Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 05, 2001
Virginia Tech student's discoveries can help prevent water-borne diseases
When air bubbles are released in a 'burp' during the water treatment process, pathogens and other particles can escape removal, it has been discovered.

World's largest scientific society honors U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts for contributions to scientific research and policy
The American Chemical Society today honored Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) with its distinguished Public Service Award for his contributions to the advancement and development of chemistry and science through public policy.

UCSD bioengineers fabricate joint cartilage which mimics structure and function of natural tissue
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) bioengineers have fabricated cartilage tissue which for the first time mimics the multi-layered structure and cellular functions of natural articular cartilage.

Learning in the workplace
The Government's target to expand training and development opportunities for all levels of the workforce is far from being met in some low pay areas in the public sector.

APS Sodium-Calcium Exchange conference featured research
The American Physiological Society highlights some of the featured research from its upcoming conference -

World's largest scientific society honors U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman for contributions to scientific research and policy
The American Chemical Society today honored Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) with its distinguished Public Service Award for his contributions to the advancement and development of chemistry and science through public policy.

First ever Nanobiology Conference will be held at Emory University
The first-ever Nanobiology Conference will bring 70 of the world's most authoritative life scientists, physical scientists and engineers from around the world to Emory University on Oct.

Post-attack grants to study human, social responses to September 11 crisis
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded five grants to social scientists to study human and social behavior responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

Gravitational lens helps Hubble and Keck discover galaxy building block
A very small, faint galaxy -- possibly one of the long sought

Women with children working longer hours
The Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Future of Work Programme reveals findings from a national survey of employees in 2000/01, comparing women's opportunities and work-life balance in the early 1990's to those of 2000/01.

Early promise for treatment of pulmonary hypertension
Encouraging results of a randomised trial in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggest that the drug bosentan could play an important future role in the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.

NSF/EPRI workshop to explore electric power solutions
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will host a workshop October 10-12, 2001, in Palo Alto, Calif.

Self-declared signatories of the PloS open letter choose to publish their research with BioMed Central
BioMed Central (www.biomedcentral.com) is now receiving submissions from some of the 28 000 scientists who signed the Public Library of Science (PloS) advocacy group's open letter, in which they agreed to boycott all journals which do not grant free access to their research content within six months of publication.

Early exposure to farming environment reduces risk of childhood asthma
Early and sustained infant exposure to a farming environment could provide a strong protective effect against the development of asthma and other allergic diseases, suggest authors of a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET.

Scots want more powers
ESRC-funded surveys of Scottish public opinion, taken at three points since 1997, reveal that a substantial majority (66%) of Scots currently feel their Parliament requires more powers in order to make a real difference to social and economic issues.

Brenner Children's Hospital pediatrician receives $2.25 million grant to study a violence prevention program nationwide
A pediatrician at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center received a $2.25 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently, to study how pediatricians nationwide can help prevent violence.
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