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Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Installation of 9-Foot-Tall Statue of American Indian Leonard Peltier at American University Museum Raises Awareness and Engagement Around Peltier’s Plight

As part of a major clemency push by supporters in the final days of President Barack Obama’s presidency, a 9-foot-tall statue of American Indian Leonard Peltier will be installed at American University Museum to raise awareness for Peltier’s plig...

– American University


Finding Food Solutions: Kansas State University Graduate Student to Study Food Insecurity in Ireland

Miranda Klugesherz, graduate student in communication studies, will research global solutions to food insecurity through the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, a national, competitive scholarship program of the US-Ireland Alliance.

– Kansas State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Study Shows How Social Media Support Groups Help Transplant Recipients

One in 4 adults have searched online to find others who have the same medical condition, especially chronic conditions. A unique study at FAU explored how transplant recipients use social media sites for support and healing, providing an intimate gli...

– Florida Atlantic University

Computers, Informatics, Nursing


Intimate and Social Relationships Important for Older Adults in Assisted Living, Study Finds

Intimate and social relationships remain important for older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, according to a recent study.

– Georgia State University

New Year's Resolution: Become a Volunteer

If your New Year's resolution is to get healthier and to lead a more satisfying life, consider becoming a volunteer. A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that volunteering may have positive health benefits for old...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Office Holiday Party: Will It Help or Haunt Your Career?

Florida State University College of Business Professor Wayne Hochwarter dives into the do's and don'ts of the often tricky office holiday party, which can present all kinds of treacherous risks or valuable rewards.

Expert Available

– Florida State University


Study Finds Ideology as Important an Inspiration to American Jihadists as Affiliation with Islamic State Group

A new study from the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism found that American jihadists continue to draw inspiration from a variety of groups other than the Islamic State group (IS).

– George Washington University

Let Your Kids Lose

When children are falsely successful at games and other challenges, it can lead them to ignore important information in and about the world around them, according to a new study by an Amherst College professor.

– Amherst College

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Dec-2016

‘I Find Peace There’: The Role of Spirituality in Treating Postpartum Depression in Mothers of Color

Churches and other faith-based communities are an untapped resource that health-care providers should consider when suggesting treatment options for African-American and Latina mothers who have histories of postpartum depression (PPD), according to ...

– University at Buffalo

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

UF/IFAS Extension Offers Way to Avoid Post-Holiday Shopping ‘Sticker Shock’

The key is to make a budget and stick to it. But UF/IFAS experts share numerous other tips.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Study: Avoiding Spiritual Struggles and Existential Questions Is Linked with Poorer Mental Health

Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns—the “big questions” of life—is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions, according to...

– Case Western Reserve University

Political Left, Right Both Inspired by Utopian Hopes

Studies explore moral convictions associated with same sex marriage, gun control

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Local Children with Disabilities Get Help From Wichita State University Students

A collaborative effort between Wichita State University engineering and physical therapy students has provided new opportunities to three local children with disabilities. As part of the project GoBabyGo!, a retrofitting program created in 2006 by th...

– Wichita State University

Fear the Dentist? Four Ways to Calm Your Nerves

Going to the dentist doesn’t top most people’s list of favorite things, and for some it is downright terrifying. It’s estimated that 9 to 15 percent of Americans skip or avoid the dentist due to fear. Keenly aware of this anxiety, some dentists...

– Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)



Three Degrees for Kennesaw State Graduate

Cole Daniel will graduate from Kennesaw State University with not one degree, but three. With bachelor’s degrees in biology, economics and finance, he will become Kennesaw State’s first Honors Scholar to earn three degrees simultaneously.

– Kennesaw State University


Navigating the World of Student Loans

New, free resources are available online to help students and parents navigate the ins and outs of student loans.

– Kansas State University

Law and Public Policy


IU Media School Reporting Project Raises Questions About Veracity of State Campaign Finance Data

Since 2000, state-level political committees in Indiana have taken in nearly $1 billion in contributions to run campaigns and influence elections. A new reporting project by student journalists in The Media School at Indiana University raises questio...

– Indiana University

Johns Hopkins Study: Well-Meaning Regulation of One Industry Can Cause Unintended Negative Impact on Neighboring Industry

In a new study for Economic Inquiry, researchers show that the deregulation of the once-constrained television industry in Spain set off a boom in TV viewing. This in turn led to a substantial decline in attendance and box office revenues at Spanish ...

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Economic Inquiry


UNF Criminology Professor's Study Reveals Faith-Based Ministry Impact at America’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison

Dr. Michael Hallett, criminology professor at the University of North Florida, has drawn from three years of on-site research at America's largest maximum-security prison in his new book,” The Angola Prison Seminary: Effects of Faith-Based Ministry...

– University of North Florida

FSU Criminology Team Tackles Elder Fraud Issues

Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice researchers, lead by Dean Thomas Blomberg complete a full report on elder fraud and how to combat it.

– Florida State University

New GW Battleground Poll: Public Opinion of Trump Improves; Voters Don’t Think He’ll Build a Wall at Mexican Border

Donald Trump’s public image has notably improved since winning the presidency in November, according to the latest George Washington University Battleground Poll.

– George Washington University


Tulane University Releases Poll on Louisiana U.S. Senate Race

Tulane University’s Department of Political Science released new survey results indicating a 19-point lead for Republican candidate John Kennedy going into next week’s runoff election for U.S. Senator from Louisiana.

– Tulane University

Social Work Students Prepare for White House Campus Challenge, Helping Register Uninsured for ACA

11 Creighton University social work students earn certification to help people sign up for ACA insurance

– Creighton University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

AACI Thanks the Senate for Approving 21st Century Cures Legislation, Asks for Funding in CR

AACI applauds the Senate for passing the 21st Century Cures Act. The innovative legislation will provide nearly $4.8 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the next ten years via a NIH Innovation Account.

– Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

LifeWire Announcements

UNF Ranks Top 20 Nationally for Online Master’s in Nutrition Program

The University of North Florida has been identified as having one of the top online Master’s in Nutrition programs in the nation by the Top Masters in Healthcare Administration, placing No. 7 in the Top 20 ranking.

– University of North Florida

UT Austin Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student Wins Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition

Meghali Chopra received first place in the 2016 Fall Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition on Dec. 2, 2016, for her company, SandBox Semiconductor.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

USAID Announces Grant to Notre Dame to Support Literacy in Haiti

More than 30,000 children will benefit from the $6.3 million grant awarded to the University of Notre Dame to improve early-grade literacy in Haiti.

– University of Notre Dame

Prof. Michael Greenstone to Lead Becker Friedman Institute

Michael Greenstone, a leading economist and the Milton Friedman Professor at the University of Chicago, has been appointed director of the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

– University of Chicago

New Partnership to Connect Arabic Teachers From Across Chicago

Northwestern University and Qatar Foundation International (QFI) are partnering in an Arabic teachers’ council that connects university-level educators with K-12 and private school teachers through a community of support and collaboration.

– Northwestern University

Body Unbound by Professor Jean-Paul Bourdier to Release in December

Professor of Architecture Jean-Paul Bourdier is set to release his latest book of photography this month, the third in a series of books exploring natural landscapes joined with the human form.

– UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

Ronald Rael to Publish New Book, Borderwall as Architecture

Part biographical account of the physical barrier dividing the United States of America from the United Mexican States, Borderwall as Architecture is also a protest against the wall and a projection about its future through a series of propositions. ...

– UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

Professor Receives Coveted Fulbright Scholar Specialist Position

Longtime Cornell College Professor James Martin will travel to Germany this spring in a unique opportunity to take part in the Fulbright Specialist Program.

– Cornell College

Faculty Have Been Promoted to Full Professorship at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Six faculty members at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing have been promoted to full professor.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

UIC Professor Finalist in MoMA Young Architect Competition

Architect with ties to the University of Illinois at Chicago one of five finalists for MoMA young architects competition.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Northwestern Senior Earns Coveted Marshall Scholarship

Northwestern University senior Daniel Kinch, a dual-degree student in physics and math, explains in a word why he won the coveted Marshall Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom: perseverance.

– Northwestern University

Pacific University (Ore.) Alumnus Jordan Kronen Named 2017-2018 Schwarzman Scholar

A Pacific University alumnus is among just 129 selected from more than 2,700 candidates as a 2017-2018 Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Jordan Kronen '14, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree politics a...

– Pacific University (Ore.)

LifeWire Higher Education Events

America’s Largest Student-Produced Musical Turns 75

Cast and crew boast more than 150 Northwestern students Runs Jan. 20–28 at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston Tickets on sale Nov. 28 – Five performances only

– Northwestern University

Trailblazing Astronaut Physician to Keynote MLK Observance

First woman of color in space to deliver keynote Jan. 23 National poetry slam champion and educator to speak Jan. 16 Events include candlelight vigil, oratorical contest and more

– Northwestern University

Northwestern Hosts Crisis Communication Workshop Dec. 16

Executive education through Master of Science in Communication program Learn latest in evidence-based crisis planning from leading scholars, experts Experience a cyber crisis in real-time in an interactive, hands-on simulation

– Northwestern University





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