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Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Arts and Humanities


Earliest Discovery of Clove and Pepper From Ancient South Asia

A team of archaeologists from UCL have discovered the first empirical evidence of cloves and black pepper to have been found in Sri Lanka, suggesting that exotic spice trade in the region dates back to as early as 600 AD.

– University College London


WVU history faculty earn prestigious NEH fellowships

An unprecedented two scholars from West Virginia University have received the top fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Katherine Aaslestad and Tamba M’bayo, both professors in the Department of History, will each receive $60,0...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Student constructs gender-inclusive Hebrew language rules

Lior Gross and Jewish Studies instructor Eyal Rivlin publicly launched their new gender-inclusive Hebrew language—the Nonbinary Hebrew Project—in late October.  

– University of Colorado Boulder


Alternative Food Culture Now Mainstream

Remember when being a vegetarian or vegan was considered radical? It’s now thought quite ordinary, according to a new book co-edited by QUT and University of Adelaide food researchers.

– University of Adelaide

Alternative Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream


Graduating Senior Finds Passion at Intersection of Art, Science

When Olivia De Kok left her hometown of Sheldon for Iowa State University, she didn’t know what she wanted to do. She enjoyed her biology classes, but something was missing. That’s when she found biological and pre-medical illustration.

– Iowa State University

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SHRO Partners with Film Festival to Recognize Importance of Virtual Reality in Medicine and Celebrate Italian-Origin Filmmakers

This week, SHRO partners with the Italian Movie Award International Film Festival to support Italian-American work in cinema, particularly in recognition for accomplishments with the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in applications in medicine

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Five things anyone can do to prevent addiction or help people suffering

While friends or family members may feel helpless if someone they know suffers from addiction, one UAB physician says hope can start at home.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2018 at 12:00 ET

Attention, please! Anticipation of touch takes focus, executive skills

Anticipation is often viewed as an emotional experience, an eager wait for something to happen.

– University of Washington

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience; BCS-1460889, SMA-1540619

Your Brain on Imagination: It Looks a Lot Like Your Brain on Reality

A new brain imaging study shows that when we imagine something we fear, it stimulates similar neural pathways as when we experience it. The findings suggest imagination can be a powerful therapeutic tool for helping people get over phobias or post tr...

– University of Colorado Boulder

Neuron; Neuron, Nov. 2018

The Medical Minute: Practicing mindfulness can help with everyday stress

To practice mindfulness, you must pay attention. It might sound simple, but in our fast-paced society, being engaged in the present moment, on purpose and non-judgmentally, can be a challenge.

– Penn State Health


What Social Stress in Monkeys Can Tell Us About Human Health

Research in recent years has linked a person’s physical or social environment to their well-being. Stress wears down the body and compromises the immune system, leaving a person more vulnerable to illnesses and other conditions. Various stressors, ...

– University of Washington

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Trying to get people to agree? Skip the French restaurant and go out for Chinese food

When people in a business negotiation share not just a meal but a plate, they collaborate better and reach deals faster, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

– University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Psychological Science

FSU researchers find racial inequity among adolescents receiving flu vaccine

Black adolescents living in the United States tend to receive the influenza vaccine at significantly lower rates than their white and Hispanic counterparts, according to Florida State University researchers. A new study, led by former FSU graduate st...

– Florida State University

Public Health Reports.

Nursing instructor changed forever by hurricane relief work

Wichita State University nursing instructor Richard Nold spent two weeks in North Carolina providing medical assistance to victims of Hurricane Florence. He describes the experience as tough but rewarding.

– Wichita State University


New Study Finds Bias against Women & Girls When Intellectual Ability is Sought

A new study finds bias against both women and girls for jobs or activities requiring intellectual ability. The research underscores the pervasiveness of gender bias, held even among females, in both adults and young children.

– New York University

American Psychologist

Embargo expired on 10-Dec-2018 at 16:00 ET

Editing Consciousness: How Bereaved People Control Their Thoughts without Knowing It

A new study from Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Irving Medical Center shows that avoidant grievers unconsciously monitor and block the contents of their mind-wandering, a discovery that could lead to more effective psychiatric treatment...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

SCAN: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Creighton professor dedicated to rooting out social media's trolls

An expert in online behavior and social media networks, Samer Al-khateeb, PhD, is in his first semester on the Creighton faculty and working on a book on social cyber-forensics, a field in which he’s been active for several years dating back to his...

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– Creighton University



Rethinking school suspensions: School climate offers a clue

A 2012 study by the Everyone Graduates Center at John Hopkins University found that when a high school freshman receives a single suspension, their chances of dropping out of school can increase by a third.

– University of Missouri, Columbia

Children and Youth Services Review

SJU Unveils Autism Break Room to Support Sports Fans with Autism

Saint Joseph’s University is one of the first higher education institutions to offer an Autism Break Room in an NCAA Division I athletic arena

– Saint Joseph's University

New Degree at American U. Aims to Prepare Next Generation of Foreign Policy Experts

New Degree at American U. Aims to Prepare Next Generation of Foreign Policy Experts

– American University


Domination of Housing Markets by Few Builders Slows the Industry and Poses Risk to Overall Economy

The growing domination of local homebuilding markets by relatively few firms has slowed the housing industry, posing a risk to the overall American economy, two researchers at Johns Hopkins University demonstrate in a new study.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

University of Pittsburgh Faculty Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Stephen Badylak among 148 academic innovators elected to the National Academy of Inventors.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Rutgers Partners with Pioneering Research Outreach Center to Promote Scientific Research

Rutgers recently became a partner in an innovative center – funded with a $5.2 million National Science Foundation grant – to translate the importance of scientific research to the general public.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

A Unique Program Can Help to Learn Russian Language

Due to modern technology development, there are more and more people willing to learn foreign languages distantly. Scientists of South Ural State University developed an innovative robotized dialog system for learning Russian language by internationa...

– South Ural State University

IU Kelley School cybersecurity expert offers holiday shopping tips for protecting identity

Amid the many warnings this holiday season about protecting your identity while shopping online comes advice from Scott Shackelford, associate professor of business law and ethics in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and one of the nat...

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– Indiana University


A minority of countries offer free early childhood education, UCLA researchers report

Few governments make pre-primary education available on a tuition-free basis for two or more years, according to a new study from the WORLD Policy Analysis Center.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

International Organisations Research Journal

Embargo expired on 10-Dec-2018 at 10:00 ET

Nursing student is determined to succeed despite DACA uncertainty

Wichita State University senior nursing student Flor Maritza Mercado is one of the thousands of people in the United States who is impacted by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

– Wichita State University

First-generation student finds ‘home’ at Iowa State, future in kinesiology

Soccer is a huge part of Alejandro Martinez’s culture and his family, and it was his own soccer injuries at South Tama County High School – as well as words of wisdom from the athletic trainer who helped him recover – that led him to Iowa State...

– Iowa State University

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Summer undergraduate researcher increases knowledge, confidence

“You can learn a lot here in a small amount of time," said Oglala Lakota college student Dillon Nelson of his summer research experience at South Dakota State. That knowledge was both scientific and personal.

– South Dakota State University

Pop Culture


Media Advisory: Jhu Expert Available on Lab-Grown Meat

A company in Israel has unveiled the world’s first lab-grown steak, grown in a petri dish with the taste and texture of one that comes from a cow. Jan Dutkiewicz, a postdoctoral fellow in political science at Johns Hopkins University has researched...

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University

Law and Public Policy


JHU Survey: Americans Don’t Know Much About State Government

Americans trust their state governments to handle issues as important as education and health care and pay them more than a trillion dollars in taxes annually, yet we know very little about these institutions.

– Johns Hopkins University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

Call for Applications for CFR Local Journalists Workshop, January 17 and 18, 2019

As a nongovernmental, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) promotes a balanced perspective of international relations and America’s role in the world. To that end, we invite you to apply to participate in ...

– Newswise

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2018 at 00:00 ET

Geography research in Central America leads to international drug trafficking

When Dr. Jennifer Devine first traveled to Central America to study the Maya Biosphere Reserve, her goal was to learn about the successful development model of community forestry. But what began as forestry research for this assistant professor of...

– Texas State University

How Can the U.S. Call Upon Its Strengths as It Looks Forward to an Uncertain Future?

“A Preface to Strategy: The Foundations of American National Security,” a new paper from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Senior Fellows, examines the nation’s core strengths and how they should shape new strategies.

– Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

LifeWire Announcements

OADN Enters Strategic Partnership with CGFNS International

CGFNS International Enters Strategic Partnership with OADN to Examine Global Nursing Education

– Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN)

WVU history faculty earn prestigious NEH fellowships

Katherine Aaslestad and Tamba M’bayo, both professors in the Department of History, will each receive $60,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year to conduct research for their respective book projects.

– West Virginia University

FAU A.D. Henderson University School Receives Only National ‘Blue Ribbon’ Distinction in Palm Beach County for 2018

FAU's A.D. Henderson University School unveiled its National Blue Ribbon distinction awarded by the U.S. Department of Education at an announcement ceremony.

– Florida Atlantic University

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Stanford MBA Class of 2018 Chose Careers Where They Could Make a Difference

The MBA Class of 2018 broke records for salaries for the fourth consecutive year, yet their career choices were not about chasing the money.

– Stanford Graduate School of Business

Texas Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Named NAI Fellow

Hongxing Jiang will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in April.

– Texas Tech University

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Nursing School of Coimbra Partner for First “Twinned” Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter Model

The first chapter model of its kind was announced today among more than 500 entities of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) between the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s (JHSON) At-Large Nu Beta chapter and the Nursin...

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

UAH joins nationwide effort to increase college access, equity, and postsecondary attainment

UAH has joined with 130 other public universities and systems for "Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success," an initiative organized by the APLU to increase college access and close the achievement gap.

– University of Alabama Huntsville


AACN Joins with The DAISY Foundation to Issue a National Call for Nurse Faculty Recognition

The AACN is pleased to join with The DAISY Foundation™ to issue a National Call for Nurse Faculty Recognition to honor academic leaders responsible for preparing the nation's nursing workforce. AACN encourages all stakeholders within nursing educat...

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Penny DeGoosh named director of Social Work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Penny DeGoosh, LICSW, has been named the director of Social Work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

UIC receives $1M bequest from beloved art history professor

Ross Edman and his partner, both professors, upon their deaths, gave bequests to their respective universities where each taught for decades.

– University of Illinois at Chicago





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