News highlights for January 6, 2011

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Wind farms drawing noise complaints, opposition

How and at what distances sound from these giant wind power turbines affects human beings has triggered a brush war in the search for renewable energy. Leading research in this area is Alec Salt of Washington University in St. Louis, who’s been experimenting with the hearing of guinea pigs for about 10 years. The journal Hearing Research in August published Salt’s paper showing that the human ear might have more acute sensitivities to low-frequency sound, like the kind produced by wind turbines, than previously understood. Link to Article

The National Law Journal

Law grad maintains database of music industry-related court decisions

Wondering if you can write off your leather pants as a business expense if you are in the music biz? You can’t, according to a 1997 court decision that’s one of more than 2,400 judicial rulings compiled on — a Web database created by Loren Wells, a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. The site, which he launched last month, is supported and underwritten by the law school’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law.

Link to Article See also Music Industry Report

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Consortium Finance Network

On campus: What’s up? What’s new?

Business schools are always reinventing themselves. Washington University‘s Olin School sponsors “talent summits” for students and alumni around the country. They are specially planned networking sessions, opportunities for students and alumni to learn and update each other on affairs off campus and activities on campus, in the marketplace, in certain companies and in institutions everywhere. Corporate recruiters are invited. Link to Article

Daily Tech

New imaging method makes brain scans 7 times faster

Researchers from the University of California – Berkeley, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Minnesota, and Oxford University in the United Kingdom have discovered an advancement in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that is capable of making brain scans seven times faster than before. Dr. David Van Essen, a neurobiologist at Washington University, is co-leader of the research project. Link to Article

Medical Device Daily

Washington roundup: Baucus, Grassley, ask about off-label device use at Reed

Off-label device use and clinical trials sometimes look one and the same, and a Dec. 17 letter from Sens. Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) implicitly acknowledges the difference even as the letter focuses on a purported clinical trial at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (Bethesda, Maryland). The letter asks administrators at Reed about the activities of Timothy Kuklo, MD, of Washington University (WU; St. Louis, Missouri), who resigned from his post at WU last year after allegations surfaced that he falsified study data for the Infuse bone morphogenic protein – made by Medtronic (Minneapolis) — while at Reed. It has also been alleged that Kuklo failed to disclose the consulting arrangement to WU and with the Department of the Army. Link to Article See also

VA hospital malpractice? Congressman frustrated over veterans’ lack of applesauce

Whether or not it’s a case of VA hospital malpractice, US Congressman Bob Filner says that the lack of applesauce available for veterans at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in Missouri is an indication of the overall problems at the facility, reports. On his last day as chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Filner recently toured the medical center with fellow Democrat Russ Carnahan of St. Louis. The two Congressmen said that they expect to receive a comprehensive report on the problems plaguing the medical center by springtime. The John Cochran Division of the St. Louis VA Medical Center is located in close proximity to St. Louis University and Washington University, its affiliated medical schools. Link to Article

HHS HealthBeat / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Compression alone

Conventional CPR combines chest compression and mouth-to-mouth breathing to possibly save someone whose heart has stopped. But researchers say that while the combination is better in some cases, chest compression alone may be better in others. At Washington University in St. Louis, Peter Nagele combined data from three studies. He says adults who got compression only were 22 percent more likely to live. So he supports that approach for adults whose hearts suddenly stop beating. He says children, drowning victims and others who also need oxygen should get compression plus breathing. Link to Article / Online Audio

Southeast Missourian
 (Cape Girardeau, MO)
Cape Girardeau County prosecutor says recusal in Buerkle case fitting, declines to discuss conflict

A private message made public on YouTube has put Cape Girardeau County’s prosecuting attorney on the defense, raising questions about whether a romantic relationship caused Morley Swingle to recuse himself from a case he worked on for 11 months. Mike Downey, a St. Louis lawyer who teaches legal ethics courses at Washington University, said ethics regarding romantic relationships of publicly elected prosecutors is a murky issue. Link to Article

KPLR-TV (St. Louis, MO)

News 11 at Noon (1/2)

Anneliese Schaefer of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University in St. Louis discusses the center’s research and its collaboration with Hope Happens, a charitable organization that raises money for medical research. Hope Happens was founded in 2002 as ALS HOPE by Christopher Hobler and his family after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2001. Link to Broadcast

Daily RFT

Homophobe physicist’s solution to Gulf oil spill was right in your kitchen cabinet

Last spring, Washington University physicist Jonathan Katz got kicked off a panel assembled by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu that was supposed to figure out how to stop the BP oil spill. It’s really too bad that Katz’s gender politics got in the way of his work because a recent experiment has proven that Katz’s proposed solution to stop the leak would have been far more effective than the one BP did use, which failed and left the well gushing for another two months. Katz’s proposal: cornstarch.
 Link to Article
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St. Louis American

New funding for new bioscience companies


Do you have a science-based technology or idea that might be the basis of a new start-up business in St. Louis? Could you use initial funding and expert advice to prove your innovation further and to help secure private funding for a new business? If so, the St. Louis i6 Award for Commercialization could be just what you need. It’s a new program, announced on Dec. 21, to advance ideas for successful start-up companies. The i6 award was designed through a regional consortium consisting of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, the BioGenerator, and major research institutions, including the Danforth Center, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University. Link to Article

News in Higher Education

Science Magazine
How new COMPETES science law broadens NSF education programs
Only one of the seven directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has “education” in its title. But the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday, spells out program changes meant to ensure that every component of the $7 billion agency is involved in training the next generation of researchers and improving public scientific literacy. Link to Article

New York Times
Journal’s article on ESP Is expected to prompt outrage
One of psychology’s most respected journals has agreed to publish a paper presenting what its author describes as strong evidence for extrasensory perception, the ability to sense future events. The decision may delight believers in so-called paranormal events, but it is mortifying scientists. Advance copies of the paper, to be published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, are generating a mixture of amusement and scorn among psychological researchers. Some say the report deserves to be published, in the name of open inquiry; others insist that its acceptance only accentuates fundamental flaws in the evaluation and peer review of research in the social sciences. Link to Article


Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds

A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday. An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study — and that there was “no doubt” Wakefield was responsible. Link to Article

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