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Newswise: Identity Verification During the Age of COVID-19
Released: 3-Dec-2020 2:25 PM EST
Identity Verification During the Age of COVID-19
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

S&T's Biometric Technology Rally focused on the ability of acquisition systems and matching algorithms to recognize travelers without asking them to remove their masks, thereby reducing risk for frontline workers.

Newswise: As a Utah law professor fights for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, students prepare him for a battle ahead
Released: 3-Dec-2020 8:20 AM EST
As a Utah law professor fights for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein, students prepare him for a battle ahead
University of Utah

Paul Cassell has spent 12 years fighting for the victims of now dead multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein. He takes more arguments to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, Dec.3 hoping to win for victims.

Released: 2-Dec-2020 6:05 PM EST
How Caregivers of People with Dementia Can Navigate Holidays During the Pandemic
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

As COVID-19 cases increase across the nation, many caregivers are trying to navigate the holidays for relatives with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that people not travel to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus. Mary Catherine Lundquist, program director of Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling helpline (800-424-2494) for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease operated by Rutgers Behavioral Health Care, discusses how families can stay connected with their loved ones.

Newswise: Some Like It Hot: Boosting Efficiency in Solar Cells
Released: 2-Dec-2020 4:30 PM EST
Some Like It Hot: Boosting Efficiency in Solar Cells
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Novel hot-carrier solar cells convert sunlight to electricity more efficiently than conventional solar cells by harnessing charge carriers before they lose their energy to heat. A key to keeping electric charges hot longer is to slow the phonons that transport heat. Recent research shows that thermal transport—and thus performance—in hot-carrier solar cells can be reduced by replacing hydrogen atoms with heavier deuterium atoms.

Released: 2-Dec-2020 3:50 PM EST
Tip Sheet: Celebrate holidays safely, COVID-19 vaccines, challenges in HIV vaccine trials — and new insights on evolution
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

SEATTLE – Dec. 2, 2020 – Below are summaries of recent Fred Hutch research findings and other news with links for additional background and media contacts.If you’re following the American Society of Hematology’s annual meeting (virtual, Dec. 5-8), see our media tip sheet highlighting Fred Hutch presentations and activities, including those by current ASH president Dr.

Newswise: Patient with aortic aneurysm benefits from innovative, minimally invasive procedure
Released: 2-Dec-2020 2:40 PM EST
Patient with aortic aneurysm benefits from innovative, minimally invasive procedure
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

When Rodolfo Sandoval was told he would need to undergo open surgery to repair his thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm, he hesitated. At 73 years old, he was worried about the recovery process for a major, invasive procedure. Then COVID-19 arrived and he made the decision that he would only consider the surgery if it became a life or death situation.

Newswise: “This is how we can help” – Couple shares their story as COVID-19 clinical trial participants
Released: 2-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
“This is how we can help” – Couple shares their story as COVID-19 clinical trial participants
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

“I don’t feel so great,” my husband, Brandon, said to me one Saturday afternoon – the last thing I wanted to hear after spending the last seven months tuned into COVID-19 media coverage. Knowing a few of his co-workers had recently tested positive for the virus, we didn’t wait to secure an appointment for a rapid test. When he called me an hour later to tell me he has tested positive, my heart sank.

Newswise: Bringing harmony to chaos: UTHealth trauma surgeon repairs lives
Released: 2-Dec-2020 1:45 PM EST
Bringing harmony to chaos: UTHealth trauma surgeon repairs lives
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

By the time first responders rushed the patient to Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC, life was already slipping away through a stab wound in the neck. The goal of the team: resuscitate and transfer the patient to the operating room, where Laura J. Moore, MD, with UTHealth, would reconstruct his severed blood vessels.

Newswise: New Political Science Chair Explains Importance of Public Administration Discipline
Released: 2-Dec-2020 11:55 AM EST
New Political Science Chair Explains Importance of Public Administration Discipline
SUNY Buffalo State

Atta Ceesay, who received the Buffalo State President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019, worked with other faculty members and M. Scott Goodman, interim dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, to elevate public administration and rename the department Political Science and Public Administration. This decision was partly fueled by an external review of the department last fall.

Released: 2-Dec-2020 11:45 AM EST
Delivering Pandemic Vaccine Poses Extraordinary Logistical Challenges
Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

Associate Professor Tinglong Dai of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, an expert in health care industry operations management and business analytics, examines the daunting process of administering a COVID-19 vaccine globally.

Newswise: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health to Present Expansive New Hematology Data at the 62nd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition
Released: 2-Dec-2020 8:25 AM EST
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health to Present Expansive New Hematology Data at the 62nd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The American Society of Hematology (ASH), is the world’s largest professional society with a focus on the causes and treatment of blood disorders. Experts from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey will be presenting a variety of key hematology data at the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting. This includes 22 scheduled presentations, including 10 oral presentations examining several types of blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Newswise: Decorating Semiconductors at the Atomic Scale
Released: 2-Dec-2020 8:05 AM EST
Decorating Semiconductors at the Atomic Scale
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Combining two different semiconductors can create new properties. The way these combinations work depends on how the semiconductors are arranged and contact one another. Researchers have developed a new way to grow semiconductor crystals about 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. This new synthesis method independently controls the arrangements and sizes of the crystals.

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Released: 1-Dec-2020 4:55 PM EST
Dark Energy Camera Snaps Deepest Photo yet of Galactic Siblings
NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory

Images from the Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History (SMASH) reveal a striking family portrait of our galactic neighbors — the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. The images represent a portion of the second data release from the deepest, most extensive survey of the Magellanic Clouds. The observations consist of roughly 4 billion measurements of 360 million objects.

Newswise: Why Older Adults Should Shop from Home While the Pandemic is Surging
Released: 1-Dec-2020 4:50 PM EST
Why Older Adults Should Shop from Home While the Pandemic is Surging
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Leslie M. Kantor, professor and chair of the Department of Urban-Global Public Health at the Rutgers School of Public Health, talks about the new data from Public Health England, the country’s national health service, and explains why even the most independent seniors should avoid grocery shopping at this stage of the pandemic and how to use technology and help from family and friends.

Released: 1-Dec-2020 4:05 PM EST
Primary Care in a Pandemic: Spotting Mental Health Needs and More
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The number of people dealing with mental distress caused by enduring months of pandemic, economic disruption and political turmoil is rising fast. And America’s primary care clinics are the front line for many of those mental health concerns. A new online toolkit aims to help primary care clinics cope with this influx, and draw from the expertise of mental health specialists and researchers.

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Released: 1-Dec-2020 1:10 PM EST
UCLA, UCSF gain FDA approval for prostate cancer imaging technique
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The University of California’s two nationally ranked medical centers, UCSF and UCLA, and their nuclear medicine teams have obtained approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer a new imaging technique for prostate cancer that locates cancer lesions in the pelvic area and other parts of the body to which the tumors have migrated.

Newswise: New Prototype Advances Particle Accelerators for Industry and Medicine
Released: 1-Dec-2020 12:25 PM EST
New Prototype Advances Particle Accelerators for Industry and Medicine
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The most powerful particle accelerators on Earth are research machines built on superconducting radiofrequency technology. These accelerators are expensive and difficult to operate. Scientists have now built an accelerator prototype that uses off-the-shelf support systems that demonstrates it is possible to build and run powerful non-research accelerators at a fraction of the cost of research accelerators.

Released: 1-Dec-2020 11:35 AM EST
AXA Chair at UC Santa Cruz funds efforts to build coastal resilience naturally
University of California, Santa Cruz

Global insurance company AXA has established the AXA Chair in Coastal Resilience at UC Santa Cruz to support the work of Michael Beck, a research professor in the Institute of Marine Sciences and the Department of Ocean Sciences, to advance the conservation and restoration of coastal habitats as natural defenses against storms and climate change.

Newswise: Laser-Driven “Chirp” Powers High-Resolution Materials Imaging
Released: 1-Dec-2020 11:35 AM EST
Laser-Driven “Chirp” Powers High-Resolution Materials Imaging
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists use beams of electrons to study materials’ properties. Shorter beams produce higher-resolution views. To make shorter beams, the electrons at the tail of the beam need to catch up to the head of the beam. This is accomplished by giving the electrons at the tail extra energy, a so-called “energy chirp.” Scientists have now used a terahertz laser pulse to create this energy chirp.

Released: 1-Dec-2020 11:30 AM EST
Scientists map soils’ potential to combat climate change
Cornell University

Soils Revealed is an open-access, interactive platform that uses cutting-edge technology to model how soil organic carbon has fluctuated over the last 11,000 years and to project soil’s future carbon-storing capacity.

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Released: 1-Dec-2020 8:45 AM EST
Reducing Wasteful Medical Care Spending: Key to Reinventing Public Health?
American Public Health Association (APHA)

A podcast from the American Journal of Public Health on medical care spending

Newswise: UC San Diego Student Team Shines at Supercomputing 2020 Conference
Released: 30-Nov-2020 4:35 PM EST
UC San Diego Student Team Shines at Supercomputing 2020 Conference
University of California San Diego

A team fielded for the first time by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego competed in this year’s Student Cluster Competition at the annual International Conference for High-Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC20) achieved fourth place overall among 19 teams during the 72-hour challenge.

Newswise: Efficient In-person voting observed by URI VOTES research team
Released: 30-Nov-2020 4:30 PM EST
Efficient In-person voting observed by URI VOTES research team
University of Rhode Island

The 2020 election is all but complete, but a team of researchers at the University of Rhode Island is still crunching the numbers – not the number of votes, but the statistics used to determine the efficiency of in-person voting in Rhode Island, Nebraska and Los Angeles.

Newswise: Holiday Gifts That Give Back to Birds and Nature
Released: 30-Nov-2020 2:50 PM EST
Holiday Gifts That Give Back to Birds and Nature
Cornell University

There's been a huge bump in the number of people connecting with birds and nature as people stuck close to home during this past year, and the trend is continuing. The perfect gift for new—and veteran—birdwatchers is the gift of knowledge. There's so much to learn about birds! Below are holiday gift ideas that are meaningful and environmentally friendly—and your purchase supports the nonprofit conservation work at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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Released: 30-Nov-2020 2:35 PM EST
UCI professor’s life skills course is expanded to all 10 UC campuses
University of California, Irvine

Long successful at the University of California, Irvine, Mahtab Jafari’s Life 101 course will be available across the 10 UC campuses during the upcoming winter quarter. The class teaches healthy lifestyle choices, promotes students’ well-being, and helps them to recognize and manage their stress.

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Released: 30-Nov-2020 2:25 PM EST
From Open-Heart Surgery to Surfing the Waves Once Again
Cedars-Sinai

Just moments after Calabasas ninth grader Oliver Merlob was born, he was whisked away for open-heart surgery to treat a congenital heart defect. Little did his parents know it would be the beginning of a lifelong relationship.

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Released: 30-Nov-2020 2:20 PM EST
COVID-19 Update: Surge Preparedness, Vaccine Distribution
Cedars-Sinai

With the novel coronavirus spreading across the U.S. at a record pace, Cedars-Sinai has been seeing an increase in COVID-19 patients at its hospitals and through its network of physicians. But the health system's leaders say Cedars-Sinai is prepared.

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Released: 30-Nov-2020 2:05 PM EST
Gene Therapy Gives Man with Sickle Cell Disease the Chance for a Better Future
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

In July 2019, Evie Junior enrolled in a clinical trial for an experimental stem cell gene therapy for sickle cell disease. The study is led by UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center physician-scientists Dr. Donald Kohn and Dr. Gary Schiller and funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Newswise: Hackensack University Medical Center Urologists Continue to Provide State-of-the-Art Care During COVID-19
Released: 30-Nov-2020 12:45 PM EST
Hackensack University Medical Center Urologists Continue to Provide State-of-the-Art Care During COVID-19
Hackensack Meridian Health

Don’t Delay Your Care – Our dnhanced pandemic safety precautions prioritize patient health and allow providers to deliver outstanding in-office, telehealth and surgical care

Newswise: Promising lab results in quest to find naturally occurring anti-COVID therapies
24-Nov-2020 5:35 PM EST
Promising lab results in quest to find naturally occurring anti-COVID therapies
University of Alabama Huntsville

So far, 35 of 125 naturally occurring compounds identified computationally at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) to have potential against COVID-19 have shown efficacy in ongoing first-batch testing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (UTHSC RBL) that’s the next step in the process to becoming a drug.

Newswise: Rutgers Philosophy Professor Analyzes Justice Issues in New Podcast
Released: 30-Nov-2020 9:30 AM EST
Rutgers Philosophy Professor Analyzes Justice Issues in New Podcast
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers-New Brunswick philosophy Professor Derrick Darby is helping to bring logic and data to discussions on the struggle for justice in America and globally in A Pod Called Quest.

Newswise: Mathematicians Seek to Unravel Mysteries Hinted at by M. C. Escher
Released: 30-Nov-2020 9:25 AM EST
Mathematicians Seek to Unravel Mysteries Hinted at by M. C. Escher
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A workshop hosted by Rutgers mathematician Alex Kontorovich will ask, among other things, what a famous M. C. Escher illustration would look like in 1,001 dimensions. Welcome to the world of "hyperbolic reflection groups."

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Released: 26-Nov-2020 9:35 AM EST
Early construction of prototype innovative light rail vehicle for the City of Coventry
University of Warwick

The Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) is an innovative light rail system which will be battery powered, lightweight and rail-based.

Newswise: Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19: Your Mental Health
Released: 25-Nov-2020 2:15 PM EST
Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19: Your Mental Health
Cedars-Sinai

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaped more than half a year of our lives, canceling plans, upending livelihoods and causing feelings of grief, stress and anxiety. And Cedars-Sinai mental health experts say the pandemic could be shaping our mental health well into the future.

Newswise: Stressed supply chains will mean delays for holiday shopping
Released: 25-Nov-2020 10:45 AM EST
Stressed supply chains will mean delays for holiday shopping
Iowa State University

As people begin their holiday shopping, the concerns about timely delivery dates are real.  The combination of holiday shopping and a global pandemic has some e-commerce experts are predicting a ‘shipageddon’ of delays and chaos this holiday season.

Released: 25-Nov-2020 9:55 AM EST
More Health Systems Join National #MaskUp Campaign
Cleveland Clinic

Many more health systems are joining the national #MaskUp campaign encouraging Americans to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following safety guidelines. Over just a few days, another 19 health systems with hundreds of hospitals united with 100 health systems nationwide with hospitals numbering in the thousands. The public service campaign is critical to the health and well-being of all Americans. It is a plea from healthcare professionals everywhere: wear a mask and follow other precautions to save lives and help get our country back on its feet.

Newswise: New Global Standards Will Make Traveling with Liquids Safer and Easier
Released: 24-Nov-2020 4:45 PM EST
New Global Standards Will Make Traveling with Liquids Safer and Easier
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

An important part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) mission is to develop, implement, improve-upon, and ensure the effectiveness of cutting-edge screening equipment and protocols that help protect the traveling public.

Newswise: SLU Engineer Tackles the Digital Graphics Accessibility Gap in STEM
Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:25 PM EST
SLU Engineer Tackles the Digital Graphics Accessibility Gap in STEM
Saint Louis University

Abstract STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts are often conveyed visually. Intricate graphics of mathematical data trends and interactive simulations of molecules and electricity help students visualize and understand these concepts in a more concrete way.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 3:15 PM EST
Workplace Expert: COVID-Safe Company Holiday Party Ideas and Why Celebrating is Significant
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Maryland Smith workplace expert Vijaya Venkataramani says Zoom fatigue notwithstanding, a COVID-safe staff or company holiday celebration is ideal for leaders and managers to give thanks to team members for their resilience in 2020.

Newswise: Prof. Janet Yellen, trailblazing former Fed chair, is Biden’s expected Treasury pick
Released: 24-Nov-2020 2:35 PM EST
Prof. Janet Yellen, trailblazing former Fed chair, is Biden’s expected Treasury pick
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Berkeley Haas Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen, the first woman to have led the Federal Reserve, is expected to take on another trailblazing role as President-elect Joseph Biden’s pick for Treasury secretary.

Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:55 AM EST
Cleveland Clinic First in the World to Use Latest Ablation Technology to Destroy Large Liver Tumors
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is the first hospital in the world to use a recently FDA-approved ablation technology that can destroy large liver tumors. The minimally invasive procedure uses a single needle connected to a powerful 150-watt microwave generator that can burn a malignant liver tumor as large as 2.4 inches, which is about the size of an egg. Eren Berber, M.D., director of Cleveland Clinic’s Surgical Liver Tumor Ablation Program, led a team that successfully used the technology in October to treat a patient who had a 2.4-inch liver tumor.

Newswise: Staying Safe While Home for the Holidays
Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:40 AM EST
Staying Safe While Home for the Holidays
American Cleaning Institute

COVID-19 cases around the country are on the rise and that trend is expected to continue throughout the holidays. As parents continue to be hypervigilant about keeping their homes as clean as possible during the pandemic, it is likely that there will be an increase in demand for, and use of, household cleaning products, which can lead to an increased poisoning danger for kids if not used and stored properly. To support families during these challenging times, Safe Kids Worldwide has teamed up with the American Cleaning Institute to remind parents and caregivers to be especially attentive about keeping cleaning products out of the reach and sight of children.

Newswise: Over the holidays, replacing the furnace filter could help protect people from COVID-19 indoors
Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:35 AM EST
Over the holidays, replacing the furnace filter could help protect people from COVID-19 indoors
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Yang Wang, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, advises homeowners to replace their furnace filter to help protect families from COVID-19 over the holidays.

Newswise: A real life “Superman” celebrates 5 years of survival from one of the deadliest cancers
Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:35 AM EST
A real life “Superman” celebrates 5 years of survival from one of the deadliest cancers
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Story of a man who celebrated his five-year survival with GBM. He received 5-ALA prior to surgery, which helps the surgeon see more of the tumor for removal, and he was in a Phase 1 clinical trial.

Newswise: Giving Thanks Can Ease Pandemic Stress, SLU Expert Says
Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:15 AM EST
Giving Thanks Can Ease Pandemic Stress, SLU Expert Says
Saint Louis University Medical Center

This time of year is usually a time of joy and celebration with family and friends. Yet, as COVID-19 cases surge across the country, Thanksgiving in 2020 will look different than it has in other years. A global pandemic, like COVID-19, can have a profound impact on a person’s psyche.

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Released: 24-Nov-2020 11:00 AM EST
NSF’s National Solar Observatory Predicts a Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving
National Solar Observatory

On November 18 scientists from the US National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory predicted the arrival of a large sunspot just in time for Thanksgiving. Using a special technique called helioseismology, the team has been “listening” to changing sound waves from the Sun’s interior which beckon the arrival of a large sunspot.

Newswise: Volatile stuff for heavy trucks
Released: 24-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST
Volatile stuff for heavy trucks
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

In future, commercial vehicles will not only have to emit less CO2 but also meet stricter exhaust emission limits. Many experts expect that this could herald the end for fossil diesel. One possible alternative is dimethyl ether: The highly volatile substance burns very cleanly and can be produced from renewable energy. Empa is investigating this new powertrain concept using a special test engine.

Newswise: The Impact of Pruning
Released: 23-Nov-2020 3:50 PM EST
The Impact of Pruning
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers have shown an improved binarized neural network can deliver a low-cost and low-energy computation to help the performance of smart devices and the power grid.

Released: 23-Nov-2020 3:35 PM EST
NYU, Columbia, and Takeda Form Research Alliance for Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders
New York University

New York University, Columbia University, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) have formed a collaborative research alliance to begin and advance gastroenterology research programs, with the goal of developing new therapies for patients with gastrointestinal and liver disorders.


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