The aim of the proposed research is to advance our understanding of factors that determine how genetic changes - mutations – affect Biological strength (e.g growth rates, competitive advantage or disadvantage) of microorganisms. Mutations create genetic diversity on which evolution acts. At the same time they may detrimentally affect protein structural integrity, stability and possible interactions with other proteins and other components of cells.
We aim to characterize the optimal design of contract farming arrangements contingently on the presence of market and contract enforcement failures, and the endogenous matching of farms, firms, and contracts. Those propositions will be empirically tested by using structural econometric approaches on existing data on contracts from firms and farmers, and by designing innovative fieldwork.
The vi-RABT will be used in therapy for patients with orthopedic and neurological impairments, as well as exercise equipment to strengthen the healthy ankle. The virtual reality games will increase patient interaction and commitment to the rehab programs to which they are prescribed. Using games in the rehabilitation training will make therapy more enjoyable for the patients. Instead of counting repetitions of an exercise a patient will be driven to complete a level in a game as they exercise.
We are interested in learning what chemicals may be present in deposited sediment. We are already starting to receive samples collected by people in affected areas. The collected samples will be analyzed for a variety of organic and inorganic contaminants including heavy metals, organic compounds from gasoline and other fuels, pesticides and other industrial effluents following similar methods to those used following Hurricaine Katrina in New Orleans and the Louisianna Peninsula.
Crowdfunding Predictions for 2013
2012 was quite a year for the crowdfunding industry. In April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, which will open up equity-based crowdfunding for unaccredited investors. In May, the Pebble E-Paper Watch set a crowdfunding record and gained national media headlines, raising over $10 million on donation-based crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Research firm Massolution estimates the crowdfunding industry (equity + donation + lending +reward crowdfunding) will grow from $1.5 billion in 2011 to $2.8 billion in 2012.
December 13, 2012
Website names tied to crowdfunding spike: NASAA
A spike in website names related to crowdfunding suggests an upcoming wave of websites through which small businesses and entrepreneurs could raise investments using the online strategy, state securities regulators said on Wednesday.
December 6, 2012
Science Philanthropy for the 99 Percent
Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have proven successful for artists, musicians, and technology startups, but, asks Bitesize Bio, can the same model work for science?
October 26, 2012
Reimagining the School Day
“I think these are the kernels of a national movement,” Secretary Arne Duncan said earlier this week during the announcement of a major new effort by public schools in five states to add significantly more time to the school year for tens of thousands of students starting in the 2013 school year.
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