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NREL scientist Brian Gregg named AAAS Fellow
(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Brian Gregg, a scientist at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Gregg for 'distinguished contributions to the field of solar photoconversion, particularly for developing a unified understanding of the photoconversion mechanism in the various cell types.'

NREL releases the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book, detailing increases in installed capacity
(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) he newly released 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book illustrates United States and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends. The Data Book is produced and published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

NREL reports examine economic trade-offs of owning versus leasing a solar photovoltaic system
(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Two new reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. NREL analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use solar-specific loans can save up to 30 percent compared with consumers who lease a PV system through a conventional third-party owner.

Students master math through movement using Kinect for Windows
(University of Vermont) Recent study in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior shows significant gains in the understanding of angles and angle measurements by elementary school students who performed body-based tasks while interacting with a Kinect for Windows mathematics program.

Girls lead boys in academic achievement globally
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Considerable attention has been paid to how boys' educational achievements in science and math compare to girls' accomplishments in those areas, often leading to the assumption that boys outperform girls in these areas. Now, using international data, researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, have determined that girls outperform boys in educational achievement in 70 percent of the countries they studied -- regardless of the level of gender, political, economic or social equality.

Penn's Joshua Plotkin to receive 2015 Akira Okubo Prize for Mathematical Biology
(University of Pennsylvania) Joshua Plotkin of the University of Pennsylvania has been named winner of the 2015 Akira Okubo Prize, awarded jointly by the international Society for Mathematical Biology and the Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology. The award committee granted the award with 'great enthusiasm,' noting that, 'Plotkin's research achievements belie his young age.'

Vilcek Foundation Honors prominent cell biologist and young researchers of promise
(Vilcek Foundation) The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Vilcek Foundation Prizes, recognizing immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. Cell biologist Peter Walter will be honored with the $100,000 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science. The Creative Promise Prizes, which include awards of $50,000 each, will be presented to Sun Hur, Rob Knight, and Franziska Michor.

Global warming doubles risk of extreme La Niña event, research shows
(University of Exeter) The risk of extreme La Nia events in the Pacific Ocean could double due to global warming, new research has shown.

Cooperation between cancer cells makes therapies ineffective, suggests new treatment
(University of East Anglia) New research from the University of East Anglia shows why many cancers are difficult to treat and come back following treatment. Scientists have shown that cancer cells cooperate with each other in the production of growth factors (molecules produced by the cancer cells that are essential for tumor progression).It is hoped that the findings will lead to a new type of treatment involving genetically modified cancer cells being reinserted into a tumor.

Study projects unprecedented loss of corals in Great Barrier Reef due to warming
(National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)) The coverage of living corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10 percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef.

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