Archive:November, 2011

November 30th, 2011

Rapid Cancer-Cell Detection with Fluorescent Spray

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Cancer Cells

One of the greatest challenges surgeons face in dealing with cancer is identifying malignant cells in order to remove them, but a new fluorescent spray may change this.

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November 29th, 2011

Gold from Outer Space

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Our favorite wild-haired professor discusses new research suggesting why gold and other dense metals are found close to the Earth’s surface.

Check it out in the video panel at right.

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November 29th, 2011

NASCAR Goes Solar—Another Step in the Fossil Fuel Draw-Down

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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NASCAR has gone solar. Constructed in a former 25-acre parking lot adjacent to the 2.5 mile track by enXco, a renewable energy specialist, NASCAR’s $15 million dollar solar farm is made up of 40,000 photovoltaic panels.

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November 28th, 2011

New Rechargeable Batteries Could Help Stabilize Power Grid

By Douglas Clark | Comments (0)
Stanford's new rechargeable battery

Researchers at Stanford have made new important progress in rechargeable batteries with an electrode that can be recharged 40,000 times with little loss of capacity.

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November 25th, 2011

K-12 Outreach: Hershey Company Shadow Program

By Frank Petrocelli | Comments (0)

For the past several years, the Susquehanna AIChE chapter has sponsored a shadow program for high school students at a handful of local businesses. One of the most active programs has been at The Hershey Company (THC). Each spring, a number of engineers at THC have been involved with a half-day shadow program that involves exposing four to six high school students to chemical engineering.

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November 24th, 2011

Thanksgiving Drowsiness: Is It Tryptophan or the Fork?

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Thanksgiving Turkey

Sitting around the Thanksgiving table in a stupor, at least one relative is bound to haul out the explanation that the tryptophan found in turkey is to blame. But is it really?

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November 23rd, 2011

How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t): Final Thoughts

By Arkan Kayihan | Comments (0)
School Chairs
This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series How ChE Prepared Me for Business (and How It Didn’t)

The ChE discipline would benefit by putting just as much focus on developing the next generation of Jack Welchs as well as Linus Paulings. What is the business case for doing so? This series has shed light on how these other skills directly affect our careers and ability to get work accomplished and even the potential impact on the financial viability of our engineering departments.

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November 22nd, 2011

Have a ChemE Test but Want to Give the Books a Rest? Try a Screencast!

By Alan Aguirre | Comments (0)

The chemical engineering faculty and staff at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder developed Screencasts to give students an effective alternative to simply hitting the books or reviewing classroom notes. Screencasts are short videos (10 minutes or less) of narrations with screen recordings.

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November 21st, 2011

Young Professional Advisory Board Faces New Challenges and Opportunities

By Cory Jensen | Comments (0)

The Young Professional Advisory Board (YPAB) is moving into a new era of leadership and strategic challenges. Current activities and strategic thrusts involve: transitioning the board into committee status (i.e., YPC), redeveloping leadership structure, continuing to grow membership (e.g., via links to local sections), and to take on new responsibilities […]

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November 21st, 2011

AIChE Journal Author and CalTech ChemE Mark Davis Discusses Chemotherapy on CBS News

By Jason Lewis | Comments (2)

Approaching the problem of cancer as not just a medical problem but as an engineering problem has allowed Mark Davis a chemical engineer and researcher at Cal Tech to solve a persistant problem with our current methods of treating the disease via chemotherapy.

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