Professor Lee Lynd Th’83 Th’87 has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contributions to research, technology development, and policy work on renewable cellulosic biofuels.
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society has named Professor Ian Baker a fellow for his “pioneering contributions to the characterization of microstructure and mechanical properties of metals and materials.”
Professor Eugene Santos has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for his “contributions to decision support systems and reasoning under uncertainty.” He also received the Best Paper Award at the International Defense and Homeland Security Simulation Workshop last fall for “Modeling and Simulating Dynamic Healthcare Practices,” a paper he coauthored with Ph.D. candidates Keumjoo Kim and Fei Yu, Deqing Li Th’11, Elizabeth Jacob ’11, project assistant Phoebe Arbogast, and Adjunct Professor Joseph Rosen, M.D.
The U.S. military has turned to a team of researchers led by Professor Fridon Shubitidze to help develop technology for tracking buried, unexploded bombs. “The goal is to dig up all the explosives—100 percent—and leave behind 75 percent of the clutter,” Shubitidze told Innovation News Daily. The Department of Defense gave the team a Project of the Year Award and a $1.4-million grant for a new three-year effort to boost detection of smaller and deeper-buried explosives.
An international consortium led by Thayer Professor Margaret Ackerman and Galit Alter of the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard has been awarded approximately $8 million to develop a new type of HIV vaccine. Funded by Partners Healthcare through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery, the project will focus on inducing production of antibodies that would recruit cells of the innate immune system to block HIV infection soon after viral transmission. The innate immune system is an early-response system that keeps pathogens in check until the more specialized adaptive immune system can respond. Ackerman and Alter have teamed experts from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tulane University, University of Oxford, and Germany’s Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg to collaborate on the vaccine.
Thayer School, Dartmouth Medical School, and injury-prevention company Simbex will investigate brain injuries in contact sports with a $1.3-million grant from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. “This is a great opportunity to answer important questions related to the link between head impact biomechanics, brain tissue motion, and neuroimaging findings,” says Simbex president and Adjunct Professor Rick Greenwald Th’88, a principal investigator with Professor Songbai Ji.
The National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program has awarded $600,000 in academic support to students in Thayer’s Ph.D. Innovation Program, which provides skills for commercializing research findings.
The Dartmouth Aires singing group, including engineering major Will Hart ’12, finished second on NBC’s The Sing-Off. In this video Hart discusses links between music and engineering: