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Our Brain Uses Statistics to Calculate Confidence, Make Decisions

The brain produces feelings of confidence that inform decisions the same way statistics pulls patterns out of noisy data.

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DOE Early Career Grant to Young Stony Brook Light Source Researcher

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Thomas K. Allison, PhD, who holds a joint appointment in the Stony Brook University departments of Physics and Chemistry, has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Award for his work on developing new light sources and techniques to follow the motions of molecular systems in real-time. Allison will receive $150,000 per year for five years for his project, entitled, “Ultrafast Dynamics of Molecules on Surfaces Studied with Time‐Resolved XUV Photoelectron Spectroscopy,” which was selected by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

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May 4 is Project ACES Day - All Children Exercise Simultaneously!

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World's largest exercise class

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Pittsburgh Gears Up for Nation’s Largest Gathering of Dental Hygiene Professionals

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) gets ready for its annual national convention taking place in Pittsburgh this June.

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Willa Cather's Nephew Leaves $5.8M to UNL

Charles E. Cather left an estate gift to create endowed funds to support University of Nebraska-Lincoln scholarship and teaching about renowned author Willa Cather.

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Gates Foundation Chief Executive Officer to Deliver Keynote Address at Georgia State Commencement

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Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will call on the Class of 2016 to stretch the limits of human possibility in her keynote address at Georgia State University’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.

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Experts Needed: New Report Says Half of Teens Say They Are Addicted to Smartphones

According to a new report by Common Sense Media, 50 percent of teens admitted that they feel they are addicted to using their smartphones. The actual number is most likely even higher. Experts Needed for media inquiries.

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Labor Expert Available to Comment on Teacher ‘Sickouts’

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Study May Explain the Nation's Growing Racial Achievement Gap

While the social science community has understood the potential impact of a racial achievement gap for decades, its root causes and mechanisms have not been clearly defined. The unique data collected and the uncommon analysis presented by Morris and Perry postulate that racially disparate and exclusionary discipline (suspension and expulsion) in the schools is a critical, understudied factor in racial differences in educational achievement and success later in life. Research suggests that African-American students are three times as likely as white students to be academically suspended. Nationwide, one in six African-American students in public schools have been suspended at least once. In a comparison of suspended and never-suspended students, the suspended group fell nearly five grade levels behind in only two years.

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More Than 3,300 Youth Are Homeless in Metro Atlanta, Project by Georgia State Univ. And Partners Finds

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Georgia State University and its partners counted homeless and runaway youth ages 14 to 25 living in shelters, on the streets or in other precarious situations, in a project that is the first comprehensive, accurate count and assessment of the number of homeless youth in the Atlanta metro area.

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Mike Babcock to Receive Honorary Degree From U of S

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When he returns home to Saskatoon next month, the University of Saskatchewan will pay tribute to Mike Babcock by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Laws for outstanding achievement and exceptional service to the community at Spring Convocation.

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National Parks Expert Available for Interview During Centennial Year of National Park Service, Founded in 1916

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Robert Manning, a natural resources professor at the University of Vermont, has conducted research for the National Park Service for 35 years and is the co-editor of a thoughtful book of essays on the national parks. He would provide wide-ranging perspective for stories pegged to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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Cornell’s Sutton Road Solar Farm Now Online to Power Geneva Station

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Cornell University’s new Sutton Road Solar Farm, a 2-megawatt energy facility that will offset nearly 40 percent of the annual electricity demand at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, is now fully operational.

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Research-Based Exercise Program Turning Preschoolers Into 'Fit Kids'

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Reuben Brough is running around a gym at King Street Youth Center waving his hands in the air and screeching like a cheetah. A stream of children is in hot pursuit of him and four other UVM students who implore the preschoolers to "catch the cheetah." It looks like total chaos, but there's a method to the madness, which is really a highly structured, research-based fitness program called Children and Teachers (CATs) on the Move.

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Economy Flyers Unite! Research Shows Air Rage a Product of Class Difference

We blame air rage on long flight delays, shrinking seats and a general decline in civility. But the first empirical research study into the phenomenon pegs another culprit -- class inequality -- for the reason passengers lose it when taking to the so-called friendly skies.

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Global Food Summit at UCI to Address Sustainable Solutions to Feeding the World

Global Food Summit: Sustainable Solutions is the second of a two-part Global Food Security conference held at University of California, Irvine. Internationally renowned food security leaders, practitioners and academics will address critical topics, ranging from global efforts to improve agriculture to the promise of technological advances. For full list of events, go to: http://blumcenter.uci.edu/gfs/

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Maryland Climate and Health Report Identifies State's Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

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As world leaders convene in Washington, DC this week for the Climate Action 2016 summit, a new report by Maryland public health leaders, the Maryland Climate and Health Profile report, details the impacts of climate change on the health of Marylanders now and in the future.

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New Research From Syracuse University’s Whitman School Offers Explanatory View of Bouncing Back From Significant Job Loss

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New entrepreneurship research from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a “rock bottom” model for generating a new positive work identity after experiencing significant job loss. In “Hitting rock bottom after job loss: Bouncing back to create a new positive work identity,” Trenton Williams, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Whitman, and his co-author, Dean Shepherd (Indiana University) provide a deeper understanding of why some people recover after losing their work identity, while others languish and develops interventions that facilitate recovery from job loss.

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Neuroscientists Find Evidence for ‘Visual Stereotyping’

The stereotypes we hold can influence our brain’s visual system, prompting us to see others’ faces in ways that conform to these stereotypes, neuroscientists at New York University have found.