Week ending April 13, 2018

Purdue, Peruvian university innovation partnership
Purdue University News – 4/9/18
Purdue University celebrated the official start of its new Cooperative Technical Alliance Program with the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) with the launch of its initial flagship research and capacity building initiative: the Arequipa Nexus Institute for Food, Water, Energy, and the Environment. The celebration took place Monday (April 9) at Purdue. “Purdue is a leader in developing holistic approaches to global sustainability grand challenges based on partnerships,” said Tomás Díaz De La Rubia, chief scientist and executive director of Purdue’s Discovery Park. “Through a close collaboration with our partners at UNSA, Discovery Park can bring the full power of its unique interdisciplinary approach to improve the lives of the citizens of Arequipa through the application of our leading-edge expertise to the regional sustainable development challenges. Read more 

Machine learning is a tool – and people need to learn how to use it
The Next Web – 4/9/18
“What most people don’t realize when they’re talking about machine learning, is that there are actually two disciplines,” said Cassie Kozyrkov, chief decision scientist at Google Cloud.  “Currently, most university machine learning courses focus on creating the algorithms and training neural networks. This is essential for those who are dreaming of a career in research, but it’s not a skill that everyone using machine learning needs to have.”  According to Kozyrkov, applied machine learning can help businesses make significantly better decisions. But the field is being neglected by standard machine learning programs. If there is someone working at your company who does understand the difference, that’s probably a happy accident rather than a result of intentional training. Which is exactly what Kozyrkov wants to change. Read more

Holocaust: Intergenerational Trauma
The Jerusalem Post – 4/9/18
Although more than seven decades have passed since the end of World War II, Bar-Ilan University researchers still detect signs of trauma passed from aging Holocaust survivors to their adult children who take care of them. Even now, researchers argue whether and in what form intergenerational transmission of Holocaust trauma indeed exists. Some claim that offspring of Holocaust survivors demonstrate impressive resilience and do not differ in major health markers (such as symptoms of depression and anxiety) from those whose parents did not experience the Holocaust. But other researchers insist that survivors’ suffering has passed from one generation to another, thus affecting their children and other relatives. Read more

Medical & Health Humanities Program receives NEH grant
Misericordia University News – 4/10/18
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a nearly $100,000 NEH Humanities Connections Implementation Grant to Misericordia University’s Medical and Health Humanities Program to assist in the revision of the program’s curriculum to enable it to address urgent global health issues through expanded experiential learning opportunities in a transdisciplinary curriculum. The revised curriculum will include eight new courses and three revised ones, developed by 13 faculty members from the departments of English, History, Fine Arts, Religious Studies, Psychology, Political Science, Biology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. In addition, community members from the Mercy Center Nursing Unit and Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness will also support the project. Read more 

Immune-engineered device targets chemo-resistant lymphoma
Cornell Chronicle – 4/10/18
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that is diagnosed in the U.S. more than 70,000 times annually, arises from overly proliferating immune cells within the body’s lymph nodes, which are connected to a network of lymph vessels through which lymphatic fluid flows. A Cornell team – which includes Dr. Ari Melnick, the Gebroe Family Professor of Hematology/Oncology and professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine – has developed a “lymphoma micro-reactor” device that exposes human lymphomas to fluid flow similar to that in the lymphatics and parts of the lymph node.  “This project used highly interdisciplinary approaches, from mechanical to biomedical engineering,” Apoorva said, “and interfaced with the clinical side of lymphomas [with Melnick] to help explain the role of fluid forces and nutrient transport on resistant tumors.” Read more