Three BU Alums Named to BostInno’s 2021 “25 Under 25” List

Among their work: bridging the gender gap at hackathons and providing educational opportunities for refugee children TechTogether founder Fiona Whittington (COM’19) organized SheHacks, the world’s second-largest all-female hackathon, before pivoting to start her hackathon nonprofit TechTogether. Photo (left) courtesy of Whittington. When Fiona Whittington started TechTogether in 2017, she was “maybe a little overconfident,” she […]

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Sustainable Adhesives of the Future Won’t Stick Around

Most adhesives today are made of plastic, but BU chemists hope a new biodegradable alternative will provide a more environmentally friendly option Mark Grinstaff (left) and Ethan McCaslin helped develop a new, sustainable adhesive that can be altered to stick to wood, glass, skin, and even water. Photo by Cydney Scott. Plastics of the future […]

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Xin Zhang Elected to National Academy of Inventors

BU engineer is known for developing new metamaterials capable of warping their properties Which invention is she most proud of? Boston University professor of engineering Xin Zhang recently spoke with The Brink about what it’s like to develop technologies that can make a difference in the real world. Photo (right) by Cydney Scott.  When she’s […]

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How Fitbits, Other Bluetooth Devices Make Us Vulnerable to Tracking

BU researchers found that a third-party algorithm can track the location of some Bluetooth devices Boston University engineers have discovered a vulnerability in several high-profile Bluetooth devices—including the popular workout-tracking Fitbit watch—that could allow third parties to obtain sensitive information from the devices, such as your exact location. Photo courtesy of filadendron/iStock. In 2018, nearly 3.7 […]

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BU Joins Federal Effort to Engineer Human Tissue

New national institute will develop innovative, life-saving industry Human-made tissue for healing wounds and preserving organs for transplantation won’t be science fiction if a new consortium, including BU, can develop the technology. Photo by BeholdingEye/iStock. Imagine this: a new factory opens in the United States after years of dwindling manufacturing jobs. Unlike the great factories […]

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BU and Red Hat Forge $5 Million Partnership

Five-year research arrangement promises mutual benefits President Robert A. Brown (right) and Paul Cormier, Red Hat executive vice president and president, products and technologies, at a dinner celebrating the partnership between BU and Red Hat, held at Sloane House January 23. Brown gave Cormier a gift to commemorate the new partnership. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. […]

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Big Data and Improving Health Care

Data scientist and physician team up to reduce preventable hospitalizations By: Suzanne Jacobs Big Data Meets Healthcare—Bill Adams, a physician and medical informatician, and Yannis Paschalidis, a data scientist and engineer, are working together to use data from electronic health records to reduce preventable hospitalizations and cut health care costs. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi. Yannis […]

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