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Newswise LifeWire
Monday, April 25, 2016

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


When Prison Workers Fall in Love with Inmates: The Taboo of Hybristophilia

A University of Montreal researcher has published a study on romantic relationships between inmates and prison employees. His study is based mainly on US and European cases. Attraction for offenders in correctional facilities – or hybristophilia – is poorly documented, except in the United States, where it is punishable by law.

Délinquance, justice et autres questions de société

– Universite de Montreal

Are Money Problems and Violence Related?

University of Iowa researchers find an association between financials stress and severe domestic abuse, but the discovery doesn't prove one leads to the other.

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Injury Epidemiology

– University of Iowa


Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Prevalence of Homosexuality in Men Is Stable Throughout Time Thanks to Genetics, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Prevalence of Homosexuality in Men Is Stable Throughout Time Thanks to Genetics, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists, and more in the Sex and Relationships Channel

– Newswise

A Voice for the Underrepresented Named to Panel Advising Biden on Cancer ‘Moonshot’

María Elena Martínez was 10 years old when she moved to Chicago from Mexico with her family. Although her parents only had a primary school education, they encouraged her educational pursuits. She went from being an immigrant living in a low-income community to a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, to a tenured professor in academia. She currently works in an important field of cancer research that aims to close an inequity gap in cancer treatment among racial and ethnic groups.

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– University of California, San Diego


Need to Remember Something? Better Draw It, Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance memory.

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Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

– University of Waterloo



Research Reveals Racial Disparities in Education Debt

Low-to-moderate income (LMI) black students and graduates accrue on average $7,721 more student debt than their white counterparts, finds a new analysis by researchers in the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis.“College in America is becoming increasingly unaffordable, and that is especially true for lower- and middle-income black households,” said Michal Grinstein-Weiss, associate director of the CSD, director of the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change and professor at the Brown School.

Children and Youth Services Review

– Washington University in St. Louis

Ocean-Aged Rum Wins Top $20,000 Prize at Skidmore College’s Freirich Competition

Nearly $60,000 in cash and legal services was awarded to teams of Skidmore students exhibiting a remarkable range and creative approach to starting a new business.

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– Skidmore College

Pop Culture


Prince Will Be Remembered as One of Most Significant Artists in American Popular Music History

Prince was one of the most important artists in American popular music during the last two decades of the twentieth century.

Expert(s) available

– University of Rochester

Law and Public Policy


Countering Islamic State Requires a Stronger US-Coalition Strategy

The current effort by the United States and its coalition partners is insufficient to achieve the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, according to a new RAND report.

Assessment of the Politico-Military Campaign to Counter ISIL and Options for Adaptation

– RAND Corporation

Tighter Enforcement Along the US-Mexico Border Backfired, Researchers Find

The rapid escalation of border enforcement over the past three decades has backfired as a strategy to control undocumented immigration between Mexico and the United States, according to new research that suggests further militarization of the border is a waste of money.

American Journal of Sociology

– Princeton University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Press Freedoms in Turkey Crumble, Germany Adds Fuel to the Fire

Turkish tactics to limit freedom of speech and press have reached new heights, says Ankara native Evren Celik Wiltse. Not only has President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intimidated and jailed journalists in his own country, but his efforts have gone international.

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Democratic Reform and Consolidation: the cases of Mexico and Turkey, Colchester: ECPR Press, 2015

– South Dakota State University

LifeWire Announcements

Bronx Borough President to Honor Two Local Food Stores with Bronx Can Health Initiative Award

In an effort to increase access to healthier food choices in its neighborhood, Montefiore Health System Office of Community & Population Health, in collaboration with Shop Healthy NYC , and Center For Disease Control and Prevention’s Bronx REACH CHAMPS Initiative created The Healthy Store Initiative to help combat diet-related chronic disease, and promote health and well-being. On April 23rd, two Bronx markets, Martes Food Center, 124 E 176Th St. and Aqui Me Quedo, 1052 Gerard Avenue, will receive the Bronx CAN Health Initiative proclamation award. Both markets are participating in the program to provide healthy and affordable food options for community residents who need to manage restrictive diets as the result of diabetes, hypertension and/or obesity.

– Montefiore Medical Center

Preuss School UCSD Ranked Among Top 10 Schools in State by U.S. News & World Report

The Preuss School UCSD—a charter middle and high school for low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college—is ranked among the top 10 high schools in the State of California by U.S. News & World Report, which just released its annual list of “Best High Schools.” Located on the campus of the University of California San Diego, The Preuss School also received a Gold Award designation, based on performance on state assessments, graduation rates and college preparation.

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– University of California, San Diego

WVU's Dan Carder Among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World

West Virginia University engineer Dan Carder, who led the research team that broke open the Volkswagen emissions scandal, has been named to the 2016 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

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– West Virginia University

U.S. Team Takes Second at European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

For the third year in a row the U.S. team wins second place at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), an international math competition of 147 contestants representing 38 countries that competed in Busteni, Romania.

– Mathematical Association of America

First-of-Its-Kind Driving Simulator Lab at UAB Powered by Donation From Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and ALDOT

The facility will enable new distracted-driving research, addressing the major public health issue of highway and traffic-related injuries and death.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman Headline Food Law Conference at Georgetown University

Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Clinton Foundation President and former U.S. Secretary of Health Donna E. Shalala, and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman headline a unique conference focused on food issues, “Vote Food 2016: Better Food, Better Health,” on June 3 in Washington, DC. Registration is now open.

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Vote Food 2016

– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Cornell College Mock Trial Team Debates Its Way to the Top

The Cornell College Mock Trial Team continues to make a name for itself against much larger schools.

– Cornell College

LifeWire Marketplace

21st Century Farming Technology Takes Top Prize at Entrepreneurship Competition

A futuristic farming model that uses 90 percent less water and 80 percent less fertilizer than traditional farms by HomeGrown Farms won first place at this year’s New Venture Competition sponsored by the George Washington University.

– George Washington University

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