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Mark Shevy (Communication and Performance Studies) authored one chapter and co-authored another in a book on the psychology of music in movies, television, video games and other multimedia. He was part of an international group of scholars selected to contribute to The Psychology of Music in Multimedia, published by Oxford University Press and made available in the United States in August. Shevy is pictured second from left with book authors and editors who attended the Society for Music Perception and Cognition 2013 Conference. He wrote a chapter showing how the field of mass communication research relates to the field of music psychology. He also co-authored a chapter with a colleague from Hong Kong Baptist University on the use of music in television advertising and other persuasive media. Shevy said, “The book is the first text dedicated to the study of music in audio-visual media from an empirical, psychology-based approach. The book editors brought together a diverse group of musicologists, psychologists, neuroscientists and communication and media researchers who specialize in the topic. They each offer evidence from their area of expertise on how our minds process the combination of music, images, stories and other information in media. They want to know how music helps create the perceptions, thoughts and feelings we experience in activities such as watching a movie or playing a video game.”

John Bruggink (Biology) and former Biology graduate student Eileen Oppelt were the lead authors, along with collaborators from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin Madison, of a paper recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.  The article is titled "Fall Survival of American Woodcock in the Western Great Lakes Region." The group estimated fall survival rates, cause-specific mortality rates and determined the magnitude and sources of mortality of 1,035 radio-marked American woodcock (Scolopax minor) in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from 2001-2004.  In all three states, they radio-marked woodcock on paired study areas, one of which was open to hunting and expected to receive moderate to high hunter use and the other of which was either closed to hunting (Michigan and Minnesota) or was relatively inaccessible to hunters (Wisconsin).  Hunting accounted for 70 percent of the 86 woodcock deaths in the hunted areas, followed by predation (20 percent) and various other sources of mortality (10 percent).  Woodcock deaths that occurred in the non-hunted and lightly-hunted areas were caused by predators (46 percent), hunting (32 percent) and various other sources (22%).  Their data suggests that hunting mortality was at least partially additive during fall. The results illustrate the influence of hunting relative to other sources of mortality in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and indicate that managers may be able to influence fall survival rates by manipulating hunting regulations or access on public land.