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VIDEO AVAILABLE: Higher Education Reopening During COVID: Expert Panel for September 9, 2PM EDT

This virtual media event welcomes presidents, deans, and other university spokespeople to make the case for how their universities are handling this once in a lifetime challenge.

– Newswise

includes video

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Cash Transfers More Effective than Workforce Training in Improving Lives of Rwandans

In the head-to-head comparison of a workforce-training program and direct cash transfers for Rwandans, cash proves superior in improving economic outcomes of unemployed youths, while training outperforms cash only in the production of business knowle...

– University of California San Diego


Children Will Wait to Impress Others—Another Twist on the Classic Marshmallow Test

When it comes to self-control, young children are better able to resist temptation and wait for greater rewards if they take into consideration the opinions of others

– Association for Psychological Science

Psychological Science


KICK OUT PD: Feasibility and Quality of Life in the Pilot Karate Intervention to Change Kinematic Outcomes in Parkinson’s Disease

19-person pilot study shows community-based karate classes may improve quality of life and wellbeing for individuals with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's Disease (PD)--with over 50% of study participants choosing to continue their karate practice six mo...



Embargo expired on 09-Sep-2020 at 14:00 ET

Study Suggests Unconscious Learning Underlies Belief in God

Individuals who can unconsciously predict complex patterns, an ability called implicit pattern learning, are likely to hold stronger beliefs that there is a god who creates patterns of events in the universe, according to neuroscientists at Georgetow...

– Georgetown University Medical Center

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 09-Sep-2020 at 05:00 ET

Feeling misunderstood boosts support for Brexit

Feeling misunderstood by other groups makes people more likely to support separatist causes like Brexit and Scottish independence, new research suggests.

– University of Exeter

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

The Marshmallow Test Revisited

Children will wait longer for a treat to impress others, new psychology experiments show.

– University of California San Diego

Psychological Science

For Job Seekers with Disabilities, Soft Skills Don’t Impress in Early Interviews

A new study by Rutgers University researchers finds that job candidates with disabilities are more likely to make a positive first impression on prospective employers when they promote technical skills rather than soft skills, such as their ability t...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

International Journal of Conflict Management


Some Children at Higher Risk of Privacy Violations from Digital Apps

While federal privacy laws prohibit digital platforms from storing and sharing children’s personal information, those rules aren’t always enforced, researchers find.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Pediatrics

Embargo expired on 08-Sep-2020 at 11:00 ET

COVID-19 Deaths Among Black Essential Workers Linked to Racial Disparities

Racial disparities among essential workers could be a key reason that Black Americans are more likely than whites to contract and die of COVID-19, according to researchers at the University of Utah. They found that Blacks disproportionately worked in...

– University of Utah Health

World Medical and Health Policy; K01CA234319

How birth control, girls’ education can slow population growth

Education and family planning have long been tied to lower fertility trends. But new research from the University of Washington analyzes those factors to determine, what accelerates a decline in otherwise high-fertility countries.

– University of Washington

Population and Development Review

Gun owner perceptions about actual firearm dangers suggest opportunities for improving gun safety

People who own guns and those living with gun owners are substantially less worried about the risk of firearm injuries than individuals living in homes without guns, says a new study by violence prevention experts at UC Davis Health.

– UC Davis Health

Injury Prevention; 2017-0447; 2014-255

People Who Experienced Parental Divorce as Children Have Lower ‘Love Hormone’ Levels than Those Who Did Not

People who were children when their parents were divorced showed lower levels of oxytocin — the so-called “love hormone” — when they were adults than those whose parents remained married, according to a study led by Baylor University. That lo...

– Baylor University

Journal of Comparative Psychology

Romantic partners influence each other's goals

Over the long-term, what one partner in a two-person relationship wishes to avoid, so too does the other partner - and what one wants to achieve, so does the other.

– University of Basel

The Journals of Gerontology, Series B

COVID-stress may be hard to beat even with exercise

Exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress, but it may not be enough for the levels caused by COVID-19.

– Washington State University




High literacy rate among military in late biblical kingdom of Judah

The ability to read and write was more widespread than expected among the people of Judah in the late 7th century BCE, according to a study published September 9, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Arie Shaus of Tel Aviv University, Israel, ...



Embargo expired on 09-Sep-2020 at 14:00 ET

Online college instruction has improved since the pandemic began, say college students, but instruction on the internet should cost less, reports study by the USC Center for the Digital Future

A growing number of college students like their online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many want reduced tuition if their education is online and not in person, reported the second study on the social and cultural impact of the coronavi...

– USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

USC Center’s Coronavirus Disruption Study

Mapping the Good and the Bad of Pandemic-Related Restrictions

Pandemics bring pain. But so do the prescriptions for containing them: From school closures to total lockdowns, every government-mandated approach to blunting the impact of COVID-19 involves a trade-off between lives saved and jobs lost.

– Stanford Graduate School of Business

Socioeconomic Network Heterogeneity and Pandemic Policy Response

Correcting Covid-19 Misconceptions May Require Speaking to Individuals’ Moral Values, According to New Research

The effectiveness of educational content aimed at correcting misconceptions about the risks, transmission, and prevention of Covid-19 is largely influenced by a person’s prevailing moral values, according to a new study published today in Education...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Educational Researcher

A Rutgers Pediatrician Offers Tips for Families on Staying Mindful When Using Screens

During the COVID-19 pandemic, most children are spending more time on screens since other activities are limited. With children also participating in virtual learning, many parents are concerned that this increased use of screen time could be detrime...

Expert Available

– Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


College Students Need Connection, Routine, Equity to Thrive in Online Coursework

Fostering a sense of community and connection for college students will ensure a better remote learning experience in the fall, according to researchers from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Left To Their Own Devices

Pop Culture


As Collegiate Esports Become More Professional, Women Are Being Left Out

A new study finds the rapidly growing field of collegiate esports is effectively becoming a two-tiered system, with club-level programs that are often supportive of gender diversity being clearly distinct from well-funded varsity programs that are do...

– North Carolina State University

Critical Studies in Media Communication, Sep-2020

Law and Public Policy


Study: Exploited San Francisco Workers are "Suffering Silently"

Many of the city's most vulnerable workers are too afraid to file a complaint when their employer pays them below the minimum wage. Domestic workers are the biggest victims. Bar and restaurant employees are also high on the list.

– Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

The Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations Study

Study: Wage Theft Runs Rampant During Recessions

Employers are more likely to cheat their workers during periods of high unemployment. It happened during the Great Recession of 2008. It's even more likely during the COVID recession, in part because of President Trump's recent executive order relaxi...

– Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Craftier Than Cash: How Banks Use Credit Cards to Bribe Bureaucrats

Bribery doesn’t necessarily involve suitcases of cash, all-expense-paid vacations, or secret gifts of jewelry. For people who don’t want to get caught, subtlety can be more practical.

– Stanford Graduate School of Business

Journal of Financial Economics, Aug. 2020, Vol. 137, Issue 2, Pages 430-450

AU Experts Comment on Signing of the Historic Israel-UAE Deal

AU Experts Comment on Signing of the Historic Israel-UAE Deal

Expert Available

– American University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Those Images of Red Skies Over Oregon Are Real

Photographs and videos show a blood-red sky over Oregon in late summer 2020.

– Newswise

LifeWire Announcement

New grant funds best practices in teacher training

Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Highlands University join forces with four public school districts to increase the number of highly skilled teachers in the state, thanks to a new grant of $321,381 from the New Mexico Public Education De...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

UNC Charlotte Appoints Diversity and Inclusion Leader

UNC Charlotte Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber announced today the appointment of UNC Charlotte Professor Cheryl Waites Spellman, Ed.D., to the role of interim special assistant to the chancellor for diversity and inclusion, effective Sept. 16.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Study of ‘shrink-smart’ towns expanding to include curriculum, big data

Iowa State's rural smart shrinkage project has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build upon its pilot study examining whether there were towns in Iowa that have lost population but perception of qualit...

– Iowa State University


New UVA Darden Courses Include Explorations of Inclusion, Managing in a Pandemic and Tech Policy

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business will offer a number of new courses for the 2020–21 academic year. The classes range from explorations of India’s role in the global economy to a deep dive into technology policy, among other to...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Campaign for UC San Diego Raises Record-Breaking $344.4M

Donors gave generously to the University of California San Diego in fiscal year 2019-2020 resulting in a record-breaking year for the Campaign for UC San Diego: $344.4 million was raised, bringing the campaign total through June 30, 2020 to $2.27 bil...

– University of California San Diego

Salisbury University Announces Clarke Honors College with $1.5 Million Endowment

For Bob Clarke and Glenda Chatham, Salisbury University was a special place when they met on campus in 1968. The couple hopes to make the institution even more special for students today, announcing a $1.5 million endowment for the SU Honors College,...

– Salisbury University

LifeWire Higher Education Events

Pivoting Is the New Normal (In the COVID-Impacted Business Environment)

Entrepreneur Andy Shallal and Maryland Smith Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs Victor Mullins will discuss pivoting business strategy in the midst of a global pandemic, economic distress and racial protests.

– University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business





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