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Professor H. Vincent Poor.
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U. researchers contribute to discovery of new way to track mutations of epidemics, like COVID-19

“As we have seen with COVID-19, the spread has been much more rapid than leaders expected,” Poor wrote. “To the extent that this can be attributed to mutations, this model could help give decision-makers a clearer picture of what to expect and thus take quicker action if needed.” 

NEWS | April 1

Artist rendering of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. 
Photo Credit: Steve Gribben / NASA, John Hopkins APL

“Touch the Sun”: U. professor McComas helps design record-breaking spacecraft

Launched atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Aug. 12, 2018, the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission, nicknamed “Parker,” was a $1.5 billion project. The mission seeks to “touch the Sun,” discovering the secrets of the star’s corona by performing unprecedented observations and measurements of solar winds, magnetic fields, and energetic particles that originate from the star’s mysterious outer atmosphere.

NEWS | February 12

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The 17 percent increase in energy production from wind turbines, previously credited to technological innovation, was in fact largely due to a reversal of wind speed pattern.
Photo Courtesy of Sam Forson

Increase in wind speed worldwide means boost for alternative energy, U. study finds

Average daily wind speeds have picked up in the last decade after over 30 years of gradual decline, according to research led by a team at the University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The study, published in “Nature Climate Change” on Nov. 18, could implicate a dramatic surge in the efficiency of wind power in the coming years.

NEWS | December 3