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09/21/2020 12:00 AM
Why is the West Coast sky orange? (video)
(American Chemical Society) California wildfires are unfortunately nothing new--but that bright orange sky definitely is. This week on Reactions we talk with experts who explain the reason behind that Mars-like haze and how climate change is involved: https://youtu.be/foeLC08-nrk.

09/21/2020 12:00 AM
How does public opinion impact education policy?
(University of Konstanz) Political scientists from Konstanz, Frankfurt and Cologne study the role public opinion plays in political decision-making processes involving education policy.

09/21/2020 12:00 AM
Immunotherapy is beneficial in gastric and oesophageal cancers, studies show
(European Society for Medical Oncology) New data presented at ESMO 2020 have shown that immunotherapy is beneficial for patients with gastric and oesophageal cancers who currently have poor survival.

09/21/2020 12:00 AM
IOP Publishing launches first-of-its-kind peer review certification program
(IOP Publishing) IOP Publishing (IOPP) is revolutionising peer review learning with the launch of the world's first peer review certification programme dedicated to the physical sciences. 'Peer review excellence: IOP training and certification' will give early career researchers the ability to review with confidence, increasing trust and standardising the quality of the process.

09/21/2020 12:00 AM
Homicides near schools affect students' educational outcomes
(University of Surrey) Homicides near schools negatively impact on the educational attainment of children, a new study in the Journal of Labor Economics reports.

09/21/2020 12:00 AM
Online training helps preemies
(Ruhr-University Bochum) An international team of researchers has now found that computerised training can support preterm children's academic success. In their randomised controlled study "Fit for School", the researchers compared two learning apps. The project at the University Hospital Essen and at Ruhr-Universität Bochum was funded by Mercator Research Center Ruhr (Mercur) with approximately 300,000 Euros for four years. Results have been published online as unedited manuscript in the journal Pediatric Research on 12 September 2020.

09/21/2020 12:00 AM
New funding explores the social, cultural and economic impact of COVID-19
(University of Ottawa) Seven University of Ottawa professors are among recipients of millions in funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) aimed at improving the response to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SSHR's Partnership Grants provide support for partnered research activities that inform decision-making in the public, private or not-for-profit sector across Canada, with 139 projects earmarked for $3 million in investment.

09/20/2020 12:00 AM
No benefit for post-operative radiotherapy in non-small-cell lung cancer
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Post-operative radiotherapy (PORT) used in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) following complete resection and after (neo) adjuvant chemotherapy shows no statistically significant difference in 3-year disease-free survival (DFS), according to data presented at ESMO 2020. These results give the oncology community a long-awaited answer.

09/20/2020 12:00 AM
First new drug in years reduces recurrence in high risk HR+ early breast cancer
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Lugano, Switzerland, 20 September 2020 - Adding abemaciclib to hormonal therapy reduces the risk of cancer recurrence by 25% in patients with high-risk early hormone receptor positive (HR+) human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) breast cancer, according to results from a study at ESMO 2020.

09/19/2020 12:00 AM
New first-line treatment option for metastatic kidney cancer
(European Society for Medical Oncology) The results of the phase 3 CheckMate 9ER trial have provided a new first-line treatment option for patients with metastatic kidney cancer. The late breaking results are presented at ESMO 2020.

09/18/2020 12:00 AM
Complex phonological tests are useful for diagnosing reading dysfunction
(National Research University Higher School of Economics) HSE University researchers have confirmed that the level of phonological processing skills in children can impact their ability to master reading. Complex phonological tests are best suited to detect phonological impairment. The study was published on September 6, 2020, in the Journal of Research in Reading.

09/18/2020 12:00 AM
More than a billion school meals not served during pandemic: Study
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) A new study estimates that more than 1.15 billion breakfasts and lunches for low-income children were not served in school as a result of school closures between March 9 and May 1. States and school districts have developed innovative solutions to meet the nutritional needs of low-income children and respond to the rapidly growing food insecurity crisis, yet the number of replacement meals is likely far short of what they provided prior to the pandemic.

09/18/2020 12:00 AM
Research organizations announce joint commitment to advancing scholarly study of racism
(American Educational Research Association) The American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society of Research on Adolescence (SRA), and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) have announced that they are jointly committing to advancing scholarly inquiry related to racism and its impact on education- and youth development-related settings, processes, and outcomes, and promoting the use and dissemination of this research and its practical application to serve the public good.

09/18/2020 12:00 AM
INRS researcher receives $670,000 grant to continue research on Batten's disease
(Institut national de la recherche scientifique - INRS) Institut de la recherche scientifique (INRS) announces that Stéphane Lefrançois, a professor at its Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie (AFSB), has received a grant of more than $670,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his work on Batten's disease. He will be using the funds to continue his research into this rare genetic and degenerative disease, which mainly affects children.

09/18/2020 12:00 AM
Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks out on space, politics, and science outreach
(American Institute of Biological Sciences) The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
AERA and OECD to co-host webinar on education research worldwide in a covid and post-COVID world
(American Educational Research Association) The American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will co-host a webinar on "Education Research Worldwide in a Covid and Post-Covid World" at 9:30-11:00 am EDT Wednesday, September 23.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
Four education researchers lay out best practices for higher ed distance learning
(SAGE) SAGE Publishing and Corwin today announce the release of The Distance Learning Playbook for College and University Instruction. Co-authored by four leading education experts, the evidence-based guide addresses faculty-student relationships at a distance, professor self-care, creating engaging digital tasks, feedback and assessment, and more. The title includes video footage and downloadable exercises, featuring the guidance of over 20 educators from a diverse range of disciplines.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
Study shows quizzes improve academic performance
(Iowa State University) Students who are quizzed over class material at least once a week tend to perform better on midterm and final exams compared to students who did not take quizzes, according to a new Iowa State University meta-analysis. The researchers found in addition to frequency, immediate feedback from instructors also seemed to positively impact student performance.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
Study finds novel mechanism that may confer protection against glaucoma
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) A team of researchers from LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and the University of Copenhagen provides the first evidence that patients with ocular hypertension may exhibit superior antioxidant protection that promotes resistance to the elevated intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
Preparing future clinicians to intervene in opioid crisis
(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Opioid use disorder and overdose have reached unprecedented levels around the world. In the United States, remediation of pain is one of the most common reasons American adults seek healthcare. Therefore, it is vital that clinicians practicing in diverse roles and settings have a clinical understanding of pain and substance use disorders as well as knowledge about public health and opioid policy interventions.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
Access to cancer medicines and clinical trials show stark variations across Europe
(European Society for Medical Oncology) Access to cancer medicines is highly unequal across Europe both for new drugs in development because of uneven access to clinical trials and for currently approved drugs due to huge disparities in healthcare spending by different countries, according to results from studies presented at ESMO 2020.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
The Boehringer Ingelheim and Lilly Alliance joins the ACC's COVID-19 response
(American College of Cardiology) The American College of Cardiology's ongoing COVID-19 response initiative is welcoming support from the Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company Alliance to continue providing real-time clinical guidance on COVID-19. The comprehensive initiative includes a robust set of activities and events implemented by ACC to help cardiologists address critical patient needs and continue to deliver high-quality care.

09/17/2020 12:00 AM
Announcing the TCT Connect Late-Breaking Trials and Science
(Cardiovascular Research Foundation) The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) has announced over 30 late-breaking trial and science presentations that will be reported at TCT Connect. TCT, the annual scientific symposium of CRF and the world's premier educational meeting specializing in interventional cardiovascular medicine, will take place online October 14-18.

09/16/2020 12:00 AM
Legacy high performance computing system seeds supercomputing excellence at UT Dallas
(University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) TACC's Stampede1 was one of the most powerful supercomputers in the U.S. for open science research from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, 20 racks were donated to UT Dallas through the UT Research Cyberinfrastructure initiative and became Ganymede, a resource for campus researchers. Through efforts by campus facilitators, the number of HPC users at UT Dallas grew from a few dozen to several hundred.

09/16/2020 12:00 AM
New book guides educators, shares successes in transition from STEM to STEAm
(University of Kansas) University of Kansas education scholars have edited a new book that can guide schools, administrators, teachers and communities in making the shift from STEM-focused schooling to new emphasis on STEAM.

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