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Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos Selected Dean of Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Following a competitive national search, Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos has been appointed Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) at Stony Brook University, effective October 15, 2015. Dr. Sotiropoulos is the James L. Record Professor of Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering, and Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMN). Prior to his appointment at UMN, Dr. Sotiropoulos was on the faculty of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment in the G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

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Bring on the Night, Say National Park Visitors in New Study

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A new study published in Park Science shows that nearly 90% of visitors to a major national park value viewing the night sky and want the National Park Service to reduce light pollution. The study also established a threshold below which visitors found light pollution of the night skies unacceptable.

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Saint Louis University Enrolls First U.S. Patient in Rare Heart Disease Trial

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Earlier this year, investigators at Saint Louis University enrolled the first U.S. patient in a worldwide Phase 3 clinical trial of a medication to treat patients who have a rare form of heart failure due to a gene mutation.

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Babson College Welcomes Record-Breaking Centennial Class of 2019

This week, Babson College welcomes the undergraduate Class of 2019 to campus. The Class of 2019 is noteworthy, not only because it's Babson's Centennial class, but because women make up the majority of the most applied for, and selective, class to date.

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New Research Finds Adolescents More Likely Not to Smoke When Cigarette Ads Feature Older Adults

For decades, the tobacco and alcohol industries have been accused of advertising their products to kids. Tremendous public pressure has prompted the implementation of strict guidelines. Today, tobacco and alcohol advertising are among the most highly regulated forms of marketing in existence. But, are all of the rules having any effect on the adolescents we seek to protect?

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Loyola Surgeon Honored with Prestigious Lectureship in His Name

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An annual lectureship in surgical oncology has been established in the name of Gerard V. Aranha, MD, a Loyola University Medical cancer surgeon and a professor in the Department of Surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Named 2014 National Humanities Medal Recipient

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of “The Mind-Body Problem” and “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away”, has been named a recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, the White House announced today.

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Earth Observations Show How Nitrogen May Be Detected on Exoplanets, Aiding Search for Life

Observations of nitrogen in Earth's atmosphere by a NASA spacecraft 17 million miles away are giving astronomers fresh clues to how that gas might reveal itself on faraway planets, thus aiding in the search for life.

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Journal of Medical Regulation Highlights Latest Trends in U.S. Physician Workforce

The Journal of Medical Regulation has published the “Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States, 2014,” which provides an analysis of the most recent physician licensure data collected from each of the state medical boards in the United States by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

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How Kidney Injury During Combat Affects the Long-Term Health of Today’s Soldiers

• Among 51 military service members who experienced severe acute kidney injury during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 88% of the injuries were due to blasts or projectiles. • Twenty-two percent of the patients died within 60 days. Although still high, this mortality rate is significantly less than might be expected historically. • The majority of survivors completely recovered their kidney function

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"The process of problem-solving & becoming a medical detective was a natural to me," Jeffrey Band, M.D. former #CDCinvestigator @BeaumontHealth division chief, #LegionnairesPioneer

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UN General Assembly Opens Sept. 15; GW Experts Available to Comment

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Rapid Testing for TB Aims to Reduce Drug Resistance, Lower Mortality Rate

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the accuracies of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, experts say, represent a major threat to global public health.

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‘Democratic Peace’ May Not Prevent International Conflict

Using a new technique to analyze 52 years of international conflict, researchers suggest that there may be no such thing as a “democratic peace.”

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DHS S&T Awards $10.4M in Mobile Security Research Contracts

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S&T today announced $10.4 million in cybersecurity Mobile Technology Security (MTS) research and development (R&D) awards to enhance the security of mobile devices for the federal government.

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Researchers See 'Spin Current' in Motion for the First Time

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have for the first time seen a spin current – an inherent magnetic property common to all electrons – as it travels across materials. The result, which revealed a surprising loss of current along the way, is an important step toward realizing a next-generation breed of electronics known as “spintronics.”