Science & Research

While at the University, Meir studied biology, took flight lessons and played in the pit for theater performances.  She cited Professor of Biology Kenneth Miller as an early influence in her scientific career.

Astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 scheduled for first space voyage

April 25, 2019 0 comments

NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 will blast through Earth’s atmosphere Sept. 25 in her first ever space flight, propelling into six months of orbit on the International Space Station.

CS department grapples with collaboration policy, diversity

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CS department grapples with collaboration policy, diversity

April 23, 2019 0 comments

Like many computer science students, Chelsey Serrano ’22 is finishing up a two-part CS intro sequence with help from close friends, who struggle together through late nights and stressful deadlines.

Software engineers and a product manager described how their identities affect their workplace dynamics and interactions. Diversity Advocates on the Department of Computer Sciences’ Diversity Committee partnered with Laura Dobler and oSTEM to organize the event.

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LGBTQ+ panelists examine experiences, challenges in tech

April 22, 2019 0 comments

When Simon Zheng, a software engineer at Peloton Interactive, first started working, he felt uncomfortable telling his coworkers that he was gay.

A team of University researchers designed a material that can be molded into structures and adapted to reshape itself. They used a light-directed 3D printer to create the dynamic hydrogel.

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University researchers design LEGO-block like material

April 19, 2019 0 comments

University researchers have brought the childlike appeal of LEGO blocks to the chemistry lab — a newly invented material can stick to itself, be molded to form a structure and, when needed, can adapt to reshape itself, just like a set of LEGOs built into various shapes.

Researchers found that mechanical properties of a spider silk web are different throughout the web. They also found that these differences allow the web to have nearly uniform energy absorption, so any prey that hits the web will be captured.

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Study increases understanding of spider web properties

April 19, 2019 0 comments

University researcher and Professor of Engineering Huajian Gao and Xi-Qiao Feng, a researcher from Tsinghua University, led a study that found that the mechanical properties of spider silk change significantly at different points on the web.

The computer science department depends heavily on its teaching assistants, who use their integral role as guides to build a support system for students.

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CS concentrators face unique challenges on campus

April 19, 2019 3 comments

While Kendrick Tan ’21, a former Herald reporter, was taking computer science classes, it consumed his life. If he was not working on an assignment for a class, he was thinking about one, and the projects and labs never seemed to end, keeping him under constant stress.

Quarter of undergrads sleep 6 hours or less

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Quarter of undergrads sleep 6 hours or less

April 19, 2019 0 comments

Sleep rejuvenates the body and the mind, and drooping eyelids, nodding heads and the temptation to succumb to a nap in lecture point to the potential risks caused by lack of sleep among some at the University.

Course organized by students tackles ethics in CS

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Course organized by students tackles ethics in CS

April 15, 2019 0 comments

Last spring, students in a new computer science social change course developed software tools for a disaster relief organization to teach refugee children about science and technology, a Chrome extension to filter hate speech on the internet and a mobile app to help doctors during a patient visits.

University study investigates northern lake emissions

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University study investigates northern lake emissions

April 9, 2019 0 comments

While most stories about greenhouse gas emissions focus on those from cars, planes and other forms of human consumption, carbon emissions from natural sources, while often neglected in the news, are also important to climate models.

Warren Alpert’s Global Emergency Medicine Program, along with other U.S. institutions, is collaborating with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda.

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Med School helps develop emergency medicine education program in Rwanda

April 5, 2019 0 comments

In a country trying to build one of the world’s best universal healthcare systems, Rwanda has made the University one factor in its strategic plan for healthcare success.