Fourth year graduate student Kaoru Ikuma has won the 2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke Graduate School. She was selected by committee of graduate deans, faculty, and graduate students from a highly competitive pool of nominees in recognition of her consistent record of good mentoring practices. Kaoru is studying with Assistant Professor Claudia Gunsch, and her research focuses on the genetic evolution of bacteria following their exposure to environmental contaminants...
Fifth year biomedical engineering student Ali Saaem was elected as a Graduate Young Trustee on Duke’s Board of Trustees last week. Read the full story in the Duke Chronicle at: <http://dukechronicle.com/article/gpsc-picks-ali-saaem-graduate-young-trustee>. He will serve a two-year term and can vote in his second year. Ali’s goals are to improve financial aid for students, improve campus safety and to help with Duke’s goal to become more international. Congratulations, Ali. We...
Spring 2011 - Mechanical engineering graduate student Greg Hardy has won an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship. The EAPSI program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; an introduction to science and science policy; and exposure to the society, culture and language.
Spring 2011 - Natalya Brikner and Jaclyn Lautz, both second-year mechanical engineering graduate students, have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 each year, $10,500 a year for tuition and fees, a one time $1000 for international travel, and opportunities for international research and professional development.
Spring 2011 - Mark Juhas, a biomedical engineering graduate student working with Nenad Bursac, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship for his project titled “Role of Integrins in Tissue Engineered Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.” The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 each year, $10,500 a year for tuition and fees, a one time $1,000 for international travel, and opportunities for international research and professional development.
Duke University may seem like the Ivory Tower to some, but it is located in the real-world city of Durham, North Carolina. While many Duke students are doing their part to make the city a better place, two Pratt School of Engineering students have been recognized for their singular efforts in improving the Durham community.
DURHAM, NC – Duke University bioengineers have developed a new method for rapidly producing an almost unlimited variety of man-made DNA sequences.
These novel sequences of recombinant DNA are used to produce repetitive proteins to create new types of drugs and bioengineered tissues. Current methods for producing these DNA sequences are slow or not robust, the researchers said, which has hindered the development of these increasingly important new classes of protein-based polymers.
At the recent meeting of the NC Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society, held at the NC Biotechnology Center in RTP, two of the four best poster presentations came from Duke. First place was awarded to Bradley Estes of Duke University for research titled Multifunctional Hybrid Scaffolds for Cartilage Tissue Engineering. Brad is a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Professor Farshid Guilak. Third place was awarded to Professor Lori Setton’s doctoral student S.
The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) announced the recipients of a new award titled the John T. Chambers Scholars for the 2010-2012 academic years. Made possible by the generous support of Chambers, the program provides current Duke graduate students in the FIP $40,000 each year towards their stipend and tuition for two years. This program is designed to reward the most outstanding individuals within FIP for their accomplishments and potential. The winners are graduate students...