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Newswise LifeWire
Monday, July 18, 2016

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


New Study of Toddlers Sheds Light on Value of FaceTime Video Chat as Meaningful Interaction

Working parents and grandparents who FaceTime with their toddlers can take heart from a soon-to-be-published study from Lafayette College that sheds new light that on young children and how they engage in—and learn from—screen-time interactions.

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Developmental Science

– Lafayette College

New Book by Wellesley College Political Scientist Holds Answers to How the Presidential Primary’s Populist Explosion Will Transform the General Election

As the author of the recently published Populism’s Power: Radical Grassroots Democracy in America, Wellesley College's Laura Grattan can articulate how intensified appeals to "rule by the people"—from Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders—have transformed our political landscape and what it means for the future.

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– Wellesley College


Opposites Attract -- Unless You're in a Relationship

If we are in a relationship we are more likely to be attracted to faces resembling our own, but for single people, opposites attract.

Frontiers in Psychology

– Frontiers

Religiosity Diminishes Conservative Opposition to Eco-Friendly Buying

Some people have perceived that the combination of religion and political conservatism exacerbates environmental concerns in the United States. But researchers from Rice University and Baruch College have found evidence that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.

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– Rice University

Study: Perceived Threats From Police Officers, Black Men Predicts Support for Policing Reforms

New research from the University of Washington finds that racially based fear plays a role in public support for policing reforms. Participants who saw police as threatening were more likely to support policing reforms, while those who perceived black men as threatening were less likely to.

– University of Washington

Weight Loss Technologies Train the Brain to Resist Temptation

Can a computer game train your brain to resist sweets? Researchers at Drexel University are launching two studies to find out.


– Drexel University



American Association of Physics Teachers Hosts High School Physics Teachers

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) invites high school physics teachers from across the country to a meeting where they may find their next best classroom resource. The High School Physics Teachers’ Day is held to introduce teachers to the myriad resources specifically for high school physics teachers and students available through AAPT. Scheduled for July 18, this event offers participants a special discounted registration to facilitate their involvement.

– American Association of Physics Teachers

New Gonzaga Degree Blends Highly Marketable Computing Skills with Breadth of Study in Humanities, Sciences

SPOKANE, Wash. – Anyone with a smart phone intuitively understands the trend toward completely interconnected devices that are always available. This shift – termed pervasive or ubiquitous computing – represents a large and increasing share of our world economy, and Gonzaga University has introduced a new degree that blends highly marketable computer science skills with the intellectual breadth of study in the humanities and social and natural sciences.

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– Gonzaga University


Cal State LA Joins the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

Cal State LA has joined the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs.

– California State University, Los Angeles

Pop Culture


Health Benefits Of Pokémon Go

Real-life positive health consequences of playing Pokémon Go—a new GPS-based augmented reality game—are happening across the nation. According to Matt Hoffman, DNP, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing, this quest to “catch ‘em all” is great news for public health.

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– Texas A&M University

Law and Public Policy


Jimmy Gurulé Testifies Before House Committee on Bill to Allow 9/11 Victims’ Families to Sue Saudi Arabia

University of Notre Dame Law professor Jimmy Gurulé testified Thursday (July 14) before the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee at a hearing on the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

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– University of Notre Dame

Trump Picks Pence: Indiana Experts Available

Faculty from the University of Indianapolis Department of History and Political Science can offer a Hoosier perspective on the selection and its state and national impact.

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– University of Indianapolis

Will Recent Police-Related Shootings Trigger “Ferguson Effect”?

Will the scrutiny surrounding recent shootings in Texas, Louisiana and Minnesota cause local law enforcement to scale back their policing efforts? Nationally recognized criminal justice expert Justin Nix has studied the "Ferguson Effect" and is available for comment.

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– University of Louisville

LifeWire Announcements

American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting Addresses “Hot” Topics in Physics and Beyond

Over 1,000 physics teachers and students will converge on Sacramento, California on July 16-20, at the Sacramento Convention Center where attendees will participate in an agenda that goes beyond presentations. Planned sessions will not exclusively address more traditional topics such as Best Practices in Educational Technology, Art and Science of Teaching, and Effective Practices in Educational Technology, but will also include sessions on Addressing Race and Ethnicity, Climate Change, and Leveraging Strengths of Diverse Populations.

– American Association of Physics Teachers

PASCO to Host AAPT ‘Celebration of Physics’ Evening

During the American Association of Physics Teachers’ (AAPT) summer meeting, being held July 16-20, 2016, PASCO is hosting AAPT at its facilities in Roseville, California. The evening will include a picnic dinner, tours of PASCO’s physics equipment design and manufacturing facilities, and feature the highly acclaimed David Maiullo who recently performed physics demonstrations on Live with Kelly! and That Demo Show.

– American Association of Physics Teachers

U.S. Wins First Place at International Mathematics Competition in Hong Kong

The U.S. team of six high school students wins the 57th International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong for the second year in a row.

– Mathematical Association of America

UCI and Los Angeles Rams Bring Professional Football Back to Orange County

The University of California, Irvine and the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms allowing the team to host its 2016 training camp on campus, returning professional football to Orange County for the first time in two decades. The agreement runs for three years, with a renewal option. Rams fans can watch players in action for free on UCI’s Crawford Field on a variety of days throughout the summer.

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– University of California, Irvine

Georgia State Receives $515,000 Grant to Continue Student Success Efforts

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today (July 14) announced Georgia State University as one of seven institutions selected to participate in a three-year project to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of adaptive courseware.

– Georgia State University

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