For the week ending March 8th, 2015, this is your week in science.
- Michigan Technological University researchers have already developed a prototype that can provide a range of motion that rivals a natural gait. Next, they aim to give their robotic ankle something different: eyes. (MTU)
WOMEN IN STEM:
- The Ford Motor Company is donating to Michigan Technological University to support scholarships for women in engineering. (MTU)
- According to a study published in the journal Nature by Michigan State University researchers, galactic “rain” may be the key to whether a galaxy is fertile. (MSU Today)
- The College of Human Medicine’s Office of Research, along with MSU’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Office of Regulatory Affairs are holding a two-day training on March 26 and 27 designed to support clinical research investigators. The Investigator Training Program will be held at MSU’s Secchia Center in Grand Rapids and is free of charge. (MSU Today)
- Stephen Hamilton, MSU professor of ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry, and associate director of the Kellogg Biological Station, is the recipient of the 2015 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Society of Freshwater Science. (MSU Today)
SMALLER THAN MEETS THE EYE:
- A new twist on an old tool lets scientists use light to study and control matter with 1,000 times better resolution and precision than previously possible. (UM News)
- With the aid of X-ray crystallography, researchers at the University of Michigan have revealed the structures of two closely related enzymes that play essential roles in the body’s ability to metabolize excess lipids, including cholesterol. (UM News)
- A new analysis of the economic impacts of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan by the nation’s largest grid operator places a price on carbon dioxide emissions and concludes that under nearly 40 compliance scenarios, a regional solution is less costly than a state-by-state approach. (E&E News)
- Michigan Republicans announced this week that they do not support higher renewable energy targets and that they will seek to eliminate energy efficiency standards from state law. (Midwest Energy News)
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