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1 . Assessment of sanitation efficacy against Escherichia coli O157:H7 by rapid measurement of intracellular oxidative stress, membrane damage or glucose active uptake Cossu, A., Le, P., Young, G.M., Nitin, N. 2017 Food Control,
71 pp. 293 – 300 .
2 . On the formation of context-based person impressions Huang, L.M., Sacchi, D.L., Sherman, J.W. 2017 Journal of Experimental Social Psychology ,
68 pp. 146 – 156 .
3 . Steric effects and aurophilic interactions in crystals of Au<inf>2</inf>(μ-1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane)X<inf>2</inf> and Au<inf>2</inf>(μ-1,2-bis(dicyclohexylphosphino)ethane)X<inf>2</inf> (X = Cl, Br, I) Walters, D.T., England, K.R., Ghiassi, K.B., Semma, F.Z., Olmstead, M.M., Balch, A.L. 2016 Polyhedron ,
117 pp. 535 – 541 .
4 . Evidential significance of automotive paint trace evidence using a pattern recognition based infrared library search engine for the Paint Data Query Forensic Database Lavine, B.K., White, C.G., Allen, M.D., Fasasi, A., Weakley, A. 2016 Talanta ,
159 pp. 317 – 329 .
5 . Impact of biochar amendment on soil water soluble carbon in the context of extreme hydrological events Wang, D., Griffin, D.E., Parikh, S.J., Scow, K.M. 2016 Chemosphere,
160 pp. 287 – 292 .
6 . Plant high-throughput phenotyping using photogrammetry and imaging techniques to measure leaf length and rosette area An, N., Palmer, C.M., Baker, R.L., Markelz, R.J.C., Ta, J., Covington, M.F., Maloof, J.N., Welch, S.M., Weinig, C. 2016 Computers and Electronics in Agriculture ,
127 pp. 376 – 394 .
7 . Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor (LOX-1) in sickle cell disease vasculopathy Chen, M., Qiu, H., Lin, X., Nam, D., Ogbu-Nwobodo, L., Archibald, H., Joslin, A., Wun, T., Sawamura, T., Green, R. 2016 Blood Cells, Molecules, and Diseases ,
60 pp. 44 – 48 .
8 . The effects of acute stress on core executive functions: A meta-analysis and comparison with cortisol Shields, G.S., Sazma, M.A., Yonelinas, A.P. 2016 Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews ,
68 pp. 651 – 668 .
9 . A new protoparvovirus in human fecal samples and cutaneous T cell lymphomas (mycosis fungoides) Phan, T.G., Dreno, B., da Costa, A.C., Li, L., Orlandi, P., Deng, X., Kapusinszky, B., Siqueira, J., Knol, A.-C., Halary, F., Dantal, J., Alexander, K.A., Pesavento, P.A., Delwart, E. 2016 Virology ,
496 pp. 299 – 305 .
10 . A multivariate cure model for left-censored and right-censored data with application to colorectal cancer screening patterns Hagar, Y.C., Harvey, D.J., Beckett, L.A. 2016 Statistics in Medicine ,
35 ( 19 ) pp. 3347 – 3367 .
11 . Characterization of Pajaroellobacter abortibovis, the etiologic agent of epizootic bovine abortion Brooks, R.S., Blanchard, M.T., Clothier, K.A., Fish, S., Anderson, M.L., Stott, J.L. 2016 Veterinary Microbiology,
192 pp. 73 – 80 .
12 . Tracking the origins and diet of an endemic island canid (Urocyon littoralis) across 7300 years of human cultural and environmental change Hofman, C.A., Rick, T.C., Maldonado, J.E., Collins, P.W., Erlandson, J.M., Fleischer, R.C., Smith, C., Sillett, T.S., Ralls, K., Teeter, W., Vellanoweth, R.L., Newsome, S.D. 2016 Quaternary Science Reviews ,
146 pp. 147 – 160 .
13 . How variation between individuals affects species coexistence Hart, S.P., Schreiber, S.J., Levine, J.M., Coulson, T. 2016 Ecology Letters ,
19 ( 8 ) pp. 825 – 838 .
14 . Benchmarking novel approaches for modelling species range dynamics Zurell, D., Thuiller, W., Pagel, J., Cabral, J.S., Münkemüller, T., Gravel, D., Dullinger, S., Normand, S., Schiffers, K.H., Moore, K.A., Zimmermann, N.E. 2016 Global Change Biology ,
22 ( 8 ) pp. 2651 – 2664 .
15 . Transmission of influenza reflects seasonality of wild birds across the annual cycle Hill, N.J., Ma, E.J., Meixell, B.W., Lindberg, M.S., Boyce, W.M., Runstadler, J.A., Blasius, B. 2016 Ecology Letters ,
19 ( 8 ) pp. 915 – 925 .
16 . Hired farmworkers in the US: Demographics, work organisation, and services Reid, A., Schenker, M.B. 2016 American Journal of Industrial Medicine ,
59 ( 8 ) pp. 644 – 655 .
17 . Red-Phosphor-Dot-Doped Array in Mirror-Surface Substrate Light-Emitting Diodes Xiao, H., Lu, Y., Chai, C., Wang, Y., Shih, T.-M., Chen, Z. 2016 Journal of Display Technology ,
12 ( 8 ) , art. no. 7422654 , pp. 873 – 877 .
18 . Gravitropisms and reaction woods of forest trees – evolution, functions and mechanisms Groover, A. 2016 New Phytologist ,
211 ( 3 ) pp. 790 – 802 .
19 . How do clinicians prefer cultural competence training? Findings from the DSM-5 cultural formulation interview field trial Aggarwal, N.K., Lam, P., Castillo, E.G., Weiss, M.G., Diaz, E., Alarcón, R.D., Van Dijk, R., Rohlof, H., Ndetei, D.M., Scalco, M., Aguilar-Gaxiola, S., Bassiri, K., Deshpande, S., Groen, S., Jadhav, S., Kirmayer, L.J., Paralikar, V., Westermeyer, J., Santos, F., Vega-Dienstmaier, J., Anez, L., Boiler, M., Nicasio, A.V., Lewis-Fernández, R. 2016 Academic Psychiatry ,
40 ( 4 ) pp. 584 – 591 .
20 . Using a lipidomics approach for nutritional phenotyping in response to a test meal containing gamma-linolenic acid Cajka, T., Davis, R., Austin, K.J., Newman, J.W., German, J.B., Fiehn, O., Smilowitz, J.T. 2016 Metabolomics,
12 ( 8 ) , art. no. 127
21 . Effects of the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device on the immune microenvironment of the human cervix and endometrium Shanmugasundaram, U., Hilton, J.F., Critchfield, J.W., Greenblatt, R.M., Giudice, L.C., Averbach, S., Seidman, D., Shacklett, B.L., Smith-McCune, K. 2016 American Journal of Reproductive Immunology ,
76 ( 2 ) pp. 137 – 148 .
22 . Stability and Change in Self-Esteem During the Transition to Parenthood Bleidorn, W., Buyukcan-Tetik, A., Schwaba, T., van Scheppingen, M.A., Denissen, J.J.A., Finkenauer, C. 2016 Social Psychological and Personality Science ,
7 ( 6 ) pp. 560 – 569 .
23 . Could raising the minimum wage improve the public’s health? Leigh, J.P. 2016 American Journal of Public Health,
106 ( 8 ) pp. 1355 – 1356 .
24 . Evidence-based Medicine in Facial Plastic Surgery: Current State and Future Directions Dedhia, R., Hsieh, T.-Y., Tollefson, T.T., Ishii, L.E. 2016 Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America ,
24 ( 3 ) pp. 265 – 274 .
25 . Repeated concussions: Time to spur action among vulnerable veterans Uchendu, U.S., Omalu, B.I., Cifu, D.X., Egede, L.E. 2016 American Journal of Public Health,
106 ( 8 ) pp. 1366 – 1368 .
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Elsevier publishes four new books focusing on the growing body of knowledge surrounding Alzheimer’s disease
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of Developing Therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease: Progress and Challenges, along with three other new books focused on the growing body of knowledge surrounding Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This announcement comes in advance of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016, from July 24-27 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where Elsevier is exhibiting in booth # 824.
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CRC Press launches enhanced web version of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
STM Publisher CRC Press has announced the launch of its enhanced web version of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics which has been serving the scientific community for over 15 years. Ideal for researchers in both academic and corporate settings, this online product has several interactive tools and features and is designed to help users access trusted chemical and physical data in a seamless manner.
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IEEE Computer Society wins APEX 2016 Award of Excellence
IEEE Computer Society, a membership organisation dedicated to computer science and technology, has been awarded the APEX 2016 Award of Excellence in the “Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – Electronic” category for IEEE Software, the authority on translating software theory into practice. APEX 2016 – the 28th Annual Awards for Publication Excellence – is an international competition that recognises outstanding publications from newsletters and magazines to annual reports, brochures and websites.
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Submissions now open for iConference 2017
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is now accepting submissions for iConference 2017, the twelfth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary information society. iConference 2017 is scheduled for March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China.
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HighWire announces three key appointments
The HighWire leadership team has been further strengthened by the appointment of three key individuals following the opening remarks by HighWire Press, Inc. CEO, Dan Filby, at the Spring HighWire Publishers’ Meeting. The new appointments include John Doherty, Director Technical Support; Andre Kvaternik, Senior Director Professional Services; and Rob Smyth, Director of Engineering Quality Assurance.
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Leading the News

Facebook Successfully Tests Aquila Aircraft.

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Guynn) reports Facebook completed its first est of its unmanned solar-powered Aquila aircraft, which was in the air for 96 minutes, more than three times longer than planned. With a Boeing 737’s wingspan, the craft is designed to stay aloft for up to three months at a time, providing Internet access in a 60-mile radius through new laser-beam technology. Challenges the company still has to address include “collecting enough energy during daylight hours to operate around the clock and designing high-energy, dense batteries that can efficiently store enough energy.” Facebook’s vice president of engineering Jay Parikh said, “We have a lot of work ahead of us.” Alphabet’s Project Loon aims to use high-altitude, wind-propelled balloons to deliver Internet service, and both OneWeb Satellites and Space X seek to use satellites to provide Internet connectivity. The Verge Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Newton) calls Aquila “a linchpin of the company’s plan to bring the internet to all 7 billion people on Earth, regardless of their income or where they live.”

Higher Education

Study: Calculus Discourages Women From STEM Fields.

US News & World Report Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Camera) reports that according to a study from Colorado State University, women are being discouraged from pursuing study in STEM fields because they lack “confidence in their ability” to handle calculus. Assistant statistics professor and study co-author Bailey Fosdick said, “When women are leaving, it is because they don’t think they can do it.” According to US News & World Report, the 2016 U.S. News/Raytheon STEM Index indicates that although more women are earning STEM degrees, “they’re simply keeping pace rather than closing the gap with men.”

Penn State Will Offer Two New Graduate Degree Programs In Engineering This Fall.

The State College (PA) Centre Daily Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Falce) reports that Penn State has added two new graduate degree programs in engineering. The school is adding a graduate degree in biomedical engineering, and “a master’s degree in engineering at the nanoscale.”

NSF Awards $503,000 Grant To University Of Pittsburgh Engineers.

The Pittsburgh Business Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Tascarella) reports that researchers at the University of Pittsburgh “have received a $503,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study aluminum alloy microstructures.” According to the Business Times, “the three-year grant will also fund educational outreach and enhance Pitt’s material science curriculum.”

Virginia Educators Issued $900,000 NSF Grant To Teach UAV-Flying Classes.

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Laris) reports that educators in Virginia have been given a $900,000 federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) intended to spur a roll-out a UAV-flying classes at community colleges in the state. The move is part of an effort to develop a future workforce for “an exploding industry that is making inexpensive, high-resolution imagery widely available.” Cherie Aukland, who heads the geographic information system department at Thomas Nelson Community College, said, “That’s going to change how we analyze what’s happening with our world,” noting that UAVs can be used to monitor crop health, conduct land surveillance, and other uses.

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Research and Development

LANL Developing Sample-collecting Laser For Mars Rover.

Drawing from reporting by KRQE-TV, the AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21) reports Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers are working on a “SuperCam” for the Mars 2020 Rover that will collect soil samples from Mars with a laser. “Officials say the SuperCam also could determine the different minerals in the soil or rocks.”

Geothermal Energy Plan Proceeds Despite Opposition Over Seismic Risks.

The Albuquerque (NM) Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21) reports that the US Forest Service is proceeding with an assessment of geothermal energy exploration and development suitability near the Valles Caldera National Preserve despite “widespread opposition against it” and no input from the developer. The critics cite the allure of the area for recreationalists, earthquake risks, and the presence of a nearby nuclear plant. “The nearby Los Alamos National Laboratory has been required in recent years to shore up its defenses in a case of a seismic event.”

Workforce

100 Black Men Partner With GM To Interest Youth In STEM Careers.

The Daytona (FL) Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Douglas) reports that “last month, 100 Black Men of America, an organization dedicated to educating and empowering African-American youth, held its annual conference in Atlanta that focused on topics like civic engagement and managing money.” The Times reports that the event also focused on “getting youth interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields, commonly known as ‘STEM.’” Panelists included representatives from General Motors, such as HR executive director Tobin Williams who said, “[Technology] is absolutely essential. Over 33 years, the company that I work for [has become] a very different company,” said Williams. “Thirty-three years ago, it was primarily a manufacturing company. Three years ago, it was primarily a finance company and today it’s pretty much a software company. We are continuously looking for individuals who have the capability in software. There is a blending in terms of the software skill capability between engineering and computer science.”

Industry News

Next And Innolux Team Up On Flexible Fingerprint Sensors.

DigiTimes (TWN) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/22, Kuo, Hwang) reports Innolux and Next Biometrics are working together to “develop the world’s first flexible fingerprint sensor based on Next’s thermal sensing technology.” DigiTimes notes that Next and Innolux first began working together on “rigid fingerprint sensors in 2011,” with Innolux now expecting to ship 1.2 million rigid sensors this year. DigiTimes notes the companies hope to begin production of the flexible sensors, which “can accurately scan a larger area than capacitive fingerprint sensors, while production costs are competitive” in Q2 2017. Next hopes to ship two million flexible sensors next year, followed by 10 million in 2018.

Daimler To Accelerate EV Plans, Increase R&D Spending.

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21) reports that Diamler “has accelerated development of premium electric cars, Chief Executive Dieter said, adding he saw the vehicle segment gaining market share.” Zetsche told analysts, “We are adjusting our planning in this field. It is very important to get the right timing. As a tendency, and as a trend, we have become more bullish in that regard.” The company also “reiterated it will increase spending in research and development, which it expects to be ‘significantly above’ last year’s 6.6 billion euros, which was already a step up from 5.7 billion invested in 2014.”

Honda, SoftBank Partner On Developing Empathetic Cars.

The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Fujikawa, Subscription Publication) reports SoftBank Group Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son said the company is planning to shift toward AI as it works with Honda Motor Co. to develop cars that can learn to perceive drivers’ emotions. This project will aim to build attachments between humans and machines, Son said.

The Verge Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Hawkins) quotes Son as saying, “Imagine if robots, with their super intelligence, devoted themselves to humans. And imagine that cars themselves became supercomputers or robots one day. Honda will be the first to adopt this technology.” Engadget Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21) specifies the plans would utilize SoftBank’s life-sized Pepper robot to assess “drivers’ speech and other data compiled via multiple sensors and cameras.” Digital Trends Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21) reports similarly.

Engineering and Public Policy

Administration Announces EV Efforts, Charging Station Loan Guarantees.

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Freking) reports the White House announced that up to $4.5 billion in Energy Department loan guarantees will be available for commercial charging stations for electric vehicles. Additionally, senior adviser to the President Brian Deese “says the federal government also will partner with state and local governments to purchase fleets of electric vehicles.” Bloomberg Politics Share to FacebookShare to Twitter(7/21, Dorning) reports the Administration is seeking to create by 2020 complete a national network of fast-charging stations that will “make ‘coast-to-coast, nationwide zero-emissions travel’ a reality.”

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Mooney) reports the charging stations “will allow potential drivers to get around a key psychological problem: ‘range anxiety,’” in which people fear running out of charge on an EV far from a charging station. The White House also will “designate and develop key electric vehicle ‘charging corridors’” and announced “research initiatives at the Department of Energy and its laboratories to improve EV charging technologies.” The White House also “announced that some of the country’s largest power companies and automakers” signed a joint pledge “to ‘drive the market transformation to electric vehicles by making it easy for consumers to charge their vehicles.’” Department of Energy Undersecretary for Science and Energy Lynn Orr said, “The transportation sector is a quarter of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, so there’s a very important opportunity here.”

The Hill Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Cama) reports, “The Energy and Transportation departments are teaming up to develop a guide for the federal government’s electric vehicle and charging infrastructure efforts like financing and funding.”

Southwest Research Institute Awarded $7.8M To Develop Cleaner Gas Turbines.

The San Antonio Express-News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Petersen) reports scientists at the Southwest Research Institute have won a $7.8 million grant from the US Department of Energy to build more energy efficient and environmentally friendly gas turbines.

Elementary/Secondary Education

“Maker Movement” Faces Challenges As It Moves Into Schools.

NPR Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Westervelt) reports that the “maker movement,” defined as a “DIY culture of inventors, tinkerers and hackers is inspiring adults and children alike to design and build everything from sailboats and apps to solar cars,” is coming to schools this fall. However, NPR reports schools do not consider it to be learning in the traditional sense. In addition, schools are also concerned that the essence of the movement, which is driven by creativity and exploration, will be forced into a rigid system of accountability.

Students Continue Learning During Summer Tech Camp.

KPLC-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Lake Charles, LA (7/21, Bivens), on its website, reports that during summer vacation, students attending Calcasieu Parish’s Tech Camp are continuing their learning. According to Calcasieu Parish schools chief technology officer Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Tech Camp is “a program that allows students to go above and beyond using technology,” engaging in robotics, coding, and Sphero.

Southeast STEM Summer Camp Ends. KSNF-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Joplin, MO (7/21, Dimanche) reported that the Southeast STEM Summary Program ended with students “participating in a paint war.” According to KSNF-TV, students at the camp “had a chance to build CO2 cars, fire rockets and dissect a shark. They also visited Greenbush where they went canoeing, fishing and completed the ropes course. On Friday’s, students also got the chance to take field trips to different zoos, pools, airports and aquariums.” ThePittsburg (KS) Morning Sun Share to FacebookShare to
Twitter (7/21, Hoener) also reports on the story.

New Laurel Summer Camp Mixes Science With Summer Fun.

The Baltimore Sun Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Philip) reports that kids at Terrapin STEM Camp in Laurel, Maryland are spending the summer learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to the Sun, Terrapin STEM Camp at St. Mary of the Mills School was started “to offer kids in kindergarten through fifth grade a range of interactive STEM activities, from designing LEGO robots to working with 3D printers to learning about ‘creepy crawlers.’”

Mississippi Student Wins 2016 SkillsUSA Award.

The Winston County (MS) Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21) reports that “a career and technical student in Mississippi won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2016 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 22-23, 2016.” According to the Journal, students invited to the event showcased “their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 100 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.”

Facebook Brings TechPrep To Get Chicago Kids Interested In Coding.

The Chicago Tribune Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Graham) reports that on Wednesday, Facebook visited Malcolm X College on Chicago’s Near West Side in an effort to generate student interest in “TechPrep, a web resource designed to help kids and parents learn programming and pursue training and education.” According to the Tribune, almost 200 people attended the event during which “kids took coding classes as adults listened in on TechPrep demos and panels about how minority employees at Facebook got interested in computer science.” The Tribune reports that according to TechPrep partner manager Lauryn Ogbechie, Facebook was interested in bringing TechPrep to Chicago Public Schools due to the schools’ “decision to make coding a graduation requirement.”

Michigan Science Center Receives About $1.5 Million From Toyota.

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21) reports that on Thursday, Toyota announced an almost $1.5 million donation to upgrade the Detroit Michigan Science Center’s theater and help enhance its educational offerings for students and teachers. According to the AP, Toyota said it wanted “to promote and expand education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.”

Delaware Students Scores Up In Second Year Of Smarter Balanced Assessment.

The Wilmington (DE) News Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Spencer) reports on Delaware’s results from the second year of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, given to all students in 3rd to 8th grades. The results were “better” than “last year, but still only about half are proficient” in English and math. Overall, 55 percent scored proficient in English and 44 percent in math, up from 52 percent and 41 percent last year. Frederika Jenner, president of the Delaware State Education Association, said that the fact that scores come out after the school year means the state should “critically analyze the test itself to ensure it serves [the] intended purpose of providing valid, timely and useful results.”

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The American Association of Physicists in Medicine and Wiley announce publishing partnership
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and publisher John Wiley and Sons Inc. have announced a publishing partnership for AAPM’s prestigious portfolio of scholarly journals in medical physics. With over 8,000 members globally, the AAPM is one of the largest and most highly regarded professional organisations for researchers and scientists working in medical physics and related fields.
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CABI launches open access book programme
Scientific publisher CABI has launched Open Books. This new programme supports authors and collaborating organisations wishing to publish open access books across a wide range of subject areas within applied life sciences and sustainable tourism. CABI Open Books are freely available online at CAB eBooks upon publication and are accessible to anyone worldwide, ensuring distribution to the widest possible audience.
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ÜberResearch announces integration of Altmetric badges into Dimensions platform
Digital Science portfolio company ÜberResearch has announced the integration of Altmetric badges into their Dimensions platform, a global grants database. Dimensions provides funders and institutions a comprehensive view of the research funding landscape, helping them make informed and data-driven strategic decisions.
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Catharine Bond Hill named Managing Director of Ithaka S+R
ITHAKA, the not-for-profit leader in advancing and preserving knowledge and improving education worldwide, has announced that Vassar College President Catharine (Cappy) Bond Hill will join the organisation as Managing Director of its research and consulting service, Ithaka S+R, in September, 2016. Hill, one of higher education’s most impactful college presidents and an accomplished economist, will succeed Deanna Marcum, who will continue to serve as senior advisor.
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OpenAthens announces Publisher Manifesto
OpenAthens has announced their Publisher Manifesto following an extensive program of research into librarians and end-users views and experiences of Identity and Access Management (IAM). The Publisher Manifesto is a series of commitments that aim to address the common issues around IAM faced by publishers and vendors, and highlight the next steps for the publishing industry in managing access to knowledge.
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Reprints Desk adds 24/7 Subject Matter Expert advisory service to its research retrieval platform Article Galaxy
Research Solutions, Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Reprints Desk, Inc. has added a new human-powered information search and alerting service for researchers and scientists to its cloud-based Article Galaxy solution designed to collect, track and deliver research retrieval requests. Powered by Article Galaxy’s advanced workflow tools and staffed by a panel of subject matter experts, the company’s new ‘Ask an Expert’ feature will be available 24/7 on-demand to selected customers through the Article Galaxy platform.
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Atypon announces significant enhancements to its online publishing platform, Literatum
In the most recent of its three regularly scheduled yearly releases, Atypon has added significant enhancements to Literatum, the most widely used and fully featured online publishing platform for the professional and scholarly publishing industry. The latest Literatum release also includes a streamlined eCommerce interface modelled on the best practices of leading consumer-oriented websites.
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Solar Car Challenge Offers Students Change To Design, Build, And Race Solar-Powered Cars.

The Dallas Morning News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Venkatraman) reports on Sunday’s start to the 2016 Solar Car Challenge that gives students “an opportunity to design, construct and race solar powered cars.” The race goes 786 miles from “Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth to Minneapolis.” The race is also “making an effort to bring young girls into the field.” The Morning News says, “The girls at the competition hope that this generation will bring changes to the demographic in STEM fields.”

Higher Education

Morgan State University Names Dean Of Engineering School.

The Washington Informer Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19) reports Morgan State University has named Michael Spencer as dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering. Spencer is currently professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. Spencer “has more than 160 publications and 20 patents in the fields of compound semiconductors, graphene, power conversion, microwave devices and solar cell technology.”

NSF Grant To Fund Scholarships For Math And Science Teachers At The College of St. Scholastica.

KQDS-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Duluth, MN (7/20, Lentz) reports The College of St. Scholastica has received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant “to increase the number of new math and science teachers committed to teaching in high-need districts in Minnesota.” The money will fund scholarships for “34 students who plan to teach and major in math/science teacher education fields.”

NSF Grant To Support Polymer Chemistry At Armstrong State University.

The Savannah (GA) Tribune Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20) reports seven chemistry professors at Armstrong State University have received a National Science Foundation grant for $279,297. The grant will support “the infusion of polymer chemistry, a multidisciplinary science, throughout the curriculum.” The money will be used for funding “several undergraduate research students and faculty mentors in individual projects focusing on polymer chemistry.”

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New President Louis Martin-Vega on Society priorities.

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Research and Development

Stretchable Electronics Show Promise For Medical Applications.

WFMZ-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Allentown, PA (7/20, Falcon) reports on the work of Marvin Slepian, associate department head of biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona, who described “stretchable electronics,” explaining that it is possible “to put thin electronics into materials that move with the body.” Slepian explained, “If the patient is wearing this, we can track that and we can actually see decompensation, which may occur even before they wind up in the hospital.” He works with “researchers at the University of Illinois, Tufts, and Northwestern.”

WNDU-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter South Bend, IN (7/20, McFadden) reports, “Wearable, stretchable electronics can now monitor several body functions and instantaneously send the information to a doctor.” The story describes a “bio stamp” that “sends metrics on heart rate, movement and more to an iPad in real time,” and “a catheter and balloon with a thousand sensors to detect atrial fibrillation,” as well as “a wearable sweat sensor that can track electrolytes and hydration.” The same story was aired earlier on KXAS-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Dallas (7/7, Castro).

Researchers Develop Bioengineered Microbes To Deliver Anticancer Toxins Directly To Tumors.

The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Hotz, Subscription Publication) reports an animal study published in Nature revealed that genetically engineered bugs may be able to deliver regular doses of anticancer toxins to shrink tumors. Using quorum sensing, researchers developed anticancer microbes that grow or self-destruct based on the their overall population. The bioengineered microbes that survive then grow and seed the next dose.

DOE Backing GE Research To Boost Efficiency Of Gas Turbines.

The Albany (NY) Business Review Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Subscription Publication) reports the US Department of Energy is investing $30 million over 3.5 years toward research project on gas turbines, including three projects with General Electric. “The money will go toward research to increase efficiency in gas turbines.” The story goes on to detail the GE projects receiving funding.

New Technology Captures Carbon To Generate Power, Bleach.

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Roston) reports scientists from Cornell University Wednesday developed a technique that “sucks up CO2 from exhaust streams and generates useful electricity as a byproduct” along with a type of bleach used by pharmaceutical and textile industries, as well as in antifreeze and plastics. The process “kidnaps” more carbon than it emits but its scalability remains uncertain.

DARPA Looking To Create Modular Robots.

The Daily Mail Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Prigg) reports DARPA is looking to condense traditional military machines into “chiplets,” which could be combined into a robot. The chiplets would cover a range of functions, including “data storage, computation, signal processing, and managing the form and flow of data,” which would be combined along with an interposer to create machines capable of translation, video feeds, and UAS swarm coordination, along with other tasks.

Industry News

Corning Announces New, Improved Gorilla Glass 5.

Coverage of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 announcement garnered significant, broad media coverage, largely with the US tech media. The reaction to the product was uniformly positive with most media noting the attributes of its improved drop performance, and a few speculating the glass will make its way to Apple’s iPhone 7. CNBC picked up an article from The Verge Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Goode) reporting on Corning’s announcement of Gorilla Glass 5 which “was formulated to improve drop performance…onto rough surfaces from certain heights — specifically, waist height to shoulder height.” The Verge notes that Gorilla Glass 5 can survive drops from 1.6 meters “up to 80 percent of the time.” The Verge adds that Corning found two-thirds of drops happen from waist height to shoulder height, with Corning’s research team also focusing on improving how the glass would react to “drops on rough surfaces and sharp contact damage.” The Verge also spoke to Corning vice president and general manager John Bayne on the resiliency of the product in the real world, with Bayne saying “What will define the performance of the overall device on those types of corner drops is stiffness of the phone design, but also how the glass is packaged,” adding that high-sitting or “proud” glass “wouldn’t perform as well as one that had a different design.”

PC Magazine Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Brant) reports that “in 80 percent of lab tests, Gorilla Glass 5 survived an impact greater than 850 Newtons of force from a height of 5.2 feet,” around twice the durability of Gorilla Glass 4. PC Magazine adds that Corning will now offer glass as thin as 0.3 millimeters, down from its current 0.4 millimeter offering. The article also references what it calls “Corning Fire” saying the “blend of glass and sapphire” is currently in the works at Corning, with “plans to market Fire glass for the wearables market.” PC Magazine also includes a video Share to FacebookShare to Twitter from Corning on Gorilla Glass 5. Digital Trends Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, de Looper) reports that Corning also said it was “testing glass in the 0.1 to 0.2 mm range” which could “help make phones and wearables thinner while retaining the same strength as previous iterations of Gorilla Glass and even making its stronger.”

Tesla Unveils Second Part Of Master Plan.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s unveiling of the second part Share to FacebookShare to Twitter of the Tesla Master Plan Wednesday evening drew widespread coverage across traditional, financial, and industry media. Calling the plan “much-anticipated,” the AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Durbin) reports that it charts out new vehicles and a car-sharing platform, defends autonomous driving systems, and promotes the SolarCity acquisition in order to integrate solar electricity generation and storage. The BBC News (UK) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/21, Lee) reports that Musk writes in the plan that the point of the plan is to “accelerate the advent of sustainable energy.” Achieving the widespread use of sustainable energy is vital, he wrote, “or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse.” Bloomberg Business (7/20, 11:29 p.m. EDT) characterized the plan as one “for the future of sustainable energy,” though it notes investor reservations. The Los Angeles (CA) Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Mitchell, Fleming) was similarly skeptical, writing that the release “was not greeted warmly by industry analysts” but that “despite criticism from analysts, whose foremost concern is financial performance, Musk has emerged as the 21st Century’s most audacious, best-known living entrepreneur, replacing the late Steve Jobs as the business world’s leading icon.”

Engineering and Public Policy

Senate Bill Attempts To Boost Return On Federal Research Funding.

MLive (MI) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Tower) reports on The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and is moving to the full Senate. The bill “would take several steps to help maximize the return on investment of federal money provided for scientific research.” It would also “extend federal funding commitments for training programs.”

Bill Would Change H-1B Program.

Southern California Public Radio Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20) reports on a bill by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) that would alter the H-1B program, by “proposing to change certain exemptions that allow companies to hire more foreign workers when qualified U.S. candidates are not available.” Issa would change the exception for foreign workers who have “a master’s degree or higher,” or a salary greater than $60,000 per year. His bill would eliminate the exemption based on degrees, and raise the salary exemption to $100,000.

NHTSA Chief: “No One Incident Will Derail” Future Of Autonomous Driving Technology.

The Washington (DC) Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Laris) reports that the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Mark Rosekind said on Wednesday, “no one incident will derail the Department of Transportation and NHTSA from its mission to improve safety on the roads by pursuing new lifesaving technologies,” referring to the fatal Tesla crash. Rosekind went on to say, “We lost 35,200 lives on our roads last year. We are in a bad place. This is a bad situation, and we should be desperate for new tools that will help us save lives.”

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Carroll, Shepardson) reports that “autonomous vehicles must be ‘much safer’ than human drivers before they are deployed on U.S. roads, Rosekind said,” but “he did not quantify how much safer.” Rosekind added, “If we wait for perfect, we’ll be waiting for a very, very long time. How many lives might we be losing while we wait?”

The Detroit News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Laing) reports that Rosekind said “we know there will be incidents that occur with highly automated vehicles, and NHTSA will always be ready to use its authorities to investigate all aspects of vehicle safety and take whatever action is necessary. When something goes wrong, or a highly automated vehicle encounters an edge case — something it hasn’t been programmed to deal with — that data can be taken, analyzed, and then the lessons can be shared with more than the rest of that vehicle fleet. It could be shared with all automated vehicles,” he added.

New York Considering Nuclear Subsidy As Part Of Clean Energy Push.

The New York Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Yee, Subscription Publication) reports the New York Public Service Commission is considering a proposal “offering nearly $1 billion in ratepayer-financed subsidies over the next two years to save [three nuclear] plants battered by rising costs and competition from cheap natural gas.” From the state’s perspective, “the subsidies are a way of putting a dollar value on the benefits of a reliable carbon-free power source.” Exelon would stand to benefit the most from the plan because “it owns two of the three upstate plants, and is in talks to buy the third.”

Elementary/Secondary Education

Rowan University Hosts Summer STEM Camp For Middle School Students.

WPVI-TV Philadelphia (7/19) reports on a summer camp at Rowan University at which “middle schoolers are spending the week learning about bridges, bottle rockets and robotics.” The camp makes use of “a hands on approach to teach the students about complicated subjects.”

Wilmington Middle Schoolers Send Weather Balloon Into The Stratosphere.

The Wrightsville (NC) Lumina News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20, Errante) reports that following “months of planning and research, a group of Wilmington middle schoolers launched a weather balloon carrying recording equipment into the sky on July 13 in hopes it would eventually burst and parachute back to Earth, bringing them data and photos from the stratosphere.” According to the Lumina News, the data retrieved, which includes “temperature readings, light readings, photographs and videos from 100,000 feet above Earth,” will be analyzed at the Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences (W.A.A.S.).

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Wiley and ILAE partner to launch new OA journal – Epilepsia Open
Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc. and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) have announced the launch of a new international, open access publication, Epilepsia Open. Epilepsia Open is an international, peer-reviewed journal from the International League Against Epilepsy. The mission of the journal is to make original epilepsy research on all aspects of epilepsy widely available through open access publication.
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Wolters Kluwer wins 11 APEX Awards for excellence in publishing
Wolters Kluwer, a global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry, has announced that 10 of its Lippincott Williams & Wilkins healthcare publications won 11 awards in the 28th annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition. Neurology Now won the Grand Award for Health and Medical Writing.
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Elsevier’s Bitcoin book honoured with Outstanding Business Reference Source award
STM publisher Elsevier has announced that its book, Handbook of Digital Currency: Bitcoin, Innovation, Financial Instruments, and Big Data, edited by David Lee Kuo Cheun, has received one of only two ‘Outstanding’ designations as a Business Reference Source by the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association. Handbook of Digital Currency discusses all major strategies and tactics associated with digital currencies, their uses and regulations.
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COAR announces first session in COAR Webinar and Discussion Series
The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has announced the first session in the members-only COAR Webinar and Discussion Series. Scheduled for July 28, this session aims to provide information about the latest trends and topics in open access and repositories. The first session will feature Oya Rieger, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Preservation Services at Cornell University and Program Director for arXiv (and member of the COAR Executive Board).
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University of Bristol joins Jisc’s shared facilities in VIRTUS’ data centre
VIRTUS Data Centres, the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider, has announced the latest member of the first national shared data centre for research and education, offered by UK higher, further education and skills’ digital services and solutions organisation, Jisc. The University of Bristol has joined 16 education and research establishments already benefiting from the shared facility at VIRTUS’ LONDON4.
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Ixxus launches Ixxus Publishing Platform
Content and publishing expert Ixxus has announced the launch of the Ixxus Publishing Platform (IPP), an end-to-end publishing solution designed to streamline, support and enable the editorial process from conception to publication. The Ixxus Publishing Platform has been designed to meet common publishing challenges. The company is known for its innovative approach to content management and consultancy.
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Digital Science to adopt Relative Citation Ratio developed at NIH
Digital Science, a technology company that combines world-class technology with a resolute focus on research and those who support the research process, will adopt the National Institutes of Health (NIH) new article level metric of scientific influence – the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR). The US biomedical funding agency has introduced the new metric to evaluate funded medical and academic research, to provide an improved indicator on the relative citation strength of a given paper, field-normalised and benchmarked against its peers.
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More International Women Students Studying STEM Fields At US Universities.

US News & World Report Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Durrani) reports on the growth of “female international students pursuing STEM degrees at American universities.” One such student said she chose USC Viterbi because “it is known for having strong women in the engineering community,” as well as having “many research opportunities available to undergrads.” Overall there has been a 68 percent increase in “active female international students studying STEM in the U.S.” since 2010, rising from 76,638 students to 128,807 in 2015. Most come from India or China. The New York University Tandon School of Engineering has seen a more than tripling of its international women students in STEM fields “in the last decade.” The students quoted say they chose US universities because of the flexibility of the programs, and the availability of research and internships.

Higher Education

Tata Trusts To Provide Fellowships For Students From India To Study At Clemson’s ICAR.

The Greenville (SC) News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Bell, Coyne) reports Ratan Tata, former chairman of Tata Sons, who received an honorary doctorate from Clemson University in 2015, has benefited the school’s International Center for Automotive Research, as the Tata Trusts, chaired by Ratan Tata, “has agreed to provide fellowships for five students from India to study automotive engineering at ICAR,” including the cost of “tuition, fees, housing, books and other expenses,” according to Zoran Filipi, chair of the automotive engineering department. GSA Business Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19) reports the fellowships will be $26,500 a year.

HBCUs In Louisiana See Rise In Enrollment.

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, March) reports enrollment at “most historically black colleges and universities in Louisiana,” is up “modestly” following years of decline. The increase is explained by “a rise in the number of non-black students attending HBCUs, as well as recent racial conflicts at predominantly white institutions.” The HBCUs have generally “lower tuition, higher academic programs and…a safer college environment,” according to Marybeth Gasman of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jackson State University Wins NSF Grant To Support Training High School Teachers In STEM Fields.

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19) reports Mississippi’s Jackson State University has been awarded a five-year $3.7 million National Science Foundation grant for “high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers for all students in high-need school districts.” The grant will support a program that came from “a successful three-year pilot project led by JSU in partnership with Xavier University of New Orleans.”

Crouch Joins UTA.

Peter E. Crouch, dean of engineering for the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and the former dean of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, joins UTA in August as dean of the nationally ranked College of Engineering and as a professor of electrical engineering, WALB ABC 10 Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Albany, GA (7/18) in Albany, Ga., KIII ABC 3 Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Corpus Christi, TX (7/18) in Corpus Christi, KOAM CBS 7 Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Pittsburg, KS (7/18) in Joplin, Mo., KFMB CBS 8 Share to FacebookShare to Twitter San Diego (7/18) in San Diego and many other websites reported.

Administration Struggling To Monitor Student Loans Amid Rise In Debt.

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Nasiripour) reports a “series of recent moves by the federal government could prolong” student loan borrowers’ “misery.” The Obama Administration has “struggled to police student loan collectors at a time when student loan debt has skyrocketed.” The piece explains that “high debt burdens could hamper household consumption and limit demand for new credit, stunting economic growth, as the Federal Reserve, Treasury Department, and the nation’s financial regulators have warned.” Bloomberg adds that the Education and Treasury departments, along with the CFPB, “said in September that student loan companies should be accountable to borrowers.” They said government agencies and debtors “deserve recourse when loan companies violate laws, regulations, or their federal contracts.”

White House Report Describes Student Debt Situation.

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Douglas-Gabriel) reports on a White House report based on ED data showing that those with “the hardest time repaying their student loans” borrowed money to attend “for-profit or community colleges,” but did not graduate. The report was presented by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, who said, “A college education is not a guarantee, so it is important to select the right school.”

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Research and Development

Startup Uses NREL Technology For Efficient Air Conditioner.

Scientific American Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Fares) reports on Florida-base startup Be Power Tech’s hybrid fuel cell and air conditioner which “combines the right technology with the right use case to be truly transformative.” The unit runs on natural gas and produces extra electricity and uses a low-power evaporative cooling mechanism. The company has an exclusive license from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to use a desiccant-enhanced evaporative cooler developed by the lab.

Workforce

University Of Maryland Eastern Shore Receives Grant To Start Workforce Training For Agriculture And Renewable Energy.

The Baltimore Sun Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Gantz) reports University of Maryland, Eastern Shore has been given a $1 million grant from Delmarva Power “to launch a workforce training program for agriculture and renewable energy jobs.” The university will use the funds to start the Green Collar Initiative.

Global Developments

IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecast After Brexit Vote.

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Mayeda) reports the International Monetary Fund (IMF) “scrapped its forecast for a pickup in global growth this year,” pointing to the UK vote to leave the European Union (EU) as a factor, and “warned the damage could worsen if confidence falters among investors and companies.” The IMF forecasts global GDP to rise 3.1% this year, down from April’s 3.2% projection “and equal to growth in 2015,” according to the fund’s quarterly World Economic Outlook, released Tuesday. The forecast for next year was cut from 3.5% to 3.4%.

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19) reports IMF chief economist Maurice Obstfeld “said the bank was prepared ‘as of June 22’ – the day before Britain’s vote – to slightly mark up its global forecast, citing unexpectedly strong growth in Europe and Japan and a partial rebound in global commodity prices.” However, “Brexit has thrown a spanner in the works,” he explained. The IMF added that the US and China, the world’s two largest economies, are unlikely to sustain much damage from the uncertainty in Europe.

ABC News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19) adds that the report said, “The impact of Brexit is projected to be muted for the United States,” predicting the American economy will grow by 2.2% in 2016 and 2.5% in 2017. US News & World Report Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19) reports US growth was revised down “0.2 percentage points for the year, due mostly to the country’s ‘weaker-than-expected growth in the first quarter.’”

The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Talley, Subscription Publication) says the outlook sets the tone for the G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in China this week. Brexit is likely to be a major topic, with officials focusing on “the near and long-term implications of the decision by voters in the U.K. to exit the EU,” a senior US Treasury official said Monday. “Continued uncertainty in the global outlook underscores the importance of all countries using all policy tools–monetary, fiscal and structural–in combination to boost growth,” the official said.

A separate Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Talley) article adds that the IMF warned Brexit could make the global outlook much worse, since an acrimonious and drawn-out negotiation between the UK and EU could add more uncertainty about the future of their relationship.

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Mui), Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Lawder), and Bloomberg Business Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/20) also cover the story.

Industry News

Google Fiber Initiative Aims To Expand Into Nationwide Broadband Service.

USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Guynn) reports that in the first quarter, Alphabet spent almost $280 million in Google Fiber capital expenses and reported losses of $802 million and revenues of $166 million. Yet, Google’s parent company has allowed Google Fiber to increase its presence in the US and eventually establish “a nationwide broadband network,” prompting other “industry players to step up their game.”

Survey Finds Cybersecurity Is Biggest Risk In Self-Driving Vehicle Industry.

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Webb) reports a survey by Munich Re found that the biggest concern for companies considering self-driving vehicle technology is cybersecurity. The survey found that “55 percent of corporate risk managers surveyed named cybersecurity as their top concern about self-driving cars.”

Auto Manufacturers Battling Over Intellectual Property In China.

A 1,142-word article in the Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Bogage) examines whether Chinese companies can “continue to get away with ‘shanzhai’ – a Chinese term for prideful counterfeiting – of car designs.” The Post discusses how Chinese manufacturers are attempting to compete against Western automakers by “reverse engineering foreign products as a way to enter the market without overwhelming research expenditures.” Such actions in China and elsewhere have “multinational companies rushing to strategically secure their rights all over the world”; however, the Post highlights hurdles that companies without “strong market presence” within China face in protecting their intellectual property rights.

Engineering and Public Policy

White House Clean Energy Initiative Aims to Boost Low-income Solar.

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Martin) reports that under the Clean Energy Savings For All initiative announced Tuesday, President Obama plans to increase installations of solar power for low-income households 10-fold to one gigawatt by 2020 with the efforts of six federal agencies including DOE and the Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments. “Solar panels are no longer for wealthy folks who live where the sun shines every day,” Obama said in a video announcement. “Today we’re offering even more families and communities to choose clean energy.”

US Expands WTO Challenge To China’s Metal Export Limits, EU Joins Challenge.

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Walsh) reports the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced Tuesday that the US has expanded its challenge at the World Trade Organization to China’s export tariffs for certain metals and minerals important to manufacturing to include chromium. The USTR stated that materials “are key inputs into high-value U.S.-made products in vital industrial sectors, including aerospace, automotive, construction, and electronics. China’s export restraints on these materials, including duties and quotas, provide an unfair competitive advantage to China at the expense of American workers and manufacturers.” A separateReuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19) article reports that China’s Commerce Ministry has also received a request from the European Union “concerning the raw materials, such as copper, lead and tin.”

The Hill Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Needham) reports that USTR Michael Froman and European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström “combined their cases at the World Trade Organization” challenging China’s “export restrictions on raw materials needed for manufacturing.” In a statement to reporters, Malmström said, “We hope this joint EU-U.S. trade action will motivate China to reconsider its current policy.”

Tech, Agriculture Employers Say Not Enough Americans Able To Fill Jobs.

Bloomberg Business Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Hunter) “QuickTake” provides an overview of the H-1B, H-2A, and “extraordinary ability” visa programs. QuickTake notes “it took less than a week for the U.S. government to exhaust the year’s 85,000 allotted petitions for H-1B visas” in the most recent accounting year. QuickTake goes on to discuss the history of “the U.S. system of immigration categories and caps,” and how “opposition to immigration tends to rise and fall with the state of the economy. In tough times, Americans desperate for work are none too happy to see businesses import laborers.” Nonetheless, “Employers in both the tech industry and agriculture say there are not enough Americans able to fill all the available jobs,” though opponents “say the companies are just trying to avoid paying higher wages to American workers.”

Elementary/Secondary Education

Colorado Teachers Receive STEM Training At Air Force Academy Summer Camp.

The Colorado Springs (CO) Gazette Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/19, Kelley) reports that “over 100 front range teachers have become the students at the STEM Boot Camp at the Air Force Academy,” a program spanning three days designed “to improve STEM teaching skills in southern Colorado K-12 educators.” According to the Gazette, “the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs organizes and produces the event, and the National Defense Education Program funds it.”

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Wolters Kluwer Health to participate in CCC’s text mining solution
The Health division of Wolters Kluwer has announced its participation in Copyright Clearance Center’sRightFindTM XML for Mining service that will make it easier for biomedical researchers to conduct compliant text and data mining across the full text of its professional healthcare journals. With the exponential growth of biomedical research globally, RightFind XML for Mining service from CCC solves an industry challenge to provide compliant, controlled access to the literature for important text and data mining needs.
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Elsevier announces latest edition of Handbook of Hygiene Control in the Food Industry at IFT16 Expo
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of the latest edition of Handbook of Hygiene Control in the Food Industry, an authoritative reference on food safety and quality. Elsevier also introduced 11 additional food science and safety books, showcased as part of its rapidly growing food science portfolio in booth # 3631 at IFT16 Expo, the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists, July 16-19 in Chicago, IL.
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Peer Review Week 2016 scheduled for September 19-25
The second Peer Review Week will be held from September 19-25, 2016. It is an increasingly global event bringing together diverse individuals, institutions, publishers and organisations committed to sharing the central message that robust peer review, whatever the particular model, is critical to science communication.
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Semantico announces strategic appointments in sales team
Semantico, suppliers of digital publishing solutions to the scholarly and professional market, have announced new hires in their sales team to further progress their commitment to strategic customer relationship development. New Sales Director Jon White brings to Semantico a wealth of experience in the digital content sector. Also joining the sales team as a Senior Account Manager is Ruth Wells.
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PeerJ launches free-to-use ‘Jobs Board’ for academic positions
PeerJ, an open access publisher of scholarly journals in biology, medicine, health and computer sciences, has launched a free-to-use ‘Jobs Board‘. The service is currently available for academic, government, and industry positions in the fields of biology, life sciences, medicine, and computer science.
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Sheridan expands current eCommerce platforms to include online reading
Sheridan has expanded its current eCommerce platforms to include online reading. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) – a current Sheridan eCommerce user who desired a way to sell protected eBooks from its website without the drawbacks that DRM typically brings both publishers and consumers – was the first to commit to Sheridan’s new online reading option and it is now available to all publishers using Sheridan’s eCommerce platforms.
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Mercedes Deploys First Autonomous-Driving City Bus.

Mashable Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Jaynes) reports that Mercedez-Benz on Monday deployed the industry’s first autonomous-driving city bus, dubbed the “Future Bus,” on a 12-mile route through Amsterdam. The Future Bus operates with Mercedes’ CityPilot autonomous driving system, enabling the bus to autonomously switch lanes, arrive at bus stops, pass through tunnels, interact with traffic signals, and brake for pedestrians and obstructions.

CNET News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18) reports that the Future Bus can also stop, load, and unload passengers along its route without human intervention. Engadget Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18) says that because of regulations, a human operator will still sit behind the wheel of the Future Bus; however, the article suggests that the endeavor is “a major milestone towards implementing driverless vehicles in cities around the world.”

TechCrunch Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Etherington) reports the CityPilot platform was developed from a version of the Mercedes’ Highway Pilot autonomous trucking technology, but unlike the Highway Pilot program released two years ago, the City Pilot program faced challenges of maneuvering in an urban environment. Additionally, Mercedes “put a lot of time into designing the vehicle’s interior” and, according to the company’s official press site, will have displays for media and entertainment and a forested canopy ceiling.

PC Magazine Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Brant) posits that the future of self-driving cars remains uncertain, but Mercedes’ Future Bus puts the technology “much closer to reality, even in the US.” The article notes that start-up Local Motion has already deployed small autonomous buses in Washington, DC, and two California cities are developing self-driving, on-demand bus systems for short-distance routes.

Higher Education

OSU Student Electric Motorcycle Team Succeeds In Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

WCMH-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Columbus, OH (7/15, Gelber) reports on Ohio State’s 30-member student electric motorcycle team, Buckeye Current, and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The team was “able to overcome problems with the cooling system and motor issues in time for a highly successful 11-minute 16-second run.” Team leader Sean Harrington said that given “156 curves and a wet track” the motorcycle had to “accelerate at a top speed of up to 120 mph to get through the turns.” Harrington displayed the machine at the OSU Center for Automotive Research.

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Virginia Tech Professor Leads Team In Developing Nanostructured Materials With Scalability.

Phys (UK) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18) reports on a study published in Nature Materials describing “a new process to create lightweight, strong and super elastic 3-D printed metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability.” The research was led by Virginia Tech assistant professor of mechanical engineering Xiaoyu “Rayne” Zheng. The materials have a “hierarchical 3-D architectural arrangement and nanoscale hollow tubes.” Zheng said the achievement is “unprecedented.”

UTEP wins NSF Grant To Boost Computer Science Program.

The El Paso (TX) Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Anderson) reports the University of Texas at El Paso has been awarded a $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation “to encourage more students to pursue computer science careers.” The money is to be used to improve introductory courses and to “re-imagin(e) what it means to learn, whose knowledge counts, and what counts as knowledge in the context of computer science.”

University Of Wyoming Wins NASA Grant To Support Low-Temperature Flame Research.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Mast) reports on research at the University of Wyoming Department of Mechanical Engineering on “what is in a flame and how it can help in future technology.” The focus is on “low-temperature flames.” The article describes the lab and the equipment used to study flames. The lab has received “up to a $750,000 grant from NASA” for the research.

Industry News

Sources: Audi To Refocus On Electric Cars, Digital Technologies.

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18) reports two unnamed sources at Audi alleged that the car manufacturer will follow its parent company, Volkswagen, in refocusing its business roadmap on digital technologies and electronic cars. In a Wednesday closed-door conference, Audi chief executive Rupert Stadler will outline the details of the carmaker’s reshaped business roadmap.

Property Purchased For Michigan Autonomous Car Testing Facility.

The AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18) reports that the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust (RACER) announced on Monday that they jointly agreed purchase a former General Motors plant and convert it into an autonomous car testing facility. The organizations purchased the property for $1.2 million.

The Detroit Free Press Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Dolan) says the nonprofit entity American Center for Mobility will develop and operate the facility. Its CEO, John Maddox, said in a statement that the purchase “is a major milestone for the American Center for Mobility as we continue to lead the effort to create a national center for connected and automated vehicles and emerging mobility technologies.”

Engineering and Public Policy

Germany To Require Black Boxes For Self-Driving Cars.

Reuters Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18) reports that “Germany plans new legislation to require manufacturers of cars equipped with an autopilot function to install a black box to help determine responsibility in the event of an accident.” According to the proposal, “manufacturers will also be required to install a black box that records when the autopilot system was active, when the driver drove and when the system requested that the driver take over.” Reuters reports that “under the proposal from Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, drivers will not have to pay attention to traffic or concentrate on steering, but must remain seated at the wheel so they can intervene in the event of an emergency.”

The Verge Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Golson) says that “given that many cars – we’ve seen this from Tesla in particular – already have these sorts of systems,” the black box requirement “should be one of the less-controversial items from an automaker perspective, though privacy advocates may raise concerns.”

Bidness Etc. Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Khan) reports that information from the black boxes “would help determine the responsibility in case of accidents in autonomous cars.” The article points out that “for the proposal to be passed as law, it needs vote of approval by ministries.” The transport ministry will send a draft to other ministries this summer. Also reporting on the story are Ars Technica Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18), PC Magazine Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18), Digital Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18), Jalopnik Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18), and Drum (UK) Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18).

EPA, NHTSA: Fuel Efficiency Falling Short Of 2025 Goal.

The Washington Post Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Mufson) reports the US is unlikely to meet the Administration’s fuel efficiency standard of 54.5-miles-per-gallon by 2025, according to a technical assessment report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday. The Wall Street Journal Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Harder, Nagesh, Subscription Publication) reports that the study cited the increase in SUV and pickup sales amid dramatically lower gas prices as a hindrance to reaching the mileage targets. However, the report said the industry has the technical ability to reach the targets despite these challenges.

The New York Times Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Vlasic, Subscription Publication) reports that release of the report “sets up a battle between car companies and environmental groups to influence the final mileage rules.” If the fuel economy number remains below federal targets, environmentalists say it will translate into higher levels of carbon dioxide emissions and “undercut efforts to curtail greenhouse gases agreed to by the Obama administration” at the Paris climate accord. The Detroit Free Press Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Snavely) says the draft report from the EPA and NHTSA “will come as a disappointment to automakers” who argue that federal fuel economy benchmarks should be relaxed. But Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement that the report “shows that automakers are developing far more technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at similar or lower costs, than we thought possible just a few years ago,” and that there are no actual technological barriers to achieving the fuel economy standards by 2025.

The Hill Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Cama) reports that this draft technical report does “not constitute a decision to tighten the rules or even a proposal to do so, but the finalized version of it is likely to weigh heavily on the evaluation.” Meanwhile, the AP Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Durbin, Krisher) reports that “if gas prices stay low and consumers keep buying less-efficient vehicles like SUVs, the government could lower those standards.”

Bloomberg News Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Lippert) also provides coverage.

Elementary/Secondary Education

Washington Fifth-Grade Teachers Work With Engineers On Developing Design Challenges For Classrooms.

The Covington & Maple Valley (WA) Reporter Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18) reports on the Washington STEM and Washington MESA Engineering Fellows program and the six fifth-grade teachers from the Kent School District who are participating this year. The program “brings engineering expertise directly into fifth grade classrooms around the state.” The teachers are working with “professional engineers and college/graduate engineering students to design and implement engineering design challenges that are integrated with their local curriculum.”

Alabama District Builds STEM Center To Boost STEM-Based Learning.

WRBL-TV Share to FacebookShare to Twitter Columbus, GA (7/18) reports on the creation of the Dyer Family STEM Center at Phenix City Intermediate School at which teachers Jennifer Hall and Ronneeke Gamble will work to “propel STEM-based learning and critical thinking for all students.” Hall and Gamble attended the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion conference to learn ways of implementing the STEM center. The Phenix City Schools are implementing STEM education in elementary schools with “learning labs.”

Sioux Falls District To Use State Grant To Build “Maker Spaces” In Schools.

The Sioux Falls (SD) Argus Leader Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Raposa) reports the Sioux Falls School District will receive one of the state’s 18 classroom innovation grants, and the largest at about $100,000. The grant will pay for “teacher training, customized learning and access to virtual education.” It will help to build “maker spaces” in elementary and middle schools.

King Defends Proposed Rules Under ESSA.

Politico Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/18, Stratford) reports that in response to concerns raised by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) regarding proposed rules under ESSA, Secretary King in an interview said, “We want states to be able to move quickly towards broadening the definition of educational excellence beyond just math, English and graduation rates,” but, he added, “we do want to make sure states have time to have thoughtful conversations with stakeholders. So we’re listening carefully to the feedback around timeline.” In response to concerns about summative ratings, King said ESSA “requires the identification of schools for comprehensive support, schools for targeted support and, by definition, schools that are in neither of those two categories. That’s three categories,” so, “the regulation requires that states have a system for summative ratings with at least three categories.” King said that he agrees with Alexander that “States should decide how they approach their ratings system.”

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