Bridging Scales in Biology From Atoms to Organisms

The aim of the proposed research is to advance our understanding of factors that determine how genetic changes - mutations – affect Biological strength (e.g growth rates, competitive advantage or disadvantage) of microorganisms. Mutations create genetic diversity on which evolution acts. At the same time they may detrimentally affect protein structural integrity, stability and possible interactions with other proteins and other components of cells.

Making Markets Work through Contracts in Africa

We aim to characterize the optimal design of contract farming arrangements contingently on the presence of market and contract enforcement failures, and the endogenous matching of farms, firms, and contracts. Those propositions will be empirically tested by using structural econometric approaches on existing data on contracts from firms and farmers, and by designing innovative fieldwork.

Virtual Interface Robotic Ankle & Balance Trainer

The vi-RABT will be used in therapy for patients with orthopedic and neurological impairments, as well as exercise equipment to strengthen the healthy ankle. The virtual reality games will increase patient interaction and commitment to the rehab programs to which they are prescribed. Using games in the rehabilitation training will make therapy more enjoyable for the patients. Instead of counting repetitions of an exercise a patient will be driven to complete a level in a game as they exercise.

Send Us Your Dirt from Sandy

We are interested in learning what chemicals may be present in deposited sediment. We are already starting to receive samples collected by people in affected areas. The collected samples will be analyzed for a variety of organic and inorganic contaminants including heavy metals, organic compounds from gasoline and other fuels, pesticides and other industrial effluents following similar methods to those used following Hurricaine Katrina in New Orleans and the Louisianna Peninsula.

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Crowdfunding Predictions for 2013

2012 was quite a year for the crowdfunding industry. In April, President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, which will open up equity-based crowdfunding for unaccredited investors. In May, the Pebble E-Paper Watch set a crowdfunding record and gained national media headlines, raising over $10 million on donation-based crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Research firm Massolution estimates the crowdfunding industry (equity + donation + lending +reward crowdfunding) will grow from $1.5 billion in 2011 to $2.8 billion in 2012.

December 13, 2012 ·



Preparing Your Business For Successful Crowdfunding

Congratulations! You've now been accepted for launching your project on a crowdfunding platform. However, this is just the beginning so be sure to follow these additional tips for ongoing success.

December 11, 2012 ·



NSF Launches GROW to Accelerate International Research Collaborations

Today NSF Director Subra Suresh announced Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW), a new and coordinated effort that will expand and enhance international collaborative research opportunities for NSF Graduate Research Fellows, with initial agreements with science agencies in eight countries.

December 6, 2012 ·



Reimagining the School Day

“I think these are the kernels of a national movement,” Secretary Arne Duncan said earlier this week during the announcement of a major new effort by public schools in five states to add significantly more time to the school year for tens of thousands of students starting in the 2013 school year.

December 6, 2012 ·



Website names tied to crowdfunding spike: NASAA

A spike in website names related to crowdfunding suggests an upcoming wave of websites through which small businesses and entrepreneurs could raise investments using the online strategy, state securities regulators said on Wednesday.

December 6, 2012 ·


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4 Crowdfunding Mistakes for Social Entrepreneurs to Avoid

A few weeks ago, I ran into an entrepreneur who said, “I tried raising money on [a crowdfunding platform] but it didn’t work.” I’m sure he’s not the only one who’s had that experience. Crowdfunding isn’t a magic well of money.  It’s just a new way to raise it. Recently, I’ve connected with a number of successful ... Read More »

December 6, 2012 ·



You’ve Just Crowdfunded Your Way to Success — Now What?

The days flew by, the money poured in, and before you knew it, your project was successfully crowdfunded. As the celebrations begin and you start to imagine things on a larger scale than ever before, reality begins to set in.

December 6, 2012 ·




On October 9, a Taliban-affiliated terrorist boarded a school bus in rural Pakistan and gunned down three schoolgirls, including 15 year-old women’s activist Malala Yousufzai. Miraculously, all three girls survived, but Malala sustained grave injuries and remains in critical condition.

December 6, 2012 ·



Two Boston Startups Team Up to Help 93 Companies Crowdfund Their Way to 600 Potential New Jobs

As we continue to try and pick ourselves up from this staggering economy, nothing sounds better than the promise of 600 new jobs—made possible due to a partnership between Boston-based consulting firm Find Boomer and crowdfunding platformLauncht. Together, they have developed VoltCrowd, a crowdfunding challenge turned startup accelerator.

November 30, 2012 ·



Navigating The Sea Of Crowdfunding: How To Pick The Right Platform For Your Brand

Choosing the right crowdfunding platform for your business or project can be an overwhelming process. At face value, many of the popular sites can look identical, and the numerous factors involved can turn this into a complicated decision. The first step in choosing a crowdfunding platform is to ensure that you have a solid idea that will appeal to the crowdfunding model.

November 15, 2012 ·