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2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
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NEWS RELEASES

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Research News Releases

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
The new Africa -- green shoots in biosciences
This key session will bring African experts in person to Chicago to report on how agricultural biotechnology is starting to have a real impact on the crucial smallholder farming sector in particular. However, the session will also warn that this fledgling bioscience revolution needs to be carefully nurtured.

Contact: Richard Hayhurst
richard@richardhayhurstassociates.com
44-771-182-1527
Richard Hayhurst Associates

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Beat-keeping sea lion shows surprising rhythmic ability
Ronan, a California sea lion at Long Marine Laboratory at University of California Santa Cruz, is the first non-human mammal convincingly shown to be able to keep the beat.
National Science Foundation, Packard Foundation

Contact: Tim Stephens
stephens@ucsc.edu
831-459-2495
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
First 2014 Golden Goose Award to physicist Larry Smarr
Larry Smarr, a physicist whose work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on calculating black hole collisions led him to champion a federal commitment to dramatically enhance US computing power -- which in turn led to the development of NCSA Mosaic, the precursor to web browsers -- was named today as the first 2014 recipient of the Golden Goose Award.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association of American Universities, and others

Contact: Barry
barry.toiv@aau.edu
202-408-7500
Association of American Universities

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Contemplating the workplace of tomorrow
Robert Gordon, considered to be one of the most influential macroeconomists in the world, has long been raising questions about the process of economic growth -- questioning whether economic growth is a continuous process that will persist forever.

Contact: Hilary Hurd Anyaso
h-anyaso@northwestern.edu
847-491-4887
Northwestern University

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Cultural foundations of human social behavior
Joan Chiao conducts extensive research on how cultural and biological forces give rise to everyday emotion and social interaction. She uses a "cultural neuroscience" framework to investigate how cultural factors influence basic psychological and neural processes underlying social behavior and emotion processing.

Contact: Hilary Hurd Anyaso
h-anyaso@northwestern.edu
847-491-4887
Northwestern University

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Top-down and bottom-up approach needed to conserve potato agrobiodiversity
Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture. In South America, where potatoes originated, more than 5,000 varieties continue to exist. A Penn State geographer is gathering all the information he can about the agrobiodiversity of these uniquely adapted tubers with an eye toward sustainability of this fourth largest food crop worldwide.
National Science Foundation

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Stanford scientist to unveil 50-state plan to transform US to renewable energy
Stanford Professor Mark Jacobson will present a new roadmap to renewable energy for all 50 US states at the annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m. CT, at the Hyatt Regency, Columbus Hall CD.

Contact: Mark Shwartz
mshwartz@stanford.edu
831-915-0088
Stanford University

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
University institutes are shaping future of research
In an age of specialization, building networks of outstanding scientists, engineers and clinicians is helping the development of creative solutions to complex societal needs. Northwestern University's Chad Mirkin, founding director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology, knows how to build diverse teams. The flourishing institute brings together more than 190 faculty researchers from 25 different disciplines. Mirkin will deliver a presentation at the AAAS meeting discussing the challenges he faced taking the institute from inception to realization.

Contact: Megan Fellman
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

Public Release: 15-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Robotic fish aids understanding of how animals move
The weakly electric black ghost knifefish of the Amazon basin has inspired Northwestern University's Malcolm MacIver to develop agile fish robots that could lead to a vast improvement in underwater vehicles used to study fragile coral reefs or repair damaged deep sea oil rigs. MacIver, who has studied the knifefish for two decades, will discuss lessons learned about movement and non-visual sensing at the AAAS meeting.

Contact: Megan Fellman
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Communicating the way to the adoption of scientific technologies
The researchers theorize that politicization generates anxiety and results in a status quo bias such that citizens feel uncertainty about what to believe and hence stick to the status quo. Consequently, politicization generates a substantial obstacle for any new scientific innovation as it enters the political and economic marketplace.

Contact: Hilary Hurd Anyaso
h-anyaso@northwestern.edu
847-491-4887
Northwestern University

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Optimizing donor kidney distribution in the United States
Nearly 5,000 people die each year in the US waiting for a kidney transplant. Northwestern University's Sanjay Mehrotra has developed a mathematical model that simulates and optimizes donor kidney distribution. The model identifies areas for policy changes, including encouraging more sharing within states The innovative model could help ease inequities among regions in the US and ultimately help save hundreds of lives.

Contact: Megan Fellman
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
AAAS panel considers pandemic emergency response
Eva Lee, director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and HealthCare at the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, will talk about her emergency response software at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Contact: Brett Israel
brett.israel@comm.gatech.edu
404-385-1933
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Early childhood education can pay big rewards to families, society
High quality early childhood for disadvantaged children can simultaneously reduce inequality and boost productivity in America, contends James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and one of the nation's leading experts on early childhood education.

Contact: Wen Huang
whuang@uchicago.edu
773-702-8356
University of Chicago

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Scientific racism's long history mandates caution
Racism as a social and scientific concept is reshaped and reborn periodically through the ages and according to a Penn State anthropologist, both medical and scientific researchers need to be careful that the growth of genomics does not bring about another resurgence of scientific racism.

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
aem1@psu.edu
814-865-9481
Penn State

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Survey: Americans struggle with science; respect scientists
While most Americans could be a bit more knowledgeable in the ways of science, a majority are interested in hearing about the latest scientific breakthroughs and think highly of scientists. This is according to a survey of more than 2,200 people conducted by the National Science Foundation, one that is conducted every two years and is part of a report -- Science and Engineering Indicators -- that the National Science Board provides to the president and Congress.

Contact: Tom Oswald
tom.oswald@cabs.msu.edu
517-432-0920
Michigan State University

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Heinrich Jaeger to discuss physics of granular materials at AAAS meeting
Pour sand from a bucket and it flows like a liquid, but stand on it and it supports weight like a solid. This unusual behavior is a property of granular materials, and it is one of the reasons Heinrich Jaeger, the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor in Physics at the University of Chicago, has chosen to focus on these types of materials in his research.

Contact: Steve Koppes
skoppes@uchicago.edu
773-702-8366
University of Chicago

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Inside out at the 2014 AAAS meeting: The impact of gut flora on diabetes and obesity
Join us in Chicago for a fascinating and lively session on one of the most challenging fields in biomedicine!

Contact: Isabelle Kling
Isabelle.kling@embl.de
49-151-145-32784
INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale)

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Is truth stranger than fiction? Yes, especially for science fiction
From warp drives to hyperspace, science fiction has continuously borrowed from, and sometimes anticipated, the state of the art in scientific progress. This has resulted in the perception that science and science fiction have a causal relationship, one finding direction from and fulfilling the science fantasy laid out before it. But that is rarely the case, according to Lawrence Krauss, a Foundation professor at Arizona State University.

Contact: Skip Derra
skip.derra@asu.edu
480-965-4823
Arizona State University

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
BU researcher to present at AAAS 2014 annual meeting in Chicago
Dr. Raquell Holmes, an assistant research professor at Boston University's Center for Computational Science, will be a featured presenter at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on Feb. 16, 2014. Her presentation will focus on the use of improvisation to encourage scientific collaboration.

Contact: Raquell Holmes
raquell@improvscience.org
617-807-0203
Boston University

Public Release: 14-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
South African healthcare workers face greater risk for TB, HIV
A large-scale survey of South African healthcare workers has revealed major gaps in workplace protection against tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis, according to a University of British Columbia health researcher.

Contact: Brian Lin
brian.lin@ubc.ca
604-818-5685
University of British Columbia

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Stanford climate scientist to discuss state of climate science, coming risks
The world is staring down the barrel of climate change that is faster than at any time in the last 65 million years, says climate expert Chris Field. He will speak on the topic.

Contact: Rob Jordan
rjordan@stanford.edu
415-760-8058
Stanford University

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Stanford psychologist shows why talking to kids really matters
Exposure to child-directed speech sharpens infants' language processing skills and can predict future success. New work to be presented at AAAS indicates early intervention can improve language skills in kids lagging behind.

Contact: Bjorn Carey
bccarey@stanford.edu
207-749-8698
Stanford University

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Science
Scientists discover the mechanism of heart failure in fish exposed to oil spills
Researchers from NOAA Fisheries and Stanford University, working on the Natural Resources Damage Assessment following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, have found that some petroleum compounds act as ion channel blockers in the heart cells of young tuna, disrupting normal cardiac function. This will lead to the creation of new diagnostic tools for measuring the biological impact of pollution, and may have implications for the health of vertebrates other than fish as well.
NOAA, and others

Contact: Rich Press
rich.press@noaa.gov
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Hot issues in climate change research to be debated at AAAS Annual Meeting
The "big issues" in climate change science have shifted over the past four to six years, with several difficult problems resolved while new research challenges rose to the fore. Scientists who are leading advisors on climate change to federal and international policymakers will examine the state-of-the-science in "Research Challenges in Climate Change: What's New and Where are We Going?" on Feb. 14 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Contact: Diana Kenney
dkenney@mbl.edu
508-289-7139
Marine Biological Laboratory

Public Release: 13-Feb-2014
2014 AAAS Annual Meeting
Berkeley Lab researchers at AAAS 2014
Can more accurate climate models help us understand extreme weather events? Can we use synthetic biology to create better biofuels? These questions, and the ongoing search for Dark Matter and better photovoltaic materials, are just some of the presentations by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researchers at this year's AAAS meeting.

Contact: Jon Weiner
jrweiner@lbl.gov
510-326-2092
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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