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Released: 20-Jul-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Katie Murphy Is Inspiring the Next Generation of Plant Scientists Through TikTok
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Like many people these days, Katie Murphy, PhD, is spending a lot of time on TikTok. But Katie comes to the platform with a mission: help more young people see themselves as scientists.

Newswise: BEYOND “JAWS”: Five Things You Didn’t Know about Shark Conservation
Released: 12-Jul-2021 2:30 PM EDT
BEYOND “JAWS”: Five Things You Didn’t Know about Shark Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society

“Shark Week” kicked off on July 11th, and just in time, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has released five facts you probably did not know about shark conservation to raise awareness about this imperiled group of fishes and what’s being done to protect them.

Released: 30-Jun-2021 10:25 AM EDT
The Future of Smart Outdoor Dining Is Being Built With Upcycled Water Bottles
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

A new project called Friendship Cabins, designed by researchers at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, offer restaurants in NYC safer dining experiences for their customers and servers while built with environmentally friendly bottles.

Newswise: What Bird is Singing? Ask the Merlin Bird ID App for an Instant Answer
Released: 23-Jun-2021 10:45 AM EDT
What Bird is Singing? Ask the Merlin Bird ID App for an Instant Answer
Cornell University

With a new feature in the free Merlin Bird ID app from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, you can now ID a bird by its sound.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 9:20 AM EDT
Health and Socializing: Why People Use Mixed-Reality Sports Tech
North Carolina State University

New technologies allow users to do things like race their real bikes against other real people in a virtual world, and a new study outlines what motivates people to use these online platforms. The findings offer insights for future iterations of these technologies – and how to market them.

Released: 14-Jun-2021 11:15 AM EDT
School’s Out for Summer – Time to Play It Cool on the Playground
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

With playground season in full swing, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages parents and guardians to take a moment to familiarize themselves with the risks on playgrounds and ways to prevent injuries. Although minor bumps or bruises occur on playgrounds, many playground injuries, such as broken bones, dislocations and concussions, are more severe.

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Released: 28-May-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Oakley® to be official eyewear provider for UCI’s esports athletes
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., May 28, 2021 — The University of California, Irvine’s esports program has announced a partnership with Oakley, a leader in sport performance and optical innovation. During the yearlong partnership, Oakley will provide UCI esports student athletes with eyewear equipped with Prizm™ Gaming Lens Technology.

Released: 28-May-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Horror films as a reimagined space for healing
Ohio State University

A new article examines how the depiction of a "final girl's" struggle after survival in a horror film – how she has been vilified and dismissed, but ultimately proven right – might offer trauma survivors the chance to see a bit of themselves on the big screen.

Newswise: Mobility data reveals universal law of visitation in cities
24-May-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Mobility data reveals universal law of visitation in cities
Santa Fe Institute

New research published in Nature provides a powerful yet surprisingly simple way to determine the number of visitors to any location in a city.

2-Apr-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Street Renamed in Honor of Vanderbilt Surgical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, LLD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

As a result of a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine student-led effort, Dixie Place, the city street that runs between the Medical Center’s Central Garage and the Oxford House on 21st Avenue South, is being renamed Vivien Thomas Way.

Newswise: Comic book researcher: How the Marvel Universe reflects science and society
Released: 25-Mar-2021 4:50 PM EDT
Comic book researcher: How the Marvel Universe reflects science and society
DePaul University

A new exhibition opening at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry called Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes explores the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s evolution alongside society over the past 80 years. The collaboration between the museum and the genre makes sense, says Blair Davis.

Released: 4-Mar-2021 8:25 AM EST
Study Reveals Extent of Privacy Vulnerabilities with Amazon’s Alexa
North Carolina State University

A recent study outlines a range of privacy concerns related to the programs users interact with when using Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, Alexa. Issues range from misleading privacy policies to the ability of third-parties to change the code of their programs after receiving Amazon approval.

1-Mar-2021 1:50 PM EST
New Report Offers Detailed Analysis of Capitol Hill Siege
George Washington University

A report released today by the George Washington University Program on Extremism reveals new information about the 257 people charged in federal court for playing a role in the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

Newswise: Chicago’s racial wealth gap examined in new UIC report
Released: 24-Feb-2021 3:45 PM EST
Chicago’s racial wealth gap examined in new UIC report
University of Illinois Chicago

Interviews by the University of Illinois Chicago’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy highlight the precarity of many Black and Latino families who have ‘made it’

Released: 17-Feb-2021 11:20 AM EST
Film Professor Discusses COVID's Effect on Streaming Habits
SUNY Buffalo State College

Nielsen’s Streaming Meter noted that Americans spent 142.5 billion cumulative minutes weekly streaming video in the second quarter of 2020, an increase of nearly 75 percent from the second quarter of 2019. Aaron Daniel “AD” Annas, associate professor and director of Buffalo State College’s television and film arts (TFA) program, talks about this phenomenon and other aspects of streaming services, especially in light of the pandemic.

Released: 5-Feb-2021 2:55 PM EST
Rutgers Expert Cautions Public to Stay Home for Super Bowl to Reduce COVID-19 Spread
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Professor Lewis Nelson, chair of emergency medicine at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who has treated many COVID-19 patients, cautions the public that it would be best not to attend sizeable Super Bowl parties or events to help keep COVID-19 infections rates low.

Released: 28-Jan-2021 3:15 PM EST
Vice Presidential Vogue: Kamala Harris and White House Fashion
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

As Kamala Harris stood beside newly sworn-in President Joe Biden last week, all eyes were on her as she made history as the nation’s first female vice president.  But, much like other prominent women who have walked the halls of the White House before her, cultural experts expect that there will be  just as much focus on her fashion statements as on her political ones — and the scrutiny may be intensified as the first woman and person of color in the VP position takes on stereotypes surrounding Eurocentric standards of beauty.

Newswise: How Many Birds Will You Find?
Released: 28-Jan-2021 9:45 AM EST
How Many Birds Will You Find?
Cornell University

The 24th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a great opportunity for all budding birdwatchers and bird-count veterans to use their skills. People from around the world count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, and then enter their checklists online. The GBBC takes place February 12 through 15.

Released: 21-Jan-2021 12:05 PM EST
When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Warnings about misinformation are now regularly posted on social media platforms, but not all of these cautions are created equal. New research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute shows that artificial intelligence can help form accurate news assessments — but only when a news story is first emerging.

Released: 19-Jan-2021 12:10 PM EST
Robin Roberts, Charles Barkley and TNT’s Ernie Johnson Jr. team up to #EndCancer on Feb. 4
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

An all-star lineup of basketball greats, several of whom are courageous cancer survivors, will share their stories Feb. 4 at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s A Conversation with a Living Legend event. Robin Roberts, an anchor of “Good Morning America,” will join Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Ernie Johnson Jr. for a virtual fireside chat with a special guest appearance by 11-time NBA All-Star Charles Barkley.

Released: 15-Jan-2021 5:30 PM EST
GW’s Program on Extremism Tracking Criminal Cases Linked to the Attack on Capitol Hill
George Washington University

The George Washington University Program on Extremism has launched a project that is tracking individuals charged with crimes related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

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: Health People Announces Winners of the 4C’s: COVID, Community, Conscience Contest
30-Dec-2020 1:55 PM EST
Health People Announces Winners of the 4C’s: COVID, Community, Conscience Contest
Health People

Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute and New York City Health + Hospitals’ Test & Trace Corps Announce winners of 4C’s Contest, which invited young Bronx creatives, ages five to 24, to spread COVID-19 prevention awareness using their talent in the visual, written and performing arts.

Released: 18-Dec-2020 10:35 AM EST
Harrisburg University Launches Esports Research Center
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

HU is the 2019-2020 Collegiate National Overwatch Champions as well as the 2019 & 2020 Best College Esports Program (Tempest Awards). Now HU has launched an esports research center.

Newswise: A Force of Influence: Children as YouTube Stars
Released: 16-Dec-2020 5:20 PM EST
A Force of Influence: Children as YouTube Stars
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Benjamin Burroughs, an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at UNLV, examines the emergent digital media landscape where children are cultivated as child “influencers” and explores the ethical considerations of child-created content on social media sites like YouTube.

Newswise: Study: Countering hate on social media
Released: 20-Nov-2020 1:10 PM EST
Study: Countering hate on social media
Santa Fe Institute

The rise of online hate speech is a disturbing, growing trend in countries around the world, with serious psychological consequences and the potential to impact, and even contribute to, real-world violence. A new paper offers a framework for studying the dynamics of online hate and counter speech, and offers the first large-scale classification of millions of instances such interactions on Twitter.

Released: 3-Nov-2020 12:25 PM EST
Fashion's underappreciated role in presidential politics
Dickinson College

Does a well-dressed president make for a better president? Yes, says political scientist David O'Connell.

Released: 28-Oct-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Halloween predicted to be down 41% this year
Michigan State University

New data from Michigan State University predicts that trick-or-treating could be down approximately 41% for households with children under 14 due to COVID-19.

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Released: 22-Oct-2020 12:15 PM EDT
Demographic differences foster social ties in online support groups, UCI-led study finds
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Oct. 22, 2020 — Millions of adults in the U.S. join online support groups to help them attain health goals, ranging from weight loss to smoking cessation. In their quest to make connections, members have a tendency to hide demographic differences, concerned about poor social integration that will weaken interpersonal ties.

Newswise: Civil or At War? Mail-In Voting and the 2020 Election
Released: 12-Oct-2020 1:25 PM EDT
Civil or At War? Mail-In Voting and the 2020 Election
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Abraham Lincoln. The country’s 16th president is known for many things: Signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Appearing on the $5 bill. Helping to usher in the modern-day practice of mail-in voting. Not familiar with that last one? UNLV professor Michael Green to the rescue! He’s a historian who specializes in the Civil War era, which is right around the time mail-in ballots became a prominent piece of U.

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