Are You Jelly?

Aerogels are the world’s lightest–that is, least dense–solids. Inspired by a bet two scientists had over jelly in 1931 (yes, as in “peanut butter and…”), aerogels are used as insulation and other capacities in space missions. How well do aerogels work? Find out as the gel defends a chocolate Easter Bunny from a Bunsen burner.

Helping Hand

Disabled workers are only as limited as their workplace accommodations. Leave it to engineering students to find innovative ways to help them help others! NYSID hosted the 2019 CREATE Symposium on April 10, showing off ways that nine different schools helped accommodate workers with varying disabilities, awarding $30,000 total to the top three entrants. Watch videos from the winning entries and see how you can participate in next year’s competition! Find it here.

Broken Cycles

With more traffic and more people opting to bike each year, there is a constant push-pull of drivers vs. cyclists–often to the detriment of the biker. Senior mechanical engineering students Andrew Ferree and Zack Saidman from Embry-Riddle University wanted to make the road safer for both cyclists and drivers. Their cheap, easy way of detecting impending road hazards just won a silver medal at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) International Connected Vehicle Challenge. Read about it here.

Effective Faculty Allies

“University service,” especially when it comes to diversity-driving activities, often falls to the faculty members of the affected groups. This results in faculty of underrepresented groups doing a disproportionate share of the service. How can faculty who are not part of these groups effectively step up to take on their share of the service load? Inside Higher Ed explores different ways that white faculty members can help with diversity efforts. Read it here.