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Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
OU School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering recognized for diversity and inclusion
The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma was recently selected as one of only five universities in the nation to participate in a special Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity program. The diversity program selected the school to help support and continue its ongoing efforts to attract and retain women and underrepresented minority students and faculty.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Karen Kelly
University of Oklahoma

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Late bedtimes could lead to weight gain
Teenagers and adults who go to bed late on weeknights are more likely to gain weight than their peers who hit the hay earlier, according to a UC Berkeley study that has found a correlation between sleep and body mass index.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Yasmin Anwar
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Penn Vet-Temple team characterizes genetic mutations linked to a form of blindness
A collaboration between University of Pennsylvania and Temple University scientists has identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia, a form of blindness.
Foundation Fighting Blindness, NIH/National Eye Institute, National Science Foundation, European Union Seventh Framework Program, Hope for Vision, Macula Vision Research Foundation, Van Sloun Fund for Canine Genetic Research

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Nature Geoscience
Simulating path of 'magma mush' inside an active volcano
The first simulation of the individual crystals in volcanic mush, a mix of liquid magma and solid crystals, shows mixing to help understand the buildup of pressure deep inside a volcano.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Hannah Hickey
University of Washington

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Current Biology
Sensory feedback shapes individuality to provide equal space for behavioral excellence
New research at Case Western Reserve University suggests that variability, such as that seen in movement, is essential both for normal behavior and for longer-term evolution.Their animal study shows sensory feedback increases the range of responses -- variability -- within individuals, but decreases the range across a group.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Later bedtimes may lead to an increase in body mass index over time
A new study suggests that going to bed late during the workweek from adolescence to adulthood is associated with an increase in body mass index over time.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institute of Mental Health, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Contact: Lynn Celmer
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Ecology and Society
New science redefines remote -- even pandas global
This just in from the pandas nestled in a remote corner of China: Their influence spans the globe. In this week's international journal Ecology and Society, sustainability scholars from Michigan State University apply a new integrated framework to the decades of work they've done to understand how pandas and local people in pandas' fragile environment interact across the world.
National Science Foundation, NASA, National Institute of Health

Contact: Sue Nichols
Michigan State University

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
American Sociological Review
The media love men... bad news for women
Five out of every six names that appear in the media today are those of men, a McGill-led research team has discovered. That's because the media focuses nearly exclusively on individuals at the top of occupational and social hierarchies, who are mostly men: CEOs, politicians, movie directors, and the like the researchers discovered.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, American Sociological Association/Advancement of the Discipline, National Science Foundation, and Google Faculty Research Awards

Contact: Eran Shor
McGill University

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Disease free water, a global health challenge, commands an international team effort
Peter Vikesland, an expert in the optimization of drinking water disinfection practices and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, is the principal investigator for a new five-year $3.6 million Partnerships in International Research and Education grant from the National Science Foundation that is aimed at mitigating the global public health threat of antibiotic resistance that affects drinking water.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lynn Nystrom
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Molecular Cell
Research connects specific variations in RNA splicing with breast cancer causation
Researchers have identified cellular changes traceable to an RNA splicing factor that's also an oncoprotein that may play a role in converting normal breast cells into tumors. Targeting these changes could potentially lead to therapies for some forms of breast cancer
NIH/National Cancer Institute, Swiss National Science Foundation, Susan B. Komen Foundation for the Cure, and Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation

Contact: Peter Tarr
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Tissue Engineering: Part C
An accessible approach to making a mini-brain
In a new paper in Tissue Engineering: Part C, Brown University researchers describe a relatively accessible method for making a working -- though not thinking -- sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive and easy-to-make 3-D testbed for biomedical research.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Brown Institute for Brain Science, US Department of Education

Contact: David Orenstein
Brown University

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Scientific Reports
Researchers measure how specific atoms move in dielectric materials
Researchers have measured the behavior of specific atoms in dielectric materials when exposed to an electric field. The work advances our understanding of dielectric materials, which are used in a wide variety of applications -- from handheld electronics to defibrillators.
Department of Commerce, US Department of the Army, National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Study explores ancient ecosystem response to a 'big 5' mass extinction
This study explores one of the 'big five' mass extinctions, the Permian-Triassic event, revealing unexpected results about the types of animals that were most vulnerable to extinction, and the factors that might best predict community stability during times of great change. The authors say cutting-edge modeling techniques helped highlight the critical importance of understanding food webs (knowing 'who eats what') when trying to predict what communities look like before, during, and after a mass extinction.
NSF/Earth Life Transitions Program

Contact: Haley Bowling
California Academy of Sciences

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
New, ultra-detailed maps of Great Lakes recreational use will inform restoration priorities
University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues have created exceptionally detailed maps of five Great Lakes recreational activities and say the information can be used to help prioritize restoration projects.
Erb Family Foundation, U-M Water Center, The Nature Conservancy, National Science Foundation and Packard Foundation

Contact: Jim Erickson
University of Michigan

Public Release: 1-Oct-2015
New HOLODEC study in Science on using holography to better understand clouds
Michigan Tech researchers use a real life HOLODEC (yes, said like the Star Trek holodeck). The instrument creates a holographic model of water droplets in clouds. Check out the airborne laboratory the researchers fly with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and what the crew sees inside clouds.
National Science Foundation, DOE/Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility, NASA, and others

Contact: Raymond Shaw
Michigan Technological University

Public Release: 30-Sep-2015
A flooding river moves more than just water
The National Science Foundation-funded study will investigate the underlying processes that link the environment, wildlife, domestic animals, and humans in dryland river systems in southern Africa.
NSF/Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program

Contact: Lynn Davis
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 30-Sep-2015
International Symposium on Memory Systems
'Performance cloning' techniques to boost computer chip memory systems design
Computer engineering researchers have developed software using two new techniques to help computer chip designers improve memory systems. The techniques rely on 'performance cloning,' which can assess the behavior of software without compromising privileged data or proprietary computer code.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 30-Sep-2015
Learning and Instruction
Math and me: Children who identify with math get higher scores
How strongly children identify with math (their math 'self-concept') can be used to predict how high they will score on a standardized test of math achievement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington.
National Science Foundation, Singaporean Ministry of Education and University of Washington

Contact: Molly McElroy
University of Washington

Public Release: 30-Sep-2015
NSF CAREER award to improve data quality and data-driven processes
'Today, data is critical in almost every aspect of society, including healthcare, education, economy, and science,' says Meliou. 'However, because data is easily shared and reused, it has become less curated and less reliable. Data is often misused because its validity and origin are unclear, and mistakes easily propagate as data is often used to derive other data'
National Science Foundation

Contact: Alexandra Meliou
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 30-Sep-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
Gulf Stream ring water intrudes onto continental shelf like 'Pinocchio's nose'
Ocean robots installed off the coast of Massachusetts have helped scientists understand a previously unknown process by which warm Gulf Stream water and colder waters of the continental shelf exchange. The process occurs when offshore waters, originating in the tropics, intrude onto the Mid-Atlantic Bight shelf and meet the waters originating in regions near the Arctic. This process can greatly affect shelf circulation, biogeochemistry and fisheries.
National Science Foundation

Contact: WHOI Media Office
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
You are what you click
It's no secret that the things we click on, scroll across, swipe, tap or drag when we're browsing online or using a smartphone application can yield valuable information about us. Such data is a veritable goldmine to web browsers and online retailers who use it to assess our preferences and target advertising to our tastes. But, researchers at UC Santa Barbara suggest that studying users' online or smartphone actions could yield far more information about us than simply shopping habits.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sonia Fernandez
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Atmospheric Environment
Air quality and ozone pollution models for forested areas may be too simple
A new study assessing the influence of species diversity of canopy trees on the amount of ozone precursors a forest emits suggests that atmospheric chemistry models in use now may underestimate the importance of tree species mix and size to ozone pollution, says lead author Alexander Bryan, a postdoctoral fellow in the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Alexander Bryan
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Rice news release: Smaller is better for nanotube analysis
Variance spectroscopy, invented at Rice University, lets researchers learn more about mixed batches of fluorescent nanotubes by focusing on small areas of samples and comparing their contents.
National Science Foundation, Welch Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Advanced Materials
Wearable electronic health patches may now be cheaper and easier to make
A team of researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a method for producing inexpensive and high-performing wearable patches that can continuously monitor the body's vital signs for human health and performance tracking. The researchers believe their new method is compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing.
National Science Foundation CAREER grant

Contact: Sandra Zaragoza
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 29-Sep-2015
Modeling tool IDs genes that control stress response in plants
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from North Carolina State University and University of California, Davis has developed a modeling algorithm that is able to identify genes associated with specific biological functions in plants. The modeling tool will help plant biologists target individual genes that control how plants respond to drought, high temperatures or other environmental stressors.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

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