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Public Release: 24-Aug-2016
Engineering Structures
Post-disaster optimization technique capable of analyzing entire cities
Paolo Bocchini and his colleague Aman Karamlou of Lehigh University have created a novel method that represents a major improvement in existing post-disaster optimization methodologies. Their technique, Algorithm with Multiple-Input Genetic Operators (AMIGO)is described in a paper published in Engineering Structures. AMIGO is designed to consider very complex objectives while keeping computational costs down. In addition to being the first model to factor in so many elements, AMIGO is unique for its versatility.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lori Friedman
Lehigh University

Public Release: 24-Aug-2016
Scientific Reports
Bio-inspired tire design: Where the rubber meets the road
Anand Jagota, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of Lehigh's bioengineering program, and his team recently published a paper in Scientific Reports outlining their work creating new bio-inspired film-terminated structures with unique friction characteristics that could have positive industrial implications for, among other things, tires. The paper was co-written by Jagota and lead author Zhenping He along with Ying Bai, Chung-Yuen Hui of Cornell University and Benjamin Levrard, a researcher at Michelin Corporation.
Michelin® International Corporation, National Science Foundation

Contact: Lori Friedman
Lehigh University

Public Release: 24-Aug-2016
Journal of the Electrochemical Society
Lehigh engineer discovers a high-speed nano-avalanche
Doctoral student Charles McLaren and Professor Himanshu Jain from Lehigh University -- along with colleagues at the University of Marburg in Germany -- have published new findings in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of Electrochemical Society about the process involving transformations in glass that occur under intense electrical and thermal conditions. New understanding of these mechanisms could lead the way to more energy-efficient glass manufacturing, and even glass supercapacitors that leapfrog the performance of batteries now used for electric cars and solar energy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Lori Friedman
Lehigh University

Public Release: 24-Aug-2016
The first autonomous, entirely soft robot
A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3-D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3-D-printed robot -- nicknamed the octobot -- could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines.
National Science Foundation through the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Harvard and by the Wyss Institute

Contact: Leah Burrows
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Journal of Higher Education Management
Lacking other meaningful data, university faculty devise their own evaluation systems
Faculty teaching in the STEM disciplines at large research universities are devising their own systems to collect instructional data from their classrooms and using that data to inform their teaching.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Jana Bouwma-Gearhart
Oregon State University

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Nature Communications
Darwin's theory about 'impassable' marine barrier holds true for coral larvae in the Pacific
An international team of scientists used a state-of-the-art computer model, a high-powered supercomputer, and five billion 'virtual' coral larvae to test Charles Darwin's 1880 hypothesis that marine species cannot cross the Eastern Pacific's 'impassable' marine barrier. The team, which included University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Associate Professor Claire Paris, found that Darwin's theory still hold true today even under extreme El Niņo conditions known to speed up ocean currents.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Udel
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
ACS Synthetic Biology
Analog DNA circuit does math in a test tube
Duke University researchers have created strands of synthetic DNA that, when mixed together in a test tube in the right concentrations, form an analog circuit that can add, subtract and multiply as the molecules form and break bonds. While most DNA circuits are digital, their device performs calculations in an analog fashion by measuring the varying concentrations of specific DNA molecules directly, without requiring special circuitry to convert them to zeroes and ones first.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Robin Ann Smith
Duke University

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Scientists to study how rice adapts in salty soil under $4 million NSF grant
A team of scientists will study the response of rice, a food staple for half the world's population, in saline soil conditions under a four-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program.
National Science Foundation

Contact: James Devitt
New York University

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Scientific Reports
New approach to determining how atoms are arranged in materials
Researchers have developed a novel approach to characterizing how atoms are arranged in materials, using Bayesian statistical methods to glean new insights into the structure of materials. The work should inform the development of new materials for use in a variety of applications.
National Science Foundation, DOE/Office of Science

Contact: Matt Shipman
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Nature Communications
Global forecast assesses countries' invasive species risk, response capacity
A global forecast of how invasive species could travel and spread in the 21st century shows that areas in most critical need of proactive management strategies are those with high poverty levels, rich biodiversity and low historical levels of invasion.
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, National Science Foundation, University of California, Santa Barbara, and the State of California

Contact: Natalie van Hoose
Purdue University

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Nature Communications
Study reveals surprising role of haze in the warming of Chinese cities
A new Yale-led study suggests that regional variations may cause the phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect, and that the impacts of haze pollution in the US and China vary significantly.
National Science Foundation of China, Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, Ministry of Education of China, and others

Contact: Timothy Brown
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
Cybersecurity researchers design a chip that checks for sabotage
With the outsourcing of microchip design and fabrication worldwide, bad actors along the supply chain have many opportunities to install malicious circuitry in chips. These 'Trojan horses' look harmless but can allow attackers to sabotage health-care devices, public infrastructure, and electronics. Siddharth Garg and fellow researchers are developing a unique solution: a chip with both an embedded module that proves that its calculations are correct and an external module that validates the first module's proofs.
National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Rsearch, Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, Google Faculty Research Award

Contact: Karl Greenberg
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Nature Communications
Coral conservation efforts aided by computer simulations
Contrary to a prevailing theory, coral larvae could not survive the five-thousand-kilometer trip across the Pacific Ocean to replenish endangered corals in the eastern Pacific, according to new research. The results provide important information to aid conservation efforts for the economically and environmentally important coral reefs in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
National Environmental Research Council, National Science Foundation, NOAA, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, University of Bristol Alumni Foundation, Worldwide Universities Network

Contact: Barbara K. Kennedy
Penn State

Public Release: 23-Aug-2016
Nature Communications
Biological invasions threaten developing countries
Invasions from alien species such as Japanese knotweed and grey squirrels threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world's poorest nations, new University of Exeter research shows.
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, National Science Foundation, and others

Contact: Kerra Maddern
University of Exeter

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
UA biomedical engineer sheds light on the mysteries of vision
University of Arizona biomedical engineer Erika Eggers examines how eyes adapt to light and retinal signaling pathways that may lead to blindness in people with diabetes, with $2.8 million from the National Science Foundation and National Eye Institute.
National Science Foundation, NIH/National Eye Institute

Contact: Jill Goetz
University of Arizona College of Engineering

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
'Cyclops' beetles hint at solution to 'chicken-and-egg' problem in novel trait evolution
Beetles with cyclops eyes have given Indiana University scientists insight into how new traits may evolve through the recruitment of existing genes -- even if these genes are already carrying out critical functions.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kevin D. Fryling
Indiana University

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Hot Chips Symposium on High Performance Chips
New microchip demonstrates efficiency and scalable design
The Piton chip's architecture is scalable; designs can be built which go from a dozen processing units (called cores) to several thousand.
National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Contact: John Sullivan
Princeton University, Engineering School

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Syracuse, Cal State Fullerton awarded grant to enhance diversity in astrophysics
The five-year project is called 'Catching a New Wave: The CSUF-Syracuse Partnership for Inclusion of Underrepresented Groups in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy.' Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project aims to increase the representation of Hispanic and Latino/a students, populations traditionally underrepresented in the study and teaching of astronomy and physics. Starting this fall, 'Catching a New Wave' will fund multiple three-year fellowships, enabling qualified CSUF students to transfer into Syracuse's Ph.D. program in physics.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Rob Enslin
Syracuse University

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Nature Physics
Light and matter merge in quantum coupling
Rice University physicists probe the boundaries of light-matter interactions as they bridge traditional condensed matter physics and cavity-based quantum optics.
National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, Lockheed Martin Corp. and W.M. Keck Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
Rice University

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Infants develop early understanding of social nature of food
A new study conducted at the University of Chicago finds infants develop expectations about what people prefer to eat, providing early evidence of the social nature through which humans understand food.
National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation

Contact: Mark Peters
University of Chicago

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Dartmouth-led research on how attention works in the brain receives NSF award
A collaborative research project on the neural basis of attention, to be led by Peter Ulric Tse, professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth, has been awarded $6 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
National Science Foundation

Contact: Amy D. Olson
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Louisiana Tech University professor receives NSF grant to advance brain research
The National Science Foundation has awarded a team led by Dr. Leonidas Iasemidis, the Rhodes Eminent Scholar Chair and professor of biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, a $6 million grant over four years to investigate the origins and impacts of brain seizures associated with epilepsy.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Dave Guerin
Louisiana Tech University

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
New theory could lead to new generation of energy friendly optoelectronics
Researchers at Queen's University Belfast and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have created a new theoretical framework which could help physicists and device engineers design better optoelectronics, leading to less heat generation and power consumption in electronic devices which source, detect, and control light.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, National Science Foundation, The Queen's Fellow Award

Contact: Anne-Marie Clarke
Queen's University Belfast

Public Release: 22-Aug-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition
Tasks that require chimpanzees to work together preferred five-fold, despite opportunities for competition, aggression and freeloading.
NIH/Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation

Contact: Lisa Newbern
Emory Health Sciences

Public Release: 19-Aug-2016
American Journal of Physiology
Proton pump found to regulate blood pH in stingrays
Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have discovered the same enzyme used by 'boneworms' to dissolve whale carcasses, and that helps promote photosynthesis in corals, also regulates blood pH in stingrays. The study could help scientists better understand the enzyme's function in human kidneys to regulate blood and urine functions.
National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, American Physiological Society

Contact: Mario Aguilera
University of California - San Diego

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