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UT/TT Poll: Texans Choose Ted Cruz over Beto O’Rourke in Incumbent-Favored Election

In a U.S. Senate race that has attracted nationwide attention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz leads U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke by 6 percentage points among likely voters, 51 to 45 percent, in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Study Shows Republicans, Democrats Prefer Gender Balanced Decision-making

Citizens have more faith in their government institutions when both women and men are involved in decision-making, according to a study conducted by Diana Z. O’Brien, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University and her co-inves...

– Texas A&M University

American Journal of Political Science, Sept-2018; Indiana University

Homeland Security/Terrorism Expert Available for Interviews Re: Package Bombs

– Western Illinois University

Government can either stoke fear or reduce anxiety after terror threats

– University at Buffalo

GW Expert Available to Discuss Suspicious Packages Sent to VIPs

– George Washington University

Expert available to discuss pipe bomb terrorism

– Wake Forest University

Randall Moore, AANA CEO, Attends White House Signing of Historic Opioids Bill

CEO of the nation's nearly 53,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists(CRNAs) has worked with both political parties and chambers of Congress to be part of the solution to the opioid crisis. CRNAs administer more than 45 million anesthetics to pa...

– American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Embargo expired on 24-Oct-2018 at 14:00 ET

New Book Details Six Decades of Black Politics, Education Reform

In her new book, “A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960s,” UIC historian Elizabeth Todd-Breland details the city’s transformations in black politics, shifts in modes of education organizing, and th...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

“A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960s”

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation Statement: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Announcement of Dementia Diagnosis

The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) is saddened to hear the news that former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor released a letter today saying she has been diagnosed with the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's dise...

– Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

Menendez Holds Narrow Lead Over Hugin in Senate Race; Corruption Trial, Lack of Enthusiasm Hurt Menendez with Independents and Base

With two weeks until Election Day, incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Menendez narrowly leads Republican challenger Bob Hugin 51 percent to 46 percent among likely voters in New Jersey, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

President Signs Into Law Opioid Legislation; While ASA Study Finds Patients Undergoing Surgery Continue to Expect Opioids

Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) commended President Donald Trump for signing into law, H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, legislation to address the nation’s opioid crisis. The new law includes provisions ...

– American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

.@umich professor: Pulling out of the treaty creates a chaotic situation and endangers Europe

– University of Michigan

Foreign Policy a Driver of Veteran Voting in Midterm Elections

– Cornell University

Vanderbilt class-action expert can comment on Frank v. Gaos

– Vanderbilt University

Election 'turnout gap' between white and nonwhite voters is large and decisive, book shows

The gap in voter turnout between white and nonwhite citizens is large and growing, resulting in profound challenges for American democracy, according to a new research-based book by an Indiana University political scientist.

– Indiana University

The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America,

Nova Southeastern University Using Mako Sharks to Predict Winner of Florida Governor’s Race and Race for U.S. Senate

NSU marine scientists are using the 2018 Midterm Elections to bring attention to their shark research

– Nova Southeastern University

Proposed child migrant policy would overturn 31-year-old rule for humane treatment of immigrant children, says Vanderbilt Law School's Karla McKanders

– Vanderbilt University

Rutgers Scholars Available for Comment on Reported Transgender Policy Change

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

SU Professor Available for Analysis of U.S.-Middle East Relations in Wake of Kashoggi

– Salisbury University

SU Expert Available to Provide Analysis of Immigration Issues on Approach of Midterm Elections

– Salisbury University

Community Health Workers Can Reduce Hospitalizations by 65 Percent and Double Patient Satisfaction with Primary Care

Community health workers—trusted laypeople from local communities who help high-risk patients to address social issues like food and housing insecurity—can help reduce hospital stays by 65 percent and double the rate of patient satisfaction with ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

JAMA Internal Medicine

Embargo expired on 22-Oct-2018 at 11:00 ET

Midterm election projections, potential fallout

– Iowa State University

Diversity is just as important as the number of women running for political office

– Iowa State University

Food Systems Planning Experts Say It’s Time to Reflect on Local Governments’ Efforts

Special issue of peer-reviewed journal addresses key questions in food systems planning efforts.

– University at Buffalo

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Oct-2018

At Least Bias Is Non-Partisan, UCI Lead Researcher Says

– University of California, Irvine

Religious Leaders’ Support May Be Key to Modern Contraception Use


– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Global Health: Science and Impact

State Pension Plans Would Be Better Off Avoiding External Management Fees

Recent research finds state pension plans would be better off avoiding external asset managers when investing their assets – and would carry substantially smaller unfunded liabilities if they simply invested in a conventional index fund.

– North Carolina State University

Public Budgeting & Finance, Aug-2018

Unlimited spending on television political ads fails to deliver votes

Millions of dollars are spent on political ads, but does it pay off on Election Day? According to a study of the 2016 Iowa caucuses, candidates who spent more on TV ads generally received more support, but this does not suggest a candidate can buy an...

– Iowa State University

Journal of Political Marketing

For-Profit Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Be Diagnosed with Neglect Issues

Residents receiving care in for-profit nursing homes are almost twice as likely to experience health issues caused by substandard care compared with clients living in not-for-profit facilities or in homes in the community, according to a new report i...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


A group of Florida State University faculty experts are available to discuss various aspects of the campaigns and the 2018 midterm election.

– Florida State University

Virginia Senate campaign less vicious than expected, according to Virginia Tech political expert

– Virginia Tech

Costs of Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program May Exceed Reimbursements

For some healthcare providers – especially those serving racial/ethnic minority and low-income patients – the costs of delivering a new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may be much higher than the expected reimbursement, reports a stud...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Medical Care

More than half a century after Civil Rights Act, work still to be done in quest for equal rights, says political scientist

While the U.S. civil rights movement is often said to have ended in 1968, the continued fight for equal rights for all Americans can be seen in today’s protests, said Valerie Johnson, an associate professor and chair of DePaul University’s Politi...

Expert Available

– DePaul University

Does More Education Stem Political Violence?

Recent evidence of above-average levels of education among genocide perpetrators and terrorists, such as those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, has challenged the consensus among scholars that education has a generally pacifying effect. Is it true t...

– American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Review of Educational Research

U-M tool measures 'iffy' news on social media in time for 2018 election

As the crucial mid-term election approaches, the University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility offers media and the public a tool to help monitor the prevalence of fake news on social media through a Platform Health Metric called the ...

– University of Michigan

White Americans See Many Immigrants as 'Illegal' Until Proven Otherwise, Survey Finds

Fueled by political rhetoric evoking dangerous criminal immigrants, many white Americans assume low-status immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Somalia and other countries President Donald Trump labeled "shithole" nations have no legal right t...

– Washington University in St. Louis

American Sociological Review

Physics Model Finds That SCOTUS ‘Super Court’ Votes Are Non-Partisan

Eddie Lee, doctoral student in physics at Cornell University, applied a statistical physics model to a “Super Court” of 36 Supreme Court justices and 24 nine-member courts from 1946 to 2016 and found was that consensus dominates the court, and st...

– Cornell University

Journal of Statistical Physics

“Domestic Gag Rule” Will Negatively Impact Women’sHealth Care

Texas Study Points to Adverse Impact of Proposed Federal Title X Guidelines on Abortion Counseling and Referrals

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Gun Policy Expert Available To Discuss Research on Handgun Licensing

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Michael Devastates Coastal Towns, but Infrastructure, Economy Will Bounce Back Fast

– Cornell University

Studies Reveal Powerful Links Between Economic Development, Technology and Geopolitical Cooperation to Reduce Climate Change

Stony Brook University researchers are trying to determine key links between economic development, technology, politics and human decision making in the context of climate change. Their research published in two peer-reviewed journals helps shed ligh...

– Stony Brook University

Nature Climate Change; Nature Human Behaviour

ASHP CEO Attends White House Bill Signing on Pharmacy Gag Clause

ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), FASHP, today attended a White House ceremony to commemorate the signing of S. 2553 and S. 2554, the “Know the Lowest Price Act” and “Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act,” respectively. AS...

– ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists)

Timing in Haley’s departure points to rift with national security advisor

– Cornell University

Power utilities and state government to be tested post-Michael

– Cornell University

BW Poll Shows Tight Race for Ohio Governor, Support for Issue 1, Supreme Divide

A Baldwin Wallace University statewide survey reveals that the Ohio governor’s race is a statistical tie. In a two-way race, DeWine holds a 42% to 40% advantage over Democrat Richard Cordray among voters stating a preference. More than 18% say they...

– Baldwin Wallace University

Exclusive polling: Young voters energized for midterms

Young voters are engaged in the 2018 midterm elections and plan to vote in higher numbers, according to new findings from an exclusive pre-election poll of young people, ages 18-24, from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Eng...

– Tufts University

Speed Limit Enforcement Cameras Save Money and Lives in NYC

Speed cameras rank among the most cost-effective social policies, saving both money and lives. Using the 140 speed cameras in New York City as a case study, researchers reported that doubling the number of cameras from 140 to 300 would save $1.2 bi...

– Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Injury Research

WVU Researchers Linking Clean Air Act to Soil Composition

Researchers from WVU have teamed up with collaborators at Lawrence Livermore National Lab to predict the future of these effects on Earth’s forest ecosystems and understand why soil under some tree species gain more carbon in response to nitrogen d...

– West Virginia University

Expert available: U.N. Ambassador's surprise resignation; could be for broader ambitions

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Expert Available to Provide Analysis Following UN Ambassador Nikki Haley's Resignation Announcement

– Salisbury University

Political Scientist Carol Nackenoff on Fraught Consequences of Kavanaugh Confirmation

On Saturday afternoon, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 50-48 vote in the Senate, almost strictly along party lines. Marked by allegations of sexual assault and sustained partisan acrimony

– Swarthmore College

Journal of Women and Public Policy

Green Light Ahead for Economy; Caution Signal for International Trade?

The economy of the United States and North Carolina continues to accelerate, yet international trade could be entering a caution zone, UNC Charlotte professor and economist John Connaughton says.

Expert Available

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Teachers Find Fake News Fighting Game Useful in the Classroom

A fake news fighting game that became an unexpected viral hit continues to provide teachers with a useful classroom tool to help students spot the real from fake.

Expert Available

– American University

In a nod to #MeToo, Nobel Peace Prize signals increased attention to sexual violence

– Cornell University

UCI sociologist can comment on women running for office in 2018

– University of California, Irvine





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