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2008 News Archive

2008 Biomedical Engineering in the News


USC and UNAM Engineering Sign Cooperation Agreement
December 20, 2008
Viterbi School faculty and administrators traveled to Mexico City to initiate a collaborative agreement with the National Autonomous University of Mexico
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Three Viterbi Engineers Named AAAS Fellows
December 19, 2008
Michael Arbib, Terence Langdon and Aristides Requicha share honor from leading scientific society.
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New USC Nano-Imaging Center Opens
December 17, 2008
A new facility with the latest scanning electron microscopes will position USC to become a national leader in nanoscience and energy.
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Tutoring @ Tutor: Undergrads Help Undergrads Through Final Exam Anxiety
December 10, 2008
For five semesters now, the Viterbi School has offered extra support for freshmen and sophomores facing intimidating engineering final exams.
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Engineers As Teachers
December 09, 2008
Undergraduate and graduate engineering students learn the value of teaching in a Viterbi School community outreach program.
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Infosys COO Visits Viterbi School
December 08, 2008
S.D. Shibulal, co-founder and chief operating officer of Infosys Technologies, Ltd., spent a full day meeting with Viterbi people - the dean, BOC members, faculty, researchers and students.
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Bekey @ 80
December 05, 2008
The 'Bekey tribe' of faculty and research scholars gathered recently to celebrate the legacy of a giant in robotics.
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BME Volunteer Plays Victim in Great So Cal ShakeOut
November 18, 2008
USC's participation in the Southern California ShakeOut drill let campus participants practice what they should do in the event of a major shake-up in Los Angeles.
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Viterbi Digital Archive Documents Origins of Communications Revolution
November 10, 2008
Andrew J. Viterbi, USC trustee and benefactor of the Viterbi School, makes his research and personal papers available online at USC.
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USC Salutes Andrew J. Viterbi
November 02, 2008
Top university officials gather to honor USC trustee and Viterbi School namesake for winning the National Medal of Science.
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X-Ray, BMI, PET -- and now Photoacoustic? Grodins Lecturer Discusses Prospects
October 28, 2008
Matthew O'Donnell, dean of engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, discusses a promising new approach for ultra high resolution imaging at BME's third annual keynote address.
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Professor Norberto Grzywacz Wins Election to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
October 16, 2008
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BME Researchers push limits of robotics
October 15, 2008
USC research scientists at the Viterbi School of Engineering developed a groundbreaking new prosthetic hand mechanism they said has the potential to revolutionize the fields of prosthetics and robotics.
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Recent BME Alumni at the US Patent & Trademark Office
October 14, 2008
Elizabeth So (BS BMEC 2007), Kevin Everage (BS BME 2008), and Julie Szpira (BS BME 2007) all work as Patent Examiners in the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) near Washington DC.
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The Fred S. Grodins Keynote Lecture
October 10, 2008
The Department of Biomedical Engineering would like to invite you to the Fred S. Grodins Keynote Lecture on Wednesday, October 22, 2008: Can Ultrasound Become the Dominant Molecular Imaging Modality, Matthew O'Donnell, Ph.D.
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Viterbi School Engineering Program Moves Up to #11 in the World
October 09, 2008
The Viterbi School of Engineering moved from 12th to 11th in the world in engineering, technology and computer science programs in the recently released 2008 Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings.
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Ultrasonic Expert Jesse Yen Wins $750,000 Grant
October 09, 2008
A three-year award from the National Cancer Institute will support development and testing of a novel ultrasound probe for the detection of prostate cancer.
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Viterbi School a Partner in New Disability and Rehabilitation Research Effort
October 08, 2008
BME researcher will lead one of the four initial projects planned by a new Engineering Research Center for Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability.
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BME Student Awards and National Conference Presentations
October 03, 2008
Congratulations to our students who recently received national recognition!
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BME Researcher Takes a $2 Million Grip
October 02, 2008
Francisco Valero-Cuevas will lead a four-year study on "Reverse Engineering the Human Hand," funded by the NSF's Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Office.
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Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi Receives 2007 National Medal of Science
October 02, 2008
Comprehensive coverage of the award of the 2007 National Medal of Science to USC Trustee and Engineering School namesake Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi, including the White House ceremony and preceding black-tie reception.
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USC's Andrew Viterbi Receives National Medal of Science
August 25, 2008
President George W. Bush has announced that USC trustee and namesake of the Viterbi School of Engineering Andrew J. Viterbi is one of the recipients of the nation's highest honor for science and technology.
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NIH Renews Biomedical Simulations Resource through 2013
August 08, 2008
A $5.9 million grant will keep one of the Viterbi School's longest running research success stories running for at least another five years.
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Biomedical Team to Participate in New $2.4 Million NIH Study
August 08, 2008
A team of physicians and faculty from Keck and the USC Viterbi School will join Childrens Hospital in a new study to understand blood flow in people with sickle cell anemia.
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Postcards from Rome
July 25, 2008
Undergraduate engineering students fulfill course requirements while getting a taste of Rome's timelessness, turbulent history and engineering marvels in overseas study program.
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High Marks for USC-IIT Kharagpur Exchange Program
July 16, 2008
Students in this year's USC-IIT Kharagpur summer exchange program said the hands-on work was valuable and, in some cases, helped them decide whether to pursue an advanced degree.
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BME Faculty Member receives Zumberge Fund Award
July 10, 2008
Dr. Dong Song, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been awarded a 1-year grant by the USC Zumberge Fund to initiate a research project entitled "Nonlinear Dynamic Modeling of Hippocampal System Function during Learned Behavior and Memory Formation."
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Viterbi School Signs Unique Accelerated M.S.
July 04, 2008
As many as five outstanding seniors studying electrical or biomedical engineering at the San Luis Obispo college will this fall be able to speed their paths to USC MS degrees through the new Viterbi Integrated Masters of Science Program
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Ellis Meng wins the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Award
June 19, 2008
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BMES Organizes $200K Biomed R&D Challenge
June 19, 2008
Research center's business director brings together Army, industry, academia and a foundation to create a lab-bench-to-marketplace competition judged by a blue-ribbon panel
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BME Graduate Student Arvind Iyer Wins 1st Place  in Wonderland Award
June 09, 2008
Wonderland Awards commemorate Lewis Carroll's works. This year's winner, Arvind Iyer, wrote a series of 18 limericks similar to Carroll's style to receive the $1,500 first-place prize.
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Meng Team Develops New Ocular Drug Delivery Device
June 09, 2008
Dr. Ellis Meng and her interdisciplinary team have invented a simple polymer device that attaches to the eye and delivers drugs to the site of disease via a flexible tube inserted into the side of the eye. For more, see http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/ChemTech/Volume/2008/07/eye_drug_delivery.asp
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Mann Institute Establishes Fellowships for Viterbi PhD Candidates
June 05, 2008
Three Viterbi School doctoral students will have their careers generously supported for three years as recipients of Alfred E. Mann Innovation in Engineering Doctoral Fellowships.
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Dr. Michael Khoo elected to the IEEE-EMBS Administrative Committee
May 23, 2008
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the world's largest international society of Biomedical Engineers.
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USC Viterbi School Reaches $300 Million Fundraising Goal Ahead of Schedule
May 19, 2008
"Seven years ago we set a very lofty target...I am extremely pleased to tell you that as of the end of this March, our fundraising total stood at $300,955,609 in cash and pledges."
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Commencement 2008
May 17, 2008
Parents, siblings, children and friends — some from across the globe — cheer 1,860 newly minted Viterbi School graduates, who have now become part of USC's global Trojan family.
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354 Students -- Including Two from Korea -- Receive DEN Degrees
May 16, 2008
The Viterbi School's Distance Education Network's largest-ever graduating class marked a 30 percent increase over 2007 — which had been 30 percent above 2006.
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Outstanding Viterbi Students Honored
May 11, 2008
Graduating seniors and student leaders were recognized for their exceptional achievements in a special Viterbi Awards ceremony held on campus.
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BME seniors receive University, Viterbi and Department  Awards
May 06, 2008
The accomplishments of five Biomedical Engineering Seniors were recognized at the Undergraduate Viterbi Awards ceremony.
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BME Seniors recognized at the USC Student Recognition awards
May 05, 2008
Congratulations to the six BME seniors receiving USC Student Recognition awards!
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Professor Kirk Shung Receives 2008 Viterbi School Senior Research Award
April 29, 2008
Professor Kirk Shung was named today as a recipient of the 2008 Viterbi School Senior Research Award. Dr. Shung was cited as "one of the true pioneers of biomedical ultrasonics".
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2008 Viterbi School Faculty and Staff Awards
April 29, 2008
Dean Yortsos recognizes exceptional teaching, research and service in the Viterbi School in his annual "State of the School" speech and awards luncheon.
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Students Display Research at the Galen Center
April 14, 2008
Biomedical engineering students present their work at the 12th Annual Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium.
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BME student research highlighted at 2008 Grodins Symposium
April 10, 2008
The 12th Annual Fred S. Grodins Symposium of graduate student research from the Viterbi School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering took place on April 5 at a new venue this year – the Galen Center. As in the past, this year’s event was organized by a committee of BME doctoral students selected by department chair Michael Khoo.
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What Gives Us Fingertip Dexterity?
February 06, 2008
Dr. Valero-Cuevas traces precision hand manipulation skills to specialized neural circuits in the brain.
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What Gives Us Fingertip Dexterity?
February 06, 2008
In a novel experiment, a USC biomedical engineering professor examines the intricate circuitry between precision hand manipulation skills and specialized neural circuits in the brain.
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A Tough Act to Follow
January 26, 2008
Actor Alan Alda shares some tips with Viterbi School engineering students on the art of public speaking.
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Peter Staudhammer, 1934-2008
January 16, 2008
The former director and chief operating officer of the Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at USC who was on the biomedical engineering faculty and a member of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Board of Councilors was 73.
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