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Monday, December 19, 2016

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Arts and Humanities


A Christmas Classic: Kansas State University Dickens Experts Say 'A Christmas Carol' Still Resonates After Nearly 200 Years

The Grinch couldn't have stolen Christmas if Ebenezer Scrooge hadn't done it first, say Charles Dickens researchers at Kansas State University.

– Kansas State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


A Cure for Social Anxiety Disorders

A team of doctors and psychologists examined the effects of structured talk therapy and medication on patients with social anxiety disorders. In doing so they set a new world record in effectively treating social anxiety disorder.

– Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics


Bad Bosses Come in Two Forms: Dark or Dysfunctional

Bad bosses generally come in two forms. There are the dysfunctional ones, like Michael Scott from the TV series The Office; then there are the dark ones, like Gordon Gekko from the film Wall Street. Researchers including Seth M. Spain from Binghamto...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being,

People's Energy in the Workplace Is Key to Staff Retention

A research study has found that people's energy towards colleagues has a major influence on how likely they are to leave their job voluntarily. The in-depth study was undertaken with IT workers over a four-year period by academics at the Grenoble Eco...

– University of Surrey


Psychologist Explores Connection Between Child Abuse and Mortality Risk in Women

A West Virginia University researcher is investigating links between child abuse and mortality risk in women. Co-author on a recent study linking self-reported child abuse to death in women, assistant professor of psychology Nicholas Turiano is in...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Bad People Are Disgusting, Bad Actions Are Angering

A person’s character, more so than their actions, determines whether we find immoral acts to be ‘disgusting,’ according to new research in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science

Study Estimates 1,900 Arrest-Related Deaths Occurred in US Between June 2015-May 2016

An estimated 1,900 people died in the United States during arrest or while in police custody June 2015 through May 2016, according to a new report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and RTI International.

– RTI International

Black-White Earnings Gap Remains at 1950s Levels for Median Worker

The earnings gap between African-American men and white men is the same now as it was 60 years ago for the median worker, according to a new study from economists at the University of Chicago and Duke University.

– University of Chicago

New Book Offers Help and Hope for People Suffering from Low Vision

A new book by the world’s leading expert on vision restoration, Professor Bernhard A. Sabel, PhD, delivers information about how to better understand the impact of vision loss and new treatment options that could potentially help the more than 150 ...

– Institute for Medical Psychology, Otto-v.-Guericke University Magdeburg



Internet Use in Class Tied to Lower Test Scores

Warning: Surfing the internet in class is now linked to poorer test scores, even among the most intelligent and motivated of students.

– Michigan State University

Psychological Science

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WIU GIS Students Participate in Building Tri-County 911 Network

This story outlines the role of WIU students in helping create a 911 network to cover some of the handful of counties in Illinois without 911 services.

– Western Illinois University


STEM Enrichment Activities Have No Impact on Results

Enrichment activities to encourage pupils to study science and technology subjects have made no difference to their performance in mathematics exams, new research shows.

– University of Exeter

Oxford Review of Education

Law and Public Policy


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

Journalists: Apply by January 9, 2017 for a Reporting Project on Unpaid Work Issues Around the World

We are seeking to support experienced international journalists with a fellowship to tell the stories of the often invisible and devalued labor that quietly powers the global economy: unpaid care work. In particular, we are interested in unpaid work ...

– New America

MTSU Experts Weigh in on Election, Obama Legacy

MTSU faculty experts recently expressed themselves for national media outlets on several hot button topics, including various election-related issues and Russian perspectives on American politics.

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– Middle Tennessee State University


A Better Way for Policymakers to Win Over Constituents

Why do people accept some policies and reject others when the outcomes are the same? People tend to favor punishing people’s behavior when it runs afoul of an obligation or rule but oppose preferential treatment for those who did not break the rule...

– University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Teens’ Use of E-Cigarettes Rising, According to Surgeon General Report

The United States Surgeon General recently issued a report that adolescents’ use of electronic cigarettes has more than tripled since 2011. As recently as 2010, e-cigarettes were rare, but in 2015, 40 percent of high school students said they had u...

– Texas A&M University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

European Commission Proposal Leaves Public Exposed to Harmful Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

The Endocrine Society expressed disappointment today in the European Commission's revised proposal on defining and identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), citing unnecessarily narrow criteria for identifying EDCs that will make it nearly i...

– Endocrine Society

LifeWire Announcements

President Obama Honored by Berkeley-Haas for Global Leadership in Open Innovation

The University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business honored US President Barack Obama with the Award for Outstanding Global Leadership in Open Innovation at the World Open Innovation Conference held at ESADE Business School, Ramon Llul...

– University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

UC San Diego Research Awarded $3.8 Million for Critical, Innovative Work

University of California San Diego researchers are leading three separate research projects, each involving faculty from across the UC system. A total of $3.79 million in grants from the University of California Multicampus Research and Programs Init...

– University of California San Diego

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to Deliver American University Fall Commencement Address

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to Deliver American University Fall Commencement Address

– American University

Federal Grant Aims to Increase Minority Representation in Museum Studies

The University of Illinois at Chicago museum studies program received an NEH grant to increase minority representation in museum studies.

– University of Illinois at Chicago





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