Week in Review: 1/31/16 – 2/6/16

February 4, 2016

Wang receives Air Force grant to explore the future of science through big data

How does science work? What are the fundamental mechanisms underlying the scientific enterprise and to what degree can we understand and even predict science? Can we approach these questions from a data-driven perspective? These are questions Dashun Wang, assistant professor of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State, hopes his research will answer. Wang has been awarded a Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). His winning research proposal, “Modeling and Predicting Individual Scientific Impact,” was submitted in early fall 2015 and chosen from among 265 proposals submitted by scientists and engineers who have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the past five years. It was one of 56 grants awarded a total of $20.6 million by the AFOSR this year. http://news.psu.edu/story/390957/2016/02/04/research/wang-receives-air-force-grant-explore-future-science-through-big

February 1, 2016

UTA engineers pursuing applications for new ultra-thin semiconductor lasers in the medical field, consumer arena

A new type of ultra-thin semiconductor laser under development at The University of Texas at Arlington can be integrated with mainstream electronics on the same silicon substrate with increased capacity and energy efficiency. Weidong Zhou, UTA electrical engineering professor, is working to develop a new ultrathin semiconductor laser that will increase the chip’s speed and capacity. Weidong Zhou, an electrical engineering professor at UTA, will use a three-year, $600,000 grant from the U.S. Army Research Office to build upon advances made through previous grants he has received for printed photonic crystals and silicon “lab-on-a-chip” technology. Yuze “Alice” Sun, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at UTA, is co-principal investigator. http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2016/02/zhou-membrane-lasers.php