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The Superfund Research Center, housed in Environment Hall, received funding to pursue five new projects.

July 20, 2017

Studying Superfunds: Duke Environmental Engineers Investigate How Super-Polluted Areas Affect Early Human Health

As Duke's Superfund Research Center receives another round of funding, environmental engineers discuss how their work helps us learn more about common pollutants.

April 22, 2016

Time Cues Help Keep Humans Looking Human

Researchers believe that genetically modified bacteria can help explain how a developing animal keeps all of its parts and organs in the same general proportions as every other member of its species. In 1952, Alan Turing mathematically demonstrated how the nearly endless variety of patterns seen in [...]

April 21, 2016

A "Nest" for Your Lawn

What if there were a service like Nest for your lawn? That’s the goal of a new “Smart Lawn” experiment at Duke University’s Smart Home, headed by Amilcare Porporato, the Addy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his postdoctoral researcher, Jun Yin. A network of sensors in the [...]

April 20, 2016

Transcontinental Design in Uganda: Duke BME Students Travel to Makerere

Students enrolled in Duke’s BME 590: Transcontinental Design in Uganda course spent a semester working remotely with peers at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to develop biomedical devices to serve the needs and situations faced in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. Over spring break, the [...]

April 19, 2016

Rosa Li Wins 2016 Merritt Science Journalism Award

Rosa Li, a PhD student in psychology and neuroscience, has been named the winner of the 2016 Merritt Science Journalism Award. The $500 award recognizes a Duke graduate or undergraduate student for the best piece of science journalism produced during the previous calendar year. In this year’s [...]

April 18, 2016

Pfister Co-Authors Top Computer Science Theory Paper

Henry Pfister, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the Information Initiative at Duke, and his coauthors have received a best paper award from the Symposium on the Theory of Computing 2016.

April 14, 2016

Coding and Computers Help Spot Methane, Explosives

A modern twist on an old technology could soon help detect rogue methane leaks, hidden explosives and much more. A Duke University team is using software to dramatically improve the performance of chemical-sniffing mass spectrometers. Conventional mass spectrometers separate compounds by giving [...]

April 13, 2016

Oxygen Key to Containing Coal Ash Contamination

As energy companies decide what to do with aging coal ash disposal facilities in North Carolina and across the nation, they may be overlooking a fundamental but potentially critical variable—oxygen. In a new study appearing in the April issue of Applied Geochemistry, researchers from Duke [...]

April 11, 2016

Antibiotics Don't Promote Swapping of Resistance Genes

Researchers have shown that, outside of a few specific examples, antibiotics do not promote the spread of bacterial antibiotic resistance through genetic swapping, as previously assumed. While the overuse of antibiotics is undeniably at the heart of the growing global crisis, new research published [...]

April 11, 2016

Alumni Profile: Brian Fahey

Brian Fahey, Ph.D., received his degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2007. He is the founder and chief operating officer at Niveus Medical, a venture-backed medical device company, for which he raised four rounds of capital at increasing valuations while operating the company as a lean, capital-efficient start-up.

April 08, 2016

Lynch Wins Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Researchers at Duke University have received a grant to engineer microbes to make explosives. “Well, precursors to energetic materials,” explained Mike Lynch, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry at Duke. “These compounds are traditionally produced from petroleum sources, [...]

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