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Public Release: 4-Jan-2016
Journal of Biomedical Optics
OCT may speed detection of pneumonia-related bacteria in ICU patients
Hospital medical staff may soon be able to more quickly visualize the presence of biofilm in endotracheal tubes, lessening the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia, reports a new article the Journal of Biomedical Optics. Researchers have demonstrated that demonstrated that optical coherence tomography (OCT) can be used to determine the presence of biofilm, providing an alternative to methods requiring arduous sample preparation.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Medical Free-Electron Laser Program

Contact: Amy Nelson
amy@spie.org
360-685-5478
SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics

Public Release: 4-Jan-2016
NSF CAREER award for electrically conducting polymer research
Dr. Yu Zhu at University of Akron is the recipient of a prestigious NSF CAREER Award. Zhu was awarded $538,679 for his five-year project involving the study of new types of conjugated polymers that have fused sites along their molecules, enabling hydrogen bonding. 'Understanding and controlling molecular packing in electrically conducting polymers could lead to the design of high-performance polymer electronics, which is important for applications requiring flexible, light and economical electronic materials,' says Zhu.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lisa Craig
lmc91@uakron.edu
330-972-7429
University of Akron

Public Release: 4-Jan-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Students with influence over peers reduce school bullying by 30 percent
Curbing school bullying has been a focal point for educators, administrators, policymakers and parents, but the answer may not lie within rules set by adults, according to new research led by Princeton University. Instead, the solution might actually be to have the students themselves, particularly those most connected to their peers, promote conflict resolution in school.
WT Grant Foundation Scholars Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Princeton Educational Research Section, Russell Sage Foundation, National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation

Contact: B. Rose Huber
brhuber@princeton.edu
609-258-0157
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Public Release: 4-Jan-2016
American Naturalist
Map shows hotspots for bat-human virus transmission risk
West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses 'spilling over' into humans resulting in new emerging diseases, according to a new global map compiled by scientists at UCL, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the University of Edinburgh. The map shows risk levels due to a variety of factors including large numbers of different bat viruses found locally, increasing population pressure, and hunting bats for bushmeat.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation, US Agency for International Development

Contact: Rebecca Caygill
r.caygill@ucl.ac.uk
44-020-310-83846
University College London

Public Release: 4-Jan-2016
Scientific Reports
Tiniest chameleons deliver most powerful tongue-lashings
A new study reports one of the most explosive movements in the animal kingdom: the mighty tongue acceleration of a chameleon just a couple of inches long. The research illustrates that to observe some of nature's best performances, scientists sometimes have to look at its littlest species.
Sigma Xi, Journal of Experimental Biology, RocketHub, National Science Foundation, Bushnell Research and Education Fund

Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-527-2525
Brown University

Public Release: 31-Dec-2015
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Areas of increased poverty associated with higher rates of Ebola transmission
Since October 2014 the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has been diminishing and efforts have shifted from emergency response to prevention and mitigation of future outbreaks.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Mosoka P Fallah
mfallah1969@gmail.com
231-088-834-9115
PLOS

Public Release: 29-Dec-2015
UW center receives $16 million to work on first implantable device to reanimate paralyzed limbs
The University of Washington-led Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering has received a $16 million NSF grant to develop the first implantable device to reanimate paralyzed limbs and restore motor function in stroke or spinal cord injury patients.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jennifer Langston
jlangst@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 29-Dec-2015
Journal of South American Earth Sciences
Reptile fossils offer clues about elevation history of Andes Mountains
Tortoise and turtle fossils, the first from the Miocene epoch found in Bolivia, suggest the Altiplano, near Quebrada Honda, was likely less than a kilometer above sea level 13 million years ago. Fossils of leaves and other animals support the suggestion.
National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration, National Science Foundation, Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-534-7183
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 29-Dec-2015
Biomicrofluidics
Improving accuracy in genomic mapping with time-series data
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and BioNano Genomics have improved a nanochannel-based form of mapping by using dynamic time-series data to measure the probability distribution, or how much genetic material separates two labels, based on whether the strands are stretched or compressed. They detail their work this week in Biomicrofluidics.
National Institutes for Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
240-535-4954
American Institute of Physics

Public Release: 28-Dec-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Researchers find that in race stereotypes, issues are not so black and white
Recent race-related events in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Charleston, S.C., and New York City -- all point to the continuing need to study and understand race relations in modern America. These events show how race and stereotypes are intertwined and can lead to explosive situations and protests. Now, three Arizona State University researchers have approached this problem by asking, why do white Americans' stereotypes of black Americans take the particular forms they do?
National Science Foundation, Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University

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

Public Release: 28-Dec-2015
CWRU professor to build much desired chemical imager
A Case Western Reserve University faculty member has received National Science Foundation and other funding to build a faster, more capable chemical analyzer sought by science and engineering researchers, art conservators and more.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-534-7183
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 28-Dec-2015
Journal of Neuroscience
Carnegie Mellon develops new method for analyzing synaptic density
Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to broadly survey learning-related changes in synapse properties. In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the researchers used machine-learning algorithms to analyze thousands of images from the cerebral cortex. This allowed them to identify synapses from an entire cortical region, revealing unanticipated information about how synaptic properties change during development and learning.
National Institutes of Health, McKnight Foundation, Society for Neuroscience, National Science Foundation, James S. McDonnell Foundation

Contact: Jocelyn Duffy
jhduffy@andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-9982
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 28-Dec-2015
Advanced Functional Materials
New acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new nondestructive technique for investigating phase transitions in materials by examining the acoustic response at the nanoscale.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy Office of Science

Contact: John Toon
jtoon@gatech.edu
404-894-6986
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 24-Dec-2015
Cell Metabolism
Liver hormone reduces preference for sweets, alcohol, via brain's reward pathway
A liver hormone works via the brain's reward pathway to reduce cravings for sweets and alcohol in mammals, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.
National Institutes of Health, Robert A. Welch Foundation, Sir Henry Dale Fellowship/Wellcome Trust and Royal Society, Ford Foundation Fellowship, German National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Contact: Deborah Wormser
deborah.wormser@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Public Release: 23-Dec-2015
UTA engineer developing more precise lung cancer imaging, radiation results
Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Washington are working on a solution and have developed a new, personalized respiratory-motion system that uses mathematical modeling to capture images of a patient's lung when it is depressed -- offering a clearer, more precise image of the tumor to be destroyed.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Herb Booth
hbooth@uta.edu
817-272-7075
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 23-Dec-2015
Geology
Dating historic activity at Oso site shows recurring major landslides
Radiocarbon dating of landslides near the deadly March 2014 mudslide in Oso, Wash., show that this is a geologically active region, with other large slides in the relatively recent past.
National Science Foundation, Geological Society of America, University of Washington

Contact: Hannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington

Public Release: 23-Dec-2015
Nature
Description of mechanism that halts solar eruptions
At the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, researchers led by physicist Clayton Myers have identified a mechanism that may halt eruptions before they leave the sun.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: John Greenwald
jgreenwa@pppl.gov
609-243-2672
DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Public Release: 22-Dec-2015
SIGGRAPH Asia 2015
Algorithm helps turn smartphones into 3-D scanners
An algorithm developed by Brown University researchers helps turn smartphones and off-the-shelf digital cameras into structured light 3-D scanners. The advance could help make high-quality 3-D scanning cheaper and more readily available.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin Stacey
kevin_stacey@brown.edu
401-447-4800
Brown University

Public Release: 22-Dec-2015
UMass Medical School, UMass Lowell collaborating on technology to improve health care
Researchers at UMass Medical School and UMass Lowell are collaborating on a new cyberinfrastructure technology that will enable patients, researchers and physicians to transport and store large quantities of data, including sensitive information, through a secure system.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lisa Larson
lisa.larson@umassmed.edu
508-856-2000
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Public Release: 22-Dec-2015
Frontiers in Plant Science
Fighting rice fungus
Plant scientists are uncovering more clues critical to disarming a fungus that leads to rice blast disease and devastating crop losses.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Bothum
pbothum@udel.edu
302-831-1418
University of Delaware

Public Release: 22-Dec-2015
Scientific Reports
Newly developed liquid crystal elastomer material could enable advanced sensors
At Kent State University, Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Ph.D., associate director of the Liquid Crystal Institute and professor of chemical physics, has been collaborating with the world's experts in liquid crystal elastomers research. Recently, he and his graduate assistant along with colleagues from Japan's Kyoto Institute of Technology developed the first type of cholesteric liquid crystal elastomers with special properties that enable it to precisely emit laser light, without the use of mirrors, while being stretched.
National Science Foundation, Japan Society of Promotion of Science

Contact: Peter Palffy-Muhoray
mpalffy@kent.edu
330-672-2604
Kent State University

Public Release: 22-Dec-2015
Nature Nanotechnology
Simple shell of plant virus sparks immune response against cancer
Shells of cowpea mosaic virus inhaled into a lung tumor or injected into ovarian, colon or breast tumors, not only triggered the immune system in mice to wipe out the tumors, but provided systemic protection against metastases.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and others

Contact: Kevin Mayhood
kevin.mayhood@case.edu
216-534-7183
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 21-Dec-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Salty sea spray affects the lifetimes of clouds, researchers find
Ice particles from sea spray affect the phase structure of clouds and their radiative impacts, a new study from Colorado State University reveals.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Anne Ju Manning
anne.manning@colostate.edu
970-491-7099
Colorado State University

Public Release: 21-Dec-2015
Nature Climate Change
Evergreens at risk
In a broad analysis of climate change scenarios, researchers see a grim future for evergreen forests in the Southwest region of the United States. Using field reports, validated regional predictions and computer models, they project a 72 percent loss of needleleaf evergreens by 2050, almost 100 percent by 2100.
US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Los Alamos National Lab/Lab Directed Research and Development, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, US Geological Survey Climate and Land Use Program

Contact: Peter Bothum
pbothum@udel.edu
302-831-1418
University of Delaware

Public Release: 21-Dec-2015
Nature Communications
Creativity leads to measuring ultrafast, thin photodetector
Cornell graduate student Haining Wang came up with an inventive way of measuring the near-instantaneous electrical current generated using a light detector that he and a team of engineers made using an atomically thin material.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research

Contact: Daryl Lovell
dal296@cornell.edu
607-254-4799
Cornell University

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