Kimani Toussaint led research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that demonstrates the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a non-magnetic plasmonic nanostructure, opening the door to multiple uses in informational processing and archival storage. To demonstrate its abilities to store sound and audio files, Toussaint and fellow researchers created a musical keyboard or “nano piano,” using the

Among the judges for this year’s Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was Calestous Juma (pictured with Brian Cox, fellow panelist and professor at University of Manchester ). The Queen Elizabeth Prize, designed to become a “Nobel” for engineering, was set up with cross-party backing and industry support to celebrate innovators with global impact. The verdict is in: Professor

Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr. has won the College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for his exceptional research accomplishments in the last five years. The award will be presented at the Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 27, 2015. READ MORE

In connection with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, James Mickens opted to participate in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) in hopes of answering this question: What is it like to be a person of color in technology and computer science? “DISCLAIMER,” he writes, “I am not an official spokesperson for MIT, Microsoft, or any other noun besides James

Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Diego Chowell, Sri Krishna, Xiangguo Qiu, and Karen S. Anderson report that the effect of early diagnosis of pre-symptomatic infections is strongly dependent on the effectiveness of isolation of infectious individuals in health-care settings: “Our results suggest that a strategy that focuses on early diagnosis of high-risk individuals, caregivers, and health-care workers at the pre-symptomatic stage, when combined

Terrence Blackman visits AIMS South Africa

Thursday, 22 January 2015 by

Terrence Blackman, along with a number of important world renowned mathematicians, is attendingthe AIMS-Stellenbosch University Number Theory Workshop in Cape Town from January 19-23, 2015. The event is hosted by the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) South Africa in Muizenberg. The goal of this conference, which is being done in collaboration with the Clay Mathematics Institute in the

Coco Fusco‘s commentary in The New York Times (12/15/2014) compares the recent protests over police aggression with Occupy Wall Street demonstrations: “Indeed, occupy activists are sharing tactics with organizers in Ferguson and elsewhere.” READ MORE

André Taylor‘s latest paper on improving carbon nanotube electronics was highlighted by theAmerican Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News. In “Role of HF in Oxygen Removal from Carbon Nanotubes: Implications for High Performance Carbon Electronics,” Dr. Taylor and his team report that hydrogen fluoride plus electric current purifies nanotubes, improves their electronic properties. READ MORE

Calestous Juma on how Nigeria defeated ebola

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 by

Calestous Juma‘s latest article in The Guardian observes that the key to Nigeria’s successful containment of ebola is the strength of the public sector: state governments, universities and hospitals. “A brief look at the news suggests African countries aren’t stepping up their support to the affected countries,” writes Juma. “This view, however, ignores three important lessons from Africa’s response to the

Jim Gates featured in PBS program series

Monday, 20 October 2014 by

Dr. Sylvester James “Jim” Gates, Jr. is featured in the PBS program The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements.  Hosted by Michael Emerson, the three-hour series is about the amazing human story behind the Periodic Table. Mystery of Matter covers one of the great adventures in the history of science: the long (and continuing) quest to understand what

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