September 2017 in NYU Research

Top findings from the past month.
three side by side microscope images of the Diploscapter pachys worm

This month, NYU researchers sequenced a species of tiny asexual worm that originated 18 million years ago and made "patchy particles" that are 1/200th the width of a human hair and can self-assemble to form endless architectures from a handful of basic pieces.

A team of researchers at NYU's Center for Data Science used neural networks to improve mammogram scans. NYU Dentistry researchers pinpointed the role of proteins in the production of oyster pearls

A Steinhardt study found that teachers report weaker relationships with children of immigrants and adolescents of color—the students who could most benefit from strong relationships with their teachers. 

New discoveries excavated by archaeologists from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts on the acropolis of Selinunte, Sicily, revealed how the early inhabitants of ancient Selinus worshipped a female cult as far back as 630 BCE.

A study of synthetic cannaboid use by high schoolers revealed the potential for poisoning, while electric dance music partygoers who reported ecstasy use were very high risk of also consuming adulterants such as ‘bath salts’ and methamphetamine.

Nurses who worked at NYU Langone Health's main hospital during Hurricane Sandy highlighted the importance of social support from co-workers in dealing with the emotional toll of the disaster. NYU scientists were part of a team who discovered an "internal clock" within live human cells. Tandon engineers shows how strong, lightweight syntactic foams can make cars and trucks more efficient. Researchers at The Governance Lab analyzed how social media data can be used for good, including to create disaster maps and tracking the flu.

In medicine, researchers found children exposed to chemicals in 9/11 to be at risk of future heart disease, identified structural abnormalities in the white matter of the brains of children with autism, and revealed that in Manhattan, lupus affects Hispanic and Asian women more frequently than white women. A study of mice showed that two separate groups of cells controlled sex and aggression in females, whereas circuits that encourage sex and aggression in males overlapped. A survey of 779 shoppers in the Bronx found that food stamp (SNAP) beneficiaries purchased on average 5.4 more cups of fruits and vegetables when they visited stands equipped with wireless banking devices when compared with those who had to pay in cash. 

Political scientists at NYU and Stanford found that if U.S. voters don't support higher taxes for the rich, "it’s not because they are uninformed, distracted, or confused," said David Stasavage. “It’s for a more simple reason: they don't think this would be fair.”