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Panicky Responses to the Coronavirus are Dangerous—Here’s Why

Fear of the virus may spread faster than the virus itself, a potential threat to health, liberty, trade, and the economy.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Yanzhong Huang, "Panicky Responses to the Coronavirus are Dangerous—Here’s Why", Think Global Health,, February 4, 2020.

Arts and Humanities


University Student Brings Youth, Theatre Perspective to City’s 2020 Arts Task Force

Augustana University student Tatiana Chance ’23 has a chance to spread her love of theatre to the city of Sioux Falls through the City’s 2020 Arts Task Force.

– Augustana University, South Dakota

Social and Behavioral Sciences


HU investigates role-playing therapy

Led by Dr. Adams Greenwood-Ericksen, Associate Professor of Game Studies and User Experience, Dr. Tamara Peyton, Social Computing and HCI Professor, and Anthony Ortega, Production Coordinator for HU’s Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning ...

– Harrisburg University of Science and Technology


When kids face discrimination, their mothers’ health may suffer

A new study is the first to suggest that children’s exposure to discrimination can harm their mothers’ health.

– Ohio State University

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Gaps Remain in Rural Opioid Crisis Research

Rural areas have been hit hard by the opioid crisis, but few studies have been done to understand how to improve access to treatment and reduce the overdose death rate in these communities, according to a new study by Rutgers University, the Universi...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Majority of U.S. Adults Believe Climate Change Is Most Important Issue Today

As the effects of climate change become more evident, more than half of U.S. adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to cli...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

The Harris Poll

Being raised by grandparents may increase risk for childhood obesity

Grandparental child care is linked to nearly a 30% increase in childhood overweight and obesity risk, finds a new analysis from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.In a study, published online Jan. 22 in Childhood Obesity, research...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Childhood Obesity

For Valentine's Day, 5 Tips for a Better Relationship

Frank Provenzano, a Furman University instructor in psychology and a clinical psychologist for more than 40 years, offers five key relationships tips for any intimate partnership.

– Furman University



Preventing opioid misuse in the rural America

Nearly 2,500 adolescents and adults in rural communities across South Dakota are better prepared to prevent opioid misuse through SDSU Extension’s Strengthening the Heartland Program.

– South Dakota State University

Pop Culture


Shall I compare thee to a love heart emoji?

It may not be a Shakespearean sonnet, but the language of love in the 21st century is just as affectionate and meaningful as it ever was, according to University of South Australia linguist, Dr David Caldwell.

– University of South Australia

Law and Public Policy


A Nation Dangerously Divided: Race Shapes Who Wins and Who Loses in U.S. Democracy

Race is shown to be the single most important factor in American democracy, determining which candidates win elections, which voters win at the polls, and who is on the losing end of policy. These conclusions are at the center of a new book Dangerous...

– University of California San Diego

Dangerously Divided: How Race and Class Shape Winning and Losing in American Politics

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Living in a ‘tethered’ economy

Imagine a future in which every consumer purchase is as complex as choosing a mobile phone. What will ongoing service cost? Is it compatible with your other devices? Can you move data and applications across devices? Can you switch providers? These a...

– Case Western Reserve University

The George Washington Law Review

Animal abuse as a pretext for interpersonal violence

A new study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University examines how lawmakers could improve guidelines and policies to keep animal abusers from slipping through the cracks. Researchers also zeroed in on the well-established link between animal...

– Case Western Reserve University

Society Register

University of Utah Law research questions whether national monument management plans follow federal law

New research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment questions whether the federal government followed the law in finalizing management plans for the Bears Ears and Gr...

– University of Utah

Natural Resources & Environment

U.S. Detention of Child Migrants

Record-breaking numbers of unaccompanied children have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, leading the Trump administration to expand child detention policies and sparking debate over how to handle the flow of asylum seekers.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff, "U.S. Detention of Child Migrants", Backgrounder,, January 30, 2020.

Why It Matters: Voter, You've Been Hacked

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Gabrielle Sierra, "Voter, You've Been Hacked," Why It Matters, January 29, 2020.

What’s the Purpose of Foreign Aid?

Many Americans question whether the $50 billion the United States spends annually on foreign aid is worth it. CFR breaks down how much of the U.S. budget goes toward foreign assistance and how this money is spent.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Shannon K. O'Neil, "What's the Purpose of Foreign Aid?"

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LifeWire Announcement

New allied health degrees for University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide - one of Australia’s leading health and medical universities - will introduce a suite of allied health degrees to its educational line-up in 2021.

– University of Adelaide

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Kick Off International Year of Sound with U.S. Opening Ceremony at American Center for Physics on Feb. 13

The International Year of Sound (IYS 2020) is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound-related sciences and technologies, and the U.S. opening ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, at the American Center for Physics. Sponsored by t...

– Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The International Year of Sound (IYS 2020), Feb 13

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41 Finalists Named for the 2020 Hertz Fellowships

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation today announced 41 finalists for the 2020 Hertz Fellowship in applied science, mathematics, and engineering

– The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Diana Dabby Wins ASEE Best Paper Award

Diana Dabby, music program director and associate professor of electrical engineering and music, recently won a 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Best Paper award for “The Engineers’ Orchestra: a Conductorless Orchestra for D...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Harvard President Larry Bacow will be Olin College’s 2020 Commencement Speaker

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow will be the speaker at Olin College’s fifteenth commencement on May 17, 2020.

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Former Finance Executive Bruce Herring Named to Olin’s Board of Trustees

Olin College of Engineering welcomes Bruce Herring to the Board of Trustees. Herring is a former senior executive at Fidelity Investments and his career in investment management and advising spans over 30 years. He is currently a member of the Olin C...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Jeannie Diefenderfer Named to Olin College’s Board of Trustees

Jeannie H. Diefenderfer has been named to Olin College’s Board of Trustees. During her 28-year career at Verizon Communications, Diefenderfer led both technical and operational organizations in a range of roles, including Senior Vice President of G...

– Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

American University Names First Chief Online Officer to Lead Digital Learning Efforts

American University Names First Chief Online Officer to Lead Digital Learning Efforts

– American University





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