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Professor, Graduate Students Named Finalists for BARDA-NIOSH Mask Innovation Challenge

July 8th, 2021

Department of Physics professor Kai Liu and PhD students James Malloy (G’22) and Christopher Jensen (G’25) were named one of the 10 Phase 1 Winners, and the only university team selected, for the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mask Innovation Challenge.

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New Study by Georgetown Scientists Shows Dolphin Personality Stable for Decades

June 18th, 2021

While a few studies show that human personality traits last a long time, until now, the same has not been shown for wild animals. In a first-of-its-kind study published in Communications Biology, PhD candidate Taylor Evans (G’21) and Janet Mann, Ph.D. and professor in the Department of Biology show that bottlenose dolphins have stable behavioral traits that last for decades.

Research by Physics Professor Shows Copper Foam Could Be Highly Efficient, Durable Filter for Reusable Masks and Air Cleaners

March 25th, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have grown accustomed to wearing face masks, but many coverings are fragile and not easily disinfected. In a recent Nano Letters article, Department of Physics professor Kai Liu and his group of researchers have transformed copper nanowires into metal foams that could be used in face masks and air filtration systems, which are more durable and have the potential to effectively filter out microbes.