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Social media conspiracy theories could undermine efforts to combat Zika virus, experts caution

May 25, 2016

Social media users who share conspiracy theories and pseudoscientific claims about the Zika virus may undermine upcoming efforts to keep the disease from spreading, according to a study published online today by the journal Vaccine. The researchers behind the study—from Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and the University of Georgia—say the misinformation they detected […]

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Washington Post: Robots are doing animal surgery all on their own. Will they soon be operating on you?

May 5, 2016

The Washington Post reported on a study published May 4 in Science Translational Medicine, in which a team of scientists that included WSE computer scientist Simon Leonard announced the first successful, totally robotic soft-tissue surgery in pigs. By some measures, they say that their robot surgeon actually outperformed human doctors. Leonard is an assistant research professor in the […]

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Computer scientist programs autonomous robot for “soft tissue” surgery

May 5, 2016

https://www.cs.jhu.edu/~sleonard/SZI_STAR_Promo_Video_10-30-2015.mp4 Not even the surest surgeon’s hand is quite as steady and consistent as a robotic arm built of metal and plastic, programmed to perform the same motions over and over. So could it handle the slippery stuff of soft tissues during a surgery? Simon Leonard, an assistant research professor in the Department of Computer […]

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Ben Langmead receives Benjamin Franklin Award

April 15, 2016

Ben Langmead, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences. The award is presented annually to someone who has promoted free and open access to important materials and methods used in the life sciences. Langmead accepted the award from Bioinformatics.org at the 2016 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, held […]

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Alexis Battle of Computer Science named 2016 Searle Scholar

April 15, 2016

Alexis Battle, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, has been named a 2016 Searle Scholar. Battle is one of 15 early-career scientists selected by the Searle Scholars Program Advisory Board for this honor, which recognizes the potential of researchers to make significant contributions to chemical and biological research over the course of their […]

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Do health awareness days have an impact on our behavior?

April 1, 2016

Take a glance at the calendar: World Autism Awareness Day is just around the corner. As are World Health Day, World Lupus Day, and many more. One federal catalog lists 212 separate health-focused awareness days. Health awareness days are ubiquitous. But does dedicating a day to a serious disease or to healthy living habits actually […]

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