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April 10, 2012

UIC Engineer Tackles Nanoscale Computing Challenges

Wenjing Rao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has won a five-year, $450,000 National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career award she will use to explore new ways to test nanotransistors made from novel materials.

March 27, 2012

Computer Scientist Drives for Comprehensive Traffic Model

Jakob Eriksson, assistant professor of computer science, hopes he can gather data from unused sensors to create a dynamic regional traffic picture now that he has received a five-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Award.

March 22, 2012

National Study Ranks City Governments’ Use of Social Media

More than six times as many big city governments reached citizens via Facebook in 2011 compared to 2009, while use of YouTube and Twitter grew fourfold and threefold respectively, a new study indicates.

March 22, 2012

Cell Protein Interactions Favor Fats

Researchers are learning how the fat molecules within the cell membrane help the cell’s signaling proteins to assemble and function.

March 15, 2012

Online Game Shows Why Ward Maps Raise Controversy

If you wonder why Chicago’s remapping of its 50 wards raised so much controversy and took so long, you can try remapping a few wards yourself, courtesy of urban planners at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

March 13, 2012

Charcoal Studied for Landfill Methane Containment

Methane, often used for cooking and heating, is a potent greenhouse gas — more than 20 times more effective at trapping atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide. A major source of slow methane leaks is old, abandoned landfills and town dumps.

March 12, 2012

Discovery of Hair-Cell Roots Suggests the Brain Modulates Sound Sensitivity

The hair cells of the inner ear have a previously unknown “root” extension that may allow them to communicate with nerve cells and the brain to regulate sensitivity to sound vibrations and head position, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have discovered.

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February 23, 2012

Naked Mole-Rats Bear Lifesaving Clues

Could blind, buck-toothed, finger-sized naked mole-rats harbor in their brain cells a survival secret that might lead to better heart attack or stroke treatments?

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