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Arts and Humanities


Broken Pebbles Offer Clues to Paleolithic Funeral Rituals

Researchers from Canada, the U.S. and Italy uncover evidence that people in the Upper Paleolithic Period used stone spatulas to decorate the bodies of the dead with ochre

– Universite de Montreal

Cambridge Archeological Journal, Jan. 18, 2017


CSO Presentation of ‘Ivan the Terrible’ to Feature UIC Faculty

Faculty from the University of Illinois at Chicago, will be performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in “Ivan the Terrible.”

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Romance and Wrangling as Valentine’s Day Nears: Here’s How to Handle Feuds with Your Partner


– Baylor University


Lack of Transportation Limits Healthy Food Access Among Washington State Residents

Having convenient or reasonable access to supermarkets is often associated with healthier diets and a lower risk for obesity among neighborhood residents. However, simply improving residents’ proximity to grocery stores may not be as consequential ...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2017 at 00:05 ET

Scenes From Scary Movies Help Researchers Identify Key Brain Circuits for Processing Fear

Researchers have identified a key neural pathway in humans that explains how the brain processes feelings of fear and anxiety, a finding that could help scientists unlock new ways to treat mental health disorders. Scary movies play supporting role.

– University of California, Irvine


Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2017 at 06:00 ET

Key Friendships Vital for Effective Human Social Networks

Close friendships facilitate the exchange of information and culture, making social networks more effective for cultural transmission, according to new UCL research that used wireless tracking technology to map social interactions in remote hunter-ga...

– University College London

Nature Human Behaviour

Poor and Less Educated Suffer the Most From Chronic Pain

Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than previously thought, according to new research by a Uni...

– University at Buffalo


Four Relationship Tips to Sweeten Your Valentine’s Day From Chicago Booth's Behavioral Scientists

With Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s a good time to turn to behavioral science for some well-researched relationship advice. Here are a few findings, based on studies from the Center for Decision Research, that may help make your Valentine’s ...

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Teens Who Vape at Increased Risk for Future Cigarette Smoking

Among high school seniors who have never smoked a cigarette, those who vape are more than four times more likely to smoke a cigarette in the following year than their peers who do not vape.

– University of Michigan

Tobacco Control

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2017 at 18:30 ET

Buyer and Seller Beware: Bundling Affects How Consumer Products Are Valued

They found that there is an “asymmetry” that applies to the valuation of items offered as a bundle: “consumers will demand more compensation for and experience greater dissatisfaction from the loss of items from bundles, compared to the loss...

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Why Are Men Overlooking the Benefits of Marriage?

The marriage rate in the U.S. continues to decline and the view that marriage entails a “lack of freedom” is becoming more entrenched, particularly among younger men, according to researchers Nicholas H. Wolfinger and W. Bradford Wilcox.

– University of Utah


How Does the Brain Make Perceptual Predictions Over Time? NYU’s Heeger has a Theory for That

NYU neuroscientist David Heeger offers a new framework to explain how the brain makes predictions. He outlines how “prediction” may be a general principle of cortical function—along with the already-established role of inference.

– New York University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 06-Feb-2017 at 15:00 ET

Psychology Explains How to Win an Oscar

If you want to win an Oscar it is best to be an American actor in a film that portrays American culture.

– British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Journal of Psychology

Winning the War: How to Persuade Children to Eat More Veggies

Richard Rosenkranz, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health, offers parents research-based advice for appealing to children's emotional and behavioral appetites to help them eat the vegetables they need.

– Kansas State University



Campus Life VP Penny Rue to Lead National Student Affairs Organization

Wake Forest University Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue has been chosen for the most distinguished volunteer leadership role in her field – Board Chair-elect of NASPA, the leading association for student affairs professionals.

– Wake Forest University

A Trust Gap May Hinder Academic Success for Minorities

Middle school students of color who lose trust in their teachers due to perceptions of mistreatment from school authorities are less likely to attend college even if they generally had good grades, according to psychology research at The University o...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)


University of Alabama Offers Engineering Course Taught in German

This spring engineering students at The University of Alabama are learning automotive engineering through a class taught entirely in German in what is most likely the first German-taught engineering course for American students in the Southeast.

– University of Alabama

Pop Culture


MWAH! Valentine’s Facts About Kissing

Shakespeare said our lips were made for kissing and if you ask Texas A&M University Professor of Anthropology Vaughn Bryant about it, he’ll tell you all you need to know and more about this age-old pastime.

– Texas A&M University

Law and Public Policy


Social Risk Factors Influence Health Outcomes, Medicare Payment

Social risk factors including income, education and ethnic background influence health outcomes and should be taken into account in Medicare payment models, according to a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective released today, "Social Risk Facto...

– Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Embargo expired on 08-Feb-2017 at 17:00 ET

Experts on Immigration, Refugees, Lincoln, and Fake News in the U.S. Politics News Source

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

– Newswise

European Citizens Launch Initiative to Ban Glyphosate

A European Citizens’ Initiative to ban glyphosate (Roundup weedkiller)has been launched in four cities today. One million signatures are needed to prompt a response from the European Commission.

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)


Trump Administration Must Urgently Reassess US Policy Toward China

With the United States-China relationship in a precarious state, the Trump administration must urgently reassess U.S. policy toward China, a group of prominent China specialists conclude in a new report.

– University of California San Diego


Despite a Slump, Tax Revenue Has Recovered in 27 States

Tax collections fell in a majority of states in the second quarter of 2016, ending seven straight quarters of growth in total state tax revenue. Despite the slump, the 50-state total and receipts in 27 states were higher than before their plunge in t...

– PEW Charitable Trusts

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

AACN Applauds Bipartisan Commitment to Meeting Healthcare Needs of the Nation's Most Vulnerable Populations

AACN applauds the introduction of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 by Representatives David Joyce (R-OH), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Doris Matsui (D-CA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and ...

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

LifeWire Announcements

UVA Darden School and Foundation Name Kelly Bean President and CEO of Executive Education, Professor Tom Steenburgh Senior Associate Dean

An announcement of Kelly Bean taking the role of CEO of Executive Education at UVA's Darden School of Business

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

Binghamton University Approved to Enroll Students in New Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Binghamton University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SOPPS) has been granted Precandidate status for its Doctor of Pharmacy program from its accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and can start...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson Participates in 2017 World Economic Forum

Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson recently returned from the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, held in Davos, Switzerland, January 17-20. The theme for this year’s meeting of global decision-makers was “Responsive and Responsible L...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

UNC Charlotte Participating in National Research Study on College Advising

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and MDRC, an independent research organization, are conducting a study of technology-mediated advising at UNC Charlotte, Montgomery County Community College in Pen...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Reuters Media Award to Boost Sustainable Ag Coverage

Through May 31, 2017, The Thomas Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition are calling all journalists, bloggers, freelancers, and individuals covering a variety of food issues to enter for a chance to win nearly US$11,000, an all-ex...

– Food Tank

FAU Receives Federal Designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution from U.S. Department of Education

This designation is only awarded to colleges and universities with enrollment of full-time Hispanic undergraduate students of at least 25 percent.

– Florida Atlantic University

McMaster University Launches the French Version of the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

The research team behind the Portal is now announcing the launch of French version of the Portal which can be found at The French language version of the portal is called the Portail sur le Vieillissement Optima...

– McMaster University

Biden Institute Announced

Joseph R. Biden Jr., the 47th vice president of the United States, will serve as the founding chair of University of Delaware’s Biden Institute, a new research and policy center.

– University of Delaware

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Panel to Examine Media's Role in Racial, Political Discourse

The University of Illinois at Chicago's African American studies department will present "The Press, Race, and Contemporary Politics," a panel discussion addressing the role of news media in debates about race and politics.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

International, Constitutional Legal Scholars to Discuss Trump’s Immigration Order

Tulane University scholars on immigration, constitutional and international law will discuss the impact and implications of President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order temporarily barring U.S. entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

– Tulane University

Worlds Imagined: The Maps of Imaginary Places Collection

Authors who create elaborate fantasy worlds often provide maps to guide readers through these imaginary lands. Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives invites visitors to explore fantasy maps with the new exhibit, Worlds Imagin...

– Texas A&M University





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