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An interview with Old Dominion University electrical engineer Mounir Laroussi concerning his work in the field of plasmas -- including his recent invention of a hand-held plasma pencil -- aired on the National Academy of Engineering's WTOP Radio Series on Engineering on June 18.

An audio link and a transcript of the interview is on the NAE Web site (www.nae.edu/radio) this week. The interview was also aired June 19 on Federal News Radio (www.federalnewsradio.com). That broadcast, as well as the WTOP program, originate in Washington, D.C.

Laroussi, who is a researcher at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics and an ODU associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was interviewed by Randy Atkins, senior media/public relations officer for the NAE.

The subject of the interview was Laroussi's plasma pencil, which shoots out a plume of cold plasma up to 2 inches long. Science media gave generous attention to the invention late last year, pointing out potential uses of the room-temperature plume in disinfecting wounds and sterilizing delicate instruments. A layman-friendly article about Laroussi's invention appeared in the February issue of National Geographic magazine.

This is the second interview show Atkins and the WTOP series has done with researchers from the Reidy Center, which is an ODU initiative in cooperation with Eastern Virginia Medical School. Last winter, Atkins interviewed Karl Schoenbach, director of the center, and Richard Nuccitelli, a researcher who reported research early this year showing that nanosecond-range pulses of electricity could bring total remission of melanomas on the skin of mice.

Schoenbach is Batten Endowed Chair in Bioelectrics Engineering and eminent scholar and professor of electrical and computer engineering. Nuccitelli is associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

This article was posted on: June 21, 2006

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