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Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Rice, Penn State open center for 2-D coatings
The National Science Foundation has funded a new center at Rice University and Pennsylvania State University to collaborate with industry on the development of novel, multifunctional two-dimensional coatings.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Rice, UTHealth win $1.02M grant from NSF to study how brain processes language
The National Science Foundation has funded a Rice University and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School effort to understand how the brain processes language and help people who lose the ability to communicate.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Science
Astronomers discover 'young Jupiter' exoplanet
An international team of scientists that includes Travis Barman and Katie Morzinski from the University of Arizona has discovered a new exoplanet using the latest planet-hunting tool, the Gemini Planet Imager. This new planet, a gas giant, has much in common with our familiar Jupiter but is billions of years younger, offering a rare glimpse at what giant planets look like just after they formed.
National Science Foundation, National Research Council, Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Australian Research Council, Ministério da Ciência Tecnologia e Inovação, Ministeri

Contact: Bjorn Carey
bccarey@stanford.edu
650-725-1944
University of Arizona

Public Release: 13-Aug-2015
Cell Reports
Corrected protein structure reveals drug targets for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases
Protein Kinase C is a family of enzymes that controls the activity of other proteins in a cell by attaching chemical tags. That simple act helps determine cell survival or death. When it goes awry, a number of diseases may result. In a study, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reveal a more accurate structure of PKC, providing new targets for fine-tuning the enzyme's activity as needed to improve human health.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Heather Buschman
hbuschman@ucsd.edu
619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Current Environmental Health Reports
Toxic blue-green algae pose increasing threat to nation's drinking, recreational water
Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are a poorly monitored and underappreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States, and may increasingly pose a global health threat.
US Geological Survey, National Science Foundation

Contact: Tim Otten
ottent@onid.orst.edu
541-737-1796
Oregon State University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Newly discovered brain network recognizes what's new, what's familiar
New research from Washington University in St. Louis has identified a novel learning and memory brain network that processes incoming information based on whether it's something we've experienced previously or is deemed to be altogether new and unknown, helping us recognize, for instance, whether the face before us is that of a familiar friend or a complete stranger.
NSF/Graduate Research Fellowship, Dart NeuroScience LLC, and Washington University in St Louis/McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience

Contact: Gerry Everding
gerry_everding@wustl.edu
314-935-6375
Washington University in St. Louis

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
GSA pleased to be a founding member of Plant Science Research Network
The Genetics Society of America is pleased to be a founding member of the Plant Science Research Network, which was launched this week. This effort, supported by a Research Coordination Network award from the National Science Foundation, will seek to unite the plant science community and to harness its collective vision and broad expertise to support agricultural sustainability and the growth of the bioeconomy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Adam Fagen
press@genetics-gsa.org
301-634-7300
Genetics Society of America

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Greenland ice sheet's winds driving tundra soil erosion, Dartmouth study finds
Strong winds blowing off the Greenland Ice Sheet are eroding soil and vegetation in the surrounding tundra, making it less productive for caribou and other grazing animals, carbon storage and nutrient cycling, a Dartmouth College study finds.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Scientific Reports
Rice University bioengineers advance computing technique for health care and more
Rice University scientists have developed a big data technique that could have an impact on health care and more.
National Science Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Into-Grad Fellowship

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

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
CMU BrainHub engineers receive NSF grant to study neuron variability and motor learning
When we move, we rarely move in the exact same way twice. The National Science Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon engineers Steven Chase and Byron Yu, and their long-time collaborator, University of Pittsburgh engineer Aaron Batista, an $869,000 grant to conduct basic research that will establish how variability in movement is encoded in the brain and how this variability contributes to learning and performance.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Nature
How lipids are flipped
A team of researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bern has succeeded in determining the structure of a lipid flippase at high resolution, which has provided insight into how this membrane protein transports lipids by flipping.
Sinergia Project Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Kaspar Locher
locher@mol.biol.ethz.ch
41-446-333-991
ETH Zurich

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Better estimates of worldwide mercury pollution
An international team led by MIT researchers has conducted a new analysis that provides more accurate estimates of sources of mercury emissions around the world.
National Science Foundation

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

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Nature
Decoding the genome of an alien
OIST researchers and collaborators have sequenced and analyzed an octopus genome, making it the first cephalopod to be decoded.
Molecular Genetics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Kaoru Natori
kaoru.natori@oist.jp
81-989-662-389
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Nature
Octopus genome reveals cephalopod secrets
Researchers from UC Berkeley, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University and University of Chicago sequenced and annotated the first cephalopod genome, the California two-spot octopus. They found widespread rearrangements of genes and a dramatic expansion of a family of genes involved in neuronal development that was once thought to be unique to vertebrates. Study of this and other cephalopod genomes will help reveal the genetic basis for these creatures' unusual behavior and physiology.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Contact: Robert Sanders
rlsanders@berkeley.edu
510-643-6998
University of California - Berkeley

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
PLOS ONE
Computer scientists find mass extinctions can accelerate evolution
Computer scientists have found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Marc Airhart
mairhart@austin.utexas.edu
512-232-1066
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 12-Aug-2015
Nature
Octopus genome sequenced
The first whole genome analysis of an octopus reveals unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage. The findings are published in Nature on Aug. 12, 2015.
National Science Foundation, NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, the Molecular Genetics Unit of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Contact: Kevin Jiang
kevin.jiang@uchospitals.edu
773-795-5227
University of Chicago Medical Center

Public Release: 11-Aug-2015
Structure
Illinois researchers construct atomic model of an immature retrovirus
Researchers from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois have constructed an atomic model of the immature retrovirus RSV in order to understand and block the virus.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Maeve Reilly
mjreilly@illinois.edu
217-244-7316
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Public Release: 11-Aug-2015
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Using online health forums to serve underserved communities
University of California, Riverside researchers believe results from their recently published paper on how people use social media and online health forums can help reach underserved communities and prevent the spread of misinformation.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Sean Nealon
sean.nealon@ucr.edu
951-827-1287
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 11-Aug-2015
Research into mammal evolution focuses on pivotal Eocene interval in Turkey
With a five-year, $580,000 award from the NSF, scientists from the University of Kansas are departing this month to investigate how climate, plate tectonics and other factors influenced evolution by bringing species together in modern-day Turkey during the Eocene epoch.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Brendan M Lynch
brendan@ku.edu
785-864-8855
University of Kansas

Public Release: 11-Aug-2015
SMU chemist wins prestigious NSF Career Award
SMU chemist Nicolay Tsarevsky's research into new polymer-building processes is boosted by NSF CAREER Award expected to total $650,000.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kenny Ryan
khryan@smu.edu
214-768-7641
Southern Methodist University

Public Release: 11-Aug-2015
Association for Computing Machinery's SIGGRAPH 2015
UMass Amherst computer scientists introduce new graphics software
The new first-of-its-kind structure-transcending software can benefit several computer graphics applications, Kalogerakis says. 'We hope that future 3-D modeling software tools will incorporate our approach to help designers create aesthetically and stylistically plausible 3-D scenes, such as indoor environments. Our approach could also be used by 3-D search engines on the web to help users retrieve 3-D models according to style tags.'
National Science Foundation

Contact: Janet Lathrop
jlathrop@admin.umass.edu
413-545-0444
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Public Release: 11-Aug-2015
eLife
The brain is not as cramped as we thought
Using an innovative method, EPFL scientists show that the brain is not as compact as we have thought all along.
Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Nik Papageorgiou
n.papageorgiou@epfl.ch
41-216-932-105
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Scientific Reports
Non-native marine species' spread, impact explained by time since introduction
The time since the introduction of a non-native marine species best explains its global range, according to new research by an international team of scientists led by University of Georgia ecologist James E. Byers. The study, published in the open access journal Nature Scientific Reports, also contains a warning: The vast majority of marine invaders have not yet finished spreading.
Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, National Science Foundation, New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, National Sea Grant Program, Smithsonian Institution

Contact: James E. Byers
jebyers@uga.edu
706-583-0012
University of Georgia

Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Research shows catastrophic invertebrate extinction in Hawai'i and globally
A team of researchers recently published the first rigorous assessment of extinction of invertebrates in Hawai`i. In a companion study the team addressed invertebrate extinction globally. Based on their findings, the researchers show that the suspected biodiversity crisis is real and stressed the need to include assessments of invertebrates in order to obtain a more realistic picture of the current situation, known widely as the 'sixth mass extinction.'
The Ars Cuttoli Foundation, Museum national d'Histoire naturelle, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Oahu Army Natural Resources Program and French National Research Agency

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

Public Release: 10-Aug-2015
Geophysical Research Letters
Scientists pioneer method to track water flowing through glaciers
Researchers for the first time have used seismic sensors to track meltwater flowing through glaciers and into the ocean, a critical step to understanding glaciers as climate changes. Meltwater moving through a glacier can increase melting and destabilize the glacier. It can speed the glacier's flow downhill. It can move boulders and other sediments toward the terminus of the glacier. And it can churn warm ocean water and bring it in contact with the glacier.
National Science Foundation, University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, NASA, US Geological Survey, US Department of Interior

Contact: Anton Caputo
anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu
210-602-2085
University of Texas at Austin

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