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Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Birkbeck Research Uncovers Publishing Problems in Popular Contemporary Fiction

A Birkbeck researcher has published an article that reveals the extent to which popular novels differ around the world. Professor Martin Paul Eve, Chair of Literature, Technology and Publishing, shows how and why the wildly-popular 2004 novel by Davi...

– University of London Birkbeck College

Open Library of Humanities


Expedition Finds Remains of Fortified Roman Port Are Much Larger Than Previously Thought

An international team, co-directed by a University of Southampton archaeologist, has made a significant discovery at an underwater location in Albania – revealing that the submerged remains of a major ancient fortress and port are far larger than p...

– University of Southampton


Quagmire of Politics, Power, Science, Individual Agendas, and History

UMToday reached out to the Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, Douglas Brown, for his take on the 2016 Rio Olympics for an op-ed piece.

– University of Manitoba

Social and Behavioral Sciences


What’s Easier: Turning Off Water Indoors or Outside?

Apparently, it’s more convenient to Florida residents to save water while brushing their teeth than to cut back on lawn irrigation, according to a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences report.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Long-Term Exposure to Female Scents Changes Courtship Behavior in Male Mice

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a kind of neuron only in male mice that detects a pheromone in female urine. But the sex difference is not hard-wired. Male mice exposed to female scents for months lost t...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Neuron, Aug-2016; R01 DC005964; R01 DC010381; R01 NS068409; DP1 OD006437

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Employers Who Promote Ethics Should Reward Workers Who Exhibit Them, Baylor Study Finds

Building a business reputation from the inside out — with employees giving a company high marks as an ethical place to work — is increasingly being hailed as a way to get a leg up on the competition, right alongside customer service and quality p...

– Baylor University

Twitter Shows Promise in Rapid Assessment of Collective Traumas’ Local Impact

An alternative to using Twitter geotags and hashtags to identify community members who have experienced collective trauma, such as a school shooting, shows promise in helping researchers rapidly assess local effects. The approach, developed by resear...

– University of California, Irvine

Psychological Methods, Aug-2016

Babies' Spatial Reasoning Predicts Later Math Skills

Spatial reasoning measured in infancy predicts how children do at math at four years of age, finds a new study published in Psychological Science.

– Emory Health Sciences

Psychological Science

How a Family Comes to Terms with a Diagnosis of Autism

Experts give advice on parents coping with a child of autism

– Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago


Incivility: A Workplace Epidemic

Condescending comments, put-downs and sarcasm have become commonplace in the politically charged workplace, and a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar shows how this incivility may be spreading.

– Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Journal of Applied Psychology

Chubby Chums vs. Petite Pals: Heavy People More at Ease Socializing with Stocky Folks, but It Can Hinder Weight Loss, Study Finds

People trying to shed pounds — but who hang out with heavier pals regularly — are more likely to lose weight if they include thinner people in their social lives, according to a study by a Baylor University researcher.

– Baylor University


Hey, Tall Guy! What’s the Politics Like Up There?

If you want to predict which political party someone will support, take note of the person’s height. The taller a person is, the more likely he or she is to vote for conservative politicians, according to a new study using data from Britain.

– Ohio State University

British Journal of Political Science

Providers Face Cultural Challenges When Evaluating Refugee Children

Numerous challenges face providers who are administering developmental screenings for refugee children, including differences in cultural and religious beliefs, language barriers, and disparate education levels, according to new research from the Uni...

– University of Rochester Medical Center


Most Adults Know More Than 42,000 Words

How many words do we know? It turns out that even language experts and researchers have a tough time estimating this.

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Psychology

A Dog's Dilemma: Do Canine's Prefer Praise or Food?

Given the choice, many dogs prefer praise from their owners over food, suggests a new study published in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The study is one of the first to combine brain-imaging data with behavioral experiments...

– Emory University

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Austerity Linked to Rise of the 'Spornosexual'

he economic crisis and austerity are having an unexpected consequence: more young men striving for gym-fit, photo-perfect bodies that they use to create a social media brand.

– University of East Anglia

The Surprising Side Effect of Kissing Up at Work

Kissing up to your boss doesn’t just impact your relationship with your supervisor, it can influence your co-workers, as well.

– University of Florida

The Journal of Applied Psychology


Heading for a Fall

The link between overconfidence and poor decision making is under the spotlight in an international study by scientists from Monash University and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig.

– Monash University

Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Washington’s Foster Children Experience ‘Justice by Geography,’Report Finds

A report from the University of Washington finds that inconsistent practices and policies leave many foster children in the state without an advocate in decisions that shape virtually every aspect of their lives.

– University of Washington

For Many Students, Summer Is the Season for Research

As an art history major, Allison Smith ’17 understands the need for students to develop visual literacy and visual thinking skills to support their research and scholarly activities.

– Union College



Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College, from Wellesley College and Bowdoin College Faculty, Presents Practical Advice, Surprising Research, and a Revolutionary Case for the Value of Liberal Education

A new book, Practice for Life: Making Decisions in College, co-written by faculty members at two of the country’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges, is poised to change the way these students and their parents approach this next stage of their...

– Wellesley College

‘Alone in the Middle of 30,000 People’ No More

Project CASE at Texas Tech University provides support, advising and avenues to success for students with autism.

– Texas Tech University


UCLA Study Shows Eye Tracking May Make Better Nurses

A new study by researchers at the UCLA School of Nursing shows that using eye-tracking technology could improve nursing education by reducing the role of subjective assessments and by providing more consistent evaluations.

– UCLA School of Nursing

Pop Culture


Women Dominate NBC’s Rio Olympics Primetime Coverage

New study finds NBC’s primetime telecast of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics shows women athletes 58.5 percent of the time and men athletes 41.5 percent of the time.

– University of Delaware

Chew on This: August Is National Sandwich Month

If you are like most people, you will consume about 200 sandwiches this year. Add it all up and it means -- this is no baloney. Americans will eat about 45 billion sandwiches in 2016.

– Texas A&M University

The Dangers of Pokémon Go Similar to Texting

It’s taking over headlines around the world – people being injured playing Pokémon Go, a location-based augmented reality game. Conrad Earnest, a research scientist at Texas A&M University’s Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab, says much of the d...

– Texas A&M University


How Dogs Became Our Friends

New findings show that dogs became man’s best friend earlier than believed and have been domesticated at least twice in different locations, according to a study from an international team that includes a Texas A&M University researcher.

– Texas A&M University

Science, June 3, 2016; NE/K005243/1 ; NE/K003259/1

Law and Public Policy


UNLV Expert on Why the Latino Vote Matters

UNLV political science professor John Tuman on how the Latino immigrant vote might mean more than ever to candidates this season.

Expert Available

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

LifeWire Announcements

Temple University’s Fox School of Business Powers Entrepreneurship at Flinders University Through Partnership

Temple University in Philadelphia, and Flinders University in South Australia enter three-year academic partnership

– Temple University

Broward College First in the State for Industry Certification

Broward College has led the Florida College System for the third consecutive year for the number of industry certifications reported. Students and recent graduates of the College earned 1,278 certifications or licenses in the areas of healthcare, inf...

– Broward College

Gartner Gives Top 20 Rankings to Supply Chain Management Programs at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management

Gartner, Inc. announced this month that the supply chain management program (SCM) at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is one of the top 20 in the country, granting a #17 ranking to the graduate program and a #20 ranki...

– Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University

Homeless Students Benefit From Emergency Housing Assistance at Kennesaw State

A new door has opened at Kennesaw State – one that will provide emergency housing for homeless students or those at risk of homelessness at the University. The one-bed, one-bath apartment is one of the first in the country.

– Kennesaw State University

CAREER Award Will Advance Work on DNA-Based Self-Assembling Systems

University of Arkansas computer scientist Matt Patitz has received a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant – known as a CAREER grant – from the National Science Foundation.

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute to Host the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the University of Minnesota Technological Leadership Institute (TLI) will host an open meeting of the U.S. Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The University of Minnesota is one of just five locations where th...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Annual UC San Diego Dinner in the Library to Feature NPR’s Ari Shapiro Sept. 9

.The University of California San Diego’s 13th annual Dinner in the Library—set in the iconic Geisel Library building—will take place Friday, Sept. 9, featuring Ari Shapiro, award-winning journalist and co-host of NPR’s popular radio news sho...

– University of California, San Diego

Southeastern Students Win Mark of Excellence Awards

MARK OF EXCELLENCE-- Students at the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern’s educational cable channel on Charter 199, recently won six Mark of Excellence awards in television presented by the Society of Professional Journalists at their annual conven...

– Southeastern Louisiana University

UND Lauds New Federal Law on Air Traffic Control Hiring Practices

Legislation emphasizes value of degree from a certified aviation training schools, ensures better job opportunities for students

– University of North Dakota

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Mosquito ID School

UF/IFAS is helping ID mosquitoes that can spread disease.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences





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