November 14, 2008
In room 116, sophomores with Wii remotes strapped to their heads are jumping off chairs, being pushed in chairs or just plain walking past chairs and lab benches. In this BME110 Introduction to Biomechanics course, students are using the accelerometers in the remotes to measure the movements of [...]
November 10, 2008
Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering challenges college students in the U.S. to create a video and an essay in response to this question: Which of the 14 grand challenges identified by the National Academy of Engineering would you choose to address, and how would you do it?
October 23, 2008
The Duke Smart Home Program, a high-tech, 10-student residence for green living and learning, has been selected as the Green Nonprofit Program of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal.
October 14, 2008
It's not often that a group of eight women college students visits rural farming areas of Ghana. A simple act by a village queen the students met soon after their arrival helped erase any potentially awkward situations. Her gesture not only put the visiting Americans more at ease, but also provided [...]
October 14, 2008
Jim Gaston’s passion is exploring the wonders of the watery wonders of the world. At any opportunity, he’s off to the North Carolina coast, or Key Largo, strapping on the tanks, and swimming along underwater reefs or long-wrecked ships. And he doesn’t just dive for his personal pleasure, he teaches [...]
September 17, 2008
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have awarded $14.4 million to create the Center for Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) to explore the potential ecological hazards of nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are as much as a million times [...]
September 09, 2008
A team of materials scientists and toxicologists announced the formation of a new international research alliance to establish protocols for reproducible toxicological testing of nanomaterials in both cultured cells and animals. Pratt's Mark Wiesner, James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and [...]
July 31, 2008
As microbes in the soil break down fallen plant matter, a diet "balanced" in nutrients appears to help control soil fertility and the normal release of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
July 01, 2008
Professor Jeffrey T. Glass has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Education, Dean Tom Katsouleas announced on July 1, 2008. He succeeds Tod Laursen, who served in that capacity since 2003 and will now become chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. “Jeff has [...]