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Science News – July 19

"Branching Out" by Greg Dressler, Ph.D., a professor in the Medical School's Department of Pathology. It shows the structures of a developing mouse kidney
“Branching Out” by Greg Dressler, Ph.D., a professor in the Medical School’s Department of Pathology. It shows the structures of a developing mouse kidney

A beloved space scientist dies, Michigan State is bringing magic back to metamaterials, Michigan Tech scientists are spending a little time helping out the Appalachians, and more.

Got a Disease? Own It – with Unique University of Michigan Science Art

If you have a chronic disease or a child born with a medical problem, it may sometimes feel like the diagnosis owns you. But now you can turn the tables and own it. How? By buying unique art that’s made by University of Michigan Medical School scientists who study everything from diabetes to digestive disorders to genetic diseases….. (Newswise)

Renowned scientist who helped lead Jupiter mission dies

Claudia Alexander, a brilliant, pioneering scientist who helped direct NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter and the international Rosetta space-exploration project, has died at age 56. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, where Alexander worked as the U.S. leader on the Rosetta Project, announced her death Thursday. JPL officials said she died Saturday after a long battle with breast cancer. The University of Michigan, where she earned her doctorate, named her its Woman of the Year in 1993….. (Detroit News)

STEM educator named Lappan-Phillips professor of science education

Michigan State University science education professor Joseph Krajcikhas been named a Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education. Krajcik is the director of the CREATE for STEM Institute, a collaboration between the College of Natural Science and the College of Educationthat seeks to improve teaching and learning of science and mathematics through innovation and research….. (MSU Today)

Bringing back the magic in metamaterials (MTU)

A single drop of blood is teeming with microorganisms–imagine if we could see them, and even nanometer-sized viruses, with the naked eye. That’s a real possibility with what scientists call a “perfect lens.” The lens hasn’t been created yet but it is a theoretical perfected optical lens made out of metamaterials, which are engineered to change the way the materials interact with light…. (EurekAlert!)

Pre-college science programs lead to more science majors

High school students who take part in pre-college programs that focus on science are much more likely to pursue higher education and, eventually, careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine – the STEM disciplines. In a paper published in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University researchers from the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory…… (EurekAlert!)

Adapting to Climate Change in the Central Appalachians

In applying climate change science, it is easy for land managers to miss the forest for the trees. Just monitoring the many details of localized climate change can overgrow to-do lists. Developing plans to deal with those changes in forests can be a daunting task, especially to landowners and foresters who don’t have access to relevant information or the time to sort out the most credible resources….. (Michigan Tech News)

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