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Monday, October 8, 2018

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Professor Wendy Havran named 2018 Outstanding Mentor

Havran, a professor at Scripps Research and associate dean of the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences, was recently named the 2018 Outstanding Mentor by the Society of Fellows, a postdoctoral organization at Scripps Research.

– Scripps Research Institute


Guidelines for “Healthy Drinking” Should Be Lowered

Both the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Centers for Disease Control have concluded that up to one drink daily for women, and up to two drinks daily for men, fall within U.S. dietary guidelines. Several studies have reporte...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 03-Oct-2018 at 10:00 ET

Arts and Humanities


Reed College of Media Partners with PolitiFact

The West Virginia University Reed College of Media is partnering with PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization, to help train student journalists how to properly fact-check.

– West Virginia University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Concealed Silver Cross Testifies to the Religious Tolerance of the First Muslim Caliphate in the Seventh Century CE

A brass weight weighing approximately 160 grams discovered during the University’s archeological excavations at Hippos (Sussita) provides groundbreaking evidence of the delicate relations between the Christian residents of the city

– University of Haifa


Consumers willing to pay more for sustainably brewed beer, study finds

More and more breweries are investing in practices to save energy and reduce greenhouse gases. Will it pay off? A study by Indiana University researchers suggests it may.

– Indiana University


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Queen’s research finds adults over 50 who were breastfed as babies earn more

A research study from Queen’s University Belfast has found that adults over 50 who were breastfed as babies went on to have a higher household income in comparison to those who were not.

– Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2018 at 07:05 ET

Education Improves Decision-Making Ability, Study Finds

A new study led by Hyuncheol Bryant Kim, assistant professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, found that education can be leveraged to help enhance an individual’s economic decision-making quality or economic rationality.

– Cornell University

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant health and fitness apps actually have little to do with health

UNC researchers led by Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, reviewed more than 300 apps in the health and fitness categories of app stores for hands-free, voice-activated assistants, including Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant; they found very few had a clear ...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

JMIR mHealth and uHealth


WVU researchers focus on school-based healthcare in Appalachia

Simon Haeder and Sara Anderson have been selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program.

– West Virginia University

How to talk to kids about cancer

Knowing how to talk to kids about cancer when a parent or someone else close to them has been diagnosed is important for children. They often sense something is going on, so it is better to talk and explain what is going on.

– Sanford Health


Teen cannabis use is not without risk to cognitive development

A study led by researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal confirms that cannabis use is related to impaired and lasting effects on adolescent cognitive development.

– Universite de Montreal

American Journal of Psychiatry, Oct. 2, 2018

Embargo expired on 03-Oct-2018 at 00:00 ET

Low Self-Esteem Connected to Greater Risk for Opioid Use

Health, family and romance problems appear to be the particular life stressors most associated with increased risk for using opioids to cope, and individuals with low self-esteem appear to be at risk for these connections, according to a new paper in...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Journal of Drug Issues, July-2018

Fathers’ postnatal hormone levels predict later caregiving, study shows

Dads whose cortisol levels were elevated while they held their newborns on the day of their birth – either skin to skin or clothed – were more likely to be involved with indirect care and play with their infants in the first months of their lives...

– University of Notre Dame

Hormones and Behavior

Educated Children Help Women Live Longer, Study Says

The socioeconomic resources of parents and adult children are related to women’s mortality risk in old age.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Researchers focus on school-based healthcare in Appalachia

An interdisciplinary team of West Virginia University researchers are investigating how children’s health and education outcomes can be improved through these school-based health centers.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


New study shows reading is a team-lift as different brain parts work together to predict proficiency

The extent to which sensory-specific parts of the brain are able to connect as a network, not necessarily anatomically, but functionally, during a child’s development predicts their reading proficiency, according to a new neuroimaging study from th...

– University at Buffalo

Frontiers in psychology


Researchers: Redesign Dating Apps to Overcome Racial Bias

Mobile dating apps that allow users to filter their searches by race – or rely on algorithms that pair up people of the same race – reinforce racial divisions and biases, according to a new paper by Cornell University researchers.

– Cornell University

Community Satisfaction Demands Interaction

Being a good neighbor can have a powerful effect on residents’ attitudes and behaviors even for those living in highly disadvantaged communities, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo sociologist.

– University at Buffalo

City & Community



Student Software Shows Library Seating Patterns

Open Source Program Will Help Designers Improve Public Spaces

– Humboldt State University

WVU part of 10-university alliance improving diversity in STEM

Funded by a five-year, $3.5 million NSF grant, the Kentucky-West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation will examine underrepresented students’ perceptions of STEM disciplines and careers and work to improve recruitment, retentio...

– West Virginia University


Real-world career experience provided through social media ecosystem

Students gain social media experience by networking with peers, professionals and companies through interactive ecosystem.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Journal of Marketing Education

Digital India: UVA Darden Alumni Lead Etsy, PayPal Into India’s Digital Revolution

Two UVA Darden School of Business alumni with similar career trajectories, including formative years spent in Silicon Valley before returning to India, are playing key roles in the country’s growth and maturation, offering a front-row perspective o...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

EPIC: An Effectuation Boot Camp for Startups in Bangalore

The EPIC boot camp offers a counterpoint to the hype of entrepreneurship in Bangalore. It exposes participants to the way expert entrepreneurs think and act, which will benefit them should they take the plunge. As Sridhar put it, “Knowing effectuat...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Study Finds Elementary School Student Support Leads to Lower High School Dropout

Elementary-school students who participated in a comprehensive support intervention in the Boston public school district had about half the odds of dropping out of high school as students not in the intervention, according to a new study published on...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)


The Ohio State University Launches First-of-Its-Kind Comprehensive Esports Program

The esports industry is growing quickly and The Ohio State University is leading in its development by forming the most comprehensive esports program to date.

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

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8 Changes to Cal State Apply You Should Know About

Now’s the time to apply to the CSU! Learn about improvements designed to make the application process simpler for every student.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

New U.S. Report Card Reveals Near-Failing Grade for Physical Activity in Children, Youth

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) released its 2018 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The Report Card includes grades for nine specific indicators, individual state data, and recommendations for...

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)


For Better Multiple-Choice Tests, Avoid Tricky Questions, Study Finds

Although people often think about multiple-choice tests as tools for assessment, they can also be used to facilitate learning, suggests a news study from Washington University in St. Louis. Published in Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cogn...

– Washington University in St. Louis

UA Little Rock gamers create app for Clinton Presidential Center exhibit

Members of the Little Rock Game company have created an app for an exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center exhibit, “White House, Green Building."

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

NSF awards 5-year grant to fund first-of-its-kind HSI STEM Resource Hub

The National Science Foundation recently announced its first research awards under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)

Physics graduate student takes her thesis research to a Department of Energy national lab

For 12 months, UAB physics graduate student Ashlyn Burch will work at Sandia National Laboratory, high in the semi-arid Western city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, supported by a U.S. Department of Energy Science Graduate Student Research award.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

CSU Professor Named Among Georgia Trend's 40 Under 40

Natalie Higgins, Columbus State University assistant professor of music and director of CSU's Schwob Horns ensemble, was recently named one of Georgia Trend magazine's 40 under 40.

– Columbus State University


Asking questions, testing improves student learning of new material

Iowa State researchers know memory retrieval is beneficial for learning, but their new meta-analysis found there are limits. The research shows the frequency and difficulty of questions can reverse the effect and be detrimental to learning.

– Iowa State University

Psychological Bulletin

New Initiatives and Long-Term Traditions Reinforce Town-Gown Ties

“Community” is an oft-cited value at rural colleges whose students and events make up a large portion of their towns' activity. SUNY Geneseo and Village of Geneseo have worked together to reinforce the role of the Village in sustaining a highly i...

– State University of New York at Geneseo

Geology Student Researching 'World of the Past'

While on a boat for 60 days, WVU geology student Ben Johnson and a team of researchers traveled through the South China Sea as part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program’s Expedition 367. The group strived to understand the way the composition o...

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– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Nature Geoscience

Pop Culture


How "Supergirl" is Changing the Game for Transgender Youth

UNLV professor Erika Abad on the history of LGBTQ people in comics, television, film, and other media, and why TV's latest superhero is just what we need.

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– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Social Media, Social Problems

Ann Manser's article on a new book by UD's Scott Caplan, associate professor of communication, on how some people use the internet to compensate for interpersonal communication issues.

– University of Delaware

The Changing Face of Problematic Internet Use: An Interpersonal Approach

Law and Public Policy


New model of polarization sheds light on today’s politics

When voters go to the polls, they aren't just voting for the candidate who best represents their views--they're also voting strategically to shape the balance of power between parties in the legislature.

– Vanderbilt University

American Political Science Review


Making SNAP Healthier with Food Incentives and Disincentives Could Improve Health and Save Costs

A new Food-PRICE study from researchers at Tufts and Harvard estimates that up to one million cardiovascular and diabetes events and $42 billion could be saved in healthcare costs using incentives and/or disincentives to improve food choices among p...

– Tufts University

PLOS Medicine; R01HL130735, R01HL115189 (NIH/NHLBI)

Embargo expired on 02-Oct-2018 at 14:00 ET

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Professor, MSD High School Senior Collaborate on Homicide Trends

An FAU professor and a high school senior from MSD have published a study on homicide rates in Baltimore and New York City. They note marked differences between these “peer” cities according to 19 population-based characteristics from the U.S. Ce...

– Florida Atlantic University

American Journal of Medicine

Can AI Reduce Race Bias in Homelessness?

New Algorithm Can Improve Outcomes in Assigning Housing to Homeless Youth and Change Housing Policy

– University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Economist Philip Jefferson Says to Dismantle Poverty, First Understand its Abounding Causes

Centennial Professor of Economics Philip Jefferson offers a systematic examination of the layers and roots of poverty and argues for the need to understand poverty.

Expert Available

– Swarthmore College


Democrat/Republican Divide Is Worst It's Ever Been

Party polarization is even worse than most people think, according to a new Michigan State University study. And neither party can shoulder the blame, as it doesn't matter which party is in charge, said Zachary Neal, associate professor of psychology...

– Michigan State University

High Water Bills Can Unintentionally Harm Disadvantaged Tenants

Landlords in disadvantaged communities can be so unsettled by increasing water bills and nuisance fees that they take it out on their tenants, threatening the housing security of those who need it most.

– Johns Hopkins University

City & Community, Sep-2018

LifeWire Announcements

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to Celebrate its 130th Anniversary

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON)—once a hospital training school and now the No. 1 graduate nursing school in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report—will commemorate the 130th anniversary of its nursing presence and celebrate...

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

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WVU part of 10-university alliance improving diversity in STEM

West Virginia University continues to be part of a multimillion dollar effort across a 10-university alliance to support STEM education for underrepresented students in Appalachia.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Midterm Elections 2018: New Experts and Events Resource Guide Now Available to Reporters

Midterm Elections 2018: New Experts and Events Resource Guide Now Available to Reporters

– American University

David Eccles School of Business dedicates Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Building with community celebration

The David Eccles School of Business opened its most recent building, the Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Building, with a community celebration.

– University of Utah

Temple Law School Announces New Gift from Sheller Family Foundation

Temple University Beasley School of Law has announced a new gift of $1.5 million to the law school from the Sheller Family Foundation in support of the Sheller Center for Social Justice, bringing the Sheller Foundation’s total commitment to the Cen...

– Temple University

UIC’s Chancellor’s Fellows Program targets stellar Illinois students

UIC will match the funds it receives from the state

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Sidney Peters Named to NCAA Top 9 Woman of the Year Honorees

The NCAA announced its Top 9 Woman of the Year honorees and Air Force 2nd Lt. Sidney Peters, the four-time Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Scholar-Athlete, WCHA All-Academic, Academic All-Big Ten honoree, and 2018 Hockey Humanitarian Awa...

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

MFA Artist Heejung Shin Named First David Antin Prize Winner at UC San Diego

UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts artist Heejung Shin is awarded the inaugural David Antin Prize. Named after poet, artist and founding member of the department, the prize is given to a graduating MFA student who shows originality and creativity...

– University of California San Diego

CSU Offers Cybersecurity Training for Families, Small Businesses

Columbus State University's TSYS Cybersecurity Center will present informational sessions on cybersecurity for families and small businesses on Oct. 6. Attendees will learn tips on how to better protect themselves from cyber threats.

– Columbus State University

SUNY Geneseo Named a Lead Institution in Civic Engagement

For the seventh year in a row, SUNY Geneseo has been named as a Lead Institution in civic engagement by NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, a leading student affairs professional organization.

– State University of New York at Geneseo

New Global Forum Created to Bring Corporate Executives, Policymakers and Historians Together to Connect Long-Run Context to Contemporary Challenges

Signal Influence Executive Research & Communications, Inc., (SIERC), Canada, and Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Economic History announced today the creation of the Long Run Initiative, (LRI) a new, not-for-profit global forum bringing ...

– Queen's University Belfast

Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute Awards Research Fellowships

Working on laser-guided flying vehicles. Developing a deeper analysis of cancer cells. Deploying data-science algorithms to save endangered mangroves. Today the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego launched a new program to fund 27 un...

– University of California San Diego

Babson College Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® Welcomes 18 Founders To Its Miami Accelerator

Babson College’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab® Miami introduces eighteen founders - representing a diverse set of industries from FinTech to food and beverage - chosen to participate in the five month long accelerator, supported by Babson Colleg...

– Babson College

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Press Conference at NYU Stern with Paul Romer 2018 Nobel Laureate in Economics--Today, Oct. 8

New York University Stern School of Business will hold a press conference with economist Paul Romer, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics, today, October 8, at 11am EDT.

– New York University

UIC events mark 100th anniversary of the end of World War I

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of World War I’s conclusion, the University of Illinois at Chicago will present “The War that Made Today,” an 11-day series featuring interdisciplinary panels, exhibitions, talks and performances explorin...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Innovating Our Energy Future

Energy innovations like wind, wave, and solar power, bio-fuels, and small modular reactors have the potential to change the world. Discover how Oregon State and NuScale Power are working to take these innovations from lab to market. Lecture is free ...

– Oregon State University, College of Engineering

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ASU professor heading up free Alzheimer’s event to bring together patients, caregivers, family members

Connecting patients, caregivers and family members with resources and research is the goal behind an annual public conference hosted by the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium.

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Norman Borlaug lecture will feature global child nutrition advocates

This year’s Norman Borlaug lecture at Iowa State University will be presented by 2018 World Food Prize Laureates Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro, recognized for their work to make child nutrition an urgent priority on the heels of the global food...

– Iowa State University

LifeWire Marketplace

Should My Employer Require Me to Get a Flu Shot?

Efthimios Parasidis, associate professor of law and public health at The Ohio State University, talks about whether or not it's a good idea for companies to mandate that their employees get a flu shot. Status of House Bill 193: https://www.legisla...

– Ohio State University

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