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Monday, February 13, 2017

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Arts and Humanities


Love and War: Digitized Letters Preserve the Tale of a Texas Girl, Her Confederate Sweetheart and Their Secret Engagement

Feb. 14 was coming up quickly, and the two young lovers’ emotions were heating up the hundreds of miles between them. Their Civil War letters tell of their secret engagement during a tumultuous time in history.

– Baylor University


Singing the National Anthem Is Anything but Easy

For more than 30 years, Wayne Messmer has been wowing crowds with his signature rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Northwestern University and in most of the major athletic arenas in Chicago.

– Northwestern University

Themes of Protest and Dissent Unite Season of Block Museum Screenings

Two unique film series that stand at the intersection of artistry and politics will be presented during the Block Museum’s winter season: “The Gay Left: Homosexuality in the Era of Late Socialism” and “Japanese Experimental Cinema: Between Pr...

– Northwestern University

Opera Star Joyce Castle Featured in Cast of ‘Carmelites’

Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, and Aaron Copland’s Depression-era love story “The Tender Land” conclude the Northwestern University Opera Theater season at the Henry and Leigh Bienen...

– Northwestern University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Game Theorists Devise “Catch-Up Rule” to Make Sports Contests More Competitive—and Exciting to Watch

A team of game theorists has devised a “Catch-Up Rule” that is designed to make sports such as volleyball, badminton, and squash more competitive—and more thrilling for spectators.

– New York University

Catch-Up: A Rule that Makes Service Sports More Competitive


Status Profiling: Research Suggests Simply Wearing a Police Uniform Changes the Way the Brain Processes Information

New research from a team of cognitive neuroscientists at McMaster University suggests that simply putting on a uniform, similar to one the police might wear, automatically affects how we perceive others, creating a bias towards those considered to be...

– McMaster University

Frontiers in Psychology

Doctoral Students’ Study Alters the Way Those Who Take and Share Selfies Are Viewed

The research reveals three categories of selfie takers and dispels the notion that they are inherently narcissistic.

– Texas Tech University


Want to 'Friend' an Old Flame on Facebook or Flirt Online? Social Media Researcher Says Think About Your Current Romantic Relationship First

One of the best gifts a person could give their significant other for Valentine's Day is a discussion on boundaries regarding social media, according to a researcher at Kansas State University.

– Kansas State University



School Vouchers Bring More Money to Catholic Schools — but at a Cost, Study Finds

The University of Notre Dame study found that voucher expansion caused significant declines in church donations and church spending on non-educational religious activities.

– University of Notre Dame

National Bureau of Economic Research


Circumnavigator Award Winner to Study Food Security in Urban Areas

Northwestern University junior Margot Zuckerman will spend this summer traveling to six countries on four continents over 11 weeks to research food sustainability and security in urban areas.Zuckerman is the recipient of this year’s Circumnavigator...

– Northwestern University

Pop Culture


How Much Will We Spend on Valentine’s Day This Year?

Despite the explosion of red and pink merchandise currently promoted in stores, the National Retail Federation reports U.S. consumer spending will be down 10 percent this year compared to Valentine’s Day 2016.

– Texas A&M University


Prof Digs Up Truths About Zombies

Just like the flesh-eating creatures themselves, the zombie phenomenon is showing no signs of dying anytime soon. We asked Professor of Anthropology Vaughn Bryant, who has studied the real-life origins of zombies, to drop some knowledge on the “und...

– Texas A&M University

Law and Public Policy


How Polarization Snowballs Through Legislatures

How did politics get so polarized? Too many safe seats, partisan voters and 'wave' elections.

– Vanderbilt University

Quarterly Journal of Economics

Four Decades of Evidence Finds No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime

Political discussions about immigrants often include the claim that there is a relationship between immigration patterns and increased crime. However, results of a University at Buffalo-led study find no links between the two. In fact, immigration ac...

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice


Podcast on Evidence Law and Proof Started by Vanderbilt Professor

Excited Utterance, a podcast about evidence law and proof, has posted more than 25 interviews since its launch last fall by Vanderbilt Law School professor Edward K. Cheng.

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– Vanderbilt University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

COA Applauds Confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as HHS Secretary

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) believes that Dr. Tom Price’s perspective as the first physician to be Secretary of HHS in over two decades, will bring an important firsthand understanding of the challenges that America’s physicians face an...

– Community Oncology Alliance

LifeWire Announcements

Lewis Offers Support to St. Joseph's College Students

The Lewis University community is saddened by the news that St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana will suspend operations at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. As a fellow Catholic university and partner in the Great Lakes Valley Athletic ...

– Lewis University

Salisbury University's Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons Earns Prestigious USGBC Wintergreen Award

Salisbury University’s Guerrieri Academic Commons has earned near-unanimous praise from students, faculty, staff and the community. It turns out the Maryland chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is a fan, too. The organization recently named ...

– Salisbury University

Lurie Children’s Hospital Launches Pilot Program to Help Curb Youth Violence in Chicago

Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago has an innovative care coordination model to keep young people from being incarcerated.

– Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Northwestern Law Teams Shine at Trial Competitions

A team from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law’s Bartlit Center on Trial Advocacy will compete for the national championship of the National Trial Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, in March after capturing first place at the Midwest reg...

– Northwestern University

Northwestern Athletics Unveils Trienens Performance Center

Northwestern University’s upcoming renovation of Welsh-Ryan Arena will include a state-of-the-art practice facility for basketball, volleyball and other Wildcats programs, the University announced Feb. 7.

– Northwestern University

Salisbury University Professor Partners with American Eagle Foundation on New Book

It's a patriotic story: a pair of American bald eagles nesting near the U.S. Capitol. Salisbury University teacher education professor Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tell the true tale in their third book...

– Salisbury University

Kennesaw State Hosting Second Cohort of Young Southeast Asian Leaders

The 22 participants in the federally funded Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Institute on Civic Engagement met with foot soldiers of the civil rights movement and toured critical sites in Selma and Birmingham

– Kennesaw State University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

President’s Office Hosts Evanston Mayoral Candidate Forum

The five candidates for Evanston mayor weighed in on issues ranging from supporting K-12 schools to improving community safety at a campus forum held Feb. 2, hosted by Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro.

– Northwestern University





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