BMES eNewsletter
     September 2015
BMES Annual Meeting: Discounted Online Registration Ends September 30 

Registration for the BMES Annual Meeting in Tampa October Ends Sept. 30! 

CLICK HERE for registration information and to register online. 

CLICK HERE for hotel information and to reserve your room online. 

CLICK HERE for the Schedule-at-a-Glance. 

For questions, please email:   

Register by September 30 and save.

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Setton elected president of BMES      
Lori Setton, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, was elected as President-Elect of the Biomedical Engineering Society and Dawn Elliot, PhD, University of Delaware, was selected as the new BMES Treasurer. 

Setton and Elliot bring a significant amount of experience to the BMES Board of Directors, Setton previously served the BMES Executive Committee as the Publications Chair while Elliot served as a member of the BMES Board of Directors prior to joining the Executive Committee. 

Setton and Elliott are joined by four new members of BMES's board of directors: Guillermo Ameer, PhD, Northwestern University, Todd Giorgio, PhD Vanderbilt University, Ben Noe, Medtronic, and Marjolein van der Meulen, PhD, Cornell University.

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Upcoming BMES meetings  

2015 Southeast Biomedical Engineering Regional Conference

Hosted by UNC at Chapel Hill and NC State Joint BME Department

Co-sponsored by Duke

October 23, 2015 - Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

Registration: Click here to register

Abstract Submission Deadline:  September 28, 2015
2015 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Regional Conference

Hosted by The University of Akron

November 6, 2015 - The University of Akron Student Union

Early Registration Deadline:  October 1, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline:  October 13, 2015
2016 CMBE and ABioM Joint Conference

January 6-10, 2016

Royal Sonesta New Orleans

Abstract Submission Extended Deadline:  September 29, 2015

Early Registration Now Open!

Hotel Room Block Open!
Special Events and Luncheons at BMES 2015           

Join BMES at the Annual Meeting in Tampa for several special events and luncheons including Student and Early Career sessions, Women in BME Luncheon, Celebration of Minorities Luncheon, LGBT Social, BMES-NSF Grant Writing Session, ABET Workshop, BME Technology for the Elimination of Health Disparities, and many more.

For a complete list of special events and luncheons, visit

Tenure Track Bound? Access the BMES Webinar Archive Today  
Obtaining tenure varies by institution and even within departments at the same institution. Access the Tenure Promotion Process Archive to learn about the different processes and expectations to consider when preparing for tenure.
The speakers share their perspectives from both private and public institutions and provide case examples of what institutions look for. Whether you are a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, early career professional thinking about a faculty position, starting a new faculty position, or faculty moving to a new institution, this webinar will give you guidance on preparing for tenure and how to use the skills you learn in the process to continue to advance your academic career. Access the archive for the Tenure Promotion Process Webinar to get on tenure track!
Take a moment to visit the BMES E-Learning website to view the webinar schedule and list of all archived webinars available to members, including How to Join a Local Industry Group, Translation, Intellectual Property and Venture Capital, Technology in the Classroom, and many more. Webinar registration and access to all archived webinars is FREE for BMES members.  If you are not a BMES member, join now to take advantage of this educational member benefit!  
Do you have a topic idea for a BMES webinar? Are you interested in presenting? It's never too soon to plan for 2016. Contact Michele Ciapa, Education Director, at with a brief description of the topics you'd like to learn more about.

BMES Announces Student Chapter Awards Winners
The Biomedical Engineering Society presents several awards recognizing the hard work of its 130 student chapters.
The University of Pennsylvania won this year's Meritorious Chapter award; The Ohio State University won the Mentoring Achievement award and the University of Texas, Arlington will be awarded the Outstanding Outreach Achievement award.
The University of California, Davis, has been awarded the Commendable Achievement award and the Commitment to Excellence award.
In addition, Virginia Tech-Wake Forest has been awarded the 2014 Fleetest Feet Award.
All chapter awards will be presented at the BMES 2015 Annual Meeting in Tampa on Saturday, October 10th, at 10:30am.
BMES Student Chapter Best Practices session October 10 @ 8:30am
BMES Student Chapters will present their Chapter Best Practices on Friday, October 10th beginning 8:30am at the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting. Our student chapter session presentation will feature University of Pennsylvania (awarded the BMES Outstanding chapter) along with University of California, Davis (awarded the Commendable Achievement award).

Immediately following the Outstanding Best Practices, the BMES student chapter Outreach and Mentoring awardees will provide their best-practices, at 9:30am. This presentation will feature The Ohio State University (awarded BMES Mentoring award) and University of Texas, Arlington (awarded the Outreach award).
New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realistic     

Tumors are difficult to study in their natural habitat -- body tissues -- but a new synthetic tissue environment may give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

The researchers developed a new technique to create a cell habitat of squishy fluids, called hydrogels, which can realistically and quickly recreate microenvironments found across biology, according to a university article.

To illustrate the potential of their technique, the Illinois team mixed breast cancer cells and cells called macrophages that signal cancer cells to spread and grow into a tumor. They were able to observe how differently cells act in the three-dimensional, gel-like environment, which is much more like body tissues than the current research standard: a flat, hard plastic plate, according to the article. 

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University of Oklahoma prepares to open new School of Biomedical Engineering        

The University of Oklahoma is on schedule to open its new School of Biomedical Engineering in the fall of 2016, the university reports. 

The university has hired a faculty member and selected an architecture firm to design the new building, according to a Oklahoma Daily article. 

The school plans to hire 12 faculty members over the next five years, said BMES member Thomas Landers in the article. Ten of the faculty are expected to be outside hires for the new Gallogly College of Engineering.
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Research Spotlight: Device developed at Johns Hopkins picks up vital signs from patients lips and fingertips  

Engineers and physicians at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a hand-held, battery-powered device that quickly picks up vital signs from a patient's lips and fingertip, according to a study published in the Biomedical Engineering Society's flagship journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering

Updated versions of the prototype, called MouthLab, could replace the bulky, restrictive monitors now used to display patients' vital signs in hospitals and gather more data than is typically collected during a medical assessment in an ambulance, emergency room, doctor's office or patient's home, according to an article published by Johns Hopkins.   
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Cherry receives Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute  

BMES Fellow Simon Cherry, has been selected to receive a prestigious Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute. 

Cherry is a distinguished professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology, and co-leader of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's Biomedical Technology Program, according to a university article. 

The award, which supports investigators with outstanding records of productivity in cancer research, brings more than $700,000 per year for seven years for long-term programs of unusual potential in cancer research, according to the article.

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Peppas to Step Down as Head of Biomedical Engineering    

Biomedical and chemical engineer Nicholas Peppas is stepping down as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) in the Cockrell School of Engineering, according to the University of Texas - Austin. 

Peppas, who has led the department for six years, has guided BME through a period of significant expansion and progress, including hiring 10 new faculty members, the article states. 

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2015 Student Travel Awardees
BMES would like to congratulate the Student travel awardees and thank all the student members that submitted their applications and essays.

Congratulations to our Winners!

Caeli Quiter
Lam Ngoc
Christopher Gearhart
Diana Castillo
Hammad Huda
Catherine Guarino
Matthew Brown
Sindhuja Kuchibhatla
Abigail Baldwin-LeClair
Khaled Alhaddad
Dung Huyn (Ruby)
Tameasha Tisdale
Ben Varone
Amanda Pinheiro
Wiaam Elkhatib
Andrea Mazzocchi
Melissa Boswell
Nicholas Larkey
Yu Gan
Christine Lin
Martin Spang
Loribeth Evertz
Stephanie Ham
Catherine Millar-Haskell
Shant Aghyarian
Karin Lee
Magara Len
Christopher MacTaggart
Jeffery Joll
Spencer Mamer
Jessica Sadick
Samantha Brady
Shannon Brown
Carlisle DeJulius
Ashley Williams
Mehon Rahman
Sam Allsup 

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