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Ready, Set, VirusGo

Students from Las Américas ASPIRA Academy High School pose with an augmented reality model of a Brome mosaic virus, part of the VirusGo teaching platform developed by DSI Affiliated Faculty member Jodi Hadden-Perilla, Professor Lauren Genova and undergraduates Riley McKeon and Ava West. VirusGo combines AR and a role-playing game to teach students about viruses.

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Computers and Chemistry

At the University of Delaware, a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) known as the Computing and Data Science Training for Materials Innovation, Discovery, & Analytics (MIDAS) program is helping students obtain the skills and experiences they need to become fluent in both computational and chemical languages.

The NRT-MIDAS program was launched by DSI Faculty Council member Arthi Jayaraman, the Centennial Term Professor for Excellence in Research and Education who holds joint appointments in the College of Engineering’s departments of chemical and biomolecular engineering and materials science and engineering.  Jayaraman, is both the program director and PI of the $3 million grant from NSF that supports the program for its first five years.

DSI Resident Faculty member Austin Brockmeier and DSI Faculty Council member Sunita Chandrasekaran have served as co-instructors of previous iterations of the NRT Hackathon course (Chandrasekaran in 2022 and Brockmeier in 2023).

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Mining in Portugal

DSI Faculty Council member Saleem Ali, the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, is pictured here at an old pyrite mining pit, which has been restored to a lake with geoscience education curation. Ali recently traveled to Portugal to address mining in the country thanks to a Fulbright Specialist Award he received from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Sharing Innovative Ideas

UD faculty and staff presented ideas that promote academic excellence at the second annual One Idea, One Slide Summit.

DSI Faculty Council member Bintong Chen, professor of business administration and director of Lerner College of Business and Economy, presented “FinTech Policy Innovation: Using Customer Sensitive Data to Improve Fair Lending” at the One Idea, One Slide Summit.

DSI Faculty Council member Sunita Chandrasekaran, David L. and Beverly J.C. Mills Career Development chair, presented “Boost UD Discovery and Learning through Free AI Platform.”

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LSST Camera Arrives at Rubin Observatory in Chile

The largest camera ever built for astrophysics has completed the long journey from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California to the summit of Cerro Pachón in Chile, where it will soon help unlock the Universe’s mysteries.  DSI Resident Faculty member Federica Bianco and DSI Associate Director John Gizis have held leadership roles in the Rubin ecosystem for years.

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For the Record

DSI Affiliated Faculty member Chandra Reedy, director of the Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) and professor in the Biden School, was named a national finalist in the 2023 Wiki Science Photo Competition under the Microscopy category and the Image Sets category for Crystals in Song Dynasty Glaze. The winning U.S. images will represent the United States at the international level.

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The Intersection of Finance and Technology

DSI Affiliated Faculty member Paul Laux, professor of finance, was one of the organizers of the inaugural FinTech and Financial Institutions Research Conference on April 19 at the FinTech Innovation Hub at the University of Delaware, where the interconnectedness of finance and technology was on full display.

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Spark! Symposium Focuses on Financial Health

Seven graduate students recently took the stage in the University of Delaware’s FinTech Innovation Hub on the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus to present their Spark! in 5 Symposium talks on financial health.

Wealth disparity was also central to the talk given by DSI Fellow James Korman (third from the right), who recently received his doctorate in political science and international relations from the College of Arts and Sciences at UD.

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Mapping Forest Extent

DSI Resident Faculty member Pinki Mondal was a co-author on a study that verified the accuracy of remote sensing products that measure forest extent in Mexico. Mondal, along with other researchers from UD and an international team of collaborators, looked at forest extent estimates from seven land or tree cover remote sensing products and compared them to two independent forest inventory datasets.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Carbon Monitoring System program of the United States funded the research, and the results of the study were recently published in Environmental Research Letters.

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