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Zealandia Should Hold Answers About Tectonics, Past Climate
HOUSTON, July 18 -- Rice University issued the following news release:

Thirty scientists will sail from Australia July 27 on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to key questions about plate tectonic processes and Earth's past greenhouse climate.

"We're really looking at the best place in the world to understand how plate subduction initiates," said expedition co-chief scientist Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science at Rice University. "This expedition will answer a lot ... Show Full Article

UNE Ornithologist Noah Perlut Receives Federal Grant Funding for Migratory Songbird Conservation Project
BIDDEFORD, Maine, July 18 -- The University of New England issued the following news release:

University of New England Professor Noah Perlut, Ph.D., of the Department of Environmental Studies, is one of 31 scientists who will receive funding from a Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grant, administered through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). More than $3.8 million in federal funds will be matched by more than $14 million in partner contributions to support migratory bird conservation projects in 19 countries across North, Central and South America.

Perlut's project ... Show Full Article

UNA's Anderson College Of Nursing Posts Highest NCLEX Pass Rate Among Public Universities In Alabama
FLORENCE, Ala., July 18 -- The University of North Alabama issued the following news release:

The University of North Alabama's Anderson College of Nursing posted the highest NCLEX pass rate out of all the public universities in Alabama.

According to the third quarter first time NCLEX pass rate report, the Anderson College of Nursing at UNA boasts an NCLEX pass rate of 97.5 percent; a rate that is higher than the state average of 90.8 percent and the national average of 88.4 percent.

The NCLEX exam, also known as the National Council Licensure Examination, is a standardized exam that each state ... Show Full Article

Teacher Quality Continues to Improve Through CHAMPS
COLUMBUS, Miss., July 18 -- Mississippi University for Women issued the following news release:

The Office of Outreach and Innovation at Mississippi University for Women continues to improve teacher quality through professional development provided by the CHAMPS project.

Creating High Achievement in Mathematics and Problem Solving (CHAMPS) began more than 12 years ago on The W's campus and continues to be one of the most highly regarded professional development programs for K-8 grade mathematics teachers in the state. Teachers will be on campus through Friday, July 21.

"Summer Institute has ... Show Full Article

Researchers Pair Robotics and Information Theory to Better Understand Predator and Prey Relationships
BROOKLYN, N.Y., July 18 -- New York University's Tandon School of Engineering issued the following news release:

With help from robotic fish, researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering are demonstrating how information theory can offer insight into the cause-and-effect relationships between predator and prey in the animal kingdom.

In a paper published in the American Institute of Physics' Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, the research team led by Maurizio Porfiri, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU Tandon, validated the ... Show Full Article

Chinese Ministry of Education Names Tracy Distinguished Overseas Professor
AMHERST, Mass., July 18 -- The University of Massachusetts's Amherst campus issued the following news:

Distinguished Professor Steve Tracy, Afro-American studies, has been awarded the Distinguished Overseas Professorship by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

The award honors a foreign professor with internationally recognized academic achievement and influence in a particular field or discipline.

Distinguished Overseas Professor are selected from among many applicants through a strict procedure, including application of a qualified Chinese university, recommendations from three prestigious peer ... Show Full Article

American Heart Association Funds UC Research on Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
CINCINNATI, July 18 -- The University of Cincinnati's Academic Health Center issued the following news release:

Sakthivel Sadayappan, PhD, MBA, director of the heart branch of the UC Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute, has been awarded a $250,000 catalyst grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to continue his research designed to identify people of South Asian descent who carry a genetic variant that predisposes them to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an enlarged and thickened heart).

"Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is one of the major causes of sudden cardiac death," says Sadayappan, a professor ... Show Full Article