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To improve STEM diversity, fix higher education, scholar says
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) To increase diversity in US STEM workforce, policymakers and educators need to address factors in college programs that discourage minority students, contribute to their noncompletion of degrees.

ASHG announces 2015 winners of National DNA Day Essay Contest
(American Society of Human Genetics) In commemoration of National DNA Day, ASHG hosted its 10th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest to encourage high school students and teachers to learn about human genetics concepts beyond the standard curriculum. DNA Day commemorates the discovery of DNA's double helix and the completion of the Human Genome Project. Since 2006, ASHG has run a DNA Day Essay Contest to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts by writing an original essay.

Texas A&M study finds we think better on our feet, literally
(Texas A&M University) A study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health finds students with standing desks are more attentive than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task engagement in classrooms with standing desks, which equates to an extra seven minutes per hour of engaged instruction time.

The power of best friends
(University of Vermont) When parents of children with disabilities drop their child off at kindergarten they often worry about whether they will make friends -- a key factor in reducing anxiety, depression and the likelihood of being bullied. The response from schools has been to create inclusive classrooms, where a significant number of students with disabilities receive their education. A new study, however, finds that inclusive classrooms with disability awareness curricula alone do not increase friendships for those students.

Classroom acoustics for architects
(Acoustical Society of America) The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) has published a free online booklet for architects to aid in the application of ANSI/ASA S12.60-2010/Part 1-American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools, Part 1, the national classroom acoustics standard that applies to K-12 classrooms.

Reducing school bus pollution improves children's health
(University of Michigan) Use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in the school buses 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a study by the University of Michigan and the University of Washington.

Elsevier announces the launch of multidisciplinary open-access journal: One Health
(Elsevier) Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced the launch of a new open-access journal: One Health.

Buckley helping lead international schizophrenia research group, edits two books
(Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University) Dr. Peter F. Buckley, a psychiatrist, expert in schizophrenia, and Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, is a member of the seven-person Executive Committee charged with planning the future of the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, the premier global conference on schizophrenia research.

Better beer chemistry: It's all about the yeast (video)
(American Chemical Society) Every beer brewer is locked into a high-maintenance relationship with yeast -- those finicky, alcohol-creating microorganisms. To learn more about this delicate dance, The Speaking of Chemistry team took a field trip to Denver, Colo., to visit Renegade Brewing Company and its brewmaster, Max Filter. Max explains how he keeps his fermenting fungi happy in our latest episode. Check it out here:

First guidelines from the American Thyroid Associationn: Managing thyroid nodules and cancer in children
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Previous guidelines from the American Thyroid Association (ATA) for evaluating and managing thyroid nodules and thyroid cancers targeted adults. Recognizing the potential differences in clinical presentation and long-term outcomes, and the potential risks of overly aggressive therapy in pediatric patients with thyroid cancer, an ATA Task Force developed management guidelines for children with thyroid nodules and differentiated thyroid cancer, which are published in Thyroid.

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