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October 06, 2003
Conference on invasive and alien plants November 2003
Giant hogweed, cheatgrass, Miconia, purple loosestrife, yellow starthistle, saltcedar, Lygodium, Arundo; these are some of the invasive plants that will be addressed as scientists and managers join forces for a conference on Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management (IPINAMS).

Working out may keep breast cells working well
A few hours a week of exercise may cut the risk of developing breast disease, according to researchers from USC and the American Cancer Society.

UT Southwestern researchers receive $15.1 million in federal grants to study biothreats
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have been awarded $15.1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to study anthrax, ricin, plague, tularemia and Lassa fever - all pathogens that can be used as biological weapons.

Gene expression profiling may lead to customized treatments for pediatric leukemia patients
Gene expression profiling can help doctors accurately identify subtypes of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to the October 15, 2003, issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.

Deadly decision: Where should baby sleep?
Babies who are put to sleep in adult beds are up to 40 times more likely to suffocate than babies in cribs, according to research by Saint Louis University published in the Oct.

New book says Northwest salmon could face same fate as those in Northeast, England
First in Europe, then in northeastern North America, salmon runs were decimated by many of the same factors, and now a strikingly similar scenario seems to be playing out in the Pacific Northwest.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, October 7, 2003
Highlights of the Oct. 7th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine include: Belief may keep some lung cancer patients from beneficial surgery and SARS taught four important lessons.

UCI study uncovers unexpectedly high air pollutant levels in southwest states
Atmospheric scientists have found that greenhouse gases released from oil and natural gas exploration and processing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas create regional air pollution levels similar to those found in large urban centers elsewhere in the United States.

Illinois professor wins Nobel Prize
Paul C. Lauterbur, a pioneer in the development of magnetic resonance imaging and a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Minority children: over- or underrepresented in medical research?
Researchers from the University of Chicago found that African American children are overrepresented in research, including clinical trials.

AGI Foundation endows congressional geoscience fellowship honoring William L. Fisher
No matter where we live, nearly every issue addressed by our community, corporate, and government leaders either is impacted by or causes changes to factors such as energy, mineral resources, the environment, and natural hazards.

DuPont and NREL to develop world's first integrated 'bio-refinery'
DuPont and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today announced a joint research agreement leading toward the development of the world's first integrated

One-third of women feel distant from partner post-miscarriage
One year after miscarrying, two-thirds of women say their relationships with their husbands or partners stayed the same or improved, according to a recent study.

On October 10th the Magic telescope will be inaugurated
On October 10th the Magic Telescope (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov telescope) will be inaugurated.

Understanding Alzheimer's disease: Animal research points to new direction for therapy
Alzheimer's disease may be caused by a transportation problem in the brain, and that discovery suggests a new direction for therapy, according to Saint Louis University research published in the October issue of Neuroscience.

You can hear me now: Software brings cellular capacity to rural communities
Researchers have successfully tested a system that can replace a cellular tower's room full of communications hardware with a single desk-top style computer, making the technology affordable for small, rural communities.

Sony donates video equipment to 'digital playroom' for UCSD undergraduates
Students at UCSD's newest undergraduate college will use state-of-the-art video equipment donated by Sony.

Commonly-held belief contributes to patients' rejection of recommended lung cancer surgery
The belief that lung cancer tumors spread when exposed to air during surgery is particularly common among African American patients, and may be keeping many of them from lifesaving operations, report researchers in the Oct.

$30M NSF grants establish new centers for learning and teaching at Missouri, Rutgers, Berkeley
The National Science Foundation today announced the award of 5-year, $2 million annual grants to University of Missouri, Rutgers, and University of California, Berkeley to establish new K-12 Centers for Learning and Teaching.

$7 million grant continues Asthma Clinical Research Network efforts
Penn State College of Medicine's Department of Health Evaluation Sciences recently was awarded a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue to operate the Data Coordinating Center of the Asthma Clinical Research Network.

ICESat's lasers measure ice, clouds and land elevations
NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) has resumed measurements of the Earth's polar ice sheets, clouds, mountains and forests with the second of its three lasers. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to