Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 26, 2001
NSF funds Expresso project, a bioinformatics collaboration
A multidisciplinary team of bioinformatics researchers from Virginia Tech are doing work to further design and implement Expresso -- a sophisticated computational system for the design of microarray experiments and analysis of the results.

A celebration of chemistry and art - public events in Washington, DC
Collage...fresco...music...photography...stained glass...watercolors...and chemistry. These are highlights of the nationwide 2001 National Chemistry Week celebration, November 4-10, coordinated by the American Chemical Society and its 189 local sections.

HFES honors 2001 awardees at 45th Annual Meeting
At a ceremony and banquet during its 45th Annual Meeting on October 10, 2001, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society recognized significant contributions to the field.

New $2.84 million grant supports efforts to improve reliability of computers embedded in electronic devices
Computer scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions have received a $2.84 million grant to boost the dependability of the specialized minicomputers embedded in electronic devices from toasters to passenger jets.

New book on warnings can help save lives
HFES has just released the second volume of past Annual Meeting proceedings papers on the design of effective warnings: Human Factors Perspectives on Warnings, Volume 2: Selections from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meetings, 1994-2000.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Tip Sheet for October
Topics this month include: 1) White Muslim woman donates kidney to African American Christian, 2) 29-year-old woman with Long QT Syndrome receives lifesaving defibrillator through Larry King Cardiac Foundation; 3) New AHA Guidelines; 4)Possible precursor to optical biopsies in brain surgery; 5) brachytherapy

Palatin Technologies' PT-141 increases sexual behavior in female animals
Female rodents significantly increased a variety of precopulatory sexual behaviors and actively solicited sex from males after receiving an investigational drug called PT-141.

New UI center to study effects of exposure to toxicants in fish
The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is home to a new federally funded center that will study the effects of exposure to toxicants in fish being eaten in large quantities by Laotian and Hmong refugees in Green Bay and Appleton, Wis.

World's largest scientific society honors the commercialization of aluminum
The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will designate the commercialization of aluminum - made possible by the work of chemist Charles Martin Hall -a National Historic Chemical Landmark during a 11 a.m. ceremony on November 2 at the John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional Historical Center, 1212 Smallman Street.

New national technology lab for adult education established at Penn
Educational researchers at the National Center on Adult Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded a three-year, $2.4 million grant from the U.

Workshop on sleep, fatigue, and medical training
National sleep experts will review research on the relationship between sleep loss and fatigue and the quality of patient care.

HFES releases new multiperspective book on team activities
This multiperspective collection of original work by top thinkers with respect to teams, team technologies, and team environments is intended to assist

Complex carbohydrate found to regulate plant growth
One of the most complex carbohydrates found in nature called rhamnogalacturan II or RG-II, it is found in plant cell walls.

University of Pennsylvania announces largest-ever U.S. purchase of wind energy
The University of Pennsylvania has announced that it will make the largest U.S. purchase of wind energy to date through an agreement with Community Energy Inc.

DNA biochip may lead to fast genetic screening, more effective drugs
A University of Houston scientist has developed a chemical process for building a device that could help doctors predict a patient's response to drugs or screen patients for thousands of genetic mutations and diseases, all with one simple lab test.
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