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Published: 17 December 2021
Annals of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Volume 5, pp 017-025; https://doi.org/10.29328/journal.acee.1001031
The lockdown, implemented in response to the COVID-19 epidemic, restricted the operation of various sectors in the country and its highlights a good environmental outcome. Thus, a comparison of air pollutants in India before and after the imposed lockdown indicated an overall improvement air quality across major Indian cities. This was established by utilizing the Central Pollution Control Board’s database of air quality monitoring station statistics, such as air quality patterns. During the COVID-19 epidemic, India’s pre-to-post nationwide lockdown was examined. The air quality data was collected from 30-12-2019 to 28-04-2020 and synthesized using 231 Automatic air quality monitoring stations in a major Indian metropolis. Specifically, air pollutant concentrations, temperature, and relative humidity variation during COVID-19 pandemic pre-to-post lockdown variation in India were monitored. As an outcome, several cities around the country have reported improved air quality. Generally, the air quality, on a categorical scale was found to be ‘Good’. However, a few cities from the North-eastern part of India were categorized as ‘Moderate/Satisfactory’. Overall, the particulate matters reduction was in around 60% and other gaseous pollutants was in 40% reduction was observed during the lockdown period. The results of this study include an analysis of air quality data derived from continuous air quality monitoring stations from the pre-lockdown to post-lockdown period. Air quality in India improved following the national lockdown, the interpretation of trends for PM 2.5, PM 10, SO2, NO2, and the Air Quality Index has been provided in studies for major cities across India, including Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Patna, and others.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Volume 1865; https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/1865/1/011002
All papers published in this volume of Journal of Physics: Conference Series have been peer reviewed through processes administered by the Editors. Reviews were conducted by expert referees to the professional and scientific standards expected of a proceedings journal published by IOP Publishing. Type of peer review: Double-blind • Conference submission management system: Firstly, authors send their papers to the email address of the conference. Secondly, all submissions go through a preliminary review to check the length, scope and plagiarism. Thirdly, all problematic papers rejected outright. Finally, the rest papers assigned to relevant reviewers. • Number of submissions received: 453 • Number of submissions sent for review: 383 • Number of submissions accepted: 349 • Acceptance Rate (Number of Submissions Accepted / Number of Submissions Received X 100): 77.04% • Average number of reviews per paper: 2 • Total number of reviewers involved: 31 • Any additional info on review process: Firstly, papers divided into several sections according to the scopes, and authors’ names, affiliations and emails removed from papers. Secondly, papers assigned to relevant reviewers for peer review, papers rejected if two reviewers give a poor rating to the same paper, papers sent for publication if two reviewers accept the same paper, papers sent to editors for final decision if two reviewers disagree on the same paper. Finally, authors revise papers according to the reviewers’ comments. • Contact person for queries (please include: name, affiliation, institutional email address) Caroline Chen Association for Computer, Electronics and Education [email protected]
The FASEB Journal, Volume 32; https://doi.org/10.1096/fasebj.2018.32.1_supplement.lb18
Riboswitches are cis-acting gene controlling RNA elements often found in 5′ UTRs of bacterial mRNAs. The discovery of riboswitches and identification of their cognate ligands have led to the revelation of several important biological pathways and processes. At least 40 different riboswitch classes have been experimentally validated, but many more are waiting to be validated (orphan riboswitches). Computational approaches including comparative genomics have proven to be very successful in identifying riboswitch candidates with a high level of confidence. However, these riboswitch candidates need to be experimentally validated by identifying their cognate ligands which can be challenging and may take much more time. Our recent bioinformatics approach to discover rare riboswitch classes by focusing on GC-rich, long intergenic regions (IGRs) in bacteria continues to add new riboswitch candidates to the growing collection of orphan riboswitches. Therefore, a high throughput and systematic method for the validation of orphan riboswitches is crucial to keep up with the pace of new riboswitch discovery by computational approaches. We are developing a higher throughput strategy to experimentally validate orphan riboswitches. This systematic process of validation includes using bioinformatics to update consensus structure models, biochemical investigation by in-line probing, and genetic validation using reporter assays. For the initial investigation, we subjected five different orphan riboswitch candidates, SLH, chrB-a, algC, aceE, and Bifido-metK to this systemic validation process. We identified Bifido-metK as the sixth class of riboswitches (SAM-VI) that sense either S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) or S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH), and the results from the other riboswitch candidates have provided valuable information about their structures and functions. Thus, our improved validation methods should help to expedite the experimental validation of riboswitch candidates and make the riboswitch discovery more productive. Support or Funding Information M.E.S. was supported by an NIH Cellular and Molecular Biology Training 13 Grant (T32GM007223). This work was also supported by NIH grants to R.B. (GM022778 and DE022340). R.R.B. is also supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This abstract is from the Experimental Biology 2018 Meeting. There is no full text article associated with this abstract published in The FASEB Journal.
Journal of Disaster Research, Volume 7, pp 671-671; https://doi.org/10.20965/jdr.2012.p0671
The 9th International Conference on Urban Earthquake Engineering (9th CUEE) and the 4th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (4th ACEE) were jointly held on March 6-8, 2012 in Tokyo, as a part of the research activities of the Center for Urban Earthquake Engineering (CUEE), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. The conference featured state-of-the-art technical presentations on various themes relevant to urban earthquake engineering, followed by special sessions addressing the 11th March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that resulted in catastrophic damage and an estimated death toll of 20,000. The conference attracted 465 participants from 31 countries, and disseminated 283 papers. The board members of the Journal of Disaster Research (JDR) decided to publish special issues of JDR, selecting papers from the above joint conference, for the purpose of mainly updating status of Japan’s research/technology. The present issue is on the fields of engineering seismology and geotechnical engineering, including extraordinary ground shaking and liquefactions that affected wide areas during the March 11 incident. Other issues such as those on buildings and infrastructures are also planned. The 8 manuscripts selected and managed by the JDR Guest Editors address the following topics: - Array observations of ground shaking - Large peak ground acceleration and site amplification - Attenuation of the seismic wave - Impact against the water-supply outages - Liquefaction in a river levee on soft cohesive ground - Spread foundation performance affecting superstructure - Performance of piled raft foundation with grid-form ground improvement - Liquefaction of levee body and seepage control The Guest Editors as well as JDR board members thank the authors for their contributions and revisions. They also acknowledge gratefully the reviewers for their invaluable comments on the manuscripts.
Contemporary Educational Psychology, Volume 35, pp 11-16; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2009.08.001
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