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YIP Mahmoudian

Nina Mahmoudian Receives a Young Investigator Program Award from Office of Naval Research

June 15, 2015
By Allison Mills

Only 36 faculty across the US were invited to join the Office of Naval Research's Young Investigator Program (YIP)  this year. Nina Mahmoudian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics at Michigan Technological University, is one of the select few. 

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PIRE Meeting

Bioenergy Across the Americas

June 8, 2015
By Allison Mills

Researchers across the Americas look to forests for power, transportation fuel and heat. More than 80 of those researchers from Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and the US met at Michigan Technological University to discuss bioenergy.

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Fruit Fly Lab

Fruit Fly Genetics Reveal Pesticide Resistance and Insight Into Cancer

June 5, 2015
By Allison Mills

For being so small, fruit flies have had a large impact on genetic research. Thomas Werner, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, has bridged the miniscule and the massive in an effort to better understand the mechanisms behind several unique features of fruit fly genes.

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Geodynamo Drilling

Clues to the Earth’s Ancient Core

June 3, 2015
By Allison Mills

Old rocks hold on to their secrets. Now, a geophysicist at Michigan Technological University has unlocked clues trapped in the magnetic signatures of mineral grains in those rocks. These clues will help clear up the murky history of the Earth’s early core. 

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Water Rio Grande Drought

Working Together to Build Drought Resiliency

May 29, 2015
By Allison Mills

Drought in the southwest has left only a trickle running through irrigation ditches on farms outside El Paso, Texas. The Rio Grande — called Rio Bravo in Mexico — is what supplies that trickle, struggling to meet water demands in three US states and five in Mexico. As drought continues, and demand grows, researchers like Alex Mayer from Michigan Technological University are looking to new models to improve the region’s drought resiliency.

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Batteries Tin Oxide

Turn That Defect Upside Down: Twin Boundaries in Lithium-Ion Batteries

May 21, 2015
By Allison Mills

Most people see defects as flaws. Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries — which are small, symmetrical defects in materials — may present an opportunity to improve lithium-ion batteries. The twin boundary defects act as energy highways and could help get better performance out of the batteries.

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Rath Award Winners

Wind Power Duo Wins Bhakta Rath Research Award

May 12, 2015
By Allison Mills

Andrew Swartz and Antonio Veazquez win 2015 Bhakta Rath Research Award for their wind turbine research..  

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Tolou Shokuhfar and colleagues are developing techniques using 3D bioprinting to generate human tissue.

Bioprinting in 3D: Looks Like Candy, Could Regenerate Nerve Cells

May 8, 2015
By Allison Mills

Michigan Tech engineers hope to use 3D printer to regenerate human nerve tissue.  

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Research Award 2015 Alex Mayer

Alex Mayer Receives 2015 Research Award

May 7, 2015
By Allison Mills

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Alex Mayer receives 2015 Research Award for his work on water resources. 

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Amy Marcarelli Receives NSF CAREER Award

May 4, 2015
By Mark Wilcox

Amy Marcarelli, an associate professor in Michigan Technological University's department of biological sciences, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study study nitrogen fixation/denitrification in streams and rivers throughout the US.

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