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Strategies to Lower Risk for Violent Crime and Gun Violence

With violent crimes and gun violence rising annually and the number of gun deaths in the U.S. surpassing all other nations, researchers at the annual meeting of The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) present a series of studies during its Study of Viole...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Dec-2019

Embargo expired on 09-Dec-2019 at 10:30 ET

Arts and Humanities


Burial traditions are evolving, designers see call to action

Iowa State University interior design students are responding to changing beliefs and traditions surrounding funerals and burials in the United States by studying cemeteries, funeral homes, mortuaries and interment practices. By the end of this semes...

– Iowa State University

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2019 at 09:00 ET

The Songwriter Is Creative – the Singer, Not So Much

Country music songwriters must perform a careful dance when they work with famous singers who may be less talented at writing songs but bring the needed star power to attract fans – and, importantly, to get the song recorded in the first place, res...

– Ohio State University

Social Psychology Quarterly

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Students Do Better in School When They Can Understand, Manage Emotions

Students who are better able to understand and manage their emotions effectively, a skill known as emotional intelligence, do better at school than their less skilled peers, as measured by grades and standardized test scores, according to research pu...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Psychological Bulletin

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2019 at 09:00 ET

How humans learnt to dance; from the Chimpanzee Conga

Psychologist observing two chimpanzees in a zoo have discovered that they performed a behaviour hitherto never seen, they coordinated together in a rhythmic social ritual.

– University of Warwick

Scientific Reports


'Financial infidelity': What defines it, who is at risk, and what are the consequences?

Romantic partners aren't always honest about money in their relationships, but when does hiding purchases, debt and savings constitute "financial infidelity"? Research by professors at four universities, including Indiana University, defines the conc...

– Indiana University

Consumer Research

Training middle-school educators to identify suicide warning signs

New research examined the impact of virtual training on the mental-health and suicide-prevention skills of more than 33,000 middle-school educators. The researchers found, overwhelmingly, that those who completed the training had “higher levels of ...

– Case Western Reserve University

Do summer holidays undo the good work of school?

As thousands of Aussie kids start summer holidays this week, there’s no doubt parents will see an increase in kids’ screen time, snack time and general relaxation. After a busy school year, it’s well-deserved, but could this change in activity ...

– University of South Australia

BMC Public Health

The Holidays Are Here...Helpful Tips to Manage the Stress

There is a lot of activity during the holiday season, and while these can be fun and joyous occasions, some may be struggling with mental health challenges and other life stressors, which can be triggered by the holiday season. This is particularly t...

– NYU Langone Health


Loneliness May Be Due to Increasing Aging Population

Despite some claims that Americans are in the midst of a “loneliness epidemic,” older people today may not be any lonelier than their counterparts from previous generations – there just might be more of them, according to a pair of studies publ...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

Psychology and Aging

Embargo expired on 10-Dec-2019 at 09:00 ET

Have You Found Meaning in Life? Answer Determines Health and Well-being

A recent study by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that the presence of, and search for, meaning in life are important for health and well-being, though the relationships differ in adults younger and older th...

– University of California San Diego Health

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Embargo expired on 10-Dec-2019 at 13:00 ET

Me, me, me! How narcissism changes throughout life

New research from Michigan State University conducted the longest study on narcissism to date, revealing how it changes over time.

– Michigan State University

Psychology and Aging

Embargo expired on 10-Dec-2019 at 09:00 ET

Justified and unjustified movie violence evokes different brain responses, study finds

The gun violence seen in popular PG-13 movies aimed at children and teenagers has more than doubled since the rating was introduced in 1984. The increasing on-screen gun violence has raised concerns that it will encourage imitation, especially when i...

– University of Pennsylvania

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience

Women in Nepal still forced to sleep outside in 'menstruation huts'

Despite being criminalised in 2018, an estimated 77% of girls in mid-Western Nepal are still being forced to sleep outside in "menstruation huts" during their period, according to a new study published today in Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters....

– Taylor & Francis

Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters

Advertising continues to assume mothers only use knowledge for domestic caring

Magazine adverts continue to tell mothers to put caring for their families front and centre - and encourage them to devote all their knowledge to protecting and caring for them rather than for their own benefit or professional advancement.

– Lancaster University

Journal of Consumer Culture

Texas State senior lecturer leads fight against fake news

To address a centuries-old problem, a Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication faculty member recommends two tools as a remedy: time and effort.

– Texas State University

Tips for navigating a hectic holiday season with mind, spirit intact

The holidays are almost upon us. For some, it is time to get out the best dishes and polish up the silver for a holiday table setting with family and friends, while others will be worried about coping with the festivities — because they are alone o...

– Texas State University


How does political news affect moods? New study in young doctors shows real-time effects

They work in a bubble of 80-hour work weeks, and 24-hour shifts. But for first-year doctors who started their careers in the past few years, a new study shows that certain political events affected their mood just as much as the intense first weeks o...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

BMJ, DOI:10.1136/bmj.l6322

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Regional Trends in Overdose Deaths Reveal Multiple Opioid Epidemics, According to New Study

A recently published study shows the United States in the grip of several simultaneously occurring opioid epidemics, rather than just a single crisis. The epidemics came to light after the researchers analyzed county-level data on drug overdose death...

– Iowa State University

Rural Sociology; Rural Sociology

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Creating a Message of Hope

“Tips for Parents Who Learn Their Newborn Has Developmental Disability” provides information for both parents and various providers who work directly with parents and includes links to valuable resources.

– UCLA School of Nursing



New Book Examines the Landscape and Effects of College Promise Programs

With college promise programs—also known as “free tuition” and “free college” programs—growing in popularity across the United States and with Democratic presidential candidates touting their own national free college proposals, the Ameri...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Improving Research-Based Knowledge of College Promise Programs

Pop Culture


Why do people make New Year's resolutions? Folklore expert Simon Bronner can explain that & other New Year’s traditions

The social psychology behind New Year's resolutions, and rituals and traditions associated to celebrating the arrival of a new year.

Expert Available

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Bea Weiser, 98, Volunteers to Help People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

For more than 14 years, Bea Weiser, 98, has volunteered at the front desk of FAU’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center to help attendees who are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Nothing slows down this ...

– Florida Atlantic University

Don't Get on Santa's Naughty List, Stay 'Green' With Gifts This Year

Looking for ideas on easy ways to reduce your environmental impact during the holiday season? The University of Kentucky Recycling Program, provides eight easy ideas for you and everyone in your life to stay green this holiday season.

– University of Kentucky

7 Tips for a Griswold-Worthy Home With UK Lighting Expert

Joseph Rey-Barreau, with the University of Kentucky College of Design, has seven easy tips to help make your holiday space everything you’ve ever dreamed of — and make the "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" Griswold family jealous.

– University of Kentucky


Why Are Manga Outselling Superhero Comics?

Last year, the Japanese or Japanese-inspired comics and graphic novels reportedly outsold old-fashioned superhero comics for the first time ever in the United States, a trend expected to continue. Satoru Saito, an associate professor of Japanese lite...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

Behind the Force: Philosophy prof. can talk about mythological foundations of “Star Wars,” depiction of "good vs. evil"

Mark Peterson is president of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture.

Expert Available

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Law and Public Policy


Risk Analysis Critical Tool for Combating Human Trafficking

Each year, more than 40 million men, women and children are trafficked worldwide. It manifests in numerous forms and has grown into a multi-billion-dollar illegal enterprise that is difficult to detect, prosecute and examine. Risk analysis is a criti...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Dec-2019

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2019 at 12:00 ET

Nuclear freeze movement’s legacy on display at Cornell

Cornell University's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies is working to catalog materials from Randall Forsberg's nuclear freeze campaign and her think tank, the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies.

– Cornell University


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

As NATO readies for what some believe is a new Cold War with Russia, the seventy-year-old alliance struggles to manage widening internal divisions.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff,, December 3, 2019.

Why It Matters: Space Jam

Space is getting crowded. The biggest challenge is space junk—the debris that results when satellites break up or get shot down. If we aren’t careful, space junk, and space conflict, could cause a lot of problems down here on Earth.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Gabrielle Sierra, "Space Jam", Why It Matters, December 4, 2019.

Who Pays for Tariffs?

Who wins and who loses in the back and forth on tariffs? CFR’s Shannon K. O’Neil breaks down the ongoing tariff battle between the United States and China.

Expert Available

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Shannon K. O'Neil, "Who Pays for Tariffs?", Election 2020, December 6, 2019.

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LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

HFES to Testify at U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Government Relations Committee Chair, Dr. Mica Endsley, will testify tomorrow on behalf of the Society during a U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing The Boeing 737 MAX: Examinin...

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

LifeWire Announcement

DHGE and DePaul University collaborate to offer custom-designed online education programs for healthcare professionals

DHGE and DePaul University collaborate to offer online custom-designed education programs for healthcare professionals. Certificate in Health Law to launch this spring with programs in cybersecurity, health informatics and nursing in development stag...

– DePaul University

The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University announces over 30 additional authors for inaugural 2020 event


– Tulane University

FAU and Georgia State Partner to Assist Children and Families Affected by Addiction

FAU and GSU have partnered on a program to assist children and families affected by addiction. They have received a $2.64 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a program aimed at improving outcomes of Georgia’s chi...

– Florida Atlantic University

UGA establishes Master of Fine Arts Film program

Georgia’s burgeoning film and television industry stands ready to benefit from an expanded workforce, thanks to an innovative new partnership between the University of Georgia, the Georgia Film Academy and Pinewood Forest, the new community in Faye...

– University of Georgia

New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020

The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, is proud to present the New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2020 which marks our 38th Anniversary. The Festival will take place on ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Strategic Plan Approved by Board of Trustees

Augustana University announced today that its Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a new strategic plan – Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030.

– Augustana University, South Dakota

LifeWire Research Alert

ER visits did not rise with Medicaid expansion under Affordable Care Act

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

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2019 at 20:00 ET





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