Duke Engineering in the News
Check out the latest media coverage of Duke engineering research and education.
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
Grand Challenge Scholar Kevin Mauro talks about his research and the BRAIN Initiative.
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.
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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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.
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).
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).
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.
Henry Petroski helps answer the question, "Why do erasers suck at erasing?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The articles talks about Warren Grill receiving the 2014 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award earlier in the week and describes his research into devices to use electrical stimulation to improve the quality of life of patients with neurological disorders.
As part of Duke's week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, the Duke Global Health Institute featured an article on the Pratt Pouch - a ketchup-like package that helps prevent HIV-positive mothers from passing the disease to their infants.
Duke Today's series on entrepreneurship highlights the long journey Richard Fair took to develop a successful startup in microfluidics.
This Science feature explores the genesis of Robert Malkin's Engineering World Health organization, a nonprofit that sends college students to repair medical equipment in developing-world clinics, and similar programs that have turned engineering medical devices for developing nations into its own career track.
This article features two developments in computer-brain interfacing announced by Miguel Nicolelis at the last American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in February - teaching mice to "feel" infrared light through a chip implanted into their brains and brain-to-brain communication between two mice half the world away from each other.
Missy Cummings warns that, even though Google is entering into the drone space with its Project Wing initiative, antiquated laws and regulatory inaction is leaving the US far behind other countries in the field.
Warren Grill and his study that recorded individual neurons' responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) are highlighted in an author spotlight in the August issue of Active Zone, the Cell Press neuroscience newsletter.
Christine Ogilvie Hendren, executive director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), proposes the creation of a new career track that facilitates communication between researchers in interdisciplinary projects.