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Kristi Kiick Named Deputy Dean of College of Engineering Effective Aug. 1

Kristi Kiick | Via University of Delaware | July 18, 2011

Kristi Kiick, professor of materials science and engineering, has been named deputy dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering effective Aug. 1. As deputy dean, Kiick replaces Babatunde Ogunnaike who has been appointed interim dean of engineering. “I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the college and look forward to working […]

Medtronic Invests in Lens Implant Company

Stephen Oesterle | Via MedCity News | July 15, 2011

California-based startup  PowerVision  announced Friday that Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) has become a strategic investor in a $24.7 million funding round that included other investors. As a result of the investment, Medtronic’s Dr. Stephen Oesterle, senior vice president, medicine and technology at Medtronic, will serve as an observer on the board of PowerVision, an ophthalmology company. PowerVision […]

Editing the Genome

George M. Church | Via Harvard Gazette | July 14, 2011

The power to edit genes is as revolutionary, immediately useful, and unlimited in its potential as was Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press. And like Gutenberg’s invention, most DNA editing tools are slow, expensive, and hard to use — a brilliant technology in its infancy. Now, Harvard researchers developing genome-scale editing tools as fast and easy as […]

New Material Could Offer Hope to Those with No Voice

Robert Langer | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | July 13, 2011

In 1997, the actress and singer Julie Andrews lost her singing voice following surgery to remove noncancerous lesions from her vocal cords. She came to Steven Zeitels, a professor of laryngeal surgery at Harvard Medical School, for help. Zeitels was already starting to develop a new type of material that could be implanted into scarred […]

Colvin and Farach-Carson Named to Vice Provost Positions

Vicki Colvin | Via Rice University | July 13, 2011

Professors Vicki Colvin and Mary ”Cindy” Farach-Carson have been named to vice provost positions by Provost George McLendon. Colvin, director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN), is vice provost for research. Farach-Carson, scientific director of the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), is vice provost for translational bioscience. ”Vicki and Cindy are both well-respected […]

UTSA’s Mauli Agrawal Joins San Antonio Mayor and Others on Israel Trip

C. Mauli Agrawal | Via University of Texas at San Antonio | July 12, 2011

Mauli Agrawal, dean of The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering, joined San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and other San Antonio representatives in witnessing a historic moment between Israel and the Alamo City.

More Oxygen in Eyes of African-Americans May Help Explain Glaucoma Risk

David Beebe | Via Washington University in St. Louis | July 11, 2011

Measuring oxygen during eye surgery, investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered a reason that may explain why African-Americans have a higher risk of glaucoma than Caucasians… …“We began studying oxygen in the eye after our basic studies showed that it was tightly regulated there, with the lowest levels near […]

Knothe Tate Wins Life Sciences Award

Melissa Knothe Tate | Via Case School of Engineering | July 11, 2011

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Melissa Knothe Tate, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, a $25,000 Chairmen’s Distinguished Life Sciences Scientist Award. Knothe Tate is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of orthopaedic mechanobiology as well as the development and clinical translation of novel technologies and […]

Transforming Drug Delivery

Ellis Meng | Via University of Southern California Engineering | July 10, 2011

Ellis Meng, an associate professor of biomedical and electrical engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, stands at the bold crossroads of medical research. She seeks new ways to deliver and monitor drugs for patients through nanotechnology and wireless communication. Through a grant from the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) […]

Federal Grant to Advance Imaging for Primary Care Physicians

Stephen A. Boppart | Via University of Illinois Engineering | July 5, 2011

The National Institutes of Health has awarded bioengineering professor Stephen Boppart a $5 million grant for a bioengineering research partnership that will develop new handheld optical imaging technology for primary care providers. “The result of this – if successful, could really reduce our health care costs and streamline our delivery of health care,” Boppart said. […]

Putting Evolution to Work

George M. Church | Via Forbes | June 29, 2011

It is perhaps fitting that the new prototype of a machine Harvard Medical School geneticist George Church developed to “mass produce” new genes looks a little like a high-end stove. (Linked Photo courtesy of Marie Wu.)  “Cooking,” as one lab director once told me, is basically what lab researchers do. They cook with genes. The […]

Cheng Dong Named New Head of Bioengineering Department

Cheng Dong | Via Penn State News | June 27, 2011

Cheng Dong, distinguished professor of bioengineering, has been named the new head of Penn State’s Department of Bioengineering, effective Aug. 1. The major focus of Dong’s research is to elucidate biomechanical, biophysical and biochemical aspects of cellular function in the circulatory systems, with particular interest in cellular biomechanics, cell adhesion, cell migration, cell signaling, systems […]

New Technique Yields Troves of Information From Nanoscale Bone Samples

Deepak Vashishth | Via Rensselaer News | June 22, 2011

Engineering Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Have Developed New Process for the Microdissection and In-Depth Biochemical Analysis of Bone Tissue A new technique developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute allows researchers to collect large amounts of biochemical information from nanoscale bone samples. Along with adding important new insights into the fight against osteoporosis, this innovation opens […]

Robert Langer Wins Top Chemistry Award

Robert Langer | Via Massachusetts Institute of Technology | June 21, 2011

David H. Koch Institute Professor Robert S. Langer has been selected by the American Chemical Society (ACS) to receive the 2012 Priestley Medal, the society’s most prestigious prize, for his “distinguished services to chemistry.” Langer was honored for his “cutting-edge research that helped create the controlled-release drug industry and the field of tissue engineering,” according […]

Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., Named 2011 Mendel Medalist

Joseph DeSimone | Via Villanova University | June 17, 2011

Joseph M. DeSimone, Ph.D., the Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named the 2011 Mendel medalist. DeSimone also is an adjunct member at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. DeSimone […]

Restoring Memory, Repairing Damaged Brains

Theodore Berger | Via University of Southern California News | June 17, 2011

Scientists have developed a way to turn memories on and off – literally with the flip of a switch. Using an electronic system that duplicates the neural signals associated with memory, they managed to replicate the brain function in rats associated with long-term learned behavior, even when the rats had been drugged to forget. “Flip […]

Carnegie Mellon Engineering Professors Create World’s Smallest Fuel Cell Powered By Biology

Philip LeDuc | Via Carnegie Mellon University | June 17, 2011

Carnegie Mellon University’s Kelvin B. Gregory and Philip R. LeDuc have created the world’s smallest fuel cell powered by bacteria. Future versions of the biology-powered fuel cell could be used for self-powered sensing devices in remote locations where batteries are impractical, such as deep ocean or geological environments… …”Our biology-powered fuel cell could be less […]

Engineers Control the Environment to Direct Stem Cell Differentiation

Todd C. McDevitt | Via Georgia Tech News Center | June 16, 2011

New research presented on June 16, 2011 at the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) shows that systematically controlling the local and global environments during stem cell development helps to effectively direct the process of differentiation. In the future, these findings could be used to develop manufacturing procedures for producing […]

Controlled Release Society Presents Mikos with 2011 College of Fellows Award

Antonios Mikos | Via Rice Bioengineering | June 14, 2011

Antonios G. Mikos has been selected for the Controlled Release Society’s (CRS) 2011 College of Fellows Award for his landmark contributions in material and drug delivery research that has brought about significant advances to the field of tissue engineering. The College of Fellows Award, the most prestigious level of membership of CRS, credits decades of […]

New Imaging Tech Promising for Diagnosing Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes

Ji-Xin Cheng | Via Purdue University | June 9, 2011

Researchers have developed a new type of imaging technology to diagnose cardiovascular disease and other disorders by measuring ultrasound signals from molecules exposed to a fast-pulsing laser. The new method could be used to take precise three-dimensional images of plaques lining arteries, said Ji-Xin Cheng, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and chemistry at Purdue […]