Three UB researchers receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards

From the science of taste to transistor technology to understanding plate tectonics and volcanoes, the funded projects will address issues of societal importance

Release Date: September 28, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Three University at Buffalo researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for early-career scientists and engineers.

CAREER grants provide investigators with funding to conduct research and to develop educational programming in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for K-12 students, university students and members of the public.

UB’s 2020 recipients are Margarete Jadamec, PhD, in UB’s Department of Geology and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences; Huamin Li, PhD, in UB’s Department of Electrical Engineering; and Ann-Marie Torregrossa, PhD, in UB’s Department of Psychology.

Their projects will focus, respectively, on plate tectonics in the Pacific Rim of Fire; 2D materials for novel transistors; and the science of taste and

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Prof. Juan de Pablo appointed Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation and Global Initiatives

Prof. Juan de Pablo has been appointed Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Innovation and Global Initiatives at the University of Chicago, effective immediately.

In his new role, de Pablo—currently the Vice President for National Laboratories, the Liew Family Professor in Molecular Engineering and senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory—will help drive and support the University’s science, technology and innovation efforts, along with their connection to policy and industry. In close consultation with President Robert J. Zimmer, and in close collaboration with Provost Ka Yee C. Lee, deans and faculty, he will help shape emerging strategic scientific and technological initiatives. He also will provide oversight of entrepreneurship and innovation activities at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in close partnership with Madhav Rajan, the dean of Chicago Booth.

De Pablo also will work to build global academic partnerships, extend the reach of the University’s research collaborations with international

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FG unveils new National Policy On Science, Technology Education

How COVID-19 can help Nigeria rethink education policy ― AACS

By Joseph Erunke, Abuja

The federal government, Thursday, unveiled a new National Policy on Science and Technology Education.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who unveiled the policy through his representative and Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nnwajiuba, in Abuja, said the development was aimed at enhancing skills in science and technology among students.

The policy redirection was a fall out of a recent meeting by the National Council on Education which recommended the review of the S&TE curricula.

He said given the critical importance of science and the acquisition of technical and vocational skills as tools for driving national growth and development, the absence of a road map has slowed down the pace of Nigeria’s quest for technological achievement.

“This initiative underscores the passion and determination of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to address the challenges facing the delivery of quality science and technical education in

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What Science and Technology Owe the National Defense

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Natalie Matthews

Date: Sept 23, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

Location: Facebook Live | YouTube Live

Tickets: Free

During World War II, American scientists and technologists mobilized to provide the Allies with new weapons and medicines that would prove decisive in the outcome of the conflict. Massive partnerships sprung up between government and the private sector, forging lasting bonds between the military, industry, and the academy, that were strengthened throughout the Cold War. Today, the legacy of these partnerships endures, though it is increasingly questioned by some employees at big technology firms who don’t necessarily see themselves bound to serve any one nation’s interests.

Join Future Tense and Issues in Science and Technology to consider the remarkable story of how scientists were pressed into service during World War II, and the echoes of that story in contemporary debates over the role “Big Tech” in national security.


Jamie Holmes

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National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator awards two grants to MIT | MIT News

Two grants have been awarded to MIT researchers on the themes of socio-resilient infrastructure, and on the future of oceans. The grants are part of the U.S. National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator program, designed to foster global cross-disciplinary and cross-sector workshops on emerging areas of critical societal importance. The NSF Convergence Accelerator program further aims to accelerate use-inspired, convergence research via partnerships between academic and non-academic stakeholders.

Socio-resilient infrastructures

The Socioresilient Infrastructure: Precision Materials, Assemblages, and Systems project is co-led by Christine Ortiz, the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Ellan Spero, a historian of science and technology and instructor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This project will engage leading researchers from around the world to advance an intellectual framework for socio-resilient infrastructure, where social resilience is considered to be the ability of human communities to cope with and adapt to stresses and shocks

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Society for Science & the Public President & CEO and Publisher, Science News, Receives 2020 National Science Board Public Service Award

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Society for Science & the Public today announced that the National Science Board (NSB), the governing body of the National Science Foundation, has awarded Maya Ajmera with the 2020 Public Service Award. Ajmera is President and CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News.

NSB is recognizing Ajmera for “inspiring generations of young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators through the Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit organization best known for its world class science research competitions, award winning science journalism, and expansive outreach and equity programs.”

The Public Service Award is presented to individuals and groups each year that have contributed substantially to increasing public understanding of science and engineering.

Ajmera has helped to transform the nearly 100-year-old Society, strengthening the Society’s science research competitions. She spearheaded

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XIFIN Executives Expect 15% Increase in Fall COVID-19 Testing Volumes; Seeing Regional Labs Pick Up Overflow from Larger, National Players

Company highlights key factors expected to impact Q4 COVID-19 testing during UBS analyst event

COVID-19 has impacted diagnostic volumes, mix and reimbursement for a variety of diagnostic providers. As the nation transitions into fall, new challenges will arise for the laboratory industry as students go back to school and flu season hits its peak. XIFIN CEO Lâle White and Kyle Fetter, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Diagnostic Services, recently joined healthcare analysts from UBS for an audio conference to discuss the key factors that will impact COVID testing volumes heading into the fall, analyze activity across its customer lab networks, and provide an update on payor reimbursement activity.

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“Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, diagnostic labs nationwide continue to see high testing volumes. Early implementation of rapid diagnostics testing could positively impact overall testing

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