Research Wire: March-April 2020

Abhinav Jha, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering, and collaborators across disciplines have combined their expertise to develop a framework to more precisely determine tumor boundaries in positron emission tomography (PET) scans using physics and artificial intelligence.Results are published online in Physics in Medicine & Biology. Read more on the engineering website.

A recent paper in the China Journal of Social Work offers a perspective on the re-emergence of social work in China from the viewpoint of a longstanding and productive partnership between Chinese and U.S. social work educators and researchers.

The paper, “Re-emergence of Social Work in Modern China: A Perspective by Chinese and U.S. Partners,” is co-authored by the Brown School’s Michael Sherraden, the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Social Development (CSD); Li Zou, CSD international director; Jin Huang, research associate professor; Margaret Sherraden, research professor; and Nancy Morrow-Howell, the Betty Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy; among others.

Darrell Hudson, associate professor at the Brown School, and Tina Sacks, of the University of California, Berkeley, have received a pipeline grant for “Gold Does Not Always Glitter,” a project to investigate the persistence of racial health disparities among upwardly mobile African Americans and whites.

The grant funding is from the Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Research from the McKelvey School of Engineering has shed light on a unique aspect of the role and limitations of carotenoids in regulating light harvesting efficiency in photosynthetic organisms.

The study, led by Dariusz Niedzwiedzki, a researcher at the McKelvey School of Engineering, and Andrew Hitchcock, at the University of Sheffield, looked at the relationship between structural motifs of carotenoids and their roles in light-harvesting complexes.

The findings were published online March 5 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more on the engineering website.

Five School of Medicine researchers have received Young Investigators Grants from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by supporting research that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The researchers are: Ream Al-Hasani, adjunct assistant professor of anesthesiology; Yao Chen, assistant professor of neuroscience; Rachel Lean, a postdoctoral researcher in psychiatry; Jordan McCall, assistant professor of anesthesiology; and Thomas Papouin, assistant professor of neuroscience.

Read more on the School of Medicine site.

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