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08/16/2019 12:00 AM
What Exactly Happened at Chernobyl? (video)
(American Chemical Society) On April 26, 1986 the Soviet Union's Chernobyl Power Complex nuclear reactor 4 exploded. This week on Reactions, we talk about the chemistry behind this catastrophic event: https://youtu.be/uvpS2lUHZD8.

08/16/2019 12:00 AM
Transgender college students four times as likely to experience mental health problems
(Boston University) In the largest mental health survey of gender minority college students, BU researchers Sarah Lipson and Julia Raifman find that transgender, gender-nonconforming, genderqueer, and nonbinary college students face enormous mental health disparities. Their national study across 71 US colleges and universities reinforces the urgent call for schools to improve mental health resources and implement gender-inclusive policy changes.

08/15/2019 12:00 AM
VT researchers receive $2.9 million grant with China to study infectious diseases
(Virginia Tech) Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science received a $2.9 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to understand the long-term host and pathogen dynamics of white-nose syndrome in bats.

08/15/2019 12:00 AM
UH project promotes energy careers for women, minorities
(University of Houston) A program designed to introduce women and underrepresented minorities to jobs in the energy industry has been named one of INSIGHT Into Diversity's 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM.

08/15/2019 12:00 AM
Gamification can give dental and medical education a boost
(University of Eastern Finland) Introducing gamification to medical and dental education can boost student motivation and lead to better learning outcomes, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. Using their own mobile devices, students on a histology course took trivia quizzes on the course topics focusing on human cells and tissues. According to students, this promoted interaction and created a positive learning atmosphere. The findings were published in BMC Medical Education.

08/15/2019 12:00 AM
Wiggling it beats a path for a better performance at school
(Queensland University of Technology) QUT early childhood researchers develop fun rhythm and movement program to support young children's brains.

08/15/2019 12:00 AM
Wills Eye Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Julia A. Haller, MD receives physician of the year award
(Wills Eye Hospital) Wills Eye Hospital Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Julia A. Haller, MD Receives Physician of the Year Award by the Philadelphia Inquirer in its 'Influencers of Healthcare Awards.' The award is in celebration of the city's leading healthcare professionals who go above and beyond to improve the collective health of Philadelphia and strive to make a difference in their patients' lives. The honor was determined by a panel of experts.

08/14/2019 12:00 AM
Study reveals school savings accounts can dry up in 'financial deserts'
(San Francisco State University) College of Business Professor studies the impact geography has on San Francisco's Children's Savings Accounts program.

08/14/2019 12:00 AM
Amateur investors fail to diversify and are better off choosing stocks at random
(University of British Columbia) A new study from the UBC Sauder School of Business has found that less experienced investors are failing to diversify -- and could be putting themselves at serious financial risk. The effect is so pronounced that many amateur investors would be better off choosing stocks at complete random.

08/14/2019 12:00 AM
With $500,000 grant to University of Arizona, SPIE launches $2.5 million endowment program
(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) Today, SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announces a $2.5 million, five-year, educational-funding initiative. The SPIE Endowment Matching Program will enhance educational capacity in optics and photonics by supporting endowment funding at qualified institutions. The program adds to the more than $4 million that SPIE devotes annually to community support, including scholarships, travel grants, and student programs. The program's first grant of $500,000 creates the SPIE Chair in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona.

08/14/2019 12:00 AM
Develop your personal skills: New research offers lessons for young people heading for university
(Lancaster University) New research on the importance of non-cognitive skills -- such as conscientiousness, self-esteem and feeling in control of one's life -- for graduates' earnings potential offers important lessons for young people receiving their A-level results.

08/14/2019 12:00 AM
ASU study shows positive lab environment critical for undergraduate success in research
(Arizona State University) An Arizona State University study, conducted by 14 undergraduate students and their research mentors, found that more than 50% of life sciences students who participated in the study considered leaving their undergraduate research experience. Ultimately, more than 50% decided to leave. They also found the most important factors that influence whether a student decides to continue working in research included a positive lab environment and enjoying their everyday research tasks.

08/13/2019 12:00 AM
Growth mindset intervention boosts confidence, persistence in entrepreneurship students
(North Carolina State University) A low-cost intervention aimed at fostering a growth mindset in students gave the students more confidence in their entrepreneurship abilities and helped them persist when challenges arose.

08/13/2019 12:00 AM
Understanding where patients live can improve patient health
(University of Houston) Family physicians typically don't consider where patients live when assessing their health care needs, despite research that indicates a person's environment can significantly affect their health. With the emergence of value-based health care, there are more incentives for providers to take those factors into account. However, a new study found that family physicians could not accurately estimate where their patients actually live.

08/13/2019 12:00 AM
What's more powerful, word-of-mouth or following someone else's lead?
(Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, UCLA and the University of Texas published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, that reveals the power of word-of-mouth in social learning, even when compared to the power of following the example of someone we trust or admire. The same research found, however, that both word-of-mouth and following someone else's lead are two of the most powerful dynamics in influencing others through social learning.

08/13/2019 12:00 AM
Major collaboration aims to understand autism differences in boys, girls
(University of Virginia Health System) The lack of information about autism's manifestation in girls means many are never diagnosed and miss out on beneficial interventions, researchers fear.

08/13/2019 12:00 AM
Forecasting for climate change, land-use, and invasive species -- NSF grant
(Virginia Tech) A group of researchers, led by Quinn Thomas, associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to tackle some of these grand environmental challenges with the creation of a new Ecological Forecasting Initiative Research Coordination Network (EFI-RCN).

08/13/2019 12:00 AM
Houston universities team up to boost minorities in academia
(Rice University) Rice University, Texas Southern University (TSU) and the University of Houston (UH) have won a multimillion-dollar grant to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing academic careers in engineering and science.

08/13/2019 12:00 AM
Early education setback for summer premature births
(University of Leeds) Children born as little as three weeks premature, who consequently fall into an earlier school year are more likely to experience significant setbacks in their education after their first year of school, according to new research published today in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

08/12/2019 12:00 AM
Modern mating market values women more: Australian study
(Queensland University of Technology) A new study by QUT researchers debunks some theories of sexual economics when it comes to the market value of women as they age. Unlike other market commodities like oil or gold, an individual's reproductive or relationship value is not directly observable but QUT behavioral economists Dr. Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler, along with Professor Robert C. Brooks from the University of New South Wales have analysed data from a recent Australian Sex Survey.

08/12/2019 12:00 AM
Hacking off the hackers: WVU programmed to fill cybersecurity jobs with NSF award
(West Virginia University) By 2021, an estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs across the globe will be unfilled. The WVU Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering hopes to help plug the demand with a project called 'ACCESS' that cultivates cybersecurity experts through scholarships.

08/12/2019 12:00 AM
Launch of standardised tool to assess cognitive and language development in two year olds
(University of Warwick) A new paper published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health co-authored by a University of Warwick researcher provides standardised scores for The Parent Report of Children's Abilities Revised (PARCA-R) questionnaire.

08/12/2019 12:00 AM
New study finds that race is a factor in investment judgments
(DLH Consulting LLC) According to new research released today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, race influences the investment judgments of asset allocators. Experts believe this may contribute to the stark racial disparities in the world of institutional investing.

08/09/2019 12:00 AM
Study shows we like our math like we like our art: Beautiful
(Yale University) A beautiful landscape painting, a beautiful piano sonata -- art and music are almost exclusively described in terms of aesthetics, but what about math? Beyond useful or brilliant, can an abstract idea be considered beautiful?

08/09/2019 12:00 AM
NIH/NIMHD renews 5-Year grant to University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies
(University of Miami) The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has awarded a competitive five-year renewal grant totaling $1.35 million to the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies to educate a new generation of health disparities scientists from different backgrounds.

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