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Media Mention: Do we really need to mask up outdoors? Dr. Steven Rogak comments on the need to evaluate risk.

Media Mention: Do we really need to mask up outdoors? Dr. Steven Rogak comments on the need to evaluate risk.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Despite emerging science that has changed what we know about how the coronavirus is transmitted, there’s been one constant over the past year: that outdoors is safer than indoors. But lately that message is getting murky, with Quebec recommending the wearing of masks outdoors, then rescinding the recommendation — kind of, and Ontario […]

New Paper from MEMs Lab increases accuracy in measurement of eye movements

New Paper from MEMs Lab increases accuracy in measurement of eye movements

The Mechanical Engineering Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) Lab has published a new paper “A Fusion Algorithm for Saccade Eye Movement Enhancement with EOG and Lumped-element Models” in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. Working in the MEMS Lab as a PhD student under supervisors and co-authors Dr. Mu Chiao and Dr. Clarence de Silva, author Hiroshan Gunawardane […]

Steven Rogak recieves $250K for COVID-19 Research Project

Steven Rogak recieves $250K for COVID-19 Research Project

Steven Rogak, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of British Columbia, has been awarded $250,000 through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Exceptional Opportunities Fund to “cover the urgent need for equipment” for his ongoing research related to COVID-19. Rogak’s project, which aims to assess the effect of aerosol and droplet control measures in indoor spaces, is one of […]

Quantifying the bond between SARS-CoV-2 and human cell receptors

Quantifying the bond between SARS-CoV-2 and human cell receptors

At its heart, mechanical engineering is the understanding of energy transfer and forces, physics concepts not usually associated with medicine. However, even at the scale of a human cell, those concepts are at play, and understanding them could be the key to designing effective treatments. SARS-CoV-2 is a tiny particle that has stopped the world, […]

Media Mention: CTV News interviews Professor Steven Rogak on the best materials for homemade masks

Media Mention: CTV News interviews Professor Steven Rogak on the best materials for homemade masks

CTV News: Could a baby wipe work as a mask filter? B.C. researchers put fabrics to the test. VANCOUVER — As masks become part of our daily attire, many people might be wondering about what the best ones are made from. The simple answer, according to UBC mechanical engineering professor Steve Rogak, is there’s nothing […]

UBC researchers run tests to find best materials and styles for face masks

UBC researchers run tests to find best materials and styles for face masks

UBC MEDIA RELATIONS: Lightweight cotton mask with dried baby-wipe filter combines good filter quality and breathability. Most scientists and health authorities support wearing non-medical face masks in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A team of UBC researchers led by Steven Rogak, a professor of mechanical engineering who studies aerosols, and Dr. Jane Wang, a […]