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Increases in the Percentage of Alcohol in Beverages may Contribute to Underestimates of the U.S. Drinking Level

There have been dramatic increases in the United States in alcohol-related problems. During the past decade the death rate from all types of alcoholic liver disease increased by more than 40%, alcohol-related emergency department visits increased by...

– Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2019 at 10:00 ET

Arts and Humanities


Three UC San Diego Playwrights to Receive World Premieres at Prestigious Humana New Play Festival

Three new works selected for this year’s prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays were written by University of California San Diego playwrights, marking the first time three UC San Diego MFA students and alumni have had their work feature...

– University of California San Diego

Social and Behavioral Sciences


The More the Merrier? Children with Multiple Siblings More Susceptible to Bullying

A child with more than one brother or sister is more likely to be the victim of sibling bullying than those with only one sibling, and firstborn children and older brothers tend to be the perpetrators, according to research published by the American ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Embargo expired on 14-Feb-2019 at 09:00 ET

New Parenting Podcast Offers Advice and Understanding From Experts, Parents and Teens

I’ve always thought of parenting as a team sport. It works better when we can support each other, learn from each other, and understand that we’re not alone. That’s what The Parent Pep Talk podcast is all about, which you can download today on ...

– Safe Kids Worldwide

The Parent Pep Talk podcast

includes video

To Tool or Not to Tool?

Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists from the University of Vienna, the University of St Andrews and the University o...

– University of Vienna



Dangerous School Commutes Lead to Student Absenteeism

The more crime that occurs along a student’s way to school, the higher the likelihood that student will be absent, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.

– Johns Hopkins University

Sociological Science, Feb-2019

Embargo expired on 13-Feb-2019 at 12:00 ET

New Book from Sociologist Daniel Laurison Explores the ‘Class Ceiling’

In his new book, The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged, Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel Laurison '99 investigates the ambiguities of meritocracy in white-collar workers’ salaries in the United Kingdom.

– Swarthmore College

The Guardian; The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged

Climate change increases potential for conflict and violence

Climate change is accelerating the severity of natural disasters, which will have a direct and indirect effect on violence and aggression, according to a new study. Iowa State researchers have identified three ways climate change will increase the li...

– Iowa State University

Current Climate Change Reports

Women Scarce in the One Percent

Men hold nearly all primary breadwinning positions in top income households, and the glass ceiling that has hindered women's advancement in the workplace is more extensive than previously thought, a new study by University of North Carolina at Charlo...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

American Sociological Review

Unmet Social Needs Among Medicaid Members Lead to Stress, Chronic Conditions

A survey of Medicaid members found that increasing levels of unmet social needs were positively associated with stress, smoking and chronic conditions, according to new research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.Scientists, ...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Health Education & Behavior

Parents don't pick favorites, at least if you're a Magellanic penguin

University of Washington researchers report in a paper published Jan. 23 in Animal Behaviour that, when a Magellanic penguin parent returns to its nest with fish, the parent tries to feed each of its two chicks equal portions of food, regardless of t...

– University of Washington

Animal Behaviour, Jan. 2019


Couples Creating Art or Playing Board Games Release ‘Love Hormone’ — but the Men Painters Release Most

When couples play board games together or take a painting class with each other, their bodies release oxytocin — sometimes dubbed the “hugging hormone.” But men wielding paintbrushes released twice as much or more as the level of women painters...

– Baylor University

Journal of Marriage and Family

The power of thank you

“One of the best things you can give your spouse is a compliment"

– University of Georgia

Wiley Online Library

Better chocolate choices benefit heart health

For Valentine’s Day consideration, skip the milk chocolate candy and replace it with a cup of dark hot cocoa.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

They call it puppy love, but what is it really?

Even if animals have ulterior motives for teaming up, they teach humans a lot about love.

– Vanderbilt University

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Bridging the 'liking-gap,' researchers discuss awkwardness of conversations

Conversations are fundamental to relationships and wellbeing, but they often leave people feeling anxious, uncertain, and socially excluded. Social and personality psychologists will present their latest findings on how people engage in casual conver...

– Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Society for Personality and Social Psychology 20th Annual Convention

Why Mr. Nice could be Mr. Right

The key to relationship happiness could be as simple as finding a nice person. And, despite popular belief, sharing similar personalities may not be as important as most people think, according to new research from Michigan State University.

– Michigan State University

Journal of Research in Personality



URI nursing study shows benefits of delayed umbilical cord clamping on brain development in healthy babies

A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants’ umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new University of Rhode Island nursing study has found.

– University of Rhode Island

The Journal of Pediatrics, Dec-2018

10 Years Greener: UVA Darden Sustainability Plan Delivers Uniquely Darden Success Story

In late 2018, roughly 65,000 solar energy panels amassed across 160 acres in rural Eastern Virginia came online, producing enough electricity to power a significant portion of the University of Virginia and allowing Darden to make good on its goal to...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

CSU Aims to Increase Number of Women and Minorities in Astronomy and Physics

To help close the equity gap in physics and astronomy, the CSU has joined a state-wide network with the University of California (UC) and the California Community Colleges (CCC) for a program called Cal-Bridge.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


UCI gets $5 million to establish first national R&D center on improving writing skills

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 12, 2019 — The University of California, Irvine has received a five-year, $5 million Institute of Education Sciences grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the first national research and development center fo...

– University of California, Irvine

Parents unsure how to work with schools to prevent cyberbullying

Parents know they need to work with their child’s school to prevent cyberbullying, but a new study from the University of Iowa shows many wonder how.

– University of Iowa

Pop Culture


Long-Lasting Love: Name a Shark for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here. If you’re stuck trying to find that perfect gift for your someone special, researchers at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) may have just the thing: a tagged female mako s...

– Nova Southeastern University

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Law and Public Policy


Municipal Spending Outpaces Population, Income Growth in Both Growing, Shrinking Counties

While it’s not surprising that growing counties across the U.S. are increasing total spending as well as capital spending, a new Iowa State University study shows shrinking counties are doing the same. This increased spending puts shrinking countie...

– Iowa State University

Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy, Dec-2018

Embargo expired on 13-Feb-2019 at 08:30 ET

New Report: Up to 36,000 Low-Income People in Montana Could Lose Health Coverage If State Imposes Medicaid Work Requirements

An estimated 26,000 to 36,000 low-income people in Montana would lose much-needed health coverage under a proposed bill to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, according to an analysis published today by researchers at Milken Institute Sc...

– George Washington University

Safe Consumption Sites: Study Identifies Policy Change Strategies and Challenges

A new qualitative study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identifies several key lessons from early efforts to establish sanctioned safe consumption sites in five U.S. communities. The results offer insights on one approach som...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Psychiatric Services

LifeWire Announcements

Media Advisory: Stanford GSB Inaugural Climate, Business and Innovation Conference Convenes Feb. 13

Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) Energy Club and Sustainable Business Club are hosting the inaugural Climate, Business and Innovation conference to inform the Stanford business community of the risks and opportunities presented by climate c...

– Stanford Graduate School of Business

Embargo expired on 13-Feb-2019 at 07:00 ET

Tufts a top producer of Fulbright students in 2018-19

Tufts University is among the country's top producers of Fulbright U.S. Students once again, with 10 Tufts students earning Fulbright awards for the 2018-19 academic year to study in 10 countries. This is the sixth consecutive year that Tufts has bee...

– Tufts University

Lynbrook High wins 2019 SLAC Regional Science Bowl competition

Twenty-eight teams from 17 Bay Area high schools faced off Feb. 9 in the SLAC Regional DOE Science Bowl, a series of fast-paced question-and-answer matches that test knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space sciences, energy and math....

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Chronicle of Higher Ed Names UC San Diego One of Nation’s Most Generous Colleges

In a recent listing published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the University of California San Diego is ranked 14th among the nation’s top 20 four-year public institutions that raised the most in private donations in the 2018 fiscal year, and...

– University of California San Diego

Grant Thornton to help create risk assessment and management institute at Indiana University

Indiana University has announced a $3 million gift from Grant Thornton LLP, a leading consulting and accounting firm. The gift will establish the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management, or GT-IDEA, an interdi...

– Indiana University

Cornell partners in center to tackle rural schools’ challenges

The National Center for Rural Education Research Networks (NCRERN), announced Feb. 6, will establish and support a network of 60 school districts in New York and Ohio, as scholars work to address challenges facing rural schools. John W. Sipple, assoc...

– Cornell University

CSU Campuses Receive $17M to Train Special Education Teachers

Seven CSU campuses received nearly $17 million from the United States Department of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) to prepare educators, school counselors and psychologists to work collaboratively to serve the unique needs of s...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

St. Mary’s College Professor to Teach in Amsterdam via Prestigious Fulbright Grant

A St. Mary’s College of Maryland professor has received Fulbright Scholar grant for research and teaching abroad.

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

Olin College Once Again Named a Top Fulbright Student Producer

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has once again placed Olin College of Engineering on its list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. students. Olin’s status as a top Fulbr...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Olin College Named 2019 Princeton Review Best Value College

Olin College is included in Princeton Review’s just released 2019 Best Value Colleges. In addition to the overall listing, Princeton Review also named Olin as #2 for best internships and #23 for financial aid.

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Clarkson University’s Inaugural Faculty Undergraduate Research Program Awards Three Competitive Proposals; Second Round of the Ignite Research Fellowship Program Holds “Shark Tank”-Style Competition on February 28, 2019

Clarkson University has launched a competitive, small-grants initiative for faculty, who work primarily with undergraduate student researchers. A total of approximately $30,000 was requested for the numerous proposals received by the Research and Int...

– Clarkson University

Dr. Mark Wade Named 2019 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award Recipient by the Rutgers School of Public Health

Mark Wade, MD, has been awarded the 2019 Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Award by the Rutgers School of Public Health. He will also provide the “Public Health Lecture” at the School’s Convocation Ceremony.

– Rutgers School of Public Health

AACN Announces 2019 Election Results for Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 8 is pleased to announce the results of its 2019 election to fill seats on the AACN Board of Directors and Nominating Committee.

– American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Astronaut Scott Kelly will share story of endurance in Iowa State lecture

Capt. Scott Kelly set the American record for the most consecutive days in space and the longest space mission after returning to Earth from a yearlong mission to the International Space Station. Kelly will deliver the keynote lecture, “The Sky Is ...

– Iowa State University

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to host 2019 Disaster Symposium

Important issues impacting evidence-based approaches to disaster preparedness and response will be the focus of the upcoming disaster symposium, “Disasters and Health: State of Science,” April 25-26, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)





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