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  • Professor Steven Lopez wins I-APS Award for Young Investigators

    Professor Steven Lopez was awarded the Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) Award for Young Investigators, which “recognizes outstanding photoscientific contributions by Society members who have held an independent research position for no more than five years at the time of application.”

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  • Professor Steven Lopez wins £12,000 grant for photodynamics research

    Professor Steven Lopez and his collaborator at Queen Mary University, London, have won a grant of £12,000 to support faculty and student exchanges. This will enhance their collaborative efforts to develop code to understand excited-state photodynamics in molecular crystals. This award is sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges 2022 program.

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  • Training faculty to foster inclusive classrooms

    In “Using Cognitive Psychological Principles to Foster Inclusive Learning,” Christie Chung, Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship, & Partnerships at Mills College, writes about how faculty and other academic leaders can design inclusive, yet challenging academic environments for students. Key elements include factoring in others’ perspectives, cultural competency, “Microresistance to Microaggressions,” and more.

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  • ‘Functional Network Antagonism and Consciousness’

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    This article proposes “that anticorrelations are the physiological expression of the concept of segregation, namely the brain’s capacity to show selectivity in the way areas will be functionally connected.” The perspectives presented in this paper hope to illuminate the “connectivity interactions” within the brain. The authors “believe that this link between anticorrelations and the underlying physiology will help not only to comprehend how consciousness happens, but also conceptualize effective interventions for treating consciousness disorders.” Find this paper and the full list of authors in Network Neuroscience.

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  • ‘Displaying Geographic Variability of Peri-Urban Agriculture Environmental Impacts in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona’

    “Peri urban agriculture (peri-UA) can supply food locally and potentially more sustainably than far-away conventional agricultural systems. It can also introduce significant environmental impacts depending on the local biophysical conditions and resources required to implement it and, on the crops managing practices, which could vary widely among growers. Sophisticated methods to account for such variability while assessing direct (on-site) and indirect (up/down stream) environmental impacts of peri-UA implementation are thus needed.” Read the paper and see the full list of authors in Science of the Total Environment.

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  • When the devices we speak to lie to us

    In “Exploring Deceptive Design Patterns in Voice Interfaces,” the authors investigate “deceptive design practices,” user interface elements that deceive the user into performing an action they may not have intended. The authors “identify… key characteristics of voice interfaces that may enable deceptive design patterns, and surfac[e] existing and theoretical examples of such patterns.” In the results of “a scenario-based user survey with 93 participants,” the authors “found that overall, the majority of participants did not view our deceptive scenarios as problematic.” Find the paper and the full list of authors at the Association for Computing Machinery.

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  • Hoff receives Exceptional Service Award in the Academy of Management

    “D’Amore-McKim School of Business Professor of Management Timothy Hoff was recently named the 2022 Myron D. Fottler Exceptional Service Award winner—the most distinguished honor bestowed by the Health Care Management (HCM) Division within the Academy of Management (AOM). It is reserved for individuals who have dedicated at least 10 years to the organization and profession and have an illustrious career that focuses on mentoring, professional leadership and extensive research in the healthcare field.”

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  • Olfactory poetry from Mills College professor

    Professor Carlota Caulfield appears in La Libélula Vaga with poetry titled “De la sensación olfativa de la memoria.”

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  • ‘Associations Between Sedentary Behavior and Negative Emotions in Adolescents During Home Confinement’

    “Previous research suggests, in general, that sedentary behavior can increase negative emotions. However, the specific mechanism driving the relationship between sedentary behavior and negative emotions is still relatively unclear. Social support and sleep quality might partly explain the effect of sedentary behavior on negative emotions. Thus, the current study aimed to examine the associations between sedentary behavior and negative emotions, and to investigate if social support and sleep quality mediate such a relationship.” Read the paper and see the full list of authors in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology.

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  • Antibiotic accumulates in patients with obesity

    When taking vancomycin—an antibiotic—current medical guidance suggests “early and frequent… monitoring in patients with obesity.” This study sought to evaluate the accumulation of this drug in patients with a high body mass index, concluding that dangerous levels of accumulation can occur. “Clinicians should use frequent monitoring of vancomycin ,” they write, “and use caution when interpreting early concentrations in patients with obesity.” See the full list of authors and read their research, “Evaluation of Vancomycin Accumulation in Patients With Obesity,” in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.

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  • Passas awarded $500,000 grant from National Science Foundation for counterfeit medicine research

    Nikos Passas, professor of criminology and criminal justice and co-director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy, was recently awarded a grant worth $500,000 for a research project titled “Financial and Network Disruptions in Counterfeit and Illegal Medicines Trade.” From the abstract, the project’s goal “is to develop and evaluate a network-enabled system that will identify points of intervention and coordinate stakeholders’ efforts to disrupt illicit flows of medical products.” Read the full abstract and find out more about the award at the NSF.

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  • Could Bayesian analysis improve antibiotic expedience?

    This study looks at the time it took to make vancomycin (a Staphylococcus aureus antibiotic) area-under-the-curve estimations, comparing Bayesian analysis with more traditional pharmacokinetic software. They conclude that, “Without EHR [electronic health record] integration, Bayesian software was more time-consuming to assess vancomycin dosing than PK [pharmacokinetic] equations.” See the full list of authors and read their research, “Vancomycin Area under the Concentration-Time Curve Estimation Using Bayesian Modeling versus First-Order Pharmacokinetic Equations: A Quasi-Experimental Study,” in the journal Antibiotics.

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  • How diversifying academic leadership diversifies institutions

    Christie Chung, Associate Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Partnerships at Mills, writes here about the importance of diversifying academic leadership, and the knock-on effects this can have on an altogether more diverse campus culture. Chung argues that “Creating a more inclusive discipline” takes four qualities, which she elaborates upon in this article, titled “Diversifying leadership through impactful practices.”

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  • Book of visual poetry from Mills College professor

    Carlota Caulfield, head of Spanish and Spanish American studies at Mills College, with J.M. Calleja, has published “GHROMYT,” a collaborative work of experimental, visual poetry.

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  • Combating bias in early childhood educators

    Urbani, et al., argue that pre-school and serve as an on-ramp to two results: inclusive education on the one hand, and the “school-to-prison nexus” on the other. To support the latter and mitigate the former, they demonstrate how developing a “critical consciousness, particularly around the intersections of race and disability,” in early childhood educators, and early classrooms, is crucial to making pre-school a welcome, inclusive environment for all students. See the full list of authors and read their research paper, “Building the on-ramp to inclusion: Developing critical consciousness in future early childhood educators,” at Research Connections.

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  • Shattering the Standard Model: A next-generation particle collider

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    The authors propose a “novel muon-proton and muon-nucleus collider facility” that would operate at the tera-electronvolt scale. Such a collider would allow study of difficult-to-observe particles like the Higgs-Boson, and to look beyond the Standard Model of physics towards leptoquarks. See the full list of authors and read their research paper, “Physics potential of TeV scale Muon-Ion Collider for deep inelastic scattering measurements, and probing Z′ bosons in models that violate lepton flavor universality,” at ArXiv.

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  • ‘Mechanism of Halide Exchange in Reactions of CpRu(PPh3)2Cl With Haloalkanes’

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    “Kinetic measurements of the reaction between CpRu(PPh3)2Cl (1a) and 1-bromobutane reveal a nearly first order dependence on the concentration of haloalkane and a negative entropy of activation, ΔS† < 0. The rate of halide exchange … is two orders of magnitude lower than the rate of phosphine dissociation. … DFT calculations are consistent with either oxidative addition or σ-bond metathesis as lower energy pathways than single electron transfer and formation of a radical pair.” Find the paper and the full list of authors in the New Journal of Chemistry.

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  • How to predict popularity using network science

    Researchers have developed a method to “to predict the popularity dynamics of individual items within a complex evolving system.” The results offer illuminations on the functioning of the attention ecomony, social media trends, and everything ” from marketing and traffic control to policy making and risk management.” In contrast to other studies, this model offers a “capability of modeling the arrival process of popularity and [a] remarkable power at predicting the popularity of individual items.” See the full list of authors and read their research paper, “Modeling and Predicting Popularity Dynamics via Reinforced Poisson Processes,” at ArXiv.

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