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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Experts on CA Wildfires, Wildfire Smoke and Birthweight, Smoke and Pollution Link, and More in the Wildfires News Source

The lastest research and experts on Wildfires in the Wildfires News Source

– Newswise

Arts and Humanities


Repetition Can Make Sounds Into Music

New research from the U of A Music Cognition Lab shows that listeners perceive repeated environmental sounds as music.

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Music & Science

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Big Data May Amplify Existing Police Surveillance Practices

With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly, but in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices, according to sociological research at the University of Texas at A...

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

American Sociological Review

LGBQ* Women’s Sexual Desire Particularly Impacted by Social and Cultural Pressures

After interviewing women who identify as bisexual, lesbian and heterosexual, a study from UK researchers is contributing to the understanding of how desire is influenced by issues such as sexism, religion, sexual orientation discrimination and more. ...

– University of Kentucky

Sexuality & Culture

Short Intervention Boosts Safe-Sex Skills in Teen Girls

A recent study finds that a 45-minute online sexual health program improved the ability of teen girls to communicate effectively about safe sex.

– North Carolina State University

American Journal of Public Health, Nov-2017

Teen Girls ‘Bombarded and Confused’ by Sexting Requests

Adolescent women feel intense pressure to send sexual images to men, but they lack the tools to cope with their concerns and the potential consequences, according to new Northwestern University research.

– Northwestern University

journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy

UAH Professors Find “Widespread Misattribution” in Research Publications and Grant Proposals

UAH business professors find a pattern of widespread misattribution in publications and in research proposals with significant variation by academic rank, discipline, sex, publication history, co-authors, and other factors.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Fong EA, Wilhite AW (2017) Authorship and citation manipulation in academic research. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0187394


Once They Start Composting, People Find Other Ways to Be “Green”

Composting food scraps can prompt people to make other earth-friendly choices, new research has found. When one California city started a composting program to keep food waste out of its landfill, residents began to pay more attention to other enviro...

– Ohio State University

Environment and Behavior

Hearing Different Accents at Home Impacts Language Processing in Infants

Infants raised in homes where they hear a single language, but spoken with different accents, recognize words dramatically differently at about 12 months of age than their age-matched peers exposed to little variation in accent, according to a Univer...

– University at Buffalo

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Women Who Attempt Suicide Exhibit Different Protein Levels Years After the Attempt, New Research Shows

Women with a history of suicide attempts exhibit different levels of a specific protein in their bloodstream than those with no history of suicide attempts, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Sept-2017

Youth Who Experience Violent Victimization Seek Intimate Relationships at an Earlier Age

A new American Sociological Review study has found that experiencing violence as an adolescent leads to early romantic relationships and cohabitating. On average, they found that victimized youth entered romantic relationships nine months earlier tha...

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

American Sociological Review

UGA Researchers Seek Answer to Personal Hurricane Evacuation Decisions

Why do some people living in the path of a major hurricane decide to evacuate while others stay put? That’s what researchers at the University of Georgia want to know so that they can improve how emergency evacuations are handled.

– University of Georgia

The Most Stressful Time of the Year?

Out-of-town visitors, money worries, shopping, overeating: The holidays bring a host of stressors. CSU health professionals offer good advice for turning down the tension.

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– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


Brain Researchers Gain Greater Understanding of How We Generate Internal Experiences

Our mental life is rich with an enormous number of internal experiences. We can vividly recall an episode from childhood as well as what we did just five minutes ago. We can imagine and plan in detail our next vacation. How does the brain achieve thi...

– Bar-Ilan University

Nature Human Behaviour

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET

High-Stress Childhoods Blind Adults to Potential Loss

Adults who lived high-stress childhoods have trouble reading the signs that a loss or punishment is looming, leaving themselves in situations that risk avoidable health and financial problems and legal trouble. According to researchers at the Univers...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences December 4, 2017

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

‘Safe’ Tanners Who Use Sprays and Lotions Less Likely to Get Tattoos and Piercings than Frequent Sunbathers and Tanning Bed Users

People who often sunbathe or use tanning beds are more likely to try risky weight-loss methods and have cosmetic surgery, as well as get tattoos and piercings. But while people who seldom tan also may try unsafe diets and cosmetic surgery, they rarel...

– Baylor University

Buffalo State Experts: Weinberg Reflects on Changing Attitudes Toward Sexual Behavior, Identity

In just the past six years, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, the Tinder app accelerated casual dating, Fifty Shades of Grey was an overnight sensation, and Bruce Jenner became a woman.

– SUNY Buffalo State

5 Tips for Navigating Political Discussions at the Holiday Table

UNLV Couple and Family Therapy program director offers strategies for when requests to pass the salt escalate into debates on passing tax and immigration reform.

Expert Available

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)



Five Wichita State University Student Teams Win Second Annual Koch Innovation Challenge

Five student teams from Wichita State won the university's second annual Koch Innovation Challenge.

– Wichita State University

Alumni Council Dedicated to Involving Grads in the Success of Graduation Initiative 2025

Alumni are giving back and supporting student success.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Grading Schools in Light of Hurricane Harvey Is "Unjust" According to Professor

At a House Public Education Committee hearing last month, superintendents asked the state to waive the accountability ratings that are tied to students’ scores on state standardized tests this spring.

Expert Available

– Texas A&M University


How to Keep Students in Science

Thousands of undergraduates engage in real scientific discovery through HHMI’s Science Education Alliance. A new analysis finds that they are more likely to persist in science than students who take traditional laboratory courses.

– Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

PNAS, Dec-2017


Multicultural Awareness Boosts Teaching Competency, But Is an Uneven Resource Among Future Teachers

Student teachers with more multicultural awareness foster more positive classroom environments for their students, finds a new study by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and published in the Journal of Teacher Educati...

– New York University

Journal of Teacher Education, Dec. 4, 2017

Embargo expired on 04-Dec-2017 at 16:00 ET

How the California State University Is Helping Underrepresented Students Become Scientists

​In 1973, CSUN biology professor MariaElena Zavala, along with a small group of Latinos and Native American scientists, recognized a pressing need in our nation and formed SACNAS – the Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Sci...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Microsoft Mentors Two Northwestern Women in Emerging Tech Field

Two women with Northwestern University connections were project leads in a mentor and spotlight program, led by Microsoft and SH//FT, that celebrates and supports diverse creators in mixed reality.

– Northwestern University

Law and Public Policy


Children on Sex Offender Registries at Greater Risk for Suicide Attempts, Study Suggests

A new study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that children who were legally required to register as sex offenders were at greater risk for harm, including suicide attempts and sexual assault, compared ...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Psychology, Public Policy and Law

Beyond Politics: Private Industry Needs to Step Up on Climate Change

Two Vanderbilt experts show evidence that progress can continue to be made on climate change and other environmental issues regardless of what the government is doing.

– Vanderbilt University

Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

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MSU and Notre Dame: Rivals on the Court, Partners in Safety

Michigan State University and Notre Dame were fierce competitors during the 2017 Big Ten-ACC Challenge. But off the court, the two university police departments partnered to conduct a special training with their Vapor Wake K-9s with one goal: to shar...

– Michigan State University

LifeWire Announcements

Bill D’Elia ’69 and David E. Kelley to Receive Serling Award

.Award-winning television producer/director Bill D’Elia ’69 and producer/writer David E. Kelley are this year’s recipients of the Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media. The goal of the Serling Award is to recogniz...

– Ithaca College

Hazim Hardeman Becomes Temple University First Rhodes Scholar

The 2017 Klein graduate who grew up only blocks from Main Campus makes history as Temple's first recipient of the prestigious scholarship

– Temple University

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State Dept. Honor Turns Student's 'Dream Into a Reality'

Thanks to a highly competitive U.S. State Department program, a University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College senior is one step closer to fulfilling a family and personal aspiration – to become a diplomat.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

The ACEN and OADN Announce a Partnership

Dec. 5, 2017 – The board members of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Organization for Association Degree Nursing (OADN) made the announcement today that the two organizations have entered into a partnership. The ...

– Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

Babson College to Award Full-Tuition Scholarships to Public High School Students in Boston, Lawrence, San Francisco, and Miami

Babson College is offering four-year, full-tuition Diversity Leadership Awards to public high school students in San Francisco, Miami, and Boston, as well as neighboring Lawrence, Massachusetts. Students receiving such scholarships demonstrate the gr...

– Babson College

Vets4Warriors Announces Collaboration with Cohen Veterans Network

Vets4Warriors Announces Collaboration with Cohen Veterans Network

– Rutgers University

Faculty Awarded NOAA Grant to Improve Tornado Warnings for Deaf

Researchers at The University of Alabama will study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities.

– University of Alabama

Three Earn Prestigious Scholarships to U.K., Ireland

Three members of the Northwestern University Class of 2018 are headed to Western Europe for prestigious scholarship programs.

– Northwestern University

California State University, Long Beach to Host 2021 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research has selected California State University, Long Beach as host of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April 2021. Thousands of student researchers and faculty mentors attend the conference each yea...

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

UW-Milwaukee Earns National Military Friendly School Designation

Victory Media announced that UW-Milwaukee earned the Military Friendly School Designation and will be showcased in its annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” and upcoming editions of “G.I. Jobs,” “Military Spouse Magazine” and on mil...

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Angela Merkel Biographer Mushaben on “Becoming the World’s Most Powerful Woman,” Dec. 11 at NYU’s Deutsches Haus

Joyce Mushaben, author of the recently released Becoming the World’s Most Powerful Woman: Angela Merkel and the Transformation of United Germany, will discuss the German chancellor’s life and impact on her country on Mon., Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. at N...

– New York University

Tickets for the 87th Annual Waa-Mu Show on Sale Now

The 87th annual Waa-Mu Show, Northwestern University’s entirely student written and orchestrated musical, announces a one-week holiday flash sale at the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts box office.

– Northwestern University

How a Physics Class Is Changing Student Attitudes for the Better

Michigan State University professors are taking a newer way of teaching a required introductory physics course and making it more meaningful for students who often start out with an unfavorable outlook and think they’ll never use physics later on. ...

– Michigan State University

Larson Transportation Institute to Host 23rd Annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference

Transportation professionals from around the state, mid-Atlantic region and country will gather for the 23rd annual Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC). Held December 6-8, at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center and hosted ...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Dittmar Exhibit Examines War, Surveillance and the Individual

The intimacy of embroidery and individual privacy collide with unmanned technological warfare in the fibers of artist Sabba Elahi’s work. “Drone Stories,” a display of Elahi’s embroidery and text, will be exhibited Jan. 11 - Feb. 12, 2018 at ...

– Northwestern University





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