Week in Review: 4/26/15 – 5/2/15

April 30, 2015

Keen sense of touch allows bats to fly with breathtaking precision
Scientists from Johns Hopkins University, as well as Columbia University and the University of Maryland, determined how the sense of touch plays a key role in powered flight. In a paper published today in the journal Cell Reports, they show how sensory receptors in bat wings send information about airflow to neurons in the brain, enabling the bat to make split-second flight control adjustments.

April 29, 2015

Chemists cook up three atom-thick electronic sheets
Three atom-thick layers of molybdenum disulfide were cooked up in the lab of Jiwoong Park, associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology and member of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. The films were designed and grown by postdoctoral associate Kibum Kang and graduate student Saien Xie. Their work is published online in Nature, April 30.

IU Provost Professor Jerome Busemeyer receives top award in experimental psychology
Jerome Busemeyer, Provost Professor in the Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been named the winner of the 2015 Howard Crosby Warren Medal for his lifelong contributions and groundbreaking new work in psychological science.

April 27, 2015

New MIT report details benefits of investment in basic research
Today MIT released a report in which faculty and other researchers detail specific impacts, within their fields, of this declining federal investment in basic research. The report — “The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit” — was prepared by a committee of MIT researchers and research administrators. Examining how funding cutbacks will affect the future of scientific studies in the U.S., the report highlights opportunities in basic research that could help shape and maintain U.S. economic power, and benefit society.