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Twelve University of Delaware students, alumni win prestigious research support

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Delaware) A dozen University of Delaware students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Fourteen others received honorable mention designations. The prestigious awards -- for which more than 13,000 applicants competed this year -- include three years of funding at $34,000 per year, plus $12,000 in cost-of-education allowances to the school for study leading to a master's or doctoral degree in science and engineering.

Officials dedicate OSC's newest, most powerful supercomputer

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Ohio Supercomputer Center) State officials and Ohio Supercomputer Center leaders gathered at a data center today (March 29) to dedicate the Owens Cluster. The new cluster is the center's newest and most powerful supercomputer, a system named for the iconic Ohio-raised sprinter. Chancellor John Carey, of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, explained that the state's investment in the new system and other upgrades will increase the center's total computing capacity by a factor of four and its storage capacity by three.

Nurse volunteer activities improve the health of their communities, workforce study says

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(New York University) A new study describes nurses' perceptions of how they promote health in their communities through a whole lot of both formal and informal volunteer work.

NHGRI oral history collection features influential genomics researchers

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute) A collection of oral histories released today by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) features candid conversations with pioneering scientists involved in the Human Genome Project and a rare discussion with all three institute directors since the organization was established in 1989. In each oral history, influential scientists offer extensive insight into science and medicine, as well as biographical details and commentary on the inner workings of NHGRI and its foundational initiatives that transformed the way people think about the human genome.

Eastern Nursing Research Society honoring Penn Nursing's Barbara Medoff-Cooper, Ph.D.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Barbara Medoff-Cooper, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Ruth M. Colket Professor in Pediatric Nursing at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will receive the 2017 Eastern Nursing Research Society's Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award at its annual conference in Philadelphia on April 7, 2017.

Teacher encouragement has greatest influence on less advantaged children

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Cambridge) 'Big data' study finds that children from families with limited education have strongest long-term response to teacher encouragement, and are more likely to progress to university as a result.

Scientists predict reading ability from DNA alone

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(King's College London) Researchers from King's College London have used a genetic scoring technique to predict reading performance throughout school years from DNA alone.

NSF and Popular Science announce winners of 15th annual 'Vizzies'

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(National Science Foundation) 'Vizzies' competition recognizes the best photographs, videos, illustrations, interactive apps, and posters and graphics produced by academic researchers, artists or hobbyists. The contest is sponsored by NSF and Popular Science magazine.

Kids' wildlife preferences differ from island to mainland

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(North Carolina State University) When asked to name their favorite wildlife, Bahamian children chose feral cats, dogs and pigs - invasive species that can be more damaging in an island environment. However, they chose a wider variety of favorite species -- including birds, lizards, fish and insects -- than mainland children from North Carolina, who favored mammals such as deer, bears, rabbits, wolves and squirrels.

UTHealth researchers collaborate to increase low vaccination rates in Houston schools

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Susan Wootton, M.D., associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), will lead a project to increase low vaccination rates among pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in the Houston Independent School District (HISD).

Impacts of school choice on segregation

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Penn State) Diversity in schools is important for students' experiences and outcomes in schools and beyond, reducing prejudices and ensuring the likelihood of living and working in integrated environments as adults. Penn State researchers are exploring how school choice is affecting racial composition and segregation in Pennsylvania schools.

UQ opens new era in cancer research and drug development

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Queensland) New cancer-fighting drugs could emerge from The University of Queensland in coming years, thanks to a state-of-the-art imaging facility opened today.

How do we measure temperature? (video)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Chemical Society) How do the thermometers in the kitchen or the doctor's office work? Thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, thermometers respond to heat moving from hot to cold as a means of measuring temperature. Clever physical chemists and engineers and even Einstein have made thermometers from a variety of materials. Watch the latest Reactions video here:

Mathematicians predict delaying school start times won't help sleep deprived teenagers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Surrey) Delaying school start times in the UK is unlikely to reduce sleep deprivation in teenagers, research from the University of Surrey and Harvard Medical School has found. The research, conducted in collaboration between mathematicians and sleep scientists, predicts that turning down the lights in the evening would be much more effective at tackling sleep deprivation.

USDA announces $300,000 in funding available for youth farm safety

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced $300,000 in available funding to support projects that offer farm safety education and certification to youth seeking employment or already employed in agricultural production.

Brain activity can be used to predict reading success up to 2 years in advance

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Binghamton University) By measuring brainwaves, it is possible to predict what a child's reading level will be years in advance, according to research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

GW study finds social media course impacts online behavior in first-year medical students

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(George Washington University) Researchers at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences found a majority of first-year medical students changed their online behavior after participating in a social media and professionalism course, with results published in the Teaching and Learning in Medicine journal.

Emotion: An important link to HIV prevention in black adolescents with mental illnesses

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Could unique psychological factors that hamper emotional regulation help explain differences in HIV/STI risk-related sexual behaviors among heterosexually active black youth with mental illnesses?

High burden of iodine deficiency found in Israel's first national survey

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) The first national iodine survey conducted in Israel has revealed a high burden of iodine deficiency among Israelis, posing a high risk of maternal and fetal hypothyroidism and impaired neurological development of the fetus in Israel. Addressing iodine deficiency will require government funding and legislation, and a government-regulated program of salt or food iodization, say scientists.

Carnegie Mellon's CyLab challenges high school students to give hacking a try

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University aims to build a talent pipeline into the cyber workforce by introducing computer security skills to middle and high school students through picoCTF, a free, online hacking contest that starts March 31, 2017.

ERC Advanced Grant for Sitta von Reden

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Freiburg) The European Research Council selects the Historian of Antiquity's 'Beyond the Silk Road' project for a €2.5 million grant.

How do we get young men in vocational schools to eat healthy?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Aarhus University) There are several challenges associated with getting young men in vocational schools to eat healthy. According to a new study from Aarhus University, the students overall dislike it when someone interferes with their dietary habits.

Requirements for AEDs in US schools need improvement

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American College of Cardiology) Automated external defibrillators are associated with increased survival of sudden cardiac arrest when installed in schools, yet only 17 out of 50 US states require AED installation in at least some of their schools, according to an analysis published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Our aging scientific workforce raises concerns

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Ohio State University) The science and engineering workforce in the United States is aging rapidly, according to a new study. And it is only going to get older in coming years. Economists at The Ohio State University found that the average age of employed scientists increased from 45.1 to 48.6 between 1993 and 2010, faster than the workforce as a whole.

UTA's Robert J. Gatchel wins American Psychological Foundation's 2017 Gold Medal Award

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Texas at Arlington) Robert J. Gatchel, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, has been awarded the American Psychological Foundation's 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.