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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Equality Isn’t Cutting It: New Campaign From American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics Works for Health Equity, Too

Join our virtual press briefing on August 10 at 11 am ET to hear from these organizations about new research, stories of successful programs in communities, and experts who can speak to the need to ensure all children have access to nutritious food a...

– Newswise

Live virtual press briefing - register here to attend


When You’re Blue, So Are Your Instagram Photos

A new study shows that Instagram photos can be examined by a computer to successfully detect depressed people. The computer results are more reliable (70%) than the diagnostic success rate (42%) of general-practice doctors. The approach promises a ne...

– University of Vermont

EPJ Data Science, August 8, 2017

Embargo expired on 07-Aug-2017 at 20:00 ET

Arts and Humanities


Smithsonian Snapshot: The Myth and the Milky Way

In this untitled painting from his series titled “Zulu” (meaning “sky” or “heavens”), Gavin Jantjes (b. 1948, South Africa) depicted a Khoisan myth about the Milky Way.

– Smithsonian Institution


Run-Up to Revolution: Early American History Seen Through the Stage in Odai Johnson's Book 'London in a Box'

The true cultural tipping point in the run-up to the American Revolution might have been the First Continental Congress's decision in late October of 1774 to close the theaters in British America, says University of Washington drama professor Odai Jo...

– University of Washington

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Parents of Premature Babies as Happy as Other Parents by Adulthood

Parents of very premature or very low birth weight babies have the same life satisfaction as parents of full-term babies, when their children reach adulthood– according to new research by the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

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Technology and Children: A Parent’s Survival Guide

With kids using new technology every day, many parents are forced to keep up or get left behind.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Invasive Gobies May Change Oneida Lake’s Complexion - Again

Oneida Lake, a kissing cousin to New York’s Finger Lakes, may soon get an environmental makeover due to another in a series of invasive species bringing havoc to the body’s ecosystem and disturbing its recreational waters.

Expert Available

– Cornell University


Violent News Videos Can Be a Moral Motivator, Says UB Researcher

Matthew Grizzard, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Communication, says his latest research suggests editors should include violent video in those stories they consider to be genuinely newsworthy.

– University at Buffalo

Mass Communication and Society


Netflix Drama “13 Reasons Why” Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

A recent study out of San Diego State University has found an increase of internet searches for suicide immediately following the release of the popular Netflix show “13 Reasons Why.” Researchers used data from Google Trends and found that suicid...

– San Diego State University

JAMA Internal Medicine

UB Research Shows How Pronouns Can Be Used to Build Confidence in Stressful Situations

A new study suggests that taking a “distanced perspective,” or seeing ourselves as though we were an outside observer, leads to a more confident and positive response to upcoming stressors than seeing the experience through our own eyes.

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

Easing the Back-to-School Transition for Children with Special Needs

UAB School of Education experts provide some tips to parents on how to ease the back-to-school transition for children with special needs and emotional and behavioral disorders.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


So Lonely I Could Die

Social isolation, loneliness could be greater threat to public health than obesity, researchers say

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

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

Can Discrimination Contribute to Feelings of Radicalization?

Lack of cultural identity, marginalization related to Muslim immigrants’ support for extremism, research finds

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

Embargo expired on 05-Aug-2017 at 10:00 ET


New Mindfulness Method Helps Coaches, Athletes Score

Sessions can help athletes at all levels develop mental edge, psychologist says

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Embargo expired on 04-Aug-2017 at 09:00 ET

Older Adults with HIV: An Overlooked Population?

Stigma due to age, sexual orientation, HIV status contributes to poor mental, physical health

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

Embargo expired on 04-Aug-2017 at 10:00 ET

Understanding How Persuasion Works Can Make Consumers More Savvy

It’s not just art, it’s science, psychologist says

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

Embargo expired on 04-Aug-2017 at 15:00 ET

Swearing is a Sign of the Times

Researchers at San Diego State University have found an increase of the use of swear words in popular media captures the evolving American psyche. Lead author Jean Twenge and her team say the increase of risqué words indicates a cultural shift towar...

– San Diego State University


Why Are Doctors Underusing a Drug to Treat Opioid Addiction?

Access to counseling for patients, mentoring for physicians could help increase use, survey says

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Embargo expired on 03-Aug-2017 at 13:00 ET

Age of First Exposure to Pornography Shapes Men’s Attitudes Toward Women

Young exposure associated with need for power over women, older with promiscuity, study says

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

Embargo expired on 03-Aug-2017 at 11:00 ET

Yoga Effective at Reducing Symptoms of Depression

Multi-week regimen may be an effective complement to traditional therapy, multiple studies suggest

– American Psychological Association (APA)

125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association

Embargo expired on 03-Aug-2017 at 14:00 ET

Study Examines Tolerance of Political Lies for Shared Views

A new study, from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggests people have more leniency for politicians’ lies when they bolster a shared belief that a specific ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Social Psychological and Personality Science

Why Facebook Is So Hard to Resist

Why is social media such a hard habit to break? Because it makes us feel good, said Michigan State University's Allison Eden, assistant professor in the Department of Communication. She and researchers from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Radboud Un...

– Michigan State University

Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking



More Veterans Have Enrolled in College with Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which covers educational costs for veterans beyond tuition, has boosted college enrollment rates among veterans by 3 percentage points compared with the earlier G.I. Bill, finds a new study by NYU Steinhardt.

– New York University


UVA Darden’s Eastern Philosophy Class Yields 3 Key Insights for Business Leaders

Jay Bourgeois, a professor in the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, believes business students – and professionals – can learn a lot from Eastern philosophy.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Where Colleges School Google: Creating a Culture That Supports Women, Minorities in STEM

Gender, racial, socioeconomic and other equity gaps in STEM-related careers are more than a “pipeline problem.” That being said, what are colleges and universities like Wake Forest doing to help close these gaps?

Expert Available

– Wake Forest University


Student Journey: “Deadliest Warrior” TV Show Leads to Engineering and a Summer in Birmingham

For 21 years, the National Science Foundation has supported summer undergraduate research at UAB. The 10 students at UAB this summer came from schools as far-flung as San Diego State and Brigham Young, and as different in size as Oakwood University a...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Texas Teachers ‘Go Nuts’ Seeking Better Ways to Explain Science

A research facility in Beaumont, Texas, has been inviting middle and high school teachers to a daylong workshop for four years. It’s an effort to teach so-called STEM courses — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — via agriculture ...

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Want to Graduate Sooner? Find a Great Advisor

Intensive academic advising may prove to be a game-changer when it comes to helping students stay on track to earning a degree.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Pop Culture


Transgender TV Characters Have the Power to Shape Audience Attitudes, USC Annenberg Research Shows

Watching transgender characters on fictional TV shows has the power to influence attitudes toward transgender people and policy issues.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Law and Public Policy


Nixon Anniversary and Trump Tribulations: Political Parallels Invite Insight

Political historian and author weighs in on comparisons between Nixon and Trump administrations.

– Arizona State University (ASU)


WashU Expert: Ethical Considerations of Legalizing Physician-Assisted Death for Dementia

As Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continue to become more prevalent, it may not be long before there is a push for legalizing physician-assisted death (PAD) in dementia cases in the United States.American officials must thoroughly ...

Expert Available

– Washington University in St. Louis

The Hastings Center Report July/August 2017


21st Century Cures Act Passage Highlights Need for Improved Comment Period

The 21st Century Cures Act, approved by Congress in December 2016, authorized $6.3 billion in federal funding, mainly for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It was supported in large part by pharmaceutical manufacturers.The bill and key changes...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Civic Math: Mathematicians Wield Geometry, Train Experts in Effort to Fight Gerrymandering and Promote Voting Rights

National experts in mathematics, law, politics, and voting rights are gathering at Tufts University this week to discuss nonpartisan solutions to gerrymandering and promote fair electoral districting practices across the country. The conference is th...

– Tufts University

CSU Makes Sweeping Changes to Developmental Education Policy

Policy changes include expanded use of multiple measures for course placement in the first year, the elimination of non-credit bearing prerequisite courses and a revamped Early Start Program that provides students college credit.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

LifeWire Announcements

Mili Takes the Helm at UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics

UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics Dean Fatma Mili officially began her tenure Aug. 1.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ithaca College Joins BOLD Women’s Leadership Network and President Collado Receives Foundation Grant

Ithaca College has become the fifth higher education institution in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, an intergenerational initiative focused on cultivating courageous leadership among college women who possess the skills necessary to move disco...

– Ithaca College

Northwestern to Accept GRE for Law School Admission

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law will allow all J.D. applicants starting in fall 2018 to submit either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) for admission the following year (fall 2019).

– Northwestern University

Saint Louis University to Celebrate Grand Hall Ribbon Cutting Tuesday, Aug. 8

The ribbon cutting ceremony to open Saint Louis University’s newest residence hall, Grand Hall, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 8. The ceremony will include brief remarks by SLU president Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.

– Saint Louis University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Professor to Discuss Future of Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, robotics, automation and machine learning are already disrupting the workplace. Will they disrupt the college experience next? That’s the question Dr. Keng Siau is asking colleagues this week at the Twenty-Third Americas Co...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Twenty-third Americas Conference on Information Systems, Boston, 2017

Sociologists to Explore Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion at Annual Meeting in Montreal

The conference will feature approximately 600 sessions and more than 3,000 studies covering such subjects as immigration, gender, culture, education, politics, sex, health, children, religion, same-sex marriage, bullying, work, race, relationships, f...

– American Sociological Association (ASA)





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