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What’s love got to do with it? Drinking, smoking and teen romance

Research published in the International Journal of Adolescence and Youth has examined whether the desire for romance leads to increased alcohol or tobacco use in adolescents. Wura Jacobs, Kwon Chan Jeon, Patricia Goodson & Thomas W. Valentec studied over 1,100 Grade 10 pupils in Los Angeles, USA examining whether an association could be drawn between romantic ambition and the interaction with tobacco and alcohol. The research, published in December 2015, adds to the ongoing inquiries around how romantic relationships can affect adolescents in social development, academia, health and general well-being.

The study measured two elements for each subject: the number of peers who considered the subject romantically and the number of peers that the subject considered or ‘nominated’ romantically. This was cross compared with the adolescent’s alcohol and tobacco consumption over the previous 30 days. The researchers also tested to see if substance use had associations with academic performance and family influence.

While the schools varied with regard to their 10th-grade students’ alcohol use, overall, 35.5% of the total sample reported consuming alcohol within the past month, not including those who drank for religious purposes, whereas less than 10% of students reported having smoked in the previous 30 days.

The researchers found opposing results for the effect of romantic desire on drinking versus smoking.  They discovered that the adolescents actively seeking or aspiring to date are less likely to report smoking, possibly because it could be socially isolating. Conversely, with every increase in romantic nominations received, the popular teens in the study were slightly more likely to report drinking. These findings support theories that popular students are more likely to drink possibly because they attend more social gatherings that encourage drinking.

This study is unique because it looks at aspirational rather than existing romantic relationships – the important stage of crushes and budding romances. Implications include the possibility that romantic crushes may have a stronger impact on alcohol use than other friendship networks and that these aspirations and relationships could act as bridge between users and non-users of alcohol in teens. Further research related to adolescents’ social networks are suggested by the authors.

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Will you be turning left or right for that Valentine’s Day kiss - It’ll depend on who you’re kissing!

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air. One sure-fire way to express love towards someone, be it a partner or even a child, is with a kiss. A recent study in Laterality demonstrates how the direction turned during a kiss differs depending on whether the kiss is shared between romantic partners or between a parent and child.

Previous studies suggest couples favour turning right when sharing a romantic embrace with their partner. Evidence also suggests that there is a stronger turning bias for kisses between males i.e. fathers and sons, in comparison to females. The aim of the new study was to investigate if turning direction was consistent between parent-parent and parent-child kisses, and whether gender played a role in turning bias between parent-child kisses.

The research was conducted using archival analysis – 529 images of parent-child kissing were collated from various websites such as Google Images, Pinterest and Instagram, and consisted of a mixture of father-daughter, father-son, mother-daughter, and mother-son kisses. Romantic ‘parent-parent’ kisses were tested using 161 photos sourced from Google Images. The ‘romantic’ images all featured at least one child as this suggested that the couple in the photos were parents.

Authors Jennifer Sedgewick and Lorin Elias discovered a significant left-turn bias between parent-child kisses, with little difference between mothers and fathers. They suggest that this reversed turning bias is a result of learned lateral behaviour, as parents often cradle their children using their left arm, therefore they kiss them in the same direction. 

The study supports previous findings that couples tend to turn right for romantic kisses. Research into brain function identifies heightened activity in the left anterior cingulate cortex and caudate regions in couples entering into new romantic relationships. Couples associate kissing with feelings of reward, therefore right-turned kisses could be associated with the increased use of the brain’s left hemisphere. Couples may then continue to sway to the right due to their learned behaviour from their relationship’s early days.

This study highlights that the direction of a kiss is not only determined by emotion, but also by laterality and learned behaviour. 

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Celebrating 10 Years of Journal of Children and Media

2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM). During the course of the last decade, the journal has provided a space for discussion by scholars and professionals from around the world and across theoretical and empirical traditions who are engaged in the study of media in the lives of children and adolescents.

“Ten years and hundreds of articles and commentaries later, we know more about what we need to know more about—the known unknown. We have witnessed dramatic changes in technologies, their accessibility, and their use by young people today. We race to catch up with the growing dominance of digital and mobile media in certain parts of the world, and the opportunities and risks they bring with them. We are developing an awareness of cultural differences and the importance of the context of the lived experiences of children. Our field is constantly seeking and developing new questions, new partnerships, new ways of inquiry, and new theories. Yet we know that our voice is not heard strongly enough among other disciplines concerned with children, and that we must be more proactive in creating bridges with other stakeholders in order to make our work valuable and accessible beyond the ivory tower.” Dafna Lemish, Amy Jordan & Vicky Rideout

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of JOCAM Amy Jordan and Dafna Lemish, co-Editors of Journal of Children and Media have curated a very special collection of essays that look toward the future and spotlight the challenges and opportunities facing children and media researchers when looking to the future of the field.

The special issue is extended into two: This first one, devoted to theoretical approaches, methodological innovations, and commentaries focusing on global issues, is entitled JOCAM NEXT. The second collection, which will appear in Volume 10 issue 2, is titled JOCAM BRIDGES, and is devoted to discussion of bridge building with other disciplines and stakeholders.

Join us in sending hearty congratulations to everyone who has contributed to Journal of Children and Media over the years, here’s to the next 10 volumes.

Access the first Special Issue, JOCAM NEXT, for free until the 29th February 2016.

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Economic Geography, published on behalf of Clark University, embarks on a new publishing partnership with Routledge.

We are proud to announce that Economic Geography (EG), published on behalf of Clark University, has entered into a new publishing partnership with Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

“I am delighted that Clark University has chosen Routledge, Taylor & Francis to be their publishing partner for Economic Geography. The Journal is a world class forum for research, and we are excited to work together with the University and the editorial team to further its dissemination and build on previous successes.” – Leon Heward-Mills, Global Publishing Director, Taylor and Francis Group.

A top ranked journal in the Geography and Economic categories with a 2014 Impact Factor* of 2.735, EG is a prominent and internationally recognisable journal in the field. EG is an outstanding addition to our Geography journal list, adding prestige and lustre to what is already the market-leading programme. In turn, EG will benefit from our expert knowledge of the market and its opportunities, and our high visibility within the research community.

Owned by Clark University since 1925, EG is an internationally peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high-quality original research that makes leading-edge advances within and beyond the fields of geography, economics, management, and economic sociology and much more. EG plays a central role in supporting and advancing the field of economic geography globally.

The first issue (Volume 92, Issue 1) to be published by Routledge is now available on Taylor and Francis Online. In the issue, an Editorial written by Editor-in-Chief Jim Murphy considers this new chapter and explores the future of the journal, while thanking those who have made exceptional contributions to EG. It also features the esteemed Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography "The Right to Work, and the Right at Work" as presented by Jamie Peck at the AAG in 2015, and is accompanied by a commentary by Susan Christopherson. The issue will be free to access until the end of 2016.

 

 

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Cold War Russian Cipher May Finally be Solved

The Soviet VIC cipher used in the early 1950s, long known for being complex and secure, may not be as impossible to crack as initially assumed.

According to a recent article published in Cryptologia, cracking the infamous Soviet VIC cipher is possible if one understands the enciphering algorithm. According to the article’s author Jozef Kollar, if one does not know the algorithm, the cipher indeed lives up to its reputation, and becomes nearly impossible to decipher.

The Soviet VIC Cipher, initially used by the Soviet spy Reino Hayhanen, was believed to be one of the most elaborate hand ciphers of its time. When the United States FBI became aware of the cipher, attempts to decipher it were met with little success. According to Kollar, the FBI was not able to crack the cipher until Hayhanen himself defected to the United States in 1957.

However, Kollar asserts that the cipher “consists of a checkerboard substitution followed by two transpositions,” and “cracking such a substitution alone is not much more difficult than cracking a simple monoalphabetic substitution.” Agent Hayhanen used five different parts in his cipher; the first four followed consistent patterns and the last was random. To crack these parts, one must follow a specific key, which includes Hayhanen’s personal information, a specific password, and the date of the Soviet victory over Japan, and three specific permutations. Kollar outlines the precise steps to decryption in his article.

Ultimately, it appears that the Soviet VIC cipher, long known for its impenetrability and difficulty, may not be as impossible to crack as initially believed. As long as one knows the enciphering algorithm, this well-known cipher could indeed be solvable. One of the biggest mysteries of its time could finally be cracked.

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THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW CAA.REVIEWS WEBSITE

The College Art Association (CAA) and Routledge are pleased to announce the launch of a new website for caa.reviews, an online, open-access journal of book and exhibition reviews in the visual arts. The website has a brand new appearance, is easier to navigate, and has faster and smarter search tools. New filters based on geography, time period, and genre or specialization allow readers to narrow and focus search results, making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. An important addition for the journal is a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-ND), making reviews available for redistribution if the content is unaltered and appropriate credit is given. Sharing content is easily done through social media buttons on every page.

“For over seventeen years, caa.reviews has been the only scholarly journal solely dedicated to the review of books and exhibitions. The journal would not exist without the dedication and hard work of the Council of Field Editors and caa.reviews Editorial Board, past and present, who produce 150 substantial reviews each year. CAA is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its original support of the journal and to Taylor & Francis for making the new version of the journal possible,” said DeWitt Godfrey, CAA President.

caa.reviews, founded in 1998, publishes timely scholarly and critical reviews of studies and projects in all areas and periods of art history, visual studies, and the fine arts, providing peer review for the disciplines served by CAA. Publications and projects reviewed include books, articles, exhibitions, conferences, digital scholarship, and other works as appropriate. In reviewing and publishing recent texts and projects, caa.reviews fosters timely, worldwide access to the intellectual and creative materials and issues of art-historical, critical, curatorial, and studio practice, and promotes the highest standards of discourse in the disciplines of art and art history. Explore the new site today at www.caareviews.org.

ABOUT CAA
The College Art Association is dedicated to providing professional services and resources for artists, art historians, and students in the visual arts. CAA serves as an advocate and a resource for individuals and institutions nationally and internationally by offering forums to discuss the latest developments in the visual arts and art history through its Annual Conference, publications, exhibitions, website, and other programs, services, and events. CAA focuses on a wide range of advocacy issues, including education in the arts, freedom of expression, intellectual-property rights, cultural heritage and preservation, workforce topics in universities and museums, and access to networked information technologies. Representing its members’ professional needs since 1911, CAA is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards of scholarship, creativity, criticism, and teaching. Learn more about CAA at www.collegeart.org.

ABOUT TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP
Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities, and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks, and reference works, Taylor & Francis offers content that spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, Technology, and Medicine.

From a network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi, and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff members provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies, and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.


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For more information please contact Nia Page, CAA director of membership development, and marketing at npage@collegeart.org.

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Routledge to publish the Journal of Science Teacher Education in 2017

Taylor & Francis Group and the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) are pleased to announce a new publishing partnership. Beginning with the 2017 Volume, Taylor & Francis will publish and distribute ASTE’s highly regarded Journal of Science Teacher Education under the Routledge imprint.

The Association for Science Teacher Education promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels. As a non-profit professional organization composed of over 800 members from countries around the globe, ASTE advances practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education.

The Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE) publishes research and theoretical articles concerning pre-service and in-service science teacher education. JSTE adds to what we know about science teaching and learning but, most importantly, serves as a catalyst for thoughtful discussion concerning the improvement of the education of teachers in science. The journal features pragmatic articles that offer ways to improve classroom teaching and learning, professional development, and teacher recruitment and retention at pre K-16 levels.

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About Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group is one of the world’s leading publishers of academic journals. We are dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly information, drawing on expertise development since first publishing learned journals in 1798. Taylor & Francis now publish over 1,600 scholarly journals in association with over 460 learned societies and scholarly institutions. We operate from a network of 20 global offices, including Philadelphia, Oxford, Melbourne, Stockholm, Beijing, New Delhi, Johannesburg and Singapore. To learn more about our portfolio, please visit: http://www.tandfonline.com/

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, Oxford.

Scientists determine how to control parasite without harming bees

The parasitic mite Varroa destructor (varroa) is generally agreed to be the greatest threat facing honey bees worldwide. Despite much research, losses continue due to lack of effective control measures and because the mite has become resistant to several commonly used chemicals. The natural product oxalic acid has been widely used in mainland Europe but surprisingly little previous research has directly compared different methods of application, their efficacies, and their adverse effects on bees.

In a paper published in the Journal of Apicultural Research, Hasan Al Toufailia, Francis Ratnieks and colleagues from the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex compared three methods of applying oxalic acid under UK field conditions. They compared trickling, spraying and sublimation at three doses, using 110 honey bee colonies in winter.

They found that all three methods could give high varroa mortality. But, the sublimation method (heating crystals to vaporise them inside the hive) was superior, because it gave higher varroa mortality at lower doses. Sublimation using 2.25g of oxalic acid also resulted in significantly less worker bee mortality in the ten days after application than either trickling or spraying and in lower bee colony mortality four months later in mid spring. Colonies treated via sublimation also had greater brood area four months later than colonies treated via trickling, spraying, or control colonies.

The authors conclude: “This confirms that applying oxalic acid via sublimation in broodless honey bee colonies in winter is a highly effective way of controlling V. destructor and causes no harm to the colonies.”

IBRA Science Director Norman Carreck said: “The publication of this study is very timely, as an oxalic acid product has for the first time recently been approved in the UK, and beekeepers will want to see these results obtained under UK conditions.”

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From our network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.

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The Educational Forum Wins a 2015 TRENDS Award

Routledge and The Educational Forum are pleased to announce that the journal has been awarded the silver medal in the Scholarly/Technical/Scientific Journal category in the Association TRENDS All-Media Contest. 

This annual competition is held exclusively for associations. It recognizes the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. The journal was selected from nearly 400 entries in the association publications contest. Winners will be honored at the 37th Annual Salute to Association Excellence, which is going to be held on March 4, 2016 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. This year’s All-Media Contest winners will also be featured in the March issue of TRENDS and online. Congratulations to Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education and The Educational Forum on their well-deserved honor!
 

The Educational Forum is is the official journal of Kappa Delta Pi. They publish research reports and essays on diverse topics of significance to educators globally. Through the inclusion of compelling research findings and thought-provoking perspectives, The Educational Forum serves as a catalyst for stimulating and encouraging research and dialogue and for advancing and transforming education.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and to promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million.

Learn more about TRENDS and this year's award winners here

Visit The Educational Forum home page to learn more about the journal, submit an article, subscribe, or view most read/most cited articles


About Association TRENDS

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About Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group is one of the world’s leading publishers of academic journals. We are dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly information, drawing on expertise development since first publishing learned journals in 1798. Taylor & Francis now publish over 1,600 scholarly journals in association with over 460 learned societies and scholarly institutions. We operate from a network of 20 global offices, including Philadelphia, Oxford, Melbourne, Stockholm, Beijing, New Delhi, Johannesburg and Singapore. To learn more about our portfolio, please visit: http://www.tandfonline.com/

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Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
530 Walnut Street│ Suite 850
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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, Oxford.

New study- Digital Research Practices: The Real User Experience

Discovering and navigating digital information is part of the everyday work of today’s researcher, but what is that user experience and how could it be improved?

In a unique collaboration, Taylor & Francis is working with Loughborough University’s Library, Graduate School, and Senior Lecturer in Publishing to examine users’ experience in the digital library. The University has recruited ten PhD researchers to this project from a wide range of disciplines. The students are also at different levels in their PhD completion - from those just embarking on research to those about to complete.

Charlotte Jais is one of the students involved and she outlines her experience of digital research: “Trying to find the information that you need can be one of the most challenging things. It can be quite difficult sometimes to know where to start looking … and searching for information can be time consuming if you have several pages of search results to work through!”

Every month between November 2015 and June 2016, students are being asked a series of standard questions about the type of information they needed that month. This includes where they started it, what resources they used, and crucially the “journey” that they took to reach the resources. They are also asked to describe good features, advantages, disadvantages, frustrations, ideas they had about the information seeking experience.

An open question on a different theme is added each month; themes such as the continued relevance of print, how to develop information seeking behaviour and a comparison of three publishers’ websites. Students are assigned a mentor from the University to provide guidance and support. A focus group will also be held with participants and a wider group of researchers in March.

Graham Walton, from Loughborough University Library and a member of the project steering group* said: “Unless we understand the experiences the users have when they search for information, we will really struggle to provide the right services. It is easy to get statistics on downloads and site hits but that only gives a small part of the picture. This project will give us insight that has long been needed.”

Max Gabriel, Head of Group Digital Strategy at Taylor & Francis, comments, ‘As part of our commitment to supporting academic and library communities we intend to understand how researchers are accessing information. By working together with Loughborough University, we hope to improve the user experience of online resources in terms of discoverability, accessibility and usability.’

Tracy Roberts, Publishing Director at Taylor & Francis explained the value of this project to publishers, librarians and universities: “As publishers, we want to provide the best user experience to facilitate the research process, and we want to work with librarians and universities who are focused on improving the experience for their students. We are very pleased to be able to work with Loughborough University on this project and anticipate the outcomes being of value to all those with an interest in the wider academic, library and research communities.”  

Outcomes from the project will be disseminated in various ways during the course of this year. Meanwhile, for more details, read Graham Walton’s blog post: www.tandf.co.uk/libsite/digitalresearchpractices/ and the first of several researcher profiles of the participants: authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/digital-research-practices-phd-profiles

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Project steering group:

  • Taylor & Francis: Tracy Roberts, Publishing Director, Arts, Humanities & Social Science Journals, Will Frass, Senior Research Executive
  • University of Loughborough Graduate School and Research Office: Dr Katryna Kalawsky, Postgraduate Research Student Development Officer; Dr Kathryn North, Head of Researcher Development; Dr Duncan Stanley, Research Staff and Student Development Adviser.
  • University of Loughborough Library: Dr Gareth Cole, Research Data Manager; Emma Walton, Director of Library Services; Dr Graham Walton , Assistant Director (Academic and User Services);  Helen Young, Academic Services Manager
  • University of Loughborough School of Arts, English and Drama: Dr Jenny Fry, Senior Lecturer

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

Loughborough University is equipped with a live in-house broadcast unit via the Globelynx network. To arrange an interview with one of our experts please contact the press office on 01509 223491. Bookings can be made online via www.globelynx.com

For all media enquiries contact:
Judy Wing
PR Manager
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: j.l.Wing@lboro.ac.uk

About Taylor & Francis Group

Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine.

From our network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.

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