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Noted child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz, MD, speaks out on the Parkland shooting

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and President of the Child Mind Institute has spoken out on the Parkland shooting and the urgent need to make mental health a priority for research and action.

Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(University of California - Los Angeles) A study by ISGlobal, a center supported by the 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation, in collaboration with Hospital del Mar and UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, shows for the first time that exposure to green space during childhood is associated with beneficial structural changes in the developing brain.

Transforming patient health care and well-being through lighting

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers. Recently, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, together with the Illumination Engineering Society (IES), sponsored a workshop to explore pathways to define and promote the adoption of lighting systems specifically for health-care environments.

Descriptive phrases for how often food should be eaten helps preschoolers better understand healthy eating

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Elsevier) Preschool is a critical period for children to begin to make their own dietary decisions to develop life-long healthy eating habits. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that preschoolers who learned how to classify food as healthy or unhealthy were more likely to say they would choose healthy food as a snack.

Financial structure of early childhood edu. Requires overhaul to make it accessible and affordable

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) High-quality early care and education (ECE) is critical to positive child development and has the potential to generate economic returns, but the current financing structure of ECE leaves many children without access to high-quality services and does little to strengthen the ECE workforce, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Study finds language, achievement benefits of universal early childhood education

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Boston College) A study of more than 60,000 children enrolled in Norway's universal early education system has found the program improves language skills and narrows achievement gaps, according to a team of researchers from the US and Norway, led by Boston College Professor of Education Eric Dearing.

German universities likely to benefit from Brexit, report suggests

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Aarhus University) A new report suggests that while UK universities are likely to suffer because of Brexit, German universities may reap the benefits.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and Wiley announce publishing partners

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Wiley) John Wiley and Sons Inc. (NYSE:JWA) (NYSE:JWB), in partnership with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), is pleased to announce a new peer-reviewed, open access journal, FASEB BioAdvances.

The 17th Annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences awarded for elucidating the mechanism of nonsense

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Wiley) The Wiley Foundation today announced the 17th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be awarded to Lynne E. Maquat for elucidating the mechanism of nonsense-mediated messenger RNA decay, a fundamental process whereby cells remove defective transcripts that can encode toxic proteins.

PHAT Life: Effective HIV intervention for youth in the criminal justice system

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities) A group risk-reduction intervention that uses role-playing, videos, games, and skill-building exercises to promote knowledge about HIV/AIDS, positive coping, and problem-solving skills for high-risk teens in the juvenile justice system, showed great potential for reducing sexual risk-taking. The findings were published in Health Psychology and funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Origami mysteries could be unfolded in engineering research

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Clemson University) Suyi Li, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, says the possibilities for origami are many and could include floor pads that protect babies from falls and building foundations that absorb vibrations in earthquakes.

Enhanced education could help turn the tide on marine litter

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(University of Plymouth) Research led by the University of Plymouth has revealed that designing systematic and innovative education tools to teachers and students can make a significant and positive contribution to their understanding of the problem of marine litter -- and their willingness to do something about it.

Putnam Competition names top students in college mathematics

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Mathematical Association of America) The 78th annual Putnam Mathematical Competition, organized by the Mathematical Association of America, recognized the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the top team and five undergraduate students were named Putnam Fellows for their high scores on the rigorous six-hour mathematics exam.

Improving family-based comm. Key to enhancing sexual health outcomes of GBQ adolescents

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Studies have shown that talking with teens about sex-related topics is a positive parenting practice that facilitates important sexual health outcomes with heterosexual adolescents. But for LGBTQ youth, the topic of sexuality and sexual health is often ineffectively addressed at home.

How chemistry can improve bargain hot cocoa (video)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(American Chemical Society) Nobody really likes bargain hot cocoa powder. It's lumpy, it's too thin and it leaves scummy residue behind. But premium hot cocoa mix is too expensive for some imbibers. Fortunately, Reactions is here with some easy kitchen chemistry hacks to turn cheap cocoa mix into a satisfying cold weather pick-me-up.

Pillars of academic innovation

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(University of South Florida (USF Innovation)) Highlights from the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, including high-tech solutions to combat child pornography and radicalization materials; groundbreaking programs to promote STEM major retention; and new materials for wearable technology.

Improving low-income residents' utilization of farmers markets

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) A pair of studies conducted at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health found reasons and possible solutions to improve low-income residents' access to fresh, local produce at farmers markets.

Self-esteem key to treating mental health

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(University of Waterloo) Improving how mental health patients perceive themselves could be critical in treating them, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

College roommates underestimate each other's distress, new psychology research shows

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(New York University) College roommates are sensitive to their roommates' distress but tend to underestimate the level of distress being experienced by others.

Personalized curriculum captures students' imagination, interest

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Penn State) Focusing on their personal DNA and genealogies, middle school students appear to have learned as much as their peers who used case studies, according to a Penn State researcher.

Understanding roots opens students to science, diversity

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Penn State) Focusing science education on students through genetic and genealogical studies may be the way to increase minorities in the pipeline and engage students who would otherwise deem science too hard or too uninteresting, according to a Penn State anthropologist.

MSU team to empower Latino farmers

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(Michigan State University) Armed with a $600,000 grant, Michigan State University researchers will work alongside Latino migrant farmers to reshape how Michigan harvests fruit -- and cultivate a new workforce.

Countries with greater gender equality have lower percentage of female STEM graduates

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(University of Missouri-Columbia) Although women currently are well represented in life sciences, they continue to be underrepresented in inorganic sciences, such as computer science and physics. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri and Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom have found that as societies become wealthier and more gender equal, women are less likely to obtain degrees in STEM. The researchers call this a 'gender-equality paradox.' Researchers also discovered a near-universal sex difference in academic strengths and weaknesses that contributes to the STEM gap.

Eye exams linked to kids' reading levels

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(University of Waterloo) Elementary school children who read below grade level may have challenges with their eyesight even if standard tests show they see 20/20, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

Insilico to present the advances in AI for pharma industry at AI Transforming Pharma R&D Congress

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST

(InSilico Medicine, Inc.) Artificial Intelligence: Transforming Pharma R&D Congress offers to participants the first-hand experience from the prominent industry speakers showcasing how AI is transforming pharma R&D. Alex Zhavoronkov, Founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine, will present the latest advances of artificial intelligence for drug discovery and cover the successful cases and practical challenges in integrating of AI into the pharmaceutical sector at the panel discussion "How to implement an Artificial Intelligence strategy into your corporation?".