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Hair Brushing L. Mahadevan

Researchers develop a mathematical understanding of detangling that could be used for textile manufacturing, robotic hairdressers

April 14, 2022

As anyone who has ever had to brush long hair knows, knots are a nightmare. But with enough experience, most learn the tricks of detangling with the least amount of pain — start at the bottom, work your way up to the scalp with short, gentle brushes, and apply detangler when necessary. 

 

L. Mahadevan, the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and of Physics, learned the mechanics of combing years ago while brushing his young daughter’s...

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Andrea Appleton

Andrea Appleton awarded NSF GRFP

April 14, 2022
Congratulations to PhD candidate Andrea Appleton (Kramer Lab) recipient of the National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award for her project, "Evolution of morphological novelty within a conserved developmental program."
Alexandria Pete

Alexandria Pete awarded NSF GRFP

April 14, 2022

Congratulations to PhD candidate Alexandria (Ali) Pete (Kramer Lab) recipient of the National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship Program Award for her project, "Biochemical evolution of DICER-like functions in phasiRNA production."

Leeches floating in ethanol in vial

Researchers use leeches to map biodiversity

April 6, 2022

Researchers in Professor Naomi Pierce's lab teamed with researchers at the Kunming Institute, China, in a new study that used DNA samples extracted from the blood meals of leeches to map which animals live where in the Ailaoshan Nature Reserve in Yunnan, China. The study, published in Nature Communications, showed that the DNA samples can be used to find out which wild animals are present across large, protected areas such as national parks...

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