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Newswise LifeWire
Monday, May 2, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Researcher Finds 468-Year-Old Receipts for Renaissance Artist

Alison Stewart, art history professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, uncovers documents showing an Augsburg printer paid the equivalent of $150,000 to Sebald Beham in 1548

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Building on Shells: UGA Interdisciplinary Study Starts Unraveling Mysteries of Calusa Kingdom

Centuries before modern countries such as Dubai and China started building islands, native peoples in southwest Florida known as the Calusa were piling shells into massive heaps to construct their own water-bound towns.

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PLOS One, April 2016

– University of Georgia

Healing Power of Friendship

For all the destruction wrought by the Boston Marathon bombing, it only tightened Jessica Kensky’s circle of nursing friends.

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– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Chances Are You Don’t Remember What You Just Retweeted

Research at Cornell University and Beijing University finds retweeting or otherwise sharing information creates a “cognitive overload” that interferes with learning and retaining what you’ve just seen.

Computers in Human Behavior

– Cornell University

East Asian Art Prof Documents Early Chinese Mosques

Research by Nancy Steinhardt, chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, shows that mosques, and ultimately Islam, have survived in China because the Chinese architectural system is adaptable.

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– University of Pennsylvania

Study Details Lives of Homeless Youths Across the Country

In study for the federal government, University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologists uncover new and sobering details about life for America's homeless youth.

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Junk-Food Junkies Go Healthy When Rewarded

According to new Cornell University research, the most effective strategy for influencing such healthy food choices is not calorie counts and reduced prices, but rather more subtle incentives that reward healthy eating behavior.

– Cornell University

Ocean Views Linked to Better Mental Health

Here's another reason to start saving for that beach house: New research suggests that residents with a view of the water are less stressed.

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Health & Place

– Michigan State University

Vanderbilt and UCLA Debut Spotcheck Website to Evaluate Political Ads

In an election season that will shatter the record for money spent on a presidential campaign, political scientists at Vanderbilt and UCLA have created SpotCheck, a new approach for assessing political ads using internet-based surveys. “We now can present evidence as opposed to speculation about the impact of a political spot,” says John Geer, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt, who is partnering with Professor of Political Science Lynn Vavreck at UCLA on this new approach.

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– Vanderbilt University

American Psychological Association Marks Mental Health Awareness Month with Focus on Barriers to Care

Events will address challenges for older adults, children, LGBT population and minority boys and men.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Research Shows 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



Even Einstein Struggled: Learning About Scientists’ Failures Can Boost STEM Grades

Students at New York City high schools in Harlem who learned about the failures and personal struggles of famous scientists scored significantly higher on STEM tests than those who did not. The scores of struggling students rose more than those of successful students, according to a Teachers College, Columbia University study.

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Journal of Educational Psychology, 2016, Vol. 108, No. 3

– Columbia University, Teachers College

Russ and Cara McLauchlan named the 2016 Persons of the Year by the NC State Poole College of Management

Poole College established the award in 2008 to recognize individuals for their leadership and service to their professions, their communities, Poole College and the university as a whole. Nominations for the annual award are submitted by members of the Poole College community and the recipient is selected by a committee comprised of senior staff and faculty in the college.

– NC State University Poole College of Management


Expert Can Comment on Common Core

Northwestern University professor James Spillane is available to talk about the ongoing debate over Common Core, including the decision by some states to drop the standards altogether.

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– Northwestern University


Wisconsin Teacher's Journey Leads From Refugee Camp to Classroom

Mai Shoua Xiong, who was honored as Wisconsin's elementary teacher of the year, focuses on the diverse and multilingual students in her first grade classroom.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Let the Nursing Workforce Data Speak for Themselves

National Nurses Week is May 6-12, and two of Louisville, Kentucky’s prominent nursing leaders are urging for a more highly educated nursing workforce in Kentucky.

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– University of Louisville

Law and Public Policy


Best Interest Initiative Announces Strategic Partnership with Society of Financial Service Professionals

The initiative aims to define “best interest” according to the Department of Labor’s recently announced fiduciary standard for retirement planners.

– Texas Tech University

LifeWire Announcements

Georgia State University Researchers, Partners to Share Results of Atlanta Homeless Youth Count Project, May 3

Georgia State University and partner institutions have completed a comprehensive count and assessment of the number of homeless youth in Atlanta and its immediate environs.

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– Georgia State University

First-Generation College Student at Duquesne Lands Goldwater Scholarship

A first-generation college student at Duquesne University has been selected for a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship Award for the 2016-2017 academic year.

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Ranked No. 1 by College Choice

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has been ranked No. 1 by College Choice for its master’s in nursing program. The school was also recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the country’s No. 1 nursing master’s program and No. 2 DNP program, and by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Love of Eating… Fear of Food: How to Empower Consumers in an Age of Mistrust

Trust in our food supply and nutrition information is critical to the health of our nation, yet consumers are more skeptical than ever. What can we do to regain their trust and bring the credibility back to the profession?

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

UQAM Inaugurates NeuroLab, the Only Educational Neuroscience Laboratory of Its Kind in the World

April 28, 2016 – Last December, UQAM professor Julien Mercier, Director of the educational neuroscience laboratory (NeuroLab), officially opened this innovative modern infrastructure dedicated to the study of social interactions in learning.

– Université du Québec à Montréal

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