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2015 BMES Annual Meeting
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BMES Bash rocks with BEDrock and lights up the night sky with fireworks

After a long day of scientific talks, posters and more, attendees of the 2015 BMES Annual Meeting kicked back at the Friday Night Bash.

The band BEDRock kicked things off with rousing covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and many other artists. Several of the band members are engineers and BMES members.

The big finale was a fireworks display over the waters of Tampa to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Society's Annual Meeting. And to celebrate the 2015 meeting being the most attended in the Society's history.

Women in BME Luncheon: Finding balance leads to professional and personal success
A balanced life is a key ingredient to becoming a successful biomedical engineer and researcher, said Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic at the Women in BME Luncheon at the 2015 Annual Meeting.
Despite the stresses it brings, a career in academia can be extremely satisfying, she told the packed room in the Tampa Convention Center.
"Academia gives you freedom, intellectual stimulation and a rich and diverse environment," said Vunjak-Novakovic who is the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University.
"However, in academia, your door is never closed, work is never done; it is a lifestyle, not a job," she said.

To manage both personal and professional life, Vunjak-Novakovic suggests carefully setting priorities, knowing when to seek advice, not being afraid to ask for help and protecting your personal time.


Real life 'Dolphin Tale' prosthetist implores both researchers and patients be relentless fighters    

Kevin Carroll was immortalized in the movie Dolphin Tale which was based on his work to create a prosthetic tale for the injured dolphin Winter.

Despite the fame he's garnered from the movie, his actual day job is taking care of people missing limbs, he told attendees at the special Friday night plenary at BMES 2015.

In a normal week, Carroll could work with 75 patients who have lost limbs to diabetes, vascular disease, trauma and other reasons.

No matter what the area of research attendees are pursuing, Carroll asked them to do it with urgency.

www.stthom.edu slash mcmt "Think about those individuals who are going to gain from the fruits of your labor," he said.

So if a grant application fails the first time, try and submit it again, he said.

"You've gotta keep pushing and pushing for these grants," said Carroll. "Keep trying to get the best technology to the patients."

Annals of Biomedical Engineering journal presents awards

Each year, The Annals of Biomedical Engineering the BMES flagship journal, offers awards for the most downloaded and the most cited papers. This year's awards go to:
Most Downloaded Article
Smartphones for Cell and Biomolecular Detection Smartphones for cell and biomolecular detection.
Xiyuan Liu, Tung-Yi Lin, Peter B. Lillehoj
November 2014, Volume 42, Issue 11, pp 2205-2217
Most Cited Article
Porous Implants Modulate Healing and Induce Shifts in Local Macrophage Polarization in the Foreign Body Reaction
Eric M. Sussman, Michelle C. Halpin, Jeanot Muster, Randall T. Moon, Buddy D. Ratner
July 2014, Volume 42, Issue 7, pp 1508-1516

7 - Registration - Convention Center
8 - Platform Sessions - 19 sessions
9:30 - Exhibit Hall Opens 
9:30 - Poster Viewing with Authors - Exhibit Floor
10:30 - Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Lecture & Diversity Award Winner 
www.usf.edu 1:30 - Platform Sessions
3:15 - Platform Sessions

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