Category: Research

Yap, Lee Receive Bhakta Rath Award for Nanotube Research

For groundbreaking work in nanotechnology, Yoke Khin Yap and Chee Huei Lee have received Michigan Technological University’s Bhakta Rath Research Award. Yap, an associate professor of physics, and then-PhD student Lee (he graduated in 2010) invented a technique for synthesizing boron nitride nanotubes. Compared to their carbon-based cousins, boron nitride nanotubes have alluring qualities but…” [read more]

Tech Students Receive NSF Awards for Grad Study, Research

Graduate Research Fellowships support students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based degrees. Among the recipients within the college is David Schaeffer, who will continue work on his PhD in Psychology. Honorable mentions include physics undergraduate Eric Petersen and master’s student in biological sciences Jonathen Ebel. Tech student Erin Thoma, who is earning a PhD degree in mathematical sciences, was selected to participate in NSF’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes…. [read more]

Nanotech Filter Separates Oil and Water

Michigan Technological University scientists Yoke Khin Yap and Jaroslaw Drelich have created a filter that separates the two substances as quickly and cleanly as a ref breaking up a clinch. Their fine, stainless steel mesh is coated with carbon nanotubes about 10 microns across. “They have a super-honeycomb structure that repels water,” says Yap, an associate professor of physics. “But they like organic stuff, like oil….” [read more]

A Good Night’s Sleep: If Only . . .

As part of a $400,000 National Institutes of Health grant, Jason Carter, chair and associate professor in exercise science, health and physical education, and his research team are looking at sleep deprivation’s links to hypertension, among other issues, and differences by gender. “We are trying to figure out why women are more susceptible to developing hypertension as a result of reduced sleep…” [read more]

Funding for Undergraduate Research Announced

This summer, the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) will support 23 students from across the University with funds from the Vice President for Research, the Honors Institute and the Biotechnology Research Center (BRC). The total funding for the program this year is $74,300. Students in PhysicsComputer ScienceExercise SciencePsychologyBiology, and Mathematics are among the recipients…. [read more]

Nexus: Seely Speaks of Libraries and the Research Process

Dean Bruce Seely (CSA) will present a workshop, “Research and the Historian’s Craft: Excursions from the Archives to the World Wide Web,” at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Library East Reading Room. Seely will address the changing role of libraries, archives and the Internet in his historical research. “Over the past 35 years, I have been exploring several different topics in history of technology,” said Seely…. [read more]