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Tufts graduate students receive $10,000 prizes
Date:5/25/2011

The winners of the $10,000 prizes are:

Konstantinos Tsioris, Ph.D. candidate, Tufts University School of Engineering, for his research into developing a silk-based biosensor to detect the highly toxic bacterial compound lipopolysaccharide (LPS).When spread through contaminated drinking water, food, or medical equipment, LPS can lead to a microbial blood infection and septic shock, which is potentially fatal. Early detection of LPS allows prompt treatment of infections and prevents septic shock.

Edward Spang, Ph.D. candidate, The Fletcher School, for his plan to analyze water consumption for energy-producing technologies in 177 countries. His data will help policymakers coordinate the interaction between energy systems and the water systems that they must rely on to operate.

Jonathan Torn and Ahmed Malik, master's students, The Fletcher School, for their plan to develop a solar-powered energy system for urban Pakistan to lessen the country's dependence on its current electrical system which is prone to shortages.

Two proposals received honorable mention and $500 prizes:

Coleen Butler, Ph.D. Candidate, Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, for her research into the advantages of using the plant species Sedum on green roofs.

Eric Vaughan, master's student, Tufts School of Engineering, for his work to develop a mathematical method that would help water planners compare costs of using treated wastewater for agricultural purposes with the cost of using groundwater. This will encourage farmers to use wastewater which is less expensive.


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Contact: Alex Reid
alexander.reid@tufts.edu
617-627-4173
Tufts University
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