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Rosalind Picard develops computational tools to help children with autism

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Understanding human emotional responses remains quite a challenge. Finding solution to this problem is the purview of a new field of research called computational behavioral science. Computational tools are now being developed that can help monitor human emotions by keeping track of the subtle fluctuations in electrical signals produced by perspiration through the skin.

(Dressed as Captain Picard for reunion with her former ...

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Olga Ovchinnikova sandblasts her way to produce novel 2D materials

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

The fabrication of 2D materials is a very hot research topic in the semiconductor industries. To continue the decades-long scaling of device performance with Moore’s Law, there is new progress from Olga Ovchinnikova at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences Division. 2D devices are attracting attention nowadays due to their promise of low power consumption, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility.

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Kudos to Obama for celebrating Equal Pay Day on April 12th

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

As WiN has noted before, there seems to be a growing impetus for addressing the "equal pay for equal work" drive.

It was clever to use a specific date, like April 12th, to show how far into 2016 women would have to work to earn the same money as men did in 2015. And how sad to learn that it's not just gender but ethnicity that affects this "equal pay date": For Latinas, this date is a shocking Nov. 1. African American women have to work until Aug. 23; Native American women, ...

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Bacteria-infested fabric? No sweat!

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The MIT Media Lab has pulled together a diverse team to incorporate living bacteria into synthetic clothing. The bacteria allow the fabric to respond to the production of human body moisture “within seconds,” says Lining Yao, the lead for BioLogic, the hybrid materials project in MIT’s

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Sharmila Mukhopadhyay and Shilpa Sant build carbon-based scaffolds to regenerate damaged muscle tissue

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Regenerating muscle tissue is a challenge. Transplanting muscles or using satellite cell injections (rare mononuclear skeletal cells in muscles) hasn’t been very successful. They integrate poorly and rarely survival.

(Prof. Mukhopadhyay walking around an arboretum in Chicago.)

Professors Sharmila M. Mukhopadhyay (Wright State ...

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Big rise in international graduate students in science and engineering since 2009

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The NSF today released a report on the numbers of graduate students in science and engineering and changes in those numbers since 2009. The talking points are that, while these numbers have risen over 7%, to almost 602,000 students in science and engineering graduate program, there are gender and ethnic differences, and a dramatic change in the way that graduate students are funded.

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Need a superhero who makes sure children are safe? Ask Vuong Mai

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Ms. Vuong Mai, a student at the Martha Ellen Stilwell School for the Arts, in Jonesboro GA, created a nanosuit-clad superhero "Nine" who tackles scary kidnappers in order to ensure children are home by nine. All the parents among us can relate to that superhero. Congratulations, Vuong, for being named a finalist in NSF's Small Science superhero comic competition this year.

- Written by Paulette Clancy

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Madeleine Chang's female superhero RadioBlitz blasts garbage using nanoscience (NSF NanoComic competition finalist)

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Madeleine Chang, from Bergen County Academics in NJ, created a new female superhero called Radio Blitz, who blasts garbage with the nanogenerators in her skirt. See her wonderful images below. Madeleine's superhero was one of three finalists in NSF's Generation Nano Small Science competition.


Lisa Friedersdorf, the deputy director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office said: "These three ...

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Elisa Riedo discovers ways of developing fully reconfigurable magnetic nano-patterns

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Magnetic metamaterials are engineered materials designed to interact with electromagnetic radiation in a way that natural ones do not. These materials offer special versatility in creating novel device architectures through controlled propagation of electromagnetic radiation and spin waves. Prof. Elisa Riedo of CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), in collaboration with Prof. Riccardo Bertacc...

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Ever wondered what it takes to achieve a truly diverse set of business managers? Looks like it will take white men to lead the way

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)


This is the result of a study by David Hekman (U. Col. Boulder), Stefanie Johnson, and others, published in the Academy of Management Journal. They evaluated managers on their “diversity-valuing behavior,” including their predilection to hire women and minorities, and respecting other cultures, religions and genders. “Much to our surprise,” Hekman and Johnson wrote in the

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