October 2017 in NYU Research

Top findings from the past month.
photo: researcher climbing on volcanic rock

Volcanic rock in Siberia. Image courtesy of Linda Elkins-Tanton.

This month, NYU Meyers College of Nursing researchers found that high school seniors are underreporting their use of amphetamine—likely because they are unaware that that's what Adderall is. An NYU Metro Center report that explored patterns of segregation in New York City showed that students attending the most diverse schools outperformed their peers on state standardized tests and were more likely to graduate on time. A team of scientists concluded that it was volcanic upheaval in Siberia that produced global warming and other environmental changes that led to the disappearance of more than 90 percent of all species in the Great Permian Extinction 250 million years ago.

NYU psychologists found that, contrary to the conventional view, being under stress actually diminishes our capacity to detect and respond to new threats. An NYU Steinhardt study comparing the psychological effects of attending a K-8 school versus attending a middle school found that the middle school students had a lower perception of their own reading skills. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, NYU School of Medicine, and NYU Dentistry showed that magnesium alloy could be a safer alternative to titanium for use in surgical implants. Professor Leanna Stiefel of Steinhardt and Wagner led a study examining feelings of inclusion among students with disabilities in New York City public schools. 

Nursing researchers found that, compared to a decade ago, more men and more people of color are now entering the profession and more nurses are earning bachelor's degrees. A study of ovarian cancer genetics led by researchers from Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health found that most—and possibly all—ovarian cancers get their start in the fallopian tubes