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Zip to industry: A first-year corporate-STEM connection program

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Akron) The University of Akron (UA) received an NSF grant of $450,000 to create a cross-college retention project aimed to place at-risk, first-year STEM students into paid job-shadowing experiences to explore various STEM fields. The students will shadow current UA STEM students who are already on co-ops/internships with local and regional employers. The project provides an opportunity for research on how job shadowing impacts student retention in STEM during the first year of college.



Voters reward -- or punish -- school board incumbents based on white students' achievement

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Baylor University) Voters reward or punish incumbent school board members based on the achievement of white students in their district, while outcomes for African-American and Hispanic students get relatively little attention at the ballot box, according to a study co-authored by a Baylor University scholar.



Tufts University to advance the study of student learning at collegiate level

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Tufts University) Tufts University will elevate its standing as a national leader in improving student learning outcomes thanks to an $8 million gift from the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation to establish the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction (IRLI). IRLI will be one of the first research centers to focus on better understanding how students learn at the collegiate level.



Chemists speak out on sexual harassment in academia

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Chemical Society) Sexual misconduct on college campuses is an age-old problem that continues to plague students and faculty, and is now the subject of renewed debate. It can traumatize those who are harassed, and change the course of people's careers. The cover article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, shares how sexual harassment has affected chemistry students and faculty, and what universities and scientific societies are doing about it.



Tablets can teach kids to solve physical puzzles

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Frontiers) Researchers replicated a previous study to confirm that 4- to 6-year-old children can transfer learning of a puzzle from a touchscreen device to the physical version. This contradicts most previous research and suggests that different types of screen learning media could have different effects on whether children can transfer learned skills to the physical world.



Sushi's sublime secrets (video)

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Chemical Society) Sushi is sublime. Just fresh fish and seasoned rice in its simplest form served one on top of the other, or rolled up with some veggies in a seaweed wrapper. But creates the subtle interplay of flavors in your tuna nigiri? Take a deep dive into the chemistry of rice, fish and seaweed in this video from Reactions: https://youtu.be/6F_OWtoTTrA



What's the latest on gut microbiota?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Concordia University) How many undergraduate classes in microbiology -- or any scientific field, for that matter -- can say they're published in a peer-reviewed journal? 'Human Gut Microbiota: Toward an Ecology of Disease' is a review of the primary literature and latest discoveries on the interactions between gut microbiota and the human host.



HHMI selects 15 Hanna Gray Fellows to support diversity in science

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Howard Hughes Medical Institute) HHMI announces the selection of 15 exceptional early career scientists as the first group of HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows. The 2018 Hanna Gray Fellows competition is now open, with applications due on January 10, 2018.



Mathematician and chronicler of political murders

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) Emil J. Gumbel's formulas are fundamental for extreme value theory. This statistical discipline describes extreme incidents, such as floods or storms. Little is known, however, that he was also a pioneer of modern data journalism, unveiling the patterns of political murder in the Weimar Republic. Professor Matthias Scherer and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) now intend to fill in the gaps in what the world knows about Gumbel.



New toolkit helps nurses use genomics in patient care

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) New online toolkit is now available for nurses and other health professionals looking to integrate genomics into patient care.



Study showing 70 years of progress for LGBTQ students raises concerns about Trump agenda

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Vermont) The author of a new study showing slow but consistent progress in the experiences of LGBTQ students on college campuses over the past 70 years is concerned that for the first time since 1944, that trend may be reversing.



Victimization of transgender youths linked to suicidal thoughts, substance abuse

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Texas at Austin) In two peer-reviewed papers, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that transgender adolescents are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts as the general population, and they are up to four times as likely to engage in substance use.



Students' self-concepts of ability in math, reading predict later math, reading attainment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Society for Research in Child Development) A new longitudinal study looked at how youths' self-concepts are linked to their actual academic achievement in math and reading from middle childhood to adolescence. The study found that students' self-concepts of their abilities in these two academic domains play an important role in motivating their achievements over time and across levels of achievement.



Teens are growing up more slowly today than they did in past decades

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Society for Research in Child Development) A new study explored this issue by examining how often teens in recent years (compared to teens in previous decades) engaged in adult activities such as drinking alcohol, working, driving, or having sex. The study found that today's adolescents are less likely than their predecessors to take part in activities typically undertaken by adults.



ADHD kids can be still -- If they're not straining their brains

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Central Florida) Lack of motivation or boredom with school isn't to blame for squirming by children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Symptoms such as fidgeting, foot-tapping and chair-swiveling are triggered by cognitively demanding tasks - like school and homework. But movies and video games don't typically require brain strain, so the excessive movement doesn't manifest.



Horses working in therapeutic riding programs do not experience additional stress

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Missouri-Columbia) In the US, therapeutic horseback riding offers equine-assisted therapy to diverse populations who have anxiety disorders. Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder often are prescribed this type of therapy to cope with anxiety, but little is known about how these programs affect the stress levels in horses. Now, a University of Missouri study has revealed that horses ridden by veterans with PTSD did not have undue physiological stress responses while participating in a therapy program.



Learning strategies to encourage girls to embrace STEM

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(New Jersey Institute of Technology) NJIT will lead a new project -- Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary School (LiFE) -- to find effective ways to showcase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as a collaborative, innovative, people-rich space, to increase the number of girls interested in STEM.



Study compares PhD programs in different countries

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Wiley) The PhD degree was established in Berlin 200 years ago and has spread across the world. Today there is a global tendency to follow the programs currently used either in the United States or in Continental Europe.



Black babies more likely to have nursing care missed in their NICU stay

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Everybody wants a healthy life for their baby. Black babies are more likely to be born prematurely, which puts them at risk for death and developmental problems. In fact, a third of all infant deaths are preterm-related. The critical period in preterm babies' lives is when they are just born and are in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The care they receive is vital to a healthy future.



MAA announces $150,000 to increase diversity in math

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Mathematical Association of America) The Mathematical Association of America, on behalf of the Tensor Foundation, awarded $159,700 in funding to 30 institutions supporting women and underrepresented groups in mathematics in 2017.



VIMS contributes to 'King Tide' mapping project

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) 'Dress rehearsal' will help quantify local flooding risk and validate storm-surge models, while laying groundwork for a long-term network of volunteer data collectors.



RoboTutor team wins $1 million as Global Learning XPRIZE finalist

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Carnegie Mellon University) RoboTutor LLC, a Carnegie Mellon spinoff created by Professor Jack Mostow, was named one of five Global Learning XPRIZE finalists for its RoboTutor software, educational technology that teaches children basic math and reading skills.



Two Americas: Seniors are getting healthier but most gains go to high-income whites

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Michigan) Older Americans report feeling dramatically healthier than they did 14 years ago but that good health isn't evenly distributed, with much of the gain going to the wealthiest, most highly educated and whites.



Video game boosts sex health IQ and attitudes in minority teens

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Yale University) A video game designed by Yale researchers to promote health and reduce risky behavior in teens improves sexual health knowledge and attitudes among minority youth, according to a new study. The findings validate the value of the video game as a tool to engage and educate teens at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, said the researchers.



Parents not confident schools can assist child with chronic disease, mental health

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Most parents are sure schools would be able to provide basic first aid but are less confident about a school's ability to respond to more complex health situations, such as an asthma attack or mental health problem.