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Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural hea...

– Newswise

Virtual Press Briefing - Closing the Rural Health Gap

Embargo expired on 07-Nov-2017 at 08:55 ET

Drug Hospitalizations Increase Even as Prescription Opioid Supply Declines

Preliminary research presented today at APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo examined the trend in hospitalizations from opioid poisonings in West Virginia, a state heavily impacted by the current opioid overdose crisis.

– American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo

Embargo expired on 07-Nov-2017 at 00:05 ET

Two Meds Not Always Better than One for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

n a newly updated clinical practice guideline, allergists offer practical advice on the best types and amounts of medications to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis.

– American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Embargo expired on 07-Nov-2017 at 00:00 ET

How SORLA Protects Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers have identified a new protective function for a brain protein genetically linked to Alzheimer’s. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, could inform novel treatment strategies to combat neurodegenerative diseas...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Journal of Experimental Medicine

Embargo expired on 07-Nov-2017 at 09:00 ET

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Fat Hormone Linked to Progression of Fatty Liver Disease May Hold Key to New Treatments

The rising obesity epidemic has brought with it an army of maladies. One, in particular, is threatening to outpace many of the disorders that accompany obesity, in terms of occurrence and severity: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

– University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Investigation

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 16:00 ET

Researchers Report First-Ever Protein Hydrogels Made in Living Cells

Johns Hopkins cell biologists report what they believe is the first-ever creation of tiny protein-based gelatin-like clumps called hydrogels inside living cells. The ability to create hydrogels on demand, they say, should advance the long scientific ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Nature Materials; GM092930, DK102910, CA103175, DK089502, T32GM007445, CCF-1217213

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 11:00 ET

Blame Tired Brain Cells for Mental Lapses After Poor Sleep

A UCLA study is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other, leading to temporary mental lapses that affect memory and visual perception.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Nature Medicine Nov. 6, 2017

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 11:00 ET

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Microfinance Institutions Are Found Effective in Delivering Essential Health Products to Underserved Communities on a National Scale While Reducing Costs

New research from The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, suggests that the capabilities of microfinance networks expand well beyond banking, and that tapping into these networks can bring measurable he...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Health Affairs

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 16:00 ET

Penn Study Pinpoints H3N2 Mutation in Last Year’s Flu Vaccine as Responsible for Lowered Efficacy

The below average efficacy of last year’s influenza vaccine (which was only 20 to 30 percent effective) can be attributed to a mutation in the H3N2 strain, a new study reports. With the mutation, most people receiving the egg-grown vaccine did not ...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; R01AI113047, R01AI108686, DP2AI117921

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 15:00 ET

Stress, Fear of Pain May Be Cause of Painful Sickle Cell Episodes

Mental stress and the anticipation of pain may cause blood vessels to narrow and trigger episodes of severe pain (vaso-occlusive crisis, or VOC) in sickle cell disease (SCD). A team of researchers from California will present their findings today at ...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Physiological and Pathophysiological Consequences of Sickle Cell Disease

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 18:45 ET

Alzheimer’s Drug Elicits Quality of Life, Red Blood Cell Function Improvements in Sickle Cell Patients

A popular drug commonly used to treat Alzheimer’s disease has shown promise in laboratory and clinical trials for treating patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). Researchers have found that the molecule memantine stabilizes the development, longe...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Physiological and Pathophysiological Consequences of Sickle Cell Disease

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 18:45 ET

Immune Cells Mistake Heart Attacks for Viral Infections

A study led by Kevin King, a bioengineer and physician at the University of California San Diego, has found that the immune system plays a surprising role in the aftermath of heart attacks. The research could lead to new therapeutic strategies for h...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Medicine

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 11:00 ET

UHN Vision Scientists Discover Potential Neuroprotective Treatment for Glaucoma

A research team led by scientists at the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto has identified a new neuroprotective factor that has the potential to help people suffering from the common blinding disease glaucoma.

– University Health Network (UHN)

Journal of Clinical Investigation, Nov-2017

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 16:00 ET

Lipids Influence How Sick You Get From a Bacterial Infection

Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Maastricht deomonstrated their ability to use mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) in tracking disease progression, opening avenues for future research into the applicability of...

– University of Maryland, Baltimore

PNAS MS# 2017-12887R

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 15:00 ET

Study Shows Lupus Support Line has Positive Impact

A free telephone support and education program for people with lupus is a valuable resource to help them cope with the disease, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City.

– Hospital for Special Surgery

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 13:30 ET

MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center celebrates the five-year anniversary of its Moon Shots Program™, a collaborative effort to accelerate the development of scientific discoveries into clinical advances that save patients’ lives. La...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 11:00 ET

Circulating Tumor Cells Associated with Relapse in Late-Stage Melanoma Patients

A study revealing a connection between circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and relapse in stage IV melanoma patients points to liquid biopsy as a potential predictor of patients at high risk for disease progression. CTCs, tumor cells shed into the bloodst...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Lancet Oncology; Western Surgical Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 4-7, 2017

Promising New Drug for Hepatitis B Tested First at Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s National Primate Research Center in San Antonio

Research at the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) on the campus of Texas Biomedical Research Institute helped advance a new treatment now in human trials for chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection.

– Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Science Translational Medicine

Big Data Resources for Public Health

Although studies and surveys have shown that using information technology to analyze big health datasets and guide public health decisions can improve health equity, the majority of community health center leaders and staff report receiving little to...

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration

JACR Explores Social Media Impact on Medicine

It’s a social networking world! The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®) will examine its influence on medical journals and professional meetings, radiology education and health care organizations in an upcoming special issue.

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

UF Study Helps Discount Fluoride as a Danger for Tea Drinkers

If you drink too much tea, scientists are concerned you might get sick from dental fluorosis in children or skeletal fluorosis in adults. The situation can be aggravated if water used for brewing tea contains high amounts of fluoride.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Environmental Pollution

Lending late neurons a helping hand

University of Geneva researchers have discovered that delayed neuronal migration in the foetus causes behavioural disorders comparable to autism.

– Université de Genève (University of Geneva)

Nature Communications

Researchers Probe Brain Disease-Causing Proteins at the Atomic Level

Researchers studying a protein that causes a hereditary degenerative brain disease in humans have discovered that the human, mouse and hamster forms of the protein, which have nearly identical amino acid sequences, exhibit distinct three-dimensional ...

– Ohio State University

Nature Communications

Researchers Discover Eight New Epilepsy Genes

A new study examining 200 children with epileptic encephalopathy – epilepsy combined with intellectual or overall developmental disability –identified eight new genes involved in this type of epilepsy thanks to their use of whole-genome sequencin...

– Universite de Montreal

The American Journal of Human Genetics; Genome Canada; Genome Quebec; Jeanne and Jean-Louis Lévesque Research Chair on the genetic basis of brain diseases

High Risk Sex Behaviors Impact Women’s Health: Mcmaster

The research team compared samples of vaginal microbiota of both women who were involved in sex work and those who were not sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya.

– McMaster University

Solvent Exposure Linked to High Blood Pressure in Hispanic Workers

Hispanic/Latino workers exposed to organic solvents are more likely to have high blood pressure, according to a study in the November Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Age-Old Malaria Treatment Found to Improve Nanoparticle Delivery to Tumors

A new study shows that a 70-year-old malaria drug can block immune cells in the liver so nanoparticles can arrive at their intended tumor site, overcoming a significant hurdle of targeted drug delivery, according to a team of researchers led by Houst...

– Houston Methodist

Scientific Reports, Oct. 23

Study: Lupus Patients Endorse PROMIS Assessment Tool as Relevant and Valuable

A study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) evaluating the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) finds that patients with lupus endorse the assessment tool as relevant, valuable and potentially useful in improving clini...

– Hospital for Special Surgery

Depressed with a Chronic Disease? Consider Alternative Therapies

Scientists are finding more evidence that commonly prescribed antidepressants aren’t effective in people battling both depression and a chronic medical disease, raising a critical question of whether doctors should enact widespread changes in how t...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Journal of the American Medical Association

Researchers Discover New Pathway for Handling Stress

Researchers studying how animals respond to infections have found a new pathway that may help in tolerating stressors that damage proteins. Naming the pathway the Intracellular Pathogen Response, the scientists say it is a newly discovered way for an...

– University of California San Diego

Current Biology, Nov-2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Study Identifies Enhanced Impact of Treatment for Hereditary Cancer Patients

eople with an inherited syndrome called familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) have a 100% lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer if they do not seek appropriate medical care. Recent findings published by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute...

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

HHSN2612012000131; CA042014; CA073992; UL1TR00106

Drug Improves Muscle Function and Survival in Spinal Muscular Atrophy

More than half of the babies with infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who were treated with nusinersen (Spinraza) gained motor milestones, compared to none of the babies in the control group. Infants treated with the drug also had 63 percen...

– Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

New England Journal of Medicine, Nov 2017

Showing How Light Moves in Scintillators Could Help Enhance Medical Imaging

Scientists have not been able to describe how light moves within nontransparent scintillators – a key component in large area x-ray detectors. Now a new study describes how this light moves, a finding that may help to improve medical imaging.

– Stony Brook University


Important New Insights Into RECIST Criteria Measuring Cancer’s Response to Treatment

CU Cancer Center study examines current RECIST guidelines in an effort to bring them up to speed with new complexities presented by the latest targeted therapies.

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Higher Estrogen Levels Linked to Increased Alcohol Sensitivity in Brain’s ‘Reward Center’

The reward center of the brain is much more attuned to the pleasurable effects of alcohol when estrogen levels are elevated, an effect that may underlie the development of addiction in women, according to a study on mice at the University of Illinois...

– University of Illinois at Chicago


UCI Review Points to Long-Term Negative Impact of High Protein Diets

High protein diets may lead to long-term kidney damage among those suffering from chronic chronic kidney disease, according to research led by nephrologist Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, MD, MPH, PhD, of the University of California, Irvine.

– University of California, Irvine

New England Journal of Medicine

Cedars-Sinai Taps Military Veteran to Recruit and Retain Former Members of the Military and Their Spouses

“I want every organization to know Cedars-Sinai is serious about hiring veterans,” said Stephen Bettini, a former Army combat engineer who now serves as Cedars-Sinai’s first full-time military veteran recruiter, a new position to help veterans ...

– Cedars-Sinai

Orphan Drugs—Exploring the Challenges of Pricing, Reimbursement, and Funding

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, held several sessions on the topic of orphan drugs at its 20th Annual European Congress, currently being held 4-8 November 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress, Nov-2017

What Is “Unmet Medical Need?”

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, held a session this afternoon at its 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, UK that explored the question, “what is ‘unmet medical need?’”

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress, Nov-2017

How Can Good Research Practice Guidance Improve Health Technology Assessment?

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, focused on what aspects of health technology assessment can be improved with good research practice guidance at its 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, UK..

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress, Nov-2017

Finding the “Value” in Value-Based Health Care

ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, opened its 20th Annual European Congress in Glasgow, Scotland, UK this morning with the first plenary session, “Where Is the Value in Value-Based Health Care?.”

– International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress, Nov-2017

Do Face Masks Protect Against Air Pollution-Related Health Problems?

Many people around the world, especially in Asia, wear face masks to protect against air pollution. Do they work? Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, Herman Hellerstein, professor of cardiovascular medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine a...

– Case Western Reserve University

National Institutes of Health

Study Finds Racial Disparities in Hip Replacement Outcomes in Impoverished Communities

A combination of race and socioeconomic factors play a role in hip replacement outcomes, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS).

– Hospital for Special Surgery

Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals annual meeting

Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators at Hospital for Special Surgery Fosters Innovation in Teaching and Research to Improve Medical Care

The Academy of Rheumatology Medical Educators at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has created a stimulating academic environment for educators, promoted teaching excellence and supported innovative research in rheumatology education.

– Hospital for Special Surgery

Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) annual meeting

Mayo Clinic Releases Book on Whole-Body Wellness, Complementary Techniques

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A new Mayo Clinic book ─ Mayo Clinic: The Integrative Guide to Good Health – is now available. This book highlights the importance of mental and spiritual wellness when maintaining an individual’s overall health.

– Mayo Clinic

ASTRO Chair to Testify at Energy & Commerce Hearing on Medicare Payment Reform

ASTRO Chair Brian Kavanagh, MD, MPH, FASTRO, will join representatives from leading physician groups Wednesday morning to discuss Medicare payment reform before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The hearing, “MACRA and Alternat...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

ASCB Among Founding Members of Newly Launched Scientific Society Publisher Alliance

A group of prestigious not-for-profit scientific membership societies, including the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), have announced the launch of the Scientific Society Publisher Alliance (SSPA), an initiative focused on building awareness ...

– American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Columbia Nursing’s Marie Carmel Garcon Named Nurse Practitioner of the Year by The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State

New York, NY- Marie Carmel Garcon, DNP, Columbia University School of Nursing, has been named 2017 Nurse Practitioner of the Year, by The Nurse Practitioner Association (link is external) New York State (NPA).

– Columbia University Medical Center

NIH Funds Research to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease with Anti-Inflammatory Diet

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Albert Einstein College of Medicine nutrition scientist Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Ph.D., R.D., a five-year, $4 million grant to test whether a diet rich in foods with anti-inflammatory properties can reduc...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Mount Sinai Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Develop New Ways to Share and Reuse Research Data

NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase to seek best practices for storing, accessing, sharing and computing on biomedical data

– Mount Sinai Health System

Women Needed to Contribute to WISDOM for Breast Cancer Screening

The five University of California medical centers, including Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, have joined together to recruit 100,000 women in California to be part of WISDOM: a clinical trial to uncover whether annual mammograms are the ...

– University of California San Diego Health

The Wistar Institute Awarded More Than $16.5M in Grants to Fund Cancer & Infectious Disease Research and Training

Wistar scientists have secured more than $16.5 million in funding throughout the summer and early fall of 2017.

– Wistar Institute

FDA Announces First Approval of Targeted Therapy Based on Basket Study

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has approved the drug vemurafenib for the treatment of patients with BRAF V600-mutant Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD). This is the first approval of a targeted therapy based on a basket st...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Trained T-Cells to Target Toxic Viruses in Pediatric Patients

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded $4.8 million by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to study the use of a new T-cell therapy to help fight active viral infections in children with severe immune deficiencies. ...

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Integrating Pathology and Radiology Images to Improve Cancer Treatment

Stony Brook University is part of a national five-year $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop a testbed for using data analytics and radiology and pathology images to better steer cancer treatment.

– Stony Brook University

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Brings National Effort to Improve Health and Reduce Costs to Red Bank

As research increasingly links environmental factors with chronic disease, Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center has enrolled in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI), a national campaign that supports hospitals in accelerating the g...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

Ludwig Scientists Share Insights on Immunotherapy Research at the 2017 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Annual Meeting

Ludwig Cancer Research has released the scope of its participation at the 2017 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, November 8-12.

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Two Mount Sinai Institutes to Join $215 Million Public-Private Partnership to Increase Patients’ Immunotherapy Success

The Tisch Cancer Institute and the Precision Immunology Institute at Mount Sinai Health System are part of a $215 million public-private Cancer Moonshot research collaboration launched by the National Institutes of Health and 11 leading pharmaceutica...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Science News

Cool Idea: Magma Held in ‘Cold Storage’ Before Giant Volcano Eruption

Long Valley, California, has long defined the “super-eruption.” About 765,000 years ago, a pool of molten rock exploded into the sky. Within one nightmarish week, 760 cubic kilometers of lava and ash spewed out in the kind of volcanic cataclysm w...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

PNAS Nov. 6, 2017

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 15:00 ET

Climate Change Likely to be More Deadly in Poor African Settlements

Conditions in crowded urban settlements in Africa make the effects of climate change worse, pushing temperatures to levels dangerous for children and the elderly in those areas.

– Johns Hopkins University

PLOS ONE, Nov-6-2017; DGE1069213; ES023029 [

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 14:00 ET

Scientists Find Potential “Missing Link” in Chemistry That Led to Life on Earth

Chemists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a compound that may have been a crucial factor in the origins of life on Earth.

– Scripps Research Institute

Nature Chemistry, Nov. 2017; 327124; NNX14AP59G

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 11:00 ET

Inner Ear Stem Cells May Someday Restore Hearing

Want to restore hearing by injecting stem cells into the inner ear? Well, that can be a double-edged sword. Inner ear stem cells can be converted to auditory neurons that could reverse deafness, but the process can also make those cells divide too qu...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Stem Cell Reports ; Rutgers Today

Deer Prefer Native Plants Leaving Lasting Damage on Forests

When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass. These eating habits lower native plant diversity and abundance, while increasi...

– Cornell University

AoB PLANTS, Sept-2017

First-Ever U.S. Experiments at New X-Ray Facility May Lead to Better Explosive Modeling

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially ...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Journal of Physical Chemistry (C)

'Smart' Paper Can Conduct Electricity, Detect Water

A University of Washington team wants to simplify the process for discovering detrimental water leaks by developing “smart” paper that can sense the presence of water.

– University of Washington

Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Nov-2017

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White Roofing Isn’t Always Green, Virginia Tech Study Confirms

A study out of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ Center for High Performance Environments presents a new scientific challenge to widely held industry assumptions that white roofing is the best option for commercial builde...

– Virginia Tech

Roofing; Home Energy

Beyond Good Vibrations: New Insights into Metamaterial Magic

Metamaterials have amazing potential—think invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses—but they are more likely to be found in a Harry Potter novel than a lab. To help bring them closer to reality, researchers delved into the complex fundamental physi...

– Michigan Technological University

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Oct-2017 ; National Science Foundation

Circadian Clock Discovery Could Help Boost Water Efficiency in Food Plants

A discovery by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Dallas provides new insights about the biological or circadian clock, how it regulates high water-use efficiency in some plants, and how others, including food plants, might be improved for th...

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Genome Biology and Evolution, Sept-2017

The Flat and the Curious

Argonne researchers have simulated the growth of the 2-D material silicene. Their work, published in Nanoscale, delivers new and useful insights on the material’s properties and behavior and offers a predictive model for other researchers studying ...

– Argonne National Laboratory


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Where Did Those Electrons Go? X-Ray Measurements Solve Decades-Old Mystery

There’s been an unsolved mystery associated with mixed valence compounds: When the valence state of an element in these compounds changes with increased temperature, the number of electrons associated with that element decreases, as well. But just ...

– Cornell University

Nature Communications

So You Want to Be a Cybersecurity Expert

Information security is a white-hot career. Find out how campuses across the CSU are preparing students to fill these in-demand jobs.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Infrastructure Optimization Tool From Sandia Helps Design Future Bases

Sandia National Laboratories has been helping the Army’s Product Directorate Contingency Base Infrastructure identify the best equipment for temporary bases overseas since 2013. For the first time, a Sandia-designed software tool is being used to r...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Reaching New Heights: Physicists Improve the Vertical Stability of Superconducting Korean Fusion Device

Article describes international collaboration that has improved stability on KSTAR tokamak in South Korea.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Students to Design an App Showing Region's Underground Railroad

Ithaca and the surrounding area are full of sites that are important to the history of the Underground Railroad movement, and the popular class is being offered this fall for the third time. But this year, students are adding a new component to the t...

– Cornell University

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Announces Final Coastal Resilience Awards

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to announce Coastal Resilience Awards for two community projects totaling $90,000. The community recipients are The City of Fairhope, Alabama and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for a project benefiti...

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Save the Date: American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS-DFD) Annual Meeting in Denver, Nov. 19-21

The fluid properties of liquid, gases and even particles are constantly at work in our lives and around us. Covering topics including citrus fruit microjets, sinus pathways for drug delivery, the spread of pathogens by rain, and even beer bubbles, th...

– American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics

American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics (APS-DFD) Annual Meeting, Nov. 19-21

Penn State ESM Department Head Elected to ASM International Board of Trustees

Judith A. Todd, P.B. Breneman department head chair and professor of engineering science and mechanics, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of ASM International.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Lifestyle & Social Sciences

US-Born Workers Receive Disability Benefits More Often Than Workers From Abroad

People born elsewhere who work in the United States are much less likely to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits than those born in the U.S. or its territories. Foreign-born adults are less likely to report health-related impediments...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Demography, Dec. 2017

An Insomnia Label More Harmful Than Poor Sleep

People who worry about poor sleep have more emotional and physical problems during the day than those who do not worry, regardless of how well either sleep, according to research conducted at The University of Alabama.

– University of Alabama

Behaviour Research and Therapy, Oct-2017

Arkansas Researchers Looking Into How Opinions Are Formed, Manipulated in Artificial Population

Researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are investigating how opinions are formed and manipulated in an artificial population. They set up a simulation demonstrating how the opinions of the artificial population are driven by inter...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Computational Social Science Conference

Elections: Statewide Survey Explores Problems, Potential Reforms

A statewide survey of local officials shows that a majority are very confident in their jurisdiction's ability to administer accurate elections, however, those in Michigan's largest cities and townships—which hold nearly half the population—were ...

– University of Michigan

Affirmative Consent in Rape Cases Subject of 2017 Fordham Debate at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

American law has long criminalized rape and other forms of sexual assault. In recent decades definitions of such crimes have been expanded, mostly providing greater protections for victims who testify they were subjected to non-consensual sex. This t...

– University of Utah

Turning Political Emotions Into Classroom Assets

A political discussion can easily turn emotional. But when these emotions erupt among middle and high school students, they can become powerful teaching tools to keep kids engaged and learning, says a University of Georgia researcher,

– University of Georgia

Helping Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

The director of peer support network Vets4Warriors discusses challenges veterans face after leaving service – and how the public can help

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Statement of APA President in Response to Texas Church Shootings

Following is the statement of APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, in response to the shootings at a Texas church that left at least 26 people dead and 20 others wounded, and President Trump’s assertion that the attack was a “mental health probl...

– American Psychological Association (APA)

New FAU Advising Program Supports Foster Care and Homeless Students

Less than 3 percent of youth raised in foster care graduate from a four-year college. FAU’s University Advising Services has launched “Educate Tomorrow,” a new academic advising program that will support foster and homeless youth on a Florida D...

– Florida Atlantic University

Northwestern Law Trial Teams Win Labor Law Competition

From left: Lane Lansdown, JD ’18, Hannah Freiman JD ’18, Coach Mark Duric, Coach Kendrick Washington, Amanda Tzivas JD ’19 and Joey Becker JD ’18. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, who presided over the final round, is in the background. The team will...

– Northwestern University

Grant to Assist Robbins Renewal Project

Backed by funding from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, the University of Illinois at Chicago will join a partnership between the village of Robbins and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to support ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Center on Wrongful Convictions Client Kerry Masterson Acquitted of 2009 Murder

After spending more than eight years in prison, Kerry Masterson, a joint client of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and Neal Gerber Eisenberg, is free following a jury’s not-guilty verdict in the Circuit Court ...

– Northwestern University

Former Air Force Surgeon General Thomas Travis to Deliver Keynote Speech at UT Southwestern Medical Center Veterans Day Ceremony

Retired Lieutenant General and 21st U.S. Air Force Surgeon General Dr. Thomas W. Travis will be the featured speaker at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Third Annual Tribute to Veterans, Nov. 7.

– Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

“The Big Picture: What’s at Stake in Trump’s America?”—Nov. 7 Symposium at NYU

New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) will host “The Big Picture: What’s at Stake in Trump’s America,” a day-long symposium on the rise of Donald Trump as a candidate and decisions as president, on Tues., Nov. 7.

– New York University

Northwestern University Remains Engaged With Mexico

A faculty panel organized by alumni leaders from Northwestern University will highlight the continuing collaboration between Northwestern and Mexico on Nov. 9 in Mexico City.

– Northwestern University





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