Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 05, 1998
Controlled Cell Death
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry/Germany have identified the function of a gene which is responsible for the programmed death of cells.

NSF Grant Funds First-Of-Its-Kind Program For Doctoral Education In Geographic Information Science
A new multidisciplinary, doctoral-level concentration in geographic information science -- believed to be the first in the nation -- has been established at the University at Buffalo with the support of a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The University At Buffalo Receives NSF Grant For High-Speed Computer Connection
The University at Buffalo has received $350,000 from the National Science Foundation as its share of a $1.75 million grant to a consortium of New York State research universities that will allow the group to hook into the VBNs, the very- high-speed backbone network service that ties together the supercomputing sites in the country.

HHMI Grant To Bring Historical Archives To The Web
$800,000 HHMI grant will enable JSTOR to offer online access to all past issues of Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and other journals.

Learning And Skilled Performance Use Different Brain Circuits
The parts of the brain that enable you to do a familiar task are different from those that learn that task, a new study confirms.

New Software Protects Ownership Of Web Images
Researchers have created an invisible

Genetic Testing Progresses, But Cardiologists Still Rely Upon Traditional Diagnostic Techniques, Says American Heart Association
While experts agree that genetic testing has helped identify people who may not appear to be at high risk for genetic forms of heart disease, testing most frequently serves to confirm traditional diagnostic methods, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement.

Staring Directly At The Sun: That's Where The Science Is
A new instrument, JASMIN, may provide new views of the Sun from space and help solve heating mysteries currently puzzling scientists.

Strengthening Parenting Skills Found To Ward Off Behavior Problems In Children At Risk, Says New Study
A study in the October issue of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology finds that a program to strengthen parenting skills early can be a good step toward preventing problem behaviors in children at risk.

Surrogate Mothers Feel Some Degree Of Disappointment
A study by a University of Michigan professor of nursing shows that surrogate mothers express some degree of disappointment later in life about their roles as surrogates.

Conference To Attract Pioneers In New Science Devoted To The Teeniest Things
Some of the world's biggest names in a field devoted to the world's smallest manmade things are coming to the University at Buffalo for a Symposium on Nanoscale Science and Technology on October 23-24.

Cystic Fibrosis Conference Will Showcase Latest From Clinical Care To Basic Science
The Twelfth Annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, October 15-18, 1998 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, promises to break attendance records as participants from around the world meet to share discoveries about cystic fibrosis (CF).
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