Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors


Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > Wyss Launches Competition

Abstract:
The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering will host its first undergraduate science competition this year, encouraging students to combine biology and nanotechnology to solve global challenges.

By Radhika Jain

Wyss Launches Competition

Cambridge, MA | Posted on January 24th, 2011

Announced in early January, BIOMOD 2011 is a "highly interdisciplinary" international bio-molecular design competition which will challenge students to engineer biological molecules that can assemble into nanoscale structures or systems capable of performing useful technological and scientific tasks, according to competition founder and Wyss Fellow Shawn M. Douglas.

Teams can register starting on Feb. 1 and will work on their projects throughout the spring and summer. Teams will be invited to present their final designs at the BIOMOD Jamboree at the Wyss Institute on Nov. 5. Teams must also produce a YouTube video and Wiki page to explain their projects.

The Wyss Institute brings together Harvard's schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences as well as clinical institutions from across Boston. Its research seeks to mimic natural processes to develop solutions to problems in fields as diverse as energy, robotics, and manufacturing.

Synthetic biology and DNA nanotechnology have high potential for "useful applications," said Douglas, who said he founded BIOMOD to expose undergraduate students to the field.

"The nice thing about young students is they haven't yet learned what's not possible, so it's true that if you come in from a fresh perspective you would be more willing to try things that a senior person has already dismissed," he said.

He said he hoped the competition would also teach students how to work in a team and improve their communication skills.

Although they are required to have a faculty advisor, student teams will have an unusual amount of independence in the research process, said Adam H. Marblestone, a graduate student at the Wyss Institute and mentor of Harvard's BIOMOD team.

"Working at the Wyss Institute will allow us to leverage every conceivable discipline that is relevant to our goal, and to learn these skills as a group when we need to," Marblestone said.

Douglas said he expects at least ten different teams to participate this year.

"We should be able to grow pretty quickly to get more and more teams participating since the rules are pretty open ended," he said. "I'm hoping that we can start seeing some exciting projects and ideas come out of the competition, which could hopefully seed and inspire further advances in the field."

—Amy Guan contributed to the reporting of this story.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Radhika Jain

Copyright © Harvard University

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Scientists change properties of zeolites to improve hemodialysis July 29th, 2016

Novel state of matter: Observation of a quantum spin liquid July 29th, 2016

A new type of quantum bits July 29th, 2016

Lonely atoms, happily reunited July 29th, 2016

Synthetic Biology

'Green' electronic materials produced with synthetic biology July 16th, 2016

Researchers harness DNA as the engine of super-efficient nanomachine: New platform detects traces of everything from bacteria to viruses, cocaine and metals July 10th, 2016

Self-assembling icosahedral protein designed: Self-assembling icosahedral protein designed June 22nd, 2016

The magic of microbes: ONR engineers innovative research in synthetic biology February 19th, 2016

Academic/Education

Thomas Swan and NGI announce unique partnership July 28th, 2016

The NanoWizard® AFM from JPK is applied for interdisciplinary research at the University of South Australia for applications including smart wound healing and how plants can protect themselves from toxins July 26th, 2016

News from Quorum: The College of New Jersey use the Quorum Cryo-SEM preparation system in a project to study ice crystals in high altitude clouds July 19th, 2016

Leti and Korea Institute of Science and Technology to Explore Collaboration on Advanced Technologies for Digital Era July 14th, 2016

Announcements

Scientists change properties of zeolites to improve hemodialysis July 29th, 2016

Novel state of matter: Observation of a quantum spin liquid July 29th, 2016

A new type of quantum bits July 29th, 2016

Lonely atoms, happily reunited July 29th, 2016

Nanobiotechnology

Scientists change properties of zeolites to improve hemodialysis July 29th, 2016

Starpharma initiates new DEP™ drug delivery program with AstraZeneca July 27th, 2016

Scientists test nanoparticle drug delivery in dogs with osteosarcoma July 26th, 2016

Accurate design of large icosahedral protein nanocages pushes bioengineering boundaries: Scientists used computational methods to build ten large, two-component, co-assembling icosahedral protein complexes the size of small virus coats July 25th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic