Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 22, 2003
How 'The Simpsons' helps us to understand the way we learn people's faces
Characters from Irish soap operas and 'The Simpsons' have been used, funded by ESRC, to study how we get to learn people's faces.

Reading disabilities can develop quite suddenly after the primary grades
Early reading tests are fine for detecting problems in the primary grades (1st - 3rd grade), but these tests don't always identify students who later develop reading difficulties in the fourth and fifth grade, say researchers who examined the phenomena of late-emerging reading disabilities.

Barry Siegel to receive de Hevesy Pioneer Award
Barry A. Siegel, MD, director of the Division of Nuclear Medicine, Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St.

Hot proteins may sharpen DNA tests; help bioprocessing
Unique heat shock proteins that protect bacteria in undersea hot vents could improve PCR, the common technique used to amplify bits of DNA for medical and forensic sciences, as well as the commercial manufacturing of vaccines, antibiotics and other medically important proteins, say researchers with the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI).

Dr. Nora D. Volkow to receive Aebersold Award
Nora D. Volkow, MD, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health and a leader in drug addiction research, is the recipient of the 2003 Society of Nuclear Medicine's (SNM) 2003 Paul C.
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