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Exciting new Canadian open access journal FACETS to launch, with Dr. Jules Blais as Editor
(Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)) FACETS -- a new multidisciplinary open access journal led by Dr. Jules Blais and published by Canadian Science Publishing -- will encompass a broad range of scientific areas and provide a high-quality, affordable Canadian open access option that well serves the publishing and dissemination needs of researchers in Canada and beyond.

TGAC awarded 150k to help boost science innovation
(The Genome Analysis Centre) TGAC, with partner Institutes, has been awarded 150k from the Norwich Research Park Translational Fund for three data-driven projects to advance bioinformatics tools from concept to commercialization for research and clinical use. The products will help defy 'big data' analysis to aid the development of effective personalized treatments, contributing to the UK's economy and social welfare.

Earning a college degree before, but not after, getting married protects against obesity
(American Sociological Association) People who earn a college degree before getting married are much less likely to become obese than those who graduate from college after getting married, according to a new study.

West coast log and lumber exports decreased in first quarter of 2015
(USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station) Log exports from Washington, Oregon, northern California, and Alaska totaled 272 million board feet in the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of nearly 16 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, the US Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station reported today. During this same period, west coast lumber exports declined 4 percent in volume to 162 million board feet.

What's fair?: New theory on income inequality
(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) The increasing inequality in income and wealth in recent years, together with excessive pay packages of CEOs in the US and abroad, is of growing concern. Columbia Engineering Professor Venkat Venkatasubramanian has led a study that examines income inequality through a new approach: he proposes that the fairest inequality of income is a lognormal distribution (a method of characterizing data patterns in probability and statistics) under ideal conditions, and that an ideal free market can 'discover' this in practice.

Girls receive conflicting career messages from media, new research shows
(Oregon State University) Teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs such as models and actresses, though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University.

Notre Dame paper examines how students understand mathematics
(University of Notre Dame) A new paper by McNeil and Emily Fyfe, a former Notre Dame undergraduate who's now a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, examines if the labels educators use to identify patterns affects preschoolers' understanding of patterns.

University of Miami researcher earns $1.9 million grant from Florida Department Of Health
(University of Miami) Associate Professor of Psychology in the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences Monica Webb Hooper received a grant from the Florida Department of Health James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program to determine how cognitive behavioral therapy impacts people's ability to quit smoking, and their feelings of stress and depression around these efforts.

'Do' is better than 'don't' when it comes to eating better
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Tell your child or spouse what they can eat and not what they can't. Telling your child to eat an apple so they stay healthy will work better than telling them not to eat the cookie because it will make them fat. A new Cornell discovery shows that 'Don't' messages don't work for most of us.

Congressional action needed to optimize regulation of genomic tests
(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) Latest generation genomic testing offers a chance for improvements in patient care, disease prevention and healthcare cost-effectiveness. A New England Journal of Medicine Special Report recommends that Congress incentivize development of massive data systems that doctors and regulators will need to make these tests safe and effective for patients. Existing regulatory oversight should be bolstered with ongoing postmarket data collection to study tests after they are in use and resolve lingering questions about health impacts of as-yet-poorly-understood genetic variants.

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