Communicating about climate change: What’s politics got to do with it?

In the United States, climate change is controversial, which makes communicating about the subject a tricky proposition. A recent study by Portland State researchers Brianne Suldovsky, assistant professor of communication, and Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez, assistant professor of statistics, explored how liberals…

Partisanship guided Americans’ personal safety decisions early in the pandemic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — What motivated Americans to wear masks and stay socially distanced (or not) at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic? More often than not, it was partisanship, rather than perceived or actual health risk, that drove…

Mary Foltz awarded Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowship to Expand LGBTQ Archive

Lehigh University’s Mary Foltz will serve as a scholar-in-residence at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, where she will work with the center’s Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive and lead public humanities initiatives.

Research uncovers broadband gaps in US to help close digital divide

High-speed internet access has gone from an amenity to a necessity for working and learning from home, and the COVID-19 pandemic has more clearly revealed the disadvantages for American households that lack a broadband connection. To tackle this problem, Michigan…

Nintendo® wii may help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy

Therapy based on the Nintendo® Wii Balance Board can help improve balance in children with cerebral palsy, according to an analysis published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology . For the analysis, researchers from the University of Jaén, in Andalusia,…

Study: Malicious bots are the primary pathogen of COVID-19 misinformation on social media

La Jolla, Calif. (June 07, 2021) — “The coronavirus pandemic has sparked what the World Health Organization has called an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation,” said Dr. John W. Ayers , a scientist who specializes in public health surveillance. “But, bots –like…

Gender stereotypes still hold true for youth and types of political participation

Gender roles absorbed at an early age seem to have shaped today’s youth regarding their involvement in politics, in line with traditional stereotypes, concludes a new study , conducted amongst adolescents and young adults aged between 15 and 30 in…

Elsevier launches a trans-inclusive name change policy

London, March 29, 2021 – Elsevier , a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, is proud to launch a trans-inclusive policy for author name changes . This allows authors to retrospectively return to previously peer-reviewed articles of record…

Vaccine science and side effects: How news messages affect views on vaccination

News coverage of expert scientific evidence on vaccine safety is effective at increasing public acceptance of vaccines, but the positive effect is diminished when the expert message is juxtaposed with a personal narrative about real side effects, new research has…

Overhearing negative claims about social groups may influence development of bias in children

Throughout the world, societies discriminate against and mistreat members of certain social groups. Young children may express intergroup biases that lead to such outcomes, demonstrating preferences for their own over other groups. How these biases develop is an important topic…