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For their research into methods for improving the environment, two Pratt civil and environmental engineering  graduate students were recently awarded  EPA STAR fellowships. The students, Matthew Strickland and Thomas Morse,  will each receive support in finishing their degrees as well as funding for their respective research endeavors.
Recognizing that some of the leading scientists and engineers involved in the field of soft matter research are located in the Research Triangle Park area, the National Science Foundation has provided a six-year, $13.6 million grant to establish a multi-university center to investigate aspects of this promising area of scientific endeavor.
Alex Kent, a PhD student working with Professor Warren Grill, was selected as the North American Finalist in the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Student Scientific Paper Competition. He will present his paper, "Instrumentation to Record Evoked Potentials for Closed-Loop Control of Deep Brain Stimulation", at the 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'11) to be held in Boston, MA, USA on August 30-September 3, 2011. Alex's...
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke electrical engineers have developed a man-made material that they say literally allows them to manipulate light at will.
In 1994, a small glitch was uncovered in a floating point unit in the Pentium P5 microprocessor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t detected until after it had been installed in countless computers, which forced the company to take a $475 million charge to replace the faulty components. Somehow, the defect slipped past the company’s rigorous testing procedures. These instances, though extremely rare in the industry, demonstrate how important in can be for manufacturers to ensure that computer components...
Environmental engineering graduate student Lauren Barton has won a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Office for Science and Technology in the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. Lauren will be working at CEREGE--the Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement--at the University of Aix-Marseille with international collaborator...
Prabhakar Shrestha, a graduate student in the Barros group, received an award for his presentation on how aerosols affect local climatology at the Atmospheric Chemistry Conference of the American Meteorological Society. Prabhakar completed his Ph.D. in the 2011 and he is now doing postdoctoral work at Bonn University in Germany.
Environmental engineering graduate student Thomas Morse won an EPA STAR Fellowship that will provide $42,000 per year for three years. Thomas Morse is working to remove invasive species through gene silencing in microalgae cultivation for biodiesel. Working with his adviser, Assistant Professor Claudia Gunsch, Thomas is looking at emerging genetic technologies such as antisense gene silencing and bacteriophage biocontrol to inhibit invasive species growth in the large scale cultivation of...
Environmental engineering graduate student Matt Strickland won an EPA STAR Fellowship that will provide $42,000 per year for three years. Matt is studying biofiltration of waste gasses containing dilute concentrations of methane by utilizing a biphasic reactor. A biphasic reactor contains bacteria growing in a mineral salts medium and a non-miscible second phase such as silicone oil. Synthetic waste gas containing methane is bubbled through the biphasic liquid emulsion and the...
Rain is never appreciated during a picnic and fog is aggravating to motorists, but those small droplets of water may actually hold the key on a small scale what is happening, or could happen, on a much larger scale. While oceans, lakes, rivers or rain are overt examples of how water supports all life on earth, they are not always the whole story. There are, for example, many scientists who seek to better understand the larger picture by measuring and examining the tiny pictures behind them.