Elephants Without Borders, a nonprofit founded by Mike Chase ’07 PhD, a former student of Curtice Griffin, Environmental Conservation, who also does research for the organization, is profiled in Research Next

In her role as chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Polar Research Board, Julie Brigham-Grette, Geosciences, gave one of the few invited scientific talks at the international Summit Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER), organized by Secretary of State John Kerry. President Barack Obama addressed the GLACIER summit at the end of the day. News release

Alfred J. Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, is part of a research team that is developing a hydrogel-fabric composite that is both soft and strong and can hold three times the weight of the fabric alone. Chemistry World

Kenneth Carter and Gregory Tew, Polymer Science and Engineering, have been awarded $2.975 million over five years through the National Science Foundation’s National Research Traineeship (NRT) program to train a group of graduate students from different disciplines in the use of polymers and other soft materials in the life sciences. Phys.org, News release

Duncan J. Irschick, Biology, Alfred J. Crosby, Polymer Science and Engineering, and doctoral candidate Casey A. Gilman, Biology, have shown that geckos have a spring-like mechanism in their bodies to enhance adhesion as they become larger, as reported in PLOS ONE. In 2012, four of the authors invented the flexible adhesive Geckskin. BBC, Phys.org, Science Newsline, Nature World News, News release