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Arts and Humanities


Science of Song Symposium Set for Sept. 12 at Vanderbilt

Presentations illustrating ongoing research on how and why music affects us will be the focus of The Science of Song symposium at Vanderbilt University.

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Social and Behavioral Sciences


What Makes Southerners Sound Southern?

Linguistic researchers will be isolating and identifying the specific variations in speech that make Southerners sound Southern.

– University of Georgia


Parents, Listen up: Children Keep Still During Prayer

Preschool-aged children, and their parents, are more likely to view the physical actions of prayer (i.e., closing eyes, folding hands) to help with reflection and communicating with God. This is according to a new study by Rebekah Richert, a psycholo...

– University of California, Riverside

We Are All ‘Wired’ For Addiction, Says Texas A&M Researcher

Drug addicts and non-addicts may have more in common than ever thought, according to a researcher at Texas A&M University who found that to some degree, everyone’s brain is “wired” to become addicted.

– Texas A&M University

National Institute on Drug Abuse/R01-DA013165

Queen's Researchers Measure Emotional Flexibility in Mother-Daughter Dyads

Queen's University researchers Tom Hollenstein and Jessica Lougheed have published new research on the emotional bonds between mothers and adolescent daughters. The study examined how well mother-daughter pairs were able to manage rapid transitions b...

– Queen's University


THC Makes Rats Lazy, Less Willing to Try Cognitively Demanding Tasks: UBC Study

New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there may be some truth to the belief that marijuana use causes laziness-- at least in rats.

– University of British Columbia

Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience


Study Examines Families’ Journeys to Accepting Transgender Children, Mothers Play Key Advocacy Role

A tiny hair barrette and an anguished moment marked the turning point for one mother in coming to fully accept that her child, who was born a boy, was a transgender girl.

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2016

Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2016 at 00:00 ET

Private Detention of Immigrants Deters Family Visits, Study Finds

Immigrants detained in a privately run detention facility while awaiting deportation decisions are far less likely than those held in county or city jails to receive visits from their children, a new study finds.

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2016

Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2016 at 00:00 ET

Study Finds Changes to Retirement Savings System May Exacerbate Economic Inequality

A shift to defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, has led to an income and education gap in pension savings that could exacerbate future economic inequality, according to a new study.

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2016

Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2016 at 00:00 ET

Study Uses Geo-Mapping to Identify ‘Hot Spots’ for Use of Fentanyl and Other Opiates

As the U.S. experiences sharp increases in drug overdoses, researchers in Delaware are using geo-mapping to look at the state, neighborhood by neighborhood, to identify “hot spots” where the use of prescription fentanyl — an extremely powerful ...

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Aug-2016

Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2016 at 00:00 ET

Music at Work Increases Cooperation, Teamwork

Cornell University researchers found that music can have important effects on the cooperative spirits of those exposed to music.

– Cornell University

Why Are We So Afraid to Leave Children Alone?

Leaving a child unattended is considered taboo in today’s intensive parenting atmosphere, despite evidence that American children are safer than ever. So why are parents denying their children the same freedom and independence that they themselves ...

– University of California, Irvine

Collabra, Aug-2016

Teachers Favor Middle-Class Behaviors by Students

Research by an Indiana University sociologist finds that teachers often inadvertently translate students’ class-based behaviors into unequal opportunities in school. Teachers favor middle-class students in various ways, perhaps unconsciously.

– Indiana University

ASA Annual Meeting, Aug-2016

Interactions with Faculty Differ for Male and Female College Students

In a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Indiana University doctoral student Emma Cohen looks for answers to questions of how gender shapes college students’ day-to-day academic experiences.

– Indiana University

ASA Annual Meeting, Aug-2016

Americans Favor Gender Roles for Both Heterosexual and Same-Sex Couples

A majority of Americans think the “more masculine” partner and the “more feminine” partner in a same-sex couple should generally be responsible for stereotypically male and female chores, according to new research.

– Indiana University

ASA Annual Meeting, Aug-2016

The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures

Something really drastic must have happened to the Ancient Maya at the end of the Classic Period in the 9th century. Within a short period of time, this advanced civilisation in Central America went from flourishing to collapsing -- the population dw...

– Vienna University of Technology

Water Resources Research


Infants Develop Early Understanding of Social Nature of Food

A new study conducted at the University of Chicago finds infants develop expectations about what people prefer to eat, providing early evidence of the social nature through which humans understand food.

– University of Chicago

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Aug-2016

In Long-Distance Collaboration, Smaller Groups Accomplish More

When it comes to teamwork, familiarity breeds productivity rather than contempt, according to a new study from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

– Cornell University

Communication Journal, Feb-2016



New Rules, New Timeline Aim to Simplify the FAFSA Process

UW-Milwaukee Director of Financial Aid Tim Opgenorth talks about the new FAFSA timelines, how it affects college-bound students and what families can do to help their students successfully complete the all-important FAFSA application.

Expert Available

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UNLV Expert on College Affordability and Access

UNLV ducation professor Stefani Relles on how paying for a college education is progressively harder, especially for low-income and minority students.

Expert Available

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


New Provost, Michael A. Bernstein, Joins Stony Brook on October 31

Michael A. Bernstein, the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and Provost of Tulane University from 2007 through July 2016, has been appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University, effecti...

– Stony Brook University

Embargo expired on 23-Aug-2016 at 08:30 ET

NIH Announces Winners of Public-Private Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Design Competition

In a nation-wide competition, six teams of undergraduate engineering students produced prize-winning designs for technological advances to improve human health. The Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge winning teams designed too...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering


Communication at the Heart of Texas Tech’s Quality Enhancement Plan

The Center for Global Communication and the Communication Training Center will be tasked with creating a global communication culture with students and faculty.

– Texas Tech University

ASA Task Force Issues Report on Evaluating Public Communication in Tenure and Promotion

Increasingly, social scientists use multiple forms of communication to engage broader audiences with their research and contribute to solutions of the pressing problems of our time. Yet, in academia, it is unclear whether these efforts to communicate...

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

LifeWire Announcements

Gonzaga Prepares to Begin Construction on Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University intends to break ground in spring 2017 on the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, a transformative $30 million facility made possible by an extraordinary $55 million gift from the late Miss Myrtle Woldson – ...

– Gonzaga University

UW-Milwaukee Receives Grant to Help PhD Students Prepare for Careers Outside Academia

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is one of 28 schools to receive National Endowment for the Humanities grants to better prepare doctoral students in the humanities to work outside academia.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools Partnership Receives $2.4 Million Grant

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee Public Schools have received a $2.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching of mathematics and science in Milwaukee public high schools.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Hampton Joins NYIT as Vice President for Planning, Analytics, and Decision Support

Mark C. Hampton, Ph.D., a seasoned leader in higher education with nearly 25 years of experience working in planning, institutional research, assessment, budgeting, finance, and academic administration, has joined NYIT as vice president for Planning,...

– New York Institute of Technology

University of Nebraska Medical Center opens new home for its College of Pharmacy

The new $35 million home for UNMC’s College of Pharmacy boasts state-of-the-art laboratories and education space equipped with next-generation technology and simulation and experiential-learning tools designed to help prepare future pharmacists for...

– University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)





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