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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Arts and Humanities


Fire: The Unthinkable

Following the recent fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Lynne Davis, the Robert L. Town Distinguished Professor of Organ at Wichita State University, has written a reflective piece, “Fire: The Unthinkable.” Davis is familiar with the cathedral ...

– Wichita State University


Play your way through Reiman Gardens with larger-than-life toys and games

Reiman Gardens teamed up with an Iowa State University architecture lecturer and design and engineering students to create eight larger-than-life toys and games — each with an ecological twist — for its exhibit this year. Starting April 27, visit...

– Iowa State University

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Meaning Without Words: Gestures and Visual Animations Reveal Cognitive Origins of Linguistic Meaning

Gestures and visual animations can help reveal the cognitive origins of meaning, indicating that our minds can assign a linguistic structure to new informational content “on the fly”—even if it is not linguistic in nature.

– New York University

Natural Language & Linguistic Theory; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)


Brain scans on movie watchers reveal how we judge people

Unconscious bias has become a hot topic recently, with high profile incidents reported around the world. Researchers at Aalto University are exploring the causes of these biases

– Aalto University

Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Saturday Night Live Veteran Darrell Hammond, Filmmaker Michelle Esrick, and Mount Sinai Psychologist Jacob Ham, PhD, Discuss Childhood Trauma on the Road to Resilience Podcast

Listen as they explore the complex symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and strategies for healing

– Mount Sinai Health System


Strongly Agree: It's time to test the Likert Scale

Researchers often tweak the number of response options in the traditional five-point Likert Scale with little empirical justification. Now a UB psychologist says it's time to settle on six options. "If you’re going to deviate from what this paper ...

– University at Buffalo

Psychological Assessment

To test the munchies, researchers offer a choice: chips or an orange?

Researchers had attendees at the 2016 Hash Bash (a marijuana decriminalization event in Ann Arbor, Michigan, complete surveys on food choices while they are high. Survey takers then got to choose an orange or chips as their reward.

– University at Buffalo

International Society for Human Ethology

People with happy spouses may live longer

Research suggests that having a happy spouse leads to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it's associated with a longer life, too.

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science

‘Sticks and Stones . . .’ But Words Can Indeed Hurt You, UCI Study Finds

Words can hurt or help a person’s psychological well-being, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Researchers found that the effects of negative and positive political rhetoric about immigration – particularly by peo...

– University of California, Irvine

Social Science & Medicine



NIEER Research Reveals Stalled Progress in Pre-K Access, Funding

More children are attending state-funded pre-K programs across the US but state funding is failing to keep pace, resulting in low compensation for pre-K teachers that too often undermines classroom quality, according to a new report from the National...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The State of Preschool 2018

Columbus State University Celebrates Historic $120 Million Campaign

Columbus State University is celebrating the conclusion of its "First Choice Comprehensive Capital Campaign." The campaign surpassed its $100 million goal with approximately $120 million from 8,000 alumni and community donors. Launched in 2012, this...

– Columbus State University

Alumnus Takes Class Experience to New Level

Justin Futrell decided he’d do 1,000 pull-ups in a single day, and he’d do it with the goal of raising $25,000 to build a well in a Tanzanian village.

– Cornell College

Wichita State University starting first Muslim Greek organization in Kansas

Wichita State University will soon start the first Muslim Greek organization in the state of Kansas.

– Wichita State University


Two Iowa State students named Udall Scholars

Two Iowa State University students have been named Udall Scholars for 2019 — the first time since 2001 that more than one ISU student has been selected for the honor in the same academic year.

– Iowa State University

St. Mary’s College Students Explore Tropical Marine Ecology at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

St. Mary’s College of Maryland students Lauren Swam '19, Isaac Hersh '19, and Colin Cassady '19, recently had a firsthand experience studying marine ecology on the coral reefs of Belize. Interviewed for The Naturalist Podcast (http://www.naturalist...

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

CSU STEM VISTA Helps Improve Graduation Rates Through Community Engagement

​STEM students at the CSU are reaping the benefits of service learning, thanks to the stellar members of the CSU STEM VISTA program. Service learning, as a high impact practice, increases students' chances of staying in school and graduating in a ...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Pop Culture


ACI Relaunches Website: Aimed at a “Clean and Vibrant Future”

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) launched a redesigned and updated website, offering its audiences a modern resource for easier access to information on the value cleaning products bring to all facets of life. “The pr...

– American Cleaning Institute

Law and Public Policy


Unique challenges of ‘mom-candidates’ researched

Dr. Melissa K. Miller, associate professor of political science at Bowling Green State University, is a keen observer of national political campaigns and well aware that women candidates’ fundraising and win-rates now mirror those of men, once incu...

– Bowling Green State University

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No time to lose: Historic examples of civility may help today's civil discourse, according to new book

MANHATTAN, KANSAS — A look at the past may help ordinary people improve civility, according to Kansas State University’s Timothy J. Shaffer, co-editor/author of the book, "A Crisis of Civility?: Political Discourse and Its Discontents" from Routl...

– Kansas State University

A Crisis of Civility?: Political Discourse and Its Discontents

Innovation: Key to Any Green Policy

The recent introduction of the Green New Deal by Democratic U.S. congressional leaders on the left has renewed hope among some that Congress might get us back on track. The reality is that the climate change clock is still ticking, and it’s more li...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business


Rurality, Social Identity Is Driving Polarization in Iowa

What will shape voter attitudes heading into the 2020 election? New research finds rurality, education and race -- not the economic downturn -- significantly predicted the change from Democrat to Republican in 2016.

– Iowa State University

The Sociological Quarterly

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

AAHCM Supports New CMMI Payment Models that Strengthen Primary Care for People with Complex Chronic Illness

The American Academy of Home Care Medicine (AAHCM) strongly supports the CMS announcement today of the Primary Cares Initiative, which offers two new payment paths to promote primary care of Medicare patients with complex, advanced illness.

– American Academy of Home Care Medicine

LifeWire Announcements

NSF Director France A. Córdova to Receive Honorary CUR Fellows Award

Astrophysicist France A. Córdova, the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will receive the Honorary CUR Fellows Award at an April 30 reception during the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2019 Posters on the Hill event on Cap...

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Windermere Preparatory School Seventh Grade Student Wins Back to Back State Titles in Florida State Geography Bee. He is now headed to Washington DC to compete for a National Title

Windermere Preparatory School ( is proud to announce that Seventh Grader Kaylan Patel has won the 2019 Florida State Geography Bee for the second year in a row! Congratulations to our Laker

– Nord Anglia Education

International Bioartists To Speak at Rensselaer on April 25 and May 8

To highlight the important connections that exist between art, science, and technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will host lectures with international bioartists on April 25 and May 8.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Professor of Anthropology Julia A. King Earns St. Mary’s College President’s Trailblazer Award

St. Mary’s College of Maryland President Tuajuanda C. Jordan presented the 2019 President’s Trailblazer Award on Thursday, April 18, to Julia A. King, professor of anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

Kimberly McIltrot to Lead the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Assistant Professor Kimberly McIltrot has been chosen to serve as director of the school’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program—most recently ranked No. 1 the country by U.S. News & World Report.

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Trebor Scholz to Discuss the Future of Work at President's Speaker Series

California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) President Eduardo M. Ochoa will host author and visionary Trebor Scholz to discuss his book Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy at CSUMB’s World Theater on Monda...

– California State University, Monterey Bay

Quimby Takes Stage as Commencement Speaker

Belou Quimby ’19 was selected by her peers as the graduation speaker for Cornell College on May 12, 2019.

– Cornell College





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