Mechanical and aerospace engineering Professor Quinn Qiao and a research team from the College of Engineering and Computer Science received a $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry members to develop an Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (IUCRC) for solid-state electric power storage with a site at Syracuse University. Syracuse University will partner with South Dakota School of Mines & Technologies and Northeastern University to build this NSF-sponsored center. The center will focus on developing eco-friendly, safe, and economically feasible all-solid-state energy storage technology for portable and medical applications, automotive industry, centralized and decentralized electric grids, military applications, and energy security. Read more.
Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) awarded research funds to twelve student researchers through its 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Support Program. The program seeks to promote research participation among women in STEM fields, with awards supplementing students’ existing grants to conduct research during the summer of 2021. Read more.
For the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, Jamie Jeeyoon Kim, an assistant professor of sport management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, researched how young people were drawn into watching the games and more importantly whether they were then motivated to participate in sports—always a primary interest for host countries and those involved in the Olympic movement. Read more.
Ever since Swedish naturalist and explorer Carolus Linnaeus developed the uniform system for defining and naming species of organisms, known as binomial nomenclature (e.g. Homo sapiens for human beings), scientists have wondered if they will ever be able to predict the total number of species with whom we share the planet. At current count, there are about 54,000 known vertebrate animals, which are those having a backbone or spinal column, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. Research professor Bruce Wilkinson and professor Linda Ivany, both from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, explored whether or not the scientific community will ever be able to settle on a ‘total number’ of species of living vertebrates, which could help with species preservation. By knowing what’s out there, researchers argue that they can prioritize places and groups on which to concentrate conservation efforts. Read more.
In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will once again showcase the creativity and innovation happening across ACC institutions at the 2022 ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival. Two teams of University faculty and undergraduate students—and one potential alternate—will be selected to exhibit their creative and innovative projects at at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on April 8-10, 2022. Project leaders should submit their proposals using the proposal link on or before July 6, 2021. Read more.