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12/04/2020 12:00 AM
Project 5-100 universities see a dramatic increase in publications in leading journals
(National Research University Higher School of Economics) A team of HSE researchers have analyzed the research activity of universities participating in Russia's Academic Excellence Project 5-100. Overall, the quality of publications of these universities has improved. Collectively, participating universities have tripled their number of publications in reputable journals in the past three years, and researchers have begun to collaborate with each other more frequently. The study was published in the Journal of Informetrics.

12/04/2020 12:00 AM
LSU Health conducts first study on neighborhood deprivation and COVID in Louisiana
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) A study by researchers at LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, believed to be the first study to investigate the role of neighborhood deprivation on COVID-19 in Louisiana, found that the more a neighborhood is deprived, the higher the risk for cases of COVID-19. They report that people living in the most deprived neighborhoods had an almost 40% higher risk of COVID-19 compared to those residing in the least deprived neighborhoods.

12/04/2020 12:00 AM
COVID-19 in Victorian schools and childcare mainly driven by community transmission
(Murdoch Childrens Research Institute) COVID-19 cases in schools, early childhood education centers and childcare are mainly driven by community transmission. Off-site learning should therefore be a last resort, a new Australian report has found.

12/04/2020 12:00 AM
Gestational age linked to ADHD in children with Down syndrome
(University of California - Davis Health) A new study by the UC Davis MIND Institute finds a connection between gestational age and ADHD in children with Down syndrome. An earlier gestational age is linked to higher ADHD symptoms later in childhood.

12/03/2020 12:00 AM
How a police contact by middle school leads to different outcomes for Black, white youth
(University of Washington) A new University of Washington study finds that Black youth are more likely than white youth to be treated as 'usual suspects' after a first encounter with police, leading to subsequent arrests over time. Even as white young adults report engaging in significantly more illegal behavior, Black young adults face more criminal penalties.

12/03/2020 12:00 AM
Niezrecki receives UMass Lowell's top faculty honor
(University of Massachusetts Lowell) Christopher Niezrecki, professor and chair of Mechanical Engineering, is the 2020 recipient of UMass Lowell's highest honor for faculty, Distinguished University Professor, which recognizes excellence in research, teaching and service.

12/03/2020 12:00 AM
Role of birth order on career choice might have been overestimated in previous research
(University of Houston) In a new study that could turn what we know about birth order upside down, a University of Houston researcher has found that the role of birth order on career types, occupational creativity and status attainment might have been overestimated in previous research.

12/03/2020 12:00 AM
Keeping progress in oncology on the agenda: ESMO honors recipients of its 2020 awards
(European Society for Medical Oncology) The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) is proud to honour the 2020 recipients of its annual awards, all of whom share the Society's commitment to advancing the field of oncology, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

12/03/2020 12:00 AM
Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Illumina collaborate on scalable clinical whole-genome sequencing initiative
(Weill Cornell Medicine) Seeking to advance the scope of precision medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Illumina, Inc. are entering into a collaboration to sequence the complete human genomes of thousands of consenting patients, in order to identify genetic alterations driving disease and potentially reveal previously unidentified therapies for treatment.

12/03/2020 12:00 AM
Increased school choice linked to better mental health for students
(Taylor & Francis Group) Allowing families to choose schools that are more suited to their children may play a key role in improving student mental health, including reducing adolescent suicide rates, suggests new research published in the peer-reviewed journal School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

12/02/2020 12:00 AM
Impactful science teaching requires minimum five hours instruction weekly
(University of Vermont) Middle-grades science teachers that dedicate a minimum of five hours of instructional time to science each week are more likely to implement inquiry-based teaching, a best practice among science and education experts, in their classrooms. Roughly a third of U.S. classrooms meet that mark.

12/02/2020 12:00 AM
Future advantage: Cruser funds FY21 robotics and autonomous systems research
(Naval Postgraduate School) Consortium of Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research (CRUSER) approved FY21 funding for novel research in robotics and autonomous systems through its Seed Research Program. This program provides NPS faculty and researchers with funding intended to "seed" important research projects devoted to advancing autonomous solutions from the NPS campus.

12/02/2020 12:00 AM
Personality changes predict early career outcomes
(University of Houston) A new study by a University of Houston psychologist may hold the key to job success. It finds young people who develop higher levels of conscientiousness and emotional stability during the transition to employment tend to be more successful in some aspects of their early careers.

12/02/2020 12:00 AM
Academic dishonesty: Fear and justifications
(National Research University Higher School of Economics) Why do some students cheat by looking over someone's shoulder, furtively searching for test answers on the internet, using cheat sheets during exams or paying others to complete their coursework? How do they rationalise their behaviour to continue to think of themselves as decent people? A study conducted by the HSE Centre for Sociology of Higher Education offers some answers.

12/02/2020 12:00 AM
Operations on screen: Creating an accessible surgery simulator
(Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)) The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is hosting a project to create a low-cost surgery simulator; a much more accessible tool than those currently available and which could be used to train both surgeons who are in the early stages of their career and those who are more experienced.

12/02/2020 12:00 AM
What was life for dinosaurs like in Europe?
(Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg) The small dinosaur Europasaurus lived 154 million years ago in Central Europe alongside other dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles and mammals. Its world comes alive again in the graphic novel 'Europasaurus -- Life on Jurassic Islands.' The book contains 275 original illustrations and several stories based on the scientific work of paleontologists like Dr. Oliver Wings from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. Working together with the paleo-artist Joschua Knüppe, the researcher has created a gateway into this primeval world.

12/01/2020 12:00 AM
Increasing HPV vaccine uptake in adolescents
(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) More than 90 percent of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers could be prevented by widespread uptake of the HPV vaccine. Yet, vaccine use in the United States falls short of public health goals.

12/01/2020 12:00 AM
Engaging family caregivers key to coordinated home health care
(University of Missouri-Columbia) After Jo-Ana Chase heard her mother had successful heart surgery, she was relieved when her mom was finally discharged from the hospital and sent home to be cared for by her brother.

12/01/2020 12:00 AM
The shorter the delay, the more effective the neurofeedback
(National Research University Higher School of Economics) HSE University scientists have for the first time in the world investigated the impact of delayed reinforcement signals in neurofeedback (NFB) training. They have experimentally proven that reducing the delay in feedback (decreasing feedback latency) can significantly increase the efficacy of training. This opens up new potential for the use of NFB for cognitive enhancement, self-regulation, and the treatment of a broad range of neurological disorders from anxiety and depression to epilepsy.

12/01/2020 12:00 AM
Pronouns matter -- pronoun use conveys inclusivity
(University of Helsinki) Laura Hekanaho takes an in-depth look at two main problems caused by gendered pronouns ('he', 'she'): the use of singular pronouns in generic contexts, and pronominal references to nonbinary individuals. What connects these pronouns is their relevance to gender-fair language use; who is allowed representation in language?

12/01/2020 12:00 AM
LSU Health New Orleans discovers drug development target for retinal dystrophies
(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) A team of LSU Health New Orleans researchers reports for the first time that deleting one of the inhibitors of the RPE65 gene in a mouse model that carries a human disease mutation prevents degeneration of cone photoreceptors that are used for daytime high-resolution color vision.

12/01/2020 12:00 AM
Medical students taken on virtual ward visits
(Queen Mary University of London) Students at Queen Mary University of London have been virtually transported into a surgical ward to follow their lecturer on his ward rounds.

12/01/2020 12:00 AM
Some primary school-aged children self-harm, prompting calls for earlier intervention
(University of Melbourne) New research reveals that some primary school-aged children have self-harmed, prompting calls for intervention efforts to start earlier.

11/30/2020 12:00 AM
Air pollution spikes linked to lower test scores for Salt Lake County third graders
(University of Utah) More frequent exposure to air pollution spikes were associated with reduced test scores for third graders in Salt Lake County. Schools with a higher proportion of students of color and from households experiencing poverty were exposed to more peak pollution days than were schools serving middle- to upper- class and predominately white students. The results stress the need for legislators to enact policies to reduce the number of peak pollution days.

11/30/2020 12:00 AM
Is it better to give than receive?
(University of California - Davis) Young children who have experienced compassionate love and empathy from their mothers may be more willing to turn thoughts into action by being generous to others, a University of California, Davis, study suggests. Lab studies were done of children at ages 4 and 6.

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