Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    May 2017
Deadline for several BMES awards coming soon: May 31  

The new deadline date for the Robert A. Pritzker and Rita Schaffer Award submissions is May 31, 2017.

Award honorariums have been increased from last year. The Pritzker A. Award ($12,000) and Rita Schaffer ($5000).

The new deadline date for the Career Development Awards is July 31, 2017. 

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Please be sure to submit Fellow nominations by May 31, 2017. There will be no exceptions.

To learn more about requirements and eligibility please visit .  
Undergraduate Design Competition Application forms are due by May 31, 2017.

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Chapter Development Reports are due by June 1, 2017. 

Remember, you  must submit this form in order to be eligible for BMES grant funding.

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Margulies named chair for Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University

Susan Margulies has been named the Wallace H. Coulter Chair of the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics, the universities announced.

Her appointments are effective August 1. 

Margulies, a BMES fellow, is currently professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Don Peterson named dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology     
The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees appointed Donald Peterson to be the new dean of the NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the university announced.

Peterson, a BMES member, is the third dean in the college's history.

Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman said the university is fortunate to have attracted such a high-caliber candidate.

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Athanasiou's term as ABME Journal Editor in Chief to end January 2018

BMES has been fortunate to engage Kyriacos Athanasiou as the Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Biomedical Engineering since 2010. 

Kyriacos' tenure as Editor-in-Chief will end in January 2018, after the maximum two terms.

In the period since 2010, the journal has grown under Kyriacos' stewardship with increased page numbers, increased numbers and breadth of special issues, and increased publicity. 

Further, the Annals implemented significant improvements in key metrics of publication success, including decreased periods for publication decisions, time to publications and a clear adherence to policies and procedures of ethical conduct in scientific publishing. During this time, the impact factor has increased by about 25% while the number of submitted manuscripts has doubled. The acceptance rate stands at less than 25%, while the time to decision has decreased to 16 days. 
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BMES members among new class of Tau Beta Pi Award Fellowships  

Three Biomedical Engineering Society members are part of the new class of Tau Beta Pi fellowship award winners, the organization announced. 

The BMES recipients are:     
* Chantel M. Charlebois, University of Utah    
* Victoria S. Marks, Mayo Clinic Graduate School    
* Benjamin Pesante, The Catholic University of America   

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Annals of Biomedical Engineering Journal Seeks Editor-in-Chief Applicants  

The Annals of Biomedical Engineering has been the flagship journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society since its founding in 1973.   

After providing 8 years of outstanding leadership for the journal, Editor-in-Chief Kyriacos Athanasiou's term will end January 2018.

Athanasiou has served the maximum two terms as EIC for the journal.   

The BMES is currently seeking applicants for the Editor-in-Chief position.       

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Archives of BMES professional development webinars are now available  

The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members.

Recent topics include: Launching a start-up, the role of computational modeling and entrepreneurship. 

The webinars will help you be successful regardless of your membership level.

Take a moment to review the featured information below and visit the BMES Education E-Learning website today to view the full webinar schedule and list of archived webinars available to members.

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Dawn Elliott named Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor 

Dawn Elliott, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware, has been named Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

"Under Dawn's leadership, biomedical engineering at the University of Delaware has grown from a small program to a thriving department with a team of very talented young faculty who are winning grants and publishing in high-quality journals," said Babatunde Ogunnaike, dean of the College of Engineering.

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Biomedical Engineering Design Challenge Inspires Community College Students   

The UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Student Association (BESA) held a Biomedical Engineering Design Challenge for community college students interested in biomedical engineering.

A total of 24 students participated from community colleges around the area including Sacramento City College, Woodland Community College, American River College, Cosumnes River College and one student who drove all the way from Mendocino Community College

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Warning: Annual Meeting hotels in Phoenix 

BMES has NOT authorized any housing service to help you make room reservations for the Annual Meeting this October in Phoenix.

If you receive an email or call from a company offering to make your reservations they are a scam and not authorized by BMES.

BMES has negotiated discounted hotel rooms for meeting attendees; please go to the travel page on the BMES website to book your hotel room: .

If you have a question feel free to call BMES HQ at 301.459.1999 or email .
Hundreds gather for BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference

Researchers, industry members and government officials gathered in College Park, MD for the 3 rd Annual BMES/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference.

The three-day event included keynote addresses, presentations on research, seminars and much more.

Stiffer soles are making life more comfortable for some diabetic patient

New research, from Staffordshire University in the UK, provides the first scientific evidence to help healthcare professionals provide shoe-specific foot care to their diabetic patients.

According to the research, highlighted in an
Annals of Biomedical Engineering article, the body mass index (BMI) of diabetics indicates how stiff or soft the cushioning material in shoes should be.

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Purdue researchers developing paper-based test to detect pathogens 

Purdue University researchers are developing technology that could allow highly sensitive detection of an infectious disease such as HIV or whooping cough by using a low-cost, automated, point-of-care test similar in packaging to a pregnancy test.

The paper-based test could allow ultra-sensitive detection of pathogens with minimal user interaction and without having to send the test to a lab and wait for results, according to a university article.

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BMES Undergraduate Design Competition: Apply Now

All BMES student chapter members engaged in student design projects are encouraged to enter the undergraduate design competition. 

All design team members must be BMES student members and chapter members in good standing. The top 6 proposals will be chosen and those teams will be given an opportunity to present their work via oral presentations at the BMES 2017 Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their undergraduate design work and present their innovations at BMES 2017 Annual Meeting and network with product development and design professionals in BME.  

Prizes will be awarded.

For questions or additional information on applying, please contact Liz Da Silva,

Application deadline is 11 p.m. EST on May 31, 2017.  Late applications will not be accepted. 

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