Thursday, May 24, 2012
Undergraduate Awarded Runner-Up Prize at 2012 Meeting of the Minds Competition
Sophie Grodsinsky (CEE/EPP '13) placed runner up in the Undergraduate Environmental Research Award category at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds competition at CMU. The competition is an annual undergraduate research symposium celebrating university-wide research across all disciplines.
Grodsinsky's award for Undergraduate Environmental Research is sponsored by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research and The Green Design Institute and is focused on recognizing projects with a strong environmental component.
Her project, Nanomaterial Measurement Consistency, aims to better unify nanomaterial risk research by identifying the important factors and properties affecting observed nanomaterial tonicity in published experiments involving different nanoparticle types and different living organisms through compilation of all existing experimental findings into a database to allow for enhanced analysis. This database will help by enabling meta-analysis of the results to more easily identify the best factors and properties indicative of toxicity risk by allowing for more efficient comparison between existing data. . By making research more efficient in sharing the knowledge that has already been found along with highlighting the most important and least important properties to be included in risk models could progress the field beyond where it is now.