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International Collaboration Leads to Insight on Human Behavior and Cognition

Weiyi Ma, an assistant professor in the school of Human Environmental Science, is interested in how humans behave and develop. He and his colleague Diankun Gong, a researcher at the University of Electronic Science and Technology in Chengdu, China, approach this research topic in an unusual way—through studying video game players. Ma and Gong began working together in 2013 at the Key Laboratory for Neuroinformation at the UEST, where Gong is currently a researcher in the area of cognitive neuroscience. Ma left China for Australia in 2014, and he started his role as an assistant professor at the U...

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Taking a Close Look at Bacteria

The image on the left shows an example of superresolved images of H-NS proteins in individual E. coli. The image on the right shows examples of trajectories of H-NS proteins.  Yong Wang, assistant professor of physics, and graduate student Asmaa Sadoon have been studying how molecules travel through bacterial cytoplasm in order to understand more about how these tiny organisms function. Using new high-tech tools, they have been able to observe certain processes inside live bacteria for the first time. They published their results in the journal Physical Review E. The researchers used a combination of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy and...

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Crowdfunding Pitches as Genre Writing

One U of A researcher is studying a new – and unique – genre of writing: successful crowdfunding pitches. Adam Pope, visiting assistant professor of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, has developed a technique for analyzing successful crowdfunding pitches using the same methods used with other professional writing genres. He explains his technique and methods of teaching it to writing students in his article, “Understanding the Writing Demands of Crowdfunding Campaigns with the Genre-Mapping Report,” published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. For his research, Pope focused specifically on pitches for funding independent...

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