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Alderson Broaddus University professor makes strides in cancer research

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Dr. Yi Charlie Chen, professor of biology at Alderson Broaddus University, has been making significant strides in cancer research after being awarded a $100,000 grant in 2013.

Chen’s newest part of study, which will expand further this summer, is looking at stem cells in cancer treatment.

“A recent study found the reason is that when we treat the tumor, 99 percent of the cancer cells were cured, but there’s 1 percent of the cancer cells that survive,” he said. “The ones that survive are actually the stem cells, so they are different from the normal cancer cells.”

Chen first started his cancer research about 10 years ago while teaching at AB, becoming involved with the West Virginia Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Program.

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Ouachita students, faculty earn top honors at Alpha Chi national convention

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Ouachita Baptist University students and faculty earned numerous top honors at the recent Alpha Chi national honor society convention in Alexandria, Va. An OBU student research team won the Collaborative Research Award, the largest prize of the convention, for the second consecutive year. Junior Jace Bradshaw earned one of two national Edwin W. Gaston, Jr. Scholarships for undergraduate research as well as the Region II Scholarship and was elected as a Region II student delegate to the national council. Dr. Lori Hensley earned one of two national Outstanding Sponsor Awards and was elected president of Region II.

Jace Bradshaw, Stoni Butler and Rebekah Davis were members of the research team that won the Collaborative Research Award, earning a $5,000 prize for the chapter. The competition required students from at least three different majors to design and implement an interdisciplinary research project that fit a theme determined by the Alpha Chi national office; this year’s theme was “Transcending Boundaries.” This project was supported by the Arkansas INBRE program, with a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, P20 GM103429 from the National Institutes of Health.

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Clemson University's pathogens research center earns $10.5m NIH grant

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Pictured above from L-R, Tanju Karanfil, Vice President of Research; Lesly Temesvari & Kerry Smith, co-principal investigators; and university president, James P. Clements.

An interdisciplinary team of Clemson University researchers focused on fighting organisms responsible for infectious diseases that threaten the health of billions of people globally has been awarded $10.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence(COBRE) grant will enable Clemson’s Eukaryotic Pathogens Innovation Center (EPIC) to develop a critical mass of scientists and research infrastructure that could accelerate the rate of discovery in the fight against pathogens that cause some of the world’s most devastating and intractable infectious diseases, including amoebic dysentery, African sleeping sickness and fungal meningitis.

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EVENT: Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project to host May 19 workshop and forum at MSU

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The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative Project (MGSCP) will host a collaboration forum and a STEM role models workshop on Thursday, May 19, at Montana State University in Bozeman. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The events are hosted in partnership with the West Region Transportation Workforce Center and with support from the Women’s Foundation of Montana.

The Montana Girls STEM Collaborative is an outreach program of Montana NSF EPSCoR and is part of a National Science Foundation-funded effort that encourages girls to pursue STEM careers and studies. Montana Girls STEM is a statewide organization with co-leaders at MSU’s Extended University and the University of Montana’s spectrUM Discovery Area. Board members are located throughout the state.

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UAH physics doctoral student discovers second strongest shock wave found in merging galaxy clusters

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Sarthak Dasadia, who is advised by assistant physics professor Dr. Ming Sun, discovered the very strong shock in the merging galaxy cluster Abell 655 using observations from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The shock to the north of this cluster is second in strength only to the Bullet Cluster shock.

The shock is traveling with an astonishing speed of 2,700 kilometers per second, about three times the local speed of sound in the cluster. By comparison, NASA's Juno spacecraft in 2013 became the fastest human-made object when it was slingshot around Earth toward Jupiter at a relatively pedantic 40 kilometers a second.

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Montana State University researchers part of team investigating Antarctica's subglacial Lake Whillans

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Three recent publications by early career researchers at three different institutions across the country provide the first look into the biogeochemistry, geophysics and geology of subglacial Lake Whillans, pictured above, which lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

The findings stem from the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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New members of the National Academy of Sciences from Alabama, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

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The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced May 3, 2016 the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,291 and the total number of foreign associates to 465. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

Included among new NAS members are three meritorious faculty from institutions in EPSCoR states: the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Brown University, and Dartmouth University.

The faculty members are:

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