Washington Engineer - May 2009
In this issue:
- Dean's Message
- Research News - Cloud computing; Scorpion venom to stop tumors; Indus script
- Campus News - UW's 1st Environmental Innovation Challenge; Entrepreneurs in residence; Putnam, Goldwater student honors
- Coming Events - Frontiers in nanotechnology; Workshop for industry women considering switch to academia
- In the Media
In this video message, Matt O'Donnell discusses the impact of state and federal budgets. Research funding is up and federal stimulus grants are coming, but state budget cuts are major. The initiative in molecular engineering forges ahead. More »
|Harnessing cloud computing for data-intensive research on oceans, galaxies |
Three NSF grants will use cloud computing to study ocean simulations, analyze astronomical images, and bring cloud computing skills to college students. More »
Scorpion venom with nanoparticles slows spread of brain cancer |
Combining nanotechnology with a scorpion venom compound already being investigated for treating brain cancer, materials scientists cut the spread of cancerous cells by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent for the scorpion venom alone. More »
|Indus script encodes language, reveals new study of ancient symbols|
Symbols from the Indus civilization have never been deciphered, prompting doubts that they code for language. In a new paper in Science, a computer scientist used mathematics and machine learning to show the symbols’ pattern matches that of other languages. More »
|Student teams win cash for finding solutions to real-world environmental problems|
Dozens of engineering students competed in the first UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Go to YouTube to watch an interview with the team after accepting the $10,000 grand prize.
|Two new UW TechTransfer programs bring local entrepreneurs to campus|
The Entrepreneurs in Residence program invites entrepreneurs for short stints to explore possible partnerships. The first three have expertise in gaming software, medical devices and alternative energy.
|UW student engineers earn Putnam, Goldwater honors|
Will Johnson, a senior in computer science, placed sixth in the Putnam mathematics competition, the highest score of any student at a public university (more »). And bioengineering sophomore Pranoti Hiremath has been named a Goldwater Scholar (more »).
Frontiers in Nanotechnology|
June 10 - 12, 2009
UW Tower, Seattle
The UW Center for Nanotechnology will hold its annual conference jointly with Japan's National Institute for Material Science. This year's conference focuses on photonics, energy and bio-nanotechnology.
Workshop seeks to lure women researchers from industry to academia|
Applications are now being sought for a national workshop, October 19-20. The UW is trying a novel approach to draw more women faculty to science and engineering.
In the Media
|Gamers unravel the secret life of protein|
Wired, May 2009
|The UW’s Yoky Matsuoka is leading the quest for robotics that take orders from the brain|
The Seattle Times, April 5, 2009
|UW: Admiralty Inlet promising spot for tidal power|
The Associated Press, April 15, 2009