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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Arts and Humanities


What Does Music Mean? Sign Language May Offer an Answer, New Research Concludes

How do we detect the meaning of music? We may gain some insights by looking at an unlikely source, sign language, a newly released linguistic analysis concludes.

– New York University

Music Perception

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Sociologists Present Research on Gender, Drug Use, Suicide and Religion

Faculty members and graduate students from Indiana University Bloomington presented research findings this week at the 112th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, a four-day meeting in Montreal.

– Indiana University

ASA Annual Meeting, Aug-2017

Young Victims of Cyberbullying Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide and Self-Harm, Study Finds

Children and young people under-25 who become victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to enact self-harm and attempt suicide than non-victims. While perpetrators of cyberbullying are also more likely to experience suicidal thoughts an...

– University of Birmingham



Depression Overshadows Past as Well as Present

New research proves first link between depression and hindsight bias

– University of Portsmouth

Quality After-School Programs Help Students Feel More Connected, Caring

Elementary school-aged children in high-quality after-school programs were found to be more competent, caring and respectful toward adults in a new study led by a University of Georgia researcher.

– University of Georgia

Parenting in the Age of YouTubeKids

Benjamin Burroughs spends hours studying children's videos on YouTube. A father of three kids who teaches and researches how technology shapes people's lives, Burroughs is fascinated by the growing number of fun, elaborate entertainment videos aimed ...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

The Link Between Unhappiness and Smartphone Usage with Kids

Recent research has shown a direct correlation between excessive smartphone usage and unhappiness with kids and teens. Children's Hospital Los Angeles psychologist Stephanie Marcy discusses the issue and provides tips for parents on how to manage th...

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– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles


Understanding Alternative Reasons Behind Climate Change Denial Could Help Bridge Divide

Mainstream criticism of people who deny climate change essentially portrays climate skeptics as being out of touch, ignorant or somehow incapable of understanding the facts about climate change.

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

Embargo expired on 15-Aug-2017 at 03:00 ET

New Research: What Does It Take to Thrive in Elite Sports?

Usain Bolt. Serena Williams. Cristiano Ronaldo. Those at the top of their sporting game put their heart and soul into doing their best, but new research has shed light on why thriving at elite sports is far more complex than it appears.

– University of Portsmouth

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Marijuana Use Amongst Youth Stable, but Substance Abuse Admissions Up

While marijuana use amongst youth remains stable, youth admission to substance abuse treatment facilities has increased, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Substance Use & Misuse, July-2017

University of Delaware Partners with Russian Institution on Orphan Project

A University of Delaware researcher has developed an intervention to help at-risk children that will be implemented in Russia through a partnership with St. Petersburg University. Researchers at St. Petersburg will study its effectiveness with childr...

– University of Delaware


Virtual Detectives Use Social Media to Study Global Fashion Trends

Each day billions of photographs are uploaded to photo-sharing services and social media platforms, and Cornell University computer science researchers are figuring out ways to analyze this visual treasure trove through deep-learning methods. Kavita ...

– Cornell University

Intoxication Increases Risk for Heavy Drinkers to Commit Violence Against Intimate Partner, Study Finds

Intoxicated, heavy drinkers have a tendency to act rashly in response to negative emotions, which can intensify the risk for intimate partner aggression, according to a study by Georgia State University and Purdue University.

– Georgia State University

Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research

Binge-Watching 'the Walking Dead?' You Might Feel Like a Zombie Yourself

Binge-watching is a great way for young adults to catch up on multiple episodes of their favorite television series like "The Walking Dead" or "Game of Thrones," but it comes at a price.

– University of Michigan

Psychologists Available to Discuss Charlottesville Violence

As you are reporting on various aspects of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, psychologists are available to discuss how white supremacy, racism and prejudice can lead to extremism, how police should handle potentially violent demonstrations ...

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– American Psychological Association (APA)



Online Education Boosts Proper Use of Drugs That Prevent Blood Clots

Results of a yearlong study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) with more than 900 nurses at The Johns Hopkins Hospital suggest that well-designed online education can decrease the rate of nonadministration of prescribe...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine


Embargo expired on 16-Aug-2017 at 14:00 ET


Child’s Home Learning Environment Predicts 5th Grade Academic Skills

Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later ac...

– New York University

Applied Developmental Science; NSF 0218159; NSF 0721383; Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 105-95-1936

Sanitation Marketing Systems in Bangladesh: A Public-Private Partnership

Sanitation Marketing Systems in Bangladesh is one of five finalists for the P3 Award, which recognizes leading public-private partnerships that improve communities around the world. This award will be presented at the Concordia Annual Summit by the D...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Super Start: How to Prepare Children, Teens for New School Year and Transitions

The first several days of school will plant roots for the rest of the academic year, say education professors at Kansas State University.

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– Kansas State University


Teaching Language and Preparing Students for a Global Workplace

In leading the Language Acquisition Resource Center at San Diego State, Dr. Mary Ann Lyman-Hager has made the teaching of language — from French and Spanish to Pashto and Dari — her life’s mission.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Law and Public Policy


Florida Flood Risk Study Identifies Priorities for Property Buyouts

A study of flood damage in Florida by scientists at UC Santa Cruz and the Nature Conservancy proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions.

– University of California, Santa Cruz

Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Aug-2017


Detecting a Concealed Weapon or Threat Is Not Easy, Even for Experienced Police Officers

Terrorist attacks and bombings underscore the need for accurate threat detection. However, the likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a weapon is only slightly better than chance, according to research from Iowa State Universit...

– Iowa State University

Law and Human Behavior

Media Advisory: How a ‘Rock-Paper-Scissors’ Game Led to Charlottesville

Johns Hopkins historian N.D.B. Connolly says last weekend’s white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, has made it clear that “generic solutions” to this county’s racial problem do not work. For too long, he says, discrimi...

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– Johns Hopkins University


WashU Expert: Opioid Emergency Needs Science-Based Solutions

President Donald Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency is an important statement and first step toward admitting a problem, said an expert on opioid addiction at Washington University in St. Louis, while warning that without scienc...

– Washington University in St. Louis

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

APA Offers Resources for Dealing with Racism, Aftermath of Charlottesville Violence

The American Psychological Association has many resources available for the media and the public in covering and dealing with the aftermath of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

– American Psychological Association (APA)

LifeWire Announcements

THE PLAYERS Championship Generously Doubles Endowed First Generation Scholarship at the University of North Florida

Through the years, THE PLAYERS Championship has continually invested in University of North Florida students that are the first in their family to attend college. Now, THE PLAYERS has pledged to double THE PLAYERS Championship Endowed First Generatio...

– University of North Florida

Georgia State University Introduces eSports Programs

Georgia State University has introduced programs for students interested in eSports, organized multiplayer video game competitions among players that are often broadcast, and which have spurred the development of collegiate teams at institutions acro...

– Georgia State University

HHMI Awards 39 Gilliam Fellowships to Support Diversity in Science

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected 39 new Gilliam fellows, exceptional doctoral students who have the potential to be leaders in their fields and the desire to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

USC Annenberg Announces 2017-18 Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellow

Brit Wigintton has been named the 2017–18 recipient of the Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Fellowship at USC Annenberg.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Amherst College’s Folger Shakespeare Library Awarded $1.5M Grant for Collaborative Research Project

Amherst College’s Folger Shakespeare Library has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a collaborative research project, Before Farm to Table: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

– Amherst College

New Scholarships Support the Liberal Arts

Parkersburg, W.Va. native Charles Beorn arrived at West Virginia University in 1959 for his freshman year of college with only one goal in mind—going to medical school.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

UCI Logs Second-Highest Research Funding Total in Fiscal 2016-17

University of California, Irvine researchers received more than $378 million in grants and contract funding for fiscal 2016-17, the second-highest total in campus history.

– University of California, Irvine

Dr. Shivendra Sahi Named Chair and Professor of Biology at USciences

University of the Sciences has named Shivendra (Shiv) Sahi, PhD, chair and professor of the Department of Biological Sciences, which was recently announced by provost Peter Miller, PhD. Dr. Sahi joins USciences from the Department of Biology at Weste...

– University of the Sciences

LifeWire Higher Education Events

UIC Urban Forum to Examine Influence, Future of Infrastructure

The University of Illinois at Chicago's 2017 Urban Forum brings together policymakers, civic leaders, researchers and journalists to discuss public infrastructure projects where people work and play, and to make well-designed urban plans that connect...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Pacific Celebrates First PhD Graduate at August Commencement

The Pacific University College of Health Professions held annual commencement exercises for six of its eight schools on Saturday, Aug. 12, on the Marsh Hall East Lawn at the Forest Grove Campus, highlighted by the awarding of the university's first-e...

– Pacific University (Ore.)





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