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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Brit Accents Vex U.S. Hearing-Impaired Elderly

Older Americans with some hearing loss shouldn’t feel alone if they have trouble understanding British TV sagas like “Downton... (more) (Embargo expired on 25-May-2016 at 12:30 ET)

– University of Utah

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Extreme Preemies Disadvantaged in Employment, Income, Self-Esteem, Marriage and More by Their 30s

Extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies who survive are more likely to be disadvantaged in employment, income, self-esteem, marriage and more by the... (more) (Embargo expired on 23-May-2016 at 11:00 ET)

– McMaster University

Arts and Humanities


Physical Therapy Students Lead Injury Prevention Workshops for Musicians

Playing musical instruments can lead performers to suffer from unique aches and pains, so a group of Clarkson University physical therapy students held a series of injury prevention workshops for musicians, this spring

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– Clarkson University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Brit Accents Vex U.S. Hearing-Impaired Elderly

Older Americans with some hearing loss shouldn’t feel alone if they have trouble understanding British TV sagas like “Downton Abbey.” A small study from the University of Utah suggests hearing-impaired senior citizens have more trouble than young people comprehending British accents when there is background noise.

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Acoustical Society of America 171st meeting, Salt Lake City

– University of Utah

Is Symptom Expression a Form of Communication?

Symptoms of illness are not inevitably tied to an underlying disease --rather, many organisms, including humans, adapt their symptom expression to suit their needs. That's the finding of Arizona State University's Leonid Tiokhin, whose research appears in the Quarterly Review of Biology.

Quarterly Review of Biology

– Arizona State University

New Survey Looks at Attitudes, Behaviors and Challenges of LGBTQ Singles

A new survey by and Justin Garcia, a Ruth Halls assistant professor of gender studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and research scientist at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, looks at the evolving attitudes, behaviors and challenges of the single LGBTQ population.

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– Indiana University

What Can Pavlov’s Dogs Tell US About Drinking?

s those cues can become desirable in and of themselves, as shown in a new study published in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience by researchers from Concordia University in Montreal.

– Concordia University

Boosting Productivity at Work May Be Simple: Stand Up

Most people have heard the argument that standing desks are good for the body. They can help burn more calories and fight obesity. Standing can even help improve students’ attention and cognitive functioning. Now, new research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health indicates that they may boost productivity in adults as well.

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– Texas A&M University


More Than a Myth: Drink Spiking Happens

Google the term “spiked drink,” and you’ll get more than 11 million hits, directing you to pages that describe being slipped a mickey, tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and even kits to test drinks for illicit drugs. So is drink spiking a growing problem or are these tales of people who just drank too much? Or is this phenomenon merely an urban legend?

(Embargo expired on 24-May-2016 at 09:00 ET)

Psychology of Violence

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Friends, Family and Community Key to Older Adult Health

Report highlights critical role of relationships in aging, along with the struggles faced by older adults living in cities.

– New York Academy of Medicine

Study Shows Which New Moms Post the Most on Facebook

A study shows which psychological characteristics of some new mothers may affect how they use Facebook to show off their baby.

Sex Roles

– Ohio State University

UW Experts Develop First Method for Including Migration Uncertainty in Population Projections

University of Washington statisticians have developed what is believed to be the first method for incorporating the uncertainties of migration into population projections.

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– University of Washington

Angry Outbursts Tied to Heart Problems

Those who rage with frustration during a marital spat have an increased risk of cardiovascular problems such as chest pain or high blood pressure later in life, according to new research from Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley.

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– Northwestern University


Extreme Preemies Disadvantaged in Employment, Income, Self-Esteem, Marriage and More by Their 30s

Extremely low birth weight (ELBW) babies who survive are more likely to be disadvantaged in employment, income, self-esteem, marriage and more by the time they reach their 30s. A longitudinal study has followed the ELBW survivors born between 1977 and 1982.

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JAMA Pediatr.doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0289

– McMaster University

African-American Girls in Low-Income, High-Crime Neighborhoods Experience Threats and Objectification, Georgia State Study Finds

African-American girls in high-risk neighborhoods report encounters with aggression and sexual objectification, according to Georgia State University researchers.

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School Psychology Forum

– Georgia State University

Extreme Beliefs Often Mistaken for Insanity, New Study Finds

In the aftermath of violent acts such as mass shootings, many people assume mental illness is the cause. After studying the 2011 case of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers are suggesting a new forensic term to classify non-psychotic behavior that leads to criminal acts of violence.

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– University of Missouri Health

Teen Health Depends on Location, Location, Location

The real estate maxim about the importance of location is true for teenagers too. Their intellectual and physical health depends on location, location, location.

– Cornell University

Legos: A New Frontier for Libraries

Rutgers art librarian Megan Lotts is changing the public’s perceptions of libraries – one colorful brick at a time.

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– Rutgers University

Wearable Fitness Monitors Don't Motivate Exercise Says Study

The results of a new study on physical activity have researchers asking what in the world will it take to get people moving.

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– Clarkson University

IU Expert Encourages Everyone to Revisit Safe Water Practices Before Heading Into Summer

With summer right around the corner, now is the perfect time to revisit safe water practices, said Bill Ramos, assistant professor of recreation, park and tourism studies and director of the aquatic institute at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington.

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– Indiana University



Nicole Junker, Kelly Dumont Named Clendenin Scholars

Two Kennesaw State University students – one who aspires to end human trafficking and one who plans to help people in coping with grief – are receiving scholarships toward their altruistic career pursuits.

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– Kennesaw State University

Autism Research Is Personal for Lisa Ruble

Discover the personal connection that motivates UK College of Education Professor Lisa Ruble each and every day as she works to help students with autism succeed in school … and beyond.

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– University of Kentucky

Worth the Wait

Dylan Martin wasn’t sure he’d ever be able to graduate from college, but his concern stemmed from something far more serious than how he was doing in his classes.

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– Kennesaw State University


Professor Discusses Vocation of Teaching in New Book

"Teaching with Purpose: An Inquiry into the Who, Why, and How We Teach" emphasizes that teaching is more than a job; it is a vocation that carries with it significant responsibilities

– Southeastern Louisiana University

Case Western Reserve University’s Landmark Polymer Science Program Launches Dual-PhD with Students From Brazil

The polymer science program at Case Western Reserve University, already historic as the first of its kind in the country when launched 53 years ago, has reached another milestone: the start of an innovative PhD dual-degree with four leading Brazilian universities. The first group of 12 Brazilian PhD students began the Case School of Engineering program this month part of the university’s agreement with Brazil’s Ministry of Education.

– Case Western Reserve University


When It Comes to Replicating Studies, Context Matters, an Analysis of Scientific Reproducibility Project Work Finds

Contextual factors, such as the race of participants in an experiment or the geography of where the experiment was run, can reduce the likelihood of replicating psychological studies, a team of NYU researchers has found. Their work analyzed papers examined by the Reproducibility Project in an effort to identify potential challenges to replicating scientific scholarship.

(Embargo expired on 23-May-2016 at 15:00 ET)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– New York University

Pop Culture


DIY Punk Is Red, White and Blue

The year was 1991 and the city was Los Angeles, and Daniel Makagon was broadcasting from KXLU, the student radio station at Loyola Marymount University. Sitting with him in the studio waiting for an interview were Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Kurt Cobain. They were still a burgeoning band in the music scene, and they had brought a cassette with them to promote an upcoming album. Makagon played the tape, and in that pivotal moment became the first person to ever play Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the radio.

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– DePaul University

Law and Public Policy


Study Dispels Myth About Propensity of U.S. Millionaires to Move From High to Low Tax States

The view that the rich are highly mobile has gained much political traction in recent years and has become a central argument in debates about whether there should be “millionaire taxes” on top-income earners. But a new study dispels the common myth about the propensity of millionaires in the United States to move from high to low tax states.

(Embargo expired on 26-May-2016 at 00:00 ET)

American Sociological Review, June-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)


FDA Finalizes New Food Nutrition Labels

The FDA recently unveiled the new required nutritional information label for packaged foods, the first significantly refreshed design in more than 20 years. Experts believe the new label will make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about their health and the foods they eat.

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– Texas A&M University

Sociologists Available to Discuss Transgender-Related Issues

Earlier this year, North Carolina brought the transgender community into the spotlight by passing legislation requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. The American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss this and other transgender-related issues.

Expert(s) available

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

AACN Applauds the VA's Proposal that Supports APRN Practice and Veteran Access to Care

Today, AACN applauds the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for issuing a proposed rule that would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training within VHA facilities.

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

LifeWire Announcements

World Thyroid Day Is Heralded by Thyroid Societies - May 25th

On May 25th the American Thyroid Association (ATA) (, will be making an extraordinary effort to focus attention on that small butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck that causes approximately 20 million Americans to experience thyroid disease. This year the ATA has created a crowdrise site to raise money for increasing awareness, thyroid research and patient education

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– American Thyroid Association

Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute to Study the Futures of Food Systems, Ethical Labeling with Support From the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Scholars at Johns Hopkins will continue their innovative work on one of humanity’s oldest and most complex problems – how to ethically ensure enough nutritious food for the world’s population – with a grant of more than $3 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

– Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Alana Semuels of the Atlantic Wins Urban Health Journalism Prize for Coverage of Flint Water Crisis

The New York Academy of Medicine announced today that Alana Semuels, of The Atlantic, is the winner of the 2016 Urban Health Journalism Prize for her July 29, 2015 article, “Aging Pipes Are Poisoning America's Tap Water.” The award will be presented at the Academy Gala on June 14 in New York City, and comes with a cash prize of $5,000. In addition, three journalists were named finalists and also will be recognized by the Academy. The winner and finalists were selected by a prestigious committee of journalism, government and urban health leaders. Brie Zeltner of The Plain Dealer, the inaugural 2015 Urban Health Journalism Prize winner, and a member of the selection committee, will present the award.

– New York Academy of Medicine

ADHA Announces Final Details For Inaugural In Motion: 5K Run-Walk-Fun

As the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) gears up for CLL at the 93rd Annual Session, it announces its final details pertaining to the inaugural running of the In Motion: 5K Run-Walk-Fun.

– American Dental Hygienists' Association

Indiana University Kelley School Launches Professional Development Program for Online MBA Students

Kelley Direct, the online MBA program of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, is launching a unique, comprehensive professional development program in the fall, tailored to serve both those looking to advance at their current companies as well as an increasing number of those planning to change careers.

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– Indiana University

Two UofL Medical Students Receive Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowships for Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jessica Eaton and Mackenzie Flynn will delay their fourth year of medical school to conduct medical research in Malawi and Kenya. This is the first time two students in the same medical school have received Fulbright-Fogarty fellowships in a single year.

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– University of Louisville

UCI Paul Merage School of Business Receives $100,000 Pledge from Alumna Jennifer Su Gillick

Jennifer Su Gillick, EMBA ’83, an alumna of the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, and her husband William G. Gillick, have pledged $100,000 to the Merage School. In recognition of their gift, one of the breakout rooms, located on the fourth floor of the new Merage School building, will be designated “in honor of the Su and Gillick Families.”

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– University of California, Irvine, The Paul Merage School of Business

Council on Undergraduate Research Elects New President

Anne Boettcher, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Elected President of Council on Undergraduate Executive Board

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Financial Times Ranks Darden Executive Education No. 4 in the World, No. 1 for Faculty and Course Design

Darden Executive Education’s open-enrollment program rose to No. 4 in the world in the Financial Times 2016 rankings.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

University of Iowa researchers create iPad app to help K-12 teachers improve student behavior

University of Iowa faculty, along with colleagues at Vanderbilt University, were recently awarded a three-year, nearly $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to further develop their self-monitoring behavior intervention app called Score It.

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– University of Iowa

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