Week Ending Dec 22, 2017

Security Planner: Why this new online safety advice tool looks promising
Tech Republic – 12/14/17
Existing security awareness campaigns haven’t benefited from the kind of broad, interdisciplinary research that’s starting to make inroads into the cybersecurity debate.  That may change, however, with the launch of Security Planner, a simple-to-use guide featuring expert advice that’s relevant to the way you work and play online. It’s a project of the The Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary research and policy group based at the University of Toronto. Citizen Lab has gained attention for its evidence-based research on topics such as cyberwarfare and use of commercial spyware by governments to target dissidents.

Scottish students help capture life with dementia
The National – 12/15/17
Brave dementia sufferers in Edinburgh have opened up their lives to university students, who created documentary evidence about how people live with the disease.Students from Edinburgh Napier’s Photography, TV and Music courses have been working with older people affected by dementia, and their carers, who attend the Eric Liddell Centre in Edinburgh for support.The students have worked with the charity for eight weeks to lead activities with people affected by dementia and to document some of the stories of those being supported by the charity through their dementia diagnosis.The result was powerful and touching images that documented the everyday life of people living with dementia, which went on display at the Eric Liddell Centre yesterday. Photography students Katariina Leinonen and Theodor Asoltanei spent time with couple Andy and Sheila Biggar, who attend the centre’s Lunch Break service on a weekly basis.  The interdisciplinary project is one of a number of similar schemes that have been organised by Edinburgh Napier’s School of Arts and Creative Industries.

Study on Human Touch Leads to Advanced Technologies
Controlled Environments – 12/14/17
How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has shown. “This is the greatest tactile sensitivity that has ever been shown in humans,” says Darren Lipomi, a professor of nanoengineering and member of the Center for Wearable Sensors at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, who led the interdisciplinary project with V. S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology at UC San Diego. Researchers say this fundamental knowledge will be useful for developing electronic skin, prosthetics that can feel, advanced haptic technology for virtual and augmented reality and more.

University of Calgary Leads Program to Develop Innovative Renewable Energy Solutions
The University Network – 12/15/17
The University of Calgary in Canada is leading a new, collaborative program that would “prepare students to lead a new kind of energy future.” Two other universities in Canada — the University of Waterloo and the University of Alberta — are also involved in the pan-disciplinary research and training program. The program, which is made possible by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), is aimed at helping students develop innovative, market-ready energy solutions. This NSERC CREATE program, short for Collaborative Research and Training Experience, was developed to help bridge a gap in Canadian education and encourage students to develop innovative energy conversion and storage techniques, since one of the biggest hurdles facing renewable energy is the lack of storage in energy networks.  “Often in university research the focus is on the important technical aspects, and in my experience it is through interdisciplinary collaborations that the most significant breakthroughs are achieved,” said  Dr. Edward Roberts, professor in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

NIH Funds Research to Make Diabetes and Hypertension Management a Community Activity
Newswise – 12/14/17
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $450,000 to Ranjita Misra, a professor of public health at WVU; Usha Sambamoorthi, a WVU pharmacy professor; and a multidisciplinary team of WVU researchers to study how lifestyle modification with support from health coaches helps diabetic, hypertensive individuals control their blood sugar and blood pressure.  The team will develop a 12-week diabetes and hypertension self-management program in Morgantown and Charleston for adults with both Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Participants will meet with each other, Misra, Sambamoorthi, and WVU-student health coaches to learn strategies for keeping their blood sugar and blood pressure in check.