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Research in Social Opinion Dynamics Sheds Light on Trump's Political Rise

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute used mathematical models to investigate how opinions spread when there is unusual dissent or... (more)

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

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New Research Casts Doubt Over Tale of Famous Brontë Dress

Research by the University of Southampton has called into question a centuries-old story behind a dress that once belonged to one of the... (more)

– University of Southampton

Arts and Humanities

16-Jun-2016

New Research Casts Doubt Over Tale of Famous Brontë Dress

Research by the University of Southampton has called into question a centuries-old story behind a dress that once belonged to one of the nation’s most beloved novelists – Charlotte Brontë.

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– University of Southampton

UW-Milwaukee Arts Students Collaborate with Older Residents to Create and Enjoy Art

UW-Milwaukee students, primarily arts majors, are paired with older adults in senior residence homes and programs to enjoy and create art. One student this year lived at the senior home.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Social and Behavioral Sciences

17-Jun-2016

Troubled-Youth Facilities Benefit From 'Ecological Approach'

The difficult, and sometimes dangerous, job of caregiving in residential facilities for troubled youth becomes notably more fulfilling when agencies de-emphasize behavior control in favor of creating opportunities for children‘s success.

– Cornell University

Research in Social Opinion Dynamics Sheds Light on Trump's Political Rise

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute used mathematical models to investigate how opinions spread when there is unusual dissent or diversity, as was the case for much of the 2016 Republican primary season, which began with 17 candidates seeking the party’s nomination.

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– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Professor Helps Track Illegal Drug Use via Social Media

Yong Ge, an assistant professor in the College of Computing and Informatics Department of Computer Science, has developed a tool that leverages social media data to help analyze use patterns of illegal drugs by young adults across the country. The National Institutes of Health funded his work.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Gift Helps Top UWM Program and Professor Get Even Better

UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Professor Nadya Fouad is named the inaugural Mary and Ted Kellner Chair in Educational Psychology.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Education

17-Jun-2016

Tracking 120 Years of Data: Rowan U Students, New Jersey American Water Partner on Innovative Project

Soon Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering students at Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey, will be able to outline many of the mazes of water lines that were buried under tiny South Jersey boroughs or sprawling North Jersey cities back when the students were sprouting their first teeth – or their great-great parents were learning to walk.

– Rowan University

Dealing with Sexism and Gender Issues in the Classroom

New handbook for teachers is designed to help them deal with issues of gender identity, sexism and related questions that may come up in the classroom.

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

16-Jun-2016

Public Voices Fellowship Program Helps Underrepresented Leaders Find Their Voice

The OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowship, first launched at Northwestern five years ago, is seeking a new crop of underrepresented voices. First piloted at Yale, Stanford and Princeton universities, the international initiative is expanding across the country to increase the range of voices and the quality of ideas heard in the world.

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– Northwestern University

Pop Culture

16-Jun-2016

‘Mythbusters’ Consultant Makes Physics Understandable

Southeastern Louisiana University Physics Professor Rhett Allain is a strong advocate of sharing scientific views with the general public. He likes to break science down to a more easily understandable form. So the Discovery Channel’s show “Mythbusters,” which ended its run on TV this year, was a natural draw for him.

– Southeastern Louisiana University

Law and Public Policy

16-Jun-2016

Evans School's Justin Marlowe Addresses Public-Private Partnerships in Third Financial Guide

Public-private partnerships can be important and effective government financing tools, but public officials overseeing them must understand both the risks and whether the political will exists to carry out and maintain long-term projects, says Justin Marlowe of the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

– University of Washington

LifeWire Announcements

Dean Search Begins at Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy

Northwestern University will soon begin a search for the next dean of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP). This individual will succeed Dean Penelope Peterson, who is retiring from Northwestern on Aug. 31, 2017.

– Northwestern University

Perelman School of Medicine Student Named 2016 Tillman Scholar

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Air Force veteran Jonathan Wood, a student pursuing a joint degree in medicine and business administration from the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania has been named a 2016 Tillman Scholar by the Pat Tillman Foundation. Wood is the first PSOM student to receive this prestigious award recognizing U.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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