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  • Sleep Secrets

    Neuroscientist probes sleep’s role in learning and memory

    Does “sleeping on it” help us make better decisions? Are sleep disorders just a natural part of aging? How important are naps, anyhow? Rebecca Spencer, Professor in the Department of Psychological... More

  • Empowering Technologies

    The UManage Center advances the science of self-care

    With chronic illness on the rise and medical personnel in demand, helping people manage symptoms at home has become critical to patients’ ability to take charge of their own health. One key challenge... More

  • Prize-Winning Science

    Chemist Jeanne Hardy untangles the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease

    The challenges wrought by Alzheimer’s disease are increasing with the graying of society in the developed world. Although no suitable treatments for Alzheimer’s disease exist, recent discoveries by... More

  • The "Eyes" Have It

    Research reveals spider eyes work together to track stimuli

    According to biologist Elizabeth Jakob, jumping spiders have excellent vision. Using a specially designed eye-tracker for use with spiders, Jakob, Skye Long and Adam Porter at the University of... More