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UTA Astrophysicists Predict Earth-Like Planet May Exist in Star System Only 16 Light Years Away
ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 17 -- The University of Texas's Arlington campus issued the following news release:

Astrophysicists at the University of Texas at Arlington have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away.

The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additional exoplanets residing between the two currently known alien worlds in this system. Their computations revealed that an additional Earth-like planet with a dynamically stable configuration may be residing at a distance ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 astronomical unit (AU) from the ... Show Full Article

SSC Hires Crawford as Director of Tournament and Event Recruitment
SEMINOLE, Okla., Aug. 17 -- Seminole State College issued the following news release:

Kenneth Crawford has been hired as the Director of Tournament and Event Recruitment at Seminole State College.

Crawford will be working with the College, the SSC Educational Foundation, the City of Seminole and the Seminole Tourism Council to organize athletic tournaments and events to draw teams from across the country in order to boost the local economy. He will also help raise money for the new SSC baseball sports complex. "I presented this idea to a couple of other local cities, but the Seminole City Manager ... Show Full Article

Public Invited to Participate in Survey as Part of Search for Lord Fairfax Community College's New President
MIDDLETOWN, Va., Aug. 17 -- Lord Fairfax Community College issued the following news release:

With the retirement of Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy as president of Lord Fairfax Community College, the LFCC College Board and the Virginia Community College System will conduct a nationwide search for her replacement.

Lord Fairfax invites the community to provide input on the college's priorities for the next three to five years. A brief, online survey can be found at http://www.lfcc.edu/search. Paper copies are available at the college's locations in Middletown, Warrenton, Luray, and Vint Hill.

The survey will ... Show Full Article

LSU Law Announces New Faculty Hires, Promotions for the Fall 2017 Semester
BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 17 -- The Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center issued the following news:

LSU Law recently hired two new professors, promoted four others, and announced faculty status changes effective at the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

The LSU Law Center welcomes Lecia Vicente and Raff Donelson as its newest faculty members. Vicente will teach in the areas of business law and civil law, while Donelson, who holds a JD and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern, is a joint appointment with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and its Department of Philosophy ... Show Full Article

Elam to Be Installed as Fifth President
WELDON, N.C., Aug. 17 -- Halifax Community College issued the following news release:

On Sept. 14, Dr. Michael A. Elam will be installed as the fifth president of Halifax Community College (HCC).

Elam took office on February 1, beginning his tenure as president. Since joining HCC, he has made strides to increase enrollment, expand the reach of HCC's training programs, and enhance the technical education and curriculum areas of the College, as well as increasing the aesthetics of the campus.

His installation is part of the 50th Founders Day celebration at HCC. It was fitting to join the two momentous ... Show Full Article

CSU, Chico to Host Physics Experts for Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
CHICO, Calif., Aug. 17 -- California State University's Chico campus issued the following news release:

As the fall semester launches into full swing at California State University, Chico on Monday, a special solar eclipse viewing party is expected to attract hundreds of students to share in the astronomical phenomenon and hear from University experts on the rarity of this celestial event.

Co-hosted by the Provost Office and Regional & Continuing Education, the eclipse viewing party will take place on the Glenn Lawn area on Monday, Aug. 21, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The campus and Chico communities ... Show Full Article

Antibiotics Found to Weaken Body's Ability to Fight Off Disease
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Aug. 17 -- The University of Virginia's Health System issued the following news release:

Adding another reason for doctors to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, new research shows that a reduction in the variety of microbes in the gut interferes with the immune system's ability to fight off disease.

Researchers at the School of Medicine have found that antibiotic use made neutrophils, a type of immune cell, less effective in fighting infections and weakened the intestinal barrier against invading bugs.

"Neutrophils play an important role as a first-line 'innate immune response' ... Show Full Article