NEWS 2018-02-01T19:41:52+00:00

University of Arkansas REU Opportunity

The University of Arkansas Department of Chemical Engineering is now accepting applications for the 2018 Separations & Commercialization REU Program. In addition to a traditional research experience, participants will work with companies to determine the commercialization potential of their research and tour several chemical facilities. Interested students can find application instructions at email  Click here to see the flyer.

Blake Langdon successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation

In December 2014, Blake Langdon, a former MAST Center student researcher in Professor Daniel Schwartz’s lab, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Real-time single-molecule observation of proteins at the solid-liquid interface.”   In her graduate work, Blake explored how surface chemistry influences protein interfacial dynamics (e.g. adsorption, desorption, diffusion, and aggregation) using single-molecule tracking techniques.  During her three-year association with the Center, Blake continued to develop her technical expertise and enthusiastically shared her research insights with MAST Center sponsors.  She recently embarked on the next phase of her career as a senior research scientist at MAST Center-member Pall Corporation in Port Washington, NY.

Kathryn Michel publishes Liaison and Logistics Work with Industrial Advisory Boards

Kathryn Michel, the Coordinator for the MAST Center, recently published her first peer-reviewed journal article in the fall 2014 edition of Journal of Research Administration. The article, titled Liaison and Logistics Work with Industrial Advisory Boards, addresses two critical areas for facilitating a strong working relationship between a university research center and an IAB; first streamlining information transfer, and second organizing a well-run center meeting. The paper addresses specific strategies for effective information transfer among center participants including sponsors, faculty and students. Also discussed are best practices for center meetings that ensure a suitable level of efficiency expected of an IAB. The methods discussed in the paper have contributed to the paradigm for successful industry-university collaboration developed over the last 25+ years by the National Science Foundation’s I/U CRC program.

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