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Monday, June 18, 2018

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Sponsored by: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), hosting the 14th Annual International Student Science Fair June 27-July 1, 2018

The 2018 International Student Science Fair connects students from around the globe to solve the world’s biggest challenges. See more news and info at the IMSA Newsroom on Newswise


Arts and Humanities


Smithsonian Snapshot: Remembering James Joyce on Bloomsday

Echoing Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, James Joyce’s novel Ulysses follows the exploits of Dubliner Leopold Bloom during the course of a single day, June 16, 1904. Not long after the book’s publication in 1922, June 16 was rechristened Bloomsda...

– Smithsonian Institution


Cowboys and Neurons: HBO’s Westworld Asks Tough Questions About Artificial Intelligence

The concept of non-human beings endowed with intelligence dates back to at least Homer in the late eighth or early seventh century B.C. As society has developed and our ability to tell stories enhanced by technology, the idea of intelligent machines ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medicine

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Helicopter Parenting May Negatively Affect Children's Emotional Well-Being, Behavior

WASHINGTON -- It’s natural for parents to do whatever they can to keep their children safe and healthy, but children need space to learn and grow on their own, without Mom or Dad hovering over them, according to new research published by the Americ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Developmental Psychology

Embargo expired on 18-Jun-2018 at 09:00 ET

Heading to the amusement park? 1 in 5 parents did not talk about what to do if kids got lost

Parents varied in their views about reporting unsafe ride operator behavior, with 9 in 10 saying they would definitely report suspicions that the operator was drunk or on drugs.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Embargo expired on 18-Jun-2018 at 00:00 ET

Virtual Reality Headsets Significantly Reduce Children’s Fear of Needles

Almost anyone can relate to being afraid of needles and injections. A pilot study is the first to use a 3D virtual reality headset to test this tool as a distraction method in a pediatric setting. Children were given the choice of a roller coaster ri...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Pain Management

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​When Consumers Don’t Want to Talk About What They Bought

One of the joys of shopping for many people is the opportunity to brag about their purchases to friends and others.But new research found one common situation in which people would rather not discuss what they just bought: when they’re feeling like...

– Ohio State University

Journal of Consumer Research


To Share or Not to Share?

When are primary school children willing to share valuable resources with others and when are they not? A team of researchers from the University of Vienna lead by cognitive biologist Lisa Horn investigated this question in a controlled behavioural e...

– University of Vienna

Scientific Reports


Racial Differences Uncovered in Debilitating Itchy Skin Condition

An international team led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers has conducted what is believed to be the largest detailed published study of people with a poorly understood skin condition known as prurigo nodularis (PN). Such studies collect informat...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Black + White = Not White

A new study suggests that the so-called “minority bias” exerts a powerful influence — important since one in five Americans is expected to identify as multiracial by 2050. University of Utah psychology professor Jacqueline M. Chen, lead auth...

– University of Utah

Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

'Teachers are brain engineers': UW study shows how intensive instruction changes brain circuitry in struggling readers

Using MRI measurements of the brain's neural connections, or “white matter,” UW researchers have shown that, in struggling readers, the neural circuitry strengthened — and their reading performance improved — after just eight weeks of a speci...

– University of Washington

Nature Communications

More than Half of Survey Respondents Support a Refusal of Service

A study by sociologists examines public views regarding the denial of services to same-sex and interracial couples. In a fictional scenario, respondents were asked whether they believed that a business owner should be allowed to deny service. Slightl...

– American Sociological Association (ASA)

SAGE Journals



Creating STEM Knowledge and Innovations to Solve Global Issues Like Water, Food, and Energy

Dr. Torres, President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), shares his excitement and vision for IMSA hosting the 14th Annual International Student Science Fair, June 27th - July 1st, 2018

– Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

14th Annual International Student Science Fair

includes video

Law and Public Policy


Quality of diet still poor for SNAP participants

A new Food-PRICE study finds persistent nutritional disparities within the food choices of those receiving assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) compared to those not receiving SNAP assistance.

– Tufts University

JAMA Network Open, June-2018; R01MD011501; R01HL115189

Embargo expired on 15-Jun-2018 at 11:00 ET


Brexit Already Impacting Communities on Either Side of Irish Border According to Queen’s University Research

A major new research report published today (Friday, 15 June) by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast, presents findings from a large scale study of views on Brexit from local communities in the Central Border Region of Ireland/Northern Irel...

– Queen's University Belfast

Embargo expired on 14-Jun-2018 at 19:05 ET

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

The American Society of Nephrology Issues the Following Statement in Response to the NIH Funding Increase in the Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Spending Bill

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) greatly appreciates the subcommittee’s continued support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a key national priority with an increase of $1.2 billion, or 3.2%, in the FY 2019 Labor-HHS spending bil...

– American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

LifeWire Announcements

World STEM Students Convene at IMSA to Collaborate on Sustainable Development Goals

International Student Science Fair connects students from around the globe to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

– Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

International Student Science Fair (ISSF) 2018

Rensselaer Hosts Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted the first annual Workshop on Image-Based Modeling and Navigation for Space Applications June 4-5 on campus.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Embargo expired on 15-Jun-2018 at 14:30 ET

Professor Emily Liu Receives $1.8 Million DoE Award for Solar Power Systems Research

Li (Emily) Liu, associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energ...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Rensselaer Researchers Awarded Top Geotechnical Journal Paper Award

For the second year in a row, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute earthquake engineering experts Ricardo Dobry and Tarek Abdoun have been selected by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to receive the Thomas A. Middlebroo...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Embargo expired on 14-Jun-2018 at 15:00 ET

Foxconn and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee create new international engineering co-op program

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will host Foxconn's first formal international internship program in the United States, sending engineering students to Taiwan to study at Chung Yuan Christian University and work at Foxconn facilities there.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Hosted Virtual Groundbreaking Event for New Building

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has virtually broken ground on a $45 million expansion and renovation of its current Anne M. Pinkard building.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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Nine UIC students named Schweitzer Fellows

Nine University of Illinois at Chicago students have been awarded Schweitzer fellowships, a service learning program for health professional students committed to helping Chicago’s underserved.Named in honor of humanitarian and Nobel Laureate Dr. A...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


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