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Genetic Sensor Boosts Biofuel Production

Jay Keasling | Via MIT Technology Review | April 2, 2012

Designer microbes regulate their own pathways to optimize fuel production, boosting yields threefold. Give bacteria a bit of self-awareness and they can be smarter about producing biofuel. That’s the conclusion from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, who report a genetic sensor that enables bacteria to adjust their gene expression in response to varying […]

Akay Honored by Two Engineering Associations

Metin Akay | Via University of Houston | April 2, 2012

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has named Metin Akay, founding chair and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, to its inaugural group of IEEE Brand Ambassadors. Founded in January of this year, the Brand Ambassador’s program is designed to communicate the importance of engineers and […]

Engineering School Announces New Dean, Major Gifts

Jeffrey Lewis Duerk | Via Case School of Engineering | April 1, 2012

Jeffrey L. Duerk oversees $11 million in gifts, including $5 million for Think[Box] program. The Case school of engineering is proud to announce the appointment of its new dean— former biomedical engineering department chair Jeffrey L. Duerk. The school recently announced $11 million in new gifts under Duerk’s leadership, with more than $5 million going to support […]

Jason Burdick Receives Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award

Jason Burdick | Via SEAS Penn Engineering | April 1, 2012

Jason A. Burdick, associate professor in the department of Bioengineering, has been selected as a recipient of the Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). The award will be presented at the first NIBIB Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Symposium on April 12, 2011 at the […]

Cancer Crusaders

Liping Tang | Via UT Arlington | April 1, 2012

Breakthroughs in tissue engineering and optical imaging have brought UT Arlington bioengineers millions of dollars in funding to fight the disease that took more than 570,000 American lives last year. The numbers are alarming. The National Cancer Institute estimates that almost half the country’s male population will have some form of cancer, as will about […]

Novel Compound Halts Tumor Spread, Improves Brain Cancer Treatment

Ravi Bellamkonda | Via Georgia Tech Research News | March 28, 2012

Treating invasive brain tumors with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation has improved clinical outcomes, but few patients survive longer than two years after diagnosis. The effectiveness of the treatment is limited by the tumor’s aggressive invasion of healthy brain tissue, which restricts chemotherapy access to the cancer cells and complicates surgical removal of the […]

Colburn Lecture Showcases Trailblazing Career as Researcher/Educator

H. Steven Colburn | Via Boston University | March 27, 2012

At a hearing research conference that Professor H. Steven Colburn (BME) attended in Germany several years ago, a 15-year-old girl recalled how a pair of cochlear implants changed her life. She observed that the first implant enabled her to converse with individuals in isolation, but not in groups; as conversations jumped from person to person, […]

Harvard’s Wyss Institute Creates Living Human Gut-on-a-Chip

Donald Ingber | Via Wyss Institute | March 27, 2012

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have created a gut-on-a-chip microdevice lined by living human cells that mimics the structure, physiology, and mechanics of the human intestine — even supporting the growth of living microbes within its luminal space. As a more accurate alternative to conventional cell culture and […]

University of Akron Research Team Gets National GE Innovation Award for Breast Cancer Research

Judit Puskas | Via Cleveland | March 27, 2012

A research team from the University of Akron is one of five national recipients of a $100,000 grant from General Electric, which last fall launched a program to identify and bring to market innovations created to diagnose and treat breast cancer. The team’s idea — a polymer covering the outside of a breast implant or […]

Safer Breast Implant with Healing Properties Among Top Winners in Cancer-Fighting Innovations International Competition

Judit Puskas | Via University of Akron | March 27, 2012

The development of a safer breast implant that could actually help detect and destroy cancer cells is the focus of research at The University of Akron that won international recognition today as one of the most exciting and innovative ideas in the battle against breast cancer. Launched last fall, the “GE Healthymagination Cancer Challenge” generated […]

Faculty Researchers Share Their Experiences Turning Discoveries into Marketable Products

Geert Schmid-Schonbein | Via UC San Diego News | March 27, 2012

Four engineering faculty members with technology transfer success stories discussed the challenges of the commercialization process during a March 14 dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement. The von Liebig Center offers seed funding and advisory services and is part of the Jacobs School of Engineering at […]

Simple, Cheap Way to Mass-Produce Graphene Nanosheets

Liming Dai | Via Case Western Reserve University | March 26, 2012

Mixing a little dry ice and a simple industrial process cheaply mass-produces high-quality graphene nanosheets, researchers in South Korea and Case Western Reserve University report. Graphene, which is made from graphite, the same stuff as “lead” in pencils, has been hailed as the most important synthetic material in a century. Sheets conduct electricity better than […]

Cooking Better Biochar: Study Improves Recipe for Soil Additive

Kyriacos Zygourakis | Via Rice University News | March 22, 2012

Backyard gardeners who make their own charcoal soil additives, or biochar, should take care to heat their charcoal to at least 450 degrees Celsius to ensure that water and nutrients get to their plants, according to a new study by Rice University scientists. The study, published this week in the Journal of Biomass and Bioenergy, […]

Robotic Lake Lander Could Explore Bodies of Water on Other Planets

Wolfgang Fink | Via Gizmag | March 21, 2012

Ask someone to picture a robotic roving vehicle, and chances are they’ll think of something with wheels, like the Mars Rover. If an alien civilization were sending a craft to explore Earth, however, they might be better off using a boat – after all, the majority of our planet’s surface is covered with water. Saturn’s […]

Peppas Receives the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award

Nicholas Peppas | Via Cockrell School of Engineering | March 21, 2012

Nicholas A. Peppas, Fletcher Stuckey Pratt Chair in Engineering, chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and professor of chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and pharmacy, has been awarded the Billy & Claude R. Hocott Distinguished Centennial Engineering Research Award by the Cockrell School of Engineering. The award honors faculty members who have brought significant credit and contributions to the engineering profession through […]

University of Arizona’s TEX II is a Seaworthy Autonomous Robot Designed for Other Planets

Wolfgang Fink | Via The Verge | March 20, 2012

It might be a long ways off from breaking any world records, but the Tucson Explorer II could help pave the way for exploring bodies of liquid on other planets, and usher in a new era of robotic teamwork. Developed by University of Arizona professor Wolfgang Fink, TEX II is a prototype of an autonomous […]

UA Engineer Launches Robotic Planetary Lake Lander

Wolfgang Fink | Via UA News | March 16, 2012

Wolfgang Fink of the University of Arizona department of electrical and computer engineering has developed an autonomous robotic lake lander that could be used to explore this planet and others. Fink unveiled the lake lander, named Tucson Explorer II, or TEX II, in a paper titled “Robotic Lake Lander Test Bed for Autonomous Surface and […]

Stanford Scientists Discover Multitude of Drug Side Effects, Interactions Using New Computer Algorithm

Russ Altman | Via Stanford School of Medicine | March 14, 2012

A week ago, you started a new prescription medication for acne. Today, you feel dizzy and short of breath and have difficulty concentrating. Your symptoms are not listed in the package insert as possible side effects of the drug, but why else would you be feeling so odd? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. Clinical trials […]

Five Faculty to Receive ACS Awards

Robert Langer | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | March 13, 2012

Five MIT faculty members will receive prizes from the American Chemical Society at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego on March 27. Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor, will receive the Priestley Medal for “revolutionary discoveries in the areas of polymeric controlled release systems and tissue engineering and synthesis of new materials […]