Off Campus:

Silk Inspires Google Fair Winner

Olivia Hallisey, winner of this year's Google Science Fair, was inspired by Fio Omenetto’s TED talk on the uses of silk. Olivia worked with Omenetto and postdoc Benedetto Marelli to develop a thin-film silk that could stabilize the chemicals used to detect Ebola without the need for refrigeration. Read more >

In Focus:

Micropatterning of Biocompatible Hydrogels

Tufts biomedical engineers are using low-energy, ultrafast laser technology to make high-resolution, 3-D structures in silk protein hydrogels. The laser-based micropatterning represents a new approach to customized engineering of tissue and biomedical implants.
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Moaveni Comments on UAV Bridge Inspection

Minnesota’s Duluth News Tribune reported on planned inspection of the state's longest bridge with unmanned aerial vehicles. Assistant Professor Babak Moaveni, head of the American Society of Civil Engineers' Structural Health Monitoring and Control Committee commented: "There is a huge need for better bridge-inspection techniques" including UAV monitoring.