Chemical engineering students and faculty at Tufts have the opportunity to join AIChE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. According to their website, AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 45,000 members from more than 90 countries.
One of the Institute’s greatest benefits is connecting members to one another and allowing them to participate in conferences around the world. In one of such event, AIChE members discussed the power of engineering in improving our world and our lives.
Ayse Asatekin, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Tufts, took part in the discussion and added to the passionate voices of other chemical engineering students and educators from all over the country.
Watch the video and see Professor Asatekin’s remarks:
“Telling the Climate Justice Story,” a class that bills itself as “revolutionary,” will be offered for the first time this spring. The team-taught, interdisciplinary course in the departments of Environmental Studies and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, will focus on the complex issues surrounding climate change, and the political, social, economic, and scientific challenges it poses. Students will participate in model negotiations, and will be asked to use cutting-edge media to convey climate justice narratives.
For an introduction to the course, watch the video below:
This semester, students in Modern Physics (Physics 13) were given an unorthodox assignment: make a video explaining a concept from the course to a 10th grade audience. Without missing a beat, Beau Coker, E13, Dan Fortunato, A13, Ellen Garven, A14, and Benji Hansen, A14, came up with a #nerdybutawesome way to explain the twin paradox with the help of their friends Louie Zong, E13, and Zach Himes, A13. Never taken a physics class? No worries, you’ll still love the 2001: A Space Odyssey reference and Fortunato’s N64 powered space suit while learning why the Space Twin ages less than the Earth Twin.
Dr. Edith “Edie” Widder, A73, “is a biologist and deep-sea explorer who is applying her expertise in oceanographic research and technological innovation to reversing the worldwide trend of marine ecosystem degradation.” On Sept. 23, 2011, she spoke about bioluminescence at TEDxThePineSchool in Hobe Sound, Fla.
Widder received a MacArthur Foundation Genius grant in 2006 (the same year as fellow Tufts graduate David Carroll, A65). You can read a profile of her in the 2005 Tufts magazine or see her essay and photographs about bioluminescence from the Fall 2007 edition of Tufts magazine.
Gonzo Labs’ annual “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest provides a fun and creative way for Ph.D. students across the world to show off their theses through interpretive dance.
Lara Park, a current Friedman School Ph.D. student, recently became one of 16 2011 contest finalists. The 55 dance submissions provided the largest pool of contestants in the contest’s history. With her dance to “The Effect of Western Style Diet Consumption on Epigenetic Patterns,” Park hopes to win a cash prize and a trip to Belgium in order to attend the TEDxBrussels November event.
Rising junior Sarah Hartman (A13) and her father Dr. Lester Hartman were the subjects of a father’s day feature on Thrive, Children’s Hospital Boston’s pediatric health blog. In an extreme version of “take your daughter to work day,” Dr. Hartman invited Sarah to spend a spring break with him in Cambodia, helping survivors of land mines. This experience, and additional service trips to Haiti, spurred in Sarah an interest in public health and medicine.
From a relatively early age our dad wanted us to see first hand what other parts of the world were like and what people who lived there had to deal with on a daily basis,” says Sarah. “He set a real example for me in wanting to reach out to help people and learn more about global health in the process.”
That’s the question. The answer is: This school was referenced during Final Jeopardy! in the episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired May 23.
The question read as follows:
A new study in the Institute of Physics journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics by Tufts doctoral student Huai-Ti Lin and researchers Gary Leisk and Barry Trimmer details the creation of the GoQBot, a soft-bodied robot inspired by a natural defense mechanism found in some caterpillars called “ballistic rolling.” According to a press release by the Institute of Physics, ballistic rolling is “one of the fastest wheeling behaviours in nature”
The below video shows both a caterpillar engaging in ballistic rolling and the GoQBot in action:
“GoQBot demonstrates a solution by reconfiguring its body and could therefore enhance several robotic applications such as urban rescue, building inspection, and environmental monitoring,” Lin was quoted as saying in the press release. “Due to the increased speed and range, limbless crawling robots with ballistic rolling capability could be deployed more generally at a disaster site such as a tsunami aftermath. The robot can wheel to a debris field and wiggle into the danger for us.”