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SMU faculty, students to help UNHCR clean up refugee camp water

The search for solutions to dangerous water quality issues in refugee camps is driving an SMU lab group’s partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. SMU faculty and students will work in the lab and on the ground in Kenya, Uganda, Liberia and Bangladesh.

The group will integrate information from other sources to develop a database that will help UNHCR planners provide safer drinking water in existing and future refugee camps. Continue reading

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The Guardian: Weatherwatch — Can the intensity of a hurricane be predicted?

Science journalist David Hambling has covered the hurricane modeling research of SMU engineers Yu Su, Michael Hahsler and Margaret Dunham in the U.K. daily newspaper The Guardian.

The article published in Hambling’s Oct. 12 column “Weatherwatch.”
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KERA: Engineering Hope: Research To Aid Injured Troops

CBS11fiberoptic.jpgReporter B.J. Austin with Dallas area Public Radio station KERA has interviewed SMU engineers Marc Christensen and Volkan Otugen who are working as part of a consortium with industry and other universities to develop technology that will someday help amputees have “feeling” in their artificial limbs. Continue reading

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Popular Science: A New Interface For Bionic Limbs

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The monthly magazine Popular Science in its March issue covered SMU research to help develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two-way fiber optic communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves will be key to operating realistic robotic arms, legs and hands that not only move like the real thing, but also “feel” sensations like pressure and heat.
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SMU rises in Carnegie Foundation research classification to ‘high research activity’

research-homepage-25jan2010.ashx.jpegThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has raised SMU’s classification among institutions of higher education, reflecting dramatic growth in the University’s research activity since it was last measured in 2005.

SMU is now categorized as a research university with “high research activity,” a significant step up from its last assessment in 2005 as a doctoral/research university. The Carnegie Foundation assigns doctorate-granting institutions to categories based on a measure of research activity occurring at a particular period in time, basing these latest classifications on data from 2008-2009.

“SMU’s rise in the Carnegie classification system is further evidence of the growing quality and research productivity of our faculty. We are building a community of scholars asking and answering important research questions and making an impact on societal issues with their findings,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
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CBS 11 DFW: Doctors using fiber optics for prosthetic limbs

CBS11fiberoptic.jpgA new $5.6 million center funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and industry is led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering to develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two-way fiber optic communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves will be key to operating realistic robotic arms, legs and hands that not only move like the real thing, but also “feel” sensations like pressure and heat.

CBS Channel 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth covered the research with a program that aired Nov. 30 “Doctors Using Fiber Optics For Prosthetic Limbs.”
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New Scientist: Robot limbs to plug into the brain with light

Robotic%20hand%20150x120.jpgA new $5.6 million center funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and industry is led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering to develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two-way fiber optic communication between prosthetic limbs and peripheral nerves will be key to operating realistic robotic arms, legs and hands that not only move like the real thing, but also “feel” sensations like pressure and heat. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: SMU, DOD Partner Again, This Time on Prosthetics That Feel

Robotic%20hand%20150x120.jpgThe Dallas Observer’s Robert Wilonsky writes about a new $5.6 million center funded by DOD and industry, and led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. The center will develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Researchers also envision man-to-machine apps that extend beyond prosthetics, leading to brain implants to control tremors, modulators for chronic pain management and fused implants for spinal cord injuries.
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SMU leads $5.6M research center for fiber optic interface to link robotic limbs, human brain

Robotic%20hand%20150x120.jpgA new $5.6 million center funded by DOD and industry is led by SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering to develop revolutionary technology for advanced prosthetic limbs that will help amputees returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Researchers also envision man-to-machine apps that extend beyond prosthetics, leading to brain implants to control tremors, modulators for chronic pain management and fused implants for spinal cord injuries.
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