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16-Dec-2019


Zimmerli Art Museum Offers New Tools for Visitors with Sensory-Related Disorders

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University-New Brunswick is the first art museum in New Jersey to offer specialized tools to help visitors in the autism spectrum enjoy their visit without stressful sensory overload.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Social and Behavioral Sciences

18-Dec-2019


Case Western Reserve social sciences researchers develop new tool to assess exposure to childhood violence, trauma

One in five children in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, are either exposed to, or are victims of, violence and trauma, according to a new study from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

– Case Western Reserve University

Victims and Violence


Online hate speech could be contained like a computer virus, say Cambridge researchers

The spread of hate speech via social media could be tackled using the same "quarantine" approach deployed to combat malicious software, according to University of Cambridge researchers.

– University of Cambridge

Ethics and Information Technology


New year's resolution: Wait until spring

Winter is dark. It's exhausting. It has also features the flu, colds and a tendency to stay indoors. So is Jan. 1 really a good time for resolutions? WashU's Tim Bono has a better idea: Wait a few months.

Expert Available

– Washington University in St. Louis

17-Dec-2019


Instagram's virtual features have real relationship benefits

Young adults say that Instagram helps them develop friendships in real life, especially those who are more hesitant to try new experiences, according to a recent study by Washington State University researchers.

– Washington State University

Computers in Human Behavior


How vulnerable is your car to cyberattacks?

New research from Michigan State University is the first to apply criminal justice theory to smart vehicles, revealing cracks in the current system leading to potential cyber risks.

– Michigan State University

Taylor & Francis Online


Study: U.S. Takes ‘Low Road’ to Growth with Adverse Impact on Wellbeing, Future Prosperity

Some nations, like the U.S., take the low road to economic growth, where growing numbers of women in the workforce may stimulate the economy, but inadequate child care overburdens them and threatens the quality of the future labor force. High road co...

– University of Vermont

Cambridge Journal of Economics


'Locally grown' broccoli looks, tastes better to consumers

In tests, consumers in upstate New York were willing to pay more for broccoli grown in New York when they knew where it came from, Cornell University researchers found.

– Cornell University

Agricultural and Resource Economics Review


Leveraging Brain Chemistry to Give New Year’s Resolutions Traction

Why, only a few short weeks out, do most of our resolutions stick as egg on our face remembrances of our best intentions? You can blame it on your brain chemicals for they contain both the reasons for our failures as well as the potential keys to suc...

– Connell Cowan, Clinical Phychologist

16-Dec-2019


Spinning Inequality

Analysis of more than 6 million clinical and life science papers shows articles with male lead authors are up to 21 percent more likely to use language that frames their research positively Papers that use positive framing, including words like “p...

– Harvard Medical School

BMJ

Embargo expired on 16-Dec-2019 at 18:30 ET


Heat or eat? How one energy conservation strategy may hurt vulnerable populations

Any economic and conservation benefits associated with time-of-use electricity billing could be achieved at the expense of some of the most vulnerable citizens in our society: people with disabilities and the elderly, new research suggests.

– Ohio State University

Nature Energy

Embargo expired on 16-Dec-2019 at 11:00 ET


The magic number to encourage giving

Nonprofits and those leading charitable causes can secure more donations by offering a unique number of options (very low or very high), which leads potential donors to have a positive view of a fundraising initiative. Field research showed people do...

– University of Delaware

International Journal of Research in Marketing


Some Online Shoppers Willing to Try New Systems, But Wary of Workplace Delivery

While most people enjoy giving and receiving gifts throughout the season, there’s increasing concern over the rise in congestion, emissions, and energy consumption associated with an influx of deliveries. A new survey conducted by a research tea...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Education

18-Dec-2019


Project-based class intended to immerse engineering students in realistic problem-solving situations

Wichita State University students interested in assistive technology and service learning will be able to perform projects through an “Accessible Design” class offered for the first time in spring 2020. This fall, students in a project-based clas...

– Wichita State University

17-Dec-2019


Special Issue of Educational Researcher Examines the Nature and Consequences of Null Findings in Education Research

A new special issue of AERA's peer reviewed journal Educational Researcher, titled “Randomized Controlled Trials Meet the Real World: The Nature and Consequences of Null Findings,” focuses on important questions raised by the prevalence of null f...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Educational Researcher

16-Dec-2019


What a Year for California State University! Looking Back at 2019

Once again, another year has flown by. One day you're committing to New Year's resolutions and in the blink of an eye, you're wrapping holiday gifts. In the midst of bustling end-of-year festivities, we're taking a little time to reflect on all that ...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Pop Culture

17-Dec-2019


4 Santa Approved Holiday Playlists From UK School of Music

The right soundtrack for the holiday season is a gift in and of itself. Music can set the mood, touch the soul, lift the spirit or bring about cheer whether hosting a dinner party, braving the crowds to shop for that special someone or wrapping gifts...

– University of Kentucky

Law and Public Policy

19-Dec-2019


Stability at the top, growing opposition to Bloomberg, Steyer

The top tier of Democratic presidential candidates remains relatively unchanged in the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll, and the second tier candidates show no signs of a breakthrough.

– Iowa State University

Iowa State University/Civiqs poll

includes video

17-Dec-2019


Researchers find a harder border between the UK and Ireland is seen as a challenge to peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland

Researchers find that the revised Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears not to have wholly reassured people in the Central Border Region of Ireland / Northern Ireland.

– Queen's University Belfast

Embargo expired on 17-Dec-2019 at 19:05 ET


Congressional Task Force Report: Black Youth Suicide Rates Rising, Defying Historic Trends

Titled “Ring the Alarm: the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America,” the Task Force report includes a research section summarizing the current state of studies about Black youth, suicide and suicidal behaviors.

– New York University

Pediatrics


Visualizing 2020: Trends to Watch

CFR experts spotlight some of the most important trends they will be tracking in the year ahead.

Expert Available

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Edward Alden, Paul J. Angelo, Michelle Gavin, Bruce Hoffman, Amy M. Jaffe, Adam Segal, and Sheila A. Smith, December 12, 2019.


Yes, Virginia, China Is Exporting Its Model

Last week I took part in a debate at CSIS on the topic of whether China seeks to export its development model. For me, the answer to this question is self-evident: of course it does.

Expert Available

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Elizabeth C. Economy, "Yes, Virginia, China Is Exporting Its Model", Asia Unbound, CFR.org, December 11, 2019

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs


A Strategy to Help Solve the College Conundrum

While young people today need college more than ever, college attendance across the country has dropped in each of the last nine years. As enrollment declines threaten the survival of more than a third of our nation’s colleges, and as communities f...

– CFES Brilliant Pathways


Why Does the Census Matter?

The U.S. census, one of the few in the world to directly count every resident, is used to distribute political power as well as federal funding. In 2020, it faces controversy over immigration, cybersecurity, and rising costs.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff, CFR.org, December 16, 2019.


Crist Introduces Regional Ocean Partnership Bill, Addresses Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Concerns

U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL), along with Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ), introduced the Regional Ocean Partnership Act (H.R. 5390). The bill would authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships...

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

LifeWire Announcement


Innovative Partnership Will Help 6,000 Students Have a Smoother College Commute

Transportation costs and limited transit accessibility restrict students’ capabilities to access college campuses, which can hinder their progress and the likelihood of successfully graduating. Florida Atlantic University is leading a first-time tr...

– Florida Atlantic University


UA Little to develop free cybersecurity curriculum for high school students through new partnership with Arkansas Department of Education

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will help create a free cybersecurity curriculum for Arkansas high school students as part of a new partnership announced Dec. 9 at UA Little Rock’s College of Engineering and Information Technology. The A...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Babson Joins More Than 100 Colleges Filing “Friend of Court” Brief to Oppose Rollback Of Training Program That Benefits International Students

More than 100 public and private universities and colleges – including Babson College – have filed an amicus brief to defend the long-standing immigration program known as Optional Practical Training (OPT) that benefits international students st...

– Babson College


UC San Diego, San Diego Community College District Receive Combined $2.7M from Mellon Foundation

With $2.7 million support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of California San Diego and San Diego Community College District are building a pipeline of successful undergraduate and graduate students, resulting in a new generation o...

– University of California San Diego


$3 million gift from The Davee Foundation to support English, history scholarships at UIC

UIC’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has received $3 million from The Davee Foundation to assist high-achieving English and history undergraduate students who have prohibitive levels of financial need.

– University of Illinois at Chicago


UIC alumnus named second Rhodes Scholar for Saudi Arabia

Twenty years after arriving in the United States, University of Illinois at Chicago alumnus and aspiring physician Sami Alahmadi has been selected as the second Rhodes Scholar to represent Saudi Arabia.

– University of Illinois at Chicago


Nova Southeastern University Names Dean of College of Computing & Engineering

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is pleased to announce that Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D., has been named the dean of its College of Computing and Engineering. She was named the interim dean in July 2018.

– Nova Southeastern University


New CADA dean’s goal to make UIC ‘front of mind’ for the arts and design world

Rebecca Rugg brings her experience as a leader in contemporary American theater to the University of Illinois at Chicago as the recently appointed dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts.

– University of Illinois at Chicago


Harrisburg University Launches Esports B.S. Degree

HU has launched a four-year degree program in Esports. It is believed to be the only B.S. Esports degree program in PA.

– Harrisburg University of Science and Technology


UC Santa Cruz launches new graduate program in natural language processing

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has established a new master’s (M.S.) degree program in Natural Language Processing (NLP), offered from the UCSC Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara. This innovative professional degree program will give s...

– University of California, Santa Cruz

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