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Danforth Center, Valent Partner on Underground Plant Imaging

A plant science center and crop science company are developing a large-scale X-ray imaging system to measure root development in plants. . . . → Read More: Danforth Center, Valent Partner on Underground Plant Imaging

NSF Grant Funds Biosensing Laser Research

Yuze “Alice” Sun (University of Texas, Arlington)

9 February 2016. An engineering professor at University of Texas in Arlington received a grant from National Science Foundation for research on lasers with fluid samples to detect indicators of disease. Yuze Sun, known as Alice, is the recipient of a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development award . . . → Read More: NSF Grant Funds Biosensing Laser Research

Researchers Develop Eye Injury Test, Start Company

OcuCheck biosensor (L. Brian Stauffer, University of Illinois – Champaign)

9 December 2015. A medical and engineering team at University of Illinois in Champaign designed a sensor providing a quick, portable test for the severity of eye injuries. The researchers led by bioengineering professor Dipanjan Pan and ophthalmologist Leanne Labriola at Carle Foundation Hospital . . . → Read More: Researchers Develop Eye Injury Test, Start Company

Wearable Personal Instruction System Being Developed

Grad student Zhou Chen uses Gabriel and Google Glass with freehand sketching (Carnegie Mellon University)

2 December 2015. A device that provides personal step-by-step instruction to individuals as they undertake various tasks is being developed by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. The system, designed in the lab of professor Mahadev Satyanarayanan, is funded . . . → Read More: Wearable Personal Instruction System Being Developed

NSF Funds Math Tutoring Software Commercialization

Animated characters used in MathSpring tutoring software (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

18 August 2015. Software to help primary and secondary school students learn mathematics is receiving financial support from National Science Foundation to bring the software to market. NSF awarded a grant of nearly $200,000 to Beverly Woolf, a computer scientist at University of . . . → Read More: NSF Funds Math Tutoring Software Commercialization

North Texas Campuses Researching Assistive Technologies

Ovidiu Daescu (University of Texas, Dallas)

10 April 2015. Two University of Texas campuses, in Dallas and nearby Arlington, formed a research center to study software solutions for assistive technologies that benefit disabled and able-bodied people alike. The iPerform Center for Assistive Technologies to Enhance Human Performance, funded for five years by National Science . . . → Read More: North Texas Campuses Researching Assistive Technologies

Robotics Designed for Laundry and Other Uncertain Tasks

PR2 robot (Willow Garage/Wikimedia Commons)

6 February 2015. Computer scientists designed and tested decision-making models using artificial intelligence for robots to plan and perform unstructured and ill-defined tasks, from doing household laundry to conducting search-and-rescue operations. The team led by Siddharth Srivastava, now with United Technologies in Berkeley, California and Shlomo Zilberstein from University . . . → Read More: Robotics Designed for Laundry and Other Uncertain Tasks

Project Aims to Boost Ebola Drug Production

Karen McDonald (University of California, Davis)

31 December 2014. A research team at University of California in Davis aims to find new ways of boosting production capacity of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp. The 1-year project, led by UC-Davis chemical engineering and materials science professor Karen McDonald, is funded by a $200,000 rapid-response grant . . . → Read More: Project Aims to Boost Ebola Drug Production

3-D Tissue Assembly System Designed

Jeffrey Morgan (Brown University)

22 December 2014. Medical and engineering researchers at Brown University in Providence developed a system that puts together synthetic tissue components into larger tissue assemblies, a step in the creation of synthetic organs. A description of the system from the lab of Brown bioengineering professor Jeffrey Morgan was published on . . . → Read More: 3-D Tissue Assembly System Designed

University Prof to Commercialize 3-D Printed Cell Platforms

Mark DeCoster (Louisiana Tech University)

15 December 2014. A biomedical engineer at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston plans to develop a commercial platform for three-dimensional printing of artificial cells in research, education, and industrial applications. Mark DeCoster, an engineering faculty member at Louisiana Tech, received a $50,000 National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to further . . . → Read More: University Prof to Commercialize 3-D Printed Cell Platforms