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Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Economic Concerns Drive Sustainability in American Cities and Towns

While environmental issues are often cited as a major factor in cities and towns in pursuing sustainability, a new study shows that economic concerns... (more)

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

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Videogame Addiction Linked to ADHD

Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder. (more)

– University of Bergen

Arts and Humanities


Recipes: The Secret World of the Early Modern Kitchen

Shakespearean-era recipes offer much more than the history of puddings and pies. They also capture a surprisingly creative and intellectually-rich world of the early modern English housewife, according to a new book by Northwestern University’s Wendy Wall.

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– Northwestern University


Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India

With a $1.2 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, has launched a three-year project to enrich scientific and theological literacy among recent graduates of Islamic seminaries in India.

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– University of Notre Dame

Kansas State University Professor, Students Research Culturally Relevant Music Education

A Kansas State University professor and seven undergraduate students are traveling the country to study music educators who use culturally relevant teaching styles.

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– Kansas State University

Vietnam Veteran Considered Guardian Angel

Rutgers University-Newark alumnus helped save dozens of Marines from massacre

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– Rutgers University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Families with Kids Increasingly Live Near Families Just Like Them

Neighborhoods are becoming less diverse and more segregated by income — but only among families with children, a new study has found.

(Embargo expired on 27-Apr-2016 at 00:05 ET)

American Sociological Review, June-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Rosemary Aroma Can Help Older Adults to Remember to Do Things

The aroma of rosemary essential oil may improve ability of people over 65 to remember events and to remember to complete tasks at particular times in the future.

British Psychological Society 2016 Annual Conference

– British Psychological Society (BPS)

Study Tracks Perceptions of Making Ethical Purchases

Society believes that those on social assistance - or welfare - should not be paying a premium to purchase ethical goods instead of cheaper alternatives, according to a new study from Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business.

Journal of Consumer Research

– Simon Fraser University

How Families with Seriously-Ill Children Manage Social Interactions, How Migraines Affect the Family, Families with Kids Increasingly Live Near Families Just Like Them, and More in the Family and Parenting channel

How Families with Seriously-Ill Children Manage Social Interactions, How Migraines Affect the Family, Families with Kids Increasingly Live Near Families Just Like Them, and more in the Family and Parenting channel

– Newswise

Research Focuses on How Families with Seriously-Ill Children Manage Social Interactions

In-depth research by Wake Forest sociology professor Amanda Gengler, shows that, as a way to manage day-to-day living, parents of children with life-threatening illnesses might choose from several communication strategies

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– Wake Forest University


Women Who Are Cheated on ‘Win’ in the Long Run; New Women ‘Lose’

Women who lose their unfaithful mate to another woman actually win in the long run, according to new research from Binghamton University. “Our thesis is that the woman who ‘loses’ her mate to another woman will go through a period of post-relationship grief and betrayal, but come out of the experience with higher mating intelligence that allows her to better detect cues in future mates that may indicate low mate value. Hence, in the long-term, she ‘wins,’” said Craig Morris, research associate at Binghamton University and lead author on the study. “The ‘other woman,' conversely, is now in a relationship with a partner who has a demonstrated history of deception and, likely, infidelity. Thus, in the long-term, she ‘loses.’"

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Competition, April-2016

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


Socially Meaningful Sounds Can Change Ear, Improve Hearing, Study Finds

Hearing socially meaningful sounds can change the ear and enable it to better detect those sounds, according to researchers at Georgia State University who studied the phenomenon in green treefrogs.

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Journal of Experimental Biology

– Georgia State University

Videogame Addiction Linked to ADHD

Young and single men are at risk of being addicted to video games. The addiction indicates an escape from ADHD and psychiatric disorder.

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Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

– University of Bergen

Robots May Be Able to Lift, Drive, and Chat, but Are They Safe and Trustworthy?

Automation expert Thomas B. Sheridan concludes that the time is ripe for human factors researchers to contribute scientific insights that can tackle the many challenges of human-robot interaction.

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society



UF CALS Students Earn Top Honors at Annual Banquet

Students who earned honors from the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at its April 14 banquet show exemplary scholarship, leadership and commitment to the community.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Transforming Teaching with Twitter

Imagine a teaching tool so effective that students look forward to using it in class and continue to seek out new information with it after the school day ends. New research offers powerful evidence that Twitter, if used properly, can produce these outcomes among middle school students and enhance the way children learn in the 21st century.

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– University of Vermont

UF CALS Doctoral Student Named UF Teaching Assistant of the Year

Imagine your instructor using rap to get her point across. That might pique your interest and make you listen more attentively, especially if you’re a university student. Rapping is one of many approaches Berthrude Albert uses to get her students to listen.

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Agricultural Communications Project Aims to Develop Critical Thinkers

Professor Courtney Meyers is part of a USDA project with two other universities that will utilize case studies to increase students’ critical thinking skills.

– Texas Tech University

Myths and Facts on Nutrition-Dense Almonds

Dr. Alireza Jahan-mihan, assistant professor and registered dietitian in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at the University of North Florida, discusses myths and facts about the almond.

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– University of North Florida


NYU Study Finds Shifting Gaps in Educational Attainment Among Students of Different Incomes

A new NYU Steinhardt study published in the journal AERA Open looks at income-based gaps in educational attainment. While the difference in high school graduation rates between high- and low-income students shrunk, inequality may have shifted to higher education, with gaps growing in college attendance and completion.

AERA Open, April 26, 2016

– New York University

Students Can Build a Portfolio of Micro-Scholarships at Indiana State University

University aims to help unlock accessibility to higher education by offering high school students micro-scholarships that reward taking small steps to college readiness.

– Indiana State University

Many Career Options for This Year’s UF CALS Grads

While Javan Brown will make a career out of the military, then retire after 25 years or so and find another vocation, other UF CALS graduates will take different paths. Approximately 50 percent will continue their education in graduate or professional school. Others will begin careers as managers, teachers, scientists and marketers in private companies, government and non-governmental agencies.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Attending US Charter Schools May Lead to Higher Earnings in the Future

A new study suggests that charter school students are more likely to do well at college and earn significantly more than their counterparts at other schools.

Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

– Wiley

Giving Back to National Science Bowl

In the 1990s, Dean Jens and Doug Fuller were high school students playing on teams from Ankeny High School that were competing to secure coveted spots in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl (NSB) ® competition. Today, they’re professionals, fathers, and devoted alumni whose annual volunteer commitment to the NSB allows them to give back to a competition that helped shape their lives.

– Ames Laboratory

Pop Culture


‘Brave New Wild’ Asks Legendary Adventurers What Lures them to Climb Rocks

Why do people rock climb? It is a highly dangerous and difficult sport—and most definitely a non-conventional life pursuit. Independent filmmaker Oakley Anderson-Moore sets out to answer this question in her debut feature documentary, “Brave New Wild,” which is in the midst of a national theatrical tour and was recently made available for viewing on DVD as well as on iTunes and other digital platforms. Anderson-Moore filmed a series of interviews of climbers from the early days of the climbing revolution. These adventurers broke social norms in post-World War II America to live nomadic lives in their quest to conquer the Tetons, outside Yellowstone National Park, and the great rock walls, such as Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

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– University of California, San Diego

Law and Public Policy


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.

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– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

Law Professor's New Book Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Major Cases in Election Law

"Election Law Stories," edited by election law expert Joshua Douglas and Eugene D. Mazo, offers a deep-dive into the most significant cases in election law across the nation.

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– University of Kentucky


Economic Concerns Drive Sustainability in American Cities and Towns

While environmental issues are often cited as a major factor in cities and towns in pursuing sustainability, a new study shows that economic concerns can be just as important to local governments in adopting concrete sustainability plans.

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2015 Local Government Sustainability Practices Survey

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Fighting Against Counterfeit Medicine

Around the world, especially in developing nations, counterfeit medicines are a real problem. Until now, in many countries there hasn't been a standard protocol to conduct investigations and pursue prosecution.

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Forensic Science and Criminology

– Michigan State University

Americans Overwhelmingly Engaged in 2016 Election but Tone of Race Is Affecting Voters, New GW Battleground Poll Shows

The 2016 presidential election is on the top of most Americans’ minds, according to the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll. Despite, or perhaps because of, the high level of engagement, voters have negative views of almost all major candidates, and report the tone of the race is wearing on them.

– George Washington University

LifeWire Announcements

Duquesne Chronic Pain Research Consortium Undergraduate Wins National Fellowship

A sophomore biology major at Duquesne University has won an American Physiological Society (APS) fellowship to continue her study of gender differences in chronic pain.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

EPA, Navy Employees Who Predict Water Cycles and Pirate Attacks Are Among Arthur S. Flemming Award Winners

How do you predict a pirate attack? Or a radical change in a global water flow? You ask the winners of this year’s Arthur S. Flemming Awards.

– George Washington University

Campaign Looks to Take Ithaca College ‘Beyond Body’

Created by Ithaca College students, the IC Beyond Body campaign intends to address negative body images through social media and discussion groups that focus on qualities beyond physical appearance, like intelligence and creativity.

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– Ithaca College

Duquesne Undergraduates Take Research on the Road, Share It on Campus

Duquesne University undergraduate researchers will participate in national, state and campus events this month.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Presidential Search Underway at Cornell University

The search for Cornell’s 14th president has officially begun with the formation of a Presidential Search Committee, chaired by trustee Jan Rock Zubrow ’77, that plans to be as inclusive and thorough as possible. Zubrow led the search committee two years ago that recommended Elizabeth Garrett as the university’s 13th president. Garrett died of colon cancer March 6 after eight months in office.

– Cornell University

Award to Fund Research on Brain-Computer Interface Control of Communication Devices

University of Kansas neuroscientist Jonathan Brumberg has been awarded a $25,000 New Century Scholars Research Grant by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to develop and test a brain-computer interface (BCI) that will directly control commercially available augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices for individuals with profound speech and motor disorders

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ASHA New Century Scholars Research Grant

– University of Kansas, Life Span Institute

Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium Highlights Student Research Projects

From coral to alfalfa, and from the blue-throated macaw to spiders, the NMSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Arts Symposium will have much to offer. Undergraduate honors students will display their research projects on large poster exhibits and will read from their written reports at the 21st annual URCAS is Friday, April 29.

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– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

LifeWire Marketplace

Enzo: A Guide Dog's Story

In honor of International Guide Dog Day April 27, Wake Forest University wants to share a video highlighting the extraordinary Kathryn Webster ('17) and her guide dog Enzo.

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– Wake Forest University

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