch

A study by a University of Delaware researcher shows that incarceration of adult family member can lead to lasting neurological health decline for young female relatives.

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– University of Delaware


Are Children Career Killers?

Working women who want to minimize career income losses related to motherhood should wait until they are about 30 years old to have their first children, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

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– Washington University in St. Louis



“Far Beyond” Brings the Stony Brook University Story to Life

As Stony Brook University continues its ascent as one of the nation’s preeminent research universities, students, faculty, alumni and staff now have a new compelling and consistent communications framework from which to tell their stories, to describe their life-changing experiences, and to reflect their pride: FAR BEYOND.

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– Stony Brook University

Pop Culture


Baylor Historian Gives Thumbs-Up After Call with Treasury Officials About Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Moments after she got off the phone Wednesday with U.S. Treasury officials, Kimberly Kellison, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of Baylor University’s history department, said she was “excited and enthusiastic” about the announcement that abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s portrait will replace former President Andrew Jackson's on the front of the $20 bill.

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– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy


Grassroots Tactics Could Improve Global Environmental Policies

Much of the world may cringe as lemurs are hunted and killed or when entire forests are burnt and harvested for charcoal. However, if local residents don't perceive the actions as crimes or they believe there's a low risk of getting caught, then poaching and deforestation will continue.

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– Michigan State University

City, Corporate Actions are Crucial to Global Climate Response, Researchers Say

At the UN this week envoys from more than 130 nations, including 60 world leaders, will convene to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement. This historic deal, achieved during global climate talks last December, was bolstered by contributions from hundreds of city mayors and corporate CEOs who made their own climate pledges during the negotiations.

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– Yale University


States With Punitive Justice Systems Have Higher Rates of Foster Care, Study Finds

The number of children in foster care across the country is driven not solely by child abuse and neglect, but by states’ varying politics and approaches to social problems, a new University of Washington (UW) study finds.

American Sociological Review, June-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)


Early Analysis of Seattle's $15 Wage Law: Effect on Prices Minimal One Year After Implementation

Most Seattle employers surveyed in a University of Washington-led study said in 2015 they'd raise prices on goods and services to compensate for the city's $15 minimum wage law. But a year after the law's implementation, the study indicates such increases don't seem to be happening.

– University of Washington

LifeWire Announcements

AAAS Elects Five NYU Faculty as 2016 Fellows

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has elected five New York University faculty as fellows: Leslie Greengard, a professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences; Yusef Komunyakaa, a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English; Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU’s School of Law; Debraj Ray, a Silver Professor in the Department of Economics; and Christopher Wood, a professor in the Department of German.

– New York University

Kenneth Miranda of the IMF Named Cornell’s Chief Investment Officer

Kenneth Miranda, director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) investment office, has been selected as Cornell’s chief investment officer, Provost and Acting President Michael Kotlikoff announced today. Miranda will manage Cornell’s $6 billion investment portfolio and lead the Office of University Investments, starting July 1.

– Cornell University

Alliance Launches New National Physical Activity Plan

New U.S. National Physical Activity Plan Focuses on Achievements, Two New Sectors and Need for Momentum

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– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Four From UCI Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Four University of California, Irvine faculty in law, philosophy, chemistry and physics have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes leaders from the academic, business and government sectors who are responding to challenges facing the nation and the world.


– University of California, Irvine

Alums Martha Mendoza, William Finnegan Win 2016 Pulitzer Prize

Journalism's highest honors given for public service and biography

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– University of California, Santa Cruz

NYU’s History of Soviet Union Jews Project Supported by $2.3 Million Gift from Eugene and Zara Shvidler

NYU has received a $2.3 million gift from Eugene and Zara Shvidler to support “A Comprehensive History of the Jews of the Soviet Union,” a seven-year project led by researchers in NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.

– New York University

John T. Delaney Appointed New Dean of American University’s Kogod School of Business

John T. Delaney has been named Dean of the Kogod School of Business, effective July 18, 2016.

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– American University

New Dual Advanced Degree in Business and Public Health Offered at UAB

MBA/MPH dual-degree program aims to equip public health professionals with business savvy.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

$1 Million Grant Supports Scientist’s Study of Protein Trafficking Dynamics

A Duquesne University biology professor has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of more than $1 million to explore how cells adapt to stress and changes in their environment by reorganizing existing proteins.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Michigan State University Administrator Named New VP for Student Affairs at the University of Rhode Island

University appoints new VP for Student Affairs following a national search. Kathy M. Collins will be the primary spokesperson on matters pertaining to the social and academic needs of students.

– University of Rhode Island

URI President Visits Ghana to Strengthen Ties with University of Cape Coast

URI President David M. Dooley visits the University of Cape Coast in Ghana to discuss ongoing collaboration between the two institutions and student exchange programs.

– University of Rhode Island

USC Annenberg and USC Marshall Honor Robert v. Kozinets with Endowed Hufschmid Chair

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism has announced that Robert V. Kozinets has been selected as the Jayne and Hans Hufschmid Chair in Strategic Public Relations and Business Communication.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

LifeWire Higher Education Events

American University Announces 2016 Commencement Speakers

American University announces its 2016 commencement speakers. María Salinas, Donna Harris, Raymond G. Chambers, John King, Deborah F. Rutter, The Honorable Loretta E. Lynch are this year's commencement speakers.

– American University

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