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Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Neuroscientists Find Evidence for ‘Visual Stereotyping’

The stereotypes we hold can influence our brain’s visual system, prompting us to see others’ faces in ways that conform to these stereotypes, neuroscientists at New York University have found. (more) (Embargo expired on 02-May-2016 at 11:00 ET)

– New York University

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Economy Flyers Unite! Research Shows Air Rage a Product of Class Difference

We blame air rage on long flight delays, shrinking seats and a general decline in civility. But the first empirical research study into the phenomenon pegs another culprit -- class inequality -- for the reason passengers lose it when taking to the... (more)

– University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

Science News

02-May-2016

Maryland Climate and Health Report Identifies State's Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

As world leaders convene in Washington, DC this week for the Climate Action 2016 summit, a new report by Maryland public health leaders, the Maryland Climate and Health Profile report, details the impacts of climate change on the health of Marylanders now and in the future.

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Maryland Climate and Health Profile Report

– University of Maryland, College Park

Arts and Humanities

05-May-2016

Partners Help Produce UF/IFAS’ Annual ‘Flavors of Florida’ Food and Drink Showcase

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences thanks the many partners who are helping sponsor this year’s Flavors of Florida festivities, an annual event designed to showcase how top-notch science creates delectable, nutritious food and beverages.

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– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

02-May-2016

Community School of the Arts Offers Music Teaching Certification

Indiana State’s Community School of the Arts is offering a First Steps in Music certification class for those interested in learning about music education for young children.

– Indiana State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences

04-May-2016

Our Brain Uses Statistics to Calculate Confidence, Make Decisions

The brain produces feelings of confidence that inform decisions the same way statistics pulls patterns out of noisy data.

Neuron, May 5, 2016

– Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Skepticism About Climate Change May Be Linked to Concerns About Economy

Americans may be more likely to accept the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change and its potentially devastating effects if they believe the economy is strong and stable, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Driving Under the Influence Sounds Like a Better Idea While High

A new study by RTI International found that marijuana users who were high at the time they took the survey had substantially higher odds of believing it was safe to drive while under the influence.

Health Education Research, May 2016

– RTI International

Time to Change How News Media Cover Mass Shootings, Says Iowa State Prof

Media attention focused on the shooter in a mass killing sends the wrong message, says an Iowa State University professor. Douglas Gentile says news reports about the killer, weapons and ammunition glamorize the situation and set a “high score” for future mass shooters to beat.

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– Iowa State University

National Day of Prayer: 4 Tips to Reignite Your Prayer Life

In honor of the National Day of Prayer, Baylor University spiritual formation expert offers four simple tips to help grow in the habit of prayer.

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– Baylor University

03-May-2016

Experts Needed: New Report Says Half of Teens Say They Are Addicted to Smartphones

According to a new report by Common Sense Media, 50 percent of teens admitted that they feel they are addicted to using their smartphones. The actual number is most likely even higher. Experts Needed for media inquiries.

Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy, and Finding Balance

– Newswise Trends

National Parks Expert Available for Interview During Centennial Year of National Park Service, Founded in 1916

Robert Manning, a natural resources professor at the University of Vermont, has conducted research for the National Park Service for 35 years and is the co-editor of a thoughtful book of essays on the national parks. He would provide wide-ranging perspective for stories pegged to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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– University of Vermont

02-May-2016

Neuroscientists Find Evidence for ‘Visual Stereotyping’

The stereotypes we hold can influence our brain’s visual system, prompting us to see others’ faces in ways that conform to these stereotypes, neuroscientists at New York University have found.

(Embargo expired on 02-May-2016 at 11:00 ET)

Nature Neuroscience; BCS-1423708

– New York University

New Research From Syracuse University’s Whitman School Offers Explanatory View of Bouncing Back From Significant Job Loss

New entrepreneurship research from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a “rock bottom” model for generating a new positive work identity after experiencing significant job loss. In “Hitting rock bottom after job loss: Bouncing back to create a new positive work identity,” Trenton Williams, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Whitman, and his co-author, Dean Shepherd (Indiana University) provide a deeper understanding of why some people recover after losing their work identity, while others languish and develops interventions that facilitate recovery from job loss.

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– Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

Economy Flyers Unite! Research Shows Air Rage a Product of Class Difference

We blame air rage on long flight delays, shrinking seats and a general decline in civility. But the first empirical research study into the phenomenon pegs another culprit -- class inequality -- for the reason passengers lose it when taking to the so-called friendly skies.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

Research-Based Exercise Program Turning Preschoolers Into 'Fit Kids'

Reuben Brough is running around a gym at King Street Youth Center waving his hands in the air and screeching like a cheetah. A stream of children is in hot pursuit of him and four other UVM students who implore the preschoolers to "catch the cheetah." It looks like total chaos, but there's a method to the madness, which is really a highly structured, research-based fitness program called Children and Teachers (CATs) on the Move.

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– University of Vermont

Education

03-May-2016

Study May Explain the Nation's Growing Racial Achievement Gap

While the social science community has understood the potential impact of a racial achievement gap for decades, its root causes and mechanisms have not been clearly defined. The unique data collected and the uncommon analysis presented by Morris and Perry postulate that racially disparate and exclusionary discipline (suspension and expulsion) in the schools is a critical, understudied factor in racial differences in educational achievement and success later in life. Research suggests that African-American students are three times as likely as white students to be academically suspended. Nationwide, one in six African-American students in public schools have been suspended at least once. In a comparison of suspended and never-suspended students, the suspended group fell nearly five grade levels behind in only two years.

Social Problems, Jan-2016

– University of Kentucky

Law and Public Policy

03-May-2016

More Than 3,300 Youth Are Homeless in Metro Atlanta, Project by Georgia State Univ. And Partners Finds

Georgia State University and its partners counted homeless and runaway youth ages 14 to 25 living in shelters, on the streets or in other precarious situations, in a project that is the first comprehensive, accurate count and assessment of the number of homeless youth in the Atlanta metro area.

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– Georgia State University

LifeWire Announcements

Lorin Warnick Named Dean of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Lorin D. Warnick, Ph.D. ’94, interim dean of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, effective May 4.

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– Cornell University

Army Grant Funds Research Into Extremist Flash Mobs

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock researcher is expanding his investigation of extremist cyber flash mobs — particularly those that lead to violent or damaging behavior.

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Cornell’s Sutton Road Solar Farm Now Online to Power Geneva Station

Cornell University’s new Sutton Road Solar Farm, a 2-megawatt energy facility that will offset nearly 40 percent of the annual electricity demand at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, is now fully operational.

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– Cornell University

Mike Babcock to Receive Honorary Degree From U of S

When he returns home to Saskatoon next month, the University of Saskatchewan will pay tribute to Mike Babcock by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Laws for outstanding achievement and exceptional service to the community at Spring Convocation.

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– University of Saskatchewan

Willa Cather's Nephew Leaves $5.8M to UNL

Charles E. Cather left an estate gift to create endowed funds to support University of Nebraska-Lincoln scholarship and teaching about renowned author Willa Cather.

– University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Pittsburgh Gears Up for Nation’s Largest Gathering of Dental Hygiene Professionals

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) gets ready for its annual national convention taking place in Pittsburgh this June.

– American Dental Hygienists' Association

May 4 is Project ACES Day - All Children Exercise Simultaneously!

World's largest exercise class

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– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

DOE Early Career Grant to Young Stony Brook Light Source Researcher

Thomas K. Allison, PhD, who holds a joint appointment in the Stony Brook University departments of Physics and Chemistry, has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Award for his work on developing new light sources and techniques to follow the motions of molecular systems in real-time. Allison will receive $150,000 per year for five years for his project, entitled, “Ultrafast Dynamics of Molecules on Surfaces Studied with Time‐Resolved XUV Photoelectron Spectroscopy,” which was selected by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

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– Stony Brook University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Eric H. Holder, Jr. and Soledad O’Brien to Receive Honorary Degrees from Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University will confer honorary degrees this year upon two distinguished professionals who have made lasting contributions in their respective fields. Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, will receive a Doctor of Law; and Award-winning journalist and Long Island native, Soledad O’Brien, will receive a Doctor of Letters. Holder and O’Brien will address the class of 2016 and don academic regalia along with nearly 6,000 students as they join in the University’s 56th Commencement ceremony, held May 20, 2016 at LaValle Stadium.

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– Stony Brook University

Gates Foundation Chief Executive Officer to Deliver Keynote Address at Georgia State Commencement

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will call on the Class of 2016 to stretch the limits of human possibility in her keynote address at Georgia State University’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.

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– Georgia State University

Global Food Summit at UCI to Address Sustainable Solutions to Feeding the World

Global Food Summit: Sustainable Solutions is the second of a two-part Global Food Security conference held at University of California, Irvine. Internationally renowned food security leaders, practitioners and academics will address critical topics, ranging from global efforts to improve agriculture to the promise of technological advances. For full list of events, go to: http://blumcenter.uci.edu/gfs/

– University of California, Irvine

News from the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

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