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Winners of 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists Include Trailblazing California Biochemist, Neurosurgeon and Computer Scientist

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A chemist who has made important discoveries in both the human brain and sustainable energy, a neurosurgeon who has done pioneering work mapping the “blueprint” of how humans speak and hear, and a computer scientist who has changed our understanding of the capacity of wireless networks are the three winners of the 2015 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.

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Mayo Clinic Transplant Programs Rank Among Best in U.S. for Survival Rates

Mayo Clinic, as a three-site organization, remains the largest provider of solid organ transplants in the U.S. and continues to be identified as having patient and graft survival outcomes that rank among the best in the nation.

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A Focus on Fungi

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Mia Maltz, a doctoral candidate in ecology & evolutionary biology at UC Irvine, is trying to determine how what happens underground, at the root level, can enhance habitat restoration effots. Maltz’s focus is on fungi, specifically a type called mycorrhiza (“myco” meaning fungus, and “rhiza” meaning root) that invades plant root systems. She is discovering that using this fungi can produce more robust plants.

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Special Issue of Journal of American History Explores the ‘Carceral State’

In a special issue of the Journal of American History, historians explore the forces that led to mass incarceration in the U.S. and its implications for urban spaces, politics, distribution of government resources, race, gender and other factors of American life.

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Talk Is Cheap: New Study Finds Words Speak Louder Than Actions

When it comes to the art of persuasion, you can attract more followers if you turn conventional wisdom on its head and stress what you like, not what you do. A new study, to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, finds that people are more likely to conform to others' preferences than conform to others’ actions. In other words, people want to like what others like, but they want to have or do what others don’t have or don't do.

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Focus on Confederate Flag Is Misguided, Says Vanderbilt Professor

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After Ebola, Understanding Health Care Needs Among Rural Liberians

As Liberia rebuilds a health care system decimated by the 2014 Ebola outbreak, understanding precisely how far citizens live from health facilities and its impact on seeking care can help shape new strategies to improve health care delivery and reduce geographic disparities.

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Loyola University Chicago Appoints New Health Sciences Division Provost

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Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, has been named provost of the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. She will lead all academic initiatives in the Health Sciences Division, which includes the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and The Graduate School programs. Callahan will officially join Loyola on September 1.

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AANA Announces New Corporate Partner

Edwards Lifesciences partners with anesthesia professionals to advance patient safety through corporate partner program formed by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

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Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently than Others Do, Baylor Study Shows

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Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California.