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Does the Brain Learn Like a Computer Learns?opens in new window
A new perspectives piece co-authored by Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers relates machine learning to biological learning, showing that the two approaches aren’t interchangeable, yet can be harnessed to offer valuable insights into how the brain works.
14
Oct
2021
www.technologynetworks.com
Google wants to use AI to time traffic lights more efficientlyopens in new window
Aleksandar Stevanovic, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of Pittsburgh, said simulations show AI could smooth traffic flow. But he questioned whether a tech company without traffic engineering expertise ultimately could bring such software to reality.
06
Oct
2021
www.reuters.com
Helping valuable donor milk reach infants in needopens in new window
Over 15 million infants around the world are born prematurely each year and can experience health complications and lengthy hospitalizations as a result of underdevelopment and immature immune systems. But for babies whose mothers may be unable to produce milk due to their baby’s premature birth, or have health conditions or medications that preclude breastfeeding, and a physician recommends breast milk as the preferred choice for those infants’ needs, what are the options? Lisa Maillart and a team of researchers partnered with the largest donor milk bank in the U.S. to help improve their existing systems and processes and realize significant outcomes. Their work will be featured in an upcoming edition of the INFORMS journal Service Science.
23
Sep
2021
pubsonline.informs.org
Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdueopens in new window
"It is critical to prioritize our efforts so as not to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem," said Dr. Carla Ng, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and lead author of the study, in a statement. "This paper identifies where focus is needed to effectively minimize environmental and human exposure to PFAS."
15
Sep
2021
www.ehn.org
Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again. But regulations are at least two years awayopens in new window
The lack of PFAS regulations in Pennsylvania is part of a larger problem of inadequate regulations locally, nationally and internationally, according to a paper published Tuesday in Environmental Science and Technology by University of Pittsburgh PFAS scientist Carla Ng.
14
Sep
2021
www.publicsource.org
Swanson School of Engineering continues blood drive series to support shortagesopens in new window
The Swanson School of Engineering hosted its annual blood drive on Tuesday in partnership with Vitalant, a nonprofit blood donation organization that supplies blood to nearly 900 hospitals across the United States.
09
Sep
2021
pittnews.com
You’re Not Alone: Monkeys Choke Under Pressure Tooopens in new window
A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh have shown for the first time that people are not the only primates that choke under pressure.
02
Sep
2021
www.wired.com
Rare-Earth Free Electric Motoropens in new window
InsideEVs recaps electric vehicle news, leading with the Swanson School of Engineering's project with Powdermet to create motors for electric vehicles that avoid using rare-earth minerals.
24
Aug
2021
insideevs.com
At least one species of primate underperforms when the heat is onopens in new window
A team of scientists recently published a paper suggesting that at least three rhesus monkeys will, in fact, choke under pressure. The authors told Ars that this lapse in performance is almost certainly true of all rhesus monkeys—and quite possibly other primates as well.
23
Aug
2021
arstechnica.com
Monkeys also struggle with tasks when the rewards are higher, study finds opens in new window
Monkeys ‘choke under pressure’ just like humans, according to a study into their performance, and it is more likely when the rewards for their actions are higher.
23
Aug
2021
todayuknews.com
Getting to the truth about e-wasteopens in new window
Research from Chris Wilmer's Hypothetical Materials Lab leads this story in Innovators about e-waste's role in a circular economy.
20
Aug
2021
www.innovatorsmag.com
Researchers Gaze into Space to Envision Future of Regenerative Medicineopens in new window
Researchers from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh aim to use the ISS U.S. National Laboratory (ISSNL) to conduct biomedical research not possible on Earth and advance space-based biomanufacturing.
17
Aug
2021
inside.upmc.com
A city of wateropens in new window
CEE faculty Melissa Bilec and Kent Harries featured in article about how climate change impacts Pittsburgh’s infrastructure
09
Aug
2021
www.post-gazette.com
MEMS alumna Tamar McPherson among newest crop of state certified computer science educatorsopens in new window
Plum High School math teacher Tamar McPherson recently joined an elite group of educators dedicated to the future of technology-based learning. She is one of 38 teachers in the state to become certified in computer science grades 7-12 through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The professional development opportunity was made possible through the state’s PAsmart initiative.
06
Aug
2021
triblive.com
Model could help create more energy efficent buildings and citiesopens in new window
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation used the city of Pittsburgh to create a model to estimate city energy use. The goal is to help policymakers and building companies estimate the energy usage and emissions of a city’s buildings.
03
Aug
2021
electronics360.globalspec.com
Breathe Easyopens in new window
Harold Rickenbacker knows the real value of a breath of fresh air. He’s a clean air and innovation manager with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, D.C., one of the world’s leading environmental organizations. Working with EDF+Business, Rickenbacker (ENGR ’19G) manages clean air projects in the United States and abroad and promotes technologies, business models and partnerships needed to reduce pollution and improve health outcomes.
30
Jul
2021
www.pittmag.pitt.edu
New Energy Map Of Commercial Buildings Could Help Pittsburgh Reach Its Sustainability Goalsopens in new window
A model created by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh could help city officials make more effective energy policies and encourage businesses to use less energy. The map includes 3D models of 209 buildings Downtown and in Oakland. Different colors indicate different levels of energy use.
27
Jul
2021
www.wesa.fm
Printing a Better Microgridopens in new window
New research from the University of Pittsburgh shows particle-free silver microgrid outperforms other flexible high-performance transparent electrodes...
20
Jul
2021
www.energy.gov
Study Analyzes Mechanisms Behind Bacterial Resistance to Ag Nanoparticlesopens in new window
Antimicrobials find their use in destroying or slowing down the growth of viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms. They could exist in the form of an additive, as an antibiotic used to treat bodily infections, or as a coating on commercial products that are utilized to prevent germs.
14
Jul
2021
www.azonano.com
No driver? No problem—this is the Indy Autonomous Challengeopens in new window
Pitt Engineering student Nayana Suvarna is part of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a competition set for October 23 in which driverless cars will race wheel-to-wheel around IMS at potential speeds of more than 180 mph. And she doesn't even have a driver's license.
07
Jul
2021
arstechnica.com
Pittsburgh building industry experts stress need for inspections opens in new window
Constructing and maintaining multi-story structures in the Pittsburgh region present some different challenges than conditions in the Miami area, where answers are still being sought for the condominium collapse that has killed at least 18 people. CEE Professor and infrastructure expert Dr. Kent Harries comments on the benefits of older buildings, more frequent inspections, and the bane of salt.
02
Jul
2021
www.post-gazette.com
A New Cooling Strategy for Cities: 'Strategic' Reflective Surfacesopens in new window
Cities are caught in a hot, vicious cycle. Surfaces in a given urban area absorb heat, and that heat causes city dwellers to use more air-conditioning, water, and other resources, which in turns calls for greater resources from power plants and water-treatment facilities. There’s a need to break that energy-intensive cycle, says Sushobhan Sen, a postdoctoral associate from the University of Pittsburgh.
27
Jun
2021
www.techbriefs.com
Pitt receives $1.6 million for nuclear energy researchopens in new window
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering $1.6 million in funding for advanced nuclear energy research and development.
25
Jun
2021
www.bizjournals.com
University of Pittsburgh researchers find a way to cool urban areas for lessopens in new window
While many existing urban surfaces (think concrete, roofing, and pavement) absorb and radiate solar heat, reflective materials, including concrete and coatings, could be designed to reflect between 30% and 50% of sunlight.
25
Jun
2021
www.architectmagazine.com
A Circular Economy for Electronicsopens in new window
New research from the Hypothetical Materials Lab at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering develops a framework to understand the choices a recycler has to make and the role that digital fraud prevention could have in preventing dishonest recycling practices.
23
Jun
2021
www.mbtmag.com
Vanishing yet vital: Western U.S. butterflies in decline opens in new window
“The challenge with us as a society is that anything that we don’t or we cannot measure, it does not get valued and that is the case with insect pollinators,” notes Vikas Khanna, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
22
Jun
2021
yaleclimateconnections.org
Young Entrepreneur: Stephen Canton BSBioE '13 MSMed '20 is creating tracking tools for the operating roomopens in new window
"The pro of being a young entrepreneur is just going anywhere to find that knowledge or ask questions. That curiosity. And people are pretty accepting of you asking questions as a young entrepreneur because they know you are trying to fix a problem."
22
Jun
2021
www.bizjournals.com
‘Tic Tac Toe’ MRI technique uncovers sickle cell’s impact on the brainopens in new window
A new magnetic resonance imaging development has uncovered new insights into how sickle cell disease affects the brain.
09
Jun
2021
www.healthimaging.com
California’s Almond Trees Rely on Honey Bees and Wild Pollinators, but a Lack of Good Habitat is Making Their Job Harderopens in new window
“Things that don’t get valued get deteriorated,” said Vikas Khanna, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering.
03
Jun
2021
insideclimatenews.org
"Game-Changing" Nanomaterials Are Both Generators and Sensors; Here's How They Workopens in new window
The Science Times highlights Amir Alavi's work on self-aware materials in an article about the new class of nano materials.
02
Jun
2021
www.sciencetimes.com
Big BEES-nessopens in new window
A University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University study finds bees and other pollinators play an extremely important role in agriculture.
30
Mar
2021
www.nsf.gov