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07/20/2018 12:00 AM
ASHG honors Eric S. Lander with William Allan Award
(American Society of Human Genetics) ASHG has named Eric S. Lander, Ph.D., president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the 2018 recipient of the William Allan Award.The Allan Award, which recognizes a scientist for substantial and far-reaching scientific contributions to human genetics, was established in 1961 in memory of William Allan, M.D. (1881-1943), one of the first American physicians to conduct extensive research on human genetics and hereditary diseases.

07/19/2018 12:00 AM
FRIB accelerates first beams in three of forty-six superconducting cryomodules
(Michigan State University Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) On 11-12 July, the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams achieved a major project milestone by accelerating its first beams in three of forty-six superconducting cryomodules. This demonstrates for the first time that the major systems (front end, liquid helium plant, superconducting cryomodules) which were commissioned individually, work well together and can successfully accelerate beams of atomic particles.

07/19/2018 12:00 AM
Study: ADHD drugs do not improve cognition in healthy college students
(University of Rhode Island) Contrary to popular belief across college campuses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications may fail to improve cognition in healthy students and actually can impair functioning, according to a study by researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Brown University.

07/19/2018 12:00 AM
Why do I have so many kitchen gadgets? (video)
(American Chemical Society) Bulky kitchen gadgets like slow cookers and pressure cookers take up a lot of space. Many people might wonder if owning so many glorified pots is worthwhile. In this video, Reactions explains how slow cookers, pressure cookers and immersion circulators work, and the chemistry of how they cook your food: https://youtu.be/5cc5fWOjIxk.

07/19/2018 12:00 AM
New training platform for big data analysis
(University of Freiburg) The Galaxy Europe project has set up an infrastructure offering online tutorials for researchers in the life sciences.

07/19/2018 12:00 AM
Younger children tend to make more informed decisions
(University of Waterloo) A new study from the University of Waterloo has found that in some ways, the older you get the worse your decision making becomes.

07/18/2018 12:00 AM
Experts address ways to support latest science education standards
(Wiley) The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K-12 science content standards, with three dimensions that are integrated in instruction at all levels: core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts. A new article in the Journal of Research Science in Teaching focuses on how to support enactment of the NGSS in diverse educational systems, including the challenges faced when some of those systems are fragmented and resource-poor.

07/18/2018 12:00 AM
Lake bed reveals details about ancient Earth
(Rice University) Sulfate samples from an ancient lake bed yield new clues about the 'Boring Billion' years in Earth history between 'oxygenation events' that allowed life as we know it. A Rice University postdoctoral researcher's tests revealed the oxygen anomaly that gave researchers a glimpse into conditions 1.4 billion years ago.

07/18/2018 12:00 AM
Research identifies new breast cancer therapeutic target
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) Research led by Suresh Alahari, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has shown for the first time that a tiny piece of RNA deregulates energy metabolism, an emerging hallmark of cancer. The finding identifies a new target for therapeutic intervention in breast cancer.

07/18/2018 12:00 AM
Research to prevent blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award grants for research
(American Academy of Ophthalmology) The American Academy of Ophthalmology (the Academy) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) today announced the first recipients of the Research to Prevent Blindness/American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS® Registry Research.

07/18/2018 12:00 AM
Doing school differently
(University of South Australia) Alternative schooling programs could deliver greater learning outcomes for young people who are struggling at school.

07/18/2018 12:00 AM
ASHG honors Jan M. Friedman with Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award
(American Society of Human Genetics) The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Jan M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., as the 2018 recipient of the Arno Motulsky-Barton Childs Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. Dr. Friedman is a Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This award recognizes an individual for contributions of exceptional quality and importance to human genetics education internationally.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
SD mines scientists and students contribute to IceCube breakthrough
(South Dakota School of Mines and Technology) An international team of scientists, including researchers at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, have found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments in the universe to Earth.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
Mathematicians receive high honors for global contributions
(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) 16 distinguished individuals are being recognized by Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for their exemplary research, significant contributions, and outstanding service to the applied mathematics and computational science communities.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
The scent of coffee appears to boost performance in math
(Stevens Institute of Technology) Research at Stevens Institute of Technology reveals that the scent of coffee alone may help people perform better on the analytical portion of the Graduate Management Aptitude Test, or GMAT, a computer adaptive test required by many business schools.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
Black children subjected to higher discipline rates than peers
(University of Michigan) Elementary school discipline policies that rely on expulsions or suspensions as punishment may be fostering childhood inequality, a new study shows.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
LSUHealthNO collaborating on study of aggressive prostate cancer in African-American men
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) LSU Health New Orleans is one of 12 universities and health care entities conducting the first large-scale, multi-institutional study to help determine why African- American men are at higher risk for developing aggressive prostate cancer and dying from it.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
SunTrust Foundation awards $300,000 grant to UTIA for financial literacy program
(University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture) The SunTrust Foundation will expand its existing partnership with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture with a $300,000 grant to further support UT Extension's On My Own program which promotes financial literacy education in Tennessee schools.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
Five new research units and two new humanities centers for advanced studies
(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has approved the establishment of five new Research Units and two new Humanities Centers for Advanced Studies.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
€3.2 billion in funding and 32,500 funded projects
(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) In 2017, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) awarded funding to approximately 32,500 research projects with a volume of almost €3.2 billion -- representing an increase of around 1,000 projects and €120 million compared to the previous year.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
Researchers identify brain area linked to motivational disruptions in binge eating
(Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior) Scientists at Rutgers Brain Health Institute have discovered that a small group of brain cells in the hypothalamus called 'orexin' neurons could be a promising target for medications for controlling binge eating episodes in individuals with obesity. These neurons, named for the chemical messenger they use to communicate with other brain cells, have previously been shown to be important for addiction to several drugs, including cocaine.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
Mindset during meal planning changes food choices and brain responses to food
(Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior) A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research from the University of Tübingen, Germany. By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift. Adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on pleasure or the desire to fill up.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
PSU professor awarded $3.3M to study impact of kindergarten readiness program
(Portland State University) A Portland State University professor has received a $3.3 million federal grant to study the impact of an early-learning program aimed at improving children's readiness for kindergarten and later grades.

07/17/2018 12:00 AM
Celebrating positives improves classroom behavior and mental health
(University of Exeter) Training teachers to focus their attention on positive conduct and to avoid jumping to correct minor disruption improves child behavior, concentration and mental health.

07/16/2018 12:00 AM
Active surveillance of lung subsolid nodules reduces unnecessary surgery and overtreatment
(International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) Subsolid nodules (SSN) can be considered a biomarker of lung cancer risk and should be managed with long-term active surveillance. Conservative management of SSN will reduce unnecessary surgery and overtreatment in patients with multiple comorbidities and aggressive lung cancer arising from lung sites other than the SSN.

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