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Newswise: Chula Turns Old Smartphones into 2,500 Microscopes for Schools
Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:55 AM EST
Chula Turns Old Smartphones into 2,500 Microscopes for Schools
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University, in cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, will retrofit 500 old smartphones donated by Thai Samsung Electrics, Co., Ltd. with CU Smart Lens invented by Professor Sanong Akasit, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and turn them into microscopes. The microscopes will be donated to 500 marginal schools throughout the country as part of the “2,500 Microscopes from Old Cell Phones for Marginal Schools“ project, which supports equal opportunity in science education for all.

Newswise: Chula Launches Social Innovation Hub
Released: 15-Jan-2021 8:50 AM EST
Chula Launches Social Innovation Hub
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University launched its new Center for Social Innovation of Chulalongkorn University (CU Social Innovation Hub or CU SiHub), bringing together professors and researchers to prepare for and support the country’s sustainable development.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:30 PM EST
How do people solve global problems?
University of Georgia

What do the 3,000-year-old actions of an Egyptian pharaoh say about how we should tackle the biggest challenges of the 21st century?

Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:20 PM EST
Exposure to violence takes a toll on the socioemotional well-being of Californians
UC Davis Health

A survey of Californians finds that exposure to violence has pervasive social and emotional impacts on people, especially when firearms are involved.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 2:15 PM EST
Girls Who Are Emotionally Neglected or Severely Sexually Abused When Young Report Riskier Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence
Mount Sinai Health System

Girls who are emotionally neglected or severely sexually abused early in their lives report riskier sexual behaviors during adolescence, Mount Sinai researchers report. The findings highlight the need—and suggest the potential for tailored approaches—to promote healthy sexual development in vulnerable populations.

12-Jan-2021 8:45 AM EST
Foraging humans, mammals and birds who live in the same place behave similarly
University of Bristol

Foraging humans find food, reproduce, share parenting, and even organise their social groups in similar ways as surrounding mammal and bird species, depending on where they live in the world, new research has found.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 12:50 PM EST
Capitol Riot Aftermath: Newswise Live Event for January 19th, 2PM ET

The January 6 rally that turned into riot, and the fallout and aftermath of these unprecedented events, from impeachment to the inauguration. Experts from University of Washington and others will discuss these topics and take questions from media.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 12:40 PM EST
Perceptions of police using PPE during the pandemic
Simon Fraser University

A Simon Fraser University study on public perceptions of police officers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) during the current pandemic finds that most PPE renders positive perceptions of police, while some equipment, including full-face respirator masks, may be viewed more negatively.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 11:45 AM EST
Fast food restaurant proximity likely doesn't affect children's weight
Oxford University Press

A new paper in Q Open finds that the availability of fast food restaurants on the route between children's houses and their schools does not affect children's weight.

Released: 14-Jan-2021 11:35 AM EST
Discrimination may increase risk of anxiety disorders regardless of genetics, study finds
Tufts University

Exposure to discrimination plays a significant role in the risk of developing anxiety and related disorders, even – in a first – after accounting for potential genetic risks, according to a multidisciplinary team of health researchers led by Tufts University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Released: 14-Jan-2021 10:50 AM EST
The Richer You are, The More Likely You’ll Social Distance, Study Finds
Johns Hopkins University

The higher a person’s income, the more likely they were to protect themselves at the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, Johns Hopkins University economists find. When it comes to adopting behaviors including social distancing and mask wearing, the team detected a striking link to their financial well-being. People who made around $230,000 a year were as much as 54% more likely to increase these types of self-protective behaviors compared to people making about $13,000.

12-Jan-2021 1:55 PM EST
Restricting Malt Liquor Sales is Linked to Reductions in Neighborhood Crime
Research Society on Alcoholism

Restricting the sale of malt liquor beer can help reduce crime in some communities, according to a new study. Malt liquor beer — high in alcohol content, low cost, and widely sold in liquor stores and convenience stores — is linked to heavy drinking, public inebriation, disorderly conduct, drug activity and other crimes. Consequently, since the 1990s, some cities have restricted its sale. In Washington state, certain urban neighborhoods were designated Alcohol Impact Areas and targeted with policies including restrictions on sales of malt liquor and similar products. Unpublished evaluations of these interventions have suggested positive social and health effects, but the research on crime impacts has been limited, with mixed findings. The study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research found that malt liquor sales restrictions are associated with declining urban crime.

12-Jan-2021 1:45 PM EST
People Feeling Angry Are Willing to Purchase Alcohol at Higher Prices But May Not Know It
Research Society on Alcoholism

People who’ve been provoked to anger are willing to purchase alcohol at higher prices, but may not be aware of their increased urge to drink, according to a new study. Anger, hostility, and aggression are known to relate to drinking, with anger a risk factor for heavy alcohol use. Building on previous studies that have deliberately manipulated emotional states to explore their effects on substance use, researchers at Wayne State University, Michigan, designed an experiment that could help clarify whether anger can motivate people to drink . For the study in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the investigators sought to induce anger in participants and measure the effect of that anger on the desire to drink. They used two measures of drinking urges: self-reported alcohol craving and a behavioral task that assesses people’s motivation to drink.

12-Jan-2021 12:50 PM EST
Sexual harassment claims by less feminine women perceived as less credible
American Psychological Association (APA)

Women who do not fit female stereotypes are less likely to be seen as victims of sexual harassment, and if they claim they were harassed, they are less likely to be believed, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Newswise: Sexual harassment claims considered more credible if made by ‘prototypical’ women, study finds
11-Jan-2021 3:05 PM EST
Sexual harassment claims considered more credible if made by ‘prototypical’ women, study finds
University of Washington

A new UW study reveals people's perceptions that sexual harassment primarily affects young, feminine and conventionally attractive women. Women who fall outside that prototype not only are perceived as unharmed by harassment, but also have a harder time convincing others that they have been harassed.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 3:15 PM EST
Families' remote learning experience during lockdown more positive than widely believed
Taylor & Francis

The remote learning experience of parents who had their children at home in Spring 2020, as schools across the US closed during the United States' COVID-19 lockdown, was more positive than widely believed.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 2:40 PM EST
2021 Economic Report to the Governor shows sudden halt to historic economic expansion
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute this week presented the 33rd Economic Report to the Governor to Utah Gov. Spencer Cox at the 2021 Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit, hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber. The report has been the preeminent source for data and commentary on Utah’s economy for over 30 years, with the latest edition highlighting the sudden halt to the states’ decade-long economic expansion with the emergence of COVID-19.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 2:00 PM EST
COVID-19 vaccine creates incentive to improve our health
Ohio State University

While we wait for our turn to get vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, we could – and probably should – use the time to make sure we bring our healthiest emotional and physical selves to the treatment, a new review of previous research suggests.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 1:35 PM EST
Expert ready to provide insights on presidential inauguration
Florida State University

By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: January 13, 2021 | 1:01 pm | SHARE: In the midst of a pandemic and in the wake of an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol, the 2021 presidential inauguration ceremony will differ sharply from those of years past.  President-elect Joseph R. Biden is set to take office on Jan. 20 amid a scaled-down event for which plans remain fluid, said inauguration expert Elizabeth Goldsmith, professor emerita at Florida State University.

Newswise: MTU students win NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge
Released: 13-Jan-2021 1:05 PM EST
MTU students win NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge
Michigan Technological University

MTU students took home top honors — the Artemis Award — in NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. Eight university teams competed in the BIG Idea Challenge for 2020, called the Lunar PSR Challenge. The goal? Demonstrating different technologies and designs to study and explore the moon’s permanently shadowed regions (PSRs), which NASA officials note are a formidable challenge for space exploration.

Newswise: New UNC Charlotte Academic Programs Respond to Job Market and Region’s Needs
Released: 13-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
New UNC Charlotte Academic Programs Respond to Job Market and Region’s Needs
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is responding to the greater Charlotte region’s employment needs with three new degree programs and five new graduate certificate programs that are relevant to the current and future job market. Several will be available this spring and all programs will be open for new and current students by fall 2021.

Newswise: The Faults in Our Earth
Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:40 AM EST
The Faults in Our Earth
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

CSU geology experts study the active land California inhabits to better understand earthquakes and predict the location and intensity of future temblors.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:30 AM EST
What are the links between violence and mental illness? Update from Harvard Review of Psychiatry
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

When there is news of a violent attack, we sometimes hear that it could be related to mental illness – which may make us ask whether the violence could have been predicted or prevented. Current research and perspectives on associations between violence and mental illness are presented in the special January/February issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Newswise: Saver or spender? People are not as financially responsible as they may think, study shows
Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:25 AM EST
Saver or spender? People are not as financially responsible as they may think, study shows
University of Notre Dame

According to new research from the University of Notre Dame, people think they are more financially responsible than they actually are.

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Released: 13-Jan-2021 11:20 AM EST
WashU Expert: Trump self-pardon might open him to prosecution
Washington University in St. Louis

As Donald Trump prepares to leave the presidency Jan. 20 in the wake of being accused of fomenting the riot at the U.S. Capitol, he is reportedly considering an unprecedented move: a self-pardon.While no president has ever pardoned himself, the act might be more trouble than it’s worth for Trump, notes a criminal law and Supreme Court expert at Washington University in St.

Released: 13-Jan-2021 9:00 AM EST
Changes in political administration come with increased danger of international conflict
Binghamton University, State University of New York

A new paper including faculty at Binghamton University suggests that when democratic publics vote out an administration, this change comes with an increase in the danger of undesirable conflict.

Released: 12-Jan-2021 3:30 PM EST
Wives bore the brunt of child care during the shutdown
University of Georgia

Traditional gendered patterns of child care persisted during the COVID-19 shutdown, with more than a third of couples relying on women to provide most or all of it.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 2:55 PM EST
Alumnus Vincent Steckler and his wife donate $10.4 million to UCI
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 12, 2021 — A $10.4 million gift to the University of California, Irvine from the Steckler Charitable Fund, formed by Vincent and Amanda Steckler, will support art history students as well as the creation of a center committed to making the field of computing more inclusive. Vincent Steckler, who earned both a B.

Released: 12-Jan-2021 2:25 PM EST
New Report: Assessment of the Capitol Riots
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers’ Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience and Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) released a report assessing the Capitol riots that took place on January 6, 2021.

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Released: 12-Jan-2021 12:45 PM EST
Cats may help increase empathy, decrease anxiety for kids with autism
University of Missouri, Columbia

As a former school nurse in the Columbia Public Schools, Gretchen Carlisle would often interact with students with disabilities who took various medications or had seizures throughout the day.

Newswise: New poll: After historic turnout, young people want change
Released: 12-Jan-2021 11:10 AM EST
New poll: After historic turnout, young people want change
Tufts University

Young people made their mark on the 2020 presidential election with a likely historic level of voter turnout and decisive impact in key states. After the election, young people remain engaged in civic and political life and are poised to continue pushing for change on a wide range of issues, according to findings from an exclusive post-election survey from Tisch College’s CIRCLE.

Released: 12-Jan-2021 11:05 AM EST
Food insufficiency linked to depression, anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic
University of Toronto

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found a 25% increase in food insufficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newswise: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Receives $8 Million Bequest from Philanthropist and Mental Health Advocate Stephen Lieber
Released: 12-Jan-2021 10:15 AM EST
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Receives $8 Million Bequest from Philanthropist and Mental Health Advocate Stephen Lieber
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation today announced that is has received a bequest of $8 million from the noted philanthropist and mental health advocate Stephen Lieber. The Foundation is the world’s largest private funder of mental health research grants, and this gift will be used to expand its support for research that is transforming the lives of people living with mental illness.

Released: 12-Jan-2021 9:05 AM EST
Study Finds NRA Stakeholders Conflicted in Wake of Shootings
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that, in the wake of a mass shooting, NRA employees, donors and volunteers had extremely mixed emotions about the organization – reporting higher levels of both positive and negative feelings about the NRA, as compared to people with no NRA affiliation.

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7-Jan-2021 3:50 PM EST
Study Shows Conflict Between Divorced Parents Can Lead to Mental Health Problems in Children
Arizona State University (ASU)

A study from Arizona State University’s REACH Institute has found that when children are exposed to conflict between their divorced or separated parents, they experience fear of abandonment. This worry about being abandoned in response to interparental conflict was associated with future mental health problems in children, especially for children who had strong relationships with their fathers.

Released: 12-Jan-2021 8:35 AM EST
Trump and the Remaining Days. @MTSU Constitutional Expert John Vile Lays Out the Options.
Middle Tennessee State University

After two months during which President Trump has unsuccessfully contested the last presidential election, the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol building by his supporters has raised new questions about what to expect in the remaining few days.

Newswise: LAST CALL to enter the MORE Awards!
Released: 12-Jan-2021 7:05 AM EST
LAST CALL to enter the MORE Awards!
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

The AAOS invites journalists and print, online and broadcast news outlets to submit content to be considered for the 2021 Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence (MORE) Awards. Established in 2006, the MORE Awards is a prestigious honor in musculoskeletal healthcare journalism in the United States. Deadline for entry is Friday, January 22! Entry is FREE.

Newswise: Hull-House hosts year-long series of experimental audio performances by ‘Guillermo Gómez-Peña addressing multiple pandemics
Released: 11-Jan-2021 4:05 PM EST
Hull-House hosts year-long series of experimental audio performances by ‘Guillermo Gómez-Peña addressing multiple pandemics
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Public Media Institute and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art will present a series of experimental audio performances from performance artist, writer, activist and MacArthur Fellow Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

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Released: 11-Jan-2021 1:35 PM EST
University of Northern Colorado Plans for In-Person Course Delivery for Fall 2021 Semester
University of Northern Colorado

The University of Northern Colorado is planning to return to a full schedule of in-person courses for the fall 2021 semester, which begins on Aug. 23, and restoring activities and events that will allow students to enjoy experiential learning, campus life and community engagement opportunities.

Released: 11-Jan-2021 12:25 PM EST
Utah economist Phil Dean joins Gardner Institute as Public Finance Senior Research Fellow
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute today announced the hiring of former State Budget Director and Chief Economist Phil Dean as a Public Finance Senior Research Fellow.

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