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American Association for Advancement of Science elects Virginia Tech professors as Fellows
(Virginia Tech) Honored were Madhav V. Marathe, director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute; Joseph C. Pitt, a professor of philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; and Stephanie Shipp, deputy director of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at the Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington.

Unmanned underwater vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic sea ice
(National Science Foundation) A National Science Foundation-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured and mapped the underside of sea-ice floes in three areas off the Antarctic Peninsula that were previously inaccessible.

How does the brain react to virtual reality? Study by UCLA neuroscientists provides answer
(University of California - Los Angeles) UCLA neurophysicists studying a key brain region where Alzheimer's disease begins have discovered how the brain processes virtual reality. 'The pattern of activity in a brain region involved in spatial learning in the virtual world is completely different than in the real world,' said Mayank Mehta, a UCLA professor of physics, neurology, and neurobiology and senior author. 'We should be cautious before proceeding rapidly with millions of people using virtual reality.'

New NSF-funded platform takes science to the clouds
(University of Arizona) Researchers are working to store, manage, share and analyze their data on virtual computing machines hosted in a cloud-based environment.

ORNL researchers Buchanan, Liang, Mayes named AAAS fellows
(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Three staff members from Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

SMU seismologist Brian Stump named AAAS fellow
(Southern Methodist University) SMU seismologist Brian Stump has been named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for distinguished contributions to his field, particularly in the area of seismic monitoring in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) A team led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers study graphene and ammonia to develop high-speed, high-capacity random access memory.

UTSA to develop online cybersecurity training for communities
(University of Texas at San Antonio) The Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at The University of Texas at San Antonio has received $300,000 from FEMA to develop online training for community emergency managers.The training will be especially relevant to small communities, which often do not have the financial resources to properly address emergency planning and response to cyber attacks.

Ultra-short X-ray pulses explore the nano world
(Technische Universitaet Muenchen) Ultra-short and extremely strong X-ray flashes, as produced by free-electron lasers, are opening the door to a hitherto unknown world. Scientists are using these flashes to take 'snapshots' of the geometry of tiniest structures, for example the arrangement of atoms in molecules. To improve not only spatial but also temporal resolution further requires knowledge about the precise duration and intensity of the X-ray flashes. An international team of scientists has now tackled this challenge.

UC3M, IISFJD and CIEMAT create a Chair for Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Bioengineering
(Carlos III University of Madrid) Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria of the Fundación Jiménez Díaz and the Spanish National Research Center for Energy, Environment and Technology have signed a collaboration agreement to create the FJD Chair of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Bioengineering which aspires to boost biomedical research and develop innovative therapies.

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