Magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI) are two active research areas in neuroimaging. DTI is sensitive to the anisotropic diffusion of water exerted by its macromolecular environment and has been shown useful in characterizing structures of ordered tissues such as the brain white matter, myocardium, and cartilage. Functional MRI measures brain activations using the hemodynamic response. The combination of these two methods provides a new way to understand human brain from the anatomical neuronal fiber connectivity to functional activities between different brain regions.
Fifteen-year-old students in the United States ranked 25th of 34 countries on the OECD international math test and 17th on the science test, raising serious concerns that the United States is not prepared to succeed in the global economy. The science and technology fields are exploding with employment possibilities, yet many young people are unprepared for these opportunities.
Planck is an international satellite mission led by the European Space Agency with significant contribution by NASA, designed to measure the anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The Planck Mission’s Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) stated goals are to: Strengthen science and technology education in the US, raise public awareness about the value of the various science missions, and contribute to the future science and technology workforce in the US through educational opportunities for students, teachers, and the public.
GIRK channels (G protein-coupled inwardly-rectifying potassium channel) are a type of protein found in neurons and have many roles in the nervous system, including memory and pain perception. Improper function of this protein has been linked to altered neural signaling and cell death. A better understanding of how these channels function is important to determine the full scope of their physiological role and possible contributions to disease states.
Two immersive 3-D chemistry applications used to augment chemistry & chemical engineering labs. The objective is to provide a 3-dimensional environment for students to interact with chemistry software. Faculty Collaborator: Libbie Pelter, Chemistry and Physics
Groundwater, as the major contributor to the fresh water resource, has been contaminated by agricultural and industrial activities in recent years. However, it is extremely difficult to obtain data to assess the current pollution situation or to predict contaminates’ movement trend. The problem also renders challenges in education. Civil Engineering Students are easy to get bored when learning the modeling and simulating theories in class. In this project, a scenario was designed where an industrial plant had a 1,2 Dicholorethane (1,2-DCA) spill, caused by the failure of an underground storage tank.