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Photonics workforce development study focuses on Rochester, N.Y.
(Rochester Institute of Technology) A wide ranging study of current practices in the photonics and optics industry will help educators better understand how to prepare students for job opportunities in that burgeoning field. Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are using a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study workplace trends in a field that encompasses science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM disciplines.

Gaps in advertising and PR education are due to new roles in social media, study finds
(Baylor University) Blurred boundaries between advertising and public relations professions due to new roles in social media raise the question of whether educators can adequately prepare their students for a career in those growing fields, according to a Baylor University study.

First language wires brain for later language-learning
(McGill University) Researchers from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute describe their discovery that even brief, early exposure to a language influences how the brain processes sounds from a second language later in life. Even when the first language learned is no longer spoken.

New in the Hastings Center Report
(The Hastings Center) Previews of selected articles from the current issue of the Hastings Center Report.

Gender segregation in jobs is not rooted in early family planning
(Rice University) Despite decades of efforts to banish the idea of 'jobs for men' -- construction worker, firefighter, mechanic -- and 'jobs for women' -- teacher, flight attendant, registered nurse -- almost 69 percent of workers are in occupations that are dominated by one gender or the other. But why?

Income-based school assignment policy influences diversity, achievement
(Duke University) When public schools in Wake County, N.C. switched from a school assignment policy based on race to one based on socioeconomic status, schools became slightly more segregated but the achievement gap lessened, according to new research from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

Common kitchen practices detrimental to tomato aroma
(American Society for Horticultural Science) Red, ripe tomatoes were dipped in 50 C hot water for 5 minutes or exposed to 5 C for 4 days to simulate consumer handling in food service or home kitchens. The results indicated that a short blanching or refrigeration of tomatoes substantially inhibited the production of volatile compounds and reduced tomato aroma quality.

Kids from high socioeconomic background more likely to rely on parental help as adults
(North Carolina State University) A recent study finds that more than 40 percent of young adults no longer live with their parents, but still receive at least some financial support from mom and dad -- and this is particularly true for grown children from higher socioeconomic backgrounds.

Three food grade colorants identified for citrus
(American Society for Horticultural Science) Research demonstrated that three out of five oil-soluble natural red/orange colorants resulted in peel colors similar to the industry standard Citrus Red No.2 dye (CR2) when tested on test papers and fresh oranges. Annatto extract, paprika extract, and paprika oleoresin produced the dark orange color favored by consumers. Annatto was determined to be relatively stable under storage and simulated marketing conditions.

Changing labor laws may hurt public employees' clout in presidential election, study finds
(Baylor University) Changing labor laws -- with some states curtailing collective bargaining -- may weaken political participation by teachers and other public employees, traditionally cornerstones in electing Democrats, a Baylor study finds.

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