Mechanical engineering researcher gets $1.3M grant to study preventing post-traumatic osteoarthritis
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $1.3 million grant to Diane Wagner, an associate professor of mechanical engineering with the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, to evaluate a new method of strengthening damaged cartilage, preventing it from progressing to a debilitating form of arthritis.
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If houseplants, like houseguests, start to stink after three days, then an extremely rare plant that hasn’t bloomed in nine years at IU’s Jordan Hall Greenhouse is due to create a stench for the ages. One of the world’s largest species of flower, the Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum, is expected to put forth its first bloom soon. Known as the “corpse flower” for its overpoweringly foul odor, the bloom of this plant is a rare sight. A native to western Sumatra, the corpse flower takes eight to 20 years to bloom for the first time. After that, the flower appears every three years, and each bloom lasts 24 to 36 hours. This is the first bloom of IU’s flower, and only five corpse flower blooms have been publicly recorded worldwide in the past year.