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What you should know about titanium dioxide
The use of nanoparticles to provide color and texture in many foods and other common products – including toothpaste – has raised questions about possible affects of ingesting the particles. Arizona State University environmental engineer Paul Westerhoff was interviewed on the topic recently for the Food for Thought Blog on the Best Food Facts website. The article focused on titanium dioxide, one of the materials often used in tiny amounts in foods. Westerhoff is on the faculty of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The interview references a more extensive article on questions and issues involving use of the material, “Dunkin’ Donuts ditches titanium dioxide – but is it actually harmful?” posted on the news and commentary website The Conversation. The article reports on findings of studies by Westerhoff’s lab team.
Troy Hottle will be aided in earning a doctoral degree in sustainable engineering at ASU by an Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) scholarship he was recently awarded.
The national foundation supports research and education to promote sustainable waste management practices for the benefit of communities and industry.
Hottle is pursuing his degree through the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering program in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. His doctoral studies adviser is associate professor Amy Landis.
The scholarship will support his research on biopolymers in municipal solid waste. He is working on developing methods for accurately assessing the environmental impacts of biopolymers throughout their life cycle from production to waste, and exploring the feasibility of using biopolymer waste in industrial composting systems.
Hottle came to ASU in 2012 after earning an undergraduate degree in Ohio, then working for Penn State University’s Cooperative Extension and in industry in Pennsylvania.
Read more about Hottle and his current research.
The EREF scholarship will provide $12,000 each year for his doctoral studies. He expects to graduate in spring 2016.
The Research Strategies Group invites Principal Investigators looking to enhance their competitive edge to a National Science Foundation Proposal Clinic, an OKED Research Forum.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4), Marston Theater [map]
Catered, open-air lunch in the Biodesign garden
Register online or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This hands-on workshop will cover two broad areas: proposal planning and the mechanics of writing a compelling proposal. You will:
- Gain insight on NSF programs, funding trends and long-range strategy.
- Leverage your funding and program strategic vision.
- Discover free and low-cost resources on campus that advance your scientific program goals and enhance your broader impacts.
- Get practical experience on creating a compelling message, writing to review panels and making the most of your budget.
- Learn how to develop effective collaborations.
- Gain a better understanding of education, broader impacts and diversity requirements.
- Network with other successful faculty and programs at ASU.
Research Administrative staff and other support staff may register to attend, but will be required to volunteer for a minimum of one hour during the event. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers may register to attend, but these programs/fellowships will NOT be the focus of the clinic.
Lucy Deckard founded Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC in 2010. Her company helps academic institutions, faculty and staff develop the expertise in-house to identify funding opportunities, understand funding agencies, and develop successful grant proposals. She has over 10 years of experience in grant writing, with special emphasis on NSF applications in academic environments. For 16 years, she worked as an engineer conducting applied research in industry and obtained funding from DoD, DARPA and the Department of Energy.
Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL
Marc A. Smith, Chief Social Scientist, Connected Action Consulting Group
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Brickyard (BYENG) 510 [map]
Networks are a data structure commonly found across all social media services that allow populations to author collections of connections. The Social Media Research Foundation’s NodeXL project makes analysis of social media networks accessible to most users of the Excel spreadsheet application. With NodeXL, Networks become as easy to create as pie charts. Applying the tool to a range of social media networks has already revealed the variations present in online social spaces. A review of the tool and images of Twitter, flickr, YouTube, and email networks will be presented.
Marc Smith is a sociologist specializing in the social organization of online communities and computer mediated interaction. Smith leads the Connected Action consulting group and lives and works in Silicon Valley, California. Smith co-founded the Social Media Research Foundation (http://www.smrfoundation.org/), a non-profit devoted to open tools, data, and scholarship related to social media research.
Smith is the co-editor with Peter Kollock of Communities in Cyberspace (Routledge), a collection of essays exploring the ways identity; interaction and social order develop in online groups. Along with Derek Hansen and Ben Shneiderman, he is the co-author and editor of Analyzing Social Media Networks with NodeXL: Insights from a connected world, from Morgan-Kaufmann which is a guide to mapping connections created through computer-mediated interactions.
Smith’s research focuses on computer-mediated collective action: the ways group dynamics change when they take place in and through social cyberspaces. Many “groups” in cyberspace produce public goods and organize themselves in the form of a commons (for related papers see www.connectedaction.net/marc-smith). Smith’s goal is to visualize these social cyberspaces, mapping and measuring their structure, dynamics and life cycles. While at Microsoft Research, he founded the Community Technologies Group and led the development of the “Netscan” web application and data mining engine that allowed researchers studying Usenet newsgroups and related repositories of threaded conversations to get reports on the rates of posting, posters, crossposting, thread length and frequency distributions of activity. He contributes to the open and free NodeXL project (www.codeplex.com/nodexl) that adds social network analysis features to the familiar Excel spreadsheet. NodeXL enables social network analysis of email, Twitter, Flickr, WWW, Facebook and other network data sets.
The Connected Action consulting group (www.connectedaction.net) applies social science methods in general and social network analysis techniques in particular to enterprise and internet social media usage. SNA analysis of data from message boards, blogs, wikis, friend networks, and shared file systems can reveal insights into organizations and processes. Community managers can gain actionable insights into the volumes of community content created in their social media repositories. Mobile social software applications can visualize patterns of association that are otherwise invisible.
Smith received a B.S. in International Area Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 1988, an M.Phil. in social theory from Cambridge University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2001. He is an adjunct lecturer at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. Smith is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Media-X Program at Stanford University.
SHADE: a sustainable home for desert living (ASU News – week in photos)
A photo tour of the ASUNM Solar Decathlon team’s model home, SHADE.
Nanotechnology researchers fabricate foldable Li-ion batteries (Nanowerk.com)
Researchers led by Candace K. Chan, an assistant professor in materials science and engineering, now have shown that paper-folding concepts can be applied to Li-ion batteries in order to realize a device with higher areal energy densities.
Freshman seeks to impact the world via service (ASU News)
Biomedical engineering freshman Jenny Chen says that she is learning about advancing medical technologies in her introductory courses and the benefits they could bring to society.
Studying who heat islands hurt and where they live (KJZZ)
Mikhail Chester, assistant professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, is one of the researchers looking at who is most impacted by the heat island effect and how the neighborhoods they live in could make that heat less severe.
Addressing urban heat (State Press video)
Mikhail Chester is teaming with two researchers from UCLA to find solutions for urban heat effects.
Former THS valedictorian seeks better drinking water for astronauts (The Sakonnet Times)
Heather Jamieson, a chemical engineering graduate student, is featured in her Rhode Island hometown newspaper for her work on membrane technologies with Mary Laura Lind, assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy.
Student uses talents to recreate musical necessity (State Press)
Music performance and material science and engineering freshman Alexis Mitchell plans to use her future years at ASU to invent a synthetic oboe reed, something that has never been successfully done.
People of ASU: short stories (State Press)
Among the six student profiles: Lauren Griffith, computer science senior, and Ben Hook, biomedical engineering sophomore.
Professor awarded for her work in engineering (State Press)
Aerospace engineering professor Aditi Chattopadhyay received a 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Desert sails (State Press)
Fulton Engineering students are among the team leading the ASU Sailing Club into its 10th year. Industrial engineering junior Kyle McManus is the team’s travel and safety officer. Chad Hargrove, mechanical engineering, is vice president. They help Spenser Branch, urban planning senior and captain and president of the club, lead the team.
ASU researchers measure the electrical resistance of single molecules—new technology (AZOnano.com)
Nongjian Tao, professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and Bingqian Xu have developed a relatively straightforward method for measuring the electrical resistance of single molecules.
Progress in the research and development of remote sensing and information modeling technology for construction and infrastructure management is among accomplishments that led Pingbo Tang to be awarded the Recent Alumni Achievement Award from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Tang is an assistant professor in the Del E. Webb School of Construction Programs in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.
He earned his doctoral degree from Carnegie Mellon in 2009. Since then he has helped advance building information modeling, which is critical to doing the spatial analyses necessary for effective management of construction sites, constructed facilities and civil infrastructure systems.
Carnegie Mellon’s award announcement also notes Tang’s work on three-dimensional data quality, spatial data processing workflows and bridge management. Tang has published more than 40 peer-reviewed conference and journal articles. His articles are frequently cited by researchers in areas ranging from civil engineering to geoscience and computer science.
The alumni awards were formally presented September 29.
Daniel W. Bliss, an associate professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, interests in information theory, estimation theory and signal processing have broad applications to wireless communications, remote sensing and medical signal processing. In particular, his research focuses on extracting information in noisy and difficult situations.
A common theme across his work is the use of arrays of antennas and sensors to increase capacity, efficiency, and reliability. Examples of this theme include multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) communications and radar.
ASU design and construction students get ready to compete in Solar Decathlon (ASU News)
A collaborative team of Arizona State University and University of New Mexico students is set to participate in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.
ASU professor pioneers backyard solar power in Arizona (State Press)
ASU electrical engineering professor Joseph Hui wants to put solar energy into your backyard and believes he can do it for only $1 a day.
3 things to know about an MBA in supply chain management (ASU News/U.S. News & World Report)
John Fowler, professor of industrial engineering and chair of the W.P. Carey Supply Chain Management program spoke with U.S. News & World Report about why supply chain management is becoming such a popular career field.
Leader of ‘inactivity studies’ tackles obesity head on, from every angle (ASU News)
James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, tackles the health concerns of sedentary activity.
Mark your calendars for the Engineers Without Borders fourth annual Kenya Dig It? 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 5, 2014. EWB thanks you for your support at previous walks and hopes you can make it again this year.