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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Self-Proclaimed Slackers May Be Sabotaging Own Health

People who think they’re less active than others their age have a greater chance of dying younger than people who perceive themselves as more active, even if their actual activity levels are the same, according to research published by the American...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Health Psychology

Embargo expired on 20-Jul-2017 at 09:00 ET


Artifacts Suggest Humans Arrived in Australia Earlier Than Thought

A team of researchers, including a faculty member and seven students from the University of Washington, has found and dated artifacts in northern Australia that indicate humans arrived there about 65,000 years ago — more than 10,000 years earlier t...

– University of Washington


Embargo expired on 19-Jul-2017 at 13:00 ET

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Heat Tweet: Users Flock to Twitter When Temperatures Rise

A new study by Florida State University researchers examines the impact rising temperatures have on Twitter activity, and how government officials use the social media tool to warn the general public of heatwave conditions.

– Florida State University

Trembling Tenors: Choir Helps People with Parkinson's Disease Battle Destructive Effects to Muscles, Brain, Voice

The Mountain Tremors is a partnership between Northern Arizona University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and School of Music and the Parkinson's Support Group in Flagstaff.

– Northern Arizona University

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When Sizing Up Potential Friends and Mates, the Eyes of Men and Women Move Differently

New Research from Wellesley College and the University of Kansas Shows People Observe the Body Differently When Assessing Friends vs. Mates

– Wellesley College

Archives of Sexual Behavior

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Devotion to National, Religious Symbol Alleviates Stress of Immigration

Mexican immigrants living in a rural Mississippi county and who are highly devoted to the Virgin of Guadalupe coped better with immigration-related stress than those less devoted to the religious, Mexican symbol.

– University of Alabama

Fifty Years After “Summer of Love,” Drug Use Still Going Strong for Some

Fifty years ago, this summer, a social phenomenon emerged in California and swept the nation. Called the “Summer of Love,” it began with tens of thousands of “hippies” converging in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the summer...

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


Bilingual Babies: New Study Shows How Exposure to a Foreign Language Ignites Infants' Learning

A new study by the University of Washington, published July 17 in Mind, Brain, and Education, is among the first to investigate how babies can learn a second language outside of the home. The researchers sought to answer a fundamental question: Can b...

– University of Washington

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One Third of Fake Images Go Undetected in Recent Study

Around one third of fake images went undetected in a recent study by the University of Warwick, UK.

– University of Warwick

Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications

You’re Not Yourself When You’re Sleepy

More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and growing evidence suggests it’s not only taking a toll on their physical health through heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and/or other conditions, but hurting their mental health as well.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Case Grows for Link Between Happiness and Health

In the most comprehensive review to date of studies on subjective well-being, a team of researchers conclude there is a connection between happiness and health in some instances — from better wound healing and immune system function to emotional r...

– University of Utah

Applied Psychology



Queen’s Study Finds That Young People Want More Say When It Comes to GCSEs

A new research study by Queen’s University Belfast has found that students in Northern Ireland and Wales want more choice and fairness when it comes to their GCSE experience, including the subject selection process and the pressure to take on parti...

– Queen's University Belfast

Embargo expired on 19-Jul-2017 at 09:00 ET

Michael Sargent Left UVA Darden to Redeploy in Afghanistan, and Returned a Hero

Michael Sargent (GEMBA '17) put his Darden education on hold when called to redeploy to Afghanistan, where his heroics earned him the Silver Star.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Crazy Smart Summer: Girls Build Robots to Help People

Some middle schoolers spend their summers lounging poolside or visiting grandma. Others spend part of vacation building robots. During the Women in Robotics Summer Youth Program at Michigan Technological University this week, 23 girls will learn to p...

– Michigan Technological University

NSF grant no. 1453886; NSF grant no. 1350154; NSF grant no. 1426989

Pop Culture


Can Journalists Help Readers Navigate the Changing Media Landscape?

As the media industry copes with fake news, journalists still relish the chance to tell stories that matter.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

UC San Diego Celebrates ‘Science Nonfiction’ at Comic-Con

For the first time, the horde of 100,000+ attendees at San Diego Comic-Con can count a local university among its ranks. UC San Diego’s presence will be seen on MTS trolleys, outdoor boards — even street teams wearing sandwich-boards and aluminum...

– University of California San Diego

Law and Public Policy


Dem. Rep. of Congo’s Kabila & Family Have Large Private Holdings, But Little Oversight, New Report Finds

Joseph Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and his family own, either partially or wholly, more than 80 companies and businesses in the country and abroad, according to a new report by New York University’s Congo Research...

– New York University


Venezualan Elections, Police Violence, Alleviating Border Woes, Russian Relations, and More in the U.S. Politics News Source

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

– Newswise

Study: Health Insurance Costs Threaten Farm Viability

According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study, 64 percent of American farmers report having pre-existing conditions. Lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing farmers, the survey fou...

– University of Vermont

Fear of Arrest Stops Some Needed Calls to 911 After Opioid Overdose Is Administered

Fear of being arrested still undercuts an Indiana law that shields anyone who administers naloxone from criminal charges, according to a survey conducted by two researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Naloxone is a lifesavin...

– Indiana University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

CUR Councilors Approve Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research

CUR Code of Ethics for Undergraduate Research provides an important ethical guide for students, faculty, and administrators as they pursue undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activities

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

LifeWire Announcements

Pilot Program Will Test Novel Approach to Teaching Science

Scientists know children with strong spatial thinking skills have an edge in STEM disciplines, but skills are not part of working elementary curricula. Researchers will now develop and test such a program.

– Johns Hopkins University

FAU Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant for Nurse Practitioners to Care for Underserved Broward County Residents

Nurse practitioners can help meet the rising demand for health care due to older population growth, especially in underserved populations.

– Florida Atlantic University

NYIT’s Luz Minaya Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award

Luz Minaya, director, Field Placement and Certification in NYIT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, has received the 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclus...

– New York Institute of Technology

Columbus State University Partners With Local School System on NSA Grant for Middle School Cybersecurity Education

A $50,000 NSA grant allows Columbus State Univeristy and the local school system to create what may be the state's first course in cybersecurity education specifically designed for 7th and 8th grade middle school students. The curriculum will be avai...

– Columbus State University

NSA-Funded Virtual Cybersecurity Lab to Improve Cloud Networking Security

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock researcher is creating a virtual lab to address issues related to cloud-based computing environments and to help students practice networking and cyber defense skills. The program's modules will be part of a cy...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Twelve Endowed Professorships Created Through Ryan Family Chair Challenge

Twelve endowed professorships have been established at Northwestern University to date through the Ryan Family Chair Challenge, which matches gifts made by other Northwestern supporters to create new professorships, or chairs, across a wide range of ...

– Northwestern University

New Executive Board Member Elected at Council of Undergraduate Research

Mark D. Marshall (Amherst College) Elected as Secretary to the Council on Undergraduate Research's Executive Board

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 Recognizes St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, was recently acknowledged in the 2018 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges.” According to the guide, “For those looking to be part of an intellectual community in a small...

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

UVA Darden Appoints New Leaders to MBA Program Team

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business announces several new leadership appointments to its MBA program team in preparation for the 2017–18 academic year and in support of its continuous efforts to enhance Darden’s renowned educatio...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Fundraising Skyrockets at University of Georgia

In the first year of the public phase of the Commit to Georgia Campaign, University of Georgia donors set a record in fundraising, contributing $227.8 million in new gifts and pledges.

– University of Georgia

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Hollywood Special-Effects Legend Phil Tippett Joins Artist Lucy Raven for Evening of Film and Conversation, Including the Sci-Fi Classic Starship Troopers

On Thursday, July 20, at 7PM, Hollywood special-effects legend Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, RoboCop) will join artist Lucy Raven at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institu...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)





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