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Disadvantaged men more likely to do 'women's work' reveals new study
(University of Exeter) New research has revealed that men who are disabled and from an ethnic minority are significantly more likely to do jobs traditionally associated with women.

Alcohol apps aimed at young
(James Cook University) Apps with names like 'Let's get Wasted!' and 'Drink Thin' have led a James Cook University Professor to call for government action on alcohol advertising on mobile devices.

IMF lending undermined healthcare provision in Ebola-stricken West Africa
(University of Cambridge) Researchers criticize reforms advocated by the IMF for chronically under-funded and insufficiently staffed health systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They say these policies contributed to 'lack of preparedness' of West African health systems to cope with disease and emergencies such as Ebola.

Securing future food supply for the developing world
(University of Erlangen-Nuremberg) An interdisciplinary research project led by FAU scientists aims to determine ways to increase the total biomass and starch yield of the cassava plant. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which combats disease, hunger and poverty in the developing world, has awarded $10 million in funding over a five-year period to the project, entitled 'Metabolic engineering of carbon pathways to enhance yield of root and tuber crops.'

National Academy of Inventors publishes annual meeting proceedings
(University of South Florida (USF Innovation)) The current special issue of Technology and Innovation is devoted to presentations from the Third Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, which was held March 6-7, 2014, at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., and includes select articles from the conference, as well as a general section related to pharmacy and nanotechnology, and an additional manuscript discussing innovation in chemistry.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants CMU $2 million to transform education in Humanities
(Carnegie Mellon University) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University a five-year, $2 million grant to use technology-enhanced learning to transform and enhance graduate education in the humanities. With a well-established legacy of pioneering technology-enhanced learning and through its Simon Initiative, a strategic, university-wide commitment to use technology-enhanced learning to improve learning outcomes for all students, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely positioned to advance digital scholarship and technology-enhanced learning in the humanities.

AGU talk: Scaling climate change communication for behavior change
(Stanford University) Stanford University researchers have developed two curricula for Girl Scouts to use energy more efficiently: one on energy use at home, and the other in transportation and food. Both courses were effective for girls in the short term, and the home energy course was effective for girls in the long term and for parents in the short term. This AGU talk will describe deployment of the curricula to Girl Scout troop leaders via a massive open online course.

High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults
(Massachusetts General Hospital) An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education -- which has a protective effect for white youth -- can also increase the risk of depression for black youth by increasing the discrimination they experience.

UTSA and UTHSCSA researchers awarded $1.9M to discover novel breast cancer therapies
(University of Texas at San Antonio) Stanton McHardy, associate professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery in The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Sciences, is partnering on a $1.9 million award to develop next-generation breast cancer treatment drugs. McHardy will collaborate with Rong Li, professor of molecular medicine in the Cancer Treatment Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Public opinion in Russia: Russians' attitudes on economic and domestic issues
(NORC at the University of Chicago) A poll of the Russian public, conducted by The Associated Press-National Opinion Research Center for Public Affairs Research, was released today. The poll, which includes a nationally representative in-person survey of 2,008 Russian adults taken between Nov. 22 and Dec. 7, 2014, found that President Vladimir Putin is extremely popular.

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