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Social and Behavioral Sciences


Effects of Teenage Motherhood May Last Multiple Generations

The grandchildren of adolescent mothers have lower school readiness scores than their peers, according to a study published February 6, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Elizabeth Wall-Wieler of Stanford University, USA, and colleagues at t...



Embargo expired on 06-Feb-2019 at 14:00 ET

“Doing Science,” Rather than “Being Scientists,” More Encouraging to Girls, New Research Shows

Asking young girls to “do science” leads them to show greater persistence in science activities than does asking them to “be scientists,” finds a new psychology study by researchers at New York University and Princeton University.

– New York University

Psychological Science

Workplace Sexism's Effects on Women's Mental Health and Job Satisfaction

A new Journal of Applied Social Psychology study investigates the associations between workplace sexism, sense of belonging at work, mental health, and job satisfaction for women in male-dominated industries.

– Wiley

Journal of Applied Social Psychology

Researchers Find Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is Related to Low Levels in Big Five Personality Traits

A study by Canisius College researchers determined that individuals with ASD are often low in key personality traits associated with important life outcomes.

– Canisius College

Autism, April-2018

Sitting in front of the TV puts kids in the obesity hotseat

The simple act of switching on the TV for some downtime could be making a bigger contribution to childhood obesity than we realise, according to new research from the University of South Australia.

– University of South Australia

Obesity Research & Clinical Practice


Fewer unintended pregnancies contribute to all-time low U.S. fertility rate, new research says

Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, and her co-authors, Melanie Guldi at the University of Central Florida and Lucie Schmidt at Williams College, found that the number of births t...

– University of Notre Dame



Can Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Save Our Cities?

A new project at UVA Darden, called, or Cities Innovating Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, seeks to answer a host of long-running questions on developing entrepreneurial communities in small to midsize cities.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Symmetry, a Resource That Children Spontaneously Use to Draw the Plant World

This study shows that children up to the age of 7 spontaneously use symmetry in their drawings to express their knowledge about plant life. In the sample analysed, this is a very frequent strategy and becomes more complex with the education level

– University of the Basque Country


Big Data Approach Shown To Be Effective for Evaluating Autism Treatments

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who developed a blood test to help diagnose autism spectrum disorder have now successfully applied their distinctive big data-based approach to evaluating possible treatments.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience

'Moon walk' shows virtual reality offers no edge in learning outcomes — but students think it’s cool

The study – which found no significant difference among hands-on, computer simulation or VR learning – is one of the first to look at the impacts of VR on learning.

– Cornell University

2018 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings

‘Risk Factors for Shocks Are Huge:’ UVA Darden Economists Consider the Rocky Road Ahead

Offering an economic forecast in the calmest of times is no easy task. Offering one in 2019, when it often feels like “Crazy Land in the world economy,” as University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Alan Beckenstein recently descr...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Economic Inequality, Part 1: Where We Are and Why

For three years, Darden Professors Jim Freeland and Ed Freeman, initially with the help of Professor Ed Hess, have taught a popular course titled “Economic Inequality and Social Mobility” to help students become more aware of what may be one of t...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


SDSC Researchers Team with UNICEF for Liberian Schools Project

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been working with researchers at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and other parts of UC San Diego to determine the location of existing Liberian schools to provide them with resources and wor...

– University of California San Diego

IEEE/ACM Meeting, Dec-2018; NSF-1331615

Holmes and Hunter-Gault: They followed their dreams

Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter changed history when they became the first African American students to attend the University of Georgia, and this story commemorates their strength and courage. It is part of a series, called Georgia Groundbreake...

– University of Georgia

Pop Culture


When a Generation Loves a Previous Musical Era: Millennials’ Recognition of 1960s-1990s Songs is Notable

Millennials’ recognition of songs from the 1960s through the 1990s is relatively stable over this 40-year period, a team of researchers has found. By contrast, their recognition of musical hits from 2000 to 2015, while higher overall than the previ...

– New York University


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UNH Research Pulls Back the Veil on Historical Portrayal of Downton Abbey

Ask any “Downton Abbey” fan about the wildly popular historical television drama and they will wistfully reminisce about being whisked away to a more gentile and elegant time in post-Edwardian England. With a majestic castle as the backdrop and a...

– University of New Hampshire

Journal of British Cinema and Television

Iowa State students come together to study the Beatles

Jennifer Leptien translated her lifelong passion for the Beatles into a learning opportunity for Iowa State University students. Each spring, students enroll in Leptien and Jason Chrystal’s one-credit honors seminar for a deep-dive into Beatlemania...

– Iowa State University


Stereotyped, Sexualized, and Shut Out: The Plight of Women in Music

The annual report from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reveals that little has changed for women in music and explores why that might be the case.

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Embargo expired on 05-Feb-2019 at 10:05 ET

Law and Public Policy


UNH Research Finds Shrinking Population in More Than a Third of Rural Counties

Nearly 35 percent of rural counties in the United States are experiencing protracted and significant population loss, according to new research released by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Those counties are now ...

– University of New Hampshire



Traffic Fatalities on a High After Cannabis Legalisation

Legalising the sale of cannabis for recreational use can lead to a short-term increase in traffic fatalities in legalising states and their neighbouring jurisdictions, new research suggests.

– Monash University

Embargo expired on 05-Feb-2019 at 00:00 ET

Chaotic home lives define ‘Dreamer’ experience

New research provides the first national estimates of the living arrangements for 'Dreamers' by comparing undocumented immigrants’ households to those of documented immigrants and U.S.-born groups.

– Cornell University

Wiley Online Library

Ten Commandments in Texas Classrooms: But What Version?

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly approved the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument that has resided on the grounds of the state Capitol since 1961. Now, Texas House Bill 307 would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in cl...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

LifeWire Announcements

U-M to unveil new home for Museum of Natural History April 14

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History announced today it will re-open to the public Sunday, April 14, in a brand-new building.

– University of Michigan

includes video

The Sorenson Impact Center Launches the Opportunity Zones Task Force and Upcoming Opportunity Zones Catalyst Challenge

he Sorenson Impact Center, along with its founding partners, the Economic Innovation Group, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), Beeck Center, and Develop A...

– Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

UVA Accepting Applications for Master of Science in Business Analytics Program

The University of Virginia’s Master of Science in business analytics (MSBA) program is accepting applications for enrollment to the Class of 2020 and has announced a number of admissions open houses for professionals interested in learning more abo...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Free Tickets Available Feb. 8 for the Boe Forum on Public Affairs - Keynotes Are Woodward & Bernstein

Augustana University and the Center for Western Studies announced that free tickets for the Boe Forum on Public Affairs featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 ...

– Augustana University, South Dakota

Buffalo State to Pilot SUNY PRODI-G Program

During SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson’s State of the University address on January 31, she announced Buffalo State College will play a leading role in a new systemwide initiative: Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and G...

– SUNY Buffalo State

Binghamton University history professor receives prestigious Lincoln Prize nomination

Diane Miller Sommerville, associate professor of history at Binghamton University, is a finalist for the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for her latest book: Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences launches Master of Science degree program

The program, known as the Master of Science in global child health, will take two years to complete, and is offered as a blended program with a competency-based curriculum.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Interdisciplinary Team Developing Virtual Reality Technology for Training and Assessment of Colorectal Surgeons

Colorectal surgery is a hands-on activity, but in recent years the effectiveness of traditional assessment methods in evaluating surgeons’ technical skills has been called into question. A team of collaborators with ties to Rensselaer Polytechnic I...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

LifeWire Higher Education Events

“Representing Animals”—Feb. 15 Event At NYU

New York University will host “Representing Animals,” an event celebrating the multidisciplinary nature of the field of Animal Studies, on Fri., Feb. 15.

– New York University

Tulane to host screening, discussion of film on little league’s role in civil rights

In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two teams of 12-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history.

– Tulane University

Calvin G. Butler, BGE Chief Executive, to Give Keynote Address at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Graduation

Calvin G. Butler, Jr., chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), will be the featured speaker at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s graduation ceremony, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

– Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to speak at Tulane

Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, will be the featured speaker in the next Tulane-Aspen Institute Values in America Speaker Series on Tuesday, February 12 from 6-7 p.m. in Dixon Hall on the Tulane University campus. The event is free and...

– Tulane University

LifeWire Marketplace

5 Relationship Myths Debunked by Binghamton University Psychologist Matthew D. Johnson

A lot of what people believe about relationships isn't really backed up by science. In this video, Matt Johnson, professor of psychology at Binghamton University and author of "Great Myths of Intimate Relationships: Dating, Sex, and Marriage," breaks...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

includes video





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