Say goodbye to that annoying buzz created by overhead fluorescent light bulbs in your office or residence hall. Wake Forest scientists have used nanotechnology to develop a flicker-free, shatterproof alternative for large-scale lighting.
2012 Highlights: Science and Research
Wake Forest researchers received a $700,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to bring to market a new drug-discovery tool using next-generation genetic sequencing. Someday, pharmaceutical companies will use their technology as a sort of Google search for new drugs, making diagnostics discovery significantly more efficient.
The “Teaching with Tomatoes” program developed by biology professor Gloria Muday takes WFU students to local schools to teach genetics. They reinforce lessons learned in class about how genetics are responsible for the diversity in heirloom tomatoes. Muday estimates the program has reached more than 1,200 students this semester.
Undergraduate research has been a cornerstone of Wake Forest’s commitment to academic excellence. Now the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center provides student grants and administrative support for mentored, undergraduate research and encourages high-quality programs of great impact.
When staff assistant Linda Tuttle was diagnosed with breast cancer, she never imagined her experience would inspire her colleagues to design new treatments. But medicinal chemist Uli Bierbach and graduate students Song Ding and Xin Qiao were inspired to develop a targeted therapy that delivers a sneak attack to the disease – in the spirit of Pro Humanitate.
Timo Thonhauser has taken on one of the toughest problems of making hydrogen cars a reality: hydrogen storage. His research is supported by the most prestigious award the National Science Foundation has to offer for young scientists, given to a select few junior faculty nationwide who excel as teacher-scholars.