Duke Engineering in the News

Check out the latest media coverage of Duke engineering research and education.

Biophotonics

Adam Wax discusses the efforts being made and the obstacles in the way of his attempts to commercialize angle-resolved low-coherence interferometry, or a/LCI - a technology enabling early detection of cancer and other biomedical applications by measuring the average size of cell nuclei using scattered light.

National Geographic

At the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Miguel Nicolelis presented work that shows patients learning to walk using an exoskeleton that reads their brainwaves through electrodes on their scalp feel like they are walking on sand at slower paces and grass at faster paces through the same neural mechanisms that create phantom limbs. He also talked about research that has allowed monkeys to learn to drive wheelchairs using electrodes implanted deep in their brains.

National Geographic

At the recent annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Miguel Nicolelis presented work that shows patients learning to walk using an exoskeleton that reads their brainwaves through electrodes on their scalp feel like they are walking on sand at slower paces and grass at faster paces through the same neural mechanisms that create phantom limbs. He also talked about research that has allowed monkeys to learn to drive wheelchairs using electrodes implanted deep in their brains.

The Conversation

Henry Petroski, professor of civil and environmental engineering, details how the 150,000 bridges in the United States currently classified as functionally obsolete or structurally deficient can be updated much faster than historically possible.

Campus Technology

This article tracks how Duke's Co-Lab has evolved in its first two years and describes how the program augments learning in the classroom. Two different projects headed by Pratt students are given as prime examples of how the program is working.

Aerospace America

Aerospace America - the magazine of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - features a viewpoint article in its November edition from Adrian Bejan, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, on the evolution of the airplane.

NPR The State of Things

WUNC's The State of Things has an extensive interview with Missy Cummings on drones and her research in the Humans and Autonomy Lab.

Oct 31, 2014: Millennial Magnet
ASEE Prism

Prism magazine takes an in-depth look at the benefits and criticisms of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program, which is attracting more students and gaining steam across the nation.

News and Observer

Christine Schindler, now a senior in biomedical engineering, founded and directs Girls Engineering Change, which connects local middle school and high school girls with college mentors to help them learn develop a better understanding of what engineering is like

The White House Blog

Grand Challenge Scholar Kevin Mauro talks about his research and the BRAIN Initiative.

BBC Future

Missy Cummings comments in this futuristic look at the place of drones in society on all the positive impacts they could have within the next 10 years.

Engineering.com

Duke's gigapixel camera is being tested as a way to image the entire human body's surface down to the freckle. With advanced data analysis tools, it should be possible to spot new skin lesions for dermatologists to take a closer look at.

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Oct 7, 2014: 20 Under 40
ASEE Prism

Heileen Hsu-Kim makes the ASEE's list of the top 20 investiagors under 40 for 2014. Hsu-Kim researchers how toxic metals and chemicals behave in the environment on a molecular scale in a field dubbed nanogeochemistry.

Armed With Science

Work performed by Gabriel Lopez describes the successful demonstration of a newly developed methodology to deposit multifunctional films having both antimicrobial activity and fouling-release ability on substrates using resonant infrared, matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (RIR-MAPLE).

Yahoo! Finance

A startup company founded by Ashtosh Chilkoti and his former PhD student Angus Hucknail has been acquired by Immucor, a global leader in transfusion and transplantation diagnostics. The startup company, Sentilus, has focused on developing a novel, inkjet-printed antibody microarray-based technology, Femtoarrays(TM).

Duke Medicine

Two projects at Duke received funding in the first wave of President Obama's new BRAIN initiative, including one led by Allen Song that will lay the groundwork to marshal the technological resources for next-generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. Song is assisted with co-investigators at Duke, including Trong-Kha Truong, Marty Woldorff, Nan-kuei Chen, Guillermo Sapiro, Chunlei Liu, and Miguel Nicolelis.

The Atlantic

Henry Petroski helps answer the question, "Why do erasers suck at erasing?"

WNYC New Tech City

This award-winning radio broadcast translated from German explores the potential ethical dilemmas of having autonomous war machines that act without direct human control. Missy Cummings chimes in to give information about current drone projects in the military and advocates for drones because pilots can lean on lawyers and committees to choose whether or not to fire.

Triangle Business Journal

The Obama Administration announced the first $46 million in research grants for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, which included a project led by Allen Song to lay the groundwork to marshal the technological resources for next-generation magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

Chemistry World

The Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) has published the first study on how single-walled carbon nanotubes behave in a close approximation of an actual wetland environment.

The New York Times

Steven Cummer collects photos of sprites--brief and mysterious flashes of light that appear high above strong prarie storms tens of miles wide and 30 miles from top to bottom. By gathering images of these majestic flashes, Cummer and other researchers hope to learn what causes them and how they interact with the atmosphere.

The Atlantic

Because industrial chemical use is minimally regulated, a lab at Duke University is offering free analyses of furniture for potentially hazardous compounds. The lab—which offers anyone a free chemical analysis of polyurethane foam—has informed hundreds of Americans about their furniture’s toxicity.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Sep 22, 2014: Giant DNA Origami
The Scientist

Alexandria Marchi, a PhD candidate in BME, is the first author on a paper describing the creation of the largest folded piece of DNA ever created.

Duke Today

Nimmi Ramanujam is developing medical tools for use in resource-poor communities. The article talks about how Duke's entrepreneurial spirit has helped her found the company Zenascope and explores the tools she and her students are pursuing.