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June 28, 2007

Christopher Weber, Graduate Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 6-28-07

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Christopher Weber received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2004 and his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. His doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon involves the connections between international trade, economic growth, and the environmental and climate impacts of household consumption in the U.S. and China.

"Embodied Environmental Emissions in U.S. International Trade, 1997-2004", co-authored by Christopher Weber and Scott Matthews, was published in Environmental Science and Technology on June 13, 2007.

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June 27, 2007

Dr. Dennis Hong, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, Virginia Tech, 6-28-07

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Dr. Dennis W. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. As the director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) at Virginia Tech, his research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr. Hong recently received the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. The five-year CAREER grant, worth more than $400,000, is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for creative junior faculty who are considered likely to become academic leaders of the future.

Dr. Hong is a two-time recipient of the Magoon Award (1998 and 1999) for excellence in teaching at Purdue University, won the ASME Freudenstein / General Motors Young Investigator Award and the 2nd Annual Biomimicry Award / Best Paper Award at the 29th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (2005), the ASPIRES Award (2004) at Virginia Tech, and was selected as a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California (2005). He also has patents for a device for medical applications.

  • Dr. Hong’s research interests lie in the area of robotics with a focus on Biologically inspired robot locomotion

  • Design and analysis of mechanical systems

  • Kinematics and dynamics of robotic systems
  • "Robot Evolution by Intelligent Design" is featured on YouTube

    Posted by David Lemberg at 11:32 AM Return to Science and Society Podcasts Main Index

    June 21, 2007

    Dr. Terry Collins, Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Institute for Green Oxidation Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, 6-21-07

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    Terrence J. Collins, Ph.D., the Thomas Lord Professor of Chemistry at the Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University, is distinguished by his seminal scientific contributions to green chemistry and his dedication to green chemistry education. He is recognized world-wide as an energetic public advocate for greater use of green chemistry to help achieve a sustainable civilization. In 1997 his work won the award of the Society of Pure and Applied Coordination Chemistry (Japan) and in 1999 the U.S. Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

    After completing postdoctoral work at Stanford University, Dr. Collins taught at the California Institute of Technology before coming to Carnegie Mellon in 1987. At Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Collins is the Director of the Institute for Green Oxidation Chemistry, which was established in 2000. Previously, he was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.

    The Institute for Green Oxidation Chemistry maintains active research collaborations with academic researchers and industrial colleagues throughout the world. It is also has a strong and expanding educational component. Dr. Collins envisions growth of the Institute geared toward teaching our next generation of scientists and engineers ethics and sustainability studies across multiple disciplines.

    One of the leading educators in the field of green chemistry, Dr. Collins published the first definition of green chemistry in 1997 for the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry, Volume 2. He was invited to contribute extensive on-line materials on sustainability science to the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute, and served as a consultant for “Reactions in Chemistry,” a professional development series for high school teachers developed by Annenberg Media.

    Dr. Collins represented the U.S. at the Workshop on the Funding of Sustainable Chemistry, which took place in Tokyo in 2000 as part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. An author or co-author of more than 100 publications in the scientific literature, Dr. Collins has presented more than 400 public lectures worldwide.

    Posted by David Lemberg at 08:21 AM Return to Science and Society Podcasts Main Index

    Dr. Michael Liebschner, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, and Dr. Lin Zhong, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, 6-21-07

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    Dr. Michael Liebschner is Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Director of the Computational Biomechanics Laboratory at Rice University. One focus of Dr. Liebschner's work is the mechanical properties of bone. His group is developing computational techniques to describe the fundamental biomechanical properties of bone, and he is also developing minimally invasive techniques for treating and diagnosing osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. In collaboration with Rice colleague Dr. Lin Zhong, Dr. Liebschner is developing OsteoConduct, a system for “body-area communication” that takes advantage of bone's ability to conduct sound.

    Dr. Lin Zhong is Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Efficient Computing Group at Rice University. Dr. Zhong received his B.S and M.S. from Tsinghua University in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2005, and spent one summer with NEC Labs, America and two summers with Microsoft Research while earning his doctorate. Dr. Zhong received the AT&T Asian-Pacific Leadership Award in 2001 and the Harold W. Dodds Princeton University Honorific Fellowship for 2004-2005. He joined Rice's faculty in 2005. His research interests include mobile and embedded system design, power analysis and optimization of integrated circuits and systems, and human-computer interaction.

    Posted by David Lemberg at 08:15 AM Return to Science and Society Podcasts Main Index

    June 14, 2007

    Dr. Eva Surmacz, Associate Professor of Biology, College of Science and Technology, Temple University, and Director of the Obesity and Cancer Program, Sbarro Health Research Organization, 6-14-07

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    Dr. Eva Surmacz is an internationally recognized expert in cancer biology. The work in Dr. Surmacz's laboratory, in addition to projects related to the link between obesity and cancer, includes studies on crosstalk between growth factor and steroid receptors in cancer progression and development of anti-cancer targeted strategies.

    A native of Poland, Dr. Surmacz joined Temple’s faculty and the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine in 2004 from Thomas Jefferson University’s Kimmel Cancer Center. She was originally introduced to Temple in 1980 as a summer student in the School of Medicine’s department of pathology. She returned as a visiting research fellow at the School of Medicine from 1984 to 1986 and later earned her doctorate in biochemistry through a joint program between Temple and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw in 1988.

    Dr. Surmacz joined the faculty at Jefferson University in 1993 after serving as a senior scientist at the Biotechnology Center in Warsaw and a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University and Jefferson. As an independent investigator, she has had research funded over the past 12 years by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, several private foundations and organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry.

    The Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO) funds innovative and dedicated clinicians, molecular biologists, geneticists and chemists who seek to diagnose and cure cancer and cardiovascular conditions by identifying and studying the underlying molecular mechanisms of these diseases. The Organization also funds work on the links between obesity and cancer along with a new molecular therapeutics program that will spur the application of the newest discoveries to useful drug or diagnostic therapies for a wide range of diseases.

    Posted by David Lemberg at 08:19 AM Return to Science and Society Podcasts Main Index

    Dr. Raj Manglik, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Thermal Fluids and Thermal Processing Laboratory, University of Cincinnati, 6-14-07

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    Dr. Raj Manglik is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Thermal Fluids and Thermal Processing Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Manglik received his Ph.D. in 1991 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

    He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Wessex Institute of Great Britain. He has also received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator/CAREER Award, the Procter & Gamble UERP Award (1995), and the National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award (1992).

    Dr. Manglik is or has been the editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer (ASME), International Journal of Heat Exchangers, and Heat Transfer & Fluid Flow Data Books.

    Dr. Manglik reports on activities related to Fuel Cells —

    "The imperatives of growing energy demands urgently warrant the development of alternative energy systems, and Fuel Cells have become increasingly attractive as they can readily operate with hydrogen and organic hydrocarbon fuels. Our research addresses DMFC for portable electronic devices, PEMFC for automobile and transportation, and SOFC for cogeneration and large power generation. System optimization is considered for viable usage and enhancement of energy efficiency and power density. Primary determinants for both performance optimization and economic miniaturization are the attendant thermal and water management to control and enhance the heat, mass, and volatile species transport."

    Posted by David Lemberg at 08:16 AM Return to Science and Society Podcasts Main Index