Novel process extracts rare earth elements from waste
Young-Shin Jun, a professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering, and her team are extracting valuable rare earth elements from coal fly ash, a fine, powdery waste product from the combustion of coal. The process is ultimately a path toward reducing and remediating waste products.
Doing the math on a solar-powered future
Physicist Anders Carlsson in Arts & Sciences used 40 years of data from the St. Louis region to figure out the ideal mix of solar generation and storage for a reliable power grid.
Stickiness may determine how influenza spreads
Michael Vahey at the McKelvey School of Engineering, will investigate how influenza virus proteins contribute to the spread of infection with a five-year, nearly $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Hummingbirds use torpor in varying ways to survive cold temps
Tropical hummingbirds use a hibernation-like state called torpor in varying ways, depending on their physical condition and what is happening in their environment, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis and Colombian biologists.
Hitchhiker plants inspire improved techniques for reattaching tendon to bone
A team of researchers led by Guy Genin, at the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology and the McKelvey School of Engineering, explores new approaches to surgical tendon-to-bone repair.
Secret lives of salamanders
Scientists at Tyson Research Center are carefully tracking the timing of salamander breeding as part of a larger research effort examining the impacts of climate change on amphibians and plants.
Molecular activity of the immune system to get a closer look
Michael Vahey, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering, received an NSF CAREER award to establish the factors that drive the assembly of viral immune complexes and to study how they interact with immune cell receptors.
Garland Allen, professor emeritus of biology, 86
Garland (“Gar”) Edward Allen III, a professor emeritus of biology in Arts & Sciences, died peacefully in Palm Springs, Calif., Feb. 10. He was widely known for his work in the history of genetics and was an international leader on the history of eugenics.
Malaria infection harms wild African apes
Scientists led by Emily Wroblewski, in Arts & Sciences, discovered that bonobo populations differ in a key immune trait depending on the presence of malaria infection. Infected populations have a higher frequency of an immune variant that protects against developing severe disease, a pattern that mirrors what is observed among human populations.
Cells take on dual identities
Cells migrate to different tissues for a variety of reasons, including organ development, tissue repair and the spread of cancer. Researchers led by Amit Pathak at the McKelvey School of Engineering have found unexpected activity in the nucleus of healthy cells that provides new insight into cell mechanics.
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