Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 11, 2002
NIAID expands vaccine testing network
NIAID has awarded seven new contracts that will expand and reorganize its Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Units -- a network of university-based sites conducting clinical trials of promising vaccine candidates and therapies for infectious diseases.

Purdue, IU create new 'tera-scale' supercomputer grid
Purdue University and Indiana University have succeeded in linking their IBM supercomputers in a computational grid via the universities' high-speed optical network, creating a facility capable of performing a trillion operations per second.

Carnegie Mellon's Wasserman awarded Statistical Society of Canada Prize
Larry Wasserman, professor of statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, has been awarded the 2002 Centre de recherches mathematiques de Montreal - Statistical Society of Canada (CRM-SSC) prize for his original contributions to statistical theory and his development of Bayesian methodology.

Ice cores show volcanic eruptions interfere with the effect of sunspots on global climate
University at Buffalo scientists working with ice cores have solved a mystery surrounding sunspots and their effect on climate that has puzzled scientists since they began studying the phenomenon.

Learn and Serve announcement and call for proposals
The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, The University of Pittsburgh and the Corporation for National Service Learning are pleased to announce the schools that have been awarded the 2002 Learn and Serve grant awards.

Science, Amersham Biosciences announce call for applicants for 2002 Prize for young scientists
Call for applicants for the 2002 Amersham Biosciences and Science Prize for Young Scientists.

Skin patch technology may increase women's libido
Study results presented today at the 10th World Congress on the Menopause by researchers from the University of Southern California suggest that transdermal (skin patch) hormone replacement therapy administration might actually improve libido in women.

Rutgers geneticists discover probable causes of hybrid plant vigor
Agricultural breeders have long observed that when plants or animals from different strains are interbred, the offspring tend to be more fit than either of their parents.

No evidence that MMR vaccine is associated with autism or bowel disease
There is no evidence that MMR or single measles vaccines are associated with autism or inflammatory bowel disease, researchers announced today.

Rensselaer professor wins prestigious Humboldt Award
Michael Shur, the Patricia W. and C. Sheldon Roberts '48 Chair in Solid State Electronics at Rensselaer, was selected as a recipient of a coveted Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S.

Limited federal allergy research funds spent on food biotechnology
The science needed for government regulators to assess allergies in genetically engineered foods could be greatly improved, according to a new report issued today from the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology.

New test identifies aggressive and less aggressive prostate cancers
A simple test can be used to identify patients with the most aggressive prostate cancers, even among patients whose tumors are at the same stage.

Loss of lean body mass in HIV-infected men linked to immunological processes
The gaunt, hollowed look found in these patients can be caused by the same physiological responses affecting those with rheumatoid arthritis, concludes study in the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Fiorica addresses hormone therapy risks at international menopause congress
James V. Fiorica, M.D., of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, advises women not to reject hormone therapy during menopause simply from fear of developing breast cancer.

Treating bacterial infections can help asthmatics
New research indicates that many patients with asthma may have bacterial infections in their lungs, and that treatment with antibiotics can improve their ability to breathe.

Lakeshore development affects birds
Lakeshore housing development affects breeding bird communities in subtle ways that conventional methods of assessing impact may miss, but property owners can take steps to lessen the effects, the scientists say.

MIT probes cartilage on nanoscale
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