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Grant to help commercialize silicon surgical blades

A UC Davis engineering professor has received a grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation “Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation” program to move his silicon-based blades towards commercial development as surgical and shaving tools. Silicon or …
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New materials microscope is a first in the U.S.

Researchers at UC Davis will soon have a new and very special tool to examine the structure and composition of materials at an atomic scale. The new Focused Ion Beam microscope, or dual-beam FIB, now being installed in the College …
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DNA repair protein is a three-way zipper

New work from UC Davis explains how a protein motor named Rad54 helps both to form and to break down the “displacement loop,” or D-loop, a key intermediate in the important DNA repair pathway, homologous recombination. Formation of the D-loop …
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Successful treatment of cancer with nanoparticles and ultrasound in mice

Biomedical engineers at UC Davis have successfully tested in mice a treatment for breast cancer that uses ultrasound to release anticancer drugs from nanoparticles inside a tumor. “We do think we are onto something interesting with these particles. Our mice are …
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Six elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society

Congratulations to six faculty members from the Department of Physics have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society. They are: Professor Nemanja Kaloper: For numerous and imaginative contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly for his pioneering work in the …
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Immune proteins spread a net to trap bacteria

A “natural antibiotic” protects the body against bacteria by tangling them in a net, not poking holes in them, a team led by UC Davis Health System researchers has found. It’s an entirely new mechanism of action for defensins, an …
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Wrapping sorts carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes – sheets of carbon atoms rolled up into tiny cylinders or tubes – have many interesting properties and potential uses, for example in flexible display screens or printed circuits. Some act like conducting metals, and others are semiconductors. …
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Lifetime achievement award for ‘buckyballs’ expert

Alan Balch, distinguished professor of chemistry, has been awarded the F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry by the American Chemical Society. Established in 2002, the Cotton Award is given to one person a year to recognize distinguished lifetime …
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Career Achievement Award for Zuhair Munir

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has selected UC Davis College of Engineering professor emeritus Zuhair A. Munir as recipient of the 2011 ACerS W. David Kingery Award. The annual award recognizes a candidate’s career achievements in multidisciplinary and global contributions …
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Redox and nanoparticles: Size does matter

Particle size has a far more dramatic impact on chemical reactivity than previously thought, according to new research from UC Davis. The results have implications for understanding a wide range of vital chemical reactions, from rusting iron to the origins …
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