A fast, sensitive, and accurate tool for malaria diagnosis

Before Ebola, there was malaria. In recent months, the deadly Ebola virus has ravished West Africa, claiming more than 8400 lives to date. The much more ubiquitous malaria parasite has claimed even more victims: In 2013, an estimated 584 000 people—many of them children in Africa under age 5—died from malaria-related symptoms. One key to … Continue reading A fast, sensitive, and accurate tool for malaria diagnosis

A scintillating approach to radiation detection

Radiation detectors are at work every day and everywhere. They inspect cargo at airports, seaports, and border crossings. They discover new forms of matter inside particle accelerators. They collect data in advanced diagnostic technologies used by our doctors and dentists. And they sniff out invisible radioactive gases that leach into our homes. In 2013, Arnold … Continue reading A scintillating approach to radiation detection

Our origin story

Here’s a gloomy stat: African Americans make up 12 percent of the US population, but earn just 2% of all doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math, and less than 2% of the doctorates in the physical sciences. To a casual observer, there would appear to be scant few role models for young blacks … Continue reading Our origin story