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UF-led group develops new tools to track illicit nuclear materials

In Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Featured, News, Nuclear Engineering Program, Research GrantsBy Joseph KaysStory originally published on Explore

The Consortium for Nuclear Forensics, a UF-led team of 32 scientists and engineers at 16 universities, has been awarded a five-year, $26.4 million grant from the DOE’s National Nuclear Security Agency to develop new nuclear forensic technologies and to train the next generation of nuclear sleuths to use them.

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UF engineers create viable artificial blood vessels by stretching the science of silicone 3D printing

In Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Featured, News, Research & InnovationBy Shawn Jenkins

Thomas Angelini, Ph.D., associate professor in MAE, and Senthilkumar Duraivel, a graduate from MSE working out of Angelini’s Soft Matter Lab, have collaborated on an approach to 3D print soft silicone structures like miniscule vascular bodies by turning the conventional process on its head.

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Nuclear sleuths: University of Florida to lead $25 million national consortium on nuclear forensics

In Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Featured, News, Research & InnovationStory originally published on UF News

The University of Florida will lead a $25 million, 16-university team of 31 scientists and engineers in the development of new techniques and the training of future specialists in nuclear forensics, which identifies and tracks nuclear materials to support global safety.​​ 

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Erika Moore Receives $1.85 million from NIH to Investigate How Ancestry Affects Wound Healing

In Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Featured, News, Research Grants

Erika Moore, Ph.D., holder of the Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, has received the prestigious National Institutes of Health Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Moore and her team will use the five-year, $1.85 million award to address critical gaps in understanding the relationship between ancestry and cell responses in wound healing. In the long term, this research will lead to biomaterial models of health disparities for the improved identification of wound healing risks and outcomes.

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The Endowment of Experience

In Alumni Spotlight, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, ICYMIBy Shawn Jenkins

by Shawn Jenkins – Ben Botic’s long road to freedom and opportunity yields an indestructible legacy for future generations of UF engineers. Along with Hella, his wife of 54 years, son, Bryan (UF BS Building Construction ’93) and daughter, Michelle Botic Hughes (UF BS Business Administration ’92), he established the Botic Family Scholars Professional Pathways Fund to provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE).

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UF Helps State Launch AI Curriculum in Florida Public Schools

In AI University, Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Featured, In the Headlines, News

Florida is among the first states to adopt a K-12 artificial intelligence, or AI, education program designed to prepare its youth for the growing global demand for an AI-enabled workforce. The framework for the public school coursework was designed with help from UF faculty, including Christina Gardner-McCune, who modeled it after the Artificial Intelligence for K-12 Initiative, or AI4K12.

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Ruzycki Leads UF’s Push to Prepare Florida’s Students and Teachers for the Future of AI

In AI University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, News, Research Grants

Nancy Ruzycki, Ph.D., instructional associate professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, is leading multiple K-12 engineering education initiatives to develop the teachers and the students to help fill prospective job openings in AI related fields.