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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Relationship Satisfaction Depends on the Mating Pool, Study Finds

Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding... (more)

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

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Alcohol Intervention Programs Ineffective on Fraternity Members

Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000 university students published by the American... (more) (Embargo expired on 19-May-2016 at 09:00 ET)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Science News

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– Newswise Trends

Arts and Humanities

18-May-2016

University of Utah Law and Philosophy Professor Leslie Francis Makes a Mark in the Field of Applied Ethics

University of Utah law and philosophy professor Leslie Francis makes a mark in the field of applied ethics

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– University of Utah

Language Myth Buster

Women talk more than men, texting makes you dumb, sign language is pantomime. These are just a few of the myths Abby Kaplan, professor of linguistics at the University of Utah, debunks in her recently published book, “Women Talk More Than Men…And Other Myths about Language Explained.”

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– University of Utah

Social and Behavioral Sciences

19-May-2016

Alcohol Intervention Programs Ineffective on Fraternity Members

Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000 university students published by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 19-May-2016 at 09:00 ET)

Health Psychology

– American Psychological Association (APA)

18-May-2016

How to Calm an Anxious Mind

Anxiety disorders and related problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are among the most common mental health conditions. At least one in four Canadians will have an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

Journal of Anxiety Disorders, April 2016, Pages 21-29

– Concordia University

No Evidence That Grit Improves Performance, Iowa State Analysis Finds

The significance of grit in improving performance has been greatly overstated, says an Iowa State University psychologist. Marcus Credé and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of all prior research on grit and found no evidence that grit is a good predictor of success.

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Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

– Iowa State University

UB Research Highlights Strategies That Can Help Foster Children Transition Into New Homes

Language is a powerful tool that can ease the transition into a new home for foster children and enhances the possibility that it will be a successful placement, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.

Journal of Public Child Welfare

– University at Buffalo

Nature vs. Nuture? Both Are Important, Anthropologist Argues

Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, argues Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame biological anthropologist.

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Current Anthropology

– University of Notre Dame

17-May-2016

Chronic Fatigue Patients More Likely to Suppress Emotions

Chronic fatigue syndrome patients report they are more anxious and distressed than people who don’t have the condition, and they are also more likely to suppress those emotions. In addition, when under stress, they show greater activation of the biological ”fight or flight” mechanism, which may add to their fatigue, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Researchers Nudge Healthy Food Selection in Food Pantries

Researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have uncovered ways to do just that. Prioritizing the placement of healthier options and keeping foods in their original boxes significantly impacted the selections made by food pantry clients, revealing new tactics to improve food security for low-income populations.

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– Cornell University

Relationship Satisfaction Depends on the Mating Pool, Study Finds

Relationship satisfaction and the energy devoted to keeping a partner are dependent on how the partner compares with other potential mates, a finding that relates to evolution’s stronghold on modern relationship psychology, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Journal of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Political History of Olympics Captured in New Book by Pacific University Professor Jules Boykoff

Verso Books has published the latest book by Pacific University Politics & Government professor Jules Boykoff, a critically acclaimed scholar in the areas of international sport and its social implications.Now available in bookstores and online, Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics chronicles the modern games, their checkered political history and corresponding impact on both a global and local scale.

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– Pacific University (Ore.)

16-May-2016

Faith and ‘The Facebook Effect’: Young Social Media Regulars Less Committed to One Religion, Baylor Study Finds

Youths who use social media are more likely to develop a “pick-and-choose” approach to customize their faith — regardless of what their religious tradition teaches — than those who do not use social media, according to a Baylor University study.

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– Baylor University

No, Presidential Candidates Don’t Usually Dodge Tough Questions

Nearly everybody thinks that presidential candidates routinely dodge hard-hitting questions, providing evasive answers to simple questions.But a new study that analyzed the full transcripts of 14 U.S. presidential debates from 1996 to 2012 provides some surprising insights that might temper that belief.

Journal of Language and Social Psychology, June-2016

– Ohio State University

Law and Public Policy

18-May-2016

More Churches Participating in Service-Related Activities, Fewer in Political Activities

The percentage of politically active churches is decreasing, according to a first-of-its-kind national study by Indiana University that also reveals an increase in the percentage of churches engaged in service activity.

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Religions, 7 May 2016

– Indiana University

Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman, Angell 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, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, and Sonia Angell, deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 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

Hamburg, Shalala, Glickman, Angell 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, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, and Sonia Angell, deputy commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 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

In the Face Of Continuing Legal Challenges and the Impending November Elections, What Does The Future Hold For Obamacare?

Attorney Daniel E. Dawes, author of the new book, 150 Years of ObamaCare (May 15, 2016, from Johns Hopkins University Press), is available to offer an authoritative, behind-the-scenes account of the passing of ObamaCare–the greatest and most sweeping equalizer in the history of American health care.

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150 Years of ObamaCare

– Johns Hopkins University

LifeWire Announcements

Washington, D.C., Is Most Fit City for 3rd Consecutive Year, New Rankings Reveal

Ninth annual American Fitness Index® finds rise in people exercising, drop in smoking

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– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Recognizes AARDA’s 25th Anniversary on the Floor of Congress

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) has recognized AARDA's 25th anniversary in The Congressional Record, praising the organization for its longstanding and tireless work on behalf of autoimmune disease patients everywhere.

– American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA)

Tulane University, Taylor Center Awarded $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award

The award recognizes Tulane for achievement in finding powerful solutions to local, regional, national and global challenges through the university’s Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking.

– Tulane University

Cornell Receives $25M Gift to Support New MBA Center in Ithaca’s Collegetown

Longtime adviser David Breazzano’s gift of $25 million, one of the largest donations ever made to business education at Cornell, will support a new, state-of-the-art, six-story classroom and office building currently under construction. It also provides $4 million for the Breazzano Family Faculty Excellence Fund.

– Cornell University

NYPD, FDNY and DHS Stage Active Shooter Scenario at Brooklyn High School to Test New Technologies

The NYPD, FDNY and DHS S&T took part in an active shooter exercise May 15 at a Brooklyn high school to evaluate tactics and technologies for responding to and containing rapidly escalating shooting incidents.

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– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Schools Need to Provide Better Access to Community Services So All Students Can Learn

All across the country, there are low-performing school districts, under-achieving students and frustrated teachers, but current literature doesn’t fully address the root of the problems. The new book "School-Linked Services: Promoting Equity for Children" re-thinks the relationship between public education and communities, and how schools can help break the cycle of poverty while promoting student and teacher success.

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– Binghamton University, State University of New York

CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award Recognizes Excellence in Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research and the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation Acknowledge the Mentorship of Dr. Carol Parish, University of Richmond

(Embargo expired on 16-May-2016 at 12:00 ET)

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Humboldt State Student Named Best Columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named Humboldt State University student Tina Sampay the best student columnist in the southwest for colleges and universities with an enrollment of under 10,000 students.

– Humboldt State University

Charlotte Teachers Institute Welcomes 104 Fellows

The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI) welcomed 104 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) teachers as CTI Fellows in its innovative, interdisciplinary seminars for 2016.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

NYIT Designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated New York Institute of Technology as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through academic year 2021. NYIT is the first university on Long Island to receive this designation.

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– New York Institute of Technology

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