BMES eNewsletter
    January 2016
BMES welcomes new Membership Director

The Biomedical Engineering Society is pleased to announce Lisa Prandy has been named the Society's new Membership Director. 

Prandy most recently served as the Director of Membership, Marketing and Member Services at American Society for Engineering Education. 

Prandy began her tenure at BMES this January and said she looks forward to getting to know the Society and meeting its members. She took a few moments to discuss her goals for the Society.
BMES members among new class of AAAS fellows recognized for contributions to advancing science     
The AAAS Council elected 347 Fellows for 2015, in recognition of their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. 

The class includes 19 Biomedical Engineering Society members.  

The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications, according to an AAAS announcement. 

The new Fellows will be recognized in a February Fellows Forum at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. At the forum, Fellows receive an official certificate and fellowship rosette pin, the emblem of Fellowship. 

Fellows are elected and nominated by the steering groups of the Association's 24 sections; three Fellows who are current AAAS members, as long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution; and the AAAS chief executive officer.  

BMES Members Honored by President Obama as Nation's Leading Scientists and Innovators     
Two BMES members were among the latest recipients of the nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. 

BMES Fellow Rakesh Jain was a National Medal of Science recipient and BMES Fellow Cato Laurencin was a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. 

The National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation award recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation's technological workforce.  

First-ever total-body PET scanner being developed at UC Davis  
The world's first total-body PET scanner that allows all tissues and organs to be imaged simultaneously with 40 times more sensitivity than current clinical PET/CT scanners is being developed at UC Davis. 

The effort is being led by BMES-member Simon Cherry and Ramsey Badawi (Radiology) and a consortium of scientists, according to a university article. 

The researchers received a $15.5 million, 5-year NIH Transformative Research Award to develop EXPLORER. 

The NIH Director's Transformative Research Award supports exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects with the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.

Kuo receives award for research on regenerating soft tissue
Catherine K. Kuo, Associate Professor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics at University of Rochester, received an Award for Innovation in Research at the Go:Life in Orthopaedics Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden recently. 

Her talk, ''Embryonically Inspired Approaches to Regenerate Soft Tissues,'' described her research program to regenerate tendons in a manner that recapitulates embryonic tendon development and scarless healing, according to a university announcement. 

She described how she engineers 3-dimensional tissue models to study the mechanobiology of embryonic tendon formation, and uses the new information to develop novel tendon regeneration approaches informed by the embryonic processes. 

Fritton receives award for novel and high-risk research 
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Susannah Fritton of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York and Associate Professor of Biology Anuradha Janakiraman of the Division of Science are the first recipients of the Harvey L. Karp '49 Discovery Award in the Sciences, the school announced. 

The new award provides $50,000 in seed funding for novel and high-risk research by mid-career faculty in the Division of Science and the biomedical sciences at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and the Grove School of Engineering. 

The ability to pursue new research afforded by this funding may lead to future funding opportunities from federal agencies or foundations, according to the announcement.

Gaudette receives the KEEN Outstanding Faculty Award 
Biomedical engineering professor Glenn Gaudette, has been recognized by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) as its 2015 Outstanding Faculty of the Year. 

Gaudette, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is credited with leading a team at WPI to implement a new program on campus, "Developing the Entrepreneurial Engineer." 

The program is designed to infuse the undergraduate experience with entrepreneurial experiences, challenges, and opportunities as students develop the skills they need to solve the grand challenges of the world, according to the announcement. 

"I was very surprised to win this award, and I?m very grateful," said Gaudette.   

Dr. Shu Chien speaks at SDSU event  

To mark the inauguration of the BMES Chapter at SDSU, we were honored to have Dr. Shu Chien as the guest speaker at the Chapter's first seminar series to share his experience as a leader in the bioengineering field, and BMES. 

The event was open to all faculty, staff and students. As a BMES Chapter, we welcome all individuals who share the purpose of the BMES in promoting development, and education in biomedical engineering and all allied scientific fields. 

Dr. Chien, past President of the BMES, is a distinguished physiologist and engineer whose vision and leadership to integrate engineering ideas and approaches with medicine have greatly impacted the Bioengineering field. 

He was also named the recipient of the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2011 for his pioneering work in cardiovascular physiology and bioengineering. 

He is one of only 12 individuals in the world who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine. 

We appreciate his time and willingness to share his expertise on the topic of engineering in medicine, and career development in the field (especially the seven C's of success: Compassion, Commitment, Comprehension, Creation, Cooperation, Communication, and Consummation).  

BMES 2015 Annual Meeting Recorded Sessions    
As a member benefit, you can listen to select annual meeting sessions on demand. Archived sessions include:
-  Research in BME and Grant Writing
-  How to Find a Job in Industry
-  BME Careers in Industry, Government, & Academia
-  Outstanding Chapter Best Practices
-  Outreach & Mentoring Best Practices
-  Undergraduate Design Competition, and more.

To access the recorded sessions, log on to the BMES website at Once logged on, visit 2015 Annual Meeting Recordings to see the video recordings.

ASBME's First Annual Makeathon Competition     

Friday, February 26th - Sunday, February 28th, University of Southern California BMES Student Chapter.

USC ASBME is proud to host the Makeathon for the first time ever! 

The Makeathon is a medical device design competition in which student teams will be presented with a challenge and a limited amount of time and resources to solve it. 

Make sure to start forming your team and register as soon as possible - space is limited! Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams at the conclusion of the event.

For more information and registration please visit the Makeathon website: 

You can also support this event at the following link:

Emerging Ideas in Biomedical Engineering Research Conference- January 28th 

The BYU BMES Chapter will host a research conference featuring keynote speaker Fred Lampropoulos, CEO of Merit Medical. 

After Lampropoulos' speech, undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to utilize posters to discuss their research here at BYU. 

It will be a great opportunity for attendees to learn about science and local biomedical research projects, as well as for presenters to teach fellow students, receive feedback on their research, and practice their technical presentation skills. 

Touring Edwards Lifesciences Facility - February 9th 

In collaboration with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), the BYU BMES Chapter will tour the Edwards Lifesciences facility in Draper, UT. 

Edwards Lifesciences is a two-billion dollar biomedical company and has over 8,700 employees. It specializes in artificial heart valves and devices to monitor blood quality. 

This will be a great opportunity for society members to learn about various projects and careers in biomedical engineering and industry.

San Jose State to host Biomedical Device Conference March 30   

The San Jose State University BMES Student Chapter is hosting their 7th Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference which will be held on March 30th, 2016 in the Student Union Ballroom at San Jose State University.

The conference is a forum for the latest developments in Biomedical Device technology, and an opportunity to hear presentations from the nation's leaders in biomedical engineering.

The conference is organized entirely by a group of Biomedical Engineering Society (SJSU BMES) students - both undergraduates and graduate students.

This is an excellent opportunity for professionals to network with each other and to potentially recruit future employees from among the students. The full day event will feature speakers from academia and industry who will be presenting current developments in their respective areas of expertise. SJSU BMES cordially invites all students, professionals, and interested parties to attend.   

The conference program is available online, and will be updated periodically with speaker, and sponsor profiles. Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference Website:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email
BME departments invited to participate in USA Science and Engineering Festival   
All BME departments and programs are invited to join BMES at The USA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FESTIVAL April 15-17, 2016, in Washington, DC. 
The event will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 
For more information visit: .

This is a great opportunity for student chapters to interact with the world on a grand scale. If your chapter students are developing lessons in a box or other types of hands on lessons this is a great opportunity to test them. This every other year festival is the largest celebration of science and engineering in North America and draws a minimum of 375,000 visitors. The average number of visitors to a booth is over 22,000.

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