Announcements

  • Our team has shown that molecular laser imaging agents can be increased in the amount of signal provided through the control of salt content when preparing the additives. Increasing molecular imaging agent strength of signal is critical to lowering the amount of imaging agent that must be used in applications such as biological imaging. This lowers the risks of reactions and poisoning due to the imaging agent. Laser imaging agents allow for real time, non-invasive imaging of many systems including human patents. Traditionally, as an example application, contrast agents are administered for use with magnetic imaging (MRI) techniques that are slow, require a large area for the instruments, and are cost inhibitive in many situations. By comparison, a laser imaging method would allow for near instantaneous image generation in real time, at a fraction of the cost (<5%) of traditional MRI approaches, and could result in portable system uses not restricted to permanent buildings. A critical issue currently with laser imaging agents is low signal strength and poor resolution. This NSF funded work in basic science has found that the signal strength can be enhanced dramatically by 5 times with simple salt additives to the molecule. This translates to 5 times less dye needing to be used for the same image quality.
  • REU Program in Optoelectronic MaterialsDates: May 27 – August 2, 2019 (10 weeks) Research Areas     Synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials    Self-assembly and mechanical properties of soft materials    Molecular dynamics simulations    Computational quantum chemistry Participant Benefits     Stipend: $5,000    Housing and meal plan provided    Travel assistance    Team-building activities    Field trips   For program and application information contactDr. Santanu Kundu (santanukundu@che.msstate.edu)or Dr. Neeraj Rai (neerajrai@che.msstate.edu).Apply online at:www.che.msstate.edu/reu
  • The Mississippi EPSCoR project is bringing its popular Creative Science Through Inquiry (CSI: MS) science teacher workshop to Alabama. For two weeks, teachers get to be students again as they solve a number of crimes designed to teach fundamental science principles in an engaging and effective way. Funded by the National Science Foundation (OIA-1539035 and OIA-1632825), this workshop will introduce secondary and postsecondary science instructors to the use of forensic science as a method of teaching fundamental science skills and concepts. The workshop is focused around the Alabama Course of Study Science Standards and will incorporate Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Math, Technology, Writing, and so much more.  Participants will experience inquiry-based and laboratory instruction and will receive research-based curriculum materials developed through the MS-EPSCoR program. What is provided:Full protocols for all of the labs performed in the workshop$100/day professional stipend ($1,000 total)Travel/Lodging* and Food allowanceCEUs paid for by the project* Travel allowance is based on mileage from the participant’s teaching institution. Restrictions apply An online application can be found at https://www.tfaforms.com/4655925
  • The National Science Foundation will fund two (2) community college instructors to work with faculty researchers at the University of Alabama, the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, or Tulane University. Researchers will gain hands-on experience in a collaborative atmosphere with a broad range of topics such as laser-based molecular spectroscopy, computational chemistry as well as the synthesis and characterization of new nanomaterials.   Participants will receive a $4,500 stipend and $1,500 travel and meal allowance.   To fill out an application, go to: https://www.tfaforms.com/403446    This program is part of the MS EPSCoR Feeding and Powering the World project funded by the National Science Foundation.     
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. The program is seeking four (4) undergraduate students from colleges that do not have established research programs to participate in research activities at one of the following universities: The University of Mississippi Mississippi State University Tulane University The University of Alabama Eligible applicants must have completed their freshman year in college but not have yet graduated. REU researchers will gain hands-on experience in a collaborative atmosphere with a broad range of topics such as laser-based molecular spectroscopy, computational chemistry as well as the synthesis and characterization of new nanomaterials. Student participants will receive a $3,000 stipend and $1,000 travel and meal allowance. To fill out an application, go to: https://www.tfaforms.com/403421 The program is part of the MS EPSCoR Feeding and Powering the World project funded by the National Science Foundation.