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Released: 3-Aug-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Consumer Behavior Has Shifted Significantly During Pandemic, Survey Reveals
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about an increase in telework and online commerce, and a significant decrease in the number of personal trips people are making. Understanding the effects of these rapid changes on the economy, supply chains, and the environment will be essential, as some of these behaviors will continue even after the pandemic has ended. Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently presented the results of two sets of surveys they conducted in an effort to quantify and understand these unprecedented shifts.

Newswise: Study shows demolishing vacant houses can have positive effect on neighbor maintenance
Released: 3-Aug-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Study shows demolishing vacant houses can have positive effect on neighbor maintenance
Iowa State University

New research out of Iowa State University suggests that demolishing abandoned houses may lead nearby property owners to better maintain their homes.

30-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Study: Experiencing Childhood Trauma Makes Body and Brain Age Faster
American Psychological Association (APA)

Children who suffer trauma from abuse or violence early in life show biological signs of aging faster than children who have never experienced adversity, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. The study examined three different signs of biological aging--early puberty, cellular aging and changes in brain structure--and found that trauma exposure was associated with all three.

Released: 3-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Baby boomers show concerning decline in cognitive functioning
Ohio State University

In a reversal of trends, American baby boomers scored lower on a test of cognitive functioning than did members of previous generations, according to a new nationwide study.

Released: 31-Jul-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Looking up to the Joneses: Consequences of the perceptions of white wealth
Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Before the era of COVID-19, research suggested that premature deaths among white Americans were rising. Even before the era of COVID-19, these findings were surprising.

Released: 31-Jul-2020 3:50 PM EDT
SARS-CoV-2 screening strategies for safe reopening of college campuses
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

What The Study Did: This study defines the screening performance standards for SARS-CoV-2 tests that would permit the safe return of students to U.S. residential college campuses this fall. Authors: A. David Paltiel, Ph.D., of the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut, is the corresponding author. To access the embargoed study: Visit our For The Media website at this link (doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16818) Editor's Note: The article includes funding/support disclosures. Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, conflict of interest and financial disclosures, and funding and support. ### Media advisory: The full study and commentary are linked to this news release. Embed this link to provide your readers free access to the full-text article This link will be live at the embargo time

Newswise: Continuing online instruction could contribute to widening achievement gaps by family income or socioeconomic status
Released: 31-Jul-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Continuing online instruction could contribute to widening achievement gaps by family income or socioeconomic status
University of Notre Dame

The latest research from Notre Dame's Chloe Gibbs explores how time spent in school affects children’s cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. This research finds that more instructional time in the early years has important benefits for children over the short- and long-term, particularly children learning English and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Released: 31-Jul-2020 2:15 PM EDT
COVID-19 Community Relief Funds raised more than $1 billion across U.S., research led by Lilly Family School of Philanthropy professor Laurie Paarlberg finds
Indiana University

COVID-19 relief funds at local United Ways and community foundations across the United States raised more than $1.05 billion and distributed at least $589 million to financially vulnerable individuals and nonprofits leading the pandemic response in their communities as of June 30.

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Released: 31-Jul-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Pandemic leads to higher depression, anxiety and fear, studies show
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

The COVID-19 pandemic led to higher levels of depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and psychological trauma among American adults during the early months of its spread, according to three new studies published by University of Arkansas sociologists.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Receives Prestigious American Hospital Association Award for Community Health Work
Released: 31-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine Receives Prestigious American Hospital Association Award for Community Health Work
Hackensack Meridian Health

The AHA Dick Davidson NOVA Award honors hospital-led collaborative efforts improving community health. The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine was honored for its contributions through the Human Dimension program.

Released: 31-Jul-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Shannon Frattaroli Named Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, a public health policy researcher with 20 years of experience in the field of injury prevention and associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named the next director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 7:10 PM EDT
Laughter acts as a stress buffer -- and even smiling helps
University of Basel

People who laugh frequently in their everyday lives may be better equipped to deal with stressful events - although this does not seem to apply to the intensity of laughter.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 6:05 PM EDT
How women and men forgive infidelity
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Infidelity is one of the most common reasons that heterosexual couples break up. Researchers who have studied 160 different cultures find this to be true worldwide.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 5:55 PM EDT
COVID-19: Social media users more likely to believe false information
McGill University

A new study led by researchers at McGill University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 3:30 PM EDT
New Research Investigates the Impact of COVID-19 on Terrorism
University at Albany, State University of New York

UAlbany researchers, who specialize in terrorist ideology, explore both the challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 crisis presents for terrorist organizations.

Newswise: Record-breaking drop in U.S. GDP: experts available to comment
Released: 30-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Record-breaking drop in U.S. GDP: experts available to comment
Indiana University

During the second quarter of 2020, real gross domestic product decreased at an annual rate of 32.9 percent, according to the advance estimate released July 30 by the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis. The fall in economic output is the fastest pace on record in U.S. history. IU experts on business economics, public policy and productivity are available to comment.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 1:10 PM EDT
Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics Announces 2020-2021 Science and Politics Fellows
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics announced that seven scientists have been selected for the 2020-2021 cohort of Eagleton Science and Politics Fellows. Over the next year, the Eagleton Science Fellows will serve as full-time science advisors in New Jersey state government and will assist in the development and implementation of state policy for issues ranging from COVID-19 response, clean energy, education, mental health, and others.

Newswise: Climate change-influenced refugee crisis may lead to long-term settlement issues
Released: 30-Jul-2020 12:40 PM EDT
Climate change-influenced refugee crisis may lead to long-term settlement issues
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

While many models suggest that climate change will prompt a substantial number of people to leave their homes, not all research so clearly finds this is the case. Investigating cases where computer models seemed to indicate only limited impacts of climate change on people leaving rural areas, a team of researchers now suggest that the models may reveal a more nuanced circular migration pattern in areas stricken by climate change impacts.

Newswise: Women’s higher resting metabolic rates in cold environments could be thyroid requirements for pregnancy, researcher says
Released: 30-Jul-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Women’s higher resting metabolic rates in cold environments could be thyroid requirements for pregnancy, researcher says
University of Notre Dame

Although other researchers have demonstrated that women who live in extreme environments produce more thyroid hormone to adapt to the cold, the Notre Dame study is the first to hypothesize a link with pregnancy.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 9:50 AM EDT
Study Highlights Mental Health Risks Facing Healthcare Workers During Pandemic
North Carolina State University

A new study finds U.S. healthcare workers are struggling with a suite of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released: 30-Jul-2020 9:50 AM EDT
American University Survey: Young Black Americans Are Key 2020 Swing Voters
American University

American University’s Black Swing Voter Project released results of a new survey of Black Americans in six battleground states.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Social distancing varies by income in US
University of California, Davis

Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a study by the University of California, Davis.

Newswise: “America’s Medical School” Dean Arthur L. Kellermann Announces Departure
Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:55 PM EDT
“America’s Medical School” Dean Arthur L. Kellermann Announces Departure
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH, the dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine -- “America’s Medical School” -- at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has announced he will leave for a new position at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Massiah Foundation challenge gift to fund UCI chair in Zoroastrian studies
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., July 29, 2020 – The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million challenge commitment from the Massiah Foundation to establish the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies – the first of its kind in the United States. Additionally, the University of California will support the chair with up to $500,000.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Anti-Asian racism during COVID-19 has historical ties in United States
Iowa State University

Anti-Asian hate crimes during health crises are unfortunately not new, according to a new academic paper examining the history of this phenomenon. The research team, including an Iowa State University criminal justice researcher, looked at how anti-Asian hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic have furthered the historical “othering” of Asian Americans and reproduced inequalities.

Newswise: UIC Library announces the Richard M. Daley Oral History Project
Released: 29-Jul-2020 12:50 PM EDT
UIC Library announces the Richard M. Daley Oral History Project
University of Illinois at Chicago

Consists of 45 interviews including discussions with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Sparking girls’ interest in computing through ‘social wearables’
University of California, Santa Cruz

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $1.2 million grant to a team led by Katherine Isbister, professor of computational media at UC Santa Cruz, to develop a summer camp for middle school girls focused on computational technology in a social context involving live action role-playing games.

Released: 29-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Negotiating with Your Kids
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The co-author of Negotiating at Home: Essential Steps for Reaching Agreement with Your Kid shares tips for managing tough conversations with children while at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Released: 28-Jul-2020 5:15 PM EDT
CSU Receives Grant to Continue Residency Scholarship for Teachers in High-Need California Schools
California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

​​​The California State University (CSU) received a $500,000 grant to continue its CSU Residency Year Service Scholarship Program. The scholarships will help to lessen student debt for aspiring teachers during these economically challenging times, aiding in the completion of their academic programs and improving new teacher retention. The CSU's teacher preparation program is the largest in the state and among the largest in the nation, producing more than half of California's new teachers.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 3:25 PM EDT
Startup’s contact tracing tech tracks workplace distancing
Cornell University

A Cornell University-based startup has expanded the features of its platform’s technology to fit the times in which we live, ensuring social distancing in the workplace and enabling companies to bring employees back to work safely amid COVID-19.

Newswise: Community-service partnership improves youths' perception of police, ASU research shows
Released: 28-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT
Community-service partnership improves youths' perception of police, ASU research shows
Arizona State University (ASU)

In his latest research, Adam Fine, an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, explores how those attitudes diverge by race at a young age, and how a specific community-service partnership program called Team Kids can change youths' views toward police officers. His paper, “Police Legitimacy: Identifying Developmental Trends and Whether Youths' Perceptions Can be Changed,” was published recently in the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Owe the IRS? No problem, some Americans say
Ohio State University

A new study shows the surprising way that many American taxpayers adjust their standard of living when they owe money to the IRS versus when they receive tax refunds.

Released: 28-Jul-2020 10:40 AM EDT
EuPhO 2020: Triple gold and more medals for Russian students
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

Russian high schoolers earn gold, silver, bronze medals at European Physics Olympiad

Released: 28-Jul-2020 9:45 AM EDT
STEM camps embrace format change to support social distancing
North Dakota Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR)

The Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduates in Research and Education (NATURE) program is a long-standing signature program for ND EPSCoR. It is a means to grow and diversify the STEM pathway. American Indian students are significantly underrepresented in the STEM ecosystem in ND and throughout the country. ND EPSCoR, in a collaboration with tribal colleges and universities across North Dakota, developed online camps for American Indian undergraduate students to engage in STEM enrichment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since August 1, 2014, it has had 3,568 attendees, 3,504 of which were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Released: 27-Jul-2020 7:30 PM EDT
Stanford GSB Action Plan for Racial Equity
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Stanford Graduate School of Business today announced its action plan and specific commitments for supporting racial equity. The plan seeks to increase representation of Black Americans and underrepresented minorities at the GSB, improve the community’s sense of inclusion and belonging, use the school’s power and privilege to inspire and enable changes beyond the confines of the campus, and establish structures and resources to ensure accountability for its actions.

Newswise: Rethinking women’s mental health following partner abuse
Released: 27-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Rethinking women’s mental health following partner abuse
University of South Australia

When one in six Australian women report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence – and one in four report emotional abuse – by a current or previous cohabiting partner since the age of 15, you know there is a problem.

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