Monday, November 24, 2008

NanoVis, Inc earns 2nd in Venture Idol

NanoVis, Inc., a Brown start-up company, Gets 2nd Place in Venture Idol Competition

NanoVis, Inc., a Brown start-up company was awarded 2nd place in the Venture Idol
Competition held in Indianapolis, IN on Oct. 22nd, 2008. The award recognizes new companies that possess the most promising emerging technologies. Over 80 companies participated in the competition where company representatives describe company objectives in a style much like the “American Idol” competition. NanoVis, Inc. was formed based on technology created by Prof. Thomas J. Webster (Associate Professor, Division of Engineering and Orthopedics) to increase tissue growth through the use of nanotechnology. See for more information:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

AIChE Prize Winners

This year, in celebration of AIChE's centennial, the AIChE Annual Meeting featured special sessions that highlight chemical engineering innovations over the past 100 years, as well as a look into the future.
Six of our Chemical and Biochemical Engineering students attending the Fall National Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Philadelphia presented their work in a student poster session: Karen Dannemiller, Shin Bowers, Andrea Jones, Daniel Vinson, Brian Lee, Ruben Spitz.
Of these six, three won prizes. Brown almost "swept" the "Environment I" category:
First Place to Daniel Vinson
Third Place to Ruben Spitz
In the "Environment II" category:
Second Place to Karen Dannemiller

Sunday, November 9, 2008

IGEM Jamboree

The 2008 Brown iGEM Teams worked on two projects--one a toxin detection & electrical reporting system using E. Coli bacteria and the second a genetic limiter circuit to control gene regulation in Yeast.

The team reports that this past month "both Brown teams were incredibly successful and we feel we made a great showing at the iGEM Jamboree at MIT. Brown Team 1 was honored to receive the award for Best Environment Project and to receive a Bronze Medal and Brown Two took home a Silver Medal! The medal requirements were even more stringent than last year, and they made it a point to say that this year's Bronze would have been a Gold medal last year! Thanks to everyone for supporting us and helping us work through our setbacks!"
More information can be found on their wiki:
Brown iGEM [International Genetically Engineered Machines] Team

Friday, November 7, 2008

Nanosatellite Launch Vehicle Conference

In the over 25 years since small, low cost space began its transition from curiosity to the integral element of world-wide civil and military space it is today, transportation to orbit has remained a critical constraint. Despite worldwide government and private investment exceeding $500M, there exists no dedicated micro / nano satellite launcher compatible with the low cost, rapid development schedule and reliability of their small satellite payloads.

On November 7, 2008, Brown University, in conjunction with NASA Ames Research Center, and NASA Rhode Island Space Grant will host a one day conference and workshop bringing together the government, commercial and academic teams planning these new vehicles, with some of their potential suppliers, end users and sponsors.

We had about 45 people attending, including students from Brown, USC, Stanford, University of Michigan. RI Space Grant provided student travel. We had speakers from several small entrepreneurial launch companies, NASA Ames Research Center, US Army Redstone Arsenal, Cornell, Brown Stanford and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Visit our website for more information on the event and our goals: