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Arts and Humanities


Yiddish Language Courses Thriving at Binghamton University

Yiddish is a language spoken by few but remembered by many. The language is alive and well on many U.S. campuses--including Binghamton University in New York, where Yiddish classes, available since the 1980s, are seeing growth in enrollment and are consistently full to capacity.

– Academy Communications


UC Riverside Scholar Translates Korean Immigrant Oral Histories

A collection of oral histories gathered by K.W. Lee, the godfather of Asian American journalism, has been translated into Korean by UC Riverside scholar Edward T. Chang and published in the Republic of Korea.

– University of California, Riverside

Solving the Mesopotamia Timeline Puzzle with Tree-Rings and Radiocarbon Research

Tree-ring dating and radiocarbon research led by Cornell University archaeologist Sturt Manning has established an absolute timeline for the archaeological, historical and environmental record in Mesopotamia from the early second millennium B.C.

– Cornell University

PLOS ONE, July-2016

UT Student Scientists Excel in Elevator Speech Contest

Students at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston sharpened their communication skills in an elevator speech contest.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Consumers Treat Superfoods As "Extra Insurance"

Consumers can be skeptical about new superfoods as they enter the market but still consume them for a bit of "extra insurance" for their health, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

– University of Adelaide


Nebraska Sex Trafficking Report Shows ‘Woeful Lack of Awareness’ Throughout State

Many people think of sex trafficking as a problem in other countries, but it’s happening in every state in the U.S. Findings say prevention, protection and prosecution are best way to deal with it.

– University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)

Behavioral Scientists Help Ontario Save Money Through More Online License Plate Renewals

Toronto - As tedious as waiting in a government services line-up can be, that's what most people do, despite having the option of getting their business done online.

– University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

Behavioral Science and Policy

Female Birds Call the Shots in Divorce

Research is shedding new light on the causes of divorce in monogamous year-round territorial birds. A Monash University study of the endangered Purple-crowned Fairy-wren has discovered the females are calling the shots when it comes to breaking up.

– Monash University

Behavioral Ecology

Female Birds Call the Shots in Divorce

Research is shedding new light on the causes of divorce in monogamous year-round territorial birds. A Monash University study of the endangered Purple-crowned Fairy-wren has discovered the females are calling the shots when it comes to breaking up.

– Monash University

Behavioral Ecology

Screening for Suicide Risk Among Urban Children Vitally Important

Screening for suicide risk among publicly insured urban children who are experiencing psychological distress is vitally important, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Children and Youth Services Review

Cutting Through the Clutter: Study Examines 'Dark Side of Home'

The phrase “make yourself at home” seems innocuous but there is a significant psychological element to it that few may consider. The concept implies that a conscious effort must be employed in the endeavor. For some it’s as easy as good people in a good location. But according to a recent study, the most common method of “making oneself at home” is by identifying with the objects that are kept in the home — and that kind of attachment can have significant consequences if left unchecked.

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– DePaul University


What's Going on When Babies Twitch in Their Sleep?

University of Iowa researchers suspect that sleep twitches in human infants are linked to sensorimotor development. Read on to learn how new parents can contribute to their study.

– University of Iowa


In Gauging and Correcting Errors, Brain Plays Confidence Game, New Research Shows

The confidence in our decision-making serves to both gauge errors and to revise our approach, New York University neuroscientists have found. Their study offers insights into the hierarchical nature of how we make choices over extended periods of time, ranging from medical diagnoses and treatment to the strategies we use to invest our money.

– New York University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 18-Jul-2016 at 15:00 ET

Freaky New Role Found for the Immune System: Controlling Social Interaction

Could immune system problems contribute to an inability to have normal social interactions? The answer appears to be yes, and that finding could have great implications for neurological conditions such as autism-spectrum disorders and schizophrenia.

– University of Virginia Health System

Nature; AG034113; NS081026; T32-AI007496

Tiger Moms Are the Same Everywhere

It doesn’t matter if you’re an American “tiger mom,” or a Chinese one, evidence shows that parents’ attempts to control children through psychological means (e.g., shaming children) are associated with academic and emotional distress in children. This is according to a new study by Cecilia Cheung, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Cheung’s study, “Controlling and Autonomy-Supportive Parenting in the United States and China: Beyond Children’s Reports,” was published in the journal Child Development.

– University of California, Riverside

Body-Mind Meditation Can Boost Attention and Health, Lower Stress

Meditation has long been promoted as a way to feel more at peace. But research from a Texas Tech University faculty member shows it can significantly improve attention, working memory, creativity, immune function, emotional regulation, self-control, cognitive and school performance and healthy habits while reducing stress.

– Texas Tech University

Why Do We Care for Bears? 'Bearcam' Study Focuses on Human Connection with Wildlife, Parks

Two Kansas State University researchers are using a "bearcam" at Katmai National Park to study if people form emotional connections with animals by watching live webcams.

– Kansas State University

Do Smart Phones Make You Smarter?

Is your smart phone making you smarter? Does your car direction finder make you eligible for NASA training school? Modern techie devices can be helpful and make life easier, but there are serious drawbacks, says a Texas A&M University professor who studies technology.

– Texas A&M University

Pop Culture


New Research Shows Men More Aggressive on Dating Sites, Women More Self-Conscious

Using data collected from Baihe, one of the largest dating websites in China, researchers from Binghamton University, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Northeastern University developed a reciprocal recommendation system that better matches users who are mutually interested in and likely to communicate with each other. The data revealed behavioral differences between male and female users when it comes to contacting potential partners. In particular, males tend to be focused on their own interests and be oblivious toward their attractiveness to potential dates, while females are more conscious of their own attractiveness.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Social Network Analysis and Mining, June-2016

Law and Public Policy


Small Businesses Face Challenges and Opportunities with Capital, Regulation, Workforce, and Technology, Says New Report From Babson College

”The State of Small Business in America” offers unique perspective from entrepreneurs on how to grow the U.S. business landscape

– Babson College

The State of Small Business in America (pdf)


Novel Biomarkers Can Help Detect Illegal Blood Doping in Athletes

Increasing oxygen delivery to muscles can help athletes perform better and give them the edge needed to win elite competitions. One of the best ways to increase oxygen supply is through blood manipulation, undergoing a blood transfusion that provides extra red blood cells and boosts oxygen levels. These blood transfusions, popularly known as "blood doping," are illegal for professional athletes. While some transfusions and stimulants are identifiable with current testing methods, autologous blood transfusion (ABT) is not. A new report in Transfusion Medicine Reviews looks at novel biomarkers to identify potential new testing protocols for ABT.

– Elsevier

Transfusion Medicine Reviews

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Making Parenting a National Priority

Chestnut Hill, Mass. (7/20/2016) - Ask any mom or dad and they will tell you: parenting is hard work. For those parents and caregivers who struggle with the nature or the demands of child rearing, sometimes help is hard to find.

– Boston College

new National Academies

LifeWire Announcements

Boise State Computer Science Program Hatching New Ideas for Education through NSF Grant

The university is creating an educational environment called the Computer Science Professionals Hatchery, or CSP-hatchery, to model the best practices of software development companies.

– Boise State University


Cure Violence founder named a Chicago Humanitarian of the Year by UNICEF

Dr. Gary Slutkin, professor of epidemiology in the UIC School of Public Health and founder and CEO of Cure Violence, has been named a Chicago Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

UC Riverside Researchers to Study Health Impacts of Drought

The University of California, Riverside has been awarded $284,680 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to determine whether drought and adverse weather conditions cause health problems, and whether water policy affects the link between extreme temperatures and health.

– University of California, Riverside

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant # 73736

The Lewy Body Dementia Association and HCR ManorCare Join Together to Provide Support for Lewy Body Dementia Families

Atlanta, Ga - 07/20/2016 - The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) and HCR ManorCare announced today that the two organizations are working together to provide a collaborative approach to providing support to those affected by Lewy body dementia.

– Lewy Body Dementia Association

Let's Talk About Flood & Flood Prep!

The town hall will be held online from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, but the conversation won’t stop there – visit the S&T Collaboration Community or to share your flood stories & more!

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Personal Physician to the Dalai Lama to Speak About Compassion in Medicine at UofL White Coat Ceremony

Barry Kerzin, M.D., personal physician to the Dalai Lama and founder of the Altruism in Medicine Institute, will address the 156 members of the incoming class of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and guests at the school’s White Coat Ceremony on Sunday, July 24. Kerzin, an American trained physician and Buddhist monk, will speak to the students about cultivating and preserving the desire to help others.

– University of Louisville

2016 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card to Be Released

The Orange County branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers will release the 2016 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card. Now in its fourth issuance, the report card provides an overall grade for the county’s infrastructure as well as breakdown evaluations in aviation, electrical power, flood control, ground transportation, natural gas, oil, parks, recreation & environment, school facilities, surface water quality, solid waste, wastewater and water supply. It was developed in collaboration with the UCI Civil & Environmental Engineering Affiliates, an advisory group to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

– University of California, Irvine





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