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Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
American Political Science Review
'No Child Left Behind' leaves some voters behind
Assigning schools failing grades increases affluent voter turnout in local elections, a Duke researcher finds.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Karen Kemp
Duke University

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
NSF awards Lehigh engineering $5 million for natural hazards research facility
Lehigh University has received a five-year, $5 million award from the National Science Foundation to support the operation and maintenance to perform research using the unique experimental facilities located on the Lehigh Campus at the ATLSS (Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems) Research Center.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lori Friedman
Lehigh University

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Grant for natural hazards research at UC Davis centrifuge
The National Science Foundation will award almost $5 million over five years to UC Davis to include the large earthquake-simulating centrifuge at the Center for Geotechnical Modeling as part of the new Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure program.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Andy Fell
University of California - Davis

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Cooled down and charged up, a giant magnet is ready for its new mission
The Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced that a 680-ton superconducting magnet is secure in its new home and nearly ready for a new era of discovery in particle physics. The fully assembled magnet will drive high-energy particle experiments as part of an international partnership among 34 institutions, of which the University of Washington is a leading contributor.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: James Urton
University of Washington

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Study shows new forests cannot take in as much carbon as predicted
As carbon emissions continue to rise, scientists project forests will grow faster and larger, due to an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide, which fuels photosynthesis. But a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom finds that these projections are overestimated.
NASA, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Leverhulme Foundation

Contact: Austin Keating
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
UCI brain-computer interface enables paralyzed man to walk
Novel brain-computer interface technology created by University of California, Irvine researchers has allowed a paraplegic man to walk for a short distance.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Tom Vasich
University of California - Irvine

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Botanist to study responses of trees and shrubs to extreme drought in California
California is in its fourth year of drought. As a result, mass mortality of trees and shrubs is happening more quickly than researchers can quantify. Rapid changes in vegetation cover are already leading to loss of biodiversity, opportunities for invasive species, and novel ecosystems with entirely new plant communities. Botanist Louis Santiago at UC Riverside, has now received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how trees and shrubs respond to extreme drought.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Bioconjugate Chemistry
Protein conjugation method offers new possibilities for biomaterials
Northwestern University Professor Michael Jewett and his research team have demonstrated a novel method in which protein-polymer conjugates can display new and unique types of functionalities.
National Science Foundation Materials World Network Program, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, David and Lucille Packard Foundation

Contact: Megan Fellman
Northwestern University

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Computer scientist seeks stronger security shroud for the cloud
Dr. Zhiqiang Lin, of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas, is working to advance the field of cloud computing, and in the process, has developed a technique that allows one computer in a virtual network to monitor another for invasions or viruses. Lin's research has earned the assistant professor of computer science a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, which provides him with $500,000 in funding for five years.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Chaz Lilly
University of Texas at Dallas

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Nature Communications
Nano-mechanical study offers new assessment of silicon for next-gen batteries
A detailed nano-mechanical study of mechanical degradation processes in silicon structures containing varying levels of lithium ions offers good news for researchers attempting to develop reliable next-generation rechargeable batteries using silicon-based electrodes.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Toon
Georgia Institute of Technology

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Green storage for green energy
Researchers have demonstrated a safe and affordable battery capable of storing energy from intermittent sources -- like rooftop solar panels -- that is suitable for the home.
ARPA-E, National Science Foundation

Contact: Paul Karoff
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Public Release: 23-Sep-2015
Advanced Functional Materials
Liquid crystals show potential for detection of neuro-degenerative disease
Liquid crystals are familiar to most of us as the somewhat humdrum stuff used to make computer displays and TVs. Even for scientists, it has not been easy to find other ways of using them.
National Science Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Steve Koppes
University of Chicago

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
New ASU research on sense of smell could help pinpoint causes of brain diseases
The National Science Foundation has awarded Arizona State University and three partner institutions -- a three-year, $3.6 million grant to study how healthy brains create memories of odors, as well as how they fail when affected by disease.
National Science Foundation Ideas Lab

Contact: Sandra Leander
Arizona State University

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
TSRI scientists win $1.5 million grant to investigate sense of smell
The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to Lisa Stowers, associate professor at The Scripps Research, to support research using 1,000 odor molecules.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt
Scripps Research Institute

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Researchers to develop breathalyzer-type low blood sugar warning device for diabetes
A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has been awarded a $738,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop a breathalyzer-type device to detect the onset of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar episodes, in people with diabetes.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Rich Schneider
Indiana University

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Lab on a Chip
A fast cell sorter shrinks to cell phone size
Commercially available cell sorters can rapidly and accurately aid medical diagnosis and biological research, but they are large and expensive, present a biohazard and may damage cells. Now a team of researchers has developed a cell sorter based on acoustic waves that can compete with existing fluorescence-activated cell sorters and is an inexpensive lab on a chip.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Penn State

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Research uncovers microsopic key to reducing ocean dead zones
Microbiologists at BYU, with financial backing from the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture, are addressing the global environmental issue of ocean dead zones. Their research, the most recent of which publishes this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is discovering the potential of naturally occurring bacteria called rhizobia to stem the tide of oversaturation with nitrogen-based fertilizers.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Agrictulture

Contact: Todd Hollingshead
Brigham Young University

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
WSU researcher receives grant to build family audio database
Computer, speech and cognitive sciences will benefit from audio recordings of children's communications that will be compiled into a database with funding from a National Science Foundation grant.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Mark VanDam, WSU Speech and Hearing Sciences
Washington State University

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Hybrid walking exoskeleton research at Pitt receives NSF funding
Outside of sci-fi, the idea of donning a bionic suit, rocketing into the sky, and saving the world hasn't quite gotten off the ground; however, two new grants totaling $500,209 from the National Science Foundation will help researchers at the University of Pittsburgh make great strides in helping paraplegics walk while wearing a mechanical exoskeleton.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Paul Kovach
University of Pittsburgh

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica
New hadrosaur species discovered on Alaska's North Slope
Museum researchers have described a new species of dinosaur based on fossils excavated from Alaska's North Slope. The world's northernmost dinosaurs lived in darkness for months at a time and probably experienced snow. The three known species documented from the North Slope so far are distinct, evidence that the dinosaurs living in polar latitudes in what is now Alaska were not the same species found from the same time periods in lower latitudes.
National Science Foundation, Bureau of Land Management

Contact: Theresa Bakker
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Researcher finds novel way to monitor serious blood disorder using a smart phone
A researcher from Florida Atlantic University will develop a portable smart sensor and a phone application for patients with sickle cell disease to analyze and store the results of their blood tests on a smart phone. There are currently no such field sensors available for patients with sickle cell disease.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Gisele Galoustian
Florida Atlantic University

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Nature Communications
First circularly polarized light detector on a silicon chip
Invention of the first integrated circularly polarized light detector on a silicon chip opens the door for development of small, portable sensors could expand the use of polarized light for drug screening, surveillance, etc.
National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, US Army Research Office, Volkswagen Foundation

Contact: David F. Salisbury
Vanderbilt University

Public Release: 22-Sep-2015
Science Bulletin
Chinese continental shelf of exotic origin collided with continental China 100 million years ago
Continental shelf is known as the offshore extension of the continent. However, scientists have discovered that the Chinese continental shelf is different. It was an exotic terrain that collided with continental China 100 million years ago. This new understanding helps solve a chain of puzzles on the geological evolution of the western Pacific and eastern Asia since the Mesozoic, including the widespread within-plate magmatism in eastern China as a special consequence of plate tectonics.
Durham University, Chinese National Science Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese National Oceanography Laboratory, and others

Contact: Yaoling Niu
Science China Press

Public Release: 21-Sep-2015
Atomic fractals in metallic glasses
The atoms that make up metallic glasses lack the orderly lattice structure present in most other crystalline solids. Researchers have now shown that within randomly packed clusters of atoms, a fractal pattern emerges at the scale of two atomic diameters.
US Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences, NASA, National Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Contact: Deborah Williams-Hedges
California Institute of Technology

Public Release: 21-Sep-2015
Nature Plants
Secret unlocked to rice seed survival when underwater
A team of scientists from the University of California, Riverside and the International Rice Research Institute, the Philippines, have done a study unlocking the secret to just how rice seeds might be able to survive when grown under water. The study identified a gene -- the AG1 gene -- that controls the availability of sugar to a growing seed shoot -- especially when under flooded conditions.
National Science Foundation, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Rice Research Partnership

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

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