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IISc will felicitate five “distinguished alumni”

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore along with the IISc Alumni Association awards the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award to five chosen alumni every year. The award recognises and celebrates those among IISc alumni who have reached the pinnacles of success in their respective fields, be it academia, industry or any other walk of life.

IISc faculty felicitated by the Institute for excellence

Every year, the Indian Institute of Science felicitates a few faculty members for their excellence in research in their respective fields. Since the award is by the institute community for its own faculty members, it holds a special place in the hearts of its faculty members.
This year, EIGHT faculty members have been felicitated with different awards.

Materials for Shielding Microwave Radiations

Polymer based shielding materials that can block electromagnetic radiations have been developed at IISc. Developed in the Materials Engineering Department at IISc, these materials are “composites” – materials made from two or more components with very different properties. “Polymer based composites are promising materials for shielding electromagnetic radiation because of suitable properties, which can be easily controlled by using different manufacturing methods”, says the author Suryasarathi Bose.

How much energy is consumed while producing building materials?

Of the building materials used in India, aluminium and burnt clay bricks are among the most energy intensive, finds a recent study. The study has developed a framework for assessing the energy consumed during production of building materials, in an attempt to quantifying energy expenditures from buildings.

Why some high-tech start-ups win over others

Starting up, especially in the field of high technology, is a fraught business. Entrepreneurs heading high-tech start-ups deal with plenty of uncertainty and risk. But what is the difference between high-tech start-ups that survive their fledgling years, and the many others that crash and burn? In other words, what sets apart an entrepreneur who fails from one whose high-tech start-up survives all the initial turbulence?

Monsoons increase growth of tiny plants in the Bay of Bengal

A current rising as a result of the Indian Summer Monsoon during June to September in the Bay of Bengal increases the growth of phytoplankton, minute plants that carry out photosynthesis in the sea. This results in the movement of organic carbon, or carbon flux, in the region. Researchers from CSIR – National Institute of Oceanography, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management, Chennai have quantified the extent to which the current associated with the Indian Summer Monsoon, the Summer Monsoon Current (SMC), increase the phytoplankton growth.

What influences venture capitalist funding in India?

The performance of the Indian economy with respect to other developed economies influences how venture capitalist (VC) firms invest their money, finds a new study. The reputation and the performance of the Venture Capital firm also influenced its success in the emerging ecosystem. In order to attract venture capitalist funding from other countries, the study recommends that Indian firms should come up with more start-up deals through incubators and accelerators at universities and corporate setups.

Bats hunt quiet bushcricket females much more than singing males

For the crickets that chirp loudly during evenings, bats are the main hunters. Male crickets start chirping at dusk to attract females to mate with; females are silent. One would expect that bats make straight for the males and make meals of them, but a recent study from IISc has shown that silent females are attacked much more.