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Rafael Ortega, M.D., honored at Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards
(Boston University Medical Center) Rafael Ortega, M.D., the associate dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, has been selected by the Boston Business Journal as an honoree for the Annual Leaders in Diversity Awards. This award honors companies and individuals for their leadership in successfully promoting inclusiveness and opportunity. This year, the Leaders in Diversity program will feature nine winners in four categories and Ortega will be awarded the Corporate Leadership award for his exceptional work at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

SF State awarded $17 million by NIH to enhance workforce diversity in biomedical research
(San Francisco State University) SF State has been awarded $17.04 million to address issues of workforce diversity in biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health announced. The effort is called SF BUILD, which stands for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity. Professors in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, psychology and other fields at SF State working on the project seek to upend presuppositions about members of minority communities -- that they may not have the aptitude or background to excel in the sciences.

Early intervention could boost education levels
(University of Adelaide) Taking steps from an early age to improve childhood education skills could raise overall population levels of academic achievement by as much as 5 percent, and reduce socioeconomic inequality in education by 15 percent, according to international research led by the University of Adelaide.

Baden-Wuerttemberg Consortium signs pioneering agreement with Springer
(Springer) Starting January 2015, researchers, faculty members and students affiliated with colleges and universities in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg will have convenient access to 1,917 electronic journals published by Springer. The license will continue through the end of 2017. Furthermore, the state has purchased permanent archival rights to these journals back to 2003 for inclusion in the Baden-Wuerttemberg Archive. This will provide comprehensive, seamless and permanent access, directly complementing the Springer national license with Germany.

Harvard study offers first-ever look at how NCAA concussion guidelines are followed
(Harvard University) Though most NCAA colleges and universities have created programs to help athletes deal with concussions, a new Harvard study has found that, when it comes to specific components of those plans, many institutions still lag behind accepted standards.

UT Arlington to host international gathering of mind, brain and education experts
(University of Texas at Arlington) University of Texas at Arlington prepares for major role in international gathering of mind, brain and education experts.

Study will teach algebra via student-authored stories that draw on their own interests
(Southern Methodist University) A new study funded by the National Academy of Education will teach algebra via student-authored stories that draw on their interests, says teaching expert Candace Walkington, Southern Methodist University. Tapping students' rich algebraic ways of reasoning during out-of-school activities -- such as sports, social networking and video games -- generates personalized connections, Walkington says. Approximately 200 pre-Algebra students in Dallas will participate. Walkington's earlier studies found students learned math more effectively working problems customized to their interests.

NOAA team discovers 2 vessels from WWII convoy battle off North Carolina
(NOAA Headquarters) A team of researchers led by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have discovered two significant vessels from World War II's Battle of the Atlantic. The German U-boat 576 and the freighter Bluefields were found approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Lost for more than 70 years, the discovery of the two vessels, in an area known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, is a rare window into a historic military battle and the underwater battlefield landscape of WWII.

Sweet science: How chemistry makes your treats sweet (video)
(American Chemical Society) It's National Chemistry Week, and this year's theme is the sweetest of all: candy. Whether it's ice cream, candy bars, pudding or cake, we love our sweets. But why do those treats actually taste sweet? Whether they're made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, it all comes down to chemistry. Find out more here:

Flu vaccine may hold key to preventing heart disease
(Elsevier) Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. For the first time, this research, published in Vaccine, reveals the molecular mechanism that underpins this phenomenon. The scientists behind the study say it could be harnessed to prevent heart disease directly.

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