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University of California-Riverside: Chemical Discovery Gets Reluctant Seeds to Sprout
RIVERSIDE, California, Sept. 18 (TNSJou) -- The University of California Riverside campus issued the following news:

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New tool could help increase food supply

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Seeds that would otherwise lie dormant will spring to life with the aid of a new chemical discovered by a UC Riverside-led team.

Plants have the ability to perceive drought. When they do, they emit a hormone that helps them hold on to water. This same hormone, ABA, sends a message to seeds that it isn't a good time to germinate, leading to lower crop yields and less food in places where it's hot -- an increasingly long list ... Show Full Article

Queen Mary's People's Palace Projects Research Sheds Light on Violence and Mental Health in Brazilian Favelas
LONDON, England, Sept. 18 (TNSJou) -- Queen Mary University of London issued the following news:

Favela residents with more personal experience and fear of violence have higher levels of mental distress and poorer quality of life, according to the main finding of the international research Building the Barricades.

Published in the Lancet Regional Health - Americas, it is one of the first studies in the world to explore the relationship between experiences of neighbourhood violence and mental distress in the context of informal urban settlements. The research investigated the impact of armed violence ... Show Full Article

FIU: Could a Little Tough Love Help Corals Adapt to Climate Change?
MIAMI, Florida, Sept. 18 (TNSGra) -- Florida International University, a component of the public university system in Florida, issued the following news on Sept. 17, 2021:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded FIU's Institute of Environment a $273,491 grant to research innovative ways to make corals more resilient to the changing climate.

FIU marine biologists Jose Eirin-Lopez and Serena Hackerott will lead the project, along with co-principal investigator Harmony Martell from the University of British Columbia. The grant, funded through NOAA's Ruth Gates Coral ... Show Full Article

Bristol Composite Institute Welcomes New Co-Directors
BRISTOL, England, Sept. 18 -- The University of Bristol issued the following news release on Sept. 16, 2021:

Bristol Composites Institute at the University of Bristol has appointed two new co-directors, Professor Ole Thomsen and Professor Stephen Hallett, to succeed founding director, Professor Michael Wisnom.

The transition will mark a significant change for the Bristol Composites Institute which launched under Professor Wisnom's leadership as Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (known as ACCIS) in 2007. The new co-directors will be building on a strong legacy of global research ... Show Full Article

Adelphi University: Treating Depression in the Era of Precision Medicine
GARDEN CITY, New York, Sept. 18 (TNSJou) -- Adelphi University issued the following news:

Jacques Barber, PhD, dean of Adelphi's Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, joined a research team to explore whether psychotherapy or medication is a better way to treat depression. Meta-analysis of decades of work offers clues.

Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability for Americans ages 15 to 44, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. While depression can be effectively treated by psychotherapy, medication or a combination of both, patients must often cycle ... Show Full Article

Adelphi University: Sheltering Black Boys Against the Storm
GARDEN CITY, New York, Sept. 18 (TNSJou) -- Adelphi University issued the following news:

How traditional psychotherapy misses the impact of structural racism on Black boys' psyches--and what to do about it.

The typical psychotherapeutic model employs a highly individualized lens: a patient sits down with a therapist and discusses their life, exploring the depths of their unconscious mind to work toward self-discovery. While this approach has helped many people lead happier, more fulfilling lives, Kirkland Vaughans, PhD '85, senior adjunct faculty member in the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, ... Show Full Article

Adelphi University: How Are We Responding to Pandemic Stress?
GARDEN CITY, New York, Sept. 18 (TNSRes) -- Adelphi University issued the following news:

Damian Stanley, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Adelphi, believes his large-scale, longitudinal study of the COVID-19 pandemic's unseen psychological effects can help us learn to mitigate its psychological impact, on both an individual and societal level.

When the coronavirus emerged at the end of 2019, the ensuing lockdown that began in March 2020 confined millions of people in the United States to their homes. For Damian Stanley, PhD, assistant professor of psychology, and his colleagues, the ... Show Full Article