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SPRING/SUMMER 2002

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High school students in Prof. Beebe's lab

High school students on campus Feb. 28 through March 1 for the Wisconsin Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium toured BME labs in their spare time. In Associate Professor Dave Beebe's lab, the students took a variety of personal measurements, including lung function, pulse rate and oxygenation of their hemoglobin, to learn how medical instrumentation works.

Undergrads show off research

Four BME senior design groups displayed posters at the campuswide Undergraduate Research Symposium April 18. In addition, three BME students presented posters on their independent research.

Student honors, awards and achievements:

  • Elizabeth Felton, who received her master's degree in BME this spring, has been accepted into the UW-Madison Medical School's MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program. She will begin taking classes through the program this summer and finish two years of medical school, then earn her PhD in biomedical engineering working with Professor Robert Radwin, and return to medical school for her last two years of training. After completing the program, Felton will do a residency, perhaps in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Eventually, she hopes to balance clinical work — possibly as a rehabilitation doctor — with research in rehabilitation engineering. In addition, she may consider teaching and doing work to improve cross-cultural health care.

  • Graduate student Erin Gill has been accepted into UW-Madison's Biotechnology Traineeship Program, which provides National Institutes of Health-funded support for predoctoral students interested in interdisciplinary biotechnology work. During the traineeship, Gill will focus on understanding changes in epithelial tissue during the onset and progression of cancer. Working with Assistant Professor Nimmi Ramanujam and Pathology Professor Lynn Allen-Hoffmann, she hopes to discover a noninvasive method for detecting and diagnosing cancer in such tissue sites as the oral cavity, skin and cervix. As part of the program, Gill also will minor in a cross discipline, participate in a seminar series, and complete an industrial internship.

  • BME senior David Manthei has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Science and Technology and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research of the U.S. Department of Defense). Each fellowship provides funding for three years. Manthei, who will begin his MS work in the department this summer, will research mechanisms of skeletal muscle injury and healing under Assistant Professor Thomas Best (also family medicine and orthopedic surgery). The two hope to gain better understanding of the mechanisms of injury and healing to provide a foundation for treatment strategies.

  • David W. Meister, a biomedical engineering junior, was one of two engineering students to receive a 2001-02 3M Corporation scholarship. The $5,000 award is renewable.

  • With his recently awarded National Library of Medicine Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine traineeship, BME student Henry Zeringue will spend the final year of his PhD work looking for significance in the regions surrounding the endpoints of deletions in mitochondrial DNA from atrophied muscle cells. He will perform the research with Professor Judd Aiken, Department of Animal Health and Biomedical Sciences. Their goal is to use computational methods to find a "key" in the DNA surrounding the deletion points that will help direct biology experiments to determine the mechanisms for the deletions.

This spring, students entered 19 ideas or inventions in the college's annual Innovation Day competition, which featured the Schoofs Prize for Creativity and the Tong Prototype Prize. BME students participating include:
Students David Manthei, Nikhil Bagadia and Jason Berta

From left: David Manthei, Nikhil Bagadia, Jason Berta and James Burke (not pictured) entered the Redesign of a Ski-Binding System to Reduce the Incidence and/or Grade of Knee Injuries, which received a Schoofs Prize second place and $7,000. (27K JPG)

Student Kelly Stevens

Kelly Stevens entered the Cauterizing Biopsy System, which received a $2,000 Judges' Prize for Special Merit. (28K JPG)

BME students at the 2002 Innovation Day competition

Lisa Ruehlow (left) and Nicole Werner entered the Portable Voice Calibrator, which received fourth place ($1,000) and a second-place ($1,250) Tong Prize. (19K JPG)

Students Elizabeth Nee, Angela Heppner, Briar Duffy and Jeffrey Phillips

From left: Elizabeth Nee, Angela Heppner, Briar Duffy and Jeffrey Phillips entered the Self-Disarming Suture Needle, which received a Schoofs Prize fourth place and $1,000. (25K JPG)

BME students participating in the 2002 Innovation Day competition.

From left: Mike Hallam, John Puccinelli, Brian Asti, Jeremy O'Brien, Scott Wiese and Rafael Connemara (not pictured) entered the MR Gantry. (21K JPG)

BME students at the 2002 Innovation Day competition

From left: Jodi Zilinski, Gretchen Foltz, Marie Meyer and Kristy Wood entered the Cryogenic Freezing System for Biological Specimens. (22K JPG)

BME students at the 2002 Innovation Day competition

Bern Jordan (left) and Elan Bomsztyk entered the Non-Adhesive Bioreactor for In-Vitro Cell Culture. (21K JPG)

 

 

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