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Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Arts and Humanities


Wake Forest Celebrates Dedication of Maya Angelou Hall

On Friday, Feb. 17, Wake Forest held a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall, a residence hall named for poet, author, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

– Wake Forest University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


No Spoilers! Most People Don't Want to Know Their Future

Given the chance to see into the future, most people would rather not know what life has in store for them, even if they think those events could make them happy, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2017 at 09:00 ET

Researchers Uncover Brain Circuitry Central to Reward-Seeking Behavior

UNC scientists found that as mice learn to associate a particular sound with a rewarding sugary drink, one set of prefrontal neurons becomes more active and promotes reward-seeking behavior while other prefrontal neurons are silenced, and those neuro...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System


Embargo expired on 22-Feb-2017 at 13:00 ET

What Do Your Co-Workers Really Think of You?

Everyday in the workplace, colleagues actively compete for a limited amount of perks, including raises, promotions, bonuses and recognition. But new research from Washington University in St. Louis shows that, more than often than not, people fall sh...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Psychological Science

What Fighting in the NHL Says About Illicit Roles in Organizations

New research by Johns Hopkins Carey Business School suggests that teams organized with illicit role occupants are more vulnerable and less resilient than teams without them.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Academy of Management

Study Finds Consumers Willing to Pay More for “All-Natural” Labeled Foods

A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that expectations of product quality, nutritional content and the amount of money consumers were willing to pay increased when consumers saw a product labeled “all-natural” as compared to the...

– Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Sociologists Available to Discuss Refugees and Immigration

The American Sociological Association has sociologists available to discuss the latest news related to refugees, Muslims, and immigration.

Expert Available

– American Sociological Association (ASA)


Transgender Political Candidates Still Likely Face an Uphill Battle, Study Finds

A new study led by a University of Kansas researcher found 35%-40% of adults would oppose a transgender candidate for office, which was higher than the 30% who would likely oppose a gay or lesbian candidate.

– University of Kansas

Politics, Groups, and Identities

Teens with PTSD and Conduct Disorder Have Difficulty Recognizing Facial Expressions

Adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms are more likely to misidentify sad and angry faces as fearful, while teens with symptoms of conduct disorder tend to interpret sad faces as angry, finds a study led by NYU’s Steinhardt ...

– New York University

Nationwide Teen Bullying and Cyberbullying Study Reveals Significant Issues Impacting Youth

In one of the latest and most ambitious studies on bullying and cyberbullying in middle and high school students, researchers found that 1 in 5 students said that they had been threatened with a weapon at school, 73 percent of students reported that ...

– Florida Atlantic University


Pilot Study Finds Youth More Likely Than Adults to Report Seeing Alcohol Marketing on the Internet

Underage youth are nearly twice as likely to recall seeing alcohol marketing on the internet than adults, with almost one in three saying they saw alcohol-related content in the previous month, according to a new pilot survey led by the Johns Hopkins...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Embargo expired on 20-Feb-2017 at 17:00 ET

Mindfulness Shows Promise as We Age, but Study Results Are Mixed

As mindfulness practices rise in popularity and evidence of their worth continues to accumulate, those who work with aging populations are looking to use the techniques to boost cognitive, emotional and physiological health. But studies so far have...

– Ohio State University

Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

A U.S. Presidential Leadership Lesson: Optimism

Features UVA Darden Professor and Dean Emeritus Bob Bruner’s study of presidential leadership lessons and the importance of optimism.

– University of Virginia Darden School Foundation



With Scholars’ Mine, Over 1 Million Served Globally

Somewhere on the lower west side of Chicago, an internet user seeking information about photografting – a technique for attaching polymers to surfaces – struck gold with a visit to Scholars’ Mine (, Missouri Universi...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology


Project to Train Educators, Support Students with Disabilities in Life Transition Exceeding Goals

A KU project to help train teachers and school personnel across the country to better prepare students with disabilities for life after school is exceeding goals, certifying educators in numerous states and adding support for families.

– University of Kansas

Pop Culture


Actors with Disabilities Go to Hollywood Festival, Sbarro Health Research Org Praises Filmmakers

The organization is praising a group of Italian filmmakers for their contribution to medicine through the arts. Their film, Ho Amici In Paradiso [I Have Friends in Heaven], will screen this week at the Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion, and Art Fest. ...

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

I Have Friends in Heaven press kil

Law and Public Policy


Democracies’ Track Record in Addressing Inequality Is Thin, Political Scientists Conclude

Democratic government has historically had little impact on wealth inequality, NYU’s David Stasavage and Stanford’s Kenneth Scheve conclude in a new analysis.

– New York University

Annual Review of Political Science


Transgender Candidates, Texas for Trump, Experts on National Security, in the U.S. Politics News Source

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

– Newswise

New Night Frogs, Congo River Fish, Nigeria Highway is Dropped, and More in the Wildlife News Source

The latest research and features on ecology and wildlife.

– Newswise

MTSU on the Record’ Examines U.S.-Russia Relations in Trump Era

With questions continuing to swirl around President Donald Trump’s attitude toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, the future of U.S.-Russia relations in the Trump administration is the focus of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Expert Available

– Middle Tennessee State University


Differences in the Rhetorical Styles of Candidates in the 2016 US Presidential Election

A new paper published in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities reveals and quantifies dramatic differences in the speaking styles of candidates in the 2016 United States presidential election.

– Oxford University Press

Digital Scholarship in the Humanities

More Black Police Won't Result in Fewer Police-Involved Homicides of Black Citizens

Hiring more black police officers is not a viable strategy for reducing police-involved homicides of black citizens in most cities, according to new Indiana University research that is the first in-depth study of this increasingly urgent public polic...

– Indiana University

Public Administration Review 13-Feb-2017

UT/TT Poll: Support for Trump Increases, Divisiveness Remains

In the first public statewide poll since Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, 46 percent of Texas voters approve of the job he is doing as president, and 44 percent disapprove. Texas voters’ opinions of President...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

LifeWire Announcements

Virginia Cyber Range Names Amazon Web Services as Preferred Partner

AWS will join the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech to support scalable cloud infrastructure and collaborate on cybersecurity educational efforts, enabling the Cyber Range with both content and a closed network for hands-on exercises, compet...

– Virginia Tech

Georgia State Offers New Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Programs in Biomedical Sciences

The Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) at Georgia State University is offering two new graduate degree programs designed to prepare students for careers in the biomedical sciences that will enhance human health and bring scientific discoveries ...

– Georgia State University

Documentary Showcases N.C. Organization’s Enlarged Scope of Care

The sounds that fill hospital rooms can take on a discordant tone, as life-sustaining equipment beeps, hisses and blares. Chapel Hill nonprofit DooR to DooR breaks through the noise, bringing to health care settings the sounds of a different healing ...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Professor’s Lucky Find of 16th-Century Book Becomes UIC’s Treasure

The 1568 Italian book, “Le vite de’ più eccellenti pittori, scultori, e architettori da Cimabue insino a’ tempi nostri” (“Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects from Cimabue to Our Times”) donated to UIC.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Four NYU Faculty Win Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships

Four New York University faculty have been awarded fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

– New York University

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Embargo expired on 21-Feb-2017 at 10:00 ET

Oscar Nominee Barry Jenkins’ Road to Success Started at Florida State

FSU alumnus and Oscar nominee Barry Jenkins credits Florida State University with changing his life in a profoundly positive way.

– Florida State University

Tulane Receives Two $5 Million Anonymous Gifts for Faculty Recruitment

Tulane University has received two gifts of $5 million each to recruit top faculty members.

– Tulane University

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Earns National Recognition as College of Distinction

National guide to colleges highlights innovative learning opportunities at top schools.

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

Northwestern Student Government President Wins Luce Scholarship

Northwestern University senior and Associated Student Government President Christina Cilento will spend the year after she graduates learning about impacts of climate change in Asia as a Luce Scholar. One of 18 future leaders to be named a 2017-18 Lu...

– Northwestern University

NIH Awards $3 Million to Shaw Center for Children and Families

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame will use the $3 million grant to study the relationships between parents and infants, the first study of its kind that will include fathers as well as mothers as participants.

– University of Notre Dame

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Federal Judge to Speak to Northwestern Law Community

The Honorable Gerard E. Lynch of the 
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 will visit Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as the Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar.He will participate in a moderated conversation with Northweste...

– Northwestern University

Albright Institute at Wellesley College Assembles Experts for Public Dialogue on the Global Refugee Crisis

Wellesley College will convene two panels of international leaders and experts for a public forum on the global refugee crisis and its many sociopolitical and geopolitical ramifications, beginning with a keynote from Former Secretary of State Madelei...

– Wellesley College

Latest Podcast: Trump Administration and the Law

In the ninth episode of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Planet Lex podcast series, three Northwestern Law professors discuss recent actions by President Trump and weigh in on the legal considerations facing this new administration. Professor...

– Northwestern University





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