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Annual BMES Conference Recap

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Lawrence Technological University was well-represented at the 2017 annual conference of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), held in October 11-14th, 2017 in Phoenix, Ariz.

On the research end, two master’s degree students, Nicole Ravenscroft and Andrew Lyzen, and two undergraduates, Angelica Guardia and Kathm Alismail, presented research posters.

Nicole reported her research on developing a microfabricated device for studying the toxicity of various agents to endothelial cells — the cells that line blood vessels. She also presented a poster about a microfluidic device to detect MRSA bacteria. Andrew presented his master’s research project on designing a bioreactor to promote differentiation of a certain type of stem cells, called mesenchymal stem cells, to regenerate cartilage. Angelica and Kathm presented their undergraduate research on developing a scaffold made of collagen, the body’s most abundant protein, for ligament tissue engineering.

Among faculty, Dr.  Nasir, presented two papers in the education track. The first was a poster on the importance of design and prototyping for biomedical engineers, and included classroom assignments developed by Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer, to practice these skills. This poster was among the handful of posters awarded “the best poster award” at the conference. The second was a presentation providing the unique nature of a collaboration between LTU and the University of Detroit Mercy to create senior capstone projects that produced prototype products to assist people with disabilities.

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LTU students present at the Biomaterials Day Symposium at University of Michigan

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On October 6, a group of BME students and two faculty members (Dr. Yawen Li and Dr. Michael Lancina) attended the Biomaterials Day Symposium sponsored by the Society of Biomaterials and hosted by the University of Michigan. The symposium has a keynote speaker (Dr. Bill Wagner from the University of Pittsburgh) and other invited speakers, industry and faculty career development panels centered on recent advances in biomaterials, and over 80 student oral/poster presentations. Over 200 undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from 17 universities in the upper midwest attended the one-day event.

Five LTU students (Nicole Ravenscroft, Andrew Lyzen, John Peponis, Angelica Guardia and Kathm Alismail) presented their research at the poster session, and had a lot of productive discussions with students and faculty from other universities. The symposium was a perfect venue for LTU students in the Advanced Biomaterials course ( BME 6213/5093) taught by Dr. Li this semester, to see research on this topic.

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Nanotechnology Summer Camp

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Tomorrow July 25 kicks off the start of a week of new and exciting things for high school students looking to learn more about nanotechnology.

Students will explore the mysteries of matter at the level of atoms and molecules. At the nanoscale(there are 25,400,000 nanometers to an inch), copper can become transparent and aluminum combustible. They will learn about the unexpected behavior of materials at the nanoscale in interactive discussions, hands-on activities, and lab tours. Students will even discover how we can mimic nature to make better sticky tape and stain-proof pants. No science knowledge is required.

Good luck students, we look forward to having you and posting about your experiences!

Biomedical Engineering Summer Camp

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Tomorrow July 11 kicks off the start of a week of new and exciting things for high school students looking to learn more about biomedical engineering.

Students will explore the role of a biomedical engineer in designing procedures and equipment that assist in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and injury, make medical testing less intrusive, and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Team projects will acquaint students with basic engineering design tools and the instrumentation used in medical settings.

Good luck students, we look forward to having you and posting about your experiences!

Taubman Complex Progress

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As we make our way through summer we move closer to the opening of the newest building on campus, the Taubman Complex. The Taubman Complex was designed with Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in mind as it aims to bring together biomedical engineering, robotics, life sciences and architectural engineering under one roof. The building will feature new lab spaces and studio classrooms to build upon the idea of theory and practice.

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The move in date for the Taubman Complex is set for July 5, 2016. As the day approaches construction is starting to wind down as they move closer to completion and begin stocking it with equipment and furniture.  Be sure to check out some of the sneak peek photos posted below.

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ONU Quantified Self Conference

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Dr. Nasir and Dr. Meyer attended a conference at Ohio Northern University on Quantified Self devices.

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ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in Seattle, WA

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The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. The conference’s main focus is to promote the exchange of ideas among the different teaching staff on the different teaching methods and curriculum they find best. It is a chance for all to share new ideas and gain knowledge from others. The BME department here at LTU attended the conference.

We had two presentations and a poster:

 

FostIMG_4431ering the entrepreneurial mindset through the development of multidisciplinary learning modules based on the ”Quantified Self” social movement
Dr. Eric G Meyer and Dr. Mansoor Nasir

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Enhancing undergraduate education through research-based learning: a longitudinal case study
Dr. Yawen Li

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Providing Diverse Opportunities for Capstone Projects in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Mansoor Nasir, Dr. Eric G Meyer and Dr. Yawen Li

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BME Senior Project Poster Presentation

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BME Seniors presented posters to BME, Arts and Science Faculty as well as members of the industrial advisory board on 04/16/2015. Some projects also demonstrated their design prototypes. The Wireless Auscultation group was rated as the best poster. The students (Stephen Krammin, Danielle Manley and Matt Koper) received $25 gift card. Many students from BME and Life Sciences also attended the event and interacted with the seniors.

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Tufts University Soft Material Robotics IGERT Fellowship

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Seniors who plan to pursue graduate education in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, or any of the Engineering disciplines to explore the Tufts University Soft Material Robotics – IGERT website. Information on how to apply for a 2015 Soft Material Robotics – IGERT Fellowship is available on the website.

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As a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) award, Tufts University has accepted the challenge of establishing new models for graduate education and training. Our goal is to create a collaborative environment in which our research transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, with a focus on soft material robotics.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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The CSNE at the University of Washington sponsors a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates on the Seattle campus during the summer.  This program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to work on research projects with scientists and to take part in workshop training sessions in ethics, communications, and scientific presentation skills designed to provide the undergraduate scientist with a solid foundation for graduate study.

Undergraduates will help with research in one of 17 labs at the UWOur summer 2015 session takes place June 16 – August 21, 2015.

COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE DUE FEBRUARY 1, 2015

Website: http://csne-erc.org/content/research-experience-undergraduates

Details Here

(You can contact any BME Faculty for general information about REU as well)

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