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Kacy Redd, Ph.D.

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Examples of Public Impact Research

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<strong>USU Biochemists Describe Structure, Function of Newly Discovered CRISPR Immune System</strong>
Utah State University
USU Biochemists Describe Structure, Function of Newly Discovered CRISPR Immune System
Health & Wellness
Treatment
In two papers published in Nature this month, two USU biochemists have described the structure and function of a newly discovered CRISPR system that shuts down infected cells to thwart infection.
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Jason McLellan portrait Wednesday, June30 ,2021 on campus at The University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin
COVID-19 Vaccines with UT Ties Arrived Quickly After Years in the Making
Computing & Data
Health & Wellness
A small group of scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health developed the spike protein technology used in all of the U.S. coronavirus vaccines. Their genetically modified spike protein allows your body to recognize and fight the virus effectively.
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USF students create lifesaving medical innovation to help end worldwide ventilator shortage
University of South Florida
USF students create lifesaving medical innovation to help end worldwide ventilator shortage
Computing & Data
Health & Wellness
Biomedical engineering students at the University of South Florida have invented a device that allows two patients to be ventilated by a single machine.
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Caldor Fire impact on Lake Tahoe’s clarity, ecology studied amidst ongoing wildfire season
University of Nevada, Reno
Caldor Fire impact on Lake Tahoe’s clarity, ecology studied amidst ongoing wildfire season
Climate & Environment
As extended smoke and ash continue to impact the Lake Tahoe Basin, researchers hope to better understand if and how the iconic alpine lake can recover.
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Roads Under Water
University of New Hampshire
Roads Under Water
Climate & Environment
Computing & Data
University of New Hampshire researchers are studying why and how coastal hazards such as extreme weather and rising sea levels are causing roads to fail and how to protect this critical infrastructure.
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University of Mississippi Researchers and Students Investigate Geological History of Nation’s Capital; gather data for fault history, risks
The University of Mississippi
University of Mississippi Researchers and Students Investigate Geological History of Nation’s Capital; gather data for fault history, risks
Climate & Environment
Researchers and graduate students from the University of Mississippi’s Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute spent two weeks in the nation’s capital this summer studying the Adams Mill fault to determine if it runs near several prominent landmarks.
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From left: Jefferson (Jeff) Chan, professor of chemistry; and Melissa Lucero, graduate student in chemical biology
University of Illinois
New molecule targets, images and treats lung cancer tumors in mice
Health & Wellness
Lung cancer can be elusive to spot and difficult to treat because the markers for it are found in other tissues, too. Now, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a finely tuned molecular agent that can target lung and other cancer cells for imaging and treatment.
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UToledo Study Shows Critical Need to Reduce Use of Road Salt in Winter, Suggests Best Practices
The University of Toledo
UToledo Study Shows Critical Need to Reduce Use of Road Salt in Winter, Suggests Best Practices
Energy & Transportation
Overuse of road salts to melt away snow and ice is threatening human health and the environment as they wash into drinking water sources. UToledo spotlights the urgent need for policy makers and environmental managers to adopt solutions.
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UVM Team Builds First Living Robots That Can Reproduce
The University of Vermont
UVM Team Builds First Living Robots That Can Reproduce
Computing & Data
Health & Wellness
“With the right design — they will spontaneously self-replicate," says Joshua Bongard, a computer scientist and robotics expert at the University of Vermont who co-led the new research.
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Northern Illinois University biologists plan to keep smile on this turtle’s face
Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University biologists plan to keep smile on this turtle’s face
Climate & Environment
Richard King, a biology professor at Northern Illinois University, is working to ensure we don’t lose the perpetual smile of the endangered Blanding’s turtle.
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Teaming Up to Tackle ACL Injury
University of Kentucky
Teaming Up to Tackle ACL Injury
Health & Wellness
With three National Institutes of Health grants, totaling $8 million, UK scientists and surgeons are tackling one of the most common sports injuries.
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Advancing U.S. Manufacturing in Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Advancing U.S. Manufacturing in Kentucky
Community & Economic Development
A Defense-funded, $50-million partnership includes Kentucky scientists' work to meet strategic needs in materials processing and manufacturing technologies.
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Dot Coms to Pipe Bombs’: Terrorism Research Center Studying Offline and Online Extremism
University of Arkansas
Dot Coms to Pipe Bombs’: Terrorism Research Center Studying Offline and Online Extremism
Community & Economic Development
Justice
Researchers at the Terrorism Research Center were recently awarded $893,721 from the National Institute of Justice to study online radicalization and domestic violent extremism in the U.S.
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Late-Life Exercise Shows Rejuvenating Effects on Cellular Level
University of Arkansas
Late-Life Exercise Shows Rejuvenating Effects on Cellular Level
Health & Wellness
When mice were studied after two months of progressive weighted wheel running, it was determined that they were the epigenetic age of mice eight weeks younger than sedentary mice of the same age — 24 months. Needless to say, when your lifespan is measured in months, an extra eight weeks — roughly 8 percent of that lifespan — is a noteworthy gain.
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Valentine Nzengung,  professor of environmental geochemistry and founder of MuniRem Environmental LLC.
University of Georgia
Making the world a safer place
Climate & Environment
A University of Georgia scientist developed a product called MuniRem that neutralizes explosives and chemical warfare agents with no hazardous byproducts. The technology can also be used to clean contaminated soil and water.
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UVM Climate Report: Vermont Is Getting Warmer and Wetter.
University of Vermont
UVM Climate Report: Vermont Is Getting Warmer and Wetter.
Climate & Environment
Vermont Climate Assessment 2021's biggest takeaway: the state’s average annual temperature has warmed by nearly 2°F, and precipitation has increased by a whopping 21%, since 1900.
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University of New Hampshire develops striped bass aquaculture
University of New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire develops striped bass aquaculture
Climate & Environment
Feisty on the line and tasty on the plate, striped bass can be hard to find in New Hampshire, where there's no commercial harvest. UNH researchers are developing a sustainable aquaculture solution.
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Project aims to create prototype that converts carbon dioxide to ethanol
Northern Illinois University
Project aims to create prototype that converts carbon dioxide to ethanol
Climate & Environment
Northern Illinois University is leading a $2 million effort to develop a prototype system for capturing carbon dioxide waste and cleanly converting it into ethanol.
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Message in a (plastic) bottle
University of Georgia
Message in a (plastic) bottle
Climate & Environment
The Mississippi River has a pollution problem, and University of Georgia scientists are helping to solve it by providing the first comprehensive overview of how plastics are affecting the nation’s most important waterway.
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From left: Sudheer Salana, graduate student; Joseph V. Puthessery, graduate student; Haoran Yu, graduate student; Vishal Verma, professor of civil & environmental engineering. Illinois Lab for Aerosol Research
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Rural air pollution may be as hazardous as urban, study finds
Climate & Environment
New research shows that chemical reactivity, seasonality and distribution of airborne particulate matter are critical metrics when considering air pollution’s impact on human health.
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POET Bioproducts Institute to transition research to marketplace
South Dakota State University
POET Bioproducts Institute to transition research to marketplace
Climate & Environment
Computing & Data
Food & Nutrition
A new laboratory will bring South Dakota State University and South Dakota Mines faculty together with industry partners to transition bench-scale bioprocessing and bioproducts research to the marketplace.
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Shifting ocean closures best way to protect animals from accidental catch
University of Washington
Shifting ocean closures best way to protect animals from accidental catch
Climate & Environment
Researchers found that dynamic ocean management is more effective than permanent marine protected areas for protecting marine biodiversity that is accidentally caught in fisheries.
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Fast, cheap test can detect COVID-19 virus’ genome without need for PCR
University of Washington
Fast, cheap test can detect COVID-19 virus’ genome without need for PCR
Health & Wellness
Researchers have developed a new test for COVID-19 that combines the speed of over-the-counter antigen tests with the accuracy of PCR tests that are processed in medical labs and hospitals.
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Researchers land NIH grant to boost testing, vaccination for women leaving incarceration
University of Kansas
Researchers land NIH grant to boost testing, vaccination for women leaving incarceration
Health & Wellness
Justice
Building upon previous NIH-funded work, University of Kansas researchers are developing and refining interventions to boost COVID-19 vaccination and testing among a particularly vulnerable population: women leaving incarceration.
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CMS Header for School of Journalism - Stauffer-Flint Hall
University of Kansas
Media literacy can reduce stereotypes, study finds
Education
Justice
When readers read a news story about sports, drugs or welfare — topics that disproportionately stereotype the Black community — those who took part in a media literacy intervention held fewer stereotypes than readers who did not.
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Researchers Identify Osteoarthritis “Pain Pathway”
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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Rethinking Global Recycling Waste
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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First-year undergraduate student Megan Paquette sits for a blood draw as student volunteers receive COVID-19 antibody tests and complete behavior surveys outside Ogg Residence Hall at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Sept. 5, 2020. The effort is part of an epidemiological study and public health investigation performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS), and the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). The agencies have partnered to better understand COVID-19, how the virus that causes it is transmitted, and how coronavirus is spread on college campuses and among the college-age population. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)
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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Resentencing of Juvenile Lifers: The Philadelphia Experience
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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Delivering Speech Therapy via Telehealth
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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