Purifying water with plasma
John Foster, associate professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences, is working on a method to purify water with the fourth state of matter — plasma. In this video, Foster describes how his new technology, which produces reactive radicals that can attack organic contaminants such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, could help solve a problem not currently being addressed in conventional treatment methods that rely on filtration and chlorine.
James T. Neubacher Award
Regent Julia Darlow presents the annual James T. Neubacher Award to Dr. John F. Greden, founding executive director of the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center and Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. The founding chair of the National Network of Depression Centers, Greden is recognized as a giant in the field of depression research, treatment and education. The Council for Disability Concerns established the award in memory of alumnus Neubacher, a Detroit Free Press columnist and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Photo by Scott Soderberg, Michigan Photography.
Matthew Richmond, founder of The Paper Dolls, shows off some of the creations he constructed from recycled materials during TEDxUMDearborn, an inaugural event in which speakers ranging from entrepreneurs and CEOs to artists and writers shared their stories in an effort to encourage change. Photo courtesy of @tedxumdearborn.
John Springmann, right, a graduate student in aerospace engineering, explains the Radio Aurora Explorer — or RAX — satellite to Hafiz Malik, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UM-Dearborn, during Wednesday’s Celebrate Invention event. The annual reception at the Michigan League recognizes the accomplishments of faculty and researchers engaged in the technology transfer process. Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography.
ID Day at the museum
ID Day, sponsored by the Ruthven Museums, always brings out the science sleuths. More than 650 visitors, many of them parents with young children, attended the event recently, bringing a variety of offerings for identification by resident experts. Jen-Pan Huang, a doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Mark O’Brien, collections manager for the Museum of Zoology’s Insect Division, entertain and inform at the insect station, where the Hercules Beetles were a big hit. Photo by Diarmaid Ó Foighil, Museum of Zoology.