FSMB Launches Virtual Education Program

The Federation of State Medical Boards is launching a virtual education program on topics of interest to the world of medical regulation. The series will feature six presentations from experts on topics such as physician sexual misconduct, consumer empowerment in health care, telemedicine developments as a result of COVID-19, physician stress and burnout, and implicit bias.

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UTEP Awarded $1.3M to Research How Neural Circuits Regulate Specific Cognitive Functions

The University of Texas at El Paso was awarded $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to shed light on how the combined function of neural circuits impacts specific behaviors in humans. The study will seek to identify and characterize glycinergic neurons in the basal ganglia, a brain area that participates in initiation of voluntary movements and cognitive functions such as emotion, vision and some forms of memory.

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University of Miami Health System Launches Skin of Color Division

The Dr. Philip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Health System launches newly named Skin of Color Division led by a three-physician team – all women of color. Only a handful of dermatology programs across the country have so many physicians specializing in skin of color care.

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How a Minecraft Mod is Helping Build Smarter AI

Polycraft World, a modification of the video game Minecraft, was developed by University of Texas at Dallas researchers to teach chemistry and engineering. Now the game that allows players to build virtual worlds is serving as the foundation for federal research to develop smarter artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
UT Dallas researchers received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to use Polycraft World to simulate dynamic and unexpected events that can be used to train AI systems — computer systems that emulate human cognition — to adapt to the unpredictable. The simulated scenarios could include changing weather or unfamiliar terrain. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have added the threat of an infectious disease outbreak.

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