Tiffany Shaw, assistant professor of applied mathematics, has been awarded a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, a prestigious honor given to a group of the most promising and innovative researchers who are at the beginning stages of their careers. Shaw, who has a joint appointment in Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Science, is one of 16 fellows named who will each receive an unrestricted grant of $875,000, distributed over five years.
Shaw studies the fluid dynamics of Earth’s weather and climate, using a combination of theory, observations, and numerical models. Her research focuses on understanding how moisture is transported and how it interacts with large-scale flow patterns, such as the summer monsoon, and the impact of climate change.
“Receiving the Packard Fellowship is truly a great honor,” says Shaw. “I am very grateful to the Packard Foundation for their support. [This] will provide me with a unique opportunity to pursue big and bold ideas that I might not otherwise pursue.” Read more...
From left to right: Kacey Ronaldson, Gwen Effgen, Analisa Balares, & Clarissa Peña
This month's invited speaker to the GradSWE Ladies Luncheon was Analisa Balares, CEO and founder of Womensphere (www.womensphere.org), a unique leadership community and global social enterprise that brings together people, networks, companies, and institutions for the shared purpose of unleashing women's potential. Analisa discussed her background and establishing Womensphere, as well as, the current status of gender equity in the work place and what our role as women leaders should be.
After sharing her story and her interest in promoting women in the workplace and in society by educating and informing them she took questions from the audience. She also engaged the audience with questions of her own like what they thought as young women in engineering about the concept of a gender bias and how to overcome it. Learn more about Womensphere and Analisa below.
Analisa's Blog: www.analisabalares.com
About Womensphere: www.womensphere.org
Need an artery for bypass surgery or custom cartilage for that worn-out knee?
Need a new knee? What about an artery for bypass surgery? Some researchers are experimenting with techniques that build human tissue using patients' own cells. WSJ's Robert Lee Hotz reports.
In about a dozen major university and corporate laboratories, biomedical engineers are working on ways to print living human tissue, in the hope of one day producing personalized body parts and implants on demand. Still far from clinical use, these tissue-engineering experiments represent the next step in a process known as computerized adaptive manufacturing, in which industrial designers turn out custom prototypes and finished parts using inexpensive 3-D computer printers.
Instead of extruding plastic, metal or ceramics, these medical printers squirt an ink of living cells. Researchers call it by the shorthand bioprinting.
The machines can build up tissue structures, layer by layer, into all sorts of 3-D shapes, such as tubes suitable for blood vessels, contoured cartilage for joints, or patches of skin and muscle for living Band-Aids, recent laboratory studies have demonstrated.
"You can print a tissue dot by dot," says bioengineer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic at Columbia University's Laboratory for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering. "Bioprinting is a very clever technology which actually brought a completely new use to something very old that we all have at home, which is the inkjet printer."