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Spreading the Word about Diffusion: Professor Daniel Rosner Investigates Thermal Diffusion

Spreading the Word about Diffusion: Professor Daniel Rosner Investigates Thermal Diffusion

It is the rare scientific concept that manages to crossover to the vernacular. It is even rarer that the concept becomes essential to the standard ninth grade social studies curriculum, but diffusion has done it. You may have been introduced

New Innovator in the Chemistry Department receives NIH Award

New Innovator in the Chemistry Department receives NIH Award

Assistant Professor of Chemistry David Spiegel recently received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award of $1.5 million to fund his research on bifunctional small molecules. The NIH developed this award to help new scientists begin their

Smell then tell: New neurons in the adult brain receive signals before forming synapses of their own

Smell then tell: New neurons in the adult brain receive signals before forming synapses of their own

“Smell is cool,” quipped Charles Greer, professor of neurosurgery and neurobiology at the School of Medicine, when asked how he would summarize his research on the neurological workings of the olfactory system for a five-year old. When the question was

The Art of Science and the Science of Art

The Art of Science and the Science of Art

Anthony Zee’s Fearful Symmetry: the Search for Beauty in Modern Physics distinguishes itself in its attempt to construct a way of seeing that uses both scientific and artistic approaches.

Small RNAs – the Hidden Gems in Junk DNA

Small RNAs – the Hidden Gems in Junk DNA

In the past decade, the unearthing of small RNAs led to an explosion in the fields of biomedical research and medicine, and was dubbed the “Breakthrough of the Year” by Science magazine.

Photons on Demand

Photons on Demand

Will our near future be characterized by supercomputers and artificial atoms? Dr. Robert Schoelkopf, Professor of Applied Physics and Physics, and Dr. Steven Girvin, Deputy Provost for Science and Technology, believe so. Their latest project involves using artificial atoms to