Category: RESEARCH @ BU

Study Shows Sharks Combine All Their Senses to Hunt

April 3rd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jelle Atema, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jelle Atema, College of Arts & Sciences

A first-of-its-kind study of how sharks hunt has found the long-feared fish are truly complete predators, using all of their senses in an array of different combinations and ways…

Expert quote:

“This is landmark work. Back in 1985, world experts in underwater animal senses met at Mote, and at that time we emphasized that sensory studies were focusing on one animal at a time, one sense at a time, and we needed to start combining this information. Now we have.”

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Scientists amazed by how sharks use senses to hunt

April 2nd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Feature, Futurity News, Jelle Atema, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jelle Atema, College of Arts & Sciences

The most detailed ever play-by-play of how sharks hunt prey shows their senses work together from start to finish to get the job done. The research suggests that sharks with different lifestyles may favor different senses, and they can sometimes switch when their preferred senses are blocked. That’s hopeful news for sharks trying to find food in changing, sometimes degraded environments…

Expert quote:

“This is landmark work. Back in 1985, world experts in underwater animal senses met at Mote, and at that time we emphasized that sensory studies were focusing on one animal at a time, one sense at a time, and we needed to start combining this information. Now we have.”

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BU study: health insurance coverage does not reduce hospital readmissions

April 1st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Business Journal, Karen Lasser, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Karen Lasser, School of Medicine

Hospitals are desperate to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, in part because the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services is penalizing hospitals with rates the government agency deems are too high…

Expert quote:

“Among African-Americans and Hispanics, we found the odds of readmission did not decrease in Massachusetts relative to control states, and there was no change in the magnitude of the white-black and white-Hispanic difference in readmission rates.”

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Obamacare Preview? Mass. Studies Find Some Hospital Use Stays Same

March 31st, 2014 in 2014, Karen Lasser, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Medicine, WBUR 0 comments

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Karen Lasser, School of Medicine

Today is an Obamacare milestone: the end of the first enrollment period for new insurance plans the health care law spawned. More than 6 million previously uninsured people have signed up for private plans and 4 million more for Medicaid…

Expert quote:

“We also need to reduce financial access barriers to care (e.g. copays), increase reimbursement rates for new insurance plans (so that more physicians accept these forms of insurance), implement medication reconciliation and patient coaching, improve disease management and coordination of care, and provide hospital based incentives to reduce use of inpatient services. Interventions could also tackle the shortage of primary care providers in MA.”

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How challenging kids earlier means earlier success

March 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences

Two new studies show children learn advanced material much earlier than previously believed. Both studies also indicate that if educators do not teach the more challenging content, students are at a disadvantage…

Expert quote:

“Imagine what a curriculum spread over several years might do for scientific literacy long term. It’s an exciting thought.”

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The New Spring, Brought To You By Climate Change, In Five Charts

March 21st, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Richard Primack 0 comments

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Richard Primack, College of Arts & Sciences

As the planet warms, the temperatures that trigger spring arrive earlier. But not everything’s adjusting on the same schedule. Flowers open before their insect pollinators come out, and birds return from migration too late to find their usual bug meals…

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“They’re probably the oldest detailed records of flower and bird-migration times in the United States.”

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Teenage Drinkers Go For High-End Liquor And Cheap Beer, Too

March 21st, 2014 in 2014, Michael Siegel, Newsmakers, NPR, RESEARCH @ BU, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

For underage drinkers, it’s not always about the cheapest alcohol they can get their hands on. Many of them are brand conscious, researchers say, and they’re not drinking the same stuff as their parents…

Expert quote:

“It dispels the myth that youth are drinking what they see adults drinking. They don’t just go out and choose whatever brand is available.”

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Study Shows Kids Understand Complex Science

March 15th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences

It turns out kids can understand complex scientific concepts – like natural selection – far beyond what anyone would have expected…

Expert quote:

“It shows that kids are a lot smarter than we ever give them credit for.  They can handle a surprising degree of complexity when you frame things in a way that taps into the natural human drive for a good, cohesive explanation.”

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Even Young Kids Can Understand How Evolution Works

March 13th, 2014 in 2014, Business Insider, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences

“The history of developmental psychology shows that the age at which children can reach cognitive milestones depends in no small part on the cleverness of the methods used to measure their ability.”…

Expert quote:

“Adaptation by natural selection is a core mechanism of evolution. It is also one of the most widely misunderstood scientific processes. Misconceptions are rooted in cognitive biases found in preschoolers, yet concerns about complexity mean that adaptation by natural selection is generally not comprehensively taught until adolescence. This is long after untutored theoretical misunderstandings are likely to have become entrenched.”

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Have we misjudged kids’ ability to learn science?

March 12th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Deborah Kelemen, Feature, Futurity News, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Deborah Kelemen, College of Arts & Sciences

It turns out kids can understand complex scientific concepts—like natural selection—far beyond what anyone would have expected, a new study suggests. Boston University psychologist Deborah Kelemen and colleagues created a 10-page picture storybook about a group of fictional mammals with long trunks called pilosas. Then they read it aloud to kids…

Expert quote:

“We’re still astonished by what we found. It shows that kids are a lot smarter than we ever give them credit for. They can handle a surprising degree of complexity when you frame things in a way that taps into the natural human drive for a good, cohesive explanation.”

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