Week in Review: 2/21/16 – 2/27/16

February 22, 2016

Researcher’s chiral graphene stacks break new ground

Until very recently, similar “handedness” in large area films with atomic scale precision hadn’t been investigated. The research team of Cornell’s Jiwoong Park has broken new ground in this area, developing a chiral atomically thin film only 2-atoms-thick, through circular stacking of graphene http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2016/02/researchers-chiral-graphene-stacks-break-new-ground

President Obama Names UCI Materials Engineer an Early Career Scientist

Alon Gorodetsky has been selected for a Presidential Early Career Award in recognition of his pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology. The UC Irvine assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science is one of 105 recipients of the award, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers. Gorodetsky’s recognition comes with a $1 million award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. http://engineering.uci.edu/news/2016/2/president-obama-names-uci-materials-engineer-early-career-scientist

Carnegie Mellon, Stanford Researchers Devise Method to Share Password Data Safely

An unfortunate reality for cybersecurity researchers is that real-world data for their research too often comes via a security breach. Now computer scientists have devised a way to let organizations share statistics about their users’ passwords without putting those same customers at risk of being hacked. The work at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, part of an emerging field on rigorous human authentication, persuaded Yahoo! to publicly share password frequency statistics for about 70 million of its users. http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2016/february/sharing-password-data.html