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UTA student wins UT System Regents award

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Texas at Arlington) UTA senior Frederick Tran won the 2017 Regents' Outstanding Arts and Humanities Award in Creative Writing, Short Fiction.



UTA Libraries awarded grant to test maker literacies program

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Texas at Arlington) A UTA team will use an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to identify and collaborate with three pilot sites to test the effectiveness of early-stage maker-based competencies, previously developed by a UTA task force, on undergraduate learning.



Why chemists marched for science (video)

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Chemical Society) Tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., and at hundreds of satellite marches around the world on Saturday to join the first March for Science. We followed two groups of chemists from Minnesota and New Jersey to get a snapshot of the hopes and concerns that brought them to the US capital to join people from across the nation -- and the globe -- in the March for Science. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/-LC5S4uKr1M.



$2.4 million grant funds new Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Penn State) A new $2.4-million program, funded by grants from the US National Library of Medicine and Penn State University, establishes the Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge Training Program. Its mission is to train the next generation of data scientists in order to assure that the vast wealth of biomedical data resulting from significant scientific discoveries can be mined quickly and efficiently in order to achieve useful results for human health and healing.



JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting being held May 20-25 in Chiba, Japan

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Geophysical Union) Discover the latest in Earth and space science research at the JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017 taking place May 20-25 at the Makuhari Messe International Conference Hall in Chiba, Japan. The meeting will bring together researchers from the American Geophysical Union and the Japan Geoscience Union.



How do babies coordinate gestures and vocalization?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of the Basque Country ) Asier Romero-Andonegi, Aintzane Etxebarria-Lejarreta, Ainara Romero-Andonegi and Irati de Pablo-Delgado, lecturers and researchers at the UPV/EHU's Faculty of Education in Bilbao, have studied how 9 to 13-month-old babies tackle the shift from early babbling to the use of combinations of gestures and speech. The work The interrelation of gestures and vocalization in early communication functions: Evidence from Basque language has been published in the important linguistics journal Signos.



Variations in tuition at public universities have grown, masking the cost of attendance

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(New York University) Differences in undergraduate tuition rates by a student's degree program or year of study have become increasingly prevalent over the past 25 years, finds a study by New York University's Steinhardt School, Arizona State University, and the University of Louisville.



Arizona State University wins record 14 NSF career awards

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Arizona State University) ASU earns 14 prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards.



A little support from their online friends calms test-anxious students

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Reading supportive comments, 'likes' and private messages from social media friends prior to taking a test may help college students who have high levels of test-anxiety significantly reduce their nervousness and improve their scores, a new study by University of Illinois computer science researchers suggests.



Can early experiences with computers, robots increase STEM interest among young girls?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Washington) Girls start believing they aren't good at math, science and even computers at a young age -- but providing fun STEM activities at school and home may spark interest and inspire confidence. A study from the University of Washington's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) finds that, when exposed to a computer-programming activity, 6-year-old girls expressed greater interest in technology and more positive attitudes about their own skills and abilities than girls who didn't try the activity.



Two UTA students earn prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program funding

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Texas at Arlington) Two University of Texas at Arlington College of Science students have been named recipients of National Science Foundation funds to further their graduate education through the NSF's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program for 2017. Priscilla Glenn, a senior biology major, and Mayowa Olawoyin, a second-year Ph.D. student in mathematics, are among the awardees.



How do students with debt fare in community college?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(SAGE) Community college students who borrow up to $1,999 in student loans during their first two years of community college complete 17 percent fewer academic credits in that same time period than their peers who take out $2,000 to $3,999 in loans or do not take out any loans at all. This finding and more were published in a new study out today in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (a SAGE Publishing journal).



Why do we like our classes? And each other? Our brain waves tell us, new research shows

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(New York University) The synchronization of brainwaves among students during class reflects how much they like the class and each other, a team of neuroscientists has found.



When students pay attention in class, their brains are in sync

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Cell Press) When people in a group are engaged with each other and with the world around them, their brainwaves show similar patterns. That's the conclusion of researchers who used portable EEG to simultaneously record brain activity from a class of high school students over the course of a semester as they went about their classroom activities. The findings, reported in Current Biology, highlight the promise of investigating the neuroscience of group interactions in real-world settings.



Virtual humans help aspiring doctors learn empathy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) How a revolutionary technology -- which assesses a student's body language, facial expressions and communication strategies -- is helping train more empathetic doctors.



CSHL, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative collaborate to boost sharing of scientific research

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) CSHL announced a collaboration with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help accelerate the understanding of life science for the benefit of human health and disease. New funding from CZI will support the development and expansion of CSHL's bioRxiv preprint service, a free platform that enables life science researchers to quickly and easily share drafts of papers before they are published in peer-reviewed research journals.



USDA announces $800,000 to support distance education in the agricultural sciences

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $800,000 in available funding to support distance education for students in remote geographic regions. Funding is made through a NIFA program that brings food and agricultural science education to United States insular areas.



USDA announces $1 million to support agricultural science education for insular areas

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(National Institute of Food and Agriculture ) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $1 million in available funding for projects to strengthen food and agricultural science education in insular areas of the United States. Funding is made through two NIFA programs, the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (RIIA) and the Agriculture and Food Sciences Facilities and Equipment (AGFEI) program.



Media registration now open for TCT 2017

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Cardiovascular Research Foundation) Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) is the annual Scientific Symposium of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). TCT is the world's premier educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine, attracting nearly 12,000 attendees from 90 countries all over the world.



Sequencing the station: Investigation aims to identify unknown microbes in space

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) Building on the ability to sequence DNA in space and previous investigations, Genes in Space-3 is a collaboration to prepare, sequence and identify unknown organisms, entirely from space.



Howard Hughes Medical Institute research award a first for Virginia Tech Carilion

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Virginia Tech) A Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine has been awarded a highly competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship to devote a year to in-depth, mentored biomedical research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.



Teenagers can become disruptive if teachers use psychological pressure

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Kent) The study, which was led by Stephen Earl from the University's School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, discovered that psychological pressure from teachers can contribute to disengagement amongst teenage pupils under 14. Active disengagement behaviors include talking and making noise, with daydreaming in class amongst the more passive disengagement behaviors.



QUT professor Peter Coaldrake earns international award for inspirational leadership

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Queensland University of Technology) QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Coaldrake has been honored with the 2016 CASE Asia-Pacific Leadership Award in recognition of his inspirational guidance and development of a strong culture of advancement at the institution.



Few researchers consider hearing loss in healthcare communication: Study

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(New York University) Of the 67 papers reviewed, only 16 (23.9 percent) included any mention of hearing loss.



Cognitive skills differ across cultures and generations

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Association for Psychological Science) An innovative study of children and parents in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom reveals cultural differences in important cognitive skills among adolescents but not their parents. The results are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.