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June 4, 2015

The weekly RSCAD newsletter provides the latest research news, funding opportunities and academic trends.

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In the Bandwidth-Rich KC Market, Is Google Fiber Going Too Far to Foil Digital Piracy?

06/01/15 MSN.com
"It gets close to violating privacy, partly because an ISP can know so much about what someone is doing — the terms they search, the websites they visit," said Dan Andresen, a professor of computing and information sciences at Kansas State University. "If they're certain I've stolen something, then fine, start your legal proceedings. ... But I don't want the company providing my Internet passing something along just on another company's say-so." 

Officials Break Ground on Federal Bioscience Lab in Kansas

05/27/15 SF Gate
A $1.25 billion animal research facility in Kansas will fill a vital role in protecting the nation's food supply while also providing a boost to the state's economy, federal officials said Wednesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback were among dozens of state and federal officials who were at the NBAF site at Kansas State University to mark a milestone for the project, which will feature the nation's most secure animal disease research lab.

New Study Examines the Possibility of a Leadership Gene
05/29/15 The Washington Post
It's one of the field's classic questions: Are leaders born or made? A new study attempted to answer that by examining whether people who have a certain gene, the dopamine transporter DAT1, also hold down managerial roles. Researchers at Kansas State University and the National University of Singapore chose to look at that particular gene because past research has shown the body's dopamine systems are linked with things like motivation, impulsivity and self-regulation: all factors that could have an impact on leadership.
Your Money—Want to Stay Together? Don't Mess With the Hair Budget
06/01/15 Reuters
Haircare, in particular, seems to be an intensely personal subject for couples. Throw money concerns into the mix, and it can lead to the financial equivalent of a really bad hair day. Indeed, financial arguments are by far the No. 1 one predictor of divorce, according to research by Sonya Britt, a professor at Kansas State University.From our Peers
Stripe Rust Likely Will Cut Kansas Wheat Yield
05/28/15 Ag Web
Stripe rust has hit Kansas with a vengeance, and that does not bode well for the nation’s hard red winter wheat crop. “This is definitely an above average year for stripe rust and other wheat diseases in Kansas,” said Erick De Wolf, a plant pathologist for Kansas State University. “We are seeing at least moderate levels of stripe rust in most of the state, and the disease is moderate to severe in the south-central, central, and north-central part of the state.”

From Our Peers

New Research Assesses Potential for Driver-Assistive Truck Platooning

05/28/15 Yahoo! News
DATP truck platooning research, which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Exploratory Advanced Research program, utilizes radar, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and video technologies to decrease over-the-road truck headways, with the objective of improving fuel economy without compromising safety. ... The DATP research team is led by Auburn University and includes ATRI, Bishop Consulting, Peloton Technology, Peterbilt Trucks, and Meritor Wabco.

Dinosaurs May Have Been Warm-Blooded After All
05/28/15 Huffington Post
Dr. Holly Woodward, an assistant professor of anatomy and vertebrate paleontology at Oklahoma State University, said in a written statement that the reanalysis is crucial to building a better understanding of the metabolism and development of dinosaurs.
Local Solar Energy Marketplace for North Carolina Goes Live
05/26/15 The Business Journals
EnergySage and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University (NC CETC) announced today a partnership to help consumers and businesses make well-informed and profitable decisions about solar energy adoption. The resulting EnergySage North Carolina marketplace enables residents and business owners to quickly research and compare solar options and obtain multiple price quotes from pre-screened solar installers. The marketplace also provides the state's solar installers access to a large pool of knowledgeable prospective clients, giving them the ability to reduce customer acquisition costs and efficiently grow their businesses.
New Urine Test Could Reduce Need for Blood Samples

05/26/15 Science Daily
If you've been to the doctor, you probably know what to do when you're handed a plastic cup and shown to the bathroom. Most patients hand over the sample and give little thought to what happens when it's shipped to the lab for analysis. Researchers [at Clemson] have developed a new testing method that they believe will reduce costs, get faster results and lower the volume of urine needed for a sample.

Girls Receive Conflicting Career Messages From Media, New Research Shows

05/27/15 Science Daily
Teenage girls like and feel more similar to women in appearance-focused jobs such as models and actresses, though they find female CEOs and military pilots to be better role models, according to a new study by researchers at Oregon State University.

Researchers discover surprisingly wide variation across species in genetic systems that influence aging
05/27/15 Science Daily
A new Iowa State University study focusing on insulin signaling uncovered surprising genetic diversity across reptiles, birds and mammals. The research sets the stage for an improved understanding of metabolism, growth and aging and may have implications for medicine and human health, said Anne Bronikowski, an associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology and a lead author of the study.

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RSCAD Trending Topics

New Imaging Methods Shine Light on Hidden Texts
For centuries, textual ghosts have lived among us. Sequestered, often moldering, in libraries and archives from Paris to the Sinai are a trail of manuscripts that, through a variety of insults, be it fading, overwriting, or firebombs, have turned indecipherable to the standard scholarly eye. They reward no amount of traditional paleographical patience. They have been present, but lost. That literary purgatory has begun to end, however, thanks to a small team of humanists, scientists, and engineers who, over the past 15 years, have quietly revolutionized what scholars can recover from damaged sources. Their methods, enabled by an array of digital lighting and imaging techniques from the world of satellite surveys and national security, are collectively called "multispectral imaging" and could open a golden age of new primary sources — that is, if other scholars will use them.
Academics Seek a Big Splash
Each July, many of the top economists in the world gather in Cambridge, Mass., at a conference hosted by the National Bureau of Economic Research. While the work they present comes in all shapes and sizes, from the highly technical to the trendy and provocative, the coveted first day of a key weeklong session is given over to research that will make a media splash. “I choose the papers,” said David Card, a prominent labor economist at the University of California, Berkeley. “I choose papers that are going to be written up” in the mainstream press. Professor Card explained that the elders of the field recognized the growing importance of media visibility, and he felt obliged to give it to them. “It’s what the people want,” he said. 
The Rise of Food-Studies Programs
Food studies programs are growing in popularity in American higher-education institutions since they started cropping up in the 1990s—the first two at NYU and Boston University. Now such programs can be found across the country, often taking on the attributes and priorities of the surrounding demographics.
A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements to Lure English Majors
You can't tell by looking which students at Mount Sinai's school of medicine in New York City were traditional pre-meds as undergraduates and which weren't. And that's exactly the point. Most of the class majored in biology or chemistry, crammed for the medical college admission test and got flawless grades and scores. But a growing percentage came through a humanities-oriented program at Mount Sinai known as HuMed. As undergraduates, they majored in things like English or history or medieval studies. And though they got good grades, too, they didn't take the MCAT, because Mount Sinai guaranteed them admission after their sophomore year of college.
How Can We Stop Big Science Hovering Up All the Research Funding?
Big science costs big money. The 100,000 Genomes Project will burn through £300m by the time researchers sequence the genetic blueprint of that many humans. Finding the Higgs Boson is estimated to have cost as much as £8bn. The newly approved European Spallation Source initiative is budgeted at €1,843bn – for now. But is this type of mega project worth the price tag? Is it worth the opportunity cost of failing to fund other scientific ideas that will never be explored as a result? And how can big science researchers really prove that their work is worthwhile when the cost is so high, the timescales so long and the outcomes so uncertain?
Universities Yelp as Elsevier Pulls Back on Free Access

A blossoming experiment in allowing a form of open-access scientific publishing appears to have hit a roadblock, after the world’s largest journal publisher found that too many universities were moving to take advantage of it. The publisher, Elsevier, has told universities that have built their own online repositories of journal articles written by their researchers that they now must respect waiting periods typically lasting a year or two before allowing free access to Elsevier-owned content.

U. of Kansas Takes Narrow View of Lecturer's Privacy Rights in Records Dispute
Neither the legal principle of academic freedom nor the receipt of outside financial support for his work gives a public-college lecturer a right to declare his correspondence private, the University of Kansas argued this week in state court.