BYU-created mini tool has massive potential --

"BYU researchers have created a miniaturized, portable version of a tool now capable of analyzing Mars’ atmosphere — and that’s just one of its myriad possible uses."

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BYU researchers make flexible glass for tiny medical devices --

"Brigham Young University researchers have developed new glass technology that could add a new level of flexibility to the microscopic world of medical devices."

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BYU engineers and scientists take on global health threat --

"BYU is a major part of a collaborative team which has just kicked off a massive multidisciplinary effort to combat a threat to global health: the rising prevalence of bacteria that can’t be treated by antibiotics.Four BYU professors from three colleges have joined forces on the multi-year, National Institutes of Health-sponsored effort to create a faster diagnostic test for drug-resistant blood infections."

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New on-chip optical sensing technique used to detect multiple flu strains --

"New chip-based optical sensing technologies developed by researchers enable the rapid detection and identification of multiple biomarkers. The research team describes a novel method to perform diagnostic assays for multiple strains of flu virus on a small, dedicated chip."

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BYU Radio Interview involving Labs on Chip --

"A major hurdle in the fight to prevent disease outbreaks like Ebola—or the spread of drug-resistant bacteria—is the time it takes to identify the problem. The results of a blood test can take several days to come back, during which you might be taking an antibiotic that’s not helping because you’ve got bacteria resistant to that drug. In the case of Ebola, often by the time the virus is evident in a blood test, you’ve already got a serious problem on your hands."

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BYU Chip Camp doubles for year two --

"When you hear 'Chip Camp,' you might think of a weekend getaway fueled by Doritos. But for more than 100 7th and 8th graders, Chip Camp has nothing to do with cheetle (the orange, powdery residue left on your fingers after eating Cheetos). Instead, BYU Chip Camp unites budding and bright-eyed mathematicians, scientists and engineers to discover the possibilities in STEM education. "

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KUTV Chip Camp Interview --

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Kinnect Lightsuit and Lightball Collaboration --

"The BYU Kinnect Dance Company, a student outreach performance dance company focused on developing teaching, creative and performance skills in its members, in collaboration with BYU electrical engineers, have choreographed performances using LED lights. Engineering students have created light balls and light suits, which are used and worn by the dancers to create a brilliant spectacle and an engaging performance."

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Dr. Hawkins made IEEE Fellow --

"Recognizing the achievements of its members is an important part of the mission of the IEEE. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE Fellow Committee recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. ..."

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JQE Celebrates 50th Anniversary at CLEO Conference --

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Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Project Funded by NIH --

"The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $11 million in first-year funding for nine research projects supporting enhanced diagnostics to rapidly detect antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. The awardee institutions will develop tools to identify certain pathogens that frequently cause infections in health care settings and, specifically, those that are resistant to most antimicrobials."

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Dr. Hawkins Appointed OSA Fellow --

"OSA is pleased to announce the new Fellow Members for 2015. From among 151 candidates, 76 OSA members were elected for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics, as confirmed by the Board of Directors at its meeting in October 2014."

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First Chip Camp at BYU 2 --

"Trevor Decker, a BYU electrical and computer engineering major and student co-director of Chip Camp, explained that most of the inspiration for their activities came from the Micron Foundation, but that they were given the freedom to add their own style."

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First Chip Camp at BYU 1 --

"The future for young math and science enthusiasts is bright because of a new program that highlights the limitless opportunities for engineers. Chip Camp was held at BYU on Tuesday and Wednesday to encourage about 50 seventh- and eighth-grade students to pursue degrees in engineering."

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Dr. Hawkins appointed Editor in Chief for the IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics --

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Sara Taylor and her husband both head to MIT for graduate school --

"Cameron and Sara Taylor certainly aren’t the only BYU students graduating this week that have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs. After all, BYU is No. 5 in the country for producing grads who go on to earn PhDs."

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Tom Wall wins third place in campus-wide 3 Minute Thesis Competition --

"Tom Wall, one of our department’s PhD students, won 3rd place in the University wide 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition ( He had earlier won 1st place in our department and college level competitions."

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Sara Ehlert awarded the Goldwater scholarship --

"Recently, Sara Ehlert, a Electrical Engineering and Mathematics major was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide."

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New Single Virus Detection Techniques for Faster Disease Diagnosis --

"Two independent teams have developed new optics-based methods for determining the exact viral load of a sample by counting individual virus particles. These new methods are faster and cheaper than standard tests and they offer the potential to conduct the measurements in a medical office or hospital instead of a laboratory."

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BYU Engineers Help Ballroom Dancers Shine at International Competition --

"Engineers and ballroom dancers might not be the most typical collaborators on a college campus. But the combination recently paid off for BYU. The BYU Ballroom Dance Company took first place in the formation category at the British Open Championships in Blackpool, England Wednesday night."

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BYU electrical engineers light up ballroom dancers --

"Last summer engineering professor Aaron Hawkins saw a performance during an episode of America’s Got Talent that caught his eye. A group of dancers were performing in the dark, wearing suits that lit up in sync with the music. “I thought, why can’t we do that too?” Hawkins said. “Especially with the world-class dancers we have on campus."

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Laser music: BYU electrical engineers use light to beam songs across a room --

"Use light to transmit music across a room – that’s the challenge for students in a BYU electrical engineering class. Each semester, classes resume the challenge of improving on previous designs. At one point, their device had to be plugged into an outlet to work, then the students figured out how to make it battery powered. This semester, the students made it compatible with any music player."

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BYU prof helps slow down light with a silicon chip --

"A tiny optical device built into a silicon chip has achieved the slowest light propagation on a chip to date, reducing the speed of light by a factor of 1,200 in a study reported in Nature Photonics (published online September 5 and in the November print issue)."

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Virus-detecting 'lab on a chip' developed by BYU researchers --

"A team of BYU engineers and chemists has created an inexpensive silicon microchip that reliably detects viruses, even at low concentrations. It’s another step toward the goal of enabling physicians and lab technicians to use small chips to test their patients’ samples for specific proteins or viruses."

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New virus-detecting lab on a chip gets even better --

"A team of engineers and chemists at Brigham Young University has created a silicon microchip they say can reliably detect specific proteins or viruses from even small samples at low concentrations."

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IMMERSE documentary to be broadcast on BYU Television --

"A documentary highlighting the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's IMMERSE program will air on BYU Television Jan. 12 at 11 p.m. and again Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m."

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BYU research team's microchip traps virus molecules --

"In just a few minutes, with microscopic glass tubes and a nanoliter of liquid, a team of BYU researchers can track down even the most elusive virus molecules. The team of professors and students has created a tiny silicon microchip that traps molecules based on size, not quantity."

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Micron donates $320K to BYU for microelectronics research --

"Brigham Young University has announced it will receive a $320,000 donation from the Micron Technology Foundation. This donation will help fund microelectronics research and undergraduate training in the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology."

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Light Pipes Detect Vapors --

"Brigham Young University (BYU) and University of California-Santa Cruz (UC-Santa Cruz) researchers have achieved the advance by focusing light through special tubes tiny enough for use on the scarce silicon real estate."



Silicon chip beams light through a liquid-core waveguide to detect one particle at a time --

"By guiding light through liquid-filled channels smaller than a human hair, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Brigham Young University have succeeded in building a silicon chip that can detect tiny particles one at a time. The research, published online this week in the journal Lab on a Chip, could revolutionize the fields of medical and environmental sampling by making analyses sensitive, portable, and fast."

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On-chip atomic spectroscopy --

"Atomic spectroscopy can be performed with integrated optics on a chip for the first time, according to US researchers, who passed a beam of light through a rubidium vapour cell integrated into the chip. Atomic spectroscopy, of course, is a widely used technique with diverse applications, but conventional systems require bulky components. Now, Holger Schmidt, associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz and colleagues postdoctoral researcher Wenge Yang, lead author on the paper, postdoctoral researcher Dongliang Yin, and graduate student Bin Wu together with graduate student Don Conkey and associate professor of electrical engineering Aaron Hawkins at Brigham Young University, have developed a compact, fully planar device that facilitates the study of atoms and molecules on a chip-based platform with integrated optics."

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'Light pipes' help BYU engineers use a microchip to detect gas vapors --

"A Brigham Young University professor and his research collaborators have created a portable laboratory the size of a microchip that uses light to detect gases."

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PHOTONIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS: ARROW principle yields fluid-core waveguides --

"A desire to optically detect molecules one at one time has led researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz), and at Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) to collaboratively develop micron-scale single-mode integrated optical waveguides with fluid or gas cores based on the antiresonant-reflecting-optical-waveguide (ARROW) principle."

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Y. engineers are zooming in on cancer --

"BYU engineers have developed an instrument that measures the electronic properties of material and could be used to differentiate cancer from healthy tissue."

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Now you see it: new BYU scientific instrument peers into the unknown --

"A new scientific instrument developed by Brigham Young University engineers, which could be used to identify cancerous tissue in patients more accurately than with present tests, creates black and white images that reveal previously unseen aspects of objects under scrutiny."

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