News Archives: July, 2016

University of North Dakota scientist awarded NIH grant to study Lyme disease

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Lyme disease, caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), is the cause of more than 90 percent of all arthropod-borne diseases affecting humans in the United States. Arthropods are a group of animals that includes lobsters, crabs, ticks, spiders, mites, insects, centipedes, and millipedes. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that 300,000 people each year are affected by Lyme disease. Total direct medical costs of Lyme disease and post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) in the United States are estimated at $1.3 billion per year.

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EVENT: University of Rhode Island to host 9th Annual SURF Conference

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College and university students from across Rhode Island will present their summer research work Friday, July 29, when they gather for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Conference  — the state’s largest exhibition of undergraduate research.

Co-sponsored by Rhode Island IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) and Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (RI NSF EPSCoR), the conference will feature about 150 scientific posters in the biomedical and life sciences and draw more than 400 faculty, students and administrators from across the Ocean State. The two federally funded research programs, which are designed to stimulate scientific research at the state’s universities and colleges, are based at URI.

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MSU doctoral student awarded NSF fellowship to research impact of interactions between plants, fire and climate

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Kristen Emmett, a doctoral student in MSU’s Department of Ecology in the College of Letters and Science, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship, which gives her an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years to conduct her research.

The brilliant thing about it, is that the NSF grant provides salary and education support, so it will allow me to focus entirely on my research,” Emmett said. “It frees me up to excel in science.”

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POSITION VACANCY: Program Coordinator, DOE EPSCoR, University of Kentucky

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering is seeking a Program Coordinator. The position will provide support and coordination for the KY DOE EPSCoR Program. Duties include events coordination, curriculum design, review and dissemination of funding opportunities, and website coordination.

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California interning

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Public water utility managers around the country are taking note of the impacts climate change will bring to bear on local water resources and are looking for ways to prepare for eventualities ranging from floods to droughts to increased salinity.

Linda Grand, a graduate student at the University of Delaware, has been working to provide water utility and resource managers with more policy tools and options to help keep clean water flowing from our faucets despite climate change. This summer, she is pursuing her research through an internship at the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in San Francisco.

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Clemson University researchers part of team working to recreate ancient vertebrate's first step on dry land

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Could a tail have allowed ancient vertebrates to make the transition from water to land?

Reporting in Science today, researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Clemson University and National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis described results of a groundbreaking study to answer this question using amphibious fish, a custom-built robot and mathematical models of movement.

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