Biomedical Engineering NEWS

    October 2017
2017 BMES Annual Meeting attracts record number of attendees: 4,200+  

More than 4,200 attendees gathered in Phoenix this month for the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, the most ever for the 27 year old meeting.
The 2017 meeting set several records for the including:
  • Highest number of attendees
  • Highest number of abstracts submitted
  • Record number of oral and poster presentations (928 orals and 1948 posters)
  • Largest number of exhibitors & a sold-out exhibit hall (more than 125 exhibitors)
  • Largest number of sponsors
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Annual Meeting Daily Newsletter: Photos, articles and more  

If you weren't able to make it to Phoenix for the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting, checkout the daily newsletter to catch up on all the happenings.  
Each newsletter is packed with photos and articles about the days' events.  We are currently organizing all the professional photos from the meeting, and will post them as soon as possible. 

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VIDEO: Manu Platt, Why wait to make a positive impact? 
Dr. Manu Platt understands why people sometimes wait to advocate for causes they find important. They postpone those efforts while chasing educational goals, work goals, and life in general.
And often times, it is easier and safer to not get involved in an issue that could be controversial or resisted.
However, during his Diversity Award Lecture at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting, Platt asked, "Why wait for everything to be safe? Why wait to start having an impact?"
View the video of his talk on the BMES Youtube channel.
Platt described his journey from growing up with five brothers in a military family that made several moves, to being an associate professor at Georgia Tech and Emory.
And along the way he dedicated himself to creating opportunities for all people, especially those who are underrepresented in the STEM fields
While much work remains, Platt said BMES and its members can play a key role expanding opportunities.
"We are the Society that can make these changes," he said.
Registration Open for Two Upcoming BMES Webinars  
The BMES Professional Development webinar series is a valuable benefit the Society offers members to enhance and grow professional skills. Take a moment to review and register for the upcoming webinars below and visit the  BMES Education E-Learning   website to view the full webinar schedule and list of all the archived webinars available to members.
October 30, 2017 @ 3pm Eastern
This webinar will feature an overview of how to start a BMES Student Chapter and expectations for sustaining a chapter. There will be a presentation from the 2017 BMES Outstanding Student Chapter award winner, University of California, San Diego. The chapter will provide their undergraduate student chapter best practices, goals and accomplishments, and share ways they interact with their graduate student chapter. The chapter will highlight initiatives targeting student success, research literacy, and community outreach. They will identify best practices in their transition processes, how to illicit student involvement, and future directions. The webinar will allow students interested in starting a chapter, new student chapters, and current student chapter members the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas and implement new goals for their upcoming year. Register HERE Today!
November 15, 2017 @ 3pm Eastern
This webinar is part of a series, organized by the BMES Diversity Committee, to give BMES members that are part of underrepresented groups a chance to hear from and interact with leaders in the field. The main goals are to provide a means to bridge the gap between highly regarded scientists and students, post-doctoral fellows, industry, and faculty across institutions and to help forge new relationships. Tejal Desai, PhD, Ernest L. Prien Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, will be the featured speaker. Register HERE Today!
The University of Maryland BMES Student Chapter, winner of this year's BMES Student Chapter Industry Award, spoke about their best practices of engaging industry from the perspective of a student chapter. Additionally, the North Carolina (Research Triangle Park) Industry Chapter talked about the success they have had in recruiting industry members to their chapter and providing networking, professional development, recruitment, and business development opportunities to their members. This is a valuable webinar for students and industry members alike to see the unique tactics that can be used to increase industry involvement in your area. Access the archive today!
All live and archived webinars are free to BMES members, so take a moment to visit the BMES Education E-Learning website to learn more about all the professional development webinars offered by BMES. If you are not a BMES member, join now to take advantage of this educational member benefit!  
Software engineering fellowship available    
The Horizons Fellowship supports 200 outstanding university students on a fully-funded experience in San Francisco, in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Its programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background!

Interested students can start an application here! 
BYU-developed helmet smartfoam signals potential concussions in real time

Brigham Young University researchers have developed nano composite smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet to measure the impact and power of hits.

The data lets coaches know within seconds how hard a player has been hit and whether or not they should be concerned about a concussion.

BYU mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, Jake Merrell, and a team of researchers across three BYU departments developed the technology, according to a university article. 

The foam measures the impact of a hit via electrical signals, according to the article. The data is collected in real time and sent wirelessly to the tablet or device of a coach or trainer on the sidelines.

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