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Newswise: Historical Buildings – Thermally Insulated to Current State
Released: 26-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Historical Buildings – Thermally Insulated to Current State
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

On July 15, 2021, the Aerogel Architecture Award was presented for the first time at Empa, recognizing successful energy renovations using aerogel insulating materials. The winners were two projects from Germany and one from Switzerland. The renovated listed buildings date from the 17th, 19th and second half of the 20th centuries.

Newswise: Trailblazing Artist Channels Creative Talents to Raise Awareness of Potential Answers to Climate Change
Released: 20-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Trailblazing Artist Channels Creative Talents to Raise Awareness of Potential Answers to Climate Change
University of Bristol

An acclaimed Black artist is harnessing her lifelong passion for art to address some of the biggest challenges – and possible solutions – facing humanity and the environment, as the countdown to COP26 continues.

Newswise: A Historian’s Legacy: Building Resources to Tell History’s Untold Stories
Released: 16-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
A Historian’s Legacy: Building Resources to Tell History’s Untold Stories
University at Buffalo

“Today, the resources are there — because we created them. Repositories recognize the importance of collecting the records of African Americans, whereas before they weren’t interested in those collections,” says University at Buffalo researcher Lillian S. Williams.

Released: 14-Jul-2021 5:15 PM EDT
Family Members Honor Longtime State Historian Cathie Matthews with UA Little Rock Endowment
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $25,000 endowment to honor Catherine “Cathie” Remmel Matthews, Arkansas’s longest serving director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. 

Newswise: Historian offers first deep dive into secret German-Soviet alliance that laid groundwork for WWII
Released: 14-Jul-2021 2:30 PM EDT
Historian offers first deep dive into secret German-Soviet alliance that laid groundwork for WWII
University of Notre Dame

In new research, Ian Johnson, the P. J. Moran Family Assistant Professor of Military History at the University of Notre Dame, details the inner workings of the German-Soviet alliance that laid the foundation for Germany’s rise and ultimate downfall in World War II.

Newswise: Hoklotubbe receives international award for first book
Released: 9-Jul-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Hoklotubbe receives international award for first book
Cornell College

Cornell College Assistant Professor of Religion Chris Hoklotubbe has received a prestigious award for his book, “Civilized Piety: The Rhetoric of Pietas in the Pastoral Epistles and the Roman Empire.”

29-Jun-2021 6:05 AM EDT
Opinion Panel poll finds voters are evenly split over the Northern Ireland Protocol
Queen's University Belfast

The LucidTalk poll, conducted for a team of researchers at Queen’s University Belfast has revealed that Northern Ireland voters are evenly split over the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

Newswise: The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University Announces 2021 Lineup of Best-Selling Authors
Released: 29-Jun-2021 12:30 PM EDT
The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University Announces 2021 Lineup of Best-Selling Authors
Tulane University

The 2021 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will kick off its inaugural weekend, October 21-23, with a three-day, in-person literary celebration featuring more than 100 national, regional and local authors, including some of the nation’s most beloved bestsellers.

Newswise: Human Voice Recognition AI Now a reality — “Thai Speech Emotion Recognition Data Sets and Models” Now Free to Download
Released: 27-Jun-2021 11:05 PM EDT
Human Voice Recognition AI Now a reality — “Thai Speech Emotion Recognition Data Sets and Models” Now Free to Download
Chulalongkorn University

Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts have jointly developed the “Thai Speech Emotion Recognition Data Sets and Models”, now available for free downloads, to help enhance sales operations and service systems to better respond to customers’ needs.

Newswise: Montclair High School’s Blue Scrub Club donates to 
Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center
Released: 24-Jun-2021 9:10 AM EDT
Montclair High School’s Blue Scrub Club donates to Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health

The Blue Scrub Club at Montclair High School has donated $500 to Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center’s Pastoral Care department through the Partners for Health Foundation.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 2:25 PM EDT
National Partnership Launched to Increase Faculty Diversity in Architectural, Planning and Design Studies
Tulane University

Nine leading U.S. schools and colleges of architecture, planning and design have co-founded the Deans' Equity and Inclusion Initiative to work together to nurture a diverse population of emerging scholars focused on teaching and researching the built environment to advance socio-ecological and spatial justice, equity and inclusion.

Newswise: Study: Complexity Holds Steady as Writing Systems Evolve
Released: 16-Jun-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Study: Complexity Holds Steady as Writing Systems Evolve
Santa Fe Institute

A new paper in the journal Cognition examines the visual complexity of written language and how that complexity has evolved.

Newswise: UIC Project Details History of Urban Displacement in Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood
Released: 16-Jun-2021 11:25 AM EDT
UIC Project Details History of Urban Displacement in Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood
University of Illinois Chicago

Working with graduate and undergraduate students as well as community members in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, a new digital research and curricular project led by University of Illinois Chicago professors chronicles almost 200 years of history in the North Side community.

Newswise: Hackensack Meridian Health Trio of Experts Honored as ‘Champions of Humanistic Care’
Released: 15-Jun-2021 1:15 PM EDT
Hackensack Meridian Health Trio of Experts Honored as ‘Champions of Humanistic Care’
Hackensack Meridian Health

The woman leading the network’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, and two professionals from the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, honored by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

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Released: 9-Jun-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Stewart releases new book, 'The Poet and the Architect'
South Dakota State University

Blending poetry and architecture has become part of life for South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart—she combines these distinct creative processes in her new book, “The Poet and the Architect.”

Newswise: What will happen to the COVID-19 plexiglass barriers?
Released: 8-Jun-2021 10:20 AM EDT
What will happen to the COVID-19 plexiglass barriers?
Iowa State University

Iowa State students, faculty and staff are planning for what will happen to the approximately 500 plexiglass barriers that were erected to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Released: 2-Jun-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Forged books of seventeenth-century music discovered in Venetian library
Penn State University

In 1916 and 1917, a musician and book dealer named Giovanni Concina sold three ornately decorated seventeenth-century songbooks to a library in Venice, Italy.

Newswise: New evidence may change timeline for when people first arrived in North America
Released: 1-Jun-2021 3:05 PM EDT
New evidence may change timeline for when people first arrived in North America
Iowa State University

An unexpected discovery by an Iowa State University researcher suggests that the first humans may have arrived in North America more than 30,000 years ago – nearly 20,000 years earlier than originally thought.

Released: 26-May-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Rutgers Professor Named Cullman Fellow, Awarded NEH Grant for Rep. John Lewis Research
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

David Greenberg started delving into the life of the iconic civil rights leader John Lewis as a way to blend his expertise in the presidency and national politics and tackle the subject of racial equality and justice. The Rutgers-New Brunswick professor launched his book project John Lewis: A Life in Politics, which is to be published by Simon & Schuster, after he traveled to Atlanta in February 2019 for an awe-inspiring meeting to secure the late congressman’s approval.

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Released: 25-May-2021 10:05 AM EDT
UCLA to Present Opera: “Veteran Journeys” to Focus on American Veterans and Their Families
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

UCLA to Present Opera: “Veteran Journeys” to Focus on American Veterans and Their Families Music and libretto by Dr. Kenneth Wells, professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Semel Institute and David Geffen School of Medicine, to premiere June 3 in honor of Memorial Day (May 31)

Newswise: $5 million gift to establish new Center for Taiwan Studies at UC San Diego
Released: 24-May-2021 4:25 PM EDT
$5 million gift to establish new Center for Taiwan Studies at UC San Diego
University of California San Diego

Longtime campus supporters Chiu-Shan Chen Ph.D. ’69 and Rufina Chen have committed $5 million to the University of California San Diego to establish a new Center for Taiwan Studies within the Division of Arts and Humanities, highlighting the alum’s deep commitment to both giving back and supporting programs that expand cultural understanding of Taiwan and Taiwanese Americans.

Newswise: UIC’s Gallery 400 and Jane Addams Hull House Museum earn Terra Foundation grants for joint exhibit
Released: 14-May-2021 12:00 PM EDT
UIC’s Gallery 400 and Jane Addams Hull House Museum earn Terra Foundation grants for joint exhibit
University of Illinois Chicago

The grants total over $50,000 for the research and development of a joint initiative as part of Art Design Chicago, a Terra Foundation initiative

Released: 11-May-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Cornell prison education alums work with undergrads on theater piece
Cornell University

Participants in a new class – designed to bring together formerly incarcerated and traditional Cornell University students – have written, workshopped and performed an ensemble theatrical piece that will premiere online May 16.

Newswise: UA Little Rock receives $325,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities
Released: 6-May-2021 2:00 PM EDT
UA Little Rock receives $325,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $325,043 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to create a rich collection of digitized material integrated into a map-based website that tracks how urban renewal changed the City of Little Rock in the decades following the Central High School desegregation crisis.

Newswise: Queen’s historian releases new book on American evangelicals and the radical right
Released: 6-May-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Queen’s historian releases new book on American evangelicals and the radical right
Queen's University Belfast

An historian from Queen’s University Belfast has launched a new book on one of the most controversial political movements in the American Christian Right.

Newswise: Conrad Prebys Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Support  UC San Diego Department of Music Outreach
Released: 5-May-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Conrad Prebys Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Support UC San Diego Department of Music Outreach
University of California San Diego

The University of California San Diego Department of Music will expand its post-pandemic reach with support from a $500,000 grant from The Conrad Prebys Foundation. The grant, which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego, helps launch the department’s outreach to both regional audiences, and the international music community.

Newswise: LifeBridge Health’s Center for Hope Launches Red Desk Project As Call-to-Action to Prevent Child Homicide
Released: 5-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
LifeBridge Health’s Center for Hope Launches Red Desk Project As Call-to-Action to Prevent Child Homicide
LifeBridge Health

In a powerful call-to-action to prevent child homicides, LifeBridge Health's Center for Hope created a moving public art display: 111 red school desks on the lawn of Sinai Hospital. Each desk represents a child killed in the City of Baltimore over the past six years. The Red Desk Project is designed to sound the alarm and raise public awareness about the dramatic increase in child homicide in Baltimore City year over year and the effects these homicides have on the entire community, including other children.

Newswise: Donation from Teddy Roosevelt's great-granddaughter allows NAU to acquire historic Hat Ranch
Released: 30-Apr-2021 1:40 PM EDT
Donation from Teddy Roosevelt's great-granddaughter allows NAU to acquire historic Hat Ranch
Northern Arizona University

The ranch in northern Arizona is a transition zone between piñon/juniper and ponderosa pine ecosystems and has a dynamic ecosystem where species are visibly shifting and responding to global environmental change. The donation allows for the land to remain in its natural state, protecting it from grazing and development.

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Released: 28-Apr-2021 2:05 PM EDT
UCI’s Adria Imada is named a 2021 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., April 28, 2021  — The University of California, Irvine’s Adria L. Imada has been named to the 2021 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. The professor of history – who also teaches in the medical humanities – joins an exclusive cohort of 26 distinguished scholars from across the nation, selected out of more than 300 nominees.

Newswise: Writing the history of feminism in the South and Appalachia: WVU researcher earns prestigious Carnegie award
Released: 28-Apr-2021 9:15 AM EDT
Writing the history of feminism in the South and Appalachia: WVU researcher earns prestigious Carnegie award
West Virginia University

There’s more to the American women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s than burning bras and Gloria Steinem. Jessica Wilkerson, associate professor of history at West Virginia University, wants to change that narrative to its truest form: The fight for women’s rights was built on the shoulders of women of color, the working class and women in the south and Appalachia – not just white-collar urbanites.

Released: 26-Apr-2021 12:10 PM EDT
We've been at it a long time
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Few sites in the world preserve a continuous archaeological record spanning millions of years. Wonderwerk Cave, located in South Africa's Kalahari Desert, is one of those rare sites.

Released: 23-Apr-2021 10:35 AM EDT
‘Emancipation’s Daughters’ celebrates five iconic Black women
Cornell University

In “Emancipation’s Daughters,” Richardson examines five iconic Black women leaders – Mary McLeod Bethune, Rosa Parks, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Obama and Beyoncé – who have contested racial stereotypes and constructed new national narratives of Black womanhood in the United States.

Newswise: Connection Between Art and Healing Extends Back Centuries
Released: 23-Apr-2021 10:20 AM EDT
Connection Between Art and Healing Extends Back Centuries
SUNY Buffalo State College

Frances Gage, associate professor of art history at Buffalo State College, has studied the connection between art and medicine for decades. It began with the Italian physician and art critic Giulio Mancini, who studied the potential effects pictures may have on their beholders. Today, this theory is playing out in hospitals and medical schools across the country that are recognizing how a range of activities can contribute to healing, including listening to music and looking at art, according to Gage.

Released: 19-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Mellon grant boosts collaborative projects for equity, social justice
Cornell University

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a grant of $1.2 million to extend the Mellon Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities (AUH) interdisciplinary seminar series at Cornell University for three years with a focus on social justice.

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Released: 16-Apr-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Leonardo da Vinci definitely did not sculpt the Flora bust
CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique / National Center of Scientific Research)

"It is machination, it is deception," said the Director General of the Berlin Royal Museums in his defence when criticized for buying a fake.

Released: 12-Apr-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Using Emotion and Humor to Combat Science Misinformation
University of Utah

University of Utah professor publishes article in Proceedings of National Academics of Sciences examining the use of humor in science information.

Newswise: Study Scant Evidence That Wood Overuse at Cahokia Caused Local Flooding, Subsequent Collapse
Released: 8-Apr-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Study Scant Evidence That Wood Overuse at Cahokia Caused Local Flooding, Subsequent Collapse
Washington University in St. Louis

Whatever ultimately caused inhabitants to abandon Cahokia, it was not because they cut down too many trees, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

Released: 7-Apr-2021 8:55 AM EDT
800-Year-Old Medieval Pottery Fragments Reveal Jewish Dietary Practices
University of Bristol

First evidence of a religious diet locked inside pottery fragments excavated from the early medieval Jewish community of Oxford.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 10:15 AM EDT
D.C. Dermatologist Plays Leading Role in COVID-19 Testing for Vulnerable Communities
American Academy of Dermatology

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) named board-certified dermatologist Ginette Okoye, MD, FAAD, a Patient Care Hero for establishing a dedicated COVID-19 community testing site in a historically underserved neighborhood in northeast Washington, D.C.

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Released: 29-Mar-2021 4:05 PM EDT
The truth about Christ lies in contradiction, philosopher finds
University of Notre Dame

In his newest research, “The Contradictory Christ,” Jc Beall argues that instead of trying to get around the apparent contradiction of the incarnation, Christian thinkers should accept what many thinkers have long charged: at the very crux of the Christian theory lies a contradiction.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Rock Musicians Rufus Wainwright, Lisa Loeb, Tim Reynolds and More to Perform Free Virtual Concert for Colorectal Cancer Awareness
American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

The American College of Gastroenterology Invites All to “Tune It Up: A Concert To Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer” Free Webstream Event Open to All on March 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm EDT

Released: 26-Mar-2021 4:10 PM EDT
New book unveils the hidden role Edith Lewis played in Willa Cather's life and work
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In "The Only Wonderful Things," to be released April 1 by Oxford University Press, Cather scholar Melissa Homestead details the collaborative partnership and personal relationship between Willa Cather and Edith Lewis. Although the two women lived together openly for nearly 40 years, information about their relationship was suppressed and disputed for many years. Homestead writes: "Willa Cather was no fool, and when she chose to live her life with Edith Lewis, she entered a partnership that enabled her to write some of the most loved and admired novels of the first half of the twentieth century."

Newswise: $1.7M in grants supports IU Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music
Released: 23-Mar-2021 1:40 PM EDT
$1.7M in grants supports IU Kelley School of Business, Jacobs School of Music
Indiana University

Efforts to foster greater student diversity at the Kelley School of Business and support public performances during the Jacobs School of Music's centennial year received crucial financial support through grants to Indiana University from the Conrad Prebys Foundation.

Released: 23-Mar-2021 9:40 AM EDT
80 years after Virginia Woolf's death, FSU English professor available to comment on Woolf's work, influence
Florida State University

By: Kelsey Klopfenstein | Published: March 22, 2021 | 3:26 pm | SHARE: English writer Adeline Virginia Woolf is considered to be one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. She published more than 45 works, including various novels, essays and short stories.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 10:15 AM EDT
Translation updates Cicero’s treatise on jokes as ‘weapons’
Cornell University

Michael Fontaine’s lively new translation of Cicero’s ancient text on humor, “How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor,” amuses as well as instructs – as Cicero, called by his enemies “the stand-up Consul,” no doubt intended.

Newswise: Monumental Sculpture by Jeff Koons Debuts at Jacobs Medical Center
Released: 18-Mar-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Monumental Sculpture by Jeff Koons Debuts at Jacobs Medical Center
University of California San Diego

A new monumental sculpture by artist Jeff Koons debuts as part of the 150-piece Healing Arts Collection at the UC San Diego Health hospital. The artwork, titled Party Hat (Orange), was purchased 15 years ago by longtime university donors Joan and Irwin Jacobs while it was still in production. The larger-than-life metallic party hat reflects the transformative power of the healing that happens on the premises, as well as the celebration of new life at the hospital’s Birth Center.

Newswise: UIC Library Dean’s goals include student success, social justice
Released: 17-Mar-2021 11:05 AM EDT
UIC Library Dean’s goals include student success, social justice
University of Illinois Chicago

Dean Ballard-Thrower holds the rank of professor in the University Library and an affiliate faculty position at the UIC John Marshall Law School, where she plans to teach advanced legal research.

Released: 11-Mar-2021 10:05 AM EST
Walter LaFeber, revered history professor, dies
Cornell University

Walter F. LaFeber, the Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University – who won ovations from students for classroom lectures and whose mastery of U.S. foreign relations guided historians, political scientists and politicians for decades – died March 9 in Ithaca. He was 87.


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