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Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Molecular 'kiss of death' flags pathogens
Disease-causing microorganisms hide in protective bubbles on the cell surface called vacuoles, making it difficult for the immune system to recognize and destroy them without causing harm to the rest of the cell. A Duke team has found that the body marks pathogen-containing vacuoles for destruction with a molecule called ubiquitin, commonly known as the 'kiss of death.' The finding could lead to new therapeutics that boost the immune system's response to pathogens.
American Heart Association Predoctoral Award, National Science Foundation Predoctoral award, Medical Research Council Studentship, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Development Award, Medical Research Council Grant

Contact: Karl Bates
karl.bates@duke.edu
919-681-8054
Duke University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
UMD, partners receive $4.5 million to study cosmic flashes
A Caltech-led project that includes UMD astronomers has been selected to receive $4.5 million over five years by the National Science Foundation. The project aims to improve our understanding of cosmic transients by formally establishing a network of telescopes at longitudes throughout North America, Asia and Europe to extend the hours of nighttime observing. At UMD, undergraduates in two new courses will analyze data collected by the telescopes to obtain scientifically useful results.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Abby Robinson
abbyr@umd.edu
301-405-5845
University of Maryland

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Ecology Letters
Study shows insect diversity decreases in gardens with non-native plants
Research shows that non-native plants reduce the diversity of insect populations in gardens, even where the non-native plants are closely related to the native plants.
National Science Foundation, National Research Initiative

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

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Language
How sign language users learn intonation
A spoken language is more than just words and sounds. Speakers use changes in pitch and rhythm, known as prosody, to provide emphasis, show emotion, and otherwise add meaning to what they say. In a study appearing today in the September 2015 issue of Language, three linguists look at intonation (a key part of prosody) in ASL and find that native ASL signers learn intonation in much the same way that users of spoken languages do.
National Science Foundation, University of Chicago Center for Gesture, Sign, and Language

Contact: Brice Russ
bruss@lsadc.org
202-835-1714
Linguistic Society of America

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Annals of Biomedical Engineering
New tech automatically 'tunes' powered prosthetics while walking
When amputees receive powered prosthetic legs, the power of the prosthetic limbs needs to be tuned by a prosthetics expert so that a patient can move normally -- but the prosthetic often needs repeated re-tuning. Biomedical engineering researchers have developed software that allows powered prosthetics to tune themselves automatically, making the devices more functionally useful and lowering the costs associated with powered prosthetic use.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Animal Biotelemetry
Novel tag developed for squid, jellyfish
Invertebrates, such as squid and jellyfish, play a crucial role in the marine food web and are also vital commercial fisheries. Despite their importance, little is known about their natural behaviors or how their environment influences those behaviors or physiology.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Life Institute and the Innovative Technology Program, Hopkins Marine Station/Marine Life Observatory, NSF/Ocean Acidification Program

Contact: WHOI Media Relations Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
NYC risks future flooding during hurricanes
Whether or not a coastal city floods during a hurricane depends on the storm, tide and sea level, and now a team of climate scientists show that the risk of New York City flooding has increased dramatically during the industrial era as a result of human-caused climate change.
National Science Foundation, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

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

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Flood risk on rise for New York City and New Jersey coast, study finds
For the first time, climate researchers compared both sea-level rise rates and storm surge heights in prehistoric and modern eras and found that the combined increases of each have raised the likelihood of a devastating 500-year flood occurring as often as every 25 years.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation

Contact: Ken Branson
kbranson@ucm.rutgers.edu
848-932-0580
Rutgers University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
ASU study finds weather extremes harmful to grasslands
Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways -- creating 'winners and losers' among plant species that humans depend upon for food.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sandra Leander
sandra.leander@asu.edu
480-965-9865
Arizona State University

Public Release: 28-Sep-2015
Nature Geoscience
Ocean circulation rethink solves climate conundrum
Researchers from the University of Exeter believe they have solved one of the biggest puzzles in climate science. The new study, published in Nature Geoscience, explains the synchrony observed during glacial periods when low temperatures in the Southern Ocean correspond with low levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Royal Society Wolfson Foundation, National Science Foundation, and others

Contact: Jo Bowler
pressoffice@exeter.ac.uk
44-139-272-2062
University of Exeter

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
How do highly social wildlife species survive disease?
Researchers will determine how sociality and infectious disease interact and influence group and population level survival in social wildlife species.
NSF Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Program

Contact: Lynn Davis
davisl@vt.edu
540-231-6157
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Doctoral math students' career options multiply with training program
Beginning this fall, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas is offering new opportunities for doctoral students in mathematics and statistics to prepare them for a wide range of career paths. The project, Team Training Mathematical Scientists through Industrial Collaborations, is funded by a three-year, nearly $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Amanda Siegfried
amanda.siegfried@utdallas.edu
972-883-4335
University of Texas at Dallas

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Scientists to explore whether the loss of CO2 caused Earth to cool 3 million years ago
Scientists at the University of Rochester expect to learn more about the role of CO2 in climate change through a study of reverse global warming -- by researching the first ice sheets formed in the Northern Hemisphere.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Iglinski
peter.iglinski@rochester.edu
585-273-4726
University of Rochester

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Scientific Reports
Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus
A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where rapid, accurate detection of Ebola infections is needed to control outbreaks.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Stephens
stephens@ucsc.edu
831-459-4352
University of California - Santa Cruz

Public Release: 25-Sep-2015
Science Advances
Extreme Pacific sea level events to double in future
Many tropical Pacific island nations are struggling to adapt to gradual sea level rise stemming from warming oceans and melting ice caps. Now they may also see much more frequent extreme sea level swings. The culprit is a projected behavioral change of the El Niņo phenomenon and its characteristic Pacific wind response, according to recent computer modeling experiments and tide-gauge analysis by scientists at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and CSIRO in Australia.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
mworkman@hawaii.edu
808-956-3151
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Scientists win $6.4 million to probe smell navigation
A team of scientists, including a UC Berkeley pioneer in odor mapping, has received a $6.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to dig deeper into how humans and animals navigate by using their sense of smell and converting odors into spatial information.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Yasmin Anwar
yanwar@berkeley.edu
510-643-7944
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 24-Sep-2015
Science
Bumblebees' adaptation to climate change could lead to rise in declining bee population
Rising temperatures in alpine habitats worldwide have resulted in declines in flowering among indigenous plants and contributed to dramatic declines in populations of several bumblebee species prevalent in those regions. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri in a study published in Science, have found that two bumblebee species have responded to this decline in flowering due to warming temperatures by evolving shorter tongues. Results suggest that some bumblebee species may be able to adapt to environmental challenges.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Sossamon
sossamonj@missouri.edu
573-882-3346
University of Missouri-Columbia

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
kkemp@duke.edu
919-613-7394
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
lof214@lehigh.edu
610-758-3224
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
ahfell@ucdavis.edu
530-752-4533
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
jurton@uw.edu
206-543-2580
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
eahlberg@illinois.edu
217-244-1073
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
tmvasich@uci.edu
949-824-6455
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
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
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
fellman@northwestern.edu
847-491-3115
Northwestern University

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