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Science & Engineering Professors Garner Prestigious Awards and Publish Novel Research this Fall
  • Aaron P. Mitchell's paper, "Fungal CO2 Sensing," has been published in Current Biology. The paper discusses how carbon dioxide levels are used by two fungal pathogens as a key signal to choose between the expression of environmental or virulence traits. Mitchell is the Harold S. Ginsberg Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis and interim chair of the Department of Microbiology.
  • The "High Beta Tokamak" Research Program, led by Gerald Navratil, has been renewed by the U.S. Department of Energy for the next four years. This $4 million program experiments with magnetohydrodynamic instability control using advanced feedback control algorithms and internal feedback control coil configurations that are relevant to upcoming international fusion energy experiments. Thomas Sunn Pedersen, assistant professor of applied physics and Mike Mauel, department chairman of applied physics and applied math, are among those also involved in the project. Navratil is the Thomas Alva Edison Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Math.
  • Rastislav Levicky, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Ken Shepard, associate professor of electrical engineering, have won a five-year $1.7 million National Institutes of Health grant to study low-cost active complementary metal oxide semiconductor biochips for whole genome analysis.
  • Scott Banta, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Barclay Morrison, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, have won a 2005 Brain Trust Award given by four leading medical research philanthropies. Their work concerns directed evolution of cell-penetrating peptides for therapeutic delivery across the blood-brain barrier to specific cellular targets.
  • Steven Nowick, associate professor of computer science, has become part of the $11 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency CLASS program, a government initiative to make asynchronous digital design viable for the commercial and military sectors. Of the 20 large-scale proposals submitted, only one was funded. It was headed by Boeing, with participation of Philips Semiconductors, two asynchronous startups and two smaller academic efforts. The two goals of the project are to build a large-scale asynchronous demonstration chip for Boeing and an asynchronous computer assisted-design tool for use in future asynchronous designs.
  • Four faculty members have won the prestigious IBM Faculty Award: Julia Hirschberg, professor of computer science; Peter Kinget, associate professor of electrical engineering; Dan Bienstock, professor of industrial engineering; and Henning Schulzerinne, department chair of computer science.
  • Andreas Hielscher, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been awarded $750,000 from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research. A partner company, NIRx, has pledged matching funds for a project based on optical imaging technology that has been developed in Hielscher's lab over the last four years. A patent application is under review, and NIRx has agreed to license this technology. The grant funds the building and testing of a breast imaging system.
  • Guillaume Bal, associate professor of applied physics and applied mathematics, and a colleague from the University of Chicago have been awarded Phase-II funding for their Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grant "Time Reversal of Electromagnetic Waves." This $1.1 million three-year project develops the mathematics and computational tools to understand electromagnetic wave propagation through random media.
  • Daniel Ellis, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has won a research award under Microsoft's Digital Memories (Memex) project. The proposal, "Audio Life Logs: Spotting Events, Integrating Information, and Protecting Privacy," deals with recording personal experiences.
  • MCB: Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics is a new journal under the direction of X. Edward Guo, editor-in-chief. Guo is an associate professor of biomedical engineering. The journal's goal is to facilitate the study of biomolecules, including proteins and nucleic acid and the mechanics of single cells, including their interactions with extracellular matrices. Readers and prospective contributors can visit the journal's Web site at http://www.techscience.com/mcb or send e-mail to mcb-journal@columbia.edu.

Published: Dec 23, 2005
Last modified: Jul 10, 2006

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