Research Roundup


The latest scientific discoveries, straight from members of the University Research Magazine Association. The following is a selection of the most recent stories from URMA members’ magazines.

Dennis Calvin, director of Penn State Extension and associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences since 2009, has assumed a new role overseeing the college's efforts to combat the invasive spotted lanternfly. His appointment, which comes with the title of associate dean and director of special programs, was effective [...]
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Research at Penn State
High bitter-taste sensitivity is associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer in older British women, according to researchers who conducted a unique study of 5,500 women whose diet, lifestyle and health has been tracked for about 20 years. [...]
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Source: Research at Penn State
Illustration of people working at machine board
Machine learning will become an even more important tool when scientists upgrade to the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider. When do a few scattered dots become a line? And when does that line become a particle track? For decades, physicists have been asking these [...]
Tue, Jul 17, 2018
Source: Symmetry Magazine
Illustration of people working on the LHC software, building blocks
Making new discoveries may require writing new software first. Scientists conceived of the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments in 1992. Back then, Apple was starting to figure out the laptop computer, and a CERN fellow named Tim Berners-Lee had just released the [...]
Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Symmetry Magazine
Surgical removal of brain tumors may become easier and more precise, thanks to Binghamton University research that recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health. Fake “Frank” Lu, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, uses stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), a molecule identification technique, to develop a multicolor imaging technology for [...]
Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Source: Binghamton University Research
Stay hydrated, or attentiveness, accuracy, and logic skills can quickly suffer, but don't overdo water either Getting parched can fuzz attentiveness and make it harder to solve problems. Dehydration can easily put a dent in those and other cognitive functions, a new metadata [...]
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
A new delivery system for bacteriophages—viruses that selectively attack harmful bacteria—could help give doctors a new way to battle lung infections that threaten older patients and people with cystic fibrosis. Bioengineering and Bioscience [...]
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
One way Assistant Professor Erin Quast challenges teacher candidates is through a read aloud assignment with children's picture books. She adds a wrinkle by requiring the readers to select stories about characters whose backgrounds are different than their own. Those differences could be related to a variety of things, including [...]
Fri, Jul 13, 2018
Source: Illinois State University
Click to view slideshow. Distinguished Professor Ali Riaz has lectured and published commentary in media venues across Bangladesh this summer. Riaz published “Counter-Terrorism Strategy: An Alternative Proposal” on July 1 in the Daily Star. He was also quoted this month in the report in German Radio DW about why Bangladesh [...]
Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Source: Illinois State University
After infection with HDV, the virus's RNA (red) can be detected in the livers of genetically engineered mice expressing HBV proteins and human NTCP (left) but not in control mice (right). The liver cells' nuclei are labeled blue. Credit: B.Y. Winer et al.Article provided by the Department of Molecular Biology Hepatitis [...]
Wed, Jun 27, 2018
Source: Research at Princeton