BMES eNewsletter
     May 2010
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN
BMES Future looks bright  
 
By George Truskey 
BMES President 

I want to use this first issue of Biomedical Engineering News to update you on the state of the Society and on our plans for the future. Overall, the Society is in a very strong position in all of the major areas of membership, budget, meetings and publications. 
EDITOR'S COLUMN 
Good Engineers Come From Hard Work 

By Arthur T. Johnson 
Editor At Large 

The study of engineering has always been harder than preparation for most other careers. That was true when I was an undergraduate student, and it is still true today. There is pressure, however, to dilute engineering courses and curricula so that it may not be true in the future. What does that mean for our profession? Read More

NEWS
BMES' new Web publication aims to improve communications
   
By Richard Waugh 
Communications Committee Chairman 

Over the past year-at the direction of the board of directors, and with input from the Publications Committee-the new BMES Communications Committee has had a series of discussions about how we can improve our communications to all members. As we see it, one of the prime benefits of being a member of our Society should be the ability to keep up with everything of consequence happening in the profession. Read More
Medtronic secures platinum sponsorship for BMES Annual Meeting

Sponsorships and booth reservations for the 2010 BMES Annual Meeting in Austin are moving quickly this spring. A full half year out, Medtronic secured a platinum sponsorship for the October meeting, which is being hosted by the University of Texas. Joining this global player in the medical device industry are silver sponsors KCI and National Instruments. Read More

BMES adds communications manager

By Doug Beizer
As part of the communications committee's hard work over the last year, I joined the BMES headquarters staff in April to coordinate all of the society's communications efforts. In addition to working on BMES' monthly Web publication, Biomedical Engineering News, I will launch and run a blog for the society in the coming weeks. The overarching goal of the blog is to provide members-and potential members-with timely, interesting and important news about the society and the field of Biomedical Engineering. Read More

Don't miss May 5 deadline for abstract submissions

By Doug Beizer
Time is running out to submit an abstract to be presented at BMES' annual meeting in Austin this October. Abstracts must be submitted by May 5 via our online system. The annual meeting and abstract presentations are great ways to share your work and to collaborate with your colleagues from all over the United States and beyond. Read More

Former BMES president Chien wins science award
   
The president of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) awarded BMES immediate Past President Dr. Shu Chien (2006-2008) the Presidential Science Prize in recognition of his physiology and bioengineering research and educational achievements, according to Taiwan's Office of the President. Read More

STUDENT AFFAIRS
Canver's Corner

By Matthew C. Canver
Student Chapter President
University of Pennsylvania

Question: What science/engineering courses outside of the traditional Biomedical Engineering curriculum are useful to take? Read More

San Jose State student chapter hosts conference

By Emily Wong

San Jose State University's BMES Student Chapter hosted a new conference recently that brought students, faculty and industry professionals together to gain knowledge and awareness about advances in the medical device field. Read More



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