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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Arts and Humanities


Children’s Beliefs About Talent Influence Music Participation

Many adults who believe they can’t carry a tune likely formed those beliefs in elementary school, according to new Northwestern University research.  

– Northwestern University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Which Facebook “Friends” Help Most When Looking for a Job? Depends Where You Live in the World

Research from Tufts University used anonymous Facebook data from almost 17 million social connections in 55 countries to determine that the role of weak and strong ties in job searches is important around the world, but the value of a single strong t...

– Tufts University

Mandarin Makes You More Musical?

Mandarin makes you more musical – and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That’s the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don’t’ rush just yet to sign your ...

– University of California San Diego

Developmental Science

Saint Louis University to Teach Skills to Intervene When Child Discipline Crosses the Line

Should a bystander intervene if he or she sees an adult screaming at or hitting a child? Saint Louis University is studying how and when to take action.

– Saint Louis University Medical Center


Want to Ace an Exam? Tell a Friend What You Learned

Students who are given information and tell someone about it immediately recall the details better and longer — a strategy which could be a plus come test time, says a Baylor University researcher.

– Baylor University

Learning & Memory

Religious Involvement Lessens Likelihood of Owning a Handgun

Americans who are more involved in religious congregations are less likely to own handguns, according to a new study by Wake Forest University sociologist David Yamane.

– Wake Forest University

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, JAN-2017

New Tool Can Help Policymakers Prioritize Information Needs for Synthetic Biology Tech

New technologies are developed at a rapid pace, often reaching the market before policymakers can determine how they should be governed. Now researchers have developed a model that can be used to assess emerging synthetic biology products to determin...

– North Carolina State University

PLOS ONE, Jan-2017

Racial Bias in a Heartbeat: How Signals From the Heart Shape Snap Judgements About Threat

Our heartbeat can increase pre-existing racial biases when we face a potential threat, according to new research published in Nature Communications.

– University of Sussex

Nature Communications

Talking to Children About STEM Fields Boosts Test Scores and Career Interest

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.

– University of Chicago

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jan-2017



Public Education in U.S., South Africa Topic of Forum

Yearlong seminar series exploring the meaning of freedom in three international and social contexts.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Mayor of Buffalo Honors President Conway-Turner at MLK Scholarship Breakfast

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, ’83, honored Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner earlier this week with a proclamation declaring that January 16, 2017, was “Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner Day” in the City of Buffalo.

– SUNY Buffalo State

MOCA Helps Boost Minority Student Retention and Success at Iowa State

The primary goal of the Mathematicians of Color Alliance, better known as MOCA, is to recruit and retain underrepresented graduate students. But this student organization is doing much more to mentor and help students make Iowa State home.

– Iowa State University


Student, Professor Use Sports Analytics to Discover NCAA Ranking Patterns

Does conference size impact conference rankings in NCAA men’s basketball? According to research and analysis by one Cornell College student, it does.

– Cornell College

Pop Culture


Hip-Hop Artist Ryan Lewis Surprises, Delights Gonzaga Students

SPOKANE, Wash. – Some 200 Gonzaga University students erupted in applause Wednesday night when Ryan Lewis of the popular hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis appeared as the surprise guest for the Comprehensive Leadership Program’s Fishbowl conv...

– Gonzaga University

Law and Public Policy


5 Minute Chats in the Waiting Room May Prompt Families to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Low-income families were more likely to use federal food assistance on nutritious food after learning that their dollars can be doubled for more fruits and vegetables, a new study finds.

– University of Michigan Health System

Embargo expired on 18-Jan-2017 at 00:05 ET


Unseen Role of the First Lady Is Why the Position Remains Important Today, Says ISU Professor

First ladies are often defined by the causes they champion, but they also play a vital role the public rarely sees, says Stacy Cordery, an expert on first families and a professor of history at Iowa State University. That behind-the-scenes role is wh...

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– Iowa State University

AU Experts Comment on the Inauguration of the 45th President and Related Issues

American University Experts Comment on the Inauguration of the 45th President and Related Issues

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– American University

LifeWire Announcements

Robert Adam named 15th Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate

Robert Adam, an architect known for his scholarship as well as his practice, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame. Adam, the 15th Driehaus Prize laureate, will be awarded the $200,000 priz...

– University of Notre Dame

Temple University School of Media and Communication to Be Named in Honor of Broadcasting Legend and Teacher Lew Klein

The Lew Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University will be formally dedicated at a ceremony in spring 2017.

– Temple University

OSHA Head Returns to GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health

Dr. Michaels, the longest serving Assistant Secretary in OSHA's history, returns to GW’s Milken Institute School of Public Health

– George Washington University

Spatial Planner to Head Urban Planning and Policy at UIC

Zorica Nedović-Budić, an expert in spatial planning and technologies, is the new head of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Bill to Protect Sports Providers Crossing State Lines Moves to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Jan. 9 that would protect sports medicine professionals, including doctors of chiropractic (DCs), by ensuring their malpractice insurance is valid when they travel with teams across state...

– American Chiropractic Association

Notre Dame California Launches Silicon Valley Semester

10 Notre Dame juniors majoring in computer science and engineering will spend the next four months immersed in the heart of innovation while still enjoying an experience that is uniquely Notre Dame.

– University of Notre Dame





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