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06/22/2017 12:00 AM
Walden elected fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education
(University of Oklahoma) A University of Oklahoma research associate professor and director, Susan E. Walden, has been elected to the Academy of Fellows for the American Society for Engineering Education. Walden, the first ASEE awardee from OU, has made significant individual contributions to her body of work related to diversity and inclusion in engineering education within the P-16 initiative. The fellow designation honors her scholarship and service for improving engineering education, especially in pre-college settings.

06/22/2017 12:00 AM
Pitt names Minking Chyu Distinguished Service Professor
(University of Pittsburgh) In honor of significant contributions to the University of Pittsburgh, most significantly his work toward establishing the Sichuan University - Pittsburgh Institute, Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed Minking Chyu as Distinguished Service Professor.

06/22/2017 12:00 AM
Stereotypes still affect females' career aspirations in STEM topics
(Frontiers) Study investigates the impact of stereotypes and the role of family, school and society on the self-concept of females already studying these scientific subjects and found that these stereotypes do impact the self-concept of females already studying these scientific subjects.

06/22/2017 12:00 AM
MIT Portugal international industry roundtable on new technologies for old industries
(MIT Portugal Program) Entrepreneurial success and cutting-edge innovation in the life sciences are often associated with health and medical technologies. However there is a range of other industries where new biotechnologies have been making a very significant impact. To discuss challenges and opportunities related to those areas, MIT Portugal in collaboration with Mira Municipality and Universidade de Aveiro, organized an International Industry Roundtable on New Technologies for Old Industries that gathered more than 70 people at the Mira Center, near Aveiro.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk
(University of Exeter) A study led by the University of Exeter Medical School which investigated more than 2,000 children across 80 primary schools in Devon, has found that children who are younger than their peers when they start school are more likely to develop poorer mental health, as rated by parents and teachers.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
NJIT's center for pre-college programs receives upward bound federal grants
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has awarded the Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) at New Jersey Institute of Technology two grants for its Upward Bound program.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
Carnegie Mellon's RoboTutor advances to Global Learning XPRIZE semifinals
(Carnegie Mellon University) RoboTutor, educational technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University that teaches children basic math and reading skills, has been named a semifinalist in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
New approach to teaching music improvisation enhances creativity
(Frontiers) New research looks at developing processes for musical improvisation that enhance creativity.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
Screen time or story time?
(Frontiers) A new study analyses toddler's reading and learning habits through electronic books compared to print books.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
Strategic studying limits the costs of divided attention
(Association for Psychological Science) Multitasking while studying may impair overall memory for the study material, but your ability to strategically identify and remember the most important information may stay intact, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
Oral storytelling skills impact reading differently for African-American boys and girls
(Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute) The oral storytelling skills of African-American preschoolers make a difference in how quickly their reading skills develop, according to a new study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers say the effect is much different for girls and boys.

06/21/2017 12:00 AM
Underprivileged teenagers more likely to give up their university ambitions
(Taylor & Francis Group) Early intervention to maintain and raise expectations could increase the number of teenagers from less privileged backgrounds entering higher education, a new study published in the Oxford Review of Education suggests.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
Students of all races feel safer in ethnically diverse middle schools, UCLA study says
(University of California - Los Angeles) Middle school students -- African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Caucasians -- felt safer and less bullied, reported more tolerance and less prejudice toward students of other ethnicities and believed teachers treated all students more fairly and equally in more diverse schools, UCLA researchers report today in the journal Child Development.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
UAlberta program found to lessen depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in youth
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) A University of Alberta pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth has been found in a new study to significantly lessen cases of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The EMPATHY program ran in public schools in Red Deer, Alberta from 2013 to 2015 and was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
The chemistry of olive oil (video)
(American Chemical Society) Whether you have it with bread or use it to cook, olive oil is awesome. But a lot of chemistry can make or break a product. Extra virgin olive oil is the most expensive (and most delicious) variety, in part thanks to its low acidity. And peppery notes are thanks to antioxidants that contribute to olive oil's healthy reputation. Check out the latest Reactions video for more olive oil chemistry: https://youtu.be/lg1Jy9kx1Kk.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
RAND: 'Principal pipelines' to develop leaders may be affordable way to improve schools
(RAND Corporation) Improving school leadership by better selecting, training and evaluating principals can be an affordable option for school districts that aim to reduce turnover and improve schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.The first-of-its kind study examined how six large urban school districts are investing in their leaders. Researchers found that improving school leadership has been affordable for the six districts, which spent 0.4 percent of their annual budgets to better the quality of school leaders.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
Studies link nutrient, academic achievement in pre-adolescent children
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Researchers can look into your eyes to determine whether you're getting your lutein, a pigment found in green leafy vegetables that is known to accumulate in the brain. Two new studies find that children with higher lutein levels in the eye tend to do better than others on tests of cognition and academic achievement, even after accounting for other factors known to influence academic performance such as IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
No evidence of gender bias in philosophy
(Frontiers) Despite being a male-dominated field, a recent study found no evidence for gender bias against women in philosophy, in terms of securing tenure-track positions as college professors. So why are there less women in philosophy overall? Some studies show that less women are choosing to major in philosophy at the undergraduate level, and so other factors may be turning them off the discipline at an early stage.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
People looking for prestige prefer 'big ponds' over small ones
(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) When looking at new opportunity, do you choose an average place where you are among the top performers or do you choose a prestigious place where you might be average and not particularly remarkable? In other words, do you want to be the big frog in a small pond or a little frog in a big pond? According to recent research from the University of Michigan, your cultural upbringing ultimately affects your choice.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
Positive engagement in preschool key to developmental gains
(Society for Research in Child Development) Many interventions and programs designed to improve low-income children's lives focus on providing high-quality early-childhood education. Preschool classrooms that are emotionally supportive, well-organized, and cognitively stimulating can help boost children's learning and development. Yet for the most part, focusing on the quality of early-childhood education has emphasized teachers, often missing the central role that children play in their own development.

06/20/2017 12:00 AM
Students of all races & ethnicities benefit from ethnically diverse middle schools
(Society for Research in Child Development) More than half of school-age youth in the United States are members of ethnic minority groups, yet the nation's public schools are becoming less ethnically diverse. Recognizing these conflicting trends and the lack of research on the effects of ethnic diversity, a new study sought to determine how the diversity of middle school students and classrooms shapes students' self-reported well-being and their views on race.

06/19/2017 12:00 AM
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
(Rice University) A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded a direct solar desalination technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to heat salt water for membrane distillation. The technology could provide off-grid water treatment for some of the 1 billion people who lack access to clean water.

06/19/2017 12:00 AM
Results in AI for aging research and personal health data management to be presented at Bio-Taiwan
(InSilico Medicine, Inc.) Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based artificial intelligence company focused on drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research will present new research at Bio-Taiwan in Taipei, Taiwan, June 28-29. The CEO of Insilico Medicine, Alex Zhavoronkov, Ph.D., will present new research in deep learned multi-modal biomarkers of aging and unveil a new tool for personal health data management.

06/19/2017 12:00 AM
Believing the system is fair predicts worsening self-esteem and behavior for youth
(New York University) Disadvantaged youth who believe that the American social system is fair develop lower self-esteem, engage in risky behaviors, and are less attentive in the classroom over the course of middle school, finds a study led by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

06/16/2017 12:00 AM
Education a top priority
(University of Konstanz) Various studies have revealed that a majority of Western European populations support increased investment in education. The Konstanz political scientist Professor Marius Busemeyer and his working group have conducted an original survey of public opinion in eight Western European countries that confirms and further differentiates these findings. The survey evidence shows that supporting general schools as well as vocational education and training are top priorities for European citizens.

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