Water treatment expert wins Excellence Award for Assistant Professors

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Dr. Treavor H. Boyer, from the Department of Environmental Engineering & Science, will receive the 2014 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors. The award is presented by the Provost’s Office and nominees must display excellence in research. This year’s selection committee said it focused on the quality and innovativeness of research, and sought to balance the diverse intellectual streams that the …

Three Gator Engineering professors among those honored by UF Research Foundation

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 33 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2014-2017. The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields. The UFRF Professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations …

Environmental Engineering Researchers Reduce Odor Emissions in Landfills

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University of Florida researchers in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences (EES) have developed a framework for designing custom soil covers at landfills to reduce harmful emissions. There are more than 3,400 active landfills in the U.S. About half of them accept household wastes, while the other half accept debris from construction and demolition projects.  The environmental conditions that naturally …

Biomedical engineers shine in 19th annual IPPD expo

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Gator Engineering’s Integrated Product and Process Design program continues to spotlight innovation with its 19th annual Final Design Review and Prototype Demonstration Showcase on April 15. This exposition will be the first year undergraduate biomedical engineering students are participating. Team “Clean Cut” includes seniors from BME’s inaugural graduating class collaborating on a prototype system of recycling single-use medical equipment. They …

University Of Florida Researchers Say Lobster’s Sense of Smell Could Help Detect Explosives

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As reported by First Bell on March 19, 2014: On its website, NBC News reports University of Florida researchers say that by studying a lobster’s sense of smell they may be able to develop technology that can protect soldiers from landmines and other explosives. The UF researchers have found that an olfactory neuron in lobsters “emits bursts of electrical pulses, …

Distinguished professor examines all angles of industrial disaster

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – It wasn’t just chemistry gone awry that resulted in thousands of deaths when a pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, leaked tons of poisonous gases in a single evening 30 years ago. The recipe for the disaster also included ingredients of politics, economics, history and culture. So says Ranganathan “Ranga” Narayanan, a University of Florida chemical engineering professor who is …

Gator Engineering professor improves methods for estimating citrus crop yields

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Citrus crop-yield estimates may be more accurate, thus ensuring higher productivity and more revenue, if an algorithm proves as successful as it did in a recent University of Florida study. Wonsuk “Daniel” Lee’s study, published in the January issue of the journal Biosystems Engineering, could eventually help Florida’s $9 billion-a-year citrus industry. Lee, a UF agricultural and …

Florida researchers developing football helmets to reduce concussions

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Appeared in ASEE’s First Bell, January 9, 2014 (Reuters) – Researchers in Florida believe they have come up with a low-cost way to improve football helmets and better protect players against the glancing blows that experts say contribute to most concussions. Protective sports helmets on the market today are largely designed to absorb shock from direct linear hits, like head …

Tissue engineering could help thousands each year

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kidney failure patients in the not-too-distant future may have a new option that sidesteps the current organ shortage, lengthy wait and potential rejection: Grow your own. University of Florida researchers are using a pig kidney as a “scaffold” in which they are building a human version by injecting it with stem cells grown from the patient. Those …

Gator Engineers reinvent the accelerometer, environment and consumer to benefit

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The technology used to track movement in our cell phones, gaming devices, and airbags is about to scale down, resulting in smaller packaging, lower costs, and reduced environmental impact. Accelerometers are used everyday to track movement in many responsive electronic devices – they are how your smart phone knows to readjust a picture when you turn your …