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Public Release: 23-Feb-2016
Two Carnegie Mellon statistics professors earn NSF CAREER awards
The National Science Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University's Jing Lei and Ryan Tibshirani Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards. Lei and Tibshirani, both assistant professors in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Department of Statistics, each received five-year, $400,000 grants for their projects 'Modernizing Classical Nonparametric and Multivariate Theory for Large-scale, High-dimensional Data Analysis' and 'Locally Adaptive Nonparametric Estimation for the Modern Age -- New Insights, Extensions, and Inference Tools,' respectively.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Shilo Rea
shilo@cmu.edu
412-268-6094
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
New Phytologist
Mystery of Dracula orchids' mimicry is unraveled with a 3-D printer
Scientists have unlocked the mystery of mimicry used by Dracula orchids to attract flies and ensure their survival. A team led by University of Oregon researchers did it using a 3-D printer.
National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation

Contact: Jim Barlow
jebarlow@uoregon.edu
541-346-3481
University of Oregon

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Proven one-step process converts CO2 and water directly into liquid hydrocarbon fuels
A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels.
National Science Foundation, Robert A. Welch Foundation

Contact: Louisa Kellie
louisa.kellie@uta.edu
817-524-8926
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
PLOS Computational Biology
New theorem helps reveal tuberculosis' secret
Rice University researchers seek to streamline the analysis of complex biochemical networks and to reveal inconsistencies in biological data. Their theorem helps to uncover hidden drivers of non-monotonic responses to monotonic stimuli in tuberculosis bacteria.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
UM professor earns distinguished National Science Foundation CAREER grant
Orion Berryman, an assistant professor in the University of Montana Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently received a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Orion Berryman
orion.berryman@umontana.edu
406-243-6805
The University of Montana

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Nature Climate Change
Study of tundra soil demonstrates vulnerability of ecosystem to climate warming
Findings from one of the first comprehensive field studies by a collaborative team of researchers demonstrate the active layer microbiome of tundra soil was significantly altered after only 1.5 years of experimental warming -- a rapid response demonstrating high sensitivity of this ecosystem to warming. Collectively, the results of this study suggest the vulnerability of permafrost ecosystem carbon to climate warming and the significance of microbial feedbacks in mediating this vulnerability.
US Department of Energy, DOE/Office of Science, National Science Foundation, University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research and Collaborative Innovation Center for Regional Environmental Quality

Contact: Jana Smith
jana.smith@ou.edu
405-325-1322
University of Oklahoma

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Nature Communications
Penn study reveals how fish control microbes through their gills
In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, Oriol Sunyer of the University of Pennsylvanian and colleagues found that fish induce production of a particular antibody in their gills in response to pathogen exposure, work that could lead to improved fish vaccines for aquaculture.
US Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, European Commission

Contact: Katherine Unger Baillie
kbaillie@upenn.edu
215-898-9194
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Global Change Biology
Nearly all US forests threatened by drought, climate change
Forests nationwide are feeling the heat from increasing drought and climate change, according to a study by scientists from 14 research institutions. While the effects have been most pronounced in the West, the team found virtually all US forests are now experiencing some degree of change and are vulnerable to future declines.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Lucas
tdlucas@duke.edu
919-613-8084
Duke University

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Network and Distributed System Security Symposium
Carnegie Mellon, Stanford researchers devise method to safely share password data
An unfortunate reality for cybersecurity researchers is that real-world data for their research too often comes via a security breach. Now computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon and Stanford universities have devised a way to let organizations share statistics about their users' passwords without putting those same customers at risk of being hacked.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Open Technology Fund

Contact: Byron Spice
bspice@cs.cmu.edu
412-268-9068
Carnegie Mellon University

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
White House honors NYU's Gureckis with Presidential Early Career Award
New York University's Todd Gureckis, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers,
National Science Foundation

Contact: James Devitt
james.devitt@nyu.edu
212-998-6808
New York University

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Sea level rise in 20th century was fastest in 3,000 years, Rutgers-led study finds
Global sea level rose faster from 1900 to 2000 than during any of the previous 27 centuries. Without global warming, the Earth's sea level would have climbed by less than half the observed 20th century increase and might have dropped.
National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Group, U.K. National Environmental Research Council, Royal Society, Harvard University

Contact: Todd B. Bates
tbates@ucm.rutgers.edu
848-932-0550
Rutgers University

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Nature Geoscience
Atmospheric sulfate particles reduced, but as acidic as ever
Tough emission controls have dramatically reduced the amount of toxic sulfate particles in air, but at least in the Southeast United States, they haven't reduced the acidity of the health-threatening particles.
National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency

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

Public Release: 22-Feb-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New 'lipidomics' method could bring fast cancer diagnosis
Researchers have developed a new analytical tool for medical applications and biological research that might be used to diagnose cancer more rapidly than conventional methods. The research has implications for the field of lipidomics, which involves the identification and quantification of cellular lipid molecules, how they interact with other components in cells and their role in biological systems.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Emil Venere
venere@purdue.edu
765-494-4709
Purdue University

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
Nature Photonics
Moving electrons around loops with light: A quantum device based on geometry
Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Konstanz have demonstrated the ability to generate a quantum logic operation, or rotation of the qubit, that is intrinsically resilient to noise as well as to variations in the strength or duration of the control.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research, National Science Foundation, German Research Foundation

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

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
Science
Researchers discover new Ebola-fighting antibodies in blood of outbreak survivor
A research team that included scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has identified a new group of powerful antibodies to fight Ebola virus. The antibodies, isolated from the blood of a survivor of the 2014 Ebola outbreak and the largest panel reported to date, could guide the development of a vaccine or therapeutic against Ebola.
National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Center for Excellence in Translational Research, National Science Foundation fellowship, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
madms@scripps.edu
858-784-9254
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications
Dartmouth researchers invent 'magic wand' to improve healthcare, cybersecurity
Dartmouth College researchers have developed a digital 'magic wand' to improve home healthcare and to prevent hackers from stealing your personal data.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Cramer
john.cramer@dartmouth.edu
603-646-9130
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
Nature Communications
TSRI and JCVI scientists find popular stem cell techniques safe
A new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) shows that the act of creating pluripotent stem cells for clinical use is unlikely to pass on cancer-causing mutations to patients.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Autism Speaks Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Tanner Foundation, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine, New York Stem Cell Foundation

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
madms@scripps.edu
858-784-9254
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 19-Feb-2016
Scientific Reports
New device may speed up DNA insertion into bacteria
A new microfluidic device developed by MIT engineers may help scientists quickly home in on the electric field 'sweet spot' -- the range of electric potentials that will harmlessly and temporarily open up membrane pores to let DNA in. In principle, the simple device could be used on any microorganism or cell, significantly speeding up the first step in genetic engineering.
DARPA and the National Science Foundation

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
Analytical Chemistry
Nebraska researcher finds gold -- and other metals
UNL chemist Rebecca Lai is developing inexpensive, portable and reusable sensors that use a component of DNA to detect gold, mercury, silver, lead and other metals.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Rebecca Lai, associate professor of chemistry
rlai@unl.edu
402-472-5340
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
ACM Transactions on Applied Perception
Real or virtual: Dartmouth scientists ask -- can we tell the difference?
A Dartmouth College-led study shows that people find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between computer-generated images and real photos, but that a small amount of training greatly improves their accuracy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Cramer
john.cramer@dartmouth.edu
603-646-9130
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
Quaternary Science Reviews
Humans settled, set fire to Madagascar's forests 1,000 years ago
Scientists from MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have found that a widespread and permanent loss of forests in Madagascar that occurred 1,000 years ago was due not to climate change or any natural disaster, but to human settlers who set fire to the forests to make way for grazing cattle.
National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
Nature Chemical Biology
Study reveals mechanism behind enzyme that tags unneeded DNA
Researchers at Princeton have discovered the two-step process that activates an essential human enzyme, called Suv39h1, which is responsible for organizing large portions of the DNA found in every living cell. Mistakes in packing DNA jeopardizes the stability of chromosomes and can result in severe diseases. Suv39h1 is one of the main enzymes that chemically mark the irrelevant regions of DNA to be compacted by cellular machinery, but little has been known about how it installs its tag until now.
National Institutes of Health, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Tien Nguyen
tienn@princeton.edu
609-258-6523
Princeton University

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
Journal of Hydrometeorology
Dartmouth-led team develops method to predict local climate change
Global climate models are essential for climate prediction and assessing the impacts of climate change across large areas, but a Dartmouth College-led team has developed a new method to project future climate scenarios at the local level.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Cramer
john.cramer@dartmouth.edu
603-646-9130
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
Nature Scientific Reports
New image analytics may offer quick guidance for breast cancer treatment
For women with the most common type of breast cancer, a new way to analyze magnetic resonance images (MRI) data appears to reliably distinguish between patients who would need only hormonal treatment and those who also need chemotherapy. The analysis may provide women diagnosed with estrogen positive-receptor (ER-positive) breast cancer answers far faster than current tests and, due to its expected low cost, open the door to this kind of testing worldwide.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, NIHNational Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH/Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Contact: Bill Lubinger
william.lubinger@case.edu
216-368-4443
Case Western Reserve University

Public Release: 18-Feb-2016
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing
Algorithm makes hyperspectral imaging faster
Researchers have developed an algorithm that can quickly and accurately reconstruct hyperspectral images using less data. The images are created using instruments that capture hyperspectral information succinctly, and the combination of algorithm and hardware makes it possible to acquire hyperspectral images in less time and to store those images using less memory.
National Science Foundation, US Army Research Office

Contact: Matt Shipman
matt_shipman@ncsu.edu
919-515-6386
North Carolina State University

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