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  • Madrid-MIT M+Visión Team wins 2015 Singapore Challenge. Luca Giancardo, PhD and the neuroQWERTY team awarded $100,000 for the best proposal to help elderly to “Age in Place” with their technology. Read more.
  • Professor Joel Voldman, working with EECS graduate student Burak Dura and others from Whitehead Institute and Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new device that allows scientists to follow communication between immune cells. The work, reported in the Jan. 13 issue of Nature Communications, may lead to future studies of mechanisms that involve cancer and other diseases. Read more.
  • A record number of Fellow selections from any single institution marks the election by the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) of five CSAIL researchers and members of the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department to ACM 2014 Fellow. The ACM has cited Srini Devadas, Eric Grimson, Robert Morris, Ronitt Rubinfeld and Daniela Rus for "providing key knowledge" to computing.
  • CSAIL postdoc and member of the MIT Computational Biology Group, Andreas Pfenning and collaborators at Duke University have reported findings on large data studies comparing song bird genomics with humans and primates. Vocal-learning birds and primates have common genes that could help pinpoint genetic disorders in humans such as stuttering or Huntington's Disease. Read more.
  • The Madrid-MIT M+Vision Consortium has been recognized by the Fundacion Tecnologia y Salud for accelerating health technology innovation. Dr Martha Gray (Harvard-MIT HST, EECS, RLE, IMES), M+Visión Director, accepted the award on behalf of the MIT members of the group. Read more.
  • EECS professor Ron Weiss has teamed with Mechanical Engineering professor Domitilla Del Vecchio and students from multiple departments at MIT to create a device that allows large biological circuits that behave with predictability nearly like that of electronic circuits. The work published this week in the journal Nature Biotechnology, has many applications -- particularly biosensing. Read more.
  • Timothy Lu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biological engineering has come up with a new reason to engineer E. coli — so that genomic memory can be both long-term and analog -- not just on or off. The work appears in the latest online issue of Science and in The Scientist magazine. Read more.
  • Five EECS faculty and associated researchers are among the 14 MIT research teams selected to receive Deshpande research grants for fall 2014. Initiated in 2002 through the MIT School of Engineering and made possible by a gift from Desh and Jaishree Deshpande, the Center’s mission is to move technologies from the laboratories at MIT to the marketplace. Read more.
  • Mehmet Fatih Yanik has teamed to create a drug delivery pipeline using nanoparticles — enabling rapid testing in zebrafish for eventual delivery to human subjects of biologics, including antibodies, peptides, RNA and DNA. Read more.
  • In a two pronged attack on the killer superbugs that have become nearly unstoppable, Tim Lu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and principal investigator in MIT's Research Lab of Electronics, has not only developed a gene editing system that can selectively kill the bacteria carrying harmful genes that confer antibiotic resistance or cause disease, but also devised a way of identifying combinations of genes that work together to make bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics. Read more.

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