Science briefs: Why some coaches are more likely to go ballistic

April 6, 2014 

A study by academics at England’s University of Leeds and Northumbria University found British coaches who were more focused on their own high standards and less interested in the opinions of others were significantly better at controlling feelings of anger than those who were very focused on others’ opinions of their performance.

The researchers surveyed 238 coaches across a wide range of sports including soccer, rugby, hockey, netball, swimming and horse riding. Most of the coaches were involved in amateur sport. Their average age was 24.

The results show that those with “high personal standards of perfectionism” – who set their own high standards and focused less on other people’s evaluations – were relatively good at regulating their emotions. They showed more ability to reappraise negative feelings and see situations in a more constructive manner.

The findings are published online in the journal Motivation and Emotion.

Human ‘hairless’ gene identified

A research report in the April 2014 issue of The FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Journal explains why people with a rare balding condition called “atrichia with papular lesions” lose their hair, and it identifies a strategy for reversing the hair loss. Specifically the report shows for the first time that the “human hairless gene” imparts an essential role in hair biology by regulating a subset of other hair genes. This newly discovered molecular function likely explains why mutations in the hairless gene contribute to the pathogenesis of atrichia with papular lesions. In addition, this gene also has also been shown to function as a tumor suppressor gene in the skin, raising hopes for developing new approaches in the treatment of skin disorders and some cancers.

STEM for KIDS offering scholarships

Raleigh-based STEM for Kids is offering GeeK Scholarships for academically and intellectually gifted students who need financial assistance to participate in its STEM camps through the end of summer. The camps are offered year-round and during summer in North Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Zebulon. Funds are awarded based on need and available openings in the desired camps. Details on SFK programs and locations can be found at

The scholarships are being offered in two phases: for camps through May and for summer 2014 camps. Interested parents should contact their child’s school administrator or AIG teacher to seek a referral, then register online for the desired camp and write “Need Scholarship” in the comments. If the school is not currently participating in the scholarship program, the principal/teacher can email Staff reports

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