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Arts and Humanities


Filmmaker Alireza Khatami Draws on Experience in Classroom

Award-winning filmmaker Alireza Khatami finds the roles of educator and student are sometimes blurred in his classroom at DePaul University. “I try to let students learn from mistakes I have made. I’m constantly trying to connect real-life experi...

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– DePaul University


Hollywood Leaves ‘Great Deal of Money on the Table’ Regarding Movies Featuring Actors of Color, Baylor Expert Says

Movies like “Marshall” that are built around actors of color and have appeal to consumers of color historically see a significant surge in ticket sales in weeks five through eight – if producers are willing to keep them in theaters that long an...

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– Baylor University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Want to Control Your Dreams? Here's How You Can

New research at the University of Adelaide has found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people's chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they're dreaming while it's still happening and can control the experi...

– University of Adelaide



Supervisor Support Critical to Employee Well-Being and Workforce Readiness

Nearly half of American workers are concerned about the changing nature of work, and although most report that they have the skills they need to perform their current job well, those without supervisor support for career development are more likely t...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Embargo expired on 18-Oct-2017 at 06:00 ET

Disney and Pixar Films Present Opportunities for Parents to Discuss End-of-Life with Children

Many adults put off discussing end-of-life issues with kids, but a University at Buffalo researcher says Disney/Pixar films can serve as conversation starters for what might be an otherwise difficult subject. The findings appear in Omega-Journal o...

– University at Buffalo

Omega-Journal of Death and Dying

Wichita State Student Authors Children's Book About Autism

Wichita State student Amy Lightfoot has authored a children's book titled "My Cousin Lili." The book is the real-life story about Lightfoot and how her cousin Lilian, who has autism spectrum disorder, inspired her to understand and love people with d...

– Wichita State University

My Cousin Lili

Tracing Communism’s Reach, 100 Years After the Russian Revolution

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, NYU's Joshua Tucker talks about communism’s legacy and how the Soviet Union changed the world.

– New York University


Electronic Cigarettes Increasing in Popularity and Acceptability as Perception of Health Risks Remains Low

Recently many college campuses around the country have banned the use of vaping nicotine products (VPNs) and e-cigarettes. A new study published in Risk Analysis: An International Journal found that people’s opinions of public vaping, are heavily i...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Risk Analysis: An International Journal

You Would Not Ask a Firefighter to Perform Open-Heart Surgery

The concept of “collective intelligence” states that if a team performs well on one task, it'll repeat that success on other projects, regardless of the work. While it sounds good in theory, it doesn’t work that way in reality, according to an ...

– Iowa State University

Journal of Applied Psychology

New Examination of Occupational Licensing Contradicts Decades of Research

Broad consensus among researchers holds that licensure creates wage premiums by establishing economic monopolies, but according to Northwestern University  research, licensure does not limit competition nor does it increase wages.

– Northwestern University

American Sociological Review

Study Suggests Psychedelic Drugs Could Reduce Criminal Behavior

Classic psychedelics such as mushrooms, LSD and peyote are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behavior, according to new research from investigators at UAB

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of Psychopharmacology, 10/17/17

More Than a Mentor: WVU Social Work Professor Honored for Mentorship

West Virginia University social work professor Carrie Rishel will be honored this fall as an effective mentor in the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Mentor Recognition Program.

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– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Tweeting Rage: How Immigration Policies Can Polarize Public Discourse

A University of Washington study of tweets in the months before and after the 2010 passage of Arizona's "show me your papers" law, findings showed that the average tweet about Mexican immigrants and Hispanics, in general, became more negative. Assist...

– University of Washington

American Journal of Sociology

During Crisis, Exposure to Conflicting Information Is Linked to Stress, UCI-led study finds

Exposure to high rates of conflicting information during an emergency is linked to increased levels of stress, and those who rely on text messages or social media reports from unofficial sources are more frequently exposed to rumors and experience gr...

– University of California, Irvine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct-2017

Progress Isn’t Progress Unless It Happens for You

Economic progress can cause people to feel dispossessed and angry if they don’t feel like they are also advancing, according to a study. “The results indicate that a booming economy may not be the incumbent government’s sole insurance against l...

– Vanderbilt University

American Political Science Review



Student Success Through Innovation

Graduation Initiative 2025 is the California State University’s ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and equity gaps.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


Does Faculty Productivity Really Decline with Age?

Conventional wisdom holds that a faculty member's research career peaks at about five years, followed by a steady decline in productivity. But new research shows this stereotype is "remarkably inaccurate."

– University of Colorado Boulder

PNAS, October-2017

Comfortable with Conflict: Wake Forest University Faculty Help Students Navigate Political Divisions

At Wake Forest, faculty are making conscious efforts to help students get comfortable with a healthy degree of conflict as part of their academic and personal growth. Instead of shying away from studying topics that evoke strong – and often polariz...

– Wake Forest University

Coca-Cola’s Muhtar Kent Shares 4 Keys to Successful Leadership

Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and former CEO Muhtar Kent discussed key leadership traits at a Leadership Speaker Series event at the UVA Darden School of Business

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Making a Difference: UVA Community Is Giving Back in Wake of Natural Disasters

This story features UVA Darden alumna Elizabeth Moody Ross (MBA '04) who worked in the Home Depot command center to ensure plywood was available to help rebuild areas hit by natural disasters.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Alumnus of Darden’s The Executive Program Ready for Liftoff to Space Station

An article featuring UVA Darden School of Business alumnus Scott Tingle (The Executive Program '15) who is pursuing his lifelong dream of space travel

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

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Attending a Middle vs. a K-8 School Matters for Student Outcomes

Students who attend a middle school compared to a K-8 school are likely to have a lower perception of their reading skills, finds a new study by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

– New York University

Journal of Early Adolescence; Spencer Foundation

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 16:00 ET

Study Shows Students with the Lowest Student Loan Debt Tend to Default More Than Students Carrying More Debt

As higher education tuition levels continue to rise, there’s concern that increasing student loan debt will lead to higher default rates. A new analysis suggests otherwise. The study, conducted by RTI International for the National Center for Educ...

– RTI International

Law and Public Policy


Media Advisory: Experts Can Discuss Fed Chair Options

Janet Yellen’s term as chair of the Federal Reserve ends in February. Speculation has begun about who the president might choose to be her successor. Johns Hopkins has several experts with extensive media experience to discuss this and any Fed ne...

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– Johns Hopkins University


Kansas State University Featured in Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense National Report

Kansas State University is featured in several sections of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense's special bipartisan report released on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

– Kansas State University

Defense of Animal Agriculture: A Bipartisan Report of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense

LifeWire Announcements

Cornell University Launches Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity

A $20 million gift from the Milstein family will launch the new Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell Tech that will pioneer a new approach to developing 21st century leaders...

– Cornell University

Pacific University (Ore.) Welcomes Administrators to Leadership Positions

New employees (leadership-level)

– Pacific University (Ore.)

“Science of the Impossible” Magician Jason Latimer to Perform at STEMtastic! Awards Event

World-renowned science magician Jason Latimer will give one of his hallmark “Science of the Impossible” presentations during the second annual STEM-tastic! awards ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Oxnard.

– California State University, Channel Islands

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Announces Dr. Kelly Page as Research Fellow

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) announces that Dr. Kelly Page will be leading a nine-month ethnographic research project on “Developing Social Leaders Leadership at IMSA”.

– Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

University of Colorado Boulder to Reduce Cost to Attain a College Degree

The University of Colorado Boulder has announced a major step in reducing the cost of attendance, eliminating $8.4 million per year in course-related fees. Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano made the announcement at his State of the Campus address Tuesda...

– University of Colorado Boulder

includes video

Texas Tech Plant & Soil Science Creates Local Food and Wine Concentration

The program will be the first of its kind in the U.S. focused on education and promotion of the growing local food and wine movement in Texas.

– Texas Tech University

$3m Gift to UIC Honors Immigrants Who Lived American Dream, Helps Generations of Students

Foundation honors immigrant parents' love of education, hard work.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

UCI launches Center for Jewish Studies

A new Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Irvine will bring together faculty, students, visiting scholars and members of the public interested in exploring Judaism.

– University of California, Irvine

Undergraduate Learning Abroad Office Launched

The newly formed Office of Undergraduate Learning Abroad (ULA) combines the two units previously known as Study Abroad and International Program Development (IPD). The integration follows recommendations from the University’s 2016 Global Task Force...

– Northwestern University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Historian Linda Gordon on “The Second Coming of the KKK”—Oct. 25 at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge

New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge will host historian Linda Gordon for the launch of “The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and American Political Tradition” (Liveright) on Wed., Oct. 25.

– New York University

Maggie Anderson, Author of ‘Dear All,’ to Give Reading Oct. 30

The Department of English at West Virginia University will host a reading by poet Maggie Anderson on Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the WVU Downtown Library’s Milano Room.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Building Peace and Democracy in Africa

Richard Joseph, professor of political science and African Studies at Northwestern University, will give a talk on his work studying politics in Africa and why access to information is crucial to democratic governance.

– Northwestern University

ACLU National Legal Director to Deliver Leopold Lecture

David D. Cole, the national legal director of the ACLU, will discuss the role of civil society in advancing and defending liberty in “perilous times” when he delivers the 28th annual Richard W. Leopold Lecture at Northwestern University on Oct. 2...

– Northwestern University

'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Speaks on Race and Identity

Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” urged journalism students from the Medill School and around the country this week to “pursue the facts” in an era when mainstream news outlets are being accused of promoting “fake news.” 

– Northwestern University

LifeWire Marketplace

New Book Explores Drinking, Drug Abuse, and Addiction in the Autism Community

The book, titled “Drinking, Drug Use and Addiction in the Autism Community,” explores why addiction is more common among individuals with ASD than it is within the general population and investigates how addiction and autism affect one another. ...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System





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