Category: College of Engineering

Bionic Pancreas: A Father’s Mission To Fight Type 1 Diabetes

September 17th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes — it is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. In most cases, poor diet and lack of exercise are contributing factors to Type 2 diabetes, in which the pancreas doesn’t use the hormone insulin properly. Insulin is needed to convert sugar into energy…

Expert quote:

“The possibility that you could go to sleep and have your blood sugar drop profoundly low while you’re unconscious and there’s no one there to intervene. And the fear is something called ‘dead in bed syndrome.’”

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It’s Flagella Against The Cantilever For The Fate Of Bacteria

September 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Kamil Ekinci, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Kamil Ekinci, College of Engineering

A team of researchers has developed a new model to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time and to determine how these motions relate to communication within a bacterial colony…

Expert quote:

“When they die, they stop moving, so it’s a good way to measure the effectiveness of an antibiotic. You know more or less immediately that they’re dead.”

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Ebola spotter

September 15th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Ebola, Newsmakers, Selim Unlu 0 comments

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Selim Unlu, College of Engineering

Quickly confirming cases of Ebola is critical to stopping outbreaks, but test equipment is bulky and expensive…and getting results takes hours at best…

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Amesbury brothers try out bionic pancreas

September 14th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Like all parents, Constance Clarizia wants a short respite and sweet dreams at the end of the day. But for the past 14 years, nighttimes have not been sweet. With two sons who have Type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes, nighttimes have meant monitoring of blood sugar levels even while her children are sleeping…

Expert quote:

“When you are sleeping, you are checked out. You don’t want to check out permanently.”

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Kids with Type 1 diabetes get a taste of normal life with ‘bionic pancreas’

September 12th, 2014 in 2014, Baltimore Sun, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

As 7-year-old Zara Cheek packed her bags for her first sleep-away camp this summer, she found herself looking forward to more than just swimming, going on hikes and eating S’mores for two glorious weeks…

Expert quote:

“The results were good — much, much better than even we anticipated — and the kids seemed to have a great time.”

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Solar storm sending solar flare to Earth

September 12th, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, College of Engineering, Joshua Semet, NECN, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Joshua Semeter, College of Engineering, Center for Space Physics

An explanation of the upcoming solar storm.

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ENG prof Calin Belta receives $1M grant from NSF

September 11th, 2014 in 2014, Calin Belta, College of Engineering, Newsmakers, Professor Extras 0 comments

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Success on either side

September 9th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

We, in our increasingly high addiction of celebrity gossip, sometimes forget to recognise those who may not be on the cover of our favourite tabloid, but make a far more profound impression on the human frontier of knowledge. Through their dogged pursuit of knowledge and unending curiosity, they change the way we understand the universe unfold its many mysteries…

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Two-fold loss

September 5th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

A few months before the 2013 general elections, a political party, with little history of election campaigning and still defining its political image and vision, created history. The said party came up with, and published an educational manifesto

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Bionic pancreas: A new dawn for diabetics?

August 31st, 2014 in 2014, BBC, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Those with type 1 diabetes often say having the condition is like having a second job such is the stress of monitoring their blood sugar levels and administering doses of insulin…

Expert quote:

“Young people who start college with type 1 diabetes have such a hard time managing this new world that they’re engaging with and at the same time they’re taking full responsibility of their diabetes. My goal is to build a device that will unburden him of that.”

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