Washington Engineer - January 2009
In this issue:
- Dean's Message
- Research News - Astronaut food for diagnoses; Cancer-killing compound from salad plant; Cell phones for healthy living
- Campus News - Nanotechnology in vaccines; Electrical engineer accepts PECASE award; New name for Technical Communication
- Coming Events - Women in Science and Engineering; Engineering Lecture Series on UWTV; Diamond Awards
- In the Media
Dean Matt O'Donnell discusses how the College of Engineering will deal with the state budget cuts, and keep the focus on what matters: students and research. More »
|'Astronaut-food approach' to medical testing: Dehydrated, wallet-sized malaria tests promise better diagnoses in developing world |
Bioengineer Paul Yager leads a project funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop high-tech tools for global health problems. A new malaria test can be stored for months without refrigeration and later used to test for infection. More »
Scientists develop cancer-killing compound from salad plant |
UW researchers updated a traditional Chinese medicine to create a compound more than 1,200 times better at killing certain kinds of cancer cells than current drugs. The compound is made from artemisinin, a derivative of a salad ingredient. More »
Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
|Track your fitness, environmental impact with new cell phone applications|
Your cell phone may soon help you maintain an exercise routine to keep the pounds off over the winter months—or reduce your carbon footprint. More »
|Gates Foundation grant to use nanotechnology in vaccine delivery|
Although chemical engineering is not seen as a traditional global-health field, the UW's François Baneyx this fall received a grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for an exploratory project using nanoparticles in vaccines.
|Two UW faculty receive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at White House ceremony|
Maya Gupta was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers—the U.S. Government's highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers.
|Technical Communication adopts new name|
The decades-old Department of Technical Communication has chosen a name that better reflects its teaching and research on computing integrated in people's everyday lives. Starting this year it will be known as the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering.
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) annual conference|
A day-long meeting of talks and workshops aimed at students, teachers and advisers.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009
Catch the 2008 Engineering Lecture Series on TV|
If you missed last fall's popular Engineering Lecture Series, it's not too late. Go to UWTV to watch streaming video or find upcoming TV air dates. Yoky Matsuoka's Where Humans and Robots Connect and Babak Parviz's Back to Nature for the Next Technology Revolution are out now. Dan Schwartz's Beyond Oil: Powering the Future will begin airing in mid-February.
|Save the date for the 2009 Diamond Awards ceremony|
Don James Center, Husky Stadium, Seattle
Friday, May 8, 6 - 9 p.m.
In the Media
|Microsoft, CNN to make historians out of inaugural attendees|
The New York Times, Jan. 19, 2009. CNN used Photosynth, a product developed by Microsoft and the UW, to gather thousands of photographs of the Inauguration and create 3-D images. More »
|Seattle's technology universe: 781 'planets' and counting|
The Puget Sound Business Journal, Jan. 20, 2009. The new poster and Web site display 781 companies from the region scattered across a virtual universe. The UW is the second-largest nexus for the formation of new companies. More »
|50 best inventions of 2008: 24. Bionic contacts|
Time, Oct. 29, 2008. A review of the year's 50 best inventions includes the bionic contact lenses developed by UW electrical engineer Babak Parviz. More »