Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 24, 2003
College is first to be Kyoto Protocol compliant
For the cost of a movie and popcorn for each student, Lewis & Clark College has become the first campus in the nation to comply with the greenhouse gas emissions targets called for in the Kyoto Protocol.

Voting standards initiative to be launched at December symposium
As part of its responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a symposium on building trust and confidence in voting systems at the agency's Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters on Dec.

Newly identified gene may halt fuzzy, moldy fruit
An insidious fuzzy gray mold that often coats refrigerated strawberries and many other plants during growing and storage may be prevented by a gene identified by a Purdue University researcher.

UCSD student wins $50,000 Collegiate Inventors grand prize
Jamie Link, a graduate student in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, has won the $50,000 grand prize in the Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Arctic researchers to discuss NSF-led, interagency initiative to quantify arctic enviro. change
Researchers from around the world will meet later this month in Seattle, Wash., to discuss what science can tell us about environmental changes occurring in the Arctic as well as the next scientific steps needed to better understand the complex physical processes that govern the Arctic environment.

HHS awards $14 million to support Bioethics Research Center
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the award of a $14 million grant to Tuskegee University to complete its National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care (NCBRHC).

Consumers value genetically modified foods that directly benefit them
Consumers may be willing to pay a premium for certain genetically modified foods if they are told of the potential health benefits they may receive from eating those foods, according to a recent Purdue University study.

2003 winners of Collegiate Inventors Competition announced in NYC
Undergraduate and graduate students receive prizes ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 for their innovative work.

JAK2 enzyme helps protect brain cells, wreaks havoc on blood vessels
How the same enzyme helps protect brain cells from the destruction of Alzheimer's yet contributes to the blood vessel disease of diabetics is a puzzle Dr.

Sanity evaluations from U.Va Health System
Sanity evaluations are high stakes undertakings that are backed by little research or analysis according to an examination led by Janet Warren, professor of clinical psychiatric medicine and associate director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy (ILPP) at the University of Virginia Health System.
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