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Arts and Humanities


Robot Uses Deep Learning and Big Data to Write and Play Its Own Music

A marimba-playing robot with four arms and eight sticks is writing and playing its own compositions in a lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The pieces are generated using artificial intelligence and deep learning.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

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'Documents that Changed the Way We Live': Podcast by UW's Joe Janes Now a Book

A popular podcast by Joe Janes of the University of Washington Information School is now a book. "Documents that Changed the Way We Live" is being published this month by Rowman & Littlefield.

– University of Washington

Social and Behavioral Sciences


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017: New Evidence on Incidence, Risks, and Outcomes of Elder Abuse

Studies provide an insight into elder abuse and self-neglect in relationship to its two-year incidence, adult children perpetrators and previous child abuse, levels of physical function, and suicidal ideation.

– Chinese Health, Aging, and Policy Program (CHAP)

Embargo expired on 14-Jun-2017 at 08:00 ET

Self-Regulation, Resilience, Commitment and Discipline Appear Key to Becoming an Elite Level Football Player

Psychosocial characteristics influence whether you become an elite level football player of the future, according to research from Leeds Beckett University.

– Leeds Beckett University

UC Blum Federation Releases Discovering Solutions for Global Wellbeing

The UC Blum Federation has released a compendium of research working toward reducing poverty and improving health for all populations.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences


Researchers Pinpoint How Detecting Social Signals May Have Affected How We See Colors

The arrangement of the photoreceptors in our eyes allows us to detect socially significant color variation better than other types of color vision, a team of researchers has found. Specifically, our color vision is superior at spotting “social sign...

– New York University

Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences

Embargo expired on 13-Jun-2017 at 19:05 ET

People Who Are “Phone Snubbed” by Others Often Turn to Their Own Phones, Social Media for Acceptance, Baylor Study Finds

People who are phone snubbed – or “phubbed” – by others are, themselves, often turning to their smartphones and social media to find acceptance, according to new research from Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.

– Baylor University


NUS Study: Older Adults Are Good Samaritans to Strangers

A study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) showed that while older adults treat their kin and friends the same as younger adults do, the elderly donate more to strangers than younger adults, even when their generosity is u...

– National University of Singapore

Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences

Bilingual Children Are Better at Recognizing Voices

Bilingual children are better than their monolingual peers at perceiving information about who is talking, including recognizing voices, according to a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

– New York University

Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, June 2017; 1R03DC009851-01A2

Make Them Wait

We increasingly hate to wait. If waiting is a kind of muscle, it's fair to say we're exercising it less now that packages arrive the same or next day, Visa and Mastercard let us bring stuff home right now, and our devices cushion the waiting-in-line ...

– Family Institute at Northwestern University

Father’s Day: WFU Expert Available on ‘Dadvertising,’ Divorce & More

For more than 25 years, Nielsen has taught “Fathers and Daughters,” the only known college class in the country devoted exclusively to dad-daughter relationships. An accomplished teacher-scholar, Nielsen is the author of five books and numerous s...

Expert Available

– Wake Forest University

Invite Boredom Says Psychologist

Research has recognized for years a connection between children's imaginative capacity and their exposure to external sources of stimulation.

Expert Available

– Family Institute at Northwestern University



Transgender Actors Effective in Teaching New Doctors to Provide Respectful Care

By acting out scenarios commonly seen in the clinic, real-life transgender actors can help residents learn to provide more sensitive care. This is the main finding of a study published online June 15 in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

– NYU Langone Medical Center

Journal of Graduate Medical Education; Health Resources Services Administration Grant #T0BHP285770100

Embargo expired on 15-Jun-2017 at 00:05 ET

Physical Activity Within Physical Education: Time for a Rethink?

Research carried out at Leeds Beckett University suggests physical education (PE) in the United and United States may be failing both teachers and children.

– Leeds Beckett University


How Do Preemies Perform in School?

Parents of prematurely born babies often fear their children may go on to struggle in school, but findings from a new large-scale study from the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine should reassure parent...

– Northwestern University

JAMA Pediatrics

University of Redlands Selects First Female Bulldog Mascot

For the first time since the start of the century-old tradition, the University of Redlands has selected a female pup to be the University’s next live bulldog mascot.

– University of Redlands


Indiana State Boosts Local Economy by $334M, Study Finds

The university contributed more than $334 million and created or supported 4 percent of all jobs in the Wabash Valley. Statewide, Indiana State's total 2016 impact resulted in 4,537 jobs with earnings of $171.94 million and output of $410.79 million ...

– Indiana State University


Study Snapshot: Comparing Student Performance on Paper-and-Pencil and Computer-Based-Tests

Based on a study of more than 30,000 elementary, middle, and high school students conducted in winter 2015–16, researchers found that elementary and middle school students scored lower on a computer-based test that did not allow them to return to p...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting

Study Snapshot: All Aid Is Not Created Equal: Examining the Effects of Unsubsidized Federal Loans on Student Persistence Over Time

Preliminary results from this study show that for low-income college students, taking out unsubsidized Stafford loans is detrimental to success. For every $1,000 in additional money borrowed in unsubsidized loans, students are 5.6 percent less likely...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting

The Development of Adolescents’ Math and English Self-Concept Patterns and Their Associations With College Major Selection

This study is one of the first longitudinal analyses of students’ perceptions of their math and English abilities and of how those perceptions relate to choice of college major. Using data from the Michigan Study of Adolescent and Adult Life Transi...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting

Study Snapshot: Unmasking College Costs: Challenges in the Era of Differential Tuition Practices

In recent years, the implementation of differential tuition (DT) practices by colleges and universities—whether in higher-priced fields of STEM and business, or in the liberal arts—has become a prevalent strategy aimed at increasing revenue. DT p...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting

Study Snapshot: Peer Norms as a Predictor of Academic Achievement: An Ecological Perspective

Using 2002 U.S. Department of Education data on 9,748 high school sophomores across 747 public and private schools, researchers found that peer values related to academic achievement and working while in school significantly predicted students’ aca...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting

Study Snapshot: Tuition Discounting at Small, Private Baccalaureate Institutions: Reaching a Point of No Return?

This study was presented at the AERA 2017 Annual Meeting

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

AERA 2017 Annual Meeting

University of Rhode Island Graduate Students Launch Pharmaceutical Company

The Ph.D. students say Alcinous Pharmaceuticals uses computational software available free on the Internet to sort through 40 million possible drug-binding targets.

– University of Rhode Island

Law and Public Policy


WVU Students Promote Law Enforcement Motor Vehicle Safety

With motor vehicle incidents as a leading cause of on-the-job police officer deaths, communication studies students at West Virginia University put their skills to work to develop and test motor vehicle safety messages with law enforcement officers a...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


The Trump Effect: Does Increased Political Activism Mean More Women Will Run for Office?

Although the 2016 presidential election spurred an upsurge in political activism, a news report, “The Trump Effect,” finds that Donald Trump’s victory and early presidency has not generated a substantial increase in women’s interest in runnin...

– American University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

S&T Tech Uses DNA to Uphold Laws, Reunite Families

A DHS Science and Technology Directorate technology aptly named Rapid DNA reduces the 8 to 10 hour processing time for DNA results to 90 minutes.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

LifeWire Announcements

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Flinn Scientific Expand Reach for STEM Teacher Training and Curricula Program

Flinn Scientific and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) have teamed up to expand access to the award-winning IMSA Fusion program for teachers nationwide.

– Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

J. Landis Martin Elected Chair of Northwestern University Board of Trustees

J. Landis Martin, Chairman and Managing Director of Platte River Equity, LLC, a Denver-based private equity firm, was elected Chair of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees Monday, succeeding William A. Osborn, effective Sept. 1, 2017. Osborn...

– Northwestern University

All Slots for Prestigious Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Filled by UAMS Residents

Two residents from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have been selected for a prestigious fellowship in neuro-oncology administered jointly by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health ...

– University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

APS Awards $267,350 to Its 2017 Undergraduate Research Fellows

APS is sponsoring summer research fellowships for 49 undergraduate students in labs throughout the U.S. The fellowships aim to give students a firsthand look at what it's like to pursue a career in science and encourage them to stay involved in STEM ...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

NHLBI, 1 R25 HL115473-01; IOS, Award No. IOS-1238831

Scholarships Awarded to Residents, Fellows to Attend RLI Summit

The Radiology Leadership Institute® (RLI) awarded scholarships to 10 radiology residents and fellows to attend the 2017 RLI Summit. Attendees will learn how to combine high-quality clinical care with smart organizational and strategic skills to thri...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Professor Awarded $1.5 Million Grant to Research Methods to Fight Cyber Propaganda Campaigns

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor has received more than $1.5 million to research ways to aid U.S. military forces in the fight against cyber propaganda campaigns. The Office of Naval Research awarded Dr. Nitin Agarwal, the UA Little ...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

J. Landis Martin Elected Chair of Northwestern University Board of Trustees

Alumnus to head University’s governing board

– Northwestern University

University of Redlands Appoints Donna M. Eddleman as Dean of Student Affairs

Following a national search, the University of Redlands today announced the appointment of Dr. Donna M. Eddleman as University dean of student affairs, effective August 7.

– University of Redlands

New UCI Academic Program Enhances Access and Affordability for Freshmen and Their Families

The University of California, Irvine, facing unprecedented demand from college-bound Californians, has introduced an innovative, affordable academic program that bundles the degree-related freshman curriculum with programs on leadership development a...

– University of California, Irvine

Brownson Receives $2.9 Million Grant to Boost Physical Activity in Rural Communities

Ross Brownson, the Bernard Becker Professor and director of the Prevent Research Center at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded a $2.9 million grant from National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute for ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Intergenerational Hackfest Sparks Innovation

Residents and staff from five local senior living communities joined forces with Olin College students and professionals in aging services for the LeadingAge MA Hackfest at North Hi

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

LifeWire Marketplace

New Book Calls for Putting More Humanities Into Economics

In a passionately argued new book, Northwestern University literary scholar Gary Saul Morson and Northwestern President Morton Schapiro make the claim that economics is missing its humanity, and economists must look to literature to make their resear...

– Northwestern University





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