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Georgia Institute of Technology: Healthy Minds Survey Assessing Student Wellness With Mental Health
ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan. 19 -- Georgia Institute of Technology issued the following news:

Georgia Tech's Division Student Life has partnered with the Office of Academic Effectiveness and Stamps Health Services to administer the annual Healthy Minds Study (HMS) this month.

Approximately 8,000 students have been invited to participate in this web-based survey study examining mental health, service utilization, and related issues among undergraduate and graduate students. The Institute is administering this survey, which was last administered in Spring of 2018, to get a better understanding of the ... Show Full Article

University of California: Doubling Down on Cancer-Causing Genes
RIVERSIDE, California, Jan. 18 [TNSgrants] -- The University of California Riverside campus issued the following news:

NIH grant of $2.2 million could help researchers target two oncogenes, potentially leading to therapies for melanoma, lung cancer, and other tumors

One way to tackle cancer, the second-leading cause of death in the United States, is to target oncogenes -- genes that have the potential to cause cancer.

The University of California, Riverside, has received a $2.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health that will help researchers target ... Show Full Article

University of Arkansas : English Professor Receives Fellowship From National Endowment for the Arts
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, Jan. 18 -- The University of Arkansas issued the following news:

Toni Jensen, a professor of fiction in the Program in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas, has been awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship of $25,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. The fellowship was awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jensen is one of 36 writers in the nation who will receive the award and was selected from nearly 1,700 eligible applicants.

"To say that we are proud of Toni's achievements is an understatement," said Davis McCombs, director of the Program ... Show Full Article

Nina Silver '21: Research Grant Allows for Study of Pancreatic Cancer Cells: Westminster College
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania, Jan. 18 [TNSgrants] -- Westminster College issued the following news release:

With the help of a Drinko Center Research Grant, junior biology major Nina Silver has been able to delve into molecular biology and conduct research on the effects of specific chemotherapy on pancreatic cancer cells.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Resendes, associate professor of biology, Silver is examining the effects of the chemotherapy drugs 5-fluorouracil and gemcitabine on pancreatic cancer cells (cell line PANC1) by themselves and when combined. Silver said she is hoping to find ... Show Full Article

Mt. Hood Community College District Board Votes to Phase Out Seven Programs
GRESHAM, Oregon, Jan. 18 -- Mt. Hood Community College issued the following news release:

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- Next step will be defining teach-out plans for impacted students

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The Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education voted to phase out seven instructional programs at their January 15, 2020 meeting.

The seven programs that will be phased out are:

- Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair (The college will continue to provide its automotive degree programs including FORD ASSET, Chrysler CAP, Subaru U and IMPORT programs.)

- Broadcasting

- Business Technology

- Cosmetology

- ... Show Full Article

In Death of Dinosaurs, It Was All About the Asteroid -- Not Volcanoes: Yale University
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, Jan. 18 -- Yale University issued the following news release:

Volcanic activity did not play a direct role in the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs, according to an international, Yale-led team of researchers. It was all about the asteroid.

In a break from a number of other recent studies, Yale assistant professor of geology & geophysics Pincelli Hull and her colleagues argue in a new research paper in Science that environmental impacts from massive volcanic eruptions in India in the region known as the Deccan Traps happened well before the Cretaceous-Paleogene ... Show Full Article

Harvard Medical School: Hospital Mergers, Quality of Care
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Jan. 18 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news:

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- A new study looks at the quality of care at hospitals acquired in a recent wave of consolidations

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The quality of care at hospitals acquired during a recent wave of consolidations has gotten worse or stayed the same, according to a study led by Harvard Medical School scientists published Jan. 2 in NEJM.

The findings deal a blow to the often-cited arguments that hospital consolidation would improve care. A flurry of earlier studies showed that mergers increase prices. Now after ... Show Full Article