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Facebook Builds Self-Esteem And Confidence For First-Generation College Students
2013-06-07 08:02:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Facebook connections can be a confidence booster for first-generation college applicants, helping them believe in their abilities to apply to school and excel once they have enrolled, according to a new study from the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. "We are very excited by these findings, because they suggest that the kinds of interactions supported by Facebook and other social media can play a role in...

2013-04-15 13:16:14

Study measures how urban sprawl impedes social interactions Long commute times and urban areas that leapfrog over open space make it harder for people to socialize, but cities that are decentralized are even worse, University of Utah researchers say in a study published online today in the Journal of Transport Geography. "We found that decentralization has 10 times the negative impact of fragmentation, and 20 times that of longer commute times," says Steven Farber, assistant professor...

2013-02-04 23:03:33

New Social Media Company Launches its 2013 College Greek and Student Club Challenge Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 04, 2013 YouMeThink.com, a new global content exchange service, today announced its first “College Greek and Student Club Challenge.” The contest challenges student clubs and Greek organizations to compete for a $1000.00 prize to be used for their club needs, or to donate to the charity organization or community initiative of their choice. Winners are determined by...

Generation Xers Socialize As Much Online As They Do Offline
2013-01-31 13:33:05

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Generation X refers to a group of individuals who are currently celebrating life in their mid 30s to late 40s. Born between 1965 and 1979, the significance for this generation is that they were the first to make the leap from a pre-technological existence to the nearly ubiquitous nature of technology today. A new study, out of the University of Michigan (UMich), claims that Gen Xers have been able to make the transition fairly...

Parents Play Crucial Role In Preventing Substance Use By Kids
2012-12-05 07:21:51

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists from Brigham Young University, North Carolina State University, and Pennsylvania State University recently discovered that parents play a crucial role in terms of helping to prevent and limit alcohol or marijuana use by their children. In particular, the team of investigators found that parents have more of an impact than a child´s school environment. “Parents play an important role in shaping the...

2012-10-10 13:06:32

New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the University of California, Irvine finds that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child´s academic performance than the qualities of the school itself. “Our study shows that parents need to be aware of how important they are, and invest time in their children — checking homework, attending school events and letting  kids know school is important,” says Dr. Toby...

2011-09-19 20:34:12

Current policy pressures on universities to focus on improving their research excellence and to widen participation make it hard for them to engage meaningfully with excluded communities, according to research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). University-community engagement remains marginal to the organisation, funding, management and strategic control of universities. This reduces their benefits for excluded communities. "Traditionally, universities have regarded...

2011-02-02 16:37:54

Children who grow up in poverty have health problems as adults. But a new study finds that poor adolescents who live in communities with more social cohesiveness and control get some measure of protection; they're less likely to smoke and be obese as adolescents. The new study, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, is part of a long-term examination of children growing up poor in rural upstate New York. The study was designed to discover,...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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