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UA Innovation Hub Headed by Slepian to Accelerate Translational Medical Research

The University of Arizona has announced the creation of a center focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of translational biomedical technologies.

The Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation, or ACABI, will be headed by Dr. Marvin Slepian. Read more from Tech Launch Arizona.

UA Biomedical Engineering Student Earns SynCardia Scholarship

Justine Bacchus, a junior studying biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona College of Engineering, has received the 2014 Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship for Women from SynCardia Systems Inc.

The scholarship was created in honor of Anna Salazar, a senior quality engineer who joined SynCardia in 2012 and made a lasting impression on her colleagues at the company before her death later that year at the age of 49. 

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Art Gmitro Appointed Chair of Biomedical Engineering Department

Arthur F. Gmitro, a professor and researcher in the University of Arizona colleges of medicine and optical sciences, became chair of the UA College of Engineering department of biomedical engineering, or BME, effective Nov. 24. He succeeds associate professor and interim department head Urs Utzinger.

“Strongly supported by the University of Arizona provost and vice president for research, the appointment of Arthur Gmitro as head of the BME department reflects the University’s growing recognition of biomedical engineering’s increasing importance to effective health care,” said College of Engineering dean Jeff Goldberg. “This appointment will showcase the synergies between BME and other departments on campus, not only in the College of Medicine but throughout the University.”

He added, “Art is taking over from Urs Utzinger, who has given selflessly in his role as interim head of BME. He cannot be thanked enough for what he has done over the past couple of years.”

Gmitro, who has been on the UA faculty since 1987 and a full professor since 1996, is known to many in the College of Engineering. Generations of students have taken his courses in medical imaging and biomedical optics in the College of Optical Sciences. Faculty members know him through research collaborations, as a member of the UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Engineering and from his service on the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program Advisory Committee, which he led from 2005 to 2006.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Congratulations to Outstanding Senior Ana Lourdes Enriquez

The UA College of Engineering announced its outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for the fall 2014 semester at a commencement luncheon on Dec. 3. Ana Lourdes Enriquez was named the Outstanding Senior for the department of biomedical engineering.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Turning Smartphones into Eye-Screening Tools

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The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness. - See more at: http://news.engr.arizona.edu/news/ua-engineering-turns-smartphones-eye-s...
The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness. - See more at: http://news.engr.arizona.edu/news/ua-engineering-turns-smartphones-eye-s...
The University of Arizona's Wolfgang Fink, whose innovations have helped restore partial sight to the blind, takes on a new challenge: creating telemedical devices that can prevent blindness. - See more at: http://news.engr.arizona.edu/news/ua-engineering-turns-smartphones-eye-s...

Making MRI a Potent Weapon in the War on Cancer

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Time is critical when it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer.

Aggressive cancer tumor cells often produce enzymes that cut into healthy tissues surrounding the tumor, providing routes for tumor cells to escape and create new, difficult-to-treat metastatic tumors. These enzymes could be ideal targets for diagnosing and treating aggressive tumors early on, but they are seldom investigated because accurately measuring their performance has been difficult – until now.

Associate professor Marty Pagel and his multidisciplinary research team are developing MRI techniques for early detection of cancer and for monitoring effectiveness of anticancer drugs.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Celebration of Life for Dean Emeritus Smerdon

The College of Engineering is holding a Celebration of Life for Dean Emeritus Ernest T. Smerdon, who passed away on Aug. 11, 2014. Please join us on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Room S202 of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Building.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ernest and Joanne Smerdon Scholarship Endowment.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Yoon Named Editor of Journal of Biological Engineering

Jeong-Yeol Yoon has been selected as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Biological Engineering, with his term starting Jan. 1, 2014.

Grad Students Honored for Food-Related Research

Pei-Shih Liang, who received her PhD in agricultural and biosystems engineering and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis, was recognized for her research on “Optofluidic Lab-on-a-Chip Monitoring of Subsurface Bacterial Transport.” Jeong-Yeol Yoon, president of the Institute of Biological Engineering and UA associate professor, co-authored the paper, which focused on advancing the use of lab-on-a-chip to quickly detect food contaminants, such as E. coli.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

National Champions!

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The UA chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers had only two months to prepare the NSBE 40th Annual Convention in March 2014 – but the team, mentored by Wolfgang Fink, went on to win the inaugural Undergraduate Technical Research Competition.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

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