Michigan Tech University reports record number of applications for fifth straight year
HOUGHTON, MI – As many of Michigan’s large public universities struggle with decreasing enrollment, Michigan Tech is breaking the trend. The Upper Peninsula university announced Monday that a record number of prospective undergraduates have applied to Michigan Tech for the fifth straight year. Applications from women have increased nearly 66% in that time and applications from underrepresented minority groups have doubled, according to a news release. Applications from students in Arizona, California and Texas have also tripled since 2015. “Through excellence in research and education, and by listening and responding to the needs of our students, Michigan Tech has established itself as a premiere niche STEM-based institution.” Lehman said.mlive.com
Western Michigan University receives $2.5M grant for research into energy-efficient autonomous cars
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A multimillion-dollar grant awarded to Western Michigan University will help accelerate research into energy-efficient autonomous cars. “We’re grateful for this investment, which is a wonderful vote of confidence in our track record and research efforts improving autonomous vehicle technology,” said Steven Carr, interim vice president for research and innovation at Western. Cost and convenience are two major barriers keeping fully autonomous vehicles off roads today. Autonomous vehicles use sensors being fed into a “super computer” that processes the sensor outputs and runs cutting-edge artificial intelligence, the release said. “I’m excited about this project because it’s a fundamentally different approach to achieving autonomous vehicles than what researchers have done to date,” Asher said.mlive.com
Which types of masks are best at preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
DETROIT Public health officials strongly recommend using face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), but not all masks are created equal. To demonstrate the differences between masks, researchers from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Florida Atlantic University created a visual simulation. READ: How people ignoring safety measures, packing into bars has led to COVID-19 spikeResearchers werent trying to create the perfect model of droplet and aerosol spread through masks. They also showed the effect a light breeze had on the aerosol spread. A homemade stitched fabric mask did a much better job of reducing the amount of aerosol spread into the air.