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.

Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research, has been named interim vice chancellor for research and engagement effective September 1. Vice Chancellor Taylor Eighmy will leave the university at the end of the month to become president of the University of Texas at San Antonio. [...]
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: University of Tennessee Research Press Releases
With water quality in the Chesapeake Bay suffering from excess nutrients and fish populations in rivers such as the Susquehanna experiencing gender skewing and other reproductive abnormalities, understanding how to minimize runoff of both nutrients and endocrine-disrupting compounds from farm fields after manure applications is a critical objective for agriculture. [...]
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Research at Penn State
Photo of three students carrying a long detector while another holds the door
High school students nationwide will study the effects of the solar eclipse on cosmic rays. While most people are marveling at Monday's eclipse, a group of researchers will be measuring its effects on cosmic rays—particles from space that reach collide with the earth's [...]
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Symmetry Magazine
This fall a new, monthly seminar series from the Penn State Institute for CyberScience will explore the frontiers of cyberscience research. The seminars, presented by Penn State faculty who use computational and big data methods in their research, are free and open to the public. [...]
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Research at Penn State
Researchers from Georgia Tech and Rutgers University have developed a three-layer technique for protecting the additive manufacturing (3-D printing) process from malicious attack. Cybersecurity Electronics and Nanotechnology Materials [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
A flick of a switch, and electrochromic films change their colors. Now they can be applied more safely and more commonly thanks to an innovative chemical process that makes them water soluble. They can be sprayed and printed, instead of being confined behind safety implements to handle volatile and toxic [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
Illustration of a cut-away view of the inside of the LZ detector
A video from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory explains how the upcoming LZ experiment will search for the missing 85 percent of the matter in the universe. What exactly is dark matter, the invisible substance that accounts for 85 percent of all the matter [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Symmetry Magazine
Professor Jamie Mahurin Smith is one of the authors of a recent publication in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology titled “Does Rare Vocabulary Use Distinguish Giftedness from Typical Development? A Study of School-Age African American Narrators.” Jamie Mahurin Smith Smith became interested in children's use of rare vocabulary as a doctoral [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Illinois State University
Brain tissues
By the Department of Molecular Biology Princeton University researchers have uncovered a critical role for a new immune signaling pathway in controlling infection by the flavivirus Yellow Fever Virus (YFV). The paper describing this discovery was published today in the journal mBio. Infection with YFV causes a devastating illness with a [...]
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Research at Princeton
Photo of T.Y. Wang
Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and Government T.Y. Wang As fears mount about the potential for a nuclear showdown between the U.S. and North Korea, the Chicago Tribune reached out to East Asia politics expert T.Y. Wang. Wang warned against overreacting to the escalating rhetoric on both sides. “Panic [...]
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Illinois State University