A part of Uchenna Onwuegbusi's life adventure was fulfilled today when she received her BSE in Biomedical Engineering. As a participant in the Xavier-Tulane 3-2 program, she will also earn a BS degree in Physics from Xavier. Next year, she'll be a first year medical student at Howard University. Her parents, in Lagos Nigeria, will watch the ceremony on the internet.
Five BME Seniors, (Gabriela Nunez, Seth Vignes, Scott Kleinpeter, Nick Chedid, and Chris Cover) have spent the last 6 months designing a better endotrachael tube. These plastic tubes are used to connect mechanical ventilators to the respiratory system in patients who aren't able to breathe on their own. The students submitted their design to a competition sponsored by the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) and they were chosen as one of the top finalists. The final competition is in Chicago on June 13, and ASAIO has offered a travel scholarship to allow a member of the design team to present the project before a panel of judges in Chicago.
Gisele Calderon ’13, from Baton Rouge, has been awarded a one-year fellowship as part of the 2013 Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program.
Aubrey Kraft, a Biomedical Engineering Senior from Anchorage, AK, has just been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. The program will place her in a classroom in Malaysia to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers. English Teaching Assistants help teach English language while serving as a cultural ambassador for U.S. culture.
Alexandra (Alie) Eiseman ’14 has been stilt-walking since she was 9 years old. Originally from Springfield NJ, she regularly juggles while stilt-walking in a clown suit to entertain hospital patients, and she’s the Minister of Minstrelcy for Tulane’s Benevolent Society for the Propagation of Assorted Tomfoolery and Other Sorts of Peculiar and Otherwise Baffling Nonsense, otherwise called the Juggling Club.
The Conference USA League's sports information directors have elected BME Senior Giselle Calderon to the C-USA All-Academic Team. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Calderon earned the honor after posting a 3.796 GPA and is on pace to graduate with a degree in Biomedical Engineering in May. She participated in all eight meets heading up to the C-USA Championship and posted four top-three finishes. Giselle is working in Prof. Damir Khismatillin's lab, and she's a finalist for a Fulbright Scholarship to do research on angiogenesis in Switzerland next year.
Brett Wingeier (BS, MS, PhD) has spent twelve years developing an implanted neurological device that is intended to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures. At a meeting today, his company's product gained the unanimous backing of an FDA advisory panel.
Angela Czesak '13 has spent the last two summers in Africa, first with Engineering World Health, and then in Arusha, Tanzania, thanks to funding from the Newcomb College Institute and the Gordon Summer Fellowship program. She realized that there are no Western cookbooks describing the region's indigenous cuisine, and so she decided to write one.
Results from ongoing research in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane will be presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Six undergraduate students are among the authors of these papers, and most have graduate students as first author.
The New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a biotech business incubator, has announced the inaugural winner of a contest that provides $5,000 in startup money and three months of free work space at the Canal Street center. The prize is going to Bioceptive, founded by Ben Cappiello '10. Bioceptive is developing an easier-to-use intrauterine device invented by Cappiello.
Prof. Damir Khismatullin is a member of the international team that has been awarded a grant from the Skolkovo Foundation in Russia. His research role in the project is to study breast cancer metastasis in the lymphatic system, in the presence/absence of chemical agents synthesized from the composition of new lymph nodes that are formed in patients with late stage breast cancer.
Two BME faculty members, Dr. Lee Murfee and Dr. Taby Ahsan, are participants in an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant which mentors junior faculty to become high caliber researchers in aging-related topic.
Thirty faculty members, lead by Prof. Gaver, will participate in the new program. Graduate students will embark on a science curriculum steeped in quantitative fundamentals and mathematical modeling. They’ll do laboratory rotations in science, engineering and medicine. To learn about regulatory approval process, they’ll intern at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They also will participate in business plan competitions.
Dr. Sergey Shevkoplyas, The Ken and Ruth Arnold Early Career Professor in Biomedical Engineering, is the recipient of a highly competitive NIH Director's Transformative Research Award (also known as TR01). Only 20 awards were given this year, to pursue visionary science that exhibit the potential to transform scientific fields and speed the translation of research into improved health, under the High Risk-High Reward program supported by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund.
Prof. Sergey Shevkoplyas is the lead PI on a project to design a device which utilizes biomimetic adhesive surfaces developed by Prof. Noshir Pesika, to facilitate safe and easy childbirth in resource-limited settings. A graduate student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is the awardee of the $100,000 grant from the Gates Foundation.
Dr. Douglas Chrisey is the new Cornelia and Arthur Jung Chair in Materials Engineering, and Adjunct Professor of BME. He joined the Tulane faculty this Fall after a serving as Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Material Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
The new grant, entitled, “Assistive Technology Projects for Persons with Disabilities,” was awarded to Dr. Lee Murfee and secures $127,925 for team project supply costs over the next five years.
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