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Monday, July 11, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Cornell College Summer Research Marks New Discoveries About Old European Drawings

Summer art history research is revealing new discoveries about 58 drawings that many don’t even know exist.

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– Cornell College

Weathered U.S. Flags From All 50 States and Their Intriguing Stories Featured in 'Flag Exchange'

Mel Ziegler devoted extensive time and travel to collecting weathered and worn U.S. flags from all 50 states for his 'Flag Exchange' installation.

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– Vanderbilt University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Fruit and Veg Give You the Feel-Good Factor

University of Warwick research indicates that eating more fruit and vegetables can substantially increase people’s later happiness levels.

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American Journal of Public Health

– University of Warwick


Economics Study Finds Volume Discounts Don’t Increase Profitability for Video Game

University of Chicago economists find discounts tied to buying large quantities of virtual goods have little impact on profitability and do not increase the number of customers making purchases. The study comes from a field experiment of more than 14 million players of mobile games by King Digital Entertainment, maker of Candy Crush Saga.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July-2016

– University of Chicago


Study Challenges Theory That Good Communication Leads to Marital Satisfaction

One of the top reasons couples seek counseling is communication issues, so does better communication predict a more satisfying relationship? The answer may not be that simple, according to a study by the University of Georgia’s psychology department published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

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Journal of Marriage and Family

– University of Georgia

Boredom Can Lead to More Extreme Political Views

Boredom may be contributing to a widening of political views among voters, according to a new study by researchers from King's College London and the University of Limerick.

European Journal of Social Psychology

– King's College London

Young and Well Educated Men in Demand as Sperm Donors in Global Life Market

With commercial sperm banking giving women more opportunities to become mothers, a world-first QUT study has found the age and education of sperm donors are the most important characteristics considered.

Economics and Human Biology

– Queensland University of Technology

Antidepressants: A Treatment for Bad Marriages?

Psychiatrists nearly always responded with prescriptions for antidepressants when clients complained of bad marriages, according to a new study spanning 20 years at a Midwestern medical center. The assumption that people struggling with their marriages or other domestic issues are suffering from depression is not supported by the way depression is defined medically.

Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, June 27, 2016

– Vanderbilt University

Kansas State University Researchers Study Immigration From Central America to Rural Kansas

Alisa Garni, associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University, and her student team are conducting long-term, in-depth ethnographic research on Central American immigrants in Kansas.

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– Kansas State University

How Do I Avoid Jet Lag?

Jet lag can be a real buzzkill when flying across multiple time zones, and most travelers assume their first several days in a new locale will be spent catching up on sleep and letting their body clocks adjust. However, jet lag doesn’t always have to intrude on your fun.

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– Texas A&M University

Law and Public Policy


Two Years and Counting: Cannabis Legalization Efforts Are Starting to Paint a Clearer Picture

What is the current landscape at the federal level regarding cannabis legalization?

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– O'Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law

LifeWire Announcements

Physician, Educate Thyself (Online)

A free, open access medical education website launched by the University of Louisville Department of Medicine last year has added Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for some lectures it offers.

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– University of Louisville

CED Welcomes New Faculty Member Danika Cooper

The College of Environmental Design welcomes landscape designer, urbanist and researcher Danika Cooper to the department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design.

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– UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

Department of City & Regional Planning Welcomes Professor Daniel A. Rodríguez

Doctor Daniel A. Rodríguez is joining the College of Environmental Design this fall as Chancellor’s Professor of City and Regional Planning.

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– UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

Works on Political Performance in Syria, U.S. Theatre & Internationalism Share NYU’s Joe A. Callaway Prize

NYU has awarded the Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theater to University of Texas, Austin Professor Charlotte Canning for her On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and to NYU Professor Edward Ziter for his Political Performance in Syria: From the Six-Day War to the Syrian Uprising (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

– New York University

Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine Offers Free Course on Osteopathic Medicine

Timothy Tsai, medical student at Rowan's School of Osteopathic Medicine, has led a collaborative effort to create a free massive open online course (MOOC) that is the first known course of its kind to focus on osteopathic medicine. More than 1,200 students have enrolled in the course since it launched in mid-May.

– Rowan University

2016 AAN Neuro Film Festival Winners Announced

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is pleased to announce the winning entries to the 2016 Neuro Film Festival. The Neuro Film Festival is an annual contest to help raise awareness about why more research is needed to cure brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and others.

American Academy of Neurology

– American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

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