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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Monkeys' Brains Synchronize As They Collaborate To Perform A Motor Task

Scientists have previously shown that when one animal watches another performing a motor task, such as reaching for food, mirror neurons in the motor cortex of the observer's brain start firing as though the observer were also reaching for food. ...

– Duke Health

Nature; R01NS073952, DP1MH099903

Embargo expired on 29-Mar-2018 at 09:00 ET

Cassese Named First Harriet E. Lyon Professor in Women's and Gender Studies

Erin Cassese, an associate professor of political science at West Virginia University, has been named the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ first Harriet E. Lyon Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

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– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Study: Parental Conflict Can Do Lasting Damage to Kids

New research published in the current issue of the Journal of Personal and Social Relationships shows that the emotional processing of children whose parent argue frequently can be adversely affected, with potentially long term adverse consequences. ...

– University of Vermont

Journal of Personal and Social Relationships

Better Communication Between Spouses May Equal Better Health Outcomes, New Research Suggests

Couples in Mali who spoke to one another about family planning were significantly more likely not only to use modern contraception, but to adopt a series of healthy behaviors ranging from being tested for HIV during pre-natal care visits to seeking t...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit

'Marriage Diversity' a Must-Have for Rock Bands to Businesses

Michigan State University research says that a blended mix of married and unmarried group members improves creativity, innovation and collaborative thinking.

– Michigan State University

Small Group Research


Narcissists Don’t Hunt for Partners Who Are Already Taken – but It Doesn’t Stop Them

Narcissists aren’t necessarily on the hunt for partners who are already in a relationship – but that doesn’t appear to stand in their way, either, new research suggests.

– Ohio State University


Exclusive Research: Where the Youth Vote Could Matter Most in 2018

The 2018 Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI) from Tisch College at Tufts University may answer how young voters will shape the future American political landscape by ranking the top districts and states where young people could have significant...

– Tufts University


​Who Becomes a Hero? It Is More Than Just a Personality Trait

We tend to think of heroes in terms of a psychological profile: brave, altruistic, strong.But a new study suggests that for at least one kind of heroism, it takes a village to save a life.

– Ohio State University

Social Forces

The Universal Language of Emotion

An international research team, led by Washington University in St. Louis, studied vocal expressions uttered by people in the United States, Australia, India, Kenya and Singapore, and found that people were better at judging emotions from fellow coun...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Royal Society Open Sciences; BCS-0617624

Bad Behavior at Work During the Day Means Insomnia at Home During the Night

A new study from the University of Iowa finds that people are more likely to suffer from insomnia on days when they do not behave well at work because they lie awake at night thinking about what they did.

– University of Iowa

Journal of Applied Psychology

Lions and Tigers and Bears — Open Wide!

UNLV animal dentist and beauty pageant queen Tina Brandon Abbatangelo prepares and wears multiple crowns.

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– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)



Case Made: UVA Darden Professor Eades Retires After 30 Years

University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Ken Eades is retiring after 30 years of teaching at the school.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


The CSU Roots of Women's History Month

​The 1970s grassroots women's movement throughout Sonoma County and the Sonoma State community morphed into Women's History Month, which is celebrated every March nationwide.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


Grade Retention: Helpful or Hurtful?

For the first time, researchers in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University have provided the strongest evidence to date that grade retention in the elementary grades hurts students’ chances of graduating high school. ...

– Texas A&M University


Clients, Students Benefit From Work Through CyBIZ Lab

The idea to develop a futures contract for the bulk trucking industry appeared to fit a need, but before investing in the concept, leaders of Tennessee-based company wanted to know if the market would support it. In search of answers, they turned to ...

– Iowa State University

Pop Culture


50 Years After Release, ‘2001’ Remains One of the Greatest

Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” set a new standard for science-fiction films when it was released 50 years ago. Justin Remes, an assistant professor of film studies at Iowa State University, says the music and images that made it so p...

– Iowa State University

Law and Public Policy


Gay, Bisexual, Sexually Abused Male Inmates More Fearful of Prison Rape, More Open to Therapy

Using data from male inmates in 23 maximum-security prisons, researchers looked at factors related to fear of rape and likelihood of requesting mental health treatment while incarcerated. They focused on those at most risk of being victimized: gay or...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Marking 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act: ‘Battle Not Yet Won’

Notre Dame Law Professor Judith Fox, who directs the law school’s Economic Justice Clinic, says while much has been accomplished, the battle is not yet won and the issues minorities face today are simply less obvious.

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– University of Notre Dame

Online Sex Trafficking Bill Will Make Things Worse for Victims, Expert Says

Alexandra Levy, who teaches “Human Markets” at Notre Dame, says that while it will likely cause a decrease in the number of reports of trafficking, that won’t be because it has actually reduced trafficking.

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– University of Notre Dame


Foul Ball! Time to Abolish 'Baseball Rule' Protecting MLB From Liability When Fans Are Injured

In advance of Major League Baseball's opening day on Thursday, new research from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business suggests that the risk of fans being hit by a foul ball or errant bat at games has increased in recent years.

– Indiana University

William & Mary Law Review

Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, Other Ambassadors Highlight Indiana University’s “America’s Role in the World” Conference

On March 28 and 29, former U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and other foreign policy experts will be available for interviews on topics such as U.S. engagement abroad, democracy across the world, the rise of Asia, global food security, and re...

– Indiana University


University of Utah Researchers Identify Link Between Chicago Homicide Spike and Decline in Stop-and-Frisk Policing

In a research paper to be presented April 4 at the University of Illinois College of Law and posted today on the Social Science Research Network, S.J. Quinney College of Law presidential professor Paul Cassell, and University of Utah economics profes...

– University of Utah

UNLV Professor on Relationship Between Nevada's Casinos and its Gaming Regulators

It’s no secret that the glitz and glamour of casinos and gambling have made Las Vegas a bucket list destination for people all over the world. A little less flashy are the jobs of regulators tasked with ensuring that gaming companies follow the law...

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– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Expert Makes Case for “New” Disaster Training

In the face of more frequent and deadly events, University of Georgia disaster management expert Curt Harris argues that more regular citizens need to be prepared to help others in the event of a disaster.

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– University of Georgia

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Investment in CSU is an Investment in California

During the March meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees, Hans Johnson of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) shared results of a statewide public-opinion survey focused on higher education. PPIC research found that 65 percent of Califor...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Clerk for Former Justice John Paul Stevens: Call to Repeal Second Amendment Is Compelling, Hazardous

Gregory P. Magarian is a well-known expert in many areas of constitutional law. He was a clerk for former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and practiced law before becoming a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. Here, M...

– Washington University in St. Louis

APA Statement Regarding Transgender Individuals Serving in Military

WASHINGTON -- Following is a statement by Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, regarding President Trump’s placing new limits on transgender individuals serving in the military:

– American Psychological Association (APA)

LifeWire Announcements

Awards in CUR Biology Division Recognize Exemplary Faculty Mentors

Rachelle Belanger (U of Detroit Mercy), Amit Dhingra (Washington State U), and William Ensign (Kennesaw State U) honored as Mentor Awardees of the Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Embargo expired on 29-Mar-2018 at 08:30 ET

UTEP Leads Team to Implement Nation’s First Countywide Area Operational Unmanned Traffic Management System

Unmanned aerial systems experts from UTEP are leading a team made up of leaders from El Paso County, the City of El Paso, El Paso International Airport and other local government entities that will install the country’s first countywide-area operat...

– University of Texas at El Paso

Freshman Applications for Class of 2022 Surge Past 20,000 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

A record total of 20,377 high school students have filed applications to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, according to numbers released by the Rensselaer Office of Admissions. This year’s total represents an increase of 5 percent ...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Asian American Actor to Speak at UIC About Being Mixed Race, Gay

Actor Lee Doud speaks at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Announces 2018 Commencement Honorands

Four innovative leaders from the worlds of music, manufacturing, international security, and genomic science will address graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 19, 2018.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

CSE Students Among Winners of 2018 Acara Challenge

Every year, the University of Minnesota’s business venture competition, called the Acara Challenge, shines a spotlight on University students with ideas that could change the world. This year’s winners are no exception.

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Perimeter STEM Education Programs Receive Grant From Bosch Community Fund

The Bosch Community Fund, on behalf of ESCRYPT in Canada, presented $35,000 to Perimeter Institute this week to increase local teacher and student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

– Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Mayo Clinic’s Minnesota Campus Earns Top Score on 2018 Healthcare Equality Index

Mayo Clinic’s Minnesota campus has been recognized as a 2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, registering a top score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a civil rights organization, on its 2018 Healthcare Equality Index.

– Mayo Clinic

UIC Students Awarded Asian American-Related Scholarships

Seven UIC students only ones in Illinois to be awarded AANAPISI scholarships

– University of Illinois at Chicago

David Peak Selected as 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee

David Peak, professor of physics at Utah State University, is the 2018 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Awardee. The award, which consists of a plaque and $5000 for the recipient’s research program and/or undergraduate researchers, will be pre...

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Dr. Ann Cary from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Appointed as Chair of the AACN Board of Directors

AACN is pleased to announce that Dr. Ann Cary, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), has been appointed Chair of the AACN Board of Directors.

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

UTEP Earns Texas Rain Catcher Award for Rainwater Harvesting System

Research in an arid area of Texas has yielded a statewide rainwater harvesting award for a group at The University of Texas at El Paso.

– University of Texas at El Paso


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