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Meet the Worcester scientists turning ocean trash into usable fuel
"What we wanted to know was if we could make the process much more efficient by using the plastic itself to fuel the cleanup process." GBH News’ All Things Considered spoke with chemical engineering professor Michael Timko about his research with professor Nikolaos Kazantzis to turn plastic into fuel to improve ocean cleanup.
Professor of marketing Farnoush Reshadi shared her expertise on personal finance and gift giving with USA Today for this article on how to keep to a budget during the holiday season and how to be a better gift giver.
Computer Science professor of teaching Rodica Neamtu spoke live with Russian Television International about the ethical concerns surrounding artificial intelligence and the boardroom shakeup and ouster of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman.
Spectrum News 1 Worcester interviewed Associate Professor Ulkuhan Guler, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, on research she is leading to develop a first-of-its-kind wearable sensor for premature infants that will address racial bias in healthcare by monitoring oxygen levels two different ways and correcting the measurements to account for variations in skin color.
Rachael Heard, Director of Academic Programming and Student Transitions, discusses the ways WPI seeks to make higher education more accessible for students and to assist first-year and transfer students with their transition to the university.
The National Institutes of Health have awarded $1.1 million to a research project led by electrical & computer engineering professor Ulkuhan Guler. The goal is to address racial bias in care for premature infants.
The Global School Dean Mimi Sheller discusses the history of, trends in, and her research on mobility justice in Booked on Planning, a podcast from the Nebraska Chapter of the American Planning Association. The interview focuses on the concepts explored in Sheller’s book Mobility Justice: the Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes.
Humanities and Arts assistant professor David Ibbett was interviewed for Working Scientist, a Nature Careers podcast. In it, Ibbett, who is composer and director of the Multiverse Concert Series, explains how he collaborates with scientists to create shows that blend scientific talks with music and dance to help answer the question: what does science sound like?
WPI is highlighted as one of the major forces behind developing a bioindustrial manufacturing hub in Central Massachusetts. Eric Young, assistant professor of chemical engineering told the Worcester Business Journal “We can leverage what Massachusetts is great at, and map it to a broader bioindustrial landscape. We can use the strong base we already have, and add in a few extra pieces.”
“This research shows that recycled materials can electrochemically match or outperform pristine, state-of-the-art cathode materials from tier 1 suppliers.” Yan Wang, William B. Smith Professor of Mechanical Engineering, explains the findings of a study he contributed to which found robust performance potential for recycled lithium-ion batteries.
How can municipal governments meet their sustainability goals? Funding is only one part of the equation. Paul Mathisen, Director of Sustainability, and professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering, offers suggestions in this article by American City & County.
“We have a responsibility to provide students with a strong foundation for their lives after college." Paul Reilly, Assistant Dean of Student Success, explains in this op-ed some of the ways WPI seeks to help students academically and socially.
A magazine article on efforts to improve athletic equipment for women features a project led by Christopher Brown, professor of mechanical & materials engineering. He worked with students to design a spring-based shoe sole to protect athletes from injury.
"This is our moment in terms of the life sciences," said Jean King, the Peterson Family Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. The Nature Conference, held at and co-organized by WPI, highlighted the school's work in the life sciences, the region's biotech presence, and opportunities for growth.
The Nature Conference held on campus drew two Nobel Prize winners as keynote speakers. Phillip Sharp and Katalin Karikó shared information on their research that led to the prestigious recognition. Spectrum News 1 spoke with Karikó about her journey and interviewed Jean King, the Peterson Family Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, about the inspirational nature of Karikó's story.