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08/22/2017 12:00 AM
An AADR perspective on the 'Advancing dental education: Gies in the 21st century' project
(International & American Associations for Dental Research) In 1926, William Gies published the seminal report 'Dental Education in the United States and Canada,' however dental education is now challenged by a new set of issues. A national project was created to address these complex modern issues and develop a broad strategic plan for the future of dental education. This project is divided into three phases. AADR's response to the completion of Phase One is published in the September issue of the Journal of Dental Research.

08/22/2017 12:00 AM
Princeton professor calls for federal guarantee of quality education for kids
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) American children, no matter where they live or what school they attend, deserve to be guaranteed a quality education, much as we guarantee a safety net for seniors, argued Professor Marta Tienda of Princeton University.

08/22/2017 12:00 AM
Schools need to encourage broader participation in science learning outside of the classroom
(Taylor & Francis Group) Schools are failing to offer sufficient opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to engage in science-based learning outside of the classroom, and should be doing more to open up participation, according to new research.

08/22/2017 12:00 AM
Close friendships in high school predict improvements in mental health in young adulthood
(Society for Research in Child Development) A new longitudinal study suggests that the types of peer relationships youth make in high school matter for mental health through young adulthood.

08/21/2017 12:00 AM
$5 million from state will transform K-12 history education
(University of California - Davis) The University of California, Davis, will receive more than $1 million from the California Historical Society as part of the society's $5 million, state-funded contract to establish online teaching and learning resources for K-12 history-social science curriculum slated to be available in 2019.

08/21/2017 12:00 AM
Nanotechnology moves from the clean room to the classroom
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) The US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and United Scientific Supplies Inc. are introducing high school students to nanoscience with a new hands-on product.

08/21/2017 12:00 AM
NNI and NTU to develop new technologies to diagnose and treat neurological diseases
(Nanyang Technological University) Singapore's National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) are collaborating to develop innovative technologies to better diagnose and treat patients with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and brain injuries.

08/21/2017 12:00 AM
Polarization for controversial scientific issues increases with more education
(Carnegie Mellon University) A commonly proposed solution to help diffuse the political and religious polarization surrounding controversial scientific issues like evolution or climate change is education.However, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that the opposite is true: people's beliefs about scientific topics that are associated with their political or religious identities actually become increasingly polarized with education, as measured by years in school, science classes, and science literacy.

08/20/2017 12:00 AM
Talented 12: Chemical & Engineering News announces its 2017 rising stars in chemistry
(American Chemical Society) Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) magazine is revealing its annual 'Talented 12' list. The young, rising stars in chemistry are trying to solve some of the most difficult problems facing the world. From alternative energy to cancer treatment and combating the opioid epidemic, these young scientists have accepted the challenge. At an event today at ACS' 254th National Meeting & Exposition their identities will be revealed and featured in an upcoming issue of C&EN.

08/17/2017 12:00 AM
RIT astrophysics Ph.D. student wins competitive NASA fellowship
(Rochester Institute of Technology) Rochester Institute of Technology graduate student Chi Nguyen was selected for a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in Astrophysics Research. She is one of eight fellowship recipients selected from 141 applicants to the Astrophysics Science Research Program, a division of the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program.

08/17/2017 12:00 AM
Scientist emphasizes importance of multi-level thinking
(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) An unusual paper by Prof. Michael E. McIntyre from University of Cambridge touches on a range of deep questions, including insights into the nature of science itself, and of scientific understanding -- what it means to understand a scientific problem in depth -- and into the communication skills necessary to convey that understanding and to mediate collaboration across specialist disciplines.

08/17/2017 12:00 AM
Federal snack program does not yield expected impacts, Virginia Tech researchers find
(Virginia Tech) The research team examined the US Department of Agriculture's Smart Snacks in School regulation. The federal mandate was intended to replace unhealthy school snacks and beverages with more wholesome options, including fruits, vegetables, and packaged treats low in fat, sugar, and sodium.

08/17/2017 12:00 AM
Gender norms are still important for women's choice of college major
(Springer) Traditional cultural norms about gendered roles and femininity still matter for women's choice of college major, says Ann Beutel of the University of Oklahoma in the US. Beutel and her colleagues published a study in Springer's journal Gender Issues showing how long-held cultural norms about femininity may contribute to ongoing gender segregation in academia, and to the college majors that women decide to pursue in particular.

08/17/2017 12:00 AM
Kids learn moral lessons more effectively from stories with humans than human-like animals
(University of Toronto) A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto found that four to 6-year-olds shared more after listening to books with human characters than books with anthropomorphic (human-like) animals.

08/17/2017 12:00 AM
Researchers make surprising discovery about how neurons talk to each other
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) New findings challenge existing dogma that neurons release fixed amounts of chemical signal at any one time and could have implications for brain disorders including Parkinson's and schizhophrenia.

08/16/2017 12:00 AM
RIT named a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research
(Rochester Institute of Technology) Rochester Institute of Technology has been nationally recognized for its significant contributions in defending America's cyberspace through computing security research. RIT has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) through the year 2022.

08/15/2017 12:00 AM
Chapman University publishes research on substance use among transgender students in California
(Chapman University) Chapman University has published research on substance abuse among transgender students in California. The research looked at students in middle and high schools in nearly every school district in California. Results showed transgender adolescents were more than two times more likely to engage in substance use in their lifetimes. The paper appears in the Journal of School Health.

08/15/2017 12:00 AM
Why durian is the smelly 'king of fruits' (video)
(American Chemical Society) Durian, known as the king of fruits, is eaten all over southeast Asia. But it's also banned from many public spaces due to its powerful odor. Both your genetics and your experience might influence how you react to this thorny delicacy. In this week's Reactions video, the chemistry behind the smell of durian is explained, and features fellow YouTubers from PBS Digital Studios on camera reacting to its unique stink: https://youtu.be/a0v0n6tKPLc.

08/15/2017 12:00 AM
Child's home learning environment predicts 5th grade academic skills
(New York University) Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success, finds a new study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

08/15/2017 12:00 AM
ChemRxiv™ Beta open for submissions and powered by Figshare
(American Chemical Society) ChemRxiv, a new chemistry preprint server, is now available in a fully functioning Beta version for use. The Beta launch has been undertaken with initial strategic input from not-for profit organizations, as well as scientific publishers and preprint services. The free-of-charge service is managed on behalf of the chemical science community by ACS and is powered by Figshare. Harnessing Figshare's new preprint capabilities, ChemRxiv will facilitate the rapid and open dissemination of important scientific findings.

08/15/2017 12:00 AM
ACS Publications announces free training resource for peer reviewers
(American Chemical Society) Reinforcing its commitment to publishing the best peer-reviewed scientific research, the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced the debut of ACS Reviewer Lab, an online course created to help educate researchers on the fundamentals of scholarly peer review. A collaborative effort by ACS Editors, leading chemistry researchers and ACS Publications staff, the course offers scientists practical instruction and challenging exercises designed to hone their peer-reviewing skills.

08/14/2017 12:00 AM
Lower-income children raised in counties with high upward mobility display fewer behavioral issues
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) Children who grow up in urban counties with high upward mobility exhibit fewer behavioral problems and perform better on cognitive tests, according to a study led by Princeton University.

08/14/2017 12:00 AM
USGS awards $4.9 Million to advance the Shakealert earthquake early warning system
(US Geological Survey) The US Geological Survey awarded approximately $4.9 million this week to six universities and a university-governed non-profit, to support transitioning the west coast 'ShakeAlert' earthquake early warning system into a production system.

08/14/2017 12:00 AM
$3.7 million grant to fund research on novel drug targeting heart diseases
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) The Exscien Corporation of Louisville, Ky., in conjunction with LSU Health New Orleans Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, has been awarded an SBIR Fast-Track grant in the amount of $3.7 million over three years by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The funding will be used to study the company's first in a new class of drugs that repairs DNA damage to reduce cardiac tissue injury and improve outcomes in cardiovascular diseases.

08/14/2017 12:00 AM
How did the Franklin expedition crew die? U-M professor analyzes sailors' mouths for clues
(University of Michigan) A University of Michigan dentistry professor drew upon his expertise in oral health in developing a new theory to help explain the deaths of the famed Franklin naval expedition crew, a mystery that has captivated historians for more than 150 years.

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