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.
Zhao studies changes in glia linked to neurodegenerative diseases
New research from the School of Medicine’s Guoyan Zhao and colleagues provides guidance for future study to understand the role of glia in disease pathogenesis using mouse models. The work is published in Nature Aging.
Vorobeychik wins grant for work on game-theoretic analysis
Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, an associate professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering, recently won a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to use artificial intelligence to improve game-theory analysis methods to tackle increasingly complex problems.
Wang to study Arctic aerosols, their impact on climate change
Jian Wang, a professor and director of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering, won a $766,552 grant from NASA for new research on Arctic aerosols. Wang aims to understand how aerosols impact Arctic climate change.
Cunningham, Ward share Mellon Foundation grant
David Cunningham and Geoff Ward, both in Arts & Sciences, received a $500,000 three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, along with collaborators from other universities, for the project “The Virality of Racial Terror in US Newspapers, 1863-1921.”
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.
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.
Schools improve science learning through ISP pilot
Outcomes of a two-year STEM learning pilot program that the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis completed in partnership with St. Louis Public Schools and The Little Bit Foundation are encouraging.
Three computer science faculty win AI research awards
Chien-Ju Ho, Yevgeniy Vorobeychik and William Yeoh, all from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering, have received research awards from J.P. Morgan Chase to support their work in artificial intelligence.
Quantum tunneling to boost memory consolidation in AI
A team of researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering has developed an energy-efficient way to consolidate long-term memories on a tiny chip. Shantanu Chakrabartty and members of his lab developed a device that mimics the dynamics of the brain’s synapses.
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