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Newswise LifeWire
Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Second Novel From Susan Lynn Meyer, Wellesley Professor of English, Inspired by Father’s Experiences in America After Escaping Nazi-Occupied France

Susan Lynn Meyer has published a second young adult novel, Skating with the Statue of Liberty with Penguin Random House (April 2016), a companion volume to the Sydney Taylor Honor Award winner Black Radishes. In her new book, Gustave, a Jewish refugee boy who has fled Nazi-occupied France, faces racism and anti-Semitism in New York City during World War II, but ultimately finds friendship and hope.

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– Wellesley College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Study Reveals Incarceration’s Hidden Wounds for African American Men

There’s a stark and troubling way that incarceration diminishes the ability of a former inmate to empathize with a loved one behind bars, but existing sociological theories fail to capture it, Vanderbilt University sociologists have found.

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

Journal of Health and Social Behavior, June-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Study: Attitudes Toward Women Key in Higher Rates of Sexual Assault by Athletes

An online study of male undergraduates shows that more than half of study participants on intercollegiate and recreational athletic teams – and more than a third of non-athletes – reported engaging in sexual coercion, including rape.

Violence Against Women, online May 30

– North Carolina State University


Workplace Well-Being Linked to Senior Leadership Support, New Survey Finds

Despite the prevalence of workplace wellness efforts, only one-third of American workers say they regularly participate in the health promotion programs provided by their employer, according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association.

(Embargo expired on 01-Jun-2016 at 06:00 ET)

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Americans Accept and Engage in Same-Sex Experiences More Than Ever

A new study shows a fundamental shift in Americans’ attitudes about same-sex behavior. Since the 1990s, the percentage of adults who accept same-sex behavior has quadrupled, and those who have participated in same-sex experiences has doubled. These increases were among all generations, with Millennials leading the way.

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Archives of Sexual Behavior

– Florida Atlantic University

Research Examines the Social Benefits of Getting Into Someone Else’s Head

Do you often wonder what the person next to you is thinking? You might be high in mind-reading motivation, a newly coined term for the practice of observing and interpreting bits of social information.

Motivation and Emotion

– University at Buffalo

Women Find Men More Masculine When Wearing Deodorant

New research by the University of Stirling has found that men who are perceived low in masculinity can significantly increase this by applying deodorant, but that this is not the case for men who already have high levels of masculinity.

Evolution and Human Behavior

– University of Stirling

UChicago Alumni Rely on Campus Mentors, Resources in Launching Online Voter Guide

Three University of Chicago alumni — making smart use of University resources that support budding entrepreneurs, technology startups and robust political thought — have developed an easy-to-use, non-partisan online voter guide that is making a big splash this presidential election year.

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– University of Chicago


Low-Income, Rural Mothers Express Need for Family Time Outdoors

Low-income, rural mothers say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being. But a new paper co-authored by Iowa State University's Kimberly Greder finds many don't have access to usable outdoor space.

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Journal of Leisure Research

– Iowa State University

Scientists Find Brain Area Responsible for Learning From Immediate Experience

Mediodorsal thalamus allows us to incorporate new information in decision-making.


– University of Oxford

Mother Nature and the Spiritual Side: Can Lovely Weather and Scenery Make a Difference?

June is national Great Outdoors Month, and that may have religious implications as people spend more time outside — in particular if they live in or visit an area with beautiful weather and scenery. U.S. counties with more pleasant weather and such attractions as mountains and waterfronts also have lower rates of affiliation with religious organizations, according to a Baylor University study.

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Sociology of Religion

– Baylor University



Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Show Unique Handwriting Patterns; The Integrative Education System Should Consider This Factor

The new study found that children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder integrated in regular schools find it difficult to perform writing tasks. This can impair their academic achievements, social availability, and self-confidence. Prof. Sara Rosenblum, who authored the study, comments: “The education system addresses reading skills, but there is insufficient attention to writing skills

– University of Haifa

Forecasting Common Challenges for Incoming College Students Can Reduce Inequality, Study Shows

Incoming college students, especially students of color and first-generation college students, who anticipate challenges and recognize these as normal and temporary are more likely to remain enrolled full time and receive better grades, according to a study led by a psychology researcher at The University of Texas at Austin.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Professor Uses HoloLens for Educational Game Development

Gaming professor is among the first in the U.S. to receive Microsoft's HoloLens, a virtual reality system that enables users to interact with high-definition holograms in the physical world.

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– Kennesaw State University

SLU Medical Students Form Incubator to Foster Biomedical Innovation

Founded by SLU School of Medicine students, MEDLaunch is a non-profit, biomedical and entrepreneurship incubator partnering with Saint Louis University and other organizations in the area. The program is the product of collaborative efforts between SLU School of Medicine, John Cook School of Business, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, and SLU School of Law.

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– Saint Louis University Medical Center


Nation’s Capital Serves as Classroom for UT Archer Fellows

The University of Texas System's Archer Center puts a creative spin on one of their classes – history – to challenge students to think and learn differently. It uses D.C.’s monuments, museums, cemeteries and other historical locations as classrooms to teach the subject matter and inspire rigorous debate on historical events.

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– The University of Texas System

Law and Public Policy


Find Political Experts, The Latest Research and Polls in the U.S. Politics News Source

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– Newswise

LifeWire Announcements

USC Annenberg Public Relations Center Expands Board of Advisors

The USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations, a think tank that connects the school and its students with the $14 billion PR industry, has expanded its Board of Advisors to include nine communications leaders from the agency and corporate world.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Dr. Michael Eisenberg Elected Corresponding Member of the German Institute of Archaeology

Dr. Michael Eisenberg, from the Zinman Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, has been elected to be a corresponding member of the German Institute of Archaeology in Berlin (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, DAI), which serves as the umbrella organization for German archaeological research throughout the world.

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– University of Haifa

Research Leaders Collaborate to Improve Population Health and Policy

Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky names inaugural scholars

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– University of Louisville

How to Conduct and Write Systematic Reviews for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

The presenters will go through their own systematic review process in preparation for the workshop so they can candidly share their own experiences and how they dealt with or avoided the common pitfalls that come with conducting a review.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

LifeWire Higher Education Events

UCLA Medical Students Conquer Huge Odds to Become Doctors

Some 200 students in the Class of 2016 will receive their medical degrees during the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Earning an M.D. is extraordinarily difficult, requiring grueling hours, demanding classes and an unwavering focus on the goal. Four students overcame enormous obstacles to achieve that goal, making their accomplishments all the more remarkable.

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– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

LifeWire Marketplace

Media Training Boot Camp 101 - Delivering a Dynamic Interview

With growing information overload and consumer confusion, nutrition educators must be confident and ready to provide clear, evidence-based messages in the media.

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

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