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Arts and Humanities


Collection of Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Work Contains New Material
Scholars around the world have collaborated on a five-volume edition of the works of English poet and thinker Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The collection is the first in nearly a century and contains previously unpublished material.
—University of North Dakota

Art Historian Anthony Lee Looks at Google's Art Project
Mount Holyoke College professor Anthony Lee talks about the impact he thinks Google's new Art Project will have on teaching, and whether it's a good enough substitute for seeing art--and the museums that house it--in person. Media embedded: Image(s)
—Mount Holyoke College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Analysis Shows Which People Most Likely Found Incompetent to Stand Trial
Unemployed and those diagnosed with psychotic disorder more likely to be determined incompetent.
Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, Vol. 17, Issue 1
—American Psychological Association (APA)


Chemical Workers Perceive High Risk of Safety Threats
Improved training exercises, materials recommended.
Risk Analysis
—Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

‘Social Vaccine’ Protects Women’s Interest in Science
New social psychology studies suggest that academic contact with women who have succeeded in science, math and engineering can enhance positive attitudes and boost self-confidence among girls and young women who, in other situations, feel less confident and interested in science majors or careers. Media embedded: Image(s)
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Feb. 2011
—University of Massachusetts Amherst

Libyan Professor Available to Discuss Libyan Life, Culture
Dr. Fathi Finaish, professor and associate chair of aerospace engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), is a native of Libya and is available to talk to journalists about Libyan life and culture.
Expert(s) available
—Missouri University of Science and Technology


National Anti-Drug Campaign Succeeds in Lowering Marijuana Use
The federal anti-drug campaign “Above the Influence” appears to have effectively reduced marijuana use by teenagers, new research shows.
Prevention Science, March 2011
—Ohio State University

Babies and Toddlers Can Suffer Mental Illness, Seldom Get Treatment
Infants and toddlers can suffer serious mental health disorders, yet they are unlikely to receive treatment that could prevent lasting developmental problems, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
American Psychologist
—American Psychological Association (APA)


Black History Month’s Sobering News: MLK Dream Alive for Few, Says Researcher
David Frankel, associate professor of economics, looked at public school enrollments from every school district in the country and found that school segregation between blacks and whites has improved only slightly from 1987 to 2007. Media embedded: Image(s)
—Iowa State University


Family Planning Programs Have Success in Developing Countries, But Need Expansion
While many researchers generally credit the desire for smaller families for the decline in fertility rates in developing, low-income countries, new research suggests that prevention of unwanted births may actually be a larger factor. (Embargo expired on 20-Feb-2011 at 10:00 ET)
AAAS annual meeting
—Ohio State University


Learn to Love Your Heart with What You Eat: International Food Information Council Foundation Debuts Heart Health Resources
February is American Heart Month and a healthful diet and active lifestyle are some of the best weapons people have to fight heart disease.
—International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation

Beating the Winter Blues
Winter’s chill, dark days, devoid of sunshine can send the best of us spiraling into a bad case of the blues. This time of year is especially difficult for Eric G. Wilson, author of “The Mercy of Eternity: A Memoir of Depression and Grace.” Ever since his teen years, he has spent winters quarantining himself, trying to stay warm and sinking deeper into depression. Media embedded: Image(s)
—Wake Forest University



University Students Feel Guilty About Texting in Class, Student Survey Shows
A survey of more than 1,000 students at the University of New Hampshire shows that many don’t believe texting should be allowed during class and almost half feel guilty about doing so when they’re not supposed to.
—University of New Hampshire

Learning Science and Math in a Virtual World
Georgia Tech is taking the lead on creating a new virtual world to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for all students, especially those with disabilities. Media embedded: Image(s)
—Georgia Institute of Technology

Computer Science Prof Do-Si-Do-ing with Robots
Robots will compete in a hoedown and rodeo as part of a professor's and tech expert's quest to teach others how to teach technology.
—Rowan University


Chemist Focuses on Education for Real-world Sustainability Challenges
Introductory college science classes need to improve their coverage of issues related to sustainability, a noted chemistry educator told the American Association for the Advancement of Science today. (Embargo expired on 18-Feb-2011 at 13:00 ET)
2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
—University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pop Culture


Perceived Benefits as Important as Price when Choosing Clothing
Consumers used to looking for clothing on sale may have to find value somewhere other than the price tag. “The chickens are coming home to roost,” says Sheri Bridges, associate professor of marketing at Wake Forest University. “Sooner or later higher costs of raw materials and manufacturing have to be passed along to consumers. Otherwise, the company won’t be able to invest in our future happiness by developing the newer, better products we all want.” Media embedded: Image(s)
—Wake Forest University


Beekeeper Explains How to Choose Honey
What is the difference is between one variety of honey and another? Which kinds are better for cooking? Eating? City Tech's Claire Stewart, who is a beekeeper answers these questions and more, and explains her love of bees.
—New York City College of Technology

Law and Public Policy


Link Between Military Service and Volunteering Is Complex
A study from Indiana University finds the link between veteran status and volunteering is stronger for some subgroups than for others, raising questions about military-civilian relationships. Media embedded: Image(s)
Public Administration Review, January/February 2011
—Indiana University


Federal Stimulus Driving Healthcare IT Spending, Activity in 2011
Federal government initiatives are the driving force behind current healthcare information technology (IT) spending, suggest results of the 22nd Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, sponsored by Citrix Systems.
—Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)


Constitution Expert: Egypt's Future Is Bright, but Proceed Slowly
The Egyptian military's plan to submit a revised constitution to a referendum within two months is a step in the right direction, but considerable risks remain and reformers should proceed slowly, an Indiana University expert says.  Media embedded: Image(s)
Expert(s) available
—Indiana University


Uprising Not an Islamic Revolution, Egypt Expert Says
Egyptian Expert from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis/Cairo University partnership offers perspectives on Egyptian uprising and reform.
Expert(s) available
—Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Divided Israel Watches Mideast Upheaval with Support, Alarm
Ross Brann, a professor of Judeo-Islamic studies and former chair of Cornell University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies who has studied in both Jerusalem and Cairo, says expanding demands for political change in the Arab world inspire hope among Israeli liberals, but alarm and may weaken the conservative government.
Expert(s) available
—Cornell University

LifeWire Policy and Public Affairs

A Commoner's Speech
In this op-ed, Salisbury University Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Jerome Miller, writes about how lessons learned in the Oscar-nominated film "The King's Speech" can be applied to 21st century civility.
—Salisbury University

Resolution Presented by HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber To Secretary Sebelius
HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, presented this resolution to US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, at HIMSS11 during the Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, keynote session.
—Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

LifeWire Announcements

New Institute to Expand Jewish and Israel Studies
Berkeley Law launches new institute to expand and diversify Jewish and Israel studies on campus. This interdisciplinary initiative reflects both a flourishing of Jewish legal studies in U.S. law schools and a national surge in the academic study of Israel.
—University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Tufts University Holds 25th Anniversary International Symposium on "Our Nuclear Age: Peril and Promise"
Leading academics, activists and public leaders from around the world will debate our global nuclear future at a symposium hosted by Tufts University's Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) Feb. 23 to 27.
—Tufts University

Argon, the Augmented Reality Web Browser, Available Now on iPhone
The Georgia Institute of Technology announces the release of Argon, the first mobile augmented reality (AR) browser based on open Web standards. Argon is available now for free download to the iPhone at Apple’s App Store. Media embedded: Video / Image(s)
—Georgia Institute of Technology

Social Media Contest: Ithaca College’s Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Issues Call for Entries
International social media contest is looking for feature stories that examine "Checkpoints."
—Ithaca College

Study to Examine Ohio Education Innovations
Researchers at the University of Chicago and Ohio State University will use a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the implementation, spread and sustainability of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics schools in Ohio. Media embedded: Image(s)
—University of Chicago

Rensselaer Graduate Hugo Ferguson, Ph.D., Makes $1 Million Gift to Rensselaer
Rensselaer alumnus Hugo S. Ferguson and his wife, Evelyn, of Clearwater, Fla., have made a $1 million gift to the Institute.
—Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

UIC Receives $2M for Chair in Social and Emotional Learning
A $2 million donation to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the NoVo Foundation will support ongoing research in tsocial and emotional learning.
—University of Illinois at Chicago

WIU School of Ag and Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Capacity Building Project Recognized by USAID; Funded for Additional $300,000
A Western Illinois University project was recently recognized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as one of the most successful projects funded worldwide by the agency over the past three years. Media embedded: Image(s)
—Western Illinois University

American University Offers Accelerated PhD Program
New three-year program could be model for future of doctoral education.  Media embedded: Image(s)
—American University

Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History Wins State Award for Historic Preservation
Baylor University’s Institute for Oral History has won the Texas Historical Commission’s 2011 Award of Excellence in Preserving History.
—Baylor University

UIC Scholar Wins Polish Literary Award
Michal Pawel Markowski, the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been awarded the 2011 Kazimierz Wyka Award for literary criticism and essay writing.
—University of Illinois at Chicago

U.Va. Receives Grant To Study Simulator's Effects on Teen Drivers with Autism
Researchers at the University of Virginia have received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study the use of virtual reality driving simulators to train and evaluate the driving skills of teens with Asperger's and high-functioning autism, both of which are considered autism spectrum disorders.
—University of Virginia

LifeWire Higher Education Events

The Legacies of America’s First Ladies
Throughout United States history, first ladies have influenced politics, domestic policy and global diplomacy. On March 1, historians and White House staff–including former chiefs of staff to Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton–will examine the role of our nation’s first ladies at a conference convened by American University. Media embedded: Image(s)
—American University


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