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June 28, 2001
Homeground ecology 101: Sara Stein to speak at ESA Meeting
On Sunday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m. Sara Stein, acclaimed natural science writer and gardener, will speak at the public plenary session of the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.

Nuclear medicine image of the year
An image of Alzheimer's disease plaques and tangles is Nuclear Medicine's Image of the Year.

Physician honored for work with minorities
The American Heart Association presented its Louis B. Russell Jr.

Big city students make gains in math and science, report says
Eight years ago, the National Science Foundation (NSF) undertook a bold initiative to encourage and invest in system-wide reform of K12 mathematics and science education in some of the most disadvantaged urban school systems.

Researchers use computers to redesign protein folding
HHMI researchers have developed an advanced computer program and used it to redesign how a small protein folds into its final three-dimensional form.

E-commerce to cause major shake-up of world transport
New Australian research is predicting that the increasing global uptake of e-business will be the most significant force for change in transport worldwide over the next decade, surpassing rising petrol prices and reduced oil availability.

GIS, bioinformatics collaborations offer promising new perspectives
The merits of linking two fields seemingly as disparate as geographic information systems (GIS) and bioinformatics might not seem obvious, but Virginia Tech's recent symposium linking the two has raised expectations

Microbiologists find a new source of nitrogen fixation
Microbiologists have discovered that a type of bacteria found in termite guts and in fresh and salt water plays a major role in the process of nitrogen fixation.

Identification of mating genes provides clues to evolution
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New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas teens head to International Chemistry Olympiad competition; Indiana, Oklahoma students named alternates
Four of the nation's top high school chemistry students -- from Rochester, N.Y., Tulsa, Okla., Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Houston, Texas -- will represent the U.S. in the 33rd International Chemistry Olympiad in India, July 6- 15.

Acupuncture more effective than massage for chronic neck pain
Acupuncture is an effective short term treatment for patients with chronic neck pain, but there is only limited evidence for its long term effects after five treatments, concludes research in this week's BMJ.

UT Southwestern researchers discover protein essential to development of heart
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have found a protein that controls the development of the heart - a discovery that could contribute to novel methods of creating heart cells which could be used in the treatment of various cardiac conditions.

MSU study finds new microbial source of nitrogen fixation
A team of scientists from Michigan State University has discovered that spirochetes in termite guts are a source of nitrogen fixation, the process that converts the nitrogen in the atmosphere into a form that is used by all life on Earth.

Increasingly difficult conditions slowed growth of chemical industry in 2000
High costs and falling demand spelled slow growth for the U.S. chemical industry in 2000, according to a comprehensive statistical survey of the global chemistry industry published in the June 25 edition of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.

Wish you could see as well as you used to?
A new lens implant could help make cataract patients' eyesight almost as good as it was when they were young.

Breslow, Ness receive American Heart Association Gold Heart Award
The American Heart Association honored two volunteers with its Gold Heart Award for their accomplishments and many years of service.

Identification of genes may tell how plants recognize pollen
HHMI researchers have identified the genes that code for proteins that coat the pollen of Arabidopsis thaliana.

Cardiovascular system holds a key to circadian clock
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered another key to the body's circadian clock -- in the cardiovascular system.

Research team unlocks secrets of the firefly flash
Tufts researchers have solved the mystery of the firefly flash.

Lab physicist Mordy Rosen receives prestigious Edward Teller Medal for 2001
Lawrence Livermore National Laboraotry laser and plasma physicist Mordy Rosen is one of two recipients of the prestigious Edward Teller Medal for 2001.

Fogarty International Center announces new international tobacco and health research and capacity building program
The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces a new program to address the growing incidence of tobacco-related illness and death in the developing world.

The quake machine
Geologists seem to be no closer in trying to predict earthquakes.

Hint of planet-sized drifters bewilders Hubble scientists
Piercing the heart of globular star cluster M22, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered tantalizing clues to what could be a strange and unexpected population of wandering, planet-sized objects.

New tool allows early prediction of patient's stroke outcome
Scientists have developed a new tool that may help physicians predict, during the first several hours a stroke patient is in the hospital, the degree of recovery the patient will experience.

American Heart Association leaders honored
American Heart Association officers William J. Bryant, Esq., Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., and John E.Warfel, CPCU, were honored for their dedicated service and leadership during the 2000-2001 fiscal year.

Healing the waters: a holistic native American Indian approach
For the Pacific Northwest Indian tribes, integrating spirituality and science is a practical reality and a way to keep precious resources vibrant for future generations.

Madison to host Ecologists Aug. 6-10
About 3,000 scientists are expected to attend the Ecological Society of America's 2001 annual in Madison Aug.

LSU Professor Emeritus wins 2001 National Wetlands Award
LSU Professor Emeritus James Gosselink of Rock Island, Tenn., has been named a recipient of the 2001 National Wetlands Award for exemplary contributions to the conservation and restoration of the nation's wetlands.

American Heart Association honors four volunteers
The American Heart Association honored four volunteers with Awards of Meritorious Achievement during its annual Delegate Assembly in June.

Landmark dialysis study findings could greatly simplify treatment of kidney disease with peritoneal dialysis
Data presented from the largest randomized controlled clinical trial ever completed in dialysis patients suggest that peritoneal dialysis (PD), at-home dialysis treatment, might have far broader applicability than current practice patterns suggest.

Pediatric cardiologist named Physician of the Year
The American Heart Association presented William B. Blanchard, M.D., with the esteemed Physician of the Year Award during the association's annual Delegate Assembly in June.

Fetal research first in USA
Fetal research at Vanderbilt University Medical School looks at halting the effects of gastroschisis by use of

Cranberry juice reduces urinary tract infections in women
Regular drinking of cranberry juice seems to reduce the recurrence of urinary tract infections in women, concludes a study in this week's BMJ.

AFAR announces 189 new grants for aging research totalling $10 million
The American Federation for Aging Research Announces the awarding of 189 New Grants for Aging Research, totalling nearly $10 million.

UNC physician among top ten in funding from National Institutes of Health
Richard C. Boucher, MD, Kenan Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was among the top ten in federal funding among principal investigators doing basic research last year, according to the National Institutes of Health

Giant rain gauges reveal record of past climate
Australian scientists are investigating a mysterious decline in water levels in the internationally significant crater lakes of the state of Victoria.

Over 40 per cent of doctors want to work part time
More than 40% of all specialist medical registrars are considering working part time as consultants, finds a survey in this week's BMJ.

Survey highlights 'crucial' safety issues in rhinitis treatment, particularly in children
Children may be at risk of receiving rhinitis treatment that suppresses growth - but the problem can be avoided throughcareful selection of treatment. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to