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Category: Geotechnical Engineering

Mizzou Engineers, Physicians to Help Rural Missouri Plan Ahead for Pandemic: Geospatial Big Data is Key

This image from Professor Chi-Ren Shyu’s work shows the distance between rural Missouri communities and nearest hospitals. Planning ahead for a pandemic—or any disaster situation—is costly and complex. Now, Mizzou researchers are hoping to take the guesswork out of it for Missouri’s smaller communities. The catalyst for the research is COVID-19. In spite of a months-long statewide shutdown, much of rural Missouri remains vulnerable to a second wave of the virus. The project will involve collecting large amounts of geospatial…

Super-strong surgical tape detaches on demand

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Last year, MIT engineers developed a double-sided adhesive that could quickly and firmly stick to wet surfaces such as biological tissues. They showed that the tape could be used to seal up rips and tears in lungs and intestines within seconds, or to affix implants and other medical devices to the surfaces of organs such as the heart. Now they have further developed their adhesive so that it can be detached from the underlying tissue without…

College Bestows Awards for Faculty, Staff and Students

Although the MU College of Engineering was unable to hold its annual awards banquet in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College nevertheless honored faculty, staff and students for their dedication and service to the College. College of Engineering faculty and staff receiving awards for their outstanding work include: The College’s various degree programs gave awards to their most outstanding students: Bioengineering Junior: Sarah Thompson Senior: Maria Patino-Carranza MS: Blake Darkow PhD: Jing Zhou Biomedical Engineering…

Future Engineers choose Mizzou on Decision Day

High school seniors today are making one of the most significant choices of their lives: It’s Decision Day. Although somewhat symbolic—seniors can still select colleges through August—May 1 has become the official date soon-to-be high school graduates declare their college plans. In the past, schools nationwide have celebrated with assemblies or special programming. Decision Day may look a little different this year because of COVID-19, but that’s not stopping students across the country from proudly declaring they choose Mizzou Engineering.…

Holistic way to measure the economic fallout from earthquakes — ScienceDaily

When an earthquake or other natural disaster strikes, government relief agencies, insurers and other responders converge to take stock of fatalities and injuries, and to assess the extent and cost of damage to public infrastructure and personal property. But until now, such post-disaster assessment procedures have focused on the dollar value of damages to property while failing to account for something that is equally important but harder to quantify; namely, that the poorer someone or their family is, the harder…

Turning (more) fat and sewage into natural gas — ScienceDaily

North Carolina State University researchers have developed what is, to date, the most efficient means of converting sewage sludge and restaurant grease into methane. After treating sewage, wastewater treatment plants are left with solid sludge, called biosolids. For years, utilities have treated biosolids with microbes that produce methane. In recent years, utilities have been adding grease interceptor waste (GIW) into the mix. Grease interceptors are used to trap fat, oil and grease from food service establishments so that they don’t…

MU hosts roundtable on distracted driving

Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD candidate Sandy Zhang asks a question of NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg at the Missouri Roundtable on Distracted Driving in Memorial Union Oct. 29. You encounter them almost every time you get in your vehicle to travel someplace—drivers with one hand on the wheel and one hand on their cell phone. If you are lucky, those distracted drivers won’t involve you in an accident. Last year in Missouri, more than 21,000 motor vehicle crashes involved…

Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand — ScienceDaily

Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed. In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe has the potential to supply enough energy for the whole world until 2050. The study reveals that if all of Europe’s capacity for onshore wind farms was realised, the installed nameplate…

Water treatment cuts parasitic roundworm infections affecting 800 million people — ScienceDaily

Roundworm infections can be reduced significantly simply by improving the treatment and quality of drinking water in high risk regions, according to an international team of researchers led by Tufts University. The discovery emerged from a two-year study, published in PloS Medicine, which examined the effects of water quality, sanitation, handwashing and nutritional interventions on rates of intestinal worm and Giardia infections in rural Kenya. Water treatment alone was sufficient to cause an 18 percent reduction in infection rates in…

Flood prediction model developed — ScienceDaily

The duration of floods can be determined by river flow, precipitation and atmospheric blocking. Now an international team of researchers led by Nasser Najibi and Naresh Devineni at The City College of New York is offering a novel physically based Bayesian network model for inference and prediction of flood duration. The model also accurately examines the timescales of flooding. Conceptualized by Najibi and tested on the Missouri River Basin, the statistical model is based on data in the area from…