The NSF has added a collaboration between Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania to its list of Science and Technology Centers. The majority of the center's work will take place in Green Hall.

NSF announces new Science and Technology Center

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has added a newly formed collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania to its list of Science and Technology Centers (STC). The new center, one of just 12 nationally, will be supported by a $23.6 million NSF grant to study the mechanics of plant and animal cells. This deeper dive into how single cells function could transform both medicine and plant science.
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Building smarter, safer infrastructure

A team of engineers from Washington University in St. Louis is turning to small sensors and cloud computing for a smarter self-monitoring solution that can better sound the alarm in specific cases of infrastructure failure. It’s a solution that will get its first test Sept. 21 when it’s installed on Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge.
This image illustrates the simulated movement of of flagella in a green alga called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. A team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis will further study the movement of these tiny organisms, in hopes of discovering new breakthroughs in both the mechanical and medical fields.

Faculty team awarded $1.25 million to study ‘swimming cells’

They are the tiny motors present in many of the human body’s most complex systems: cilia and flagella move liquids such as cerebrospinal fluid and mucus past the cell surface, and throughout the body. Both are of vital importance to human health, but how they actually move remains a mystery. A team from Washington University in St. Louis has been awarded a 5-year, $1.25 million grant to study the mechanics of these tiny organelles.
A network of photonic units that can allow light to propagate in one direction while block the light flow in the opposite direction, like an all-optical analog of an electronic diode that allows current flow in one direction only. The photonic unit is composed of coupled photonic resonators with tailored loss/gain. (Credit: Micro/Nano Photonics Laboratory, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University)

Breaking the laws of science

Lan Yang, the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is the principal investigator of a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in which she will oversee the takedown of two venerable physical laws: time-reversal symmetry and reciprocity.

Student team wins $10,000 for Alzheimer’s diagnostic tool

Memento, an interdisciplinary team of Washington University in St. Louis undergraduate, graduate and medical students, has won $10,000 in a national competition for their mobile app designed to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease more quickly.
Engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have found a new way to boost biofuel production in E. coli bacteria by altering its protein structure.

Engineering a better biofuel

The often-maligned E. coli bacteria has powerhouse potential: in the lab, it has the ability to crank out fuels, pharmaceuticals and other useful products at a rapid rate. A team from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has discovered a new way to remove a major stumbling block in the process, and boost biofuel production from E. coli.
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