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Subtilis spectacle: From microns to nanometers

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The art shows diffraction limited (left) image transitioning towards a super-resolved image (right) of a chemotactic protein in bacteria called B.subtilis. The bacterial membrane (green) and DNA stain (blue) are also shown in the figure with…

"We lost both engines due to bird strike!"

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In January 2009, a twin-engine jet ingested multiple Canada geese shortly after take-off from New York. The aircraft underwent total loss of power, but was successfully ditched on the Hudson River. In the near future, total loss of power due to bird…

The Eye of Evolution

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"His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh. You know of what I speak, Gandalf:a great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame." Tolkien The metaphor of Eye of Sauron fits well for a network based phylogenomic research in biological evolution. In our…

Inner simplicity of the bc1 complex

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Respiration and photosynthesis are the fundamental processes through which a living cell obtains its energy. In order for them to take place and improve their efficiency, these processes require special enzymes. The bc1 complex is a structure…

Protecting the Productivity of Maize (Zea mays L.): The Role of Root SystemArchitecture

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Not only in the U.S. Midwest but worldwide, the production of maize (Zea mays L., corn) is a crucial part of agricultural production without which societies could not thrive. Modern agricultural producers face more challenges than ever. As the world…

The relationship between Jazz and Gospel Music

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The exchange of musical ideas between Jazz and Gospel music has been a fluid language of import and export in Chicago, dating back to the 1920's. Both styles of music have strong roots and many origins in Chicago's south side neighborhoods. Dating…

Active Aging: Physical Activity Research in Motion

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The image pictured represents a kinesiology and community health based research initiative Abuelas en Action. Under a promotora model, research participants were able to engage in physical activity opportunities within their built environment and…

Roadside market outside Kampala, Uganda

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About an hour west of Kampala, the capital of Uganda, we passed an open-air market on the roadside. As a community health doctoral student, my research focuses on the nutrition transition in Sub-Saharan Africa, where rapid development and changing…

The Intricacies of Scary Zip Codes: Early Intervention providers perceptions of working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families living in urban poverty

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A key component of my research is exploring service delivery complications for very young children with disabilities and their families who are living in urban poverty. My work is multi-modal by design, utilizing both quantitative and qualitative…

A 3D Muscle-ECM Construct to Power a Biological Actuator

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Our research focuses on the use of skeletal muscle as a power source for soft robotic biological machines. A supportive extracellular matrix (ECM) environment is important for the maturation and maintenance of many cells and tissues, including…