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BME MONITOR: The Biomedical Engineering Department Newsletter


Fall/Winter 2005
Featured articles

Department receives W.H. Coulter tran slational 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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Undergraduate students Jon Millin, Amit Mehta, Ryan Pope and Jeff Swift took third place overall in the National Student Design Competition and second place in the competition's accessible ergometer category. The group designed a low-cost, stable ergometer (a stationary exercise bike) that people with a number of disabilities, including obesity, low vision and Parkinson's disease could easily use.

Undergraduate Andrew Wentland is UW-Madison's 2005 recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Rita Schaffer Undergraduate Award. The honor recognizes Wentland's outstanding scholarship, leadership, outreach and learning initiatives. This spring, he also became a new member of the Iron Cross Society, one of UW-Madison's oldest and most prestigious honor societies.

Former students Gabriel Donatell (BS, MS '04), David Meister (BS '03, MS '04), Jeremy O'Brien (BS '03) and John Thurlow (BS '03), Professor Emeritus John Webster, and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Assistant Professor Frank Salvi published the paper, “A Simple Device to Monitor Flexion and Lateral Bending of the Lumbar Spine,” in the Vol. 13, No. 1 March 2005 IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. The Vol. 52(1) 2005 edition of IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering published the paper, “Electrocardiographic Motion Artifact Versus Electrode Impedance,” by former students Scott Wiese (BS '03, MS '04), Paul Anheier (BS '03), Rafael Connemara (BS '03), Anna Mollner (BS '03), Thomas Neils (BS '03) and Joshua Kahn (BS '02, MS '03). Their work was supported by GE Healthcare via the Biomedical Engineering Student Design Consortium. The group's advisor is Professor Emeritus John Webster. Both groups developed their designs in the BME undergraduate design course.

The newly formed UW-Madison chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Eta Mu Beta (AEMB), has received formal approval from the national society. The students received the UW-Madison charter at the BMES annual fall meeting in September in Baltimore.

Undergraduates Nate Gaeckle, Kevin Johnson, Dana Nadler and Andrew Wentland received Hilldale Undergraduate Research Awards. Grants from the Hilldale Foundation and the Wisconsin Legislature provide $3,000 each to undergraduate students and $1,000 to the faculty or staff supervisors to work in collaboration on research projects.

Gaeckle is working with Assistant Professor Kristyn Masters to chemically induce cardio-myogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in 3-D scaffolds and investigate how changes in the 3-D environment influence the extent of cellular differentiation.

Johnson is working with Professor Charles Mistretta to use the MRI technique, phase-contrast vastly undersampled isotropic projection imaging, to derive pressure information for clinically diagnosing atherosclerosis and other hemodynamical malformations.

Nadler is working with Chemical and Biological Engineering Assistant Professor Eric Shusta to genetically engineer yeast cells to produce appreciable levels of a potential biopharmaceutical, brain-derived neurotrophic factor. In the process, Nadler hopes to learn more about the protein production mechanisms of yeast cells.

Wentland is working with Professor Thomas Grist and Assistant Professor Walter Block to use MRI as a better treatment-planning tool to measure blood flow to the kidneys and detect abnormalities within the span of a breath hold.

Anthony Escarcega (BSME '97, BSBME '99), an MBA student in entrepreneurship, and his partner, John Puccinelli, a BME doctoral candidate, took first prize and $10,000 in the UW-Madison G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition April 15. They wrote a business plan for Ratio, a company based on patented drug-delivery technology developed by Professor David Beebe. The device can deliver large-molecule drugs such as insulin to patients. A July 29 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story highlighted the duo's efforts.

Graduate student Amy Beth Silder received a 2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Award, which provides recognition and three years of support to outstanding graduate students who have the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science and engineering. Her research interests are in biomechanics with an emphasis on musculoskeletal modeling as a tool for advancing injury prevention and rehabilitation.

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Date last modified: 22-Dec-2005
Date created: 22-Dec-2005



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