MLSIC July BBQ and Cornhole Competition

What an awesome competition! Congratulations and a big thank you to all that participated in our Cornhole Competition today!

The Winners are:

First Place goes to The Ace Holes representing Denovo. Congratulations! Jake and Austin both received a Trophy and a certificate for their victory.

Second Place goes to Han & Chewie representing RMG. They put up a great fight in the final Cornhole Competition. Eric and Mike where awarded a second place certificate.

We have a Tie for third place with The Adams Family from RMG and the Corned-Eyed Bandits from TRS. Both teams made it to the final round! Congratulations Mickey, Adam, Leena and Francesco.

A Gigantic THANK YOU to Brandie, Kim and Sabrina from Stonebridge for their contribution to the Cornhole competition! They provided the boards, bags and competition organization for today’s event. Without you this competition would not have been possible. I think we are all looking forward to the 2015 MLSIC Cornhole Competition!

Also a big thank you to Joe from GEM for being our Grill Master Extraordinaire this afternoon!

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time today. Thank you to all that brought a dish to share and/or turned out for our MLSIC July BBQ and Cornhole tournament.

-The MLSIC Team
  Fred & Cayla

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7 ways to have fun with DNA

TED Blog

When TED Fellow Gabriel Barcia-Colombo saw an extraction of strawberry DNA for the first time, he was smitten. “I’d never thought about DNA being a beautiful thing before I saw it in this form,” he says in today’s talk, given at the TED Fellows Retreat.

Barcia-Colombo was inspired to join the public biotech lab Genspace, where biotechnologist Oliver Medvedik had shown him that gorgeous strawberry DNA. The two worked on extracting human DNA and, from there, Barcia-Colombo took the obvious next step: holding dinner parties dedicated toward the extraction of his friends’ DNA. (You have, too, right?)

“A lot of people, especially in the art community, don’t necessarily engage in science in this way,” Barcia-Colombo says. His artist friends were really excited about the experimentation, and he was excited about their excitement. He started collecting their DNA in little vials.

One day, it hit Barcia-Colombo that DNA’s spirals…

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First Edition Of the MLSIC Newsletter!


Welcome to the first edition of the MLSIC Newsletter! Click the option on the side bar to follow this blog and receive our updates via email. Its a Great way to stay informed! We update on everything that is going on at MLSIC as well as interesting news on scientific and technological developments.

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Delphinus Medical Technologies Inc. Recieves 501(k) Clearance


      Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc., innovator and developer of a new ultrasound platform that images the entire breast, received 501(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at the close of 2013 for the SoftVue™ whole breast ultrasound tomography system, approved for diagnostic breast imaging. SoftVue is not intended for use as a replacement for screening mammography.
Delphinus is the first company to design and manufacture a breast ultrasound system that utilizes ring transducer technology to transmit and receive ultrasound signals. Traditional hand-held ultrasound and automated breast ultrasound systems obtain only reflected echoes returning in the direction of the linear transducer. By contrast, SoftVue captures reflection echoes from all directions around the breast and gathers transmitted signals coming through the breast, something no other ultrasound system, currently available, can do.
With the breast suspended in warm water and a short exam time of one to two minutes per breast, the exam is safe, fast and comfortable.  While traditional ultrasound looks at only a limited area of breast tissue, SoftVue provides a complete map of the whole breast.  And unlike traditional ultrasound where the outcome of the exam is dependent on operator skill and experience, the exam is consistent and uniform, removing user variability.
With an experienced team dedicated to advancing breast imaging and women’s health, Delphinus is committed to assisting medical professionals better define and diagnose breast disease, while establishing a better patient experience that can be available for all women, regardless of age and without the concern of radiation or discomfort.

Debra Saunders
VP, Marketing and Sales
Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc.


Chemical Dynamics Wins 2013 Best of Plymouth Award for Analysis & Consulting


      Chemical Dynamics Llc specializes in multiple services to the coatings industry. The staff at Chemical Dynamics is comprised of Ronald Lewarchik, Mihir Shah and Jason Lawson with a combined experience of over 50 years in coatings technology. The researchers are named on 50 or more US and foreign Patents and three R&D Awards for innovations in new polymers and coatings that provide energy savings, lower organic emissions, improved corrosion resistance and improved performance for a variety of industries including Automotive, Building Products, Product Finishes, Coil Coatings, Aerospace and Food packaging.
Services include new product development, consulting, testing, expert witness reports and expert testimony. Current clients requesting support for the development of innovative coating products include four Fortune 100 companies in the automotive OEM, automotive refinish and food packaging markets.
Chemical Dynamics LLC, is also in the process of commercializing a new ambient cure coating for direct application on rusty steel. Unlike any other technology, this technology has the ability to penetrate to base metal, polymerize to a high density cross-linked impervious film and thus prevent further corrosion. A composition of matter patent has been applied for this innovation.
A few examples of innovative technologies from Chemical Dynamics is that nearly all Ford Cars and Trucks use Infinicote, a patented product developed by Chemical Dynamics for Martinrea, an automotive supplier of fuel handling equipment (fuel filler tubes, gas tanks etc.). Infinicote was also a finalist for the PACE Award for the most innovative product developed by an automotive supplier. Chemical Dynamics, LLC also developed and patented a heat reflective coating that saves energy, this coating was developed using a DOE sub-grant and was used by the Department of Energy on aluminum window frames at the DOE Building in Washington, DC. Chemical Dynamics has also developed coatings for such diverse applications like High Heat Low COF Coatings, Foundry Coatings, Intumescent Coatings and Conductive Coatings and Materials for applications over both steel and aluminum. Prior positions for Lewarchik include Adjunct Research Professor at Eastern Michigan University’s Coatings Research Institute from 2004 to 2009 and Global Director and VP of Industrial and Coil Coatings technology at BASF.

Ronald J. Lewarchik
Chemical Dynamics LLC


Handheld assistive device to accommodate essential tremor

Essential tremor is one of the most common movement disorders. As hands shake uncontrollably, even sharing a meal with friends and family can become difficult. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a spoon that helps to cancel out the effects of the tremor while eating. The spoon, developed by Lift Labs, uses small electronic sensors to detect small movements caused by tremor, and then it responds to cancel out those movements. In a new study in the journal Movement Disorders, the researchers found that the new spoon (pictured) helped the participants hold the spoon steady and improved their ability to get food from a bowl to their mouths. Given that medications don’t help everyone and only a few patients qualify for surgery, the researchers hope that the new spoon and other devices like it will improve quality of life in individuals with essential tremor.

Read more:
Journal article: A noninvasive handheld assistive device to accommodate essential tremor: A pilot study. Movement Disorders, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/mds.25796
Image credit: Lift Labs