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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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Premature Babies Make Fewer Friends – but Not for Long

Premature babies make fewer friends, feel less accepted by peers and spend less time socialising in early childhood – but this improves when they get to school – according to new research by an international research collaboration, including the ...

– University of Warwick


Arts and Humanities


Faulkner Book Urges a More Physical Feminism

Dr. Sandra Faulkner’s new book, “Real Women Run: Running as Feminist Embodiment,” brings poetic inquiry, ethnography and feminist analysis to the study of women runners of all identities and how they fit or do not fit cultural expectations. Fau...

– Bowling Green State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Queen’s Research Suggests the Sicilian Mafia Arose to Power From Lemon Sales in the 1800s

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, in collaboration the University of Manchester and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), have uncovered new evidence to suggest that the Sicilian mafia arose to notoriety in the 1800s in response to the ...

– Queen's University Belfast

The Journal of Economic History, 77(4), 1083-1115.

Nutrition Education Intervention Helps Consumers Mitigate the Impact of Advertising, Particularly for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

It is well established that marketing efforts such as advertising are among the factors that can negatively affect health behaviors. Media literacy education can lessen this impact by developing an individual’s skills to critically evaluate marketi...

– Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

New UNF Poll Shows Sen. Bill Nelson Leading Gov. Rick Scott in 2018 Senate Election

The Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida has a new poll that reveals Sen. Bill Nelson in the lead for the upcoming Senate election, with Gov. Rick Scott trailing close behind. The survey also shows that President Trump’s j...

– University of North Florida

There’s More to Sports Than Olympic Gold: Just Ask a Florida 4-H Member

The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat. As we watch the Winter Olympics on TV this month, we get a daily reminder of the human drama of athletic competition. But there’s another side of sports that the University of Florida Institute of Fo...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

UF Dietitian: Olympics Can Inspire US to Eat Better

Before you achieve complete couch-potato status this Winter Olympics, take a cue from the dietary habits of the athletes you see onscreen, says a dietitian with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


Secure Attachment to God Among Religious Older Adults is Linked to Good Mental Health

Older individuals who are securely attached to God experience increased optimism over time, and those with confidence in God’s forgiveness often experience higher self-esteem and satisfaction, according to a Baylor University study.

– Baylor University

Journal of Research on Aging

Here’s What Happened When Black Politicians Held Power

New research provides the strongest evidence to date that the race of a political officeholder can have a significant effect on policy – at least historically.

– Ohio State University

NBER working paper

Want to Help Your Partner Stress Less? Listen From the Heart

When we feel supported, we feel less stress. But sometimes we think we are being supportive of a romantic partner and we're not. Who hasn't experienced the self-satisfaction of feeling like we're 'helping' only to find we've only made the situation w...

– Wake Forest University

‘Love Demystified’ Author Offers Advice for Would-Be Valentines

In “Love Demystified” Palmer offers tips and techniques that she says can be applied during any stage of a loving relationship, from finding new love or fixing a current relationship, to falling in love again after a loss.

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– California State University, Dominguez Hills

The Mind of a Medalist:

Athletes who make it to the Olympics have the speed or strength or whatever physical skills it takes to lead the world in their sport. But Johns Hopkins University scientists say (in three videos) that those who ultimately bring home gold have also h...

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– Johns Hopkins University

includes video


Dim Light May Make US Dumber

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain's structure and hurt one's ability to remember and learn, indicates groundbreaking research by Michigan State University neuroscientists.

– Michigan State University

Hippocampus, Dec-2017

Dissatisfaction in Three Dimensions: Researcher Finds Link Between 3-D Body Scans, Feelings of Dejection

In a paper published in the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Jessica Ridgway, an assistant professor of retail entrepreneurship in the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, asserts that mood and body satisfaction can take major hits after view...

– Florida State University

Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, Dec-2017

Fish Study IDs Genes That Regulate Social Behaviors

Genes in an area of the brain that is relatively similar in fish, humans and all vertebrates appear to regulate how organisms coordinate and shift their behaviors, according to a new Cornell University study.

– Cornell University

Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Jan-2018

Building to Withstand Natural Disasters Pays Off, New Research Shows

A new study has found that for every $1 spent to exceed building codes and make new structures more hazard-resistant, society saves $4. Retrofitting saves $6. Doing both could prevent 600 deaths, 1 million injuries and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic s...

– University of Colorado Boulder

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)

#MeToo Movement Only the Beginning

Jennifer Hunt, Buffalo State associate professor of psychology, said the events that have occurred during the recent #MeToo movement are only the beginning in making changes to the way women are treated. Hunt is a social psychologist whose research...

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– SUNY Buffalo State



Gates, Chan Zuckerberg-Backed Fund Invests in UVA Darden Student’s Nonprofit Education Startup

A December investment of more than $100,000 from NewSchools Venture Fund — an organization funded by nonprofit heavy hitters such as The Walton Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative donor-advise...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


YETI CEO Matt Reintjes On Building Brands, Hiring Thinkers and Learning to Leave on a High Note

YETI CEO and Darden graduate Matt Reintjes discusses his prior employment and what makes YETI such a profitable and unique company.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Award-Winning Saudi Arabian Podcaster Realizes Dream of Becoming Scientist at Iowa State University

Majd Abdulghani is a graduate student in genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State University. She's from Saudi Arabia and before coming to Iowa State had only ever been to the United States for vacation, to California and New York. But yo...

– Iowa State University

Iowa State Students Find Plenty of Opportunities on Path to Medical School

Iowa State has a strong support system for pre-med and pre-health students, even without a college of human medicine or pre-health committee. Advisers and students say the opportunities in coursework, activities, research and study abroad inspire stu...

– Iowa State University


Online Tool Speeds Up Evolution Education

The biology teacher's pedagogical toolbox is evolving. Bright colors, replicating computer code and a digital petri dish bring evolution science to life for students.

– Michigan Technological University

The American Biology Teacher, Vol. 80 No. 2, February 2018

Fostering Global Innovation in a Developing Economy: Lessons from India

Professor Rajkumar Venkatesan led a dialogue in Mumbai among the country’s leading government officials, business executives, serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors. During the most recent Global Innovators Roundtable, an ong...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Pop Culture


The Universal Language of Magic

UNLV senior Santiago Michel opened his new Planet Hollywood show Ilusión Mental to audiences on the Las Vegas Strip with a mix of mind reading and mind-bending illusions. But he didn’t rely on his intuition to break ground with the Strip’s firs...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


A Black Pop Cultural Hero Leaps Onto the Big Screen

“Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today… if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, then we must fill our hearts with tolerance.”

– University of Manitoba

Law and Public Policy


Experts Available - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada to Speak at University of Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP) will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an event on Wednesday, February 7 featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who will discuss the importance of youth engagement in public ser...

Expert Available

– University of Chicago

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. To Represent SUNY as Panelist at 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit Feb. 5 & 6 in Arizona

With climate change atop the global agenda and one of the top concerns of municipalities across the country, according to the just published findings of the 2017 Menino Survey of Mayors, universities are expanding their roles in taking meaningful act...

– Stony Brook University

Embargo expired on 06-Feb-2018 at 06:00 ET

LifeWire Announcements

Saint Louis University Announces Record Fundraising Total

President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., announced today that SLU received $56.7 million in gifts from July through December 2017, the most money the University has ever raised in the first six months of a fiscal year.

– Saint Louis University

University of Redlands School of Business Awarded Accreditation for Its Programs

The University of Redlands, a premier private liberal arts and professional university in Southern California today announced the recognition of its graduate and undergraduate business programs by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Pr...

– University of Redlands

AACN Announces Election Results for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce the results of its 2018 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

American University President Leads a Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Government, Academic Leaders

American University President Leads a Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Government, Academic Leaders

– American University

Saint Joseph's University and Villanova University Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Sign Affiliate Agreement

Saint Joseph's University is pleased to announce that it has signed an articulation agreement with Villanova University's M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing that will provide priority admissions consideration for SJU students in Villanova's BSN...

– Saint Joseph's University

Online Transfer Gateway Gives Easy Answers for Prospective Transfer Students

Students interested in transferring from community college to Wichita State University now have an online gateway designed just for them. The student-facing website is designed to engage prospects, answer their key questions and keep them on track to...

– Wichita State University

DACA Student Maricruz De La Torre Honored with CSU’s Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Award

DACA student honored with the Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Award, and its $2,000 prize.

– California State University, Dominguez Hills

CSU Dominguez Hills President Hagan Joins the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President Willie J. Hagan has joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

– California State University, Dominguez Hills

Western New York Teacher Residency Program Established at Canisius College

The Western New York Teacher Residency, an innovative approach to training the next generation of teachers, is slated to launch in fall 2018. Designed for college graduates with no prior education coursework who want to pursue a teaching career focus...

– Canisius College

Grant Funds Uri Study of Targeted Incentives for Healthy Eating

If the targeted incentives prove successful, the research team will explore how large organizations — from health insurers to corporate wellness programs — could incorporate healthy food choice incentives and improve the dietary habits and health...

– University of Rhode Island


UIC Latino Groups to Host Forum on US Immigration Detention Centers

Forum to discuss policies involving family detention for undocumented immigrants.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

UIC Library Leader Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Case, who was co-chair of the UIC Obama Presidential Library Steering Committee, recognized.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Renée Fleming to Deliver Commencement Address at Northwestern

World renowned soprano Renée Fleming will deliver this year’s commencement address at Northwestern University in June. Fleming, one of the most recognizable and celebrated voices on the planet, is a four-time Grammy Award winner, was the first cl...

– Northwestern University





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