News Archives: February, 2016

Student researchers bring projects to state capitol on March 1

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Thirteen undergraduate student researchers from South Dakota colleges and universities will be at the State Capitol on Tuesday, sharing their research work with state lawmakers and the public.

The 2016 Student Research Poster Session runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the State Capitol Rotunda. The public is invited to attend.

The thirteen represent students statewide who conduct research in a variety of disciplines. Now in its 19th year, the event showcases research and creative activities of undergraduate students, as well as highlights successful faculty research and commercialization efforts. The session is organized by the South Dakota Board of Regents, South Dakota's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

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Brown University researcher recipient of Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

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President Barack Obama recently named 106 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), granting them the U.S. government's highest award for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) nominated 21 of the awardees.

PECASE recognizes scientists and engineers who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Winners demonstrate the ability to broadly advance fundamental research and help the United States maintain its position as a leading producer of scientists and engineers.

"The awardees are outstanding scientists and engineers," said NSF Director France Córdova. "They are teacher-scholars who are developing new generations of outstanding scientists and engineers and ensuring this nation is a leading innovator. I applaud these recipients for their leadership, distinguished teaching and commitment to public outreach."

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NASA research meteorologist receives PECASE Award

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President Obama Thursday named six NASA researchers as recipients of the 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). These recipients, and 100 other federal researchers, will receive their awards in a ceremony later this year in Washington.

The PECASE awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers who are beginning their research careers. The award recognizes recipients' exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge, as well as their commitment to community service as demonstrated through professional leadership, education or community outreach.

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Scientists track nighttime bird migration using weather radar

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Using recently developed techniques for analyzing Doppler weather radar data, researchers looked at the impediments -- crosswinds and oceans -- facing nighttime-migrating birds in eastern North America.

The migrants drifted sideways on crosswinds, the scientists found, but compensated for that drift near the Atlantic coast.

Coastal migrating birds' ability to compensate for wind drift increased through the night, but no strong changes were observed at inland sites. The behavior suggests that birds adapt in flight and compensate for wind drift near coastal areas.

"The research has taken an innovative approach in showing how existing weather radar systems can be used to investigate the behavior of migrating birds," said Liz Blood, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research.

Blood said the ability to use the U.S. weather radar network to track migrating birds "opens new opportunities to study -- in real-time -- billions of birds during their migrations."

Kyle Horton and Phillip Stepanian of the University of Oklahoma developed an application for observing migrating birds during nighttime flight.

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West Virginia Funding Opportunity: WV-INBRE requests for Genomics Core Grant Applications

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The WV-INBRE program has funds for the support of small biomedical research of grants that require the use of genomic analysis technologies. This solicitation is open to applications from investigators at West Virginia University, Marshall University and WV primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI) that are part of the WV-INBRE network. Acceptable technologies include Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods such as whole exome sequencing, RNA-Seq, Methyl-Seq, microbiome studies and related high throughput methods. Applications originating from investigators at undergraduate institutions may rely on microarray analyses in place of NGS. Funds may be used for the acquisition of NGS/microarray supplies or services as described in Section V. 

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In 'Tornado Alley,' using drones to pinpoint severe weather

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More than 100 tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma last year, and a new multi-million-dollar grant to four universities in the heart of Tornado Alley may lead to better information about where and when severe weather may strike. NewsHour's Stephen Fee reports from Oklahoma.

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House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology to hold full committee hearing on gravitational waves

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On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the recent and groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves by the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors. It is the confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves, as first predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago. 

The purpose of the hearing will be to learn more about the discovery, its meaning for American science and innovation, the NSF’s role in supporting LIGO, and what new research and applications may be generated by this breakthrough. 

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Method developed to predict local climate change

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Global climate models are essential for climate prediction and assessing the impacts of climate change across large areas, but a Dartmouth College-led team has developed a new method to project future climate scenarios at the local level.

The method can be used in any mountainous or hilly area with a reasonable number of weather stations measuring temperature and precipitation.

The team includes researchers from Dartmouth, the University of Vermont and Columbia University.

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EVENT: Delaware IDeAs 2016

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More than 300 members of Delaware’s biomedical research community are coming together next week at the University of Delaware for a three-day conference aimed at boosting basic, clinical and translational research opportunities across the region. It is a joint meeting of the Delaware CTR ACCEL, Delaware INBRE, the state's seven COBRE programs and Delaware BIO. 

It’s the first time representatives from CTR, Delaware INBRE and the state’s COBRE programs have coordinated efforts for a single meeting. Their partnership speaks to the collaborative atmosphere that exists in Delaware and the potential for developing and sustaining more high-level research, said Stuart Binder-Macleod, principal investigator and program director of the Delaware CTR ACCEL program. 

“For those who will be there, hopefully it will be like being a kid in a candy shop, with all this great science,” said Binder-Macleod, who is the Edward L. Ratledge Professor of Physical Therapy at UD. “By being in the same room we hope to share ideas and collaborate.”

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EVENT: Champlain College team wins LaunchVT Collegiate Competition

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At the first-ever LaunchVT Collegiate Competition, teams from Champlain College and Middlebury College were awarded cash prizes to help launch their businesses. First prize winner, Thermouse from Champlain College will also have the opportunity to compete as a finalist in the LaunchVT competition on May 5 in Burlington. Tom Torti, President of the Lake Champlain Chamber which helped organize the competition, was impressed by the quality of the pitches “It warms the heart to see the talent and creativity the teams brought to their business ideas and presentations today. I hope these students walk away knowing that if they do start a business in Vermont, there is a great network of people to support them.”

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