Nolan Ryan, Eddie Fisher, and Science Communication - Scientists & Engineers on Sofas

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Laurie Howell of the NSF sits down with Dr. Moira Gunn in this episode of Scientists & Engineers on Sofas (and other furnishings). Dr. Gunn is an engineer and science communicator, hosting the popular TechNation radio show.

Credit: National Science Foundation

How reliable is eyewitness testimony?

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Eyewitness testimony -- it's often thought of as solid evidence in criminal cases, but researchers including Iowa State University's Gary Wells have found that our memories aren't as reliable as we think. Sometimes, we can even build false recollections about people we only think we saw.

Dr. Wells' wesbite:

Jun 4, 2015; Informatics Journal Club Webinar; Patricia Flatley Brennan and William W. Stead

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Informatics to support the IOM Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures Link: Hripcsak G, Forrest CB, Brennan PF, Stead WW. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Apr 24. pii: ocv035. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv035 Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison William W. Stead, MD Vanderbilt University Consistent collection and use of social and behavioral determinants of health can improve clinical...

Forensics: Follow the Science

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Forensic science is an integral part of the American judicial process--essential to both prosecutions and defenses. However, the field has also come under scrutiny. A briefing on May 12 at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Psychological Association, highlighted how the use of the scientific method can inform the field of forensics and ways to improve judicial system outcomes through evidence-based inquiry....

Cost-effectiveness of non-surgical peri-implantitis treatments

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Aim: The purpose of the present study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of various alternatives of non-surgical peri-implantitis treatment. Materials and Methods: A decision analytical model was constructed and populated with parameter estimates from recent literature for reduction in pocket probing depth (PPD) in response to eight different treatment alternatives. A micro-costing approach combined with an online expert survey was applied to simulate a decision-making scenario taking...
Authors: Stefan Listl, Nadine Frühauf, Bettina Dannewitz, Christiane Weis, Yu-Kang Tu, Huei-Ju Chang, Clovis Faggion

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words? - Scientists & Engineers on Sofas (and other furnishings)

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Why do we gesture? What role do simple hand movements play in some of the most fundamental aspects of language? Susan Goldin-Meadow has dedicated her career to asking, and answering, those big questions. Her eponymous lab at the University of Chicago studies gesture’s role in cognition, development and the acquisition of verbal language. Goldin-Meadow visited the National Science Foundation to discuss some of her most exciting work – examining how gesture can change the way we think....