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Nanoantenna reinvents solar energy

The yellow dwarf star at the center of our solar system that reliably illuminates and warms this planet was considered a deity in ancient cultures. The science behind the sun’s energy only gradually occurred to the curious and the ingenious. Today, the ability to harvest solar energy is viewed as one of the foremost solutions […]

Under pressure and in hot water: biomass to gas

As members of a carbon resource dependent culture gazing into our uncertain energy future, we are daily inundated with stories on topics of high fuel prices, pollution, global warming and energy alternatives that are less than economically feasible or that might even be socially irresponsible. But William “Bill” Jacoby, an associate professor of biological engineering […]

Making it work in the classroom and the lab

A series of recent events have validated Assistant Professor Gregory Triplett’s sense that he has followed the right track in pursuit of his profession of choice. In the spring of 2010, Triplett, an electrical and computer engineer at the University of Missouri, received a coveted William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, and during the […]

Book links informatics and fuzzy logic

Properties and behaviors of biological systems and objects often behave randomly, and analyzing them with bioinformatics programs can present certain limitations. A new book written by University of Missouri College of Engineering researchers offers insight into how fuzzy set theory and fuzzy logic can provide tools to aid in solving some of these problems. Dong […]

Unlocking the secrets of protein mimics

“Our lab is developing computational methods that will rely on experimental and evolutionary data to determine structural information about protein complexes,” said Dmitry Korkin, a University of Missouri assistant professor of computer science, and a faculty member of he MU Informatics Institute. He explained that evolutionary data is novel data that, with the recent advancements […]

Protein structure prediction defines career

In 2001, Dong Xu, now the James C. Dowell computer science professor in the University of Missouri College of Engineering, and department chair, collaborated with then fellow researcher Ying Xu at Oak Ridge National Lab—now at the University of Georgia—to develop a set of computational tools for protein structure prediction and evaluation. Labeled PROSPECT, the […]

3-D imaging research takes aim at autism

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2007 confirmed what had become obvious to many health care professionals, specialists, and family support agencies: More children than ever before were being diagnosed with autism. Investigators called its prevalence an “urgent public health concern,” estimating that two to six in every 1,000 […]

The challenges and rewards of undergraduate research

Why would an engineering undergraduate student with a full schedule of demanding classes consider adding a research component to his or her workload? A) Students who take advantage of undergraduate research obtain real-world experience in critical thinking and problem solving, making them more attractive to future employers. B) A taste of research as an undergraduate […]

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