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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015

Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently Than Others Do, Study Shows

June 29, 2015 — Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social ... read more

Head Start Program Played Anti-Segregation Role in the Deep South

June 26, 2015 — A federal preschool program did more than improve educational opportunities for poor children in Mississippi during the 1960s. The program also gave a political and economic boost to the state's ... read more

'Broken Windows' Theory of Neighborhood Crime Too Broad to Be Effective

June 17, 2015 — Traditional signals for opportunities for crime may not be representative of the whole neighborhood, a new study concludes. By understanding how opportunities for crime and criminal behavior exists ... read more

Linking Climate Change to Natural Disasters Influences Charitable Aid

June 16, 2015 — When natural disasters strike, the media, charities, and science organizations appeal to the public for aid to the victims and to communicate the causes of these events. Increasingly, as scientists ... read more

Social Media Should Play Greater Role in Disaster Communication

June 10, 2015 — When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in 2013, thousands of people were killed, in part because they didn't know it was coming or didn't know how to protect themselves. Would an ... read more

Researchers to Help Create 'Early-Warning Systems' Through Social Media to Combat Future Disasters

June 10, 2015 — A project is underway to explore how social media can help response and recovery times during natural and human-made crises, such as the recent Nepal earthquake or sinking of ships at ... read more

Simulation Helps to Prepare for the Consequences of Natural Disasters

June 4, 2015 — A simulation tool has been developed to help users prepare for unexpected catastrophes and natural disasters. A pilot case in Finland focused on winter storms and the resulting power cuts and ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Creating a conflict with the population that a policy targets can backfire. The most successful public policies are those that are framed positively and support choice, a new study ... read more

Black Athletes Stereotyped Negatively in Media Compared to White Athletes

June 2, 2015 — New research has revealed racial stereotyping in the way media portray athletes. Researchers found that media stories on African-American athletes focus primarily on criminal actions while stories ... read more

Interpersonal Conflict Is the Strongest Predictor of Community Crime and Misconduct

June 2, 2015 — Neighborhoods with more interpersonal conflict, such as domestic violence and landlord/tenet disputes, see more serious crime according to a new study. Private conflict was a better predictor of ... read more

New Way to Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy Tested, Found Wanting

June 1, 2015 — Many parents hesitate to vaccinate their children. And delaying or refusing vaccines can lead to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, as recently happened with measles at Disneyland. Doctors ... read more

News May Influence Racial Bias

May 28, 2015 — A recent study suggests that long-term exposure to news may negatively influence racial bias towards social ... read more

The Fear of Dying in Misery in a Hospital Is Driving the Assisted Dying Debate, Says Medical Ethics Expert

May 20, 2015 — The fear of a miserable death in a hospital bed rather than at home is driving public support for mercy-killing law in the UK, an academic has ... read more

Twitter 'Big Data' Could Provide Valuable Details About Transgender Individuals' Health and Social Needs

May 20, 2015 — Researchers and public health officials have looked for ways to better understand the health concerns of transgender populations, so social "big data" technologies like Twitter offer an ... read more

Study Identifies Barriers to Intimate Partner Violence Services

May 19, 2015 — Texas has a shortage of beds for survivors of intimate partner violence, and although alternatives may be offered, survivors may find themselves isolated from much-needed services, such as crisis ... read more

Those Who Believe in Pure Evil Support More Harsh Criminal Punishments, Study Finds

May 14, 2015 — People who believe in pure evil are more likely support sentences such as life in prison without parole and the death penalty for criminals, a psychology study finds. The researchers added that ... read more

Walking Dead Gone Viral: Crisis Communication and Humorous Messages in the Social Media Age

May 12, 2015 — As far as pop culture goes, it is hard to beat the current zombie upsurge; from TV drama like "The Walking Dead" to movies such as "Resident Evil", the devilish figures have ... read more

Ethicists Propose Solution for US Organ Shortage Crisis

May 11, 2015 — A fairly simple and ethical change in policy would greatly expand the nation's organ pool while respecting autonomy, choice, and vulnerability of a deceased's family or authorized ... read more

Vying for Seats in the C-Suite: Marketing and PR's Focus Is Too Narrow, Study Finds

May 11, 2015 — Corporate communicators and marketing teams often compete to be in the C-suite, according to a new study. But 'so few seats exist that it's often 'either/or,' said a researcher ... read more

Can the Ebola Outbreak Rejuvenate Global Health Security?

May 7, 2015 — The west African Ebola epidemic has rekindled interest in global health security, but it has also highlighted a troubling lack of political commitment to public health, and it is far from clear ... read more

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