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Scientists and students create wireless wetlands, uplands and coastal forests at the University of Toledo
University of Toledo
UToledo Researchers Probe Resiliency of Coastal Shorelines Amid Climate Change
Climate & Environment
Scientists and students create wireless wetlands, uplands and coastal forests as UToledo leads the Great Lakes portion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s $20-million COMPASS Project.
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Ice covering the wing of a plane
University of Houston
New Ice-Shedding Coating Developed at University of Houston is 100X Stronger than Others
Climate & Environment
Energy & Transportation
A University of Houston mechanical engineer has developed a sprayable ice-shedding material that is 100 times stronger than any others. The new durable coating material has been tested by Boeing under erosive rain conditions at 385 miles per hour and has outperformed current state-of-the-art aerospace coating technologies.
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Robot rehab device
University of Houston
Next-Gen Stroke Rehab: Robot at Home
Computing & Data
Health & Wellness
Most neuro technologies are limited to the lab or clinic and are very expensive and hard to operate. A brain-controlled robotic arm developed at the University of Houston and currently in clinical trials requires no surgery and is accessible to robotically guide stroke rehabilitation both in clinic and at home.
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Cybersickness photo
Iowa State University
Researchers explore how people adapt to cybersickness from virtual reality
Computing & Data
Health & Wellness
A combination of higher-resolution graphics and sleeker headsets has propelled virtual reality into arenas beyond gaming and military training, but one barrier to VR becoming mainstream is cybersickness. Initial results from an Iowa State study indicate cybersickness symptoms improve with brief virtual reality sessions.
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Pennycress
Illinois State University
Domestication of a cover crop for potential economic and environmental benefits
Climate & Environment
Food & Nutrition
A collaborative team is looking to improve cover crops, particularly pennycress, to be economically viable while protecting the environment thereby incentivizing adoption of sustainable agriculture and climate-smart solutions.
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Kathie Seley Radtke UMBC
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Creating new antiviral drugs: UMBC professor's innovative “fleximer” research to receive $3.5M from NIH
Health & Wellness
Due to their flexibility, Katherine Seley-Radtke's fleximers can be more effective against multiple similar viruses or a virus that has accumulated some mutations.
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UNC Charlotte PIR
UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte researchers develop a wave-based technology to make ocean water drinkable
Climate & Environment
Energy & Transportation
With an impressive finish in the U.S. Department of Energy's Waves to Water competition, UNC Charlotte mechanical engineers elevate the desalination process.
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UNC Charlotte PIR
UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte education professor wins NSF CAREER Award for pioneering research on gifted Black girls
Education
The research, among the first to prioritize the needs, talents, aspirations and intersectional experiences of GBGs, has potential to transform elementary education nationwide.
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UNC Charlotte PIR
UNC Charlotte
Interdisciplinary research at UNC Charlotte uses AI to improve the health care of elderly patients
Computing & Data
Health & Wellness
NSF funding supports development of a remote patient monitoring project to enable holistic, accurate and faster monitoring of patients to improve quality of life and reduce health care costs.
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Experiment Station Researcher in Search of a More Water Efficient Chicken
University of Arkansas
In Search of a More Water Efficient Chicken
Climate & Environment
Food & Nutrition
The research — breeding chickens based on water efficiency — is unique, possibly the first of its kind as far as our researchers know. The aim is to develop chickens that thrive on limited water, which could help provide protein in areas of water scarcity. This research was supported by USDA-NIFA.
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Virginia Tech mosquito research
Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech researchers find unique features in genomes of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes
Climate & Environment
Virginia Tech researchers Igor Sharakhov and Varvara Lukyanchikova are the first to study three-dimensional genome organization in mosquitos. Photo by Max Esterhuizen for Virginia Tech.
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UF scientists grow plant from lunar soil.
University of Florida
A first: Scientists grow plants in soil from the moon
Climate & Environment
Can plants grow in soil from the moon? Scientists at the University of Florida were the first to show that plants can grow in lunar soil, something previously unknown. This landmark research provides valuable insights into growing plants for food, oxygen and other resources during lunar and space exploration.
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OSU Drone Research
Oklahoma State University
OSU researchers develop innovative method to battle invasive aquatic plants
Climate & Environment
Researchers at Oklahoma State University have begun developing and testing drone technology to monitor and control invasive species in lakes and ponds to ensure that Oklahoma’s water supply is safe and accessible.
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OSU Rural Renewal Initiative
Oklahoma State University
Rural Renewal Initiative Project helps across state
Community & Economic Development
Health & Wellness
OSU initiative helps rural medics better communicate with emergency rooms in the face of rising challenges due to hospital closures.
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UCR PIR
University of California, Riverside
Study links high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease to plastics
Climate & Environment
Health & Wellness
In a mouse study conducted by a team led by a biomedical scientist at the University of California, Riverside, the researchers found a phthalate — a chemical used to make plastics more durable — led to increased plasma cholesterol levels.
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UCR PIR
University of California, Riverside
Grant will support literacy programs for English-language learners
Education
A $2.9 million grant will allow UC Riverside School of Education researcher Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette to continue developing technology-based language and literacy programs for English-language learners.
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Mizzou PIR
University of Missouri
Providing life-saving medical isotopes
Health & Wellness
The University of Missouri Research Reactor boosted its production of critical medical isotopes used for treating cancer and other diseases to meet a greater international demand due to an unexpected reactor shutdown in Europe.
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UMBC PIR
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC’s Deepa Madan develops bendable zinc-based batteries
Climate & Environment
Energy & Transportation
Meet the researcher developing innovative zinc-chitosan gel-based batteries enclosed in flexible plastic that will revolutionize how consumers power everyday devices, particularly wearable health monitoring devices.
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VCU PIR
Virginia Commonwealth University
Leading the world in pharmaceutical manufacturing
Health & Wellness
VCU’s Medicines for All Institute improves access to high-quality medications by driving down production costs. The institute optimizes active pharmaceutical ingredient production and provides open access to manufacturers to enhance medicine supply chain security.
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Montclair State PIR
Montclair State University
Delivering Speech Therapy via Telehealth
Health & Wellness
This research focuses on the telepractice delivery of speech therapy and will evaluate the efficacy of speech intervention supplemented with real-time visual-acoustic biofeedback when delivered using remote technologies.
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Montclair State PIR
Montclair State University
Resentencing of Juvenile Lifers: The Philadelphia Experience
Community & Economic Development
Justice
This study found juveniles sentenced to life without parole who were subsequently released showed a recidivism rate of 1.14%. The findings are consistent with a growing body of research that shows people age out of criminal behaviors.
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UW Madison PIR
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Developing Equitable Metabolic Syndrome Biomarkers
Health & Wellness
Researchers in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Comprehensive Diabetes Center are identifying and classifying previously unstudied lipids to determine whether these molecules could help diagnose metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, in women and minorities.
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UW-Madison PIR
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rethinking Global Recycling Waste
Climate & Environment
University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers in the new Center on Chemical Upcycling of Waste Plastics (CUWP) are focusing on several new chemical techniques that could greatly increase the amount of plastic waste worldwide that can be cost-effectively broken down and reused.
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NC State PIR
North Carolina State University
Researchers Identify Osteoarthritis "Pain Pathway"
Health & Wellness
A particular molecular signaling pathway plays an important role in producing osteoarthritis pain. In mice, blocking the pathway blocks the pain and results in a return to normal limb use.
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