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EurekAlert! - Education

02/20/2019 12:00 AM
$1.7 million contract to establish Binghamton Community Schools Technical Assistance Center
(Binghamton University) The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has selected Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS) to receive a five-year, $1.7 million contract to become one of three regional Technical Assistance Centers (TAC) for the development and sustainability of community schools throughout New York state.

02/20/2019 12:00 AM
Delhi's complicated air pollution problem
(American Chemical Society) According to the World Health Organization, Delhi is the world's most polluted large city. And it's only going to get worse if something isn't done about it, say some experts in an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

02/20/2019 12:00 AM
Join us on an adventure to Towabonga -- coral reef ecology for kids!
(SECORE international) The new educational kids comic by awarded illustrator Bernhard Speh and SECORE International is published! Coral Heroes takes its readers on a lovingly drawn journey to the reefs of Towabonga, where they meet the mightiest builders on Earth and get to know why corals need our help.

02/20/2019 12:00 AM
As genetic data expand, researchers urge caution in how predictors of education outcomes are used
(American Educational Research Association) In a review published online today in AERA Open, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, researchers from Stanford University and the University of Cambridge warn that -- as the predictive power of genes tied to learning and educational outcomes increases and access to genetic data expands -- researchers, educators, and policymakers must be cautious in how they use such data, interpret related findings, and, in the not-too-distant future, apply genetics-informed student interventions.

02/19/2019 12:00 AM
Young children may see nationality as biological, new study suggests
(New York University) Young children see national identity, in part, as biological in nature, a perception that diminishes as they get older. But despite changes in views of nationality as we age, the work suggests the intriguing possibility that the roots of nationalist sentiments are established early in life.

02/19/2019 12:00 AM
Researchers key to advance care planning with cancer clinical trial patients
(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Cancer clinical trials are an important option for patients with cancer. Yet, once a trial ends, patients still need care plans. Little is known at what point during clinical trial transitions to initiate advance planning discussions or how to educate research teams to communicate with and prepare patient-participants and their families for the next steps after they leave a cancer clinical trial.

02/19/2019 12:00 AM
Let's dance!
(University of the Arts Helsinki) Research shows that dance supports wellbeing, improves group spirit, and boosts learning. The Finnish research initiative ArtsEqual has released a recommendation stating that school children should have more opportunities to engage in dance and bodily expression as part of their school curriculum.

02/19/2019 12:00 AM
New study shows Transcendental Meditation reduces PTSD in South African college students
(Maharishi University of Management) A study published in Psychological Reports showed that after 3.5 months of practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM), most of the 34 tertiary-level students at Maharishi Institute (MI) -- all of whom were initially diagnosed with PTSD by mental health professionals -- went below clinical thresholds as measured by standard assessments. Students also experienced relief from depression. A comparison group from University of Johannesburg (UJ) with the same diagnosis received no treatment and showed no change in their symptoms.

02/18/2019 12:00 AM
Why North Carolinian boats are fishing off New Jersey's coast -- and how a CSF might help
(Princeton University) By studying the logbooks of fishing boats, Princeton postdoctoral research scholar Talia Young and colleagues found that some fishing boats travel more than 250 miles to catch the fish that used to be in local waters. In response, Young began investigating how local community supported fishery programs -- like farm shares for fish -- can affect fishing communities. That resulted in the creation of Fishadelphia, a CSF based in a South Philadelphia charter school.

02/18/2019 12:00 AM
Computer game for training dementia carers will be accessible online for free
(Kaunas University of Technology) Group of Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, information technology researchers together with colleagues from other countries have developed a computer game for dementia carers. The players experience various everyday situations, face and deal with the challenges and in such a way build knowledge and skills on how to care for dementia patients. The game will be freely available online; it is the first mover aimed at dementia carers, not just the patients.

02/15/2019 12:00 AM
Spare 10 minutes to make science leap forward
(Diamond Light Source) Today sees the launch of an innovative Citizen Science Project by Diamond Light Source, which uses a crowdsourcing model to call on people of all ages around the world to help train AI to identify viruses. Visit www.diamond.ac.uk/zooniverse to learn more

02/15/2019 12:00 AM
Winners of inaugural Johnson & Johnson Innovation Champions of Science Africa Storytelling Challenge
(Marion E. Glick Communications LLC) Johnson & Johnson Innovation announced five winners of the first Champions of Science -- Africa Storytelling Challenge, which aimed to highlight the journeys of scientists and innovators working in Africa, and celebrate the impact of their work on families, communities and the world. The Challenge received more than 100 entries from scientists and innovators in 22 African nations.

02/15/2019 12:00 AM
The science behind big '80s hairstyles (video)
(American Chemical Society) The '80s was a decade full of neon leg warmers, power ballads and big hair. But how did we get that big hair that was so bad it's good? A little bit of teasing and a lot of chemistry. This week on Reactions, Ms. Beautyphile helps us tackle the science behind perms and crimping and overall big '80s hair: https://youtu.be/pKBJ7szKJko.

02/15/2019 12:00 AM
Study: Faculty beliefs about intelligence predict racial achievement gaps in STEM classes
(Indiana University) In a major analysis of university faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and math, Indiana University social psychologists found that professors' beliefs about intelligence play a measurable role in the success of all students, especially underrepresented minorities taking their first college-level STEM courses.

02/14/2019 12:00 AM
Kent State study finds multitasking increases in online courses compared to face-to-face
(Kent State University) The phenomenon of multitasking across three or four internet-connected devices simultaneously is increasingly common. Researchers from Kent State's College of Education, Health and Human Services were curious to know how often this happens during online education, a method of delivering college and even high school courses entirely via an internet-connected computer as opposed to a traditional face-to-face course with a teacher physically present.

02/14/2019 12:00 AM
UTSA professor leads effort to produce policy brief about weapons in schools
(University of Texas at San Antonio) One year after the Parkland, Fla. shooting tragedy that claimed the lives of 17 students and staff members, Division 15 of The American Psychological Association (APA) has released a research brief for policymakers to better understand how students and teachers are impacted by the presence of weapons in schools and to provide policy suggestions for ways to improve school safety nationwide.

02/14/2019 12:00 AM
WeDraw: A new multi-sensory teaching method for math and geometry by using dance and music
(Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - IIT) WeDraw's main goal was to improve the understanding of STEM disciplines by identifying a new multi-sensory teaching method. Teachers usually considered the sight as the prevalent sensory channel to transmit mathematical concepts, leaving out hearing and touch. Monica Gori's group at IIT showed that before 8-10 years of age children have their own preferred sensory channel. The project realized serious games where fractions, angles and 3D trasformations are associated with sounds, vibrations and body movements

02/14/2019 12:00 AM
The research ecosystem is changing rapidly and profoundly, Elsevier/Ipsos MORI study shows
(Elsevier) A new study, conducted by information analytics business Elsevier and market research organization Ipsos MORI, shows that the academic world will see new funding models, methods of collaboration, and ways of conceptualizing research and measuring its impact -- all driven by advances in technology.

02/14/2019 12:00 AM
Pedestrian bridges of the wooden composite will be built in Russia and Finland
(Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University) Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in a consortium with a strategic partner LUT University (Finland) and the industrial partner Scientific and Technological Centre of Applied Nanotechnologies will build infrastructure elements from a hybrid wood-based material. The project 'Lightweight hybrid wooden composite materials for sustainable construction technology' (SUSTECH) was awarded in the second call of South-East Finland - Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020.

02/14/2019 12:00 AM
EarthScope announces top 10 discoveries list
(EarthScope National Office) What are the 10 most influential, revolutionary, unexpected, or just plain amazing discoveries from EarthScope's 15-year history?

02/14/2019 12:00 AM
Sea Grant & ASLO bring helping hands to Puerto Rico
(University of Minnesota) Scientists from 52 countries will be providing hands-on help in Puerto Rico to restore marine and coastal resources damaged during hurricane Maria in 2017 in connection with the annual meeting of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography February 23 to March 2, 2019. The Puerto Rico and Minnesota Sea Grant programs are working together with Puerto Rico-based members of the meeting committee to offer educational and volunteer opportunities focused on environmental restoration.

02/13/2019 12:00 AM
A trailblazer
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Sometimes what we really need is someone who can show us how it's done. For 30 years and for countless students, UC Santa Barbara physics professor Elisabeth Gwinn has been that person.

02/13/2019 12:00 AM
Gender and cultural bias exists against teachers at university level
(University of New South Wales) Students are more likely to rate male university teachers higher than their female counterparts in some areas of STEM and Business, according to Australia's largest review of student experience surveys.The study, published today in PLOS ONE, examined almost 525,000 individual student experience surveys from UNSW Sydney students from 2010-2016 across five faculties. It is the first study to examine the interaction between gender and cultural bias.

02/13/2019 12:00 AM
SIOP recognizes Kurt Kraiger for distinguished teaching career
(Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology has recognized Kurt Kraiger, Ph.D., with the Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award. The Society annually honors a member who has a sustained record of excellence in teaching, as evidenced in the classroom or Web-based, student development, and community service.

02/13/2019 12:00 AM
World's leading computer science education symposium looks to the future
(Association for Computing Machinery) The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) will hold its 50th annual SIGCSE Technical Symposium in Minneapolis, Minn., from Feb. 27 to March 2, 2019. SIGCSE is the largest computing education conference in the world, and will attract more than 1,500 researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in improving computing education in grades K-12, two-year colleges, and higher education settings.

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