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Newswise Technology and Engineering Wire for 13-Apr-2020

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FDA Approves COVID-19 Innovations; Ohio State Wexner Medical Center To Share Nationwide

The Food and Drug Administration has approved solutions created by scientists at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center that both expand and accelerate COVID-19 testing across Ohio.

– Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Embargo expired on 10-Apr-2020 at 09:00 ET

3D printed corals provide more fertile ground for algae growth

Researchers have 3D printed coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. The work could lead to the development of compact, more efficient bioreactors for producing algae-based biofuels, as well as new...

– University of California San Diego

Nature Communications, Apr-2020; R21HD090662 ; R01EB021857; 1907434; 702911-BioMIC-FUEL; ERC-2014-STG H20202 639088; 00023073

Embargo expired on 09-Apr-2020 at 05:00 ET

NUS Food Scientists ‘Upcycle’ Unsold Bread Into Tasty Probiotic Drink and Cuts Food Waste

A team of food scientists from the National University of Singapore has cooked up an innovative solution to reduce bread waste by using a novel fermentation process to ‘upcycle’ surplus bread into a beverage fortified with gut-friendly micro-orga...

– National University of Singapore

Tech not hurting social skills of ‘kids these days’

Despite the time spent with smartphones and social media, young people today are just as socially skilled as those from the previous generation, a new study suggests.

– Ohio State University

American Journal of Sociology

Cell Membrane Proteins Imaged in 3-D

A team of scientists including researchers at the National Synchrotron Light Source II have demonstrated a new technique for imaging proteins in 3-D with nanoscale resolution. Their work, published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, ena...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Journal of the American Chemical Society

US approaching peak of ‘active’ COVID-19 cases, strain on medical resources, new modeling shows

A new data-driven mathematical model of the coronavirus pandemic predicts that the United States will peak in the number of “active” COVID-19 cases on or around April 20, marking a critical milestone on the demand for medical resources.

– University of Washington


MTU Engineers Build Mobile Unit to Clean COVID-19 PPE

A refrigerated shipping container. Commercial-grade baking sheets. A modified oven. These are the off-the-shelf parts of a prototype that uses heat to sanitize personal protection equipment (PPE).

– Michigan Technological University

Thanks to “flexoskeletons,” these insect-inspired robots are faster and cheaper to make

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new method that doesn’t require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. The structures were inspired by insect exoskeletons, w...

– University of California San Diego

Soft Robotics

Science Snapshots from Berkeley Lab: 3D nanoparticles and magnetic spin

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have captured 3D images of nanoparticles in liquid with atomic precision, and developed an ultrathin electrical switch that could further miniaturize computing devices and personal electronics without loss of performance. ...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Science; Nature Materials

Robot designed to simplify blood draws

Bioengineers have created a blood-drawing robot that performed as well or better than technicians. The device could increase blood draw success from difficult- to-find veins and allow healthcare workers more time to treat patients.

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

TECHNOLOGY, Feb-2020; EB020036

Unwinding the mystery of degraded reel-to-reel tapes

As reel-to-reel tapes make a comeback among audio buffs, scientists are unraveling the secret of why some decades-old tapes are unplayable, while others retain their original superb audio fidelity. The researchers are presenting their results through...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Chemical Society (ACS) SciMeetings

Texas A&M researchers design 3D-printed diffuser to treat COVID-19 patients

Texas A&M University, through its unique Engineering Medicine (EnMed) partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital, is stepping up to help the health care system keep up with the demand for medical supplies brought on by the increasing number of confi...

– Texas A&M University

Researchers reveal new understandings of synthetic gene circuits

Recent discoveries by two research teams in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University are advancing the field of synthetic biology. Results from a research collaboration between the lab groups of Assistant Professor Xiaojun...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Nature Chemical Biology

Study reveals patterns behind big ideas

“The biggest ideas – the biggest solutions – exist further away from what we already know,” said Madeline Kneeland, assistant professor in the School of Hotel Administration and first author of “Exploring Uncharted Territory: Knowledge Sear...

– Cornell University

Organization Science

The four horsemen of the COVID-19 pandemic

It is clear that we must prioritize identifying and alleviating the conditions that made the Covid-19 pandemic possible.

– Singapore University of Technology and Design


Johns Hopkins Taps Twitter to Measure Success of Social Distancing

By comparing Twitter data from before and after the COVID-19 outbreak, Johns Hopkins University researchers found a profound impact on the movement of Americans – indicating social distancing recommendations are having an effect.

– Johns Hopkins University

Twitter Social Mobility Index

Data Visualization Tool Examines Community Factors Underlying COVID-19 Outcomes

A new data visualization tool examines how and why COVID-19 impacts regions differently. Using daily updated data, COVIDMinder compares community risks, mediation tools, and outcomes related to COVID-19 by state across the United States, and by count...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

FAU Finds Simple Solution to Make Thousands of Face Shields for Baptist Health South Florida

A disposable face shield developed by FAU only requires clear polyester plastic, elastic fabric bands, and a laser cutter. Unlike 3D printed solutions, this process is simple and quick. FAU re-tooled their facilities to leverage the opportunity to ma...

– Florida Atlantic University

Researchers Working on Computational Models to Design Ways to Treat COVID-19

A team of Stony Brook University (SBU) researchers is working on computer models that could help speed the discovery of drugs to combat the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. They are doing this work in collaboration with scientists at the U...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

A unique heat storage technology gathers steam

Many processes that generate electricity also produce heat, a potent energy resource that often goes untapped everywhere from factories to vehicles to power plants. An innovative system currently being developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Engineer uses metal-oxide nanomaterials deposited on cloth to wipe out microbes

Sonal Padalkar, an Iowa State mechanical engineer, is studying how metal-oxide nanomaterials can be deposited on cloth and paper for use as an antimicrobial agent.

– Iowa State University

ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering

Features and Experts

Breakthrough Technology Used to Discover Eye Damage from Repeated Intravitreal Injections

– Mount Sinai Health System


Finding from a Johns Hopkins study challenges the belief that robotic surgery provides a favorable alternative to open surgery in frail patients

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum: May 2020 - Volume 63 - Issue 5 - p 588-597

STEM students learn as well online as in classrooms

Students learned just as much in online STEM college courses as they did in traditional classroom settings, and at a fraction of the cost, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

– Cornell University

SDSC’s Comet Supercomputer, TSCC Available for COVID-19 Research

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego is providing priority access to its high-performance computer systems and other resources to researchers advancing our understanding of the virus and efforts to develop an e...

– University of California San Diego

Journal of Proteome

Supercomputers Assist International Engineering Team on Wave Energy Project

Researchers at Sand Diego State University and the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy used supercomputer simulations to study how ocean wave energy converters can harness energy and turn it into into electricity, offering the potential to reduc...

– University of California San Diego

Journal of Computational Physics; DGE1324585; OAC 1450327

UW Medicine recruiting for app to predict next outbreak

UW Medicine is recruiting 25,000 people nationwide to test out a smartphone app that's intended to predict outbreaks of infections such as cold, flu, or other virus outbreaks. The app is a project funded by the Defense Department’s Defense Advan...

– University of Washington School of Medicine

Four Tips to Interviewing, Landing a New Job During COVID-19

As students prepare to graduate this May into a reeling economy and an uncertain employment climate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have turned to technology to keep recruitment and business afloat.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

NRAO’s Central Development Laboratory: Making the Invisible Visible

Nestled among the hills of the University of Virginia campus are a couple of nondescript buildings. They are home to NRAO’s Central Development Laboratory (CDL). The buildings are easy to overlook, just as it is easy to overlook the work done by CD...

– National Radio Astronomy Observatory

UTEP School of Pharmacy Developing COVID-19 Vaccine, Drug Treatments Using Supercomputing

Research is underway at The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Pharmacy to develop vaccines and antiviral drugs to combat the novel coronavirus within 15 months to two years.

– University of Texas at El Paso

Snail mail to Wi-Fi: Cornell University’s history of remote instruction

Generations before universities’ shift to online classes this semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cornell university was making strides in remote instruction – including some of the earliest, and one of the largest, distance learning progra...

– Cornell University

Balancing screen time as life moves online

Lately, almost all aspects of life have become “virtual.” Opportunities for in-person social engagement, education, and outdoor experiences have largely been moved onto screens.

– Texas State University

Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World

The cold eyes of DUNE

Scientists at several DOE national laboratories working on the upcoming Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment are developing integrated electronic circuitry that can operate in DUNE’s detectors at temperatures below minus 200 degrees Celsius.

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

How students and faculty can prepare to work online

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of students nationwide are now – or soon will be – taking classes online.

– Texas State University

Engineering student builds ventilator prototype in campus residence over weekend using Walmart parts

To help during the COVID-19 pandemic, a mechanical engineering student at Binghamton University, State University of New York, made a ventilator over a weekend mainly using items he bought at Walmart.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

McMaster researchers rally to help Canadian company expedite new mask to meet urgent COVID-19 demand

Engineering and medical researchers at McMaster University have been racing to assist Woodbridge Foam Corporation in getting a new made-in-Canada mask designed, tested and certified, as supplies of existing medical masks become less certain.

– McMaster University

Behind-the-scenes academic support gives students a boost during atypical semester

Beyond the logistical issues of migrating more than 6,000 courses online for the remainder of the spring semester, Iowa State University has also responded with academic support for students navigating this new learning environment.

– Iowa State University

Telehealth Services Rapidly Expand at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Amid COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues, it is imperative community networks, including health care systems, modify how they provide services. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has quickly adapted the way care is delivered to its patients and their ...

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

Cornell Tech domestic tech abuse clinic goes virtual

Cornell Tech’s Clinic to End Tech Abuse has created a remote program to help survivors of intimate partner abuse use their devices without fear of monitoring or stalking.

– Cornell University

UCLA web app will enlist public’s help in slowing the spread of COVID-19

UCLA researchers have launched an app called Stop COVID-19 Together, which is designed to predict the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community and to assess the effectiveness of current measures in that community, including physical distancing. Th...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Penn State engineer developing device that may be able to test for COVID-19

A point-of-care testing device that may help diagnose the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is under development by Weihua Guan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in Penn State’s College of Engineering.

– Penn State College of Engineering

LifeBridge Health Virtual Hospital’s COVID-19 Tele-triage Program Sees Exponential Growth In First Weeks of Operation

With the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), LifeBridge Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in Maryland, ramped up its tele-triage program to help reduce an overflow of concerned patients in the system’s emergency departments and ...

– LifeBridge Health

McKelvey Engineering staff creating face shields for health care workers

McKelvey Engineering staff are pitching in to create personal protective equipment for health care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Staying home? A geography expert in Buffalo creates a customizable 'coloring book' of city neighborhoods

Anyone can use the map. Kids can use the map as a learning activity by identifying their house; drawing in missing features, like cars, dogs or potholes; or color-coding their neighborhood according to themes such as the number of trees on a block.

Expert Available

– University at Buffalo

University of Redlands Political Science Professor thwarts pandemic and embraces technology to honor student work

When University of Redlands Professor Renée Van Vechten offered to coordinate the second annual Western regional Pi Sigma Alpha conference, she had no inkling she would have to do so in the midst of a pandemic. But, with this year’s conference sch...

Expert Available

– University of Redlands

Limbitless Solutions Temporarily Shifts Production from Creating Bionic Arms to Support Nationwide Coalition Producing Face Shields During COVID-19 Pandemic

Limbitless Solutions has shifted from making bionic arms for children to 3D printing components of face shields to health care workers and first-responders responding to the COVID-19.

– University of Central Florida

Darden Executive Education Expands Digital Offerings to Advance Lifelong Learning Remotely

Rapid strategic pivots due to the coronavirus pandemic, digital disruption at massive scale and increasingly global, complex organizations — the need for lifelong learning to advance leadership capabilities and technical skills has never been great...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Vanderbilt nursing students experience social distancing … and provide virtual clinical patient care

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has found innovative ways to allow their nursing pre-specialty students continue with their clinical education while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

– Vanderbilt University

Sandia stimulates marketplace recovery with free technology licenses

Sandia National Laboratories has announced a new, fast-track licensing program to rapidly deploy technology to a marketplace reeling from the effects of COVID-19. The move is designed to support businesses facing widespread, often technical challenge...

– Sandia National Laboratories

Telemedicine is changing the way healthcare will be done in the future

– Virginia Tech

FaceTime, Faith and Zoom’ing Through Holy Week; UNH Expert on Worshipping During COVID-19

– University of New Hampshire

Zoom should be criticized for poor communication rather than privacy, security, Notre Dame expert says

– University of Notre Dame

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Increased Online Gaming During COVID-19 Quarantine

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Maximizing Covid-19 ‘Alone Time’ and Pandemic Public Health Tracking: Maryland Smith Experts Available

– University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

UCLA pediatrician advises on how to manage children's screen time during COVID-19

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Leadership Available for Interviews on Safe and Healthy Work or School from Home

– Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

How religions around the world are keeping the faith during COVID-19

– Michigan State University

Binghamton University Student Builds Ventilator Prototype to Assist During COVID-19 Pandemic

Jacob Goodman, a mechanical engineering student at Binghamton University, State University of New York, built a ventilator prototype using mainly parts he purchased from Walmart, to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Here he breaks down the parts ...

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Engineering develop ventilator and mask prototypes using 3D printing to help during coronavirus pandemic

Engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York are working with healthcare providers in the region to develop technology to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Announcements and Events

S&T Extends MITRE Corporation Operation of HSSEDI

DHS S&T renewed the sponsorship for the continued operation of HSSEDI, FFRDC with the MITRE Corporation (MITRE). MITRE has operated the HSSEDI in five-year increments since 2009.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

UCF and Orlando Health Partner with Stratasys to 3D-Print Critical PPE for Healthcare Providers

The University of Central Florida, Orlando Health and 3D printing company Stratasys are leading an effort to rapidly 3D-print critical personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure it is available for local healthcare professionals in their fight aga...

– University of Central Florida

IMSA High School Internship advances DUNE project and showcases unexplored potential of physics

Argonne National Laboratory’s Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) High School Internship Program has this year’s exceptionally bright high school students working on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE)’s world-changing r...

– Argonne National Laboratory

South Africa’s National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System joins Los Alamos’ Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Efficient Mission Centric Computing Consortium (EMC3) recently welcomed its first international partner, the South African National Integrated Cyberinfrastructure System (NICIS).

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

DHS S&T Invites Critical Infrastructure Owners & Operators to GPS Spoofing Test Event

DHS S&T announced today an opportunity for critical infrastructure owners & operators and GPS equipment manufacturers to test their equipment against GPS spoofing. The 2020 GPS Testing for Critical Infrastructure (GET-CI) event will be held later thi...

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

DHS S&T Awards $199K to Birmingham Start-Up for Passenger Property Screening

DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $199,536 Phase 1 funding to Analytical AI of Birmingham, Alabama.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Leading Hospitals Choose AHIMA’s Compliant Template Library Within Artifact Health’s Mobile Physician Query Platform

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) announced today that two leading hospitals have chosen to use the AHIMA library of physician query templates available in Artifact Health’s mobile physician query platform.

– American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)





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