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BME MONITOR: The Biomedical Engineering Department Newsletter

 

2007 Newsletter
Featured articles

Experiential learning: BME undergrad design competition stresses real-world challenges

Research may yield improved treatment of diseased lungs

Translational research: Medicine, hand-delivered

Translational research:
Ultrasound waves reflect tissue mechanics

Translational research: 'Balloon' effect:
Blocking aneurysms

Translational research: For ACL repair,
closing the 'gap'

Translational research: Fast, efficient MR imaging

Translational research: Seven new projects launched

Graduate student service award honors Corrine Bahr


Regular Features

Message from the chair

Faculty news:
David Beebe cited as pioneer of miniaturization

In memoriam:
Prof. Paul Bach-y-Rita

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

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Robert G. Radwin
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Decorative initial cap An academic department is like a family, where everyone has a familial role. Corrine Bahr was our department’s mother figure. We were deeply saddened to lose Corrine, who died on April 8, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Corrine worked at the University of Wisconsin for 38 years, most recently as the first BME department administrator. She shared in our dream from the start, and helped guide us in our department’s inception, development and growth. We set out to have a department that was like no other, where faculty, staff and students felt at home, and she was central in building that home and creating a department with heart. We lost a piece of the heart of our department and we will deeply miss her.

In her memory, the department is proud to establish an award that recognizes the BME graduate student who best exemplifies the ideals and principles by which Corrine lived, and to offer funds for this student to lead a significant activity of their own design that fulfills the spirit of this award to provide leadership and service to the department. More information on this award can be found in this issue of the BME Monitor (see Graduate student service award honors Corrine Bahr).

There were several new and exciting events this year for our department. The first Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Awards were awarded to BME students, raising the level of distinction in our unique experiential learning BME undergraduate program where every student works on a real-world client-based design project every semester. Winners were announced at The 5th Annual BME Translational Research and Design Conference and Expo: The Convergence of Biomedical Engineering Research, Design and Commercialization, which was held in May in our building.

The Tong Biomedical Engineering Design Follow-On Awards were also recently announced. Read about these in this issue of our newsletter (see ?).

The University of Wisconsin recently was designated a “Kauffman Campus” with the award of a $5 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Under that grant, the BME department will introduce a series of new graduate courses in the upcoming year that will offer a collaborative translational research process to foster innovation that is an extension and expansion of our Coulter Foundation Translational Research Partnership process. It is entitled, “The biome Project.”

The word biome is a term every biologist should know; a biome is an interacting local group of distinctive biological communities. It is also an acronym for Bio Innovations and Opportunities in Medicine and Engineering. You will hear more about this exciting and unique new graduate educational program as it is launched later this year.

As always, we like to hear from our alumni, industrial partners and friends, and I invite you to stay in touch.

Robert G. Radwin
Room 2130 Engineering Centers Building
1550 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1609

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E-mail: bme@engr.wisc.edu



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