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UF/IFAS Forestry Professor Earns Top Global Award

Eric J. Jokela, a professor of silviculture – managing and producing better forests -- and forest nutrition will receive the Barrington Moore Memorial Award in Biological Science by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Since 1955, this annual award recognizes “distinguished individual research in any branch of the biological sciences that has resulted in substantial advances in forestry."

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Physics Meets Biology to Defeat Aging

The scientific team of a new biotech company Gero in collaboration with one of the leading academics in the field of aging, Prof. Robert J. Shmookler Reis, has recently brought new insights into biology of aging and age-related diseases, primarily, around the stability and stress resistance of certain gene regulatory networks.

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Tip Sheet for Sept.

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The Sept. tip sheet from Cedars-Sinai includes story ideas about a horsewoman with young onset Parkinson's disease who is back in the saddle thanks to deep brain stimulation surgery, the potential of technology to improve patient care, a "wristwatch-type" device that helps doctors monitor Parkinson's disease patients, and more. To pursue any of these story ideas, please contact the individual listed for each.

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WVU experts available to offer commentary on Virginia shooting

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New Professor Helps Iowa Towns Build Community, Identity and Economy Through Art

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Jennifer Drinkwater is on a mission to help Iowa communities apply art in ways that improve the fabric of their towns. She's the new assistant professor of art and visual culture and community art extension specialist at Iowa State University. Her outreach-oriented position is one of only a handful nationwide.

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15 Percent of Cigarettes Sold in NYC Have Illegal Tax Stamps, Study Finds

Licensed tobacco retailers throughout New York City are selling a substantial number of cigarette packs carrying either counterfeit or out-of-state tax stamps, finds an investigation by NYU public health researchers.

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American College of Rheumatology Applauds FDA Draft Guidance Requiring Distinct Naming for Biosimilars

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today praised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for issuing draft guidance requiring separate and distinct names for biosimilars and biologic therapies.

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UT System and Mexican Technology Council Form Partnership

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UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven officially signed a memorandum of understanding with the council — also known as CONACYT — at a ceremony at UT San Antonio. The agreement provides a legal framework for the System’s 14 institutions to collaborate with CONACYT to develop a wide variety of STEM-related research and academic programs for faculty and students. Several UT System institutions currently have existing relationships with CONACYT for research collaboration and graduate student funding.

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An Ounce of Prevention: Research Advances on ‘Scourge’ of Transplant Wards

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The fungus Cryptococcus causes meningitis, a brain disease that kills about 1 million people each year. It’s difficult to treat because fungi are genetically quite similar to humans, so compounds that affect fungi tend to have toxic side effects for patients. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified 18 proteins that play a role in spore formation and germination. The findings raises the possibility of preventing the disease by blocking the spores’ germination.

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Epidemiologist Available to Discuss Medical Overuse