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Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


Musical Table Teaches Basics of Computer Programming

As part of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Northwestern University have built a musical, interactive tabletop exhibit that teaches the basics of computer coding.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

SU Faculty Key in 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' Maori Translation

Dr. Ellen Schaefer-Salins of Salisbury University encouraged Dr. Tom Roa of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, to translate 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' into the indigenous Maori language. Today, some 300 Maori children are able to read th...

– Salisbury University

Art’s Content: Jacobs Medical Center Captures Curative Power of Creativity

Modern hospitals are designed to aid healing in every possible space, from operating rooms and recovery areas to cafeterias and lobbies. One way is through art, and the new Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health reflects this with an extraordin...

– University of California San Diego Health Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Infants Show Apparent Awareness of Ethnic Differences

Findings help advance understanding of social cognition and social development

– University of California Los Angeles UCLA


New Research Shows summerMAX Program Is Highly Effective for High-Functioning Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD)

Results of a new community-based randomized clinical trial conducted by researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (iar) at Canisius College found summerMAX, a comprehensive psychosocial summer treatment, improved the social performance and ASD...

– Canisius College

True Lies: People Who Lie via Telling Truth Viewed Harshly, Study Finds

The ability to deceive someone by telling the truth is not only possible, it has a name -- paltering -- it’s common in negotiations and those who palter can do serious harm to their reputations, according to research published by the American Psych...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Holiday Safety Tips from Stony Brook Experts to Ensure the Season Stays Merry and Bright

The hustle and bustle that comes with the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ can unfortunately lead many to disregard of important safety precautions.

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– Stony Brook University


Are We More Risk Averse as We Get Older? It’s a Gray (Matter) Area, NYU Research Finds

Age itself is not the determining factor in how an individual views or tolerates risk when making decisions; instead, it is the age-related decline in the volume of gray matter in our brains, research by NYU’s Institute for the Interdisciplinary St...

– New York University

Nature Communications

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Do Thoughts of Death Change Our Shopping Habits?

It's that time of year again: when festive ads command consumers to BUY! BUY! BUY! for their friends and family. But despite this holiday cheer, negative news marches on.

– Concordia University

Journal of Consumer Affairs

How Your Parenting Tactics Influence Your Teen’s Problem Behaviors

New study by UC Riverside psychology professor finds discrepancy between parents’ and teens’ views of parenting style contributes to teens’ behavior problems.

– University of California, Riverside

Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Image of ‘Typical’ Welfare Recipient Linked With Racial Stereotypes

When thinking about a welfare recipient, people tend to imagine someone who is African American and who is lazier and less competent than someone who doesn’t receive welfare benefits, according to new findings in Psychological Science, a journal of...

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science

Holiday Sleep Tips for Kids Help Parents Keep the Season Bright

The holidays can pose great challenges for parents who must juggle seasonal excitement and overtired kids. Saint Joseph’s University sleep expert and Professor of Psychology Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., offers the following suggestions for parents to h...

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– Saint Joseph's University


Bullying Makes Men Leave the Labor Market

Long-term consequences of workplace bullying on sickness absence

– Aarhus University

Labour Economics

Having a Meltdown at Work? Blame It on Your Passion

Sunita Sah, assistant professor of management and organizations at Cornell University, and her colleagues have a novel strategy to save your professional reputation: Reframe your distress as passion for the project.

– Cornell University

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Identity Loan' Common in Undocumented Workers

University of Colorado Denver researcher finds employers often furnish with workers with borrowed work documents

– University of Colorado Denver

Political and Legal Anthropology Review

Catholics More Committed to Workplaces Than Evangelicals Are, Baylor Study Finds

Catholics are more emotionally committed to their workplaces than are Evangelicals — and people with strong attachments to God, regardless of their faith group, are more committed to their jobs when they work for smaller companies, according to a B...

– Baylor University

Journal of Social Psychology

Why We Walk on Our Heels Instead of Our Toes

James Webber took up barefoot running 12 years ago. He needed to find a new passion after deciding his planned career in computer-aided drafting wasn't a good fit. Eventually, his shoeless feet led him to the University of Arizona, where he enrolled ...

– University of Arizona

Journal of Experimental Biology

Drinking ‘Settings’ Tied to College Sexual Assault

Although alcohol is believed to play a role in college sexual assaults, a new study finds no evidence that male students’ binge drinking per se boosts their odds of becoming a perpetrator.

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs



What Being a Leatherneck Is All About: Macomb Resident Thankful for Support Received to Finish WIU's Annual Fallen Soldiers 5K

This year, Western's Fallen Soldiers 5K (held October 22), too, provided a way for one local participant, Debbie Carter of Macomb, to show her thanks to her friends and to her doctors, who all helped make it possible for her to take part and even fin...

– Western Illinois University


Doctoral Student's Social Media Research Leads to Dream Job at Facebook

• WSU student Jessica Drum has landed her dream job working at Facebook. • She got the job based on her research on how social media affects relationships. • Drum is moving to San Francisco after graduating from WSU on Sunday, Dec. 11.

– Wichita State University

Iowa State Senior Rebounds From Head Injury to Graduate

On her way to becoming a teacher, Amanda Rohlf hit a brick wall. Actually it was a lake. But the way her head struck the water, it might as well have been a wall. With extraordinary inner strength and TLC from her university, Rohlf bulldozed through ...

– Iowa State University


Five Areas for Givers to ‘Look Within and Without’ When Choosing Charities, Causes to Support

As they choose charities or causes to support during the holiday season, givers should consider five key areas – Gratitude, Passion, Need, Impact and Resources – as they look “within and without” to assess who they are, what they have been gi...

– Baylor University

Law and Public Policy


Inoculation Messages: An Effective Pre-Crisis Communication Strategy for Government Agencies

Using Inoculation Messages as a Pre-Crisis Strategy 1 Vol 11-6 F 1 MAIN The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is among the government agencies that have the difficult task of uncovering and preventing violent public attacks. In a recent essay...

– National Communication Association

Unpacking Heat

Gun control issues continue to compete in rural police officers’ identities’ as both citizens and officers of the law. Rachael Woldoff, a West Virginia University sociology professor, examines these experiences in the first study to explore gun c...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Businesses Shape International Law Through ‘Astroturf Activism,’ Paper Finds

A new paper by a University of Washington assistant professor of law finds that corporate interests play a powerful role in international legal processes, sometimes by covertly co-opting non-governmental organizations to lobby lawmakers on their beha...

– University of Washington

How Would Washington, D.C., Be Evacuated if a Disaster Occurs During Inauguration?

Washington, D.C., officials are likely finalizing the evacuation plan they would use if something went wrong during inauguration. Common mistakes in such plans are converting highways to one-way routes and having fewer lanes on exit roads, which crea...

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– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Are Death Row Cases Plagued with Racial Bias?

Defendants charged with murder in North Carolina from 1990 to 2009 were more than twice as likely to receive the death penalty if the victims were white, Michigan State University researchers have found.

– Michigan State University

North Carolina Law Review


Russian Hacking Experts, Ejecting "Illegals" Drives Foreclosures in Latino Communities, The Latest GW Battleground Poll, and More in U.S. Politics News Source

Go here for the latest political experts, features and research in U.S. Politics

– Newswise

Study Finds Biking in Chicago Is Faster Than Public Transportation, Uber

It is often faster to ride a bicycle through Chicago than to take an Uber or public transportation, find researchers at DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. In a new study, “Policies for Pedaling,” researchers tr...

– DePaul University

New Book Examines Legal, Ethical and Policy Implications of Electronic Health Records and Medical “Big Data”

Recent years have marked a dramatic transition from paper to electronic medical records. Simultaneously, Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems allow for the creation of medical “big data”—massive collections of electronic data that can be used...

– Case Western Reserve University

AU Experts Comment: Twenty-Five Years After the Fall of the Soviet Union and What It Means to Trump’s America Today

AU Experts Available to Comment on U.S.-Russia Relations

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– American University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

The Academy for Eating Disorders Advocates for Early Intervention and Specialized Care for Eating Disorders Treatment in Response to Morristown, NJ Ruling

The Academy for Eating Disorders Advocates for Early Intervention and Specialized Care for Eating Disorders Treatment in Response to Morristown, NJ Ruling

– Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

Collective Statement by Scholars in U.S. History and Related Fields on Civil Rights and Liberties in Dangerous Times

We urge Americans to be vigilant against a mass violation of civil rights and liberties that could result if such troubling developments continue unchecked.

– Shana Bernstein

LifeWire Announcements

Indiana University Delegation Returns After Successful Trip to South Korea and China

Indiana University recently concluded a successful weeklong trip to South Korea and China, where IU President Michael A. McRobbie led efforts to create new intercultural and international opportunities for IU students and faculty and met with alumni ...

– Indiana University

Tufts Political Science Professor Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

Kelly M. Greenhill, Ph.D., a political science professor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to further her research on how rumors, conspiracy theories, myt...

– Tufts University

UIC Classes Explore Richard J. Daley Legacy 40 Years After Death

Several University of Illinois at Chicago classes will analyze papers from former Mayor Richard J. Daley's to look at his legacy 40 years after his death.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Biomaterials Expert Delbert Day Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Dr. Delbert E. Day, a prolific inventor whose work with specialty glasses has led to treatments for cancer, bone tissue regeneration and wound care, has been named a National Academy of Inventors Fellow.

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

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NMU Seeks to Increase Indigenous Women in STEM

Northern Michigan University has received nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation for a project to increase the number of American Indian and Alaska Native women in STEM fields and train K-16 educators to introduce American Indian method...

– Northern Michigan University

Eight Faculty Projects Receive Digital Humanities Curricular Grants

In an effort to bolster the use of digital tools and platforms in the humanities, nine faculty members working on eight projects will be supported by Digital Humanities Curricular Development Grants from the Provost's Office. The recipients of these ...

– Swarthmore College

Professor Venticinque Explores Ancient Economy in New Book

Cornell College Professor of Classics Philip Venticinque turns back the pages of time to examine the ancient economy in his newly released book “Honor Among Thieves.”

– Cornell College

Parcak named to 100 Global Thinkers list by Foreign Policy Magazine

UAB professor Sarah Parcak, Ph.D., has been named to the list for her innovations in the area of satellite archaeology.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

UCI Launches Center for Critical Korean Studies

Irvine, Calif., Dec. 12, 2016 — Building upon its strengths and reputation in critical theory and Korean studies, the University of California, Irvine is launching a Center for Critical Korean Studies. Funded by a 1 billion-won grant (about $850,00...

– University of California, Irvine

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Texas Tech Engineering Students Give the Gift of Mobility Through Class Project

The toddler mobility device allows children with physical disabilities to explore their world and experience the world around them that previously seemed out of reach.

– Texas Tech University

Dittmar Exhibit Dramatizes Chasm Between Blacks and Whites

On Feb. 16, Northwestern University’s Dittmar Memorial Gallery will unveil an exhibition of new paintings titled “Neither Free | Nor” by Brittney Leeanne Williams, exploring the chasm between blacks and whites and the notion of black femininity...

– Northwestern University





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