Science & Research

Professor Haneesh Kesari and Weilin Deng GS proved through their research that Van der Waals forces affect minute objects similarly to how gravity affects larger objects; while the forces compete to dominate, van der Waals overcomes gravity in the interactions of extremely small objects.

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Differences in surface roughness can affect how those surfaces stick together

March 21, 2019 0 comments

Two university researchers, Haneesh Kesari, an assistant professor of engineering, and Weilin Deng GS, the lead author of the study, recently discovered that extremely small differences in surface roughness affect adhesion, or the way these surfaces will stick together.

University researchers developed a coating for IV catheters that would  fight potential MRSA and related bacterial infections common in hospital settings. The coating is made up of a drug and a plastic polymer.

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New discovery could prevent common hospital infections

March 15, 2019 0 comments

When life-saving drugs wind through catheters and into the drifting current of the bloodstream, sometimes unwanted and even deadly bacteria tag along, prepared to invade and infect vulnerable immune systems.

University researchers develop tool to identify areas of toxic waste contamination

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University researchers develop tool to identify areas of toxic waste contamination

March 13, 2019 0 comments

A team of two current and one former University researchers has designed a geospatial tool and database that can map and identify likely regions of toxic waste contamination in Rhode Island, with applications in transportation, ecology, policy-making and quality of life, among others.

Study highlights lack of women authorship

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Study highlights lack of women authorship

March 8, 2019 0 comments

After watching the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” which detailed the lives and work of three black women at NASA in the 1960s, many viewers were left inspired as the film shed greater light on the concealed contributions of women in STEM.

Fulvio Domini’s visual perception lab uses experiments that involve viewing virtual objects on a screen and grabbing real ones to test the brain’s processing of information.

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Visual perception lab challenges common theory on visual streams

March 8, 2019 0 comments

Participants donning thick-lensed stereo glasses grab virtual shapes in front of them, gesturing as if the boxes were real. The subjects place their heads in chin rests to keep their heads from moving, and soon, green and red boxes flash on the screen.

(from left to right) Ayanna Howard '93, danah boyd '00 and Mary Lou Jepsen '96 were named to Forbes Magazine's latest list of Top 50 Women in Tech.

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Alums named to ‘Top 50 Women in Tech’

March 8, 2019 0 comments

The latest list of Top 50 Women in Tech in Forbes Magazine featured three University alums ­­— all of whom challenged structural barriers and drove technological innovation to new heights.

University class collaborates with private space company

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University class collaborates with private space company

March 8, 2019 0 comments

Last semester as part of a graduate-level seminar class, a group of students partnered with private space company OrbitBeyond to help plan for OrbitBeyond’s lunar rover launch in 2020.

Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience John Stein explained the effects of miraculin, which gives sour foods a sweeter taste by binding with free hydrogen ions in acidic foods and activating sweet receptors in the taste buds.

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Event offers attendees ‘miracle berries’ that alter taste buds

March 6, 2019 0 comments

Attendees at the event titled “Tasteberries” were in for a sweet treat Tuesday afternoon when they had the opportunity to trick their perception of sweetness by eating “miracle berries.”

University researcher addresses perinatal depression

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University researcher addresses perinatal depression

March 5, 2019 0 comments

A national panel of mental health experts recently named a program developed by a University researcher as one of the first clinically validated models to address perinatal depression, which occurs during and after pregnancy.

When studying tetrahedral nanoparticles, Chen’s team discovered that the building blocks  “self-assembled” into quasicrystalline structure.

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University scientists accidentally discover new crystalline structure

March 4, 2019 0 comments

When Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ou Chen and his team set out to study the structures formed by tetrahedral building blocks, they instead stumbled across an entirely new quasicrystalline structure.