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Dr. Harold Smith Appointed Senior Advisor to Trovita Health Science

Dr. Harold Smith Appointed Senior Advisor to Trovita Health Science
22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Trovita Health Science, an emerging life science company focused in clinical nutrition innovation appointed Dr. Harold Smith, molecular biologist and Professor at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, as a …
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UM professor earns distinguished National Science Foundation CAREER grant
MISSOULA – Orion Berryman, an assistant professor in the University of Montana Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently received a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. Berryman initially will receive $ 270,000 to aid in research …
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Melanoma Researchers Use a New, Light-based Method to Prevent Tumor Growth in Mice
… this caused calcium channels on the dendritic cells to open and we saw a corresponding increase in the number of T-cells that were activated,” Gang Han, PhD, the study's author and an assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology …
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[chemical] Use Spherical Ammonia Synthesis Catalyst Science – The Oil Industry

HC Network Petrochemical News: Reduce raw material consumption is related to nitrogen gas companies a key factor in the survival and development, and rational selection and use of high performance scientific ammonia synthesis catalyst is to reduce gas consumption of raw materials is one important way. South of the company by the Institute of Wen County in Henan Province joint development and production of ammonia catalyst plant of A10-1QACQ (cobalt) spherical catalyst, more than a decade after the enterprise applications in a number of chemical fertilizer have made significant economic benefits. Former manager of Henan Province, Li Jingxuan fertilizer that spherical ammonia synthesis catalyst to help the fertilizer industry to achieve energy saving efficiency is a key measure.

According to Li Jingxuan introduced a catalyst for ammonia production and use from the roughly spherical shape up and distinguish the two types of non-spherical, compared with other amorphous catalyst, A10-1QACQ (cobalt)-based ammonia synthesis catalyst has ten spherical Advantages:

First, long service life. Because the catalyst formulation is unique not only the ball hard, high strength, uniform size and spherical, easily crushed, so a particularly long service life. Chase Products Company of Henan Province to use A10-1QACQ (cobalt)-type spherical ammonia synthesis catalyst has been 5 years, and now the catalytic activity is still good.

Second is the “live from the” low temperature, good low temperature activity. General A110 catalyst “live from the” temperature of 380 C, while the A10-1QACQ (cobalt)-based ammonia synthesis catalyst spherical initial “live from the” temperature of 340 C, after 5 years is still far from the living temperature of 375 C, to improve the net to create the conditions for ammonia.

Third is ammonia synthesis reactor with high yields. If you use a good catalyst synthesis reactor, its exports of gas in the ammonia content of 12% ~ 14%, the best catalyst for up to 16%. Users showed that: A10-1QACQ catalyst in use after 5 years, exports of ammonia synthesis reactor content was still 15.5% ~ 16%. In addition, from into (synthetic) tower circulating gas in the inert gas (CH4, Ar, etc.) components of view, the use of other amorphous catalyst, inert gas is 10% ~ 14%, while the use of spherical inert gas after the catalyst can reach 18% 20%, this indicator is currently the leading domestic and international level, so that the feed gas consumption significantly.

Fourth, ammonia synthesis tower resistance. Most factories use amorphous catalyst for the production time of 1 ~ 2 years, must stop maintenance replacement of the catalyst. The use of spherical catalyst was still less than 5 years after the resistance of 0.1MPa, activity almost unabated. Heilongjiang Ning County fertilizer plant 5 years ago to use other amorphous catalyst, almost a year to be replaced once after switch A10-1QACQ (cobalt) catalyst, activity of 4 years continuous use unabated.

Five is a good heat resistance. With General Catalyst as synthetic tower hot 530 C, its activity was significantly decreased, if the use of A10-1Q catalyst, especially with ACQ (cobalt)-type spherical ammonia synthesis catalyst, once the hot spot to reach or exceed 530 C, after technical treatment can still revert to 480 C ~ 490 C, its activity was almost unaffected, can continue to use.

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Obama taps UW-Madison biochemist to head science medal panel

Obama taps UW-Madison biochemist to head science medal panel
She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Kimble studies the fundamental controls of animal development using the model worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Among her many research contributions is the discovery of a stem cell niche that controls …
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A Closer Look at the Amgen Scholars of 2015
The Program encourages aspiring scientists by giving them the chance to conduct hands-on research under leading academic scientists at one of 17 institutions in the US, Europe, and Japan. In addition to lab experiences, Scholars also participate in …
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​Five Davis professors win grants to commercialize research
The awards are part of a grant program called Science Translation and Innovative Research — or STAIR. The program aims to help professors move university research closer to commercialization. The funding isn't meant to bring the product to the market …
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Women in science: A perspective from Peru

Women in science: A perspective from Peru
Dionicia Gamboa is a winner of the 2013 Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World. For International Women's Day, we asked her to tell us about what inspired her to become a scientist, and her perspective on …
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Elsevier to publish the official journal of the Society for Investigative
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services and the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) have announced that they have entered into a publishing agreement . Beginning in January 2016 …
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Public Release: 3-Mar-2015 A high-salt diet could protect against invading
Most people consume more salt than they need and therefore have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke, which are the two leading causes of death worldwide. But a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt …
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Weed Science Society of America Names 2015 Award Winners

(PRWEB) February 10, 2015

This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) presented awards to more than two dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting, held this year in Lexington, Kentucky.

“We were delighted to honor scientists who are spearheading innovations and advancing the weed science profession through their research, teaching, publishing and outreach,” said Joe DiTomaso, Ph.D., president of WSSA.

Fellow Awards. WSSA presented the fellow award – its highest recognition – to two distinguished scientists:


R. Douglas Sammons, Ph.D., a senior fellow with Monsanto. Sammons leads a team studying the biochemical characterization of glyphosate resistance mechanisms. He previously led an insecticidal protein discovery team and participated in registering Bollgard®. He also blazed trails as a member of the herbicide design team exploring the chemical mechanism of EPSPS and the enzymology of glyphosate. Sammons’ stewardship activities include work on Roundup Ready® products, as well as hosting students and postdoctoral scientists studying glyphosate resistance. In 2010 he was awarded Monsanto’s Science and Technology Career Award.
In addition to naming Sammons a fellow, WSSA also presented him with an Outstanding Reviewer Award for his review of scientific papers prior to their publication.

Wiley Carroll Johnson III, Ph.D., a research agronomist in weed science with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Tifton, Ga. Johnson is actively involved in the study of organic production of peanut and vegetable crops, including weed ecology and the use of integrated weed management systems and alternative weed management strategies. He previously was an extension agronomist with the University of Georgia. During his 30-year career, Johnson has published well over a 100 articles. His research accomplishments have earned him recognitions from the American Peanut Research and Education Society, Southern Weed Science Society, Georgia Organics, American Peanut Research and Education Society, and the University of Georgia.
Public Service Award. WSSA honored David Shaw, Ph.D., for his leadership on the issue of herbicide resistance. Shaw is past-president of the Society, current chair of the Herbicide Resistance Education Committee, and vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University. He chaired a USDA-APHIS task force on Herbicide Resistance Best Management Practices and Recommendations, a Council for Agricultural Science and Technology task force on the impacts of resistant weeds on tillage systems, and the planning committee for two Herbicide Resistance Summits at the National Academy of Sciences. He also has participated in the largest long-term field projects on glyphosate resistance management ever established. Among his many honors and awards are fellow recognitions from both WSSA and the American Association for Advancement of Science.

Outstanding Extension Award. WSSA honored Larry Steckel, Ph.D., a professor of weed science, extension and agricultural research at the University of Tennessee. Steckel has received several awards for his extension, outreach and research efforts, including recognitions from Gamma Sigma Delta and the university’s Institute of Agriculture. He has an extensive applied research program on weed management in agronomic crops, including glyphosate-resistant horseweed, giant ragweed and Palmer amaranth. He and his graduate students also evaluate novel integrated weed management technologies. Steckel is a former agronomist with Pioneer Hi Bred International.

Outstanding Teacher Award. WSSA honored Kirk Howatt, Ph.D., professor and coordinator of the Crop and Weed Sciences academic program at North Dakota State University in Fargo. The curriculum Howatt helped the university build has fueled significant growth; in recent years the number of students majoring or minoring in the crop and weed sciences has more than tripled. In addition to coordinating the academic program, Howatt has researched weeds in cereals and oilseed crops and has taught courses and graduate seminars in weed science, advanced weed science, weed identification, herbicide fate and action, and professional development. He also has served as Agronomy Club advisor.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award. WSSA honored Sarah Berger, who earned her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees at the University of Florida. Berger’s Ph.D. research focused on how Palmer amaranth competition impacts water use by cotton and peanut crops. She also researched herbicide programs in cotton, peanut and corn crops and developed extension materials for Florida growers. Her Master’s research focused on herbicide resistance in aquatic weeds and on novel methods to document resistance. Sarah has authored or co-authored seven peer-reviewed publications and has presented her research at 14 conferences. She is currently employed at Monsanto Company as a lead scientist on a crop assessment team.

Outstanding Research Award. WSSA honored Franck Dayan, Ph.D., who is a researcher with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service Natural Products Utilization Research Unit. Dayan has devoted his career to the study of mechanisms of action in both synthetic and natural herbicides and to exploring how plants evolve resistance. He has published 116 refereed journal articles and 57 reviews and book chapters. His work has been cited nearly 5700 times. Dayan is currently president of the Phytochemical Society of North America, treasurer of the International Weed Science Society, and associate editor of “Weed Science” and “Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology.”

Outstanding Early Career Weed Scientist. WSSA honored Ian Burke, Ph.D., an associate professor in Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University, Pullman. Burke’s program focuses on weed physiology, biology and ecology and on practical, economic ways to manage weeds. He researches weeds in wheat, pulses, alfalfa, medicinal crops and tree fruit. He teaches an undergraduate course, serves as an advisor to graduate students and has authored or co-authored 60 journal articles and two book chapters.    

Outstanding Industry Award. WSSA honored Dirk Drost, Ph.D., of Syngenta Crop Protection. Drost established Syngenta’s R&D Project and Portfolio Management Team and served as company liaison to the USDA’s IR4 Project. He has been instrumental in the establishment of 840 tolerances and more than 3,800 new uses for crop protection compounds for specialty and minor crop growers. He also has been involved in field testing and screening of safeners, herbicide extenders and the HPPD inhibitors. Drost led the early biological development effort for the mesotrione family of herbicides. He currently serves on the board of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).

Outstanding Paper Awards. WSSA honored the following individuals for published papers:

James Leary, Brooke Mahnken, Linda Cox, Adam Radford, John Yanagida, Teya Penniman, David Duffy and Jeremy Gooding for their paper in Invasive Plant and Science Management: “Reducing Nascent Miconia (Miconia calvescens DC) Patches with an Accelerated Intervention Strategy Utilizing Herbicide Ballistic Technology.” Leary, Yanagida and Duffy work for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mahnken, Radford and Penniman work for the Maui Invasive Species Committee. Cox is with Texas A&M University, and Gooding is liaison for the National Park Service Pacific Island Exotic Plant Management Team.
Franklin Egan, Kathryn Barlow and David Mortensen for their paper in Weed Science: “A Meta-Analysis on the Effects of 2,4-D and Dicamba Drift on Soybean and Cotton.” Egan is with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. Barlow is working on her Ph.D. at Penn State. Mortensen is a professor at Penn State.
Michael Walsh and Stephen Powles for their paper in Weed Technology: “High Seed Retention at Maturity of Annual Weeds Infesting Crop Fields Highlights the Potential for Harvest Weed Seed Control.” Walsh and Powles work with the University of Western Australia Herbicide Resistance Initiative. Powles is director of the program and a WSSA honorary fellow.
Outstanding Reviewer Awards. WSSA honored the following individuals for their review of scientific papers:                                                

Muthu Bagavathiannan, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, College Station. His research focuses on the evolutionary biology of herbicide resistance in weeds and on how to develop integrated resistance management solutions. Bagavathiannan also uses simulation modeling and information technology tools to guide informed decision making by growers. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters and three extension fact sheets, and he has presented his research at both national and international meetings. He currently serves on three WSSA committees and is WSSA’s liaison to the Crop Science Society of America.
R. Douglas Sammons, Ph.D., a senior fellow with Monsanto, who also was named a WSSA fellow. (See above.)
Honorary Member Award. WSSA named Samunder Singh, Ph.D., an honorary member of the Society. Singh is a senior scientist and professor at CCS Haryana Agricultural University in India where his work focuses on weed biology, herbicide resistance and its management, weed surveys and integrated weed management. Singh has been very active in weed science throughout his career. He has published more than 120 refereed papers, seven book chapters, 16 conference papers and 30 extension articles. He has delivered 40 broadcast talks on weed management and presented papers at 58 conferences. He is a life member of several scientific societies and has received fellow and gold medal recognitions from the Indian Society of Weed Science. He is a regular reviewer for Weed Science and Weed Technology.

About the Weed Science Society of America

The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Society promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit http://www.wssa.net.







Extract DNA from a Strawberry at Home – Cool Science Experiment

Extract DNA from a Strawberry at Home - Cool Science Experiment

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There's Something Really Wrong With Science These Days

There's Something Really Wrong With Science These Days
Just recently, Retraction Watch reported that BioMed Central has uncovered about fifty manuscripts in their editorial system that involved fake peer-reviewers, and that Elsevier was retracting sixteen papers across three of its journals after the …
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Elsevier Announces Launch of New Journal: Current Opinion in Food Science
The journal features sections on food physics and Materials Science; Food Engineering and Processing; Food Toxicology; Food Chemistry and Biochemistry; Food Bioprocessing; Food Microbiology; Food Safety; Food Mycology; Sensory Sciences and …
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If not beer, what's causing those large tummies?
Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process. Elsevier Publishers, USA. – Wolmarans P et al (2010). Condensed Food Composition Tables for SA. Medical Research Council, Parow Valley, Cape Town. Image: Fat stomach with beer bottle from Shutterstock. Dr …
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