Research News

August 15, 2007

Rainfall to Faucet

Almost 25 percent of the world’s population lives in mountainous regions, and over 60 percent relies on mountains for freshwater needs ranging from drinking water to food production, ecosystem services, and industrial use. Most of the world’s fertile agricultural lands lie at the foothills and in [...]

June 01, 2007

Shrestha wins NASA ESS Fellowship

Graduate student Prabhakar Shrestha in CEE Professor Ana Barros' laboratory has won a NASA Earth System Science Fellowship for his work on "Characterization of Aerosol-Cloud-Rainfall Interactions and Water Cycle Impacts in the Himalayas."

May 29, 2007

Making 'Smarter' Use of 'Smart' Gels

Once considered something of a laboratory novelty, ‘smart’ gels -- synthesized from polymers that can undergo dramatic transformations in response to changes in their surroundings -- are now poised to become integral mechanical components and sensors in the increasingly tiny devices of the future. [...]

May 10, 2007

Cutting Tropical Deforestation to Avert Global Warming Cheaply

Slowing tropical deforestation is an essential and cost-effective way to avert severe climate change, according to a new study published in the May 10 Science Express, an advanced online publication of the journal Science. An international team of 11 top forest and climate researchers, including [...]

April 06, 2007

Antioxidant Chemicals Could Alter Mercury’s Environmental Fate

Antioxidant chemicals, including one produced by aquatic life during times of stress, may have a hand in the fate of mercury in watersheds, potentially influencing the toxic metal's entry into the food chain, according to a report by a researcher at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

April 01, 2007

Nanomaterials' Fate: A Conversation with Mark Wiesner

Mark Wiesner, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and an expert on the transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, was an invited speaker at BioVision 2007: The World Life Sciences Forum taking place in Lyon, France, from March 11-14.

February 01, 2007

Axelrod Explores Isolator Device that Protects against Earthquake Damage

Civil and environmental engineering major Nicole Axelrod's research as a Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellow could lead to improvements in the design of devices meant to limit damage to sensitive equipment during an earthquake.