A toxin released by the body in response to spinal cord injuries increases pain by causing a proliferation of channels containing pain sensors, new research shows, and this hypersensitivity also extends to peripheral nerves in the limbs far from the injury site.
A new system that uses a wireless implant has been shown to record for the first time how brain tissue deforms when subjected to the kind of shock that causes blast-induced trauma commonly seen in combat veterans.
Assistant Professor Bryan Boudouris received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for his project titled "Advanced Molecular Architectures for Electronically-Active Radical Polymers."
Researchers are recommending changes in how to study rapidly changing temperatures in complex systems such as aircraft and power plants, a transformation that could bring advances for applications ranging from fighter jets to energy production.
Roberta Gleiter (BSChE ’60), Chief Executive Officer for the Global Institute for Technology and Engineering (GIFTE), was honored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) with the Advocating Women in Engineering Award at the WE15 Conference’s SWE Awards Banquet on October 23rd in Nashville, Tennessee.
Eric Nauman, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Engineering Honors Program, and HIRRT, the Human Injury Research & Regenerative Technologies Lab at Purdue, has been quoted recently in articles in Time magazine and ESPNW online, on his lab’s research showing the need for hit counts in football and the strong similarity between the damaging force of football hits to the brain and hits taken by soccer players who head the ball.
Purdue University is collaborating with General Motors to develop a new type of energy-absorbing material that might be 3-D printed and that could have an impact in areas ranging from earthquake engineering to safer football helmets.
Silver nanowires hold promise for applications such as flexible displays and solar cells, but their susceptibility to damage from highly energetic UV radiation and harsh environmental conditions has limited their commercialization.
Sara McMillan, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, has been named to receive the first Violet B. Haas Fellowship. The fellowship provides McMillan with $5,000 to support her research on green infrastructure in urban watersheds.