Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 09, 2001
The Oceanography Society dedicates journal issue to URI Dean John Knauss
Not many people have seen Dr. John Knauss at a loss for words, but he was speechless on Saturday when presented with the current issue of the journal Oceanography, specially published by The Oceanography Society (TOS) as a tribute to his accomplishments as a scientist, an educator, an administrator, a leader, and a gentleman.

Research funded to test new breast cancer medicine
Virginia Tech researchers in human nutrition and dairy science are beginning animal trials to test a new compound against breast cancer.

APS awards more than $200,000 to its 2001 Postdoctoral Fellowship winners
The American Physiological Society has announced the winners of its 2001 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Physiological Genomics.

"Alarming" lack of effort to prevent second heart attack or stroke found by UB researchers
With mortality looming, people who have survived one heart attack or stroke would do everything possible to avoid a second.

Study examines factors that affect organ donation
Less than half of families asked will not donate a loved one's organs for transplantation.

Top environment scientist calls for early warning system for global change.
The development of an early warning system to detect harmful changes to the Earth's environment should be a key priority of the international community, a top environmental scientist will say at a major conference on climate change in London later this month.

Rutgers' Mario Szegedy receives international prize in theoretical computer science
Mario Szegedy, associate professor of computer science at Rutgers and a resident of Highland Park, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science, an honor he shares in 2001 with a team of international colleagues.

Research funded to develop plant-based diabetes treatment
Virginia Tech biochemistry and biology researchers are exploring whether plants can be engineered to produce a human enzyme to treat Type 2 diabetes.

Visiting scientists to test-drive Rutgers' advanced coastal and ocean data gathering system
Over the next month, more than 200 visiting ocean scientists with share the experience of observing and operating Rutgers' high-tech marine and coastal data gathering system.

Liver regrowth depends on prostaglandins
Small fatty molecules called prostaglandins promote liver regrowth after injury, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Staph bacteria are prolific gene swappers, researchers show
When some disease-causing bacteria encounter a new obstacle, they simply swap DNA with their relatives to acquire the genes needed to overcome it.

Febrile convulsions in early childhood not harmful to the developing brain
A study of 87 young children ages 7 to 8 years old with a history of confirmed febrile convulsion (FC) found that the children performed consistently better than controls in working memory tests.

Vegetable 'immune systems' protect better against food spoilage
Cornell biologists' review of traditional recipes in 36 countries suggests that vegetable-based foods have better built in protection from pathogens and don't need antimicrobial spices.

UMass researcher solves the mystery of the shower curtain
There's no way to get rid of the daily annoyance of the shower curtain billowing in and sticking to an exposed body part, but there's now a way to explain the phenomenon, thanks to a researcher at the University of Massachusetts.
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