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BME MONITOR: The Biomedical Engineering Department Newsletter


Fall/Winter 2005
Featured articles

Department receives W.H. Coulter translational partnership award in BME

Unlocking the brain

Learning clinical research

Microfluidics offers new portals for discovery

It's no shock: Tasers may be safer than bullets

Teaching clinic-based neuroengineering

Biology and engineering at UW-Madison: A student's landscape

Yongmin Kim receives College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award on Oct. 21, 2005

Regular Features

Message from the chair

Faculty news

In the news

Student news

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In October, Associate Professor Susan Hagness received the 2005 Isaac Koga Gold Medal, awarded once every three years. It recognizes Hagness for developing enhanced finite-difference time-domain methods in computational electromagnetics and ultrawideband microwave imaging techniques for early breast cancer detection.

With a $260,000 scientist development grant from the American Heart Association National Center, Assistant Professor Kristyn Masters will examine how altering the 3-D biomaterial environment affects the ability of cardiac muscle cells to function properly, particularly when exposed to native disease-inducing factors.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Assistant Professor Bill Murphy $380,214 to mimic the characteristics of natural tissue-development processes by spatially patterning stem cell differentiation. He will develop model cell culture substrates and three-dimensional materials that spatially control the activity of growth factors, which are molecules capable of inducing differentiation of stem cells.

With $670,000 from General Motors and Delphi Corporations, in conjunction with the United Auto Workers-GM Center for Human Resources, Professor Robert Radwin is investigating how to minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injuries while maximizing the capacity to operate power hand tools with optimum performance in automobile manufacturing.

Professors Robert Radwin and Willis Tompkins were both elected fellows of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

With approximately $210,000 in funding, the Trace Research and Development Center (directed by Professor Gregg Vanderheiden) is part of a team of experts that will help design a new, easier-to-use digital talking book playback machine. With team members Battelle, HumanWare, and the National Federation of the Blind, Trace Center researchers also will create training materials for the device.

Phoenix (Arizona) Sky Harbor International Airport has deployed the first fully accessible paging and information system, developed by ARINC Inc. The system implements Trace EZ Access technology, which is a set of interface enhancements that can be integrated into the design of almost any electronic product to make the product more accessible for people with disabilities.

Professor John White has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the highest scientific accolade granted in the United Kingdom. White has earned acclaim for dual contributions to the fields of microscopy and cellular genetics and heads the UW-Madison Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, which is developing powerful laser-scanning microscopes to enable scientists to explore the dynamic environment within cells.

Assistant Professor Justin Williams has received a $240,000 grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to develop drug-delivery strategies for treating acute neural injuries, specifically on severe problems related to acute injury following neurosurgical procedures. He and Assistant Professor P. Charles Garell will develop novel bioMEMS techniques to fabricate systems that will spatially and temporally target implanted drug delivery to the brain and will test a novel experimental model for continuously monitoring the release and effect of acute drug delivery to the brain.

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Date created: 22-Dec-2005



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