Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 12, 1998
Williams Biology Prof. Receives NSF Grant For Work On dUTPase
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $266,191 to nancy Roseman, assistant professor of biology, for her work on deoxyuridine triphosphatase (dUTPase), an enzyme involved in DNA metabolism.

Framework For National Tobacco Legislation Discussions Is Flawed From Public Health Perspective, New Report Concludes
The establishment through legislation of a national tobacco control policy based on a widely-publicized negotiated deal between the tobacco industry and some states' attorneys general would be less effective than no federal legislation at all in promoting public health and reducing smoking, according to a new analysis.

Conservation Biology Clearinghouse, Engineering Design Tutor
An online educational site based at Rice called the Center for Conservation Biology Network (CCBN) offers information ranging from Native Americans' water rights to new species of orchids to university degree programs.

Math Prof. Wins Distinguished Teaching Award
An innovative, demanding, and very popular teacher, who has played a crucial role in the doubling of math enrollments and the tripling of majors at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. has been awarded the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Distinguished Teaching Award of the Mathematical Association of America.

Lasers Adapted To Sense Trace Gases
New advances that will make possible detection of trace gases in airplane cabins, spacecraft and high-rise office buildings with sealed windows are being developed by researchers led by Rice engineer Frank Tittel.

Johns Hopkins Scientists Designing Compounds To Fight Malaria
Chemists have devised new compounds that show promise for treating malaria by making the disease-causing parasites self-destruct.

$1 Million NSF Grant Funds Development Of Math Curriculum For Young Children
Researchers at the University at Buffalo and Wayne State University have received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a comprehensive early-childhood math curriculum for use in homes, daycare centers and classrooms.

Ultra-Filtration Ceramic Membranes: Environment And Budget Friendly
Researchers at Rice have created an ultra-porous ceramic filter with pores about 10-50 nanometers in size that may prove useful to industries ranging from hazardous waste treatment to milk sterilization.

Engineering Our Arteries: Replacements And Assisted Healing
To combat heart disease and problems that arise after angioplasty Rice bioengineer Jennifer West is developing alternatives like bioengineered arteries--including assisted healing that will stop clotting and allow healthy cells to grow.

"When Will It All End"?: A Carnegie Mellon Astrophysicist's Answer To The Ultimate Fate Of The Universe
When will it all end?

At Life's Most Sensitive Stage, Embryos Cope With Stress
Though they seem fragile, embryos of most organisms develop unprotected in sea or soil, surviving toxic insults, broiling heat and damage to DNA.

Physicists Confirm Prediction On Quantum Teleportation
Williams College Professor William Wootters' preditiction of

The Nation's Top Linguists Discuss Ebonics
John Rickford, linguistics professor at Stanford University, says
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