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If not speculating, what are conformers and how to reveal them?
(World Scientific) Conformational Concept For Synthetic Chemist's covers many aspects of conformational theory including different understandings of conformer, manifestation of conformers in spectra, interpretation of NMR spectra from the perspective of conformational exchange, the meaning of the potential energy surface, and a practical guide to calculation methods both of molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics.

The Algae Foundation receives three-year grant from Department of Energy
(Scoville Public Relations) The Algae Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the algae industry, has been awarded a multi-year grant from the Department of Energy to develop a college degree in algal cultivation technologies as well as an aquaculture extension training program.

OU School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering recognized for diversity and inclusion
(University of Oklahoma) The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma was recently selected as one of only five universities in the nation to participate in a special Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity program. The diversity program selected the school to help support and continue its ongoing efforts to attract and retain women and underrepresented minority students and faculty.

Study shows importance of universities in producing entrepreneurs, boosting economy
(University of Vermont) The number of college graduates willing to start new businesses -- the largest producer of private sector jobs over the past 25 years -- could depend heavily on the entrepreneurial focus and structure of the universities from which they graduate.

More students earning statistics degrees; not enough to meet surging demand
(American Statistical Association) Statistics is one of the fastest-growing degrees in the US, but the growth may not be enough to satisfy the high demand for -- statisticians in technology, consumer products, health care, government, manufacturing and other areas of the economy, an analysis conducted by the American Statistical Association finds. Data recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics shows bachelor's degrees in statistics grew 17 percent from 2013 to 2014.

ASA issues statement on role of statistics in data science
(American Statistical Association) In a policy statement issued today, the ASA stated statistics is 'foundational to data science' -- along with database management and distributed and parallel systems -- and its use in this emerging field empowers researchers to extract knowledge and obtain better results from Big Data and other analytics projects.

PlantingScience awarded $2.9M grant from the National Science Foundation
(Botanical Society of America) The Botanical Society of America, the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study have been awarded a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation for further development and support for the middle and high school science education program PlantingScience.

Researchers make 5 recommendations for standardized test designers
(SAGE Publications) Can standardized tests, such as those created in response to the Common Core, enhance education instead of just assessing it? For standardized testing to benefit students, researchers recommend that the tests are used as tools to promote learning, adapt to students' ability levels, provide feedback, and encourage students to make self-assessments and apply memorized information to new situations.

Citizen science in a nutshell: A guide to expanding the reach of environmental research
(Ecological Society of America) 'Investing in Citizen Science can improve natural resource management and environmental protection' is the Ecological Society of America's guide to deciding if citizen science is right for your organization and choosing the best design to meet your organization's goals. It is a resource in the Federal Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Toolkit, released by the White House OSTP this morning in conjunction with a memo mandating the incorporation of citizen science into all federal agency programming.

New system helps teachers gain back valuable instruction time, UGA study finds
(University of Georgia) Elementary schoolchildren often dawdle between activities during the school day, losing valuable instructional time in the process. New University of Georgia research has found a way to reclaim these lost minutes and make the transition to a new subject fun while increasing student focus.

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