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EurekAlert! - Education

10/22/2017 12:00 AM
Dartmouth economist outlines reforms to improve access to affordable, high quality child care
(Dartmouth College) For families in the US, the costs of high-quality child care are exorbitant, especially for those with children under age five. A new policy proposal, 'Public Investments in Child Care,' by Dartmouth Associate Professor of Economics Elizabeth Cascio, finds that current federal child care tax policies are not benefiting the families most burdened by child care costs. Therefore, Cascio outlines a new policy that could replace the current federal child care tax policies.

10/20/2017 12:00 AM
$1.25 million grant to improve treating children with autism, other needs
(Penn State) Penn State faculty members have received a $1.25 million federal grant to address a shortage in speech-language pathologists and special educators with master's degrees who have the knowledge and experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) practices, in order to improve school-based services and results for children, teens and young adults with complex communication needs.

10/20/2017 12:00 AM
University of California, Davis, receives Mellon grant to explore academic brands
(University of California - Davis) UC Davis professors have been awarded a Sawyer Seminar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to analyze what academic brands can tell us about the modern university.

10/20/2017 12:00 AM
Youth Enjoy Science (YES) grant brings diversity to cancer research
(Case Western Reserve University) Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in partnership with the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded a five-year grant, totaling $2.5 million to engage underrepresented minorities in Cleveland-area schools in cancer research.

10/20/2017 12:00 AM
Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores
(University of Utah) Students, and people in general, can tend to overestimate their own abilities. But University of Utah research shows that students who overcome this tendency score better on final exams. The boost is strongest for students in the lower 25 percent of the class. By thinking about their thinking, a practice called metacognition, these students raised their final exam scores by 10 percent on average -- a full letter grade.

10/19/2017 12:00 AM
Expert: Be concerned about how apps collect, share health data
(Rice University) Ostherr among national experts presenting at US Department of Health and Human Services Oct. 26 'Data Privacy in the Digital Age' event.

10/19/2017 12:00 AM
Gut bacteria may hold clues to Parkinson's disease
(University of Massachusetts Lowell) The saying 'Listen to your gut' is taking on new meaning in the hunt for clues about Parkinson's disease. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded a UMass Lowell public health professor a $2.1 million grant to study the relationship between gut bacteria and Parkinson's disease. The five-year study will be the largest of its kind to date.

10/19/2017 12:00 AM
New interventions could help improve student academics and behavior
(University of Missouri-Columbia) In a new guidebook, faculty members from the University of Missouri offer research-backed, practical strategies to help students and parents identify and fix problems. The guide, in its third edition, helps to bridge the gap between research and practice, with support and advice for educators, parents, counselors and social workers working with children.

10/19/2017 12:00 AM
Veterans study reports reduction in suicide ideation after HBOT
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) A case control study of armed forces veterans with mild traumatic brain injury or persistent post-concussion syndrome, with or without PTSD, has found significant improvements in persistent post-concussion syndrome and PTSD symptoms, memory, intelligence quotient, attention, cognition, depression, quality of life, and brain blood flow, as well as a significant reduction in suicidal ideation and anxiety following hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

10/19/2017 12:00 AM
Itsy bitsy spider: Fear of spiders and snakes is deeply embedded in us
(Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences) Snakes and spiders evoke fear and disgust in many people, even in developed countries where hardly anybody comes into contact with them. Until now, there has been debate about whether this aversion is innate or learnt. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have recently discovered that it is hereditary: Even babies feel stressed when seeing these creatures - long before they could have learnt this reaction.

10/19/2017 12:00 AM
Phones keeping students from concentrating during lectures
(Stellenbosch University) Daily, people spend over three hours on their phones. While ever-smarter digital devices have made many aspects of our lives more efficient, a growing body of evidence suggests that, by continuously distracting us, they are harming our ability to concentrate. Studies across the world show that students constantly use their phones when they are in class. A strong body of evidence suggests that media use during lectures is associated with lower academic performance.

10/19/2017 12:00 AM
Teens' views vary on pediatric genetic testing for adult-onset conditions
(American Society of Human Genetics) Adolescents display a complex and nuanced understanding of the issues around pediatric genetic testing for conditions that do not appear until adulthood, according to findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Researchers qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed essays submitted to ASHG's 2016 DNA Day Essay Contest.

10/18/2017 12:00 AM
UC Riverside physicists win two awards at Science Hack Day
(University of California - Riverside) The University of California, Riverside won two medals -- 'Best in Show' and 'Most Whimsical Hack' -- at the eighth annual 'Science Hack Day: San Francisco,' the world's premier science-themed hackathon. Hackathons are Silicon Valley-inspired challenges to rapidly prototype hardware and software. 'Science Hack Day: San Francisco' took place Oct. 14-15, 2017. Designers, developers, scientists, and anyone excited about making things with science were welcome to attend.

10/18/2017 12:00 AM
Need for targeted interventions for breastfeeding difficulties due to obesity
(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) A study led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Diane Spatz, Ph.D., RN-BC, FAAN, the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition, has found that delayed lactogenesis was more prevalent among women who were obese pre-pregnancy and that excessive gestational weight gain was also associated with a delay in lactogenesis II. The study has been published in the Journal of Human Lactation.

10/18/2017 12:00 AM
Poll: Despite mobile options and cord-cutting, sports fans still turn on the TV
(University of Massachusetts Lowell) Despite the growth of mobile technology and viewing options, when sports fans want to watch a game, they turn to traditional live TV, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll released today.

10/17/2017 12:00 AM
Culturally tailored obesity intervention a success for hispanic students
(University of Houston) An obesity intervention for Hispanic middle school students led by researchers at the University of Houston found that with consistent guidance from high school health mentors, called compaƱeros, students not only lost significantly more weight but also kept it off longer.

10/17/2017 12:00 AM
Breast cancer treatments today -- and tomorrow (video)
(American Chemical Society) Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Fortunately, the rate at which we're learning about this disease means patients have a lot more treatment options and far better chances of survival than they did 100 years ago. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Reactions describes what's changed about how we treat breast cancer and what patients can expect in the future: https://youtu.be/QcgnVuRx20s.

10/17/2017 12:00 AM
New teleneurology curriculum provides guidelines for care
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Health professionals can deliver quality neurological care remotely to patients through the emerging field of teleneurology. However, medical training has not caught up with the field, and a lack of formalized education for teleneurology doesn't exist. Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, as part of an American Academy of Neurology (AAN) team, has developed a standardized curriculum for providing remote neurology care via telecommunication.

10/17/2017 12:00 AM
Johns Hopkins finds training exercise that boosts brain power
(Johns Hopkins University) One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity.

10/17/2017 12:00 AM
Wits team involved in international breakthrough in astronomical observation
(University of the Witwatersrand) For the first time in history, Wits researchers have witnessed electromagnetic signals that are associated with the gravitational wave emission from the coalescence of two massive neutron stars.

10/17/2017 12:00 AM
HKBU clinical study finds scalp acupuncture effective for treating autistic children
(Hong Kong Baptist University) The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) conducted a clinical observation of scalp acupuncture treatment for 68 children with autism. The findings indicated that 66 patients have shown improvements after treatment, resulting in an overall efficacy rate of 97%.

10/16/2017 12:00 AM
NJIT and IBM announce agreement for collaboration to deliver digital technologies
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) NJIT and IBM announce an agreement for collaboration to deliver digital technologies and education through the university's Martin Tuchman School of Management (MTSM) and its Business Analytics Lab. The official launch of the new flagship alliance between MTSM and IBM Global University Programs will take place Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium at NJIT.

10/16/2017 12:00 AM
Sound and color
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Benioff Ocean Initiative awards first grants for project to curtail collisions between ships and whales.

10/16/2017 12:00 AM
Some faiths more likely to turn to religion for answers to science
(Rice University) When it comes to seeking answers to questions about science, evangelical and black Protestants and Mormons are more likely than the general population to turn to religion, according to a new study.

10/16/2017 12:00 AM
University of Houston honored for commitment to diversity
(University of Houston) The University of Houston and two of its divisions have been honored with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for the second year in a row. The HEED awards, presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, are the only national honor recognizing US colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campus.

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