Gamification in workforce training: Improving employees’ self-efficacy and information security and data protection behaviours

Abstract This research aims to address two questions: (1) how can gamification strategies increase success of e-training systems and enhance employees’ information security and data protection self-efficacy? and (2) do gamified e-training systems improve employees’ information security and data protection…

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Researchers Find Parent and Caregiver Support Linked to Decreased Depression and Suicidal Thoughts in LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ Youth

A new study from researchers found that LGBTQ+ youth were more likely to experience depression and thoughts and attempts of suicide than non-LGBTQ+ youth, yet the prevalence of these mental health symptoms were significantly reduced when LGBTQ+ youths reported support from their parents.

Biological Science Helps Fuel the Future of Electric Air Travel

In a new study, a team of researchers led by Berkeley Lab used a bioscience technique to study the intricate interactions within the anode, cathode, and electrolyte of electric aircraft batteries. One of the most significant findings was the discovery that certain salts mixed into the battery electrolyte formed a protective coating on cathode particles, making them far more resistant to corrosion, thereby enhancing battery life.

ASTRO urges legislative action as reimbursement cuts continue in proposed FY25 MPFS

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) issued the following statement from Jeff M. Michalski, MD, MBA, FASTRO, Chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors, in response to the proposed 2025 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): “The declines in reimbursement for radiation therapy services for people with cancer under the Medicare physician fee schedule are disappointing.

Between episodes of strategy: Sociomateriality, sensemaking, and dysfunction in a scenario planning process

Abstract Scenario planning processes, which occur over multiple episodes, facilitate the development of alternative stories of the future in order to challenge current thinking and help organizations create more robust strategies. But what happens between those episodes and how does…

Digital transformation and the allocation of decision-making rights within business groups – Empirical evidence from China

Abstract The widespread adoption of digital technologies has spurred many organizations to embark on digital transformation initiatives. This study explores the impact of digital transformation on the allocation of decision-making rights within business groups (BGs). Drawing upon an integrated framework…

Is faster really better? The impact of digital transformation speed on firm financial distress: Based on the cost-benefit perspective

Abstract Based on the cost–benefit perspective, this study theoretically analyzes and empirically examines the influence of digital transformation speed on firm financial distress. We find that digital transformation speed has a U-shaped relationship with firm financial distress. In addition, after…

An unequal toll of financial stress: Poll of older adults shows different impacts related to health and age

Inflation rates may have cooled off recently, but a new poll shows many older adults are experiencing financial stress – especially those who say they’re in fair or poor physical health or mental health, as well as women and those age 50 to 64. A sizable minority report issues with health care costs.

Toddlers’ brains show significant growth in cognitive skills by 16 months, study finds

Toddlers engage more regions of their brains around 16-months to help them develop important cognitive skills enabling them to follow simple instructions and control impulses. Findings from the study, led by the Universities of Bristol and Oxford, and published in Imaging Neuroscience, suggests 16 months is a critical period for brain development.

Study: Algorithms Used by Universities to Predict Student Success May Be Racially Biased

Predictive algorithms commonly used by colleges and universities to determine whether students will be successful may be racially biased against Black and Hispanic students, according to new research published today in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

Black and Hispanic Women Receive Lower Doses of Postpartum Pain Medication, According to New Study

Inequities in pain medication treatment received postpartum, after giving birth, were found in a Cedars-Sinai study of 18,000 women. The disparities were observed even among patients reporting the highest pain levels.

MSU study reveals rapid growth, persistent challenges in telemedicine adoption among US hospitals

A new study led by Michigan State University researchers shows a significant increase in telemedicine services offered by U.S. hospitals from 2017 to 2022, while also highlighting persistent barriers to its full implementation.

Astronomers find missing link in massive black hole formation

Newly identified fast-moving stars in the star cluster Omega Centauri provide solid evidence for a central black hole in the cluster. With at least 8,200 solar masses, that black hole is the best candidate for a class of black holes astronomers have long believed to exist: intermediate-mass black holes, formed in the early stages of galaxy evolution.

New form of repetitive magnetic brain stimulation reduces treatment time for bipolar disorder

A potential new treatment for bipolar disorder (BP) that significantly shortens treatment time has emerged, following a randomized clinical trial using accelerated intermittent theta burst stimulation (aiTBS). While current theta burst stimulation (TBS) treatments can take between four and six weeks to administer, this new technique reduces treatment to five days.

The Detection of a Massive Harmful Algal Bloom in the Arctic Prompts Real-Time Advisories to Western Alaskan Communities

In summer of 2022, a research cruise detected a massive harmful algal bloom (HAB) in the Bering Strait region of western Alaska. This expedition provided a dramatic example of science utilizing new technology to track a neurotoxic HAB, and effectively communicate information that protects remote coastal communities in real-time.

ARPA-E IGNIITE award launches new initiatives of ORNL researchers Yang and Westover

Guang Yang and Andrew Westover of Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been selected to join the first cohort of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, Inspiring Generations of New Innovators to Impact Technologies in Energy 2024, or IGNIITE 2024, program.

Ochsner, AJMC® partner for conference on value-based care on July 25 in New Orleans  

Organized through The American Journal of Managed Care’s Institute for Value-Based Medicine, the conference will offer sessions that explain value-based care and discuss innovative programs that advance value-based care. In addition, the conference includes a review of Louisiana’s health rankings and the Healthy State strategic plan.

Does Living in America’s Wealthiest Communities Make You Safer?

Nationwide study published in Risk Analysis, compares the concentration of hazards and risks for the richest and poorest counties and municipalities in all 50 states (200 locations). Wealthier communities face higher economic consequences from natural hazard events compared to the poorest, mostly rural communities. The lowest-income municipalities have fewer impact from natural hazards, but at least 50% higher suicide and homicide rates, and firearm fatalities.

Olympic Games in Paris: A Divided Country Welcomes a Fractured World

Olympic Games in Paris: A Divided Country Welcomes a Fractured World WHAT: As athletes and spectators from around the world gather later this month in the “City of Light” for the 2024 Summer Olympics, American University experts offer their insight…

Beneficial metabolic effects of PAHSAs depend on the gut microbiota in diet-induced obese mice but not in chow-fed mice

Dietary lipids play an essential role in regulating the function of the gut microbiota and gastrointestinal tract, and these luminal interactions contribute to mediating host metabolism. Palmitic Acid Hydroxy Stearic Acids (PAHSAs) are a family of lipids with
antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory properties, but whether the gut microbiota contributes to their beneficial effects on host metabolism is unknown.

Consumers’ responses to metaverse ads: The roles of hedonic versus utilitarian appeal and the moderating role of need for touch

Abstract This research investigated whether vicarious touch in metaverse advertising could produce desired outcomes. We examined the influence of consumers’ need for touch (NFT) and specific message appeal types (hedonic vs. utilitarian) on the effectiveness of metaverse advertising. The results…

As Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games approach, experts give tips for athletes, weekend warriors, and travelers

With less than a month until the Summer Olympic Games in Paris, and with Olympic Trials taking place all around the world in different sports, Virginia Tech experts offer perspective on aspects of the competitions, applying Olympic habits to our own lives, and how the Games are impacting both travel to and life on the ground in Paris.

Unobserved heterogeneity in firm performance: The alignment of entrepreneurial orientation and organizational error management culture

Abstract Most prior research has focused on the positive relationship between a firm’s entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and its performance. However, errors in entrepreneurial strategies are inevitable. We argue that entrepreneurial firms benefit from an organizational error management culture. Drawing on…

How do executive excess compensation affect enterprise technological innovation: Evidence from a panel threshold model of chinese biopharmaceutical companies

Abstract This study examines the levels of executive excess compensation (EEC) that stimulate the quality and efficiency of enterprise technology innovation (ETI). Using a behavioral agency perspective, we investigate how companies achieve superior ETI by providing sufficient incentives to motivate…

Enhancing Adoption of Sustainable Product Innovations: Addressing Reduced Performance with Risk-Reducing Product Modifications

Abstract Past studies have shown that the probability of the successful diffusion of sustainable product innovations is strikingly low. A potentially promising marketing strategy to reduce negative consumer perceptions of sustainable product innovations is risk-reducing product modifications (RPMs), which account…

Wolves’ return has had only small impact on deer populations in NE Washington, study shows

A new study shows that wolves in Washington state are not having much of an impact on white-tailed deer, one of their primary prey. In a paper published June 18, scientists report that the biggest factor shaping white-tailed deer populations in northeast Washington is the quality of habitat available. Cougars were second in their impact. Wolves were a distant third.