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NYU developing HIV antibodies and RNA test in a single POC
(New York University) NYU College of Dentistry has received a sub-award in the amount of $335,000 from a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from NIH to complete the development of a fully automated self-confirming assay that can simultaneously detect HIV/AIDS antibodies and viral RNA from the AIDS virus in a single specimen.

Two distinguished NJIT alumni received lifetime achievement awards
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) this year bestowed one of its highest honors, the Outstanding Projects And Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement award, on two NJIT alumni who have made substantial and lasting contributions to the field of engineering.

Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites
(University of Georgia) Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study by the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging.

Precocious GEM: Shape-shifting sensor can report conditions from deep in the body
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Scientists working at NIST and NIH have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible with current technology. If eventually put into widespread use, the design could have a major impact on research in medicine, chemistry, biology and engineering. Ultimately, it might be used in clinical diagnostics.

Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem
(Northwestern University) A Northwestern University research team used silver nanodiscs to increase the promising new material's light emission by twelve times, making it a better candidate for light-emitting diode technologies.

A cyber moment: ONR Reservist wins Federal 100 Award
(Office of Naval Research) Lt. Cmdr. Tom McAndrew, with the Office of Naval Research, became the first ONR Reservist to win a Federal 100 Award at an awards ceremony March 26.

Launch of new partnership arrangement for future operation of NPL
(National Physical Laboratory) Today the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills formally signed a partnership agreement with the Universities of Strathclyde and Surrey which will set a new strategic direction for the future of the National Physical Laboratory.

Boston University STEM outreach program gains major boost from AT&T
(Boston University) AT&T contributes $145,000 contribution to Boston University's College of Engineering to create a two-year engineering and technology program for an urban high school population, and to document its impact on high school graduation rates.

A tool is created to improve the sustainability of the transport sector
(Elhuyar Fundazioa) Thanks to this tool, developed through the BIOLCA project, it has been possible to minimize the sector's environmental, social and economic impacts. What is more, the Public Administration has been provided with a tool to assess different fuels and thus regulate the use of them and encourage the most sustainable ones.

A long-standing mystery in membrane traffic was solved
(The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) In a recent issue of Science, published on March 27, 2015, a research team, led by Tae-Young Yoon of the Department of Physics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Reinhard Jahn of the Department of Neurobiology of the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, reports that NSF/α-SNAP disassemble a single SNARE complex using various single-molecule biophysical methods that allow them to monitor and manipulate individual protein complexes.

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