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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.
DURHAM, N.C. – A tiny light source and sensors at the end of an endoscope may provide a more accurate way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the lining of the esophagus.
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...
Four Ph.D. students in biomedical engineering successfully won a grant from the Society for Biomaterials to support their plans for a Biomaterials Day, a regional conference planned for the Fall of 2011.
Sam Stanton, a third year graduate student working with mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Brian Mann, won the Best Overall Student Paper award at the American Society for Mechanical Engineers Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems conference held in Philadelphia, PA. His paper was selected out of 49 papers submitted to the competition. Sam’s research is focused on physical models for piezoelectric energy harvesters – in particular on how to capture the...
Fall 2010 - Computer science doctoral student Souvik Sen won the Association for Computing Machinery MobiCom graduate research award for 2010. Sen works with assistant professor Romit Roy Choudhury, who has joint appointments in the departments of ECE and CS. His work, titled "Listen Before You Talk, But on the Frequency Domain" beat out 35 other contenders. He will now compete in the ACM grand finals across all sub-fields of computer science and engineering.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Step aside copper and make way for a better carrier of information -- light. As good as the metal has been in zipping information from one circuit to another on silicon inside computers and other electronic devices, optical signals can carry much more, according to Duke University electrical engineers. So the engineers have designed and demonstrated microscopically small lasers integrated with thin film-light guides on silicon that could replace the copper in a host of...