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Two Yale faculty elected to National Academy of Medicine

New Delhi,
National Academy of Medicine (NAM) on Oct.19 announced its new 100 members among which Two Yale’s Faculty Michelle Bell and Daniel Colón-Ramos has also been elected by the academy. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is one of three academies that make up the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) in the United States. The mission of NAM is to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, authoritative, and trusted advice nationally and globally.

Advancement of the medical sciences –
Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. It recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health, and who have demonstrated commitment to service.

Affected by environmental conditions, including air pollution –
The new members were announced during NAM’s annual meeting.
Bell, the Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Environmental Health at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), was elected for her research which focuses on how human health is affected by environmental conditions, including air pollution, weather, and climate change. She also examines environmental justice. In recognition of her work, Bell has received the Prince Albert II de Monaco/Institute Pasteur Award, the Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and the NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award.

Maintained to control behavior and store memories –
On the other side, Colón-Ramos, the McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology in the department of neuroscience, was recognized “for making fundamental discoveries regarding the cell biology of the synapse,’’ the academy wrote. His lab focuses on how neuronal synapses are formed and maintained to control behavior and store memories. He was a recipient of the 2018 National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award, the 2018 Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Early Career Award, and the Sloan Research Fellowship.

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IIIT Hyderabad study confirms that our playlists mirrors our mood


New Delhi,
Sounds are all around us, from birds chirping and waves lapping against a coastline to cars honking in traffic. But sometimes sounds are put together in purposeful ways to create a specific atmosphere or to express ideas or emotions. Such organized sounds are called music. That music heals and enthrals is not news. A number of studies across the world have studied the impact of music on human beings and animals. Here’s a new study by researchers at the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Hyderabad).

Listening to music is not a passive activity –
International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-Hyderabad) throws light on the link between people listening to sad songs and their mood. It can leave enough hints at people on the verge of getting into depression. “Listening to music is not a passive activity but one that holds a mirror to the self,” Vinoo Alluri of the Cognitive Science department at IIIT-H, says. She, along with her students Aayush Surana and Yash Goyal, has tried to identify music listeners with depressive tendencies from their (music) listening habits.

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