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Research


Preventing metal pipe corrosion

A thin, single layer of graphene material only 1 atom thick may reduce metal pipe corrosion rates as much as 100 times. These new crystalline 2D materials could mean big savings to industries.

– South Dakota State University and South Dakota School of Mines

ACS Nano, Feb-2018; Carbon, April-2020; Encyclopedia of Water, Dec-2019


Lighting the Way to Safer Heart Procedures

In the first study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers provide evidence that an alternative imaging technique could someday replace current methods that require potentially harmful radiation.

– Johns Hopkins University

IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging, April-2020


Cloud Sourcing Electricity Usage

What do energy usage in buildings and traffic congestion have in common? Crowdsourcing.

– Michigan Technological University

IEEE Transactions; National Science Foundation projects 1541000 and 1538105; State Grid Corporation Technology project 5455HJ180018


Under Pressure: New Bioinspired Material Can ‘Shapeshift’ to External Forces

Inspired by how human bone and colorful coral reefs adjust mineral deposits in response to their surrounding environments, Johns Hopkins researchers have created a self-adapting material that can change its stiffness in response to the applied force....

– Johns Hopkins University

Advanced Materials, April-2020


Business-to-business customers expect personal service in online chat

For a long time, companies have used cost-effective chat services in their business-to-customer (B2C) sales. Companies engaged in business-to-business (B2B) sales are also increasingly moving their activities online, but their online chat services an...

– University of Eastern Finland

European Journal of Marketing


UC San Diego Researchers Optimize Microbiome Tool for Computer GPUs

University of California San Diego researchers have ported the popular UniFrac microbiome tool to graphic processing units (GPUs) in a bid to increase the acceleration and accuracy of scientific discovery, including urgently needed COVID-19 research....

– University of California San Diego

Nature Methods


Coronavirus outbreak trending topics - See the Coronavirus Channel

Research and experts on the symptoms and spread of COVID-19, impact on global trade and financial markets, public health response, search for an effective treatment, and more

– Newswise


Artificial intelligence to enable fast-track review of COVID-19 research proposals

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool to help funders identify specialists to peer-review proposals for emergency COVID-19 research has been developed.

– Frontiers

Frontiers


How tiny water droplets form can have a big impact on climate models

Understanding droplet formation in pure water in a controlled lab setting is challenging enough, but in the atmosphere, droplets form in the presence of many other substances.

– Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Physical Review Letters


Engineering assistant professor develops safer, quicker data processing method

A novel algorithm to solve big data resource sharing problems over large networks, developed by researchers in the Penn State College of Engineering, may also have implications for energy savings and data security.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Journal on Optimization


UCI team develops smartphone application for coronavirus contact tracing

On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom suggested that reopening the state’s economy will require six steps, the first of which involves “tracing and tracking individuals” in order to identify those who need to remain in isolation. Researchers...

– University of California, Irvine

JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Apr-2020


Lung-Heart Super Sensor on a Chip Tinier Than a Ladybug

This Lilliputian chip's detection bandwidth is enormous - from sweeping body motions to faint sounds of the heartbeat, pulse waves traversing body tissues, respiration rate, and lung sounds.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

npj Digital Medicine; N66001-16-1-4064; R01 EB023808


Coronavirus brings dawn of digital healthcare

In the editorial, 'COVID-19: A new digital dawn?', published in the journal Digital Health (SAGE Publications), researchers from our Institute of Digital Healthcare at WMG, University of Warwick (together with colleagues from Warwick Medical School, ...

– University of Warwick

Digital Health


UCI-led team designs carbon nanostructure stronger than diamonds

Irvine, Calif., April 13, 2020 – Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have architecturally designed plate-nanolattices – nanometer-sized carbon structures – that are stronger than diamonds as a ratio of str...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Communications, Mar-2020


Cybersecurity, tech infrastructure requires international trust

In new research published in the Journal Technology and Culture, Rebecca Slayton, professor of science and technology studies at Cornell University, uses the field of incident response to shed light on how experts – and nations – can more effecti...

– Cornell University

Journal Technology and Culture


UIC chemical engineers get ‘muddy’ to develop renewable fuel cell

University of Illinois at Chicago engineers digging for efficient ways to harness sustainable power found a surprising fuel source — mud and a common bacterium often found in it.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

ACS Applied Electronic Materials


Machine Learning Models Predict COVID-19 Impact in Smaller Cities

“There are no simple, robust, general tools that, for example, officials in Albany could use to make projections,” said Magdon-Ismail, a professor of computer science, and expert in machine learning, data mining, and pattern recognition. “These...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Engineers design UV sterilization stations to aid healthcare workers during coronavirus pandemic

Engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have designed sterilization stations that use ultraviolet light to kill the coronavirus on any contaminated personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks and face shields.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York


Scientists developing portable viral tests for future pandemics

Iowa State University researchers are developing a portable, inexpensive technology that could allow people to test for the presence of a virus or antibodies without having to go to a medical facility. The technology is still about a year away, but i...

– Iowa State University


3D printed swabs developed at UofL to help fill gap in COVID-19 test kits

Innovation at the University of Louisville involving multiple departments at the university has led to a promising solution for the shortage of swabs in COVID-19 test kits.

– University of Louisville Health Science Center


Taking textiles from trash to treasure

Researchers are turning waste denim into acoustic insulation materials

– University of Georgia


NUS engineers invent self-healing and self-concealing silicon chip ‘fingerprint’ for stronger hardware security at low cost

A team from National University of Singapore has invented a novel technique to create self-healing and self-concealing ‘fingerprints’ for silicon chips. This breakthrough enhances hardware security at a low cost.

– National University of Singapore


Algorithm tracker monitors Reddit rankings of COVID-19 posts

Since 2016, Cornell University assistant professor of communication J. Nathan Matias has tracked the algorithms on Reddit, a massive network of forums where people share content and news, and which claims to have more users than Twitter. As the coron...

– Cornell University


Are Microneedles Revolutionizing the Way Vaccines Are Delivered?

Harvinder Gill, the Whitacre Endowed Chair of Science and Engineering and an associate professor of chemical engineering in Texas Tech University’s Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering, explains what microneedles are, what makes them idea...

Expert Available

– Texas Tech University


Features and Experts


NIH-funded MD2K Center releases app that alerts user if close contact with COVID-19 cases

Researchers at the University of Memphis-based Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) have introduced a new mobile app that may support physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. MD2K is supported by NIH with a grant a...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

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Breaking the Size and Speed Limit of Modulators: The Workhorses of the Internet

– George Washington University

Optica


SLAC joins the global fight against COVID-19

The lab is responding to the coronavirus crisis by imaging disease-related biomolecules, developing standards for reliable coronavirus testing and enabling other essential research.

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


Learning Everywhere: Open Educational Resources in the COVID-19 Era

​​​​​​In these challenging times, the California State University continues to develop ways to reduce students' expenses while maintaining a high-quality education. The CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) is an innovative program th...

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


As Virtual Health Care Visits Soar Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak, Dermatologists Share Tips to Help Patients Manage Their Appointments

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the country, telemedicine visits — which allow patients to have an appointment with their doctor from the comfort and safety of their homes — are skyrocketing. This has created unique challen...

– American Academy of Dermatology


UNLV Engineers Fabricate PPE for Local Medical Community

Health care providers across the Las Vegas Valley were facing an unprecedented challenge, worsened by a lack of supplies to protect themselves. A local medical community group reached out: Could the UNLV College of Engineering help fill the gap for p...

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Finding Credible Cancer Education Resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

While most public, hospital and academic libraries are closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a wealth of information available online, especially for cancer patients seeking disease specific information. Rutgers Cancer Institute o...

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Kat Royston: Finding excitement in nuclear physics

As a teenager, Kat Royston discovered that physics could give her answers to her questions about the ways the world works. Now, as a researcher in ORNL’s Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division, she works on unraveling the mysteries of fission and fus...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Introducing Mauricio Suarez, Fermilab head of the Illinois Accelerator Research Center

Mauricio Suarez has been with Fermilab for only a few months, yet he has already taken full command promoting a key aspect of the lab's mission: to develop new technologies for science that support U.S. industrial competitiveness. As the person in ch...

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)


Snapshot: Email Security and Privacy

DHS S&T, along with BlueRISC, Inc., is developing a new Cloud-based Root-of-Trust (CRoT) technology called EPRIVO Enterprise 2.0 to address mobile device email security and privacy.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate


ORNL is in the fight against COVID-19

In the race to identify solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the fight by applying expertise in computational science, advanced manufacturing, data science and neutr...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Particle physics at home

Browse Fermilab's many online resources to dive into the wonderful world of particle physics.

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)


Fandoms and virtual engagement in a time of social distancing

With many people remaining in physical isolation due to the coronavirus, some are turning to old hobbies and even older TV shows to stay engaged socially.

Expert Available

– DePaul University


With NSF Support, Engineers Look for New Ways to Optimize PPE During Pandemic

With the support of a newly awarded National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant, two Rensselaer researchers plan to examine ways to equip N95 respirator masks with antiviral properties and the ability to withstand sterilization....

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


UH and Cupron Collaborate to Provide Reusable Copper-Infused Masks to Caregivers

University Hospitals in Cleveland is using masks made with a copper-infused fabric has been clinically validated to reduce the spread of hospital acquired infections such as C. Diff and MRSA. The masks are made by Cupron, Inc, a tech company that use...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center


COVID-19: Researchers to model novel coronavirus for spread mitigation

In an effort to help mitigate the disruptive effects of the deadly COVID-19 virus, an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers are developing a novel methodology to analyze its spread and the impacts on policy with a goal of creating better-...

– Penn State College of Engineering


Penn State Center for Biodevices mobilizes for COVID-19 response

Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and the Riess Chair in Engineering at Penn State, felt much of the same trepidation and anxiety that most are grappling with facing the emergence of COVID-19. But she realiz...

– Penn State College of Engineering


Managers: Don’t Rush to Workplace Spyware during Pandemic

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


The Presence of ROBOTS during a global health crisis

– California State University, Fullerton


How families can use technology to juggle childcare and remote life during the COVID-19 pandemic

– University of Washington


Announcements and Events


CUR’s First Virtual Posters on the Hill Showcases Undergraduate Research to Policymakers, Scholars, and the Public

On April 21, students will participate in the 2020 Posters on the Hill event. This year, because of COVID-19 challenges, undergraduate researchers and faculty mentors from institutions such as Butler University, California State University–Fullerto...

– Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)


Synapse Biomedical receives FDA emergency approval to use temporary breathing pacing device for COVID-19

Synapse Biomedical, a spin out company from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UH) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), has received FDA approval for emergency use of its TransAeris Diaphragmatic Pacing Stimulator System to help we...

– University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center


Mount Sinai Launches Personalized Online Learning Platform for Nurses on the Front Line of COVID-19 Fight

Project Florence enhances skills of nurses serving critically ill patients; curriculum is free to hospitals worldwide

– Mount Sinai Health System


Penn Nursing Offering New Telehealth Online Course Free to All Healthcare Providers

During these times of uncertainty, we’re all having to change what we do and how we do it—including health care providers who have had to swiftly migrate to telehealth to offer care that doesn’t require patients to travel and visit crowded faci...

– University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing


Penn State engineer receives DARPA grant to strengthen cybersecurity

A parser, the element in a computer system that converts data inputs into an understandable format, is the first line of defense for cybersecurity. A multi-institute group of researchers that includes Gang Tan, assistant professor of computer science...

– Penn State College of Engineering


U.S. Department of Energy’s INCITE program seeks proposals for 2021

The INCITE program is now seeking proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research projects that require the power and scale of DOE’s leadership-class supercomputers.

– Argonne National Laboratory


Three electrical engineering and computer science faculty earn NSF CAREER Awards

Three faculty members from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the Penn State College of Engineering have been awarded Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF)...

– Penn State College of Engineering

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