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Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Science News

30-Jun-2016

Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

(Embargo expired on 30-Jun-2016 at 00:00 ET)

– Newswise

Social and Behavioral Sciences

30-Jun-2016

Study Pinpoints Behavior Type Linked to Binge Drinking in Young Adults

Binge drinking — almost a rite of passage — peaks during the college years. So this begs the question, “Are there specific characteristics associated with high-level binge drinking habits in college students?”

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Alcohol and Alcoholism

– Florida Atlantic University

29-Jun-2016

Blue-Collar Training in High School Leaves Women Behind

ITHACA, N.Y. – What’s the best way to prepare high schoolers for jobs in the 21st century? Education leaders and the general public have been debating this question with more heat in recent years, clashing over whether to focus on college preparation or vocational training, especially training linked to blue-collar jobs.

– Cornell University

Queen's Researcher Finds Truth to Age-Old Maxim 'Work Hard, Play Hard'

KINGSTON - Queen's University biology professor Lonnie Aarssen has published a study that, for the first time, provides strong empirical support for a correlation between a motivation to seek accomplishment and an attraction to leisure.

The Open Psychology Journal

– Queen's University

28-Jun-2016

Could Growing Internet Use Inspire More Democratic Uprisings?

While events like the Arab Spring brought hope that the internet could inspire the growth of democracy in authoritarian countries, a new study offers a reality check.

Communication Research

– Ohio State University

Study Uses Diverse Sample to Examine Childhood Weight's Link to Age of First Substance Use

Girls who were overweight as children are likely to begin using cigarettes, marijuana or alcohol at an earlier age than their healthy-weight peers, according to a new study by researchers in the Indiana University School of Education.

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Drug and Alcohol Dependence, July 2016

– Indiana University

Veils, Headscarves May Improve Observers' Ability to Judge Truthfulness, Study Finds

Contrary to the opinions of some courts, it is easier to determine the truthfulness of a woman wearing a headscarf or even a veil that leaves only her eyes exposed than a woman wearing no head covering at all, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Researcher Finds 'Ghost Workers' Common in Migrant Farm Work

New research by Sarah Horton, an anthropologist at the University of Colorado Denver, reveals that employers in agricultural industries often take advantage of migrants' inability to work legally by making their employment contingent upon working under the false or borrowed identity documents provided by employers.

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Anthropology of Work Review

– University of Colorado Denver

Don't Abandon National Referendums, but Smaller Groups Often Make Wiser Choices

New research suggests that larger crowds do not always produce wiser decisions. Moderately-sized crowds are likely to outperform larger ones when faced with combinations of easy and difficult qualitative decisions.

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– Santa Fe Institute

Decision to Ban Unrealistic Body Images Has Merit, but Presents Challenges

A public health measure and a slippery slope. That's how Iowa State University experts describe the decision by London's mayor to ban ads with "unrealistic body images" from the city's public transit system.

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– Iowa State University

27-Jun-2016

Stress Contagion Possible Amongst Students and Teachers: UBC Study

Teacher burnout and student stress may be linked, according to a University of British Columbia study.

Social Science and Medicine

– University of British Columbia

Study Determines Needs of LGBTQ Youth in Rural Areas

Adolescence and teenage years can be a tough time for many kids. For gender and sexual minority youths, it can be even more challenging. And for gender and sexual minority youths living in rural areas without the resources and support for LGBTQ youths in urban areas, there are still more challenges. A University of Kansas professor has authored a study into the unique challenges gender and sexual minority youths living in rural areas face and how social workers, communities and educators can help guide them.

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Families and Society

– University of Kansas

Summer Heats Up Our Emotions, Too

Tempers will flare and the threat of violence is often not far behind as temperatures rise, says a UAB psychologist.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Education

29-Jun-2016

Blue-Collar Training in High School Leaves Women Behind

What’s the best way to prepare high schoolers for jobs in the 21st century? Education leaders and the general public have been debating this question with more heat in recent years, clashing over whether to focus on college preparation or vocational training, especially training linked to blue-collar jobs. The way the pendulum swings may have profound consequences for young women, according to new Cornell University research.

American Sociological Review, Aug-2016

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

27-Jun-2016

Breathing New Life Into Public Schoolyards Benefits Entire Communities

An Iowa State University landscape architecture studio is part of a collaboration that's breathing new life into more than 300 neglected schoolyards in Philadelphia. They represent a burgeoning national movement to green schoolyards.

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– Iowa State University

Pop Culture

29-Jun-2016

Why America Is Going "Ape" for Tarzan - Again

The Tarzan legend was created more than 100 years ago, yet audiences worldwide are still drawn to the iconic literary legend. University of Louisville Tarzan archivist explains the lasting appeal of the "ape man."

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– University of Louisville

Law and Public Policy

29-Jun-2016

Country Pledges Overshoot Paris Temperature Limit

Individual country pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would need to be strengthened in order to limit future climate change to well below the 2°C limit included in the Paris climate agreement, according to a new assessment.

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Nature

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

27-Jun-2016

UT Texas Politics Poll: A Vote for Trump is a Vote Against Clinton

Texas voters support businessman Donald Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though large portions of each candidates’ supporters describe their choice as a vote against the opposing candidate rather than a vote in favor of their chosen candidate, according to the latest poll conducted by The University of Texas at Austin.

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– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Political Pitfalls in Handling Ebola May Carry Over to Zika

If the United States responds to Zika the way it did to Ebola—and early indications are that in many ways it is—the country can expect missteps brought about by a lack of health care coordination and a lot of political finger pointing, according to an analysis by the University of Michigan.

– University of Michigan

LGBT Rights and Protections Are Scarce in Constitutions Around the World, UCLA Study Finds

Only five countries in the world have constitutions that explicitly guarantee equality for citizens on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Yale Journal of Law & Feminism

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

LifeWire Announcements

2016 U.S. Math Olympians Go to Hong Kong

Six students have been selected to represent the United States at the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), also known as the world championship mathematics competition for high school students.

– Mathematical Association of America

PNNL's Richard Moss to Help Guide New Phase of US National Climate Assessment

Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration opened a new chapter of the National Climate Assessment by announcing the appointment of new members to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. Chairing this 15-member committee will be Richard Moss, a senior scientist with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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US Global Change Research Program

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

UC Riverside Anthropologist Awarded NSF Grant to Excavate Maya Households

An international team of researchers led by UC Riverside anthropologist Travis Stanton will begin excavating household sites along a causeway on the Yucatán Peninsula next summer to determine how life changed for thousands of people who lived along what was the longest road in the ancient Maya world.

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NSF 1623603

– University of California, Riverside

Willow Bay will receive the PEN Center USA's Award of Honor

PEN Center USA, a human rights and literary nonprofit based in Beverly Hills, announced today two key honorees for the 26th Annual Literary Awards Festival. The ceremony will take place on September 28, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Willow Bay, Director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, will receive the Award of Honor, and Former Tehran Bureau Chief for the Washington Post Jason Rezaian will receive the Freedom to Write Award.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Einstein Education Researcher Selected as Macy Faculty Scholar

Cristina Gonzalez, M.D., M.Ed., associate professor of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and attending physician at Montefiore, has been selected as a 2016 Macy Faculty Scholar. One of only five chosen nationally, Dr. Gonzalez will receive a $100,000 grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to allow her to pursue her medical education research and curriculum development.

(Embargo expired on 27-Jun-2016 at 10:00 ET)

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Application Provides New Platform to More Effectively Train DHS First Responders

A new part of the FLETC Seaport Facility Inspection Course, ETRA streamlines data entry for calculations, assessments, reports, and briefings.

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– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Financial Times Ranks UVA Darden No. 3 in the World for Entrepreneurship

Based on support from the School and its dynamic network as well as the success of alumni entrepreneurs, Darden landed near the top of Financial Times’ entrepreneurship rankings.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Saint Joseph's University to Host Conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews

The International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), in cooperation with the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR), will hold its annual conference, “The Dynamics of Religious Pluralism in a Changing World: The Philadelphia, United States, and International Contexts,” at Saint Joseph’s University, from July 10-13.

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– Saint Joseph's University

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