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U. aims to grow faculty research

A post-tenure sabbatical policy, changes to the academic calendar and streamlined research reporting procedures are among possible new endeavors intended to increase support for faculty research, said Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin P’12. The projects would come out of President Christina Paxson’s ...


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Yoga may offer physical benefits, studies find

When yoga instructors tell you to take a “healing breath,” they aren’t just using a metaphor. Recent studies show that practicing yoga may actually have a significant effect on a person’s physiological well-being. Researchers have studied the effects of yoga on fitness for years. “(Yoga) ...


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Prof receives $1.6 million grant to study smoking

A new experiment conducted by Jennifer Tidey, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, will examine the effects of different nicotine levels in the cigarettes of depressed smokers. Tidey’s research is part of a new federally funded project to research methods of lessening tobacco use. ...


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Lecturer elucidates Mars missions

Mars may have once been a habitable place for life, said John Grotzinger, a project scientist for the Curiosity Rover and a professor of geology at the California Institute of Technology, in a lecture he delivered yesterday in nearly full MacMillan 117. The rover Curiosity landed on Mars after missions ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Oct. 9, 2013

Study reveals lasting events of smoking during pregnancy  A 40-year study found that female children of women who smoked or had higher levels of stress hormones while pregnant were more likely to develop nicotine addictions in adulthood, according to a Lifespan press release. The study, which was ...


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Lecture explores human perception

When asked if they had seen “The Invisible Gorilla” video, a majority of hands shot up at last night’s visual perception lecture given by Daniel Simons, current head of the Visual Cognition Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Simons collaborated to create the gorilla ...


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New classes integrate science and art

Though art and science often appear contradictory, students in two new classes this semester will have the chance to explore both forms, with some using animation to explain basic science concepts and others exploring the physiological benefits of dance. In VISA 1800: “Communicating Science” and ...


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Grant to fund study on school discipline

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform received a $1 million grant in September from the Atlantic Philanthropies to research discipline in four U.S. urban school districts, Oona Chatterjee, co-coordinator of the project and assistant director of the Annenberg Institute’s New York City Organizing, ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Oct.2, 2013

U. doctor performs single-incision hysterectomy W. Scott Walker, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, became the first surgeon in the state to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy involving only one incision earlier this month. During robotic-assisted hysterectomies, surgeons ...


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Study finds fault with lead-testing technique

More soil lead contamination exists in Rhode Island than previously recorded by state lead examiners, according to a recent study by University researchers. The study examined the lead-testing methods of the Rhode Island Department of Health and found previous methods literally did not dig deep enough ...


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Study advances autism research

A study led by University researchers has pinpointed a mechanism behind some forms of autism, a finding that could guide the development of drugs targeting its underlying cause, said Eric Morrow, assistant professor of biology and psychiatry and human behavior and senior author on the paper. The research, ...


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Colloquium celebrates CAAS anniversary

The University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies celebrated its 30th anniversary amidst excitement about the center’s growth and concerns over future research funding at a colloquium Saturday in Salomon 101. The colloquium featured a keynote address by speaker David Abrams, executive director ...


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Oesper GS selected for supercomputing event

Computer science student Layla Oesper GS has been selected to participate in the 25th annual SuperComputing13 conference in Denver this November. Oesper is a fourth-year doctoral student who said she uses computer science to interpret the billions of base pairs that make up cancer genomes. Interpreting ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Sept. 24, 2013

Researchers pinpoint tuberculosis’ Achilles’ heel Jason Sello, associate professor of chemistry, and Corey Compton GS may have found Mycobacterium tuberculosis’ “Achilles’ heel,” according to a Sept. 18 University press release. The researchers found that the tuberculosis bacterium requires ...





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