Week in Review: 10/8/17 – 10/14/17


UWIN faculty Bing Brunton and Steve Brunton win AFOSR Young Investigator Awards

We are extremely proud to announce that two UWIN faculty members, Bing Brunton (Biology) and Steve Brunton (Mechanical Engineering) have each won an AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award! The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program recognizes those “who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research”, and who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years.

MechE’s Sung Hoon Kang to receive AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award

Sung Hoon Kang, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, has been selected to receive an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award.

How Scientists Used NASA Data to Predict the Corona of the Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse

Predictive Science, Inc., San Diego, Calif. — a private computational physics research company supported by NASA, the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research — used data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, to develop an improved numerical model that simulated what the corona would look like during the total eclipse. Their model uses observations of magnetic fields on the Sun’s surface and requires a wealth of supercomputing resources to predict how the magnetic field shapes the corona over time.


Why The U.S. Army and Air Force Are Funding Research On Octopus Skin

The U.S. military funding research on octopus skin may sound like an exceptional situation. However, it’s not; various branches of the military conduct a wide range of scientific research in their own facilities and also fund the experiments of independent scientists like Rob Shepherd, a professor and robotics hardware designer at Cornell University.

Octopus inspires 3-D texture morphing project

A group led by Rob Shepherd, assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is using the cephalopod as inspiration for a method to morph flat surfaces into three-dimensional ones on demand.


Bing Brunton wins AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award

Bingni Brunton, Assistant Professor of Biology at University of Washington, won her award for her proposal: “Sparse Sensing with Wing Mechanosensory Neurons for Estimation of Body Rotation in Flying Insects”. Congratulations Bing!!


Forget about it

Inspired by human forgetfulness — how our brains discard unnecessary data to make room for new information — scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory and three universities, conducted a recent study that combined supercomputer simulation and X-ray characterization of a material that gradually “forgets.” This could one day be used for advanced bio-inspired computing.

Remembering the Rocket Man

A half century of dedication, excellence and service – that is what Dr. Kirti “Karman” N. Ghia gave to the University of Cincinnati (UC) and the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). Since his passing, Karman’s family, students, colleagues, and friends have been reflecting on the thousands of hours, stretched over decades, that he gave to teaching.


Novel Circuit Design Boosts Wearable Thermoelectric Generators

Using flexible conducting polymers and novel circuitry patterns printed on paper, researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept wearable thermoelectric generators that can harvest energy from body heat to power simple biosensors for measuring heart rate, respiration or other factors.