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Newswise Live Virtual Event for May 28, 2pm EDT
Testing, Testing, and More Testing
College of American Pathologists and Newswise Live present an expert panel discussion, Testing, Testing, and More Testing. What’s the status of current COVID-19 testing capacity, what kinds of tests are available, why tests are so crucial as we return to business, sports, school, and life.
  • Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP - President of the College of American Pathologists, Laboratory Director, Southeast Georgia Health System.
  • Bobbi S. Pritt, MD, FCAP - Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory and Co-Director of Vector-Borne Diseases Lab Services, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, Chair of the CAP’s Microbiology Committee 
  • Raouf Nahkleh, MD, FCAP - Professor of Pathology Mayo College of Medicine, Consulting Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, Chair of College of American Pathologists Council on Scientific Affairs
  • Emily Volk, MD, FCAP - President-elect of the College of American Pathologists, Senior VP of Clinical Services, University Health System and Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas Health, Long School of Medicine, San Antonio.
When: Thursday, May 28, 2020. 2PM-3PM EDT

Where: Newswise Live event space on Zoom -

Registration for media, as well as colleagues from participating Newswise member institutions

This live event will also be recorded and transcribed for use by media and communicators after it is concluded.


Science News


Chimpanzees Help Trace the Evolution of Human Speech Back to Ancient Ancestors

Chimpanzee lip-smacks exhibit a speech-like rhythm, a group of researchers led by the University of Warwick have found

– University of Warwick

Biology Letters

Embargo expired on 26-May-2020 at 19:00 ET

includes video

The wildlife trade encompasses all major branches of the biological tree of life

Besides being a major threat to biodiversity, the wildlife trade can be a cause of global public health issues and hundreds of billions of dollars of economic damage around the world from disease outbreaks, as might be the case for COVID-19.

– University of Helsinki

Biological Conservation

Arts and Humanities


Study uncovers gender roles in physics lab courses

Men are overrepresented not only in number but in high-ranking positions within the physics community, according to a new study published May 26 in the journal Physics Education Research. A research team led by Katherine Quinn, Ph.D. ’19, and Natas...

– Cornell University

Physics Education Research

Augmented reality can improve online shopping, study finds

A recent survey found that online shoppers return 70% of the clothing they order, more than any other category of purchase. This has an indirect but real impact on the environment.

– Cornell University

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Queen's research finds an increase in faith online during the coronavirus pandemic

A research study from Queen’s University Belfast has revealed how faith leaders and communities on the island of Ireland adapted and responded to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

– Queen's University Belfast

Irish Council of Churches

Gap between rich, poor neighborhoods growing in some cities

New research provides insight into how housing prices and neighborhood values have become polarized in some urban areas, with the rich getting richer and the poor becoming poorer.

– Ohio State University

Geographical Analysis

Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19

Researchers provide the “purr-fect” solution to comfort and engage older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRD) during the pandemic – interactive robotic cats. Designed to respond to motion, touch and sound, these ...

– Florida Atlantic University

includes video


Social media can play role in travel decisions

When contemplating a destination, some travelers look to how the experience might translate to social media when making their decision, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers.

– University of Georgia

SAGE journals

Drastic Changes in Social Lives Raise Future Mental Health Concerns

People’s social lives aren’t what they used to be. But exactly how they’ve changed and what it might mean for mental health is what psycho-linguistic researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are trying to figure out in the Pandemic Proj...

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Pandemic Project

Repeated anecdotes can make speakers less authentic

Witnessing people repeat a story or anecdote leads their audience to view them as less authentic.

– University of Georgia

Strong convictions can blind us to information that challenges them

When people are highly confident in a decision, they take in information that confirms their decision, but fail to process information which contradicts it, finds a UCL brain imaging study.

– University College London

Nature Communications

Age, gender and culture 'predict loneliness'

Young people, men and people in "individualistic" societies report higher levels of loneliness, according to a large-scale global study.

– University of Exeter

Personality and Individual Differences

Exploring the Zoonotic Origins of COVID-19

Around the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot of dialog surrounding its zoonotic origins, or its transmission from animals to humans. A new study explores how zoonotic origins are communicated can influence risk perception and preventati...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Models for Incorporating Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

To help answer major questions about COVID19, governments have been reaching out to epidemiologists, medical practitioners and others who have some expertise in disease modeling in order to better understand the trajectory of the virus and its impact...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)


Lack of physical activity during COVID-19 may fuel childhood obesity, new study finds

The childhood obesity rate in the United States may increase by 2.4% if school closures continue into December, finds a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Having schools closed nationwide, children in the U.S. have...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Sport and Health Science



‘Defining Moments’ and Second Chances: Former Prisoner Brings Award-Winning Case to Life

Defining Moments and Second Chances: A manager at Cascade Engineering who joined the company through a prisoner reentry program joined a Darden class earlier this spring to share his own journey from incarceration to the working world. “Defining Mo...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

UVA Darden Experts Offer Advice for Cultivating Mental Resilience During the Pandemic

Darden experts offer advice for cultivating mental resilience

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Student-Built Program Supports Thousands During Remote Learning Experience

In the spring 2020 semester, more than 2,000 students and 242 professors, teaching assistants and mentors relied on Submitty, the open-source tool designed and built by students, faculty, and teaching assistants at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. ...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Darrigues selected for competitive postdoctoral research program at UAMS

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock doctoral student has been selected for a highly competitive postdoctoral scholarship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Emilie Darrigues, a doctoral student in applied science with an emphasis...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Stepping into the Esports Field

As the burgeoning esports industry continues to explode, it opens new professional opportunities for graduates—from business and marketing to video production. Embracing this, the CSU has begun incorporating esports into student life and academics....

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

LifeWire Announcement

Tufts University School of Medicine launches accelerated hybrid physical therapy program

To help meet the increasing demand for physical therapists, Tufts University School of Medicine is launching an accelerated two-year hybrid-education Doctor of Physical Therapy program to begin in January 2021, the first program of its kind offered b...

– Tufts University

Freedom on the Move digital archive adds K-12 lessons

The Freedom on the Move project, an online collection devoted to fugitives from slavery in 19th century North America, has developed a series of lesson plans to make its crowdsourced database accessible to K-12 teachers and their students.

– Cornell University

Researchers study teleworking effects during COVID-19

What are the effects of this rapid transition to working remotely?

– University of Georgia

Entrepreneurship Journal Devotes New Issue to UVA Darden Professor’s Theory of Effectuation

An influential academic journal has devoted the entirety of a recent issue to effectuation, the theory of entrepreneurship pioneered by University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Saras Sarasvathy.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business





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