Week in Review: 10/30/16 – 11/5/16


Sander Receives Air Force Research Grant

Assistant Professor Michelle Sander (ECE, MSE) has won a prestigious Young Investigator Research Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). Fewer than one in four of the 230 applicants were awarded funding under the program this year.


Tricking moths into revealing the computational underpinnings of sensory integration

It turns out that insects are attractive models to investigate questions about integrating information from different sensory pathways. The hawkmoth, Manduca sexta, uses a long, trunk-like proboscis to drink up sweet nectar meals from obliging flowers. A research team led by University of Washington biology professor Tom Daniel has teased out how hawkmoths integrate signals from two sensory systems: vision and touch.

Tiny graphene radios may lead to Internet of Nano-Things

Jornet is the principal investigator of a three-year, $624,497 grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to help develop a wireless communication network in the terahertz band. Co-principal investigators are Jonathan Bird, PhD, professor of electrical engineering, and Erik Einarsson, PhD, assistant professor of electrical engineering, both at UB.