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Newswise LifeWire
Monday, June 13, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Son of One of First White Students at Meharry Medical College Creates Feature-Length Movie About His Father's Experience

Poster for “Service to Man.” TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama theatre professor Seth Panitch recently completed a full, feature-length film that has been selected as one of 25 films to be showcased in the 20th American Black Film Festival, which begins next week. Festival judges have nominated Panitch’s film, “Service to Man,” for best screenplay, best direction and best film.

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– University of Alabama

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Need Better Sleep? Consider the Cognitive Shuffle

Simon Fraser University research aimed at helping people get to sleep will be highlighted at an international sleep conference next week. Luc Beaudoin, an adjunct professor in cognitive science and education, created the mySleepButton® app two years ago (a new version with the world's first configurable "body scan" will be released shortly).

SLEEP 2016 (Meeting)

– Simon Fraser University


Celebrate or Commemorate?

Graduation, marriage, the birth of a child. All are significant life events that people want to remember as vividly as they can. We often mark these events with a purchase: either a celebratory experience or a material commemoration.Recent research, included in journals such as Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science, has indicated a general consumer preference for experiences over material goods when it comes to giving and receiving gifts.

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Journal of the Association for Consumer Research

– Washington University in St. Louis

Take a Picture, You'll Enjoy It More

While you might think photo-taking would detract from the enjoyment of everyday activities, research published by the American Psychological Association suggests that people who take photos of their experiences usually enjoy the events more than people who don’t.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Witnesses Can Catch Criminals by Smell

Move over sniffer dogs, people who witnessed a crime are able to identify criminals by their smell. Police lineups normally rely on sight, but nose-witnesses can be just as reliable as eye-witnesses, new research published in Frontiers in Psychology has found.

Frontiers in Psychology

– Frontiers



U of M to Award Honorary Degree to Prince

Board of Regents approved nomination today.

– University of Minnesota


Prioritizing Publishing: Group Aims to Help Women Faculty in Research

The Women Faculty Writing Program, the second of its kind in the nation, provides support, accountability, skills and sanctioned time for writing.

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– Texas Tech University

Law and Public Policy


IU Research Shows Diversity in Public Service Improves Effectiveness of South African Government

In the post-apartheid years, the South African Public Service has been transformed into a broadly representative institution. New research indicates that such a change can also foster more effective government.

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The Journal of Modern African Studies, March 2016

– Indiana University


Lack of Transportation Hampers Hungry Children From Receiving Free Summer Meals, Baylor Study Finds

Lack of transportation is a hurdle for many families in Texas whose children could benefit from free summer meals, a federally funded program administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, according to a study by the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University.

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– Baylor University

LifeWire Announcements

NYU’s Carter Journalism Institute’s 2016 “Reporting Award” Winner to Focus on Native American Sovereignty, Identity

New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named Brooke Jarvis, a contributing writer to the California Sunday Magazine, as the recipient of its 2016 Reporting Award.

– New York University

UCI Appoints Pramod Khargonekar Vice Chancellor for Research

Pramod Khargonekar has been named vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Irvine, effective June 30. In this position, he will provide strategic direction for the Office of Research, which supports and enhances the creative and scholarly activities of UCI faculty. His appointment by UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman comes after a comprehensive national search.

– University of California, Irvine

The Atlantic Philanthropies Makes New Grants to Cornell University

The Atlantic Philanthropies is making three new investments in Cornell: $10 million for the Center for the Study of Inequality, $3.25 million for theInternational Center on Capital Punishment, and $3 million toward the creation of a university welcome center. The grants are the latest in an extraordinary history of support for Cornell, totaling nearly $1 billion.

– Cornell University

Gift Establishes Tisch Professorship at Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

A gift from Andrew ’71 and Ann Tisch to Cornell University and the American Technion Society has created an endowed professorship at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. The Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Professorship will support the recruitment and retention of faculty who will drive the institute’s innovative academic, research, entrepreneurship and commercialization programs. The gift helps to boost Cornell Tech’s faculty – a fundraising priority for the campus as it continues to grow rapidly, with its six master’s degree programs and with more than 200 graduate students expected this fall.

– Cornell University

ADHA’s 2016 Center for Lifelong Learning at the 93rd Annual Session Brings Nation’s Largest Meeting of Dental Hygienists to Pittsburgh

More than 2,000 individuals coming together for educational programming, community outreach, special events, and the opportunity to view the latest products and technologies from 125 exhibitors.

– American Dental Hygienists' Association

New Grants Allow Kennesaw State’s Addiction and Recovery Center to Expand Services

Kennesaw State University's Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery responds to a rising number of students seeking help for eating disorders and the increased use of drugs and alcohol by local youth.

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– Kennesaw State University

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