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Apr 17, 2014

NPR: 2009 Pew Scholar Reveals Neurological Basis of Our Response to Spicy Food

Diana Bautista, a 2009 Pew scholar and assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley, was featured in a segment of Morning Edition, explaining the vibrating sensation we experience when we eat Sichuan peppers. Her research on the nerve cells involved in the response to spicy food could unveil possible treatments for tingling and numbing paresthesia, or chronic “pins and needles.”


Source: NPR

Biomedical Research
Apr 14, 2014

Reader's Digest: The Dangers in Our Food Supply Are Worse Than You Think

All his life, Paul Schwarz had been active and healthy. When his family imagined the various ways that the decorated veteran of World War II might eventually die, they never imagined that the cause would be a piece of cantaloupe.


Source: Reader's Digest

Food Hazards
Apr 9, 2014

USA Today: Inexpensive, Ingenious Invention by 2013 Pew Scholar Could Save Lives

2013 Pew scholar Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, has developed an inexpensive tool to diagnose infections like malaria in developing countries. He is leveraging citizen science to test his origami-inspired paper microscope.


Source: USA Today

Biomedical Research
Apr 8, 2014

WIRED: 2013 Pew Scholar Creates Chemistry Kit from a Music Box

Manu Prakash, a 2013 Pew scholar, recently won an award for developing a chemistry kit, intended for children, that mixes chemicals together using the insides of a music box. Having also invented a foldable paper microscope, the Stanford University bioengineer is advancing access to science for non-scientists.


Source: WIRED

Biomedical Research
Mar 25, 2014

IDSA, Pew Support Regulatory Pathway for Antibiotic Development

Today, Pew applauds increasing bipartisan support in Congress to spur antibiotic development and meet the needs of patients facing the growing threat of drug-resistant pathogens.



Mar 24, 2014

ABC News: 2013 Pew Scholar Designs Powerful Microscope Costing Less Than $1

An amazingly cheap and rugged microscope created in the lab of 2013 Pew Scholar Manu Prakash could greatly improve disease diagnosis in remote parts of the world.


Source: ABC News/Yahoo News

Mar 4, 2014

Education Week: Grants to Rehab School Kitchens Included in Obama's Budget Proposal

About 88 percent of 3,459 food-service directors recently surveyed by Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said they needed additional equipment to adequately prepare meals.


Source: Education Week

Feb 21, 2014

Bloomberg: Researchers On Free & Reduced Lunch, The Opportunity Gap

Jessica Donze Black, director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, joins host Jane Stoddard Williams to discuss the National School Lunch Program that provides low-cost or free lunches to children.


Source: Bloomberg

Feb 18, 2014

State Journal-Register: Older Kitchen Equipment Makes Springfield School Lunch Prep More Difficult

Like other school districts across the country, cafeteria managers at Springfield schools have had to make adjustments to keep up with new federal nutrition standards introduced last school year that require more fruits and vegetables and less prepackaged foods.


Source: State Journal-Register

Feb 18, 2014

Civil Eats: State of the Tray: Will Recent Improvements in School Food be Rolled Back?

Jessica Donze Black, director for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, calls the modification change a “pragmatic and scientifically sound decision,” and San Francisco-based school food reformer Dana Woldow agrees: “[The calorie caps] will automatically limit the amount of potentially fatty protein and grains going into the meals. I think the days of seeing giant cheeseburgers the size of your head in school cafeterias may be over.”


Source: Civil Eats

School Food