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Environmental engineering graduate student Lauren Barton has won a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Office for Science and Technology in the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for up to 10 months. Lauren will be working at CEREGE--the Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement--at the University of Aix-Marseille with international collaborator...
Prabhakar Shrestha, a graduate student in the Barros group, received an award for his presentation on how aerosols affect local climatology at the Atmospheric Chemistry Conference of the American Meteorological Society. Prabhakar completed his Ph.D. in the 2011 and he is now doing postdoctoral work at Bonn University in Germany.
Environmental engineering graduate student Thomas Morse won an EPA STAR Fellowship that will provide $42,000 per year for three years. Thomas Morse is working to remove invasive species through gene silencing in microalgae cultivation for biodiesel. Working with his adviser, Assistant Professor Claudia Gunsch, Thomas is looking at emerging genetic technologies such as antisense gene silencing and bacteriophage biocontrol to inhibit invasive species growth in the large scale cultivation of...
Environmental engineering graduate student Matt Strickland won an EPA STAR Fellowship that will provide $42,000 per year for three years. Matt is studying biofiltration of waste gasses containing dilute concentrations of methane by utilizing a biphasic reactor. A biphasic reactor contains bacteria growing in a mineral salts medium and a non-miscible second phase such as silicone oil. Synthetic waste gas containing methane is bubbled through the biphasic liquid emulsion and the...
Rain is never appreciated during a picnic and fog is aggravating to motorists, but those small droplets of water may actually hold the key on a small scale what is happening, or could happen, on a much larger scale. While oceans, lakes, rivers or rain are overt examples of how water supports all life on earth, they are not always the whole story. There are, for example, many scientists who seek to better understand the larger picture by measuring and examining the tiny pictures behind them.
DURHAM, N.C. – A Duke University graduate student has found ways to double the battery life of mobile devices – such as smartphones or laptop computers – by making changes to WiFi technology. Wifi is a popular wireless technology that helps users download information from the Internet. Such downloads, including pictures, music, and video streaming, can be a major drain of battery.
Maryam Vejdani Jahromi, a second year Ph.D. student working with Professor  Patrick Wolf, has won a 2010 Medtronic Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering. Her project is titled "Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) Imaging and Shear Wave Elasticity Imaging (SWEI) in evaluating myocardial mechanical properties and heart failure diagnosis." The work focuses on developing methods for measuring stiffness and stress-strain properties of the myocardium.
Biomedical engineering doctoral student Muyinatu (Bisi) Lediju won a UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship for a project titled Improved Endocardial Border Detection with Short-Lag Spatial Coherence Imaging. Bisi is a 5th-year student working with Professor Gregg Trahey. She previously spent a year studying in England through the Whitaker International Fellowship Program, and she's getting married in July 2011. Congratulations all around, Bisi!
Andrew Camacho, a second year mechanical engineering doctoral student, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 each year, $10,500 a year for tuition and fees, a one time $1000 for international travel, and opportunities for international research and professional  development. His research focuses on micro-engines for power generation.
Maciej Balajewicz, a third year doctoral student in mechanical engineering, won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) post-graduate fellowship.