BMES eNewsletter
     January 2015

Diversity Magazine features USC's Finley and Ga. Tech's Platt   


Two Biomedical Engineering Society members are featured in the current issue of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine for the publication's 2015 Emerging Scholars of the Year.  


The two BMES member included in this year's list are Stacey D. Finley, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California and Manu Platt, assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.


According to the magazine, the list includes a diverse group of standout scholars under the age of 40. Recognized for the uniqueness of their fields of study, as well as their commitment to service and teaching, these scholars represent some of the brightest minds in the nation.




BMES Regional Conference coming to
Troy, NY April 17


BMES' 2015 BME Northeast Regional Conference will take place April 17 at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.


The conference is being held alongside the 2015 Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NBECC).


The BMES Biomedical Engineering Regional Conference is a unique one-day conference designed specifically for biomedical engineering students (undergraduate. graduate and post-doctorates) and working professionals. The conference provides a wealth of career information and networking opportunities.


Click here for more information  


Click here for a calendar of the 2015 Career Connections regional conferences



Seeking Member Experts for Professional Development Webinars   


If you are interested in getting more involved in the Society, BMES is seeking member experts on the following topics: Tenure Promotion Process, Translation, Human Capital, Regulatory Issues, Quality, and Operations to work with BMES to generate professional development webinars on these topics.


BMES created the professional development webinar series based on feedback received from BMES members during various committee meetings and focus group sessions.  


If you are an expert in any of the above listed fields and are interested in getting more information on being a featured speaker or moderator, please send an email to Michele Ciapa, BMES Education Director, at with your preferred availability (February, March, August, September and/or December 2015) by February 2, 2015 along with a CV and synopsis (no more than two paragraphs) of your expertise.


To view archived webinar recordings, login and visit



Students tackle design challenge in UC Davis Make-a-thon competition 


The University of California, Davis Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter recently held its Make-a-thon competition -- an event that gives students hands-on experience implementing a solution to a real world problem. 

Make-a-thon is a competition between multiple student teams to learn the design process. in 30 hours, according to the chapter.

Its the design process on steroids, said Dr. Anthony Passerini, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and the director of the senior design program.

"The teams were doing over two days what they normally do over two quarters. They were highly constrained by time, materials, and manufacturing techniques. It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun for everyone," he said.

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BMES 2014 Annual Meeting Session Recordings 


As a member benefit, you can listen to select annual meeting sessions online.  


Archived sessions include: Outstanding Chapter & Commendable Achievement Awards, Outstanding Mentoring & Outstanding Outreach Awards, How to Get Your First Job, Networking Effectively, Mock Interview Demonstration, Owning Your Career & Using Mentors, and Research in BME and Grant Writing.


To access the recorded sessions visit: You must be logged on as a member to access this content.  


Stony Brook Chapter raises money for A Leg to Stand On


The Stony Brook University Biomedical Engineering Society is fundraising for A Leg to Stand On. This charity, based in New York City, provides children in developing countries with free orthopedic care and prosthetic limbs.


In third world countries, aside from the presence of a social stigma, being physically disabled also limits the ease of travel, as the primary transportation is walking. These children have compromised access to education because without the proper medical procedures and funds, they are unable to rely on their legs to get them to school.


The chapter is hoping to raise enough money, approximately $1000, to provide 5 children with prosthetic limbs. This semester they will be raising funds by selling 'A Leg to Stand On' bracelets as well as hosting a BMES Talent Show in April. If you are interested in purchasing a bracelet or collaborating with this fundraiser, please contact Stony Brook BMES at



BMES Chapter meet up in New York City planned for April


In April 2015, Stony Brook University's Biomedical Engineering Society chapter is hosting a New York City Meet-Up with several of the Northeast BMES chapters. This event will let chapters share their best practices and develop connections to organize future events. It will be hosted on Stony Brook University's Manhattan campus on a Saturday afternoon. If your chapter is within a few hours traveling distance from New York City and you are interested in participating in the event, please contact Stony Brook BMES at


2015 Bioengineering Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania 


Ben Freedman and Laura Wiles; Penn BMES Co-Presidents          


The University of Pennsylvania welcomed Dr. Gilda Barabino, Dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York and Immediate Past President of BMES, to Penn for the Fourth Annual Bioengineering Graduate Research Symposium.  


Dr. Barabino delivered a fantastic keynote address on "Identity, Interdisciplinarity, Diversity, and Career Progression." Other symposium sessions included a research poster session, graduate student research presentations, and a reception. The event was planned by graduate students Bhavana Mohanraj and Eileen Hwuang, and Professor Jason Burdick.

BMES Student Chapter Calendar of Events 2015 

The Ohio State University - Hosting Research-focused Symposium - January 23, 2015


San Jose State University - Hosting 6th Annual Biomedical Device Conference - March 31, 2015


University of Texas, San Antonio - Research Symposium -  

April 11, 2015


University of Maryland & Johns Hopkins University - Hosted by JHU, Annual Friendly Design Competition - March/April 2015


Stony Brook University & other schools - Hosting a NYC First Annual Chapter Best Practices Meet-up - April 2015

Stem cell research could one day aid in repairing heart defects

Research being performed by several BMES members could one day lead to techniques that use amniotic fluid derived stem cells to help repair heart defects. 

A paper about the works was recently published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. The paper is titled Amniotic Fluid-Derived Stem Cells Demonstrated Cardiogenic Potential in Indirect Co-culture with Human Cardiac Cells. 

The authors include BMES members: Yang Gao, Jennifer Petsche Connell and Jeffrey G. Jacot. Other authors are: Lalita Wadhwa and Rodrigo Ruano.

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NC State's Gu receives Pathway to Stop Diabetes Research Award 

Biomedical Engineering Society member and North Carolina State University professor Zhen Gu is one of six researchers chosen for an American Diabetes Association effort to combat the disease, according to multiple reports. 

To accelerate the research needed to discover solutions to this deadly epidemic, the American Diabetes Associations initiative, Pathway to Stop Diabetes, will fund 100 new diabetes researchers over the next decade, according to the association. 

According to NC State: Zhen Gu, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will receive $1.625 million over five years to accelerate his research to develop an artificial closed-loop system that is able to mimic pancreas activity and release insulin in response to glucose level changes.

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Researchers Use Nanotechnology to Engineer ACL Replacements

Connecting the femur to the tibia, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is one of the most devastating injuries in sports, according to a Northwestern University article. 

Researchers at the university, led by BMES member Guillermo Ameer, have engineered replacement tendons that could one day vastly improve procedures for repairing ACL ruptures, according to the article. 

According to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, more than 250,000 ACL surgeries are performed annually in the United States, totaling up to more than $500 million in health care costs each year.

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BMES awards nominations accepted


BMES is currently accepting award nominations for the following BMES Awards. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2015. Self-nominations are encouraged!


Annually, BMES recognizes individuals for their accomplishments, significant contributions and service to the Society and the field of biomedical engineering. The BMES Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the following awards:


Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award

- is awarded each year to an individual to recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the science and practice of biomedical engineering.


Diversity Lecture Award

- honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.


Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture Award

- is offered to stimulate research careers in biomedical engineering.


Distinguished Achievement Award

- is presented each year to an individual, company, charitable foundation, or non-academic institution that has made great contributions to the field of biomedical engineering.


For more information on these awards, including how to apply, please visit

Nominations accepted online only through May 31, 2015.


BMES accepting nominations for fellow


All BMES Member-level members who have been in good standing for the past three years are eligible to be nominated for Fellow status in BMES.  


More information on the qualifications for Fellowship can be found at


Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2015.               


Be a featured BMES spotlight member


All BMES members are encouraged to sign up for the BMES featured member spotlight! This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow members - and for them to get to know you! All member levels are welcome and encouraged to submit their information here.


BMES membership survey


The BMES Membership Survey will be heading your way in the coming days. This brief survey, less than 30 questions, will take you just a few minutes to complete and will provide BMES with a wealth of information when it comes to learning what new programming and benefits will help our members succeed!    


Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and let us know how we can help improve your BMES membership experience.


BMES bylaws vote     


The BMES Bylaws vote will close on January 26, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. If you have not yet reviewed the proposed changes to Section 13-Committees, please do so prior to the deadline.  


BMES Fellow, Member, Early Career and Emeritus members received the survey on January 12th via Survey Monkey.


BMES membership - profile updates


Have you started a new job? Changed career paths? New title? Whatever it may be, please remember to update your information with BMES!  


Login to the website at with your username and password (contact BMES Membership at if you can't remember those), your profile page with instantly pop-up so you can update all your information at once.



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