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04/03/2020 12:00 AM
New UTA study finds people tune out facts and trust their guts in medical emergencies
(University of Texas at Arlington) A study conducted by two associate professors of marketing at The University of Texas at Arlington shows that people are more likely to base decisions on anecdotal information instead of facts when they feel anxious and vulnerable.Traci Freling and Ritesh Saini, both in the College of Business, published 'When poignant stories outweigh cold hard facts: A meta-analysis of the anecdotal bias' in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

04/03/2020 12:00 AM
Passport to improved health for military veterans
(Anglia Ruskin University) A healthcare 'passport' to access NHS and other well-being services has been beneficial for the mental health of veterans and provides them with a sense of identity, according to research published in the BMJ Military Health.

04/03/2020 12:00 AM
COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate childhood obesity
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out?of?school time this year for many children in the US and will exacerbate risk factors for weight gain associated with summer recess.

04/03/2020 12:00 AM
The Lancet Public Health: US modelling study estimates impact of school closures for COVID-19 on US health-care workforce and associated mortality
(The Lancet) US policymakers considering physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 face a difficult trade-off between closing schools to reduce transmission and new cases, and potential health-care worker absenteeism due to additional childcare needs that could ultimately increase mortality from COVID-19, according to new modelling research published in The Lancet Public Health journal.

04/03/2020 12:00 AM
Coronavirus Vaccine: Where are we and what's next? (video)
(American Chemical Society) You might have heard that COVID-19 vaccine trials are underway in Seattle. What exactly is being tested? How much longer will these tests take? And when can we expect a vaccine against the novel coronavirus? We chat with Benjamin Neuman, Ph.D., one of the world's experts on coronavirus, and Daniel Wrapp, one of the scientists who mapped the structure of the protein that the coronavirus uses to infect your cells, to help us answer these questions: https://youtu.be/gDY8pH6OWBc.

04/03/2020 12:00 AM
OU researchers study the impact of false information on the public's response to COVID-19
(University of Oklahoma) A team of researchers at the University of Oklahoma received a $200,000 National Science Foundation award to study in real-time how Americans perceive COVID-19 and how false information shared through social media influences their behavior. Ultimately, the researchers will use their findings to understand how misinformation spreads in a crisis, and to evaluate the effectiveness of efforts to combat misinformation about the virus.

04/03/2020 12:00 AM
Peking University Professor Zhang Pingwen honored as SIAM Fellow
(Peking University) Professor Zhang Pingwen from the School of Mathematical Sciences, Peking University is elected as SIAM Fellow.

04/03/2020 12:00 AM
MIT Press's new business book: Leading in the Digital World
(The MIT Press) The definitive book on leadership in the digital era: why digital technologies call for leadership that emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and inclusivity.

04/02/2020 12:00 AM
Checklist for emergency department team's COVID-19 surge
(Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Inc.) After reviewing the literature on COVID-19 scientific publications the authors developed a checklist to guide emergency departments.

04/02/2020 12:00 AM
Gender bias in commenting poses barriers to women scholars: York University sociologist
(York University) Women academics are less likely than men to comment on published research, limiting scholarly debate, a new study co-authored by York University sociologist Professor Cary Wu, shows. According to the study, women are also relatively less likely to comment on their male counterparts, published research. Wu and his co-authors reviewed comments in two major scientific journals for this study.

04/02/2020 12:00 AM
Springer Nature makes key textbooks freely accessible for educators, students & academics
(Springer) With the Coronavirus outbreak having an unprecedented impact on education, Springer Nature is launching a global program to support learning and teaching at higher education institutions worldwide. This will see institutions able to access for free more than 500 key textbooks across Springer Nature's eBook subject collections. These books will be available via SpringerLink until at least the end of July.

04/02/2020 12:00 AM
Visualization tool for illustration of critical care bed capacities
(University of Konstanz) A team of computer scientists from the University of Konstanz develops online platform for the registration and enquiry of free critical care beds all over germany

04/02/2020 12:00 AM
New treatment for childhood anxiety works by changing parent behavior
(Elsevier) A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, , reports that an entirely parent-based treatment, SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions), is as efficacious as individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders.

04/01/2020 12:00 AM
Discovery by UMass Lowell-led team challenges nuclear theory
(University of Massachusetts Lowell) A discovery by a team of researchers led by UMass Lowell nuclear physicists could change how atoms are understood by scientists and help explain extreme phenomena in outer space.

04/01/2020 12:00 AM
Chemistry education goes online
(American Chemical Society) With colleges and universities around the world shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, chemistry teachers are navigating the shift to online learning. There are several factors to consider in this effort, from technology to accessibility. Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, asked chemistry teachers with online learning experience to provide best practices for educators in this new, virtual territory. 

04/01/2020 12:00 AM
JONED, a new online free-access journal open in the field of neuroeducation
(University of Barcelona) Building bridges between the science and education communities to contribute and improve the current didactic experiences is the goal of the Journal of Neuroeducation (JONED), a new online free-access journal open to the scientific community at a national and international level promoted by the Chair of Neuroeducation of the University of Barcelona ( Edu1st), a pioneer initiative in Spain led by the lecturers David Bueno and Anna Forés (UB).

04/01/2020 12:00 AM
The candy-cola soda geyser experiment, at different altitudes
(American Chemical Society) Dropping Mentos® candies into a bottle of soda causes a foamy jet to erupt. Although science fair exhibitors can tell you that this geyser results from rapid degassing of the beverage induced by the candies, the precise means by which bubbles form hasn't been well characterized. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Chemical Education used experiments in the lab and at various altitudes to probe the mechanism of bubble nucleation.

04/01/2020 12:00 AM
Overcoming carbon loss from farming in peatlands
(American Society of Agronomy) Miscanthus, willow found as good biomass crops to add carbon to vulnerable soils.

03/31/2020 12:00 AM
Children's book 'Battle Robots of the Blood' launches
(Babraham Institute) A new children's book 'Battle Robots of the Blood', authored by Babraham Institute researcher Prof. Adrian Liston, has launched on Amazon. The book combined expert immunology knowledge and beautiful illustrations to create an engaging story about our immune system. The book tells the story of Tim, a seven year old boy with a faulty immune system, and the dangers of the world around him, including his best, but unvaccinated, friend Janie.

03/31/2020 12:00 AM
DEIM 2020 Academic Conference held online to prevent further spread of COVID-19
(Research Organization of Information and Systems) As of COVID-19, conferences are being cancelled or postponed in Japan. IEICE Data Engineering Technical Group, Database Society of Japan (DBSJ), and Information Processing Society of Japan Special Interest Group on Database Systems (IPSJ DBS) held 12th Forum on Data Engineering and Information Management and 18th Annual Meeting of DBSJ (DEIM 2020) online from March 2 to 4, 2020. National Institute of Informatics (NII) cooperated with the development of an online conference environment.

03/31/2020 12:00 AM
New study explores fiscal issues related to NYC teachers retirement system
(New York University) With city contributions totaling $37 billion in 2018, or 6 percent of tax revenue, TRS has two important characteristics that distinguish it from most other public pension plans in the nation.

03/30/2020 12:00 AM
SCTR Institute awarded $24 million to advance translational research in South Carolina
(Medical University of South Carolina) The South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research (SCTR) Institute, one of about 60 Clinical and Translational Award (CTSA) hubs nationwide, has been awarded a five-year renewal of more than $24 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

03/30/2020 12:00 AM
Research looks at the effects of the 'based on true events' formula
(Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) The formula 'based on true events' and similar ones are used in audiovisual fiction, among other things, to short-circuit the critical and interpretative distance with the story being told, to generate a false sense of discursive transparency and to create simulations of factuality in the rhetorical and stereotyped space of an audiovisual discourse that hides its political dimension by appealing to 'facts'.

03/30/2020 12:00 AM
New world's best practice for COVID 19 prevention and control
(University of Adelaide) New recommendations for best practice for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings, to help stop the spread of COVID-19, have been developed by the University of Adelaide's JBI, an international research organisation in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

03/30/2020 12:00 AM
Open Access multidisciplinary journal, All Life, launches
(Taylor & Francis Group) Launching today, a new multidisciplinary Open Access journal is set to revolutionise how authors -- looking to tackle some of the biggest issues facing the world -- can publish their research with Taylor & Francis.

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