Smithtown High School West wins grant to develop technology to help kids with autism

SMITHTOWN, Long Island (WABC) — Thirteen high schools across the United States have been selected to receive a prestigious $10,000 grant celebrating outstanding innovation and invention, and one of them is from New York.

Smithtown High School West was selected as a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam and will spend the next nine months developing a Personal Distance Monitor that is designed to help children with autism manage their personal space.

InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors who receive grants to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

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The initiative of the Lemelson-MIT Program aims to inspire a new generation of inventors to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

“The InvenTeams program represents the future,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from the Lemelson-MIT Program. “We place an emphasis on STEM-focused projects to develop interest in these fields among youth.

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Sonata Scientific Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

BETHEL, Conn., Nov. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sonata Scientific LLC, a developer of advanced air purification and antimicrobial products, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on reducing the transmission of COVID-19 by contaminated surfaces.

The company is developing products to treat hospital surfaces that are known to harbor SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens.

Sonata is creating novel surfaces that kill both the COVID-19 virus and bacteria that cause hospital acquired infections. Even with daily wipe downs, these microscopic species accumulate on hospital surfaces such as bed rails and tables.  Sonata Scientific’s light activated, non-toxic durable coating works continuously to reduce dangerous infections and save lives.

“NSF is proud to support the technology of the future by thinking beyond incremental developments and funding the most creative, impactful ideas across all markets and areas of

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UMass Dartmouth announces $4.2M grant from U.S. Navy to fund new marine technology research projects – News –

UMass Dartmouth recently announced a $4.2 million grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to fund new research projects through the Marine and UnderSea Technology research program (MUST) in partnership with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport (NUWC).

This latest award follows a $4.6M grant from the Office of Naval Research in February 2020 — the largest research award in the university’s history, a press release from the school stated.

The full announcement event can be seen here.

This second award from the United States Navy will create new opportunities for regional collaborations across academia, industry, and the military. New projects look to address problems of naval relevance in the areas of batteries, acoustics, modeling of ocean dynamics, biofouling, composite materials, autonomy, machine learning, and marine robotics. The grant will be administered by the Marine and UnderSea Technology research program (MUST), which was formed to address the needs

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UW receives $23.5M grant to build and deploy fleet of robotic ocean-monitoring floats

UW oceanography professor Stephen Riser, left, and a colleague drop a float in the Southern Ocean in 2017 in order to collect chemical, physical and biological observations as part of the SOCCOM Project. (SOCCOM Photo)

The University of Washington is receiving a large chunk of a massive new grant from the National Science Foundation to build and deploy robotic ocean-monitoring floats to be distributed around the globe. The instruments will help scientists monitor the chemistry and biology of the world’s oceans for decades.

The NSF approved a $53 million, five-year grant on Thursday for a consortium of oceanographic institutions. About $20.5 million goes to the UW to build and deploy 300 of the 500 total floats, with another $3 million for maintenance.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI); Scripps Institution of Oceanography; the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and Princeton University are part of the effort along with the UW.


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Massachusetts Department of Transportation receives $1 million federal grant to use new drone technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1 million grant to the state to allow officials to experiment with using drones and other unmanned aerial systems for highway construction and to assist in emergencies.

The grant to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is among eight totaling $6.6 million earmarked for highway innovations. Others were issued to Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, Massachusetts and the Pawnee Nation in Oklahoma.

The state grant will be used for systems “that can improve the agency’s ability to survey terrain before and after emergencies, improve worker safety through remote mapping and accelerate construction,” according to an announcement from Elaine L. Chao, the federal secretary for transportation.

The funding is earmarked to enhance safety and rebuild infrastructure using cutting-edge innovations. The hope is the new technology can be nationwide if it proves successful, the announcement said.

“These federal grants will advance innovative transportation

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Kopernik Science Park, winner of $100K USA TODAY grant, opens with virtual ribbon cutting

Even before it officially opened on Thursday, kids were climbing atoms and whirling in the graviton spinner at the Kopernik Science Park. Six years in the making, the park is a place where science is child’s play.

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Plexision Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation to Develop its Novel COVID-19 Immunity Test

Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D

Plexision, ( a biotech company specializing in cell-based technologies, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grant. This funding will be used to develop a widely available version of Plexision’s novel immunity test for COVID-19 infection. Current tests assess protective immunity by measuring antibodies, which develop after infection. Plexision’s blood test measures cell-mediated immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and is offered from its CLIA-certified laboratory. This test can aid immunity assessments in individuals who have never been exposed to the virus, and those who may develop short-lived antibodies after exposure to the virus.

Pre-existing cell-mediated immunity has been detected in over half of healthy individuals who have never been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, and reflects prior exposure to other coronaviruses which cause flu-like illness in the general population. This immunity is greatly compromised in

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