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Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
Robert Prud'homme to receive new Princeton University award to honor faculty innovators
Princeton Professor Robert Prud'homme will receive Princeton's new distinction for innovative faculty, the Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation. The award recognizes an innovation led by a Princeton professor whose scholarly activity and creative thinking has led to solutions for an issue of importance to society.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health

Contact: Catherine Zandonella
Princeton University

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
Coronavirus mutation may have made it more contagious
A study involving more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients in Houston finds that the virus that causes the disease is accumulating genetic mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious. This mirrors a study published in July that found that around the world, viral strains with the same genetic mutation quickly outcompeted other strains.
Fondren Foundation, Houston Methodist Hospital and Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Welch Foundation, National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research

Contact: Marc Airhart
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
A new spin on atoms gives scientists a closer look at quantum weirdness
A team of researchers has developed a new way to control and measure atoms that are so close together no optical lens can distinguish them.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Contact: Steven Schultz
Princeton University, Engineering School

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
Phillips studying role-based norm violation response in human-robot teams
Elizabeth Phillips, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Human Factors/Applied Cognition, is conducting a study to examine two aspects of norm violation response in human-robot teams.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Elizabeth Grisham
George Mason University

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
Researchers creating causal model for continuous software traceability
Kevin Moran, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, received $269,807 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project in which he and Denys Poshyvanyk, Professor of Computer Science at The College of William & Mary, are developing a holistic causal model for continuous software traceability.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Elizabeth Grisham
George Mason University

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
Moran conducting collaborative research on computer bug-reporting management
Kevin Moran, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, received $124,445 from the National Science Foundation for a project in which he and five collaborators are studying computer bug-reporting management. The researchers are examining issues ranging from automated bug report quality to the design of a bug-reporting chatbot. Funding for this project began in October 2020 and will end in September 2024.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Elizabeth Grisham
George Mason University

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology
Researchers devise new method to get the lead out
Researchers in the lab of Daniel Giammar, in McKelvey School of Engineering have devised a simple, quick and inexpensive way to quantify how much lead is trapped by a water filter.
U.S. National Science Foundation

Contact: Brandie Jefferson
Washington University in St. Louis

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
The Astrophysical Journal
Most isolated massive stars are kicked out of their clusters
A pair of University of Michigan studies reveals how some massive stars -- stars eight or more times the mass of our sun--become isolated in the universe: most often, their star clusters kick them out.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Morgan Sherburne
University of Michigan

Public Release: 30-Oct-2020
MyH.E.A.L.T.H. app -- once only available to military -- hits civilian app stores in 2021
U.S. soldiers, family members and veterans have had exclusive access to a smartphone app they used to improve eating, sleeping, exercising and stress, until now. The same scientists who created the one-of-a-kind military app for the U.S. Department of Defense were given the go-ahead to complete a new consumer version for 2021 release.
Louisiana State University Leverage Innovation for Technology Transfer, LIFT2 grant

Contact: Ted Griggs
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Researcher making drones smarter, situationally aware and team-oriented
Abolfazl Razi, an assistant professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, is working to make drones smarter and more autonomous. The director of NAU's Wireless Networking and Smart Health (WiNeSH) Lab, Razi has received a $480,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled, "Proactive Inverse Learning of Network Topology for Predictive Communication among Unmanned Vehicles."
National Science Foundation

Contact: Abolfazl Razi
Northern Arizona University

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Cornell synchrotron receives $32.6M from NSF for new X-ray beamline
The National Science Foundation has awarded the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) $32.6 million to build a High Magnetic Field (HMF) beamline, which will allow researchers to conduct precision X-ray studies of materials in persistent magnetic fields that exceed those available at any other synchrotron.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jeff Tyson
Cornell University

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Landscape to atomic scales: Researchers apply new approach to pyrite oxidation
Pyrite, or fool's gold, is a common mineral that reacts quickly with oxygen when exposed to water or air, such as during mining operations, and can lead to acid mine drainage. Little is known, however, about the oxidation of pyrite in unmined rock deep underground.
US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation

Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Penn State

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Models show how COVID-19 cuts a neighborhood path
A research team led by UC Irvine and the University of Washington has created a new model of how the coronavirus can spread through a community. The model factors in network exposure -- whom one interacts with -- and demographics to simulate at a more detailed level both where and how quickly the coronavirus could spread through Seattle and 18 other major cities.
National Science Foundation, UC Irvine

Contact: Kim Eckart
University of Washington

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
SIAM Review
Disease-transmission model forecasts election outcomes
To simulate how interactions between voters may play a role in the upcoming presidential, gubernatorial and senatorial elections, a Northwestern University research team is adapting a model that is commonly used to study infectious diseases.
National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation

Contact: Amanda Morris
Northwestern University

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
UCF project will study smart tech to improve risk communication in central Florida
University of Central Florida researchers are leading an interdisciplinary project to help communities in Central Florida use artificial intelligence and smart technologies to bounce back from disasters quickly. The project is funded by a recently announced $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Smart and Connected Communities program.
National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Communities

Contact: Robert H Wells
University of Central Florida

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Advanced Materials
Copolymer helps remove pervasive PFAS toxins from environment
Researchers have demonstrated that they can attract, capture and destroy PFAS - a group of federally regulated substances found in everything from nonstick coatings to shampoo and nicknamed "the forever chemicals" due to their persistence in the natural environment.
University of Illinois, National Science Foundation, Illinois Water Resources Center

Contact: Lois Yoksoulian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Mouse studies link some autism to brain cells that guide sociability and platonic love
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that new experiments with genetically engineered mice have found clear connections among a range of autism types and abnormalities in brain cells whose chemical output forges platonic (non-sexual) feelings of love and sociability.
National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Mental Health, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, National Science Foundation.

Contact: Vanessa Wasta
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
New $53 million grant to create world-wide fleet of robotic floats to monitor ocean health
On October 29, 2020 the National Science Foundation (NSF) approved a $53 million grant to a consortium of the country's top ocean-research institutions to build a global network of chemical and biological sensors that will monitor ocean health.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Face mask aims to deactivate virus to protect others
Researchers have developed a face mask with an embedded antiviral layer that sanitizes the wearer's respiratory droplets to make them less infectious to others.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Amanda Morris
Northwestern University

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Touch and taste? It's all in the tentacles
Scientists identified a novel family of sensors in the first layer of cells inside the suction cups that have adapted to react and detect molecules that don't dissolve well in water. The research suggests these sensors, called chemotactile receptors, use these molecules to help the animal figure out what it's touching and whether that object is prey.
New York Stem Cell Foundation, Searle Scholars Program, Sloan Foundation, Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Swiss National Science Foundation

Contact: Juan Siliezar
Harvard University

Public Release: 29-Oct-2020
Current Biology
These spiders can hear
Ogre-faced spiders hide during the day and hunt by night, dangling from palm fronds and casting nets on insects. Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on October 29 have discovered that they can hear their predators and prey, using specialized receptors to pick up sounds from at least 2 meters away. The results suggest that spiders can hear low frequency sounds from insect prey as well as higher frequency sounds from bird predators.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Miles Martin
Cell Press

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Journal of Neuroscience
Motivation to seek cocaine is driven by elegant cellular communication
In response to cocaine, the connections between neurons, or brain cells, strengthen due to signaling that starts outside those cells, report researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina and the National Institutes of Health in the Journal of Neuroscience. The strengthening of neuronal connections makes it more difficult to stop seeking drugs. These results provide potentially targetable molecules for treatment of addiction to prevent relapse.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Intramural Research Programs at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Mental Health

Contact: Heather Woolwine
Medical University of South Carolina

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
Science Advances
Study finds seabird ecosystem shift in Falkland islands
The 14,000-year-old record raises a very troubling question about where seabirds in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean will go as the climate continues to warm.
National Science Foundation Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change IGERT program, a Geologic Society of America, Dan and Betty Churchill Fund, LacCore Visiting Student Research Grant

Contact: Dulcinea Groff
University of Wyoming

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
SoundWatch: New smartwatch app alerts d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing users to birdsong, sirens and other desired sounds
University of Washington researchers have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app for deaf, Deaf and hard-of-hearing people who want to be aware of nearby sounds.
National Science Foundation, Google Faculty Research Award

Contact: Sarah McQuate
University of Washington

Public Release: 28-Oct-2020
SIAM Review
Forecasting elections with a model of infectious diseases
Election forecasting is an innately challenging endeavor, with results that can be difficult to interpret and may leave many questions unanswered after close races unfold. In a paper publishing in SIAM Review, researchers borrowed ideas from epidemiology to develop a new method for forecasting elections. The team hoped the multidisciplinary nature of their infectious disease model could expand the community that engages with polling data and raise research questions from a new perspective.
Mathematical Biosciences Institute, National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation/SFARI

Contact: Jillian Kunze
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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