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Events: The Robert C. Barnard Environmental Lecture

mccarthy2009 LECTURE:

Climate Change Science and the Utility of Assessments

Dr. James J. McCarthy
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography
Harvard University

Agricultural and environmental challenges—including water management and climate change—as well as human health issues, from infectious diseases to cancers, are being evaluated as potential areas for future research collaboration between the United States and Uzbekistan, AAAS has reported.

Late last month, the House appropriations committee adopted 302(b) subcommittee allocations (PDF), which govern spending levels for each of the twelve appropriations bills.

Gastric bypass surgery in mice alters the microbial makeup of their gut, and these changes may contribute to the rapid weight loss experienced after the surgery, according to a new study appearing in the 27 March issue of the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Researchers found that transplanting microbes harvested from mice that underwent surgery, into mice with no gut bacteria, led to weight loss (up to 5% of body weight) and decreased fat tissue in the mice who received the transplants.