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2009 News Archive

Biomedical Engineering in the News 2009


BME Research Associate Professor Qifa Zhou, in collaboration with UCI Prof. Zhongping Chen, receives a $2.2 Million R01 Research Grant from NIH
December 15, 2009
Dr. Qifa Zhou, a research associate professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Ultrasonic Transducer Resource Center (UTRC), in collaboration with researchers from the University of California at Irvine, has been awarded a $2.2 million R01 grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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David Z. D’Argenio inducted as a Fellow of the AAPS
December 02, 2009
Professor David Z. D’Argenio was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the AAPS annual meeting in Los Angeles on November 8, 2009.
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BME PhD Candidate Rui Zhu Wins the
November 23, 2009
Ms. Rui Zhu, Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, received the Outstanding Modeling and Simulation Award at the American Conference of Pharmacometrics meeting on October 6, 2009 for her work entitled: Isoniazid Pharmacokinetics in HIV Perinatally Exposed Infants: The Role of NAT-2 Enzyme Maturation. Rui was one of four poster award recipients out of over 160 posters presented, and was the only student to receive an award.
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BME PhD Canddiate Jae Kyoo Lee Wins the American Society for Nanomedicince's
November 03, 2009
The American Society for Nanomedicine (ASNM) recognized PhD candidate Jae Kyoo Lee’s research presentation, "Observing the Death of Cell on the Nanoscale: Real-time Molecular Imaging of Retinal Ganglion Cell Apoptosis under Elevated Pressure", by a “Young Investigator Award” at its inaugural conference, October 22-25, 2009 (Potomac, Maryland).
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BME Doctoral Student, Shashank Raina wins dissertation award from the International Society of Biomechanics
October 30, 2009
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BME Doctoral Student Xiwu Cao wins BMES 2009 Graduate Research Award
October 01, 2009
The Biomedical Engineering Society has selected Xiwu Cao, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, to receive a Graduate Research Award for his paper, entitled "Dependence of Retinal Ganglion Cell Responses on Textures of Natural Scenes". This paper will be presented in the form of a platform presentation at the 2009 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Pittsburgh (October 7-9).
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BME Doctoral Student Lisong Ai wins American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
July 02, 2009
Lisong Ai, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious predoctoral fellowship by the American Heart Association. The fellowship will support Ai’s research project, entitled “A Real-Time Model to Assess Vascular Oxidative Stress and Mechanically Unstable Plaque”.
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BME Doctoral Candidate Nicholas Wettels Wins NASA Graduate Student  Researchers Program (GSRP) Award
June 11, 2009
Nicholas Wettels, a third-year Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, was awarded a NASA GSRP fellowship for 2009 to work on the Robonaut project at Johnson Space Center.
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BME Seniors earn University, School and Departmental Accolades
May 07, 2009
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Dr. Jesse Yen earns tenure
May 07, 2009
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Karen Johnson honored with the Dean's Staff Award for Excellence
May 07, 2009
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2009 Grodins Symposium features wide variety of research by BME graduate students
April 13, 2009
The 13th Annual Fred S. Grodins Symposium of graduate student research from the Viterbi School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering took place on Saturday, April 4 at a new venue this year – the Los Angeles Convention 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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BME Senior wins 3rd prize in the NAE Grand Challenges Summit Video-Essay Competition
March 11, 2009
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Two BME Advisory Board Members elected 2009 AIMBE Fellows
January 22, 2009
BME Advisory Board members, Dr. Robert Greenberg and Dr. Jonathan Lasch, have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. The AIMBE College of Fellows consists of individuals who are the outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry and government. These leaders in the field have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education.
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BME Research Associate Professor Qifa Zhou, in collaboration with UCI Prof. Zhongping Chen, receives a $2.2 Million R01 Research Grant from NIH
December 15, 2009
Dr. Qifa Zhou, a research associate professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and Ultrasonic Transducer Resource Center (UTRC), in collaboration with researchers from the University of California at Irvine, has been awarded a $2.2 million R01 grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Viterbi Physician-Engineer Elected to ASCI
December 11, 2009
The highly selective medical honor society recognizes Tzung "John" Hsiai's achievements in biomedical research.
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Carl Kesselman Discusses Medical Informatics <i>(VIDEO)</i>
December 07, 2009
The ISI Project Leader/Epstein Department professor talks about making 21st century grid computing techniques into useful tools for clinicians.
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Four Viterbi Faculty Elected IEEE Fellows
December 03, 2009
"Ted Berger, Danny Cohen, Bart Kosko and Gerhard Kramer are four very talented and exceptional individuals with outstanding records of academic achievement," noted Dean Yannis C. Yortos.
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David Z. D’Argenio inducted as a Fellow of the AAPS
December 02, 2009
Professor David Z. D’Argenio was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the AAPS annual meeting in Los Angeles on November 8, 2009.
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Viterbi Ph.D. Students Learn about Careers in Academia
December 01, 2009
In a one-day seminar, a faculty panel shared their experiences, discussing the benefits of a career in academia with more than 100 doctoral candidates.
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BME PhD Candidate Rui Zhu Wins the
November 23, 2009
Ms. Rui Zhu, Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, received the Outstanding Modeling and Simulation Award at the American Conference of Pharmacometrics meeting on October 6, 2009 for her work entitled: Isoniazid Pharmacokinetics in HIV Perinatally Exposed Infants: The Role of NAT-2 Enzyme Maturation. Rui was one of four poster award recipients out of over 160 posters presented, and was the only student to receive an award.
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Aurora —  Infosys Technologies Ltd’s Technology Conference and Showcase — Lights Up Davidson Center
November 23, 2009
Subu Goparaju was one of the "Infoscions" who attended the recent “thought sharing and collaboration event that brings together the best academicians, researchers, practitioners and thought leaders” at the USC Viterbi School.
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Stable Plaque or Heart Attack Plaque? BME Researcher Builds New Sensor to Tell Which is Which
November 23, 2009
Tzung "John" Hsiai hopes to help clinicians distinguish cardiac emergencies requiring immediate surgery from chronic problems manageable with drugs and lifestyle change.
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BME PhD Canddiate Jae Kyoo Lee Wins the American Society for Nanomedicince's
November 03, 2009
The American Society for Nanomedicine (ASNM) recognized PhD candidate Jae Kyoo Lee’s research presentation, "Observing the Death of Cell on the Nanoscale: Real-time Molecular Imaging of Retinal Ganglion Cell Apoptosis under Elevated Pressure", by a “Young Investigator Award” at its inaugural conference, October 22-25, 2009 (Potomac, Maryland).
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KNOWME Project Wins Body Computing Slam Contest
November 02, 2009
Faculty members from the Ming Hsieh and Computer Science departments teamed up with a Keck School professor to win the Best Technology Award at a recent conference on implantable medical devices held at USC.
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BME Doctoral Student, Shashank Raina wins dissertation award from the International Society of Biomechanics
October 30, 2009
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 ISI-led BIRN Launches New Website
October 23, 2009
The Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) has launched a website that highlights its broadened focus, including services for the entire biomedical community and enhanced data-sharing and analysis tools and capabilities.
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Faculty Members Win $23.6 Million in Stimulus Grants
October 23, 2009
Funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will support a wide range of Viterbi School research in numerous engineering disciplines
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Teaching Science: Why Not Do It Scientifically?
October 15, 2009
Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman brought his message that current methods of teaching subjects like physics, chemistry and engineering are inefficient to about 100 USC faculty members -- and left behind continuing interest.
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USC Ophthalmologist and Biomedical Engineer Joins IOM
October 15, 2009
Mark Humayun has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine for his groundbreaking work to restore sight to the blind.
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BME Doctoral Student Xiwu Cao wins BMES 2009 Graduate Research Award
October 01, 2009
The Biomedical Engineering Society has selected Xiwu Cao, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, to receive a Graduate Research Award for his paper, entitled "Dependence of Retinal Ganglion Cell Responses on Textures of Natural Scenes". This paper will be presented in the form of a platform presentation at the 2009 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Pittsburgh (October 7-9).
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2009 State of the Viterbi School
September 25, 2009
Five-month old Charlotte Aquarelle Bayona Chew was the youngest listener to Dean Yannis C. Yortsos' September 23 report to engineering faculty and staff
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Timothy Pinkston Named Senior Associate Dean
September 01, 2009
The Ming Hsieh Department professor's new responsibilities include student recruitment and retention.
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Two Viterbi School Young Innovators Named to Technology Review's Top 35
August 18, 2009
Andrea Armani and Ellis Meng have been named to the 2009 class of the TR35, an annual list of the world's top young innovators selected by the editors of Technology Review, the much admired MIT magazine.
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Students from numerous U.S. universities and colleges summer at USC
August 06, 2009
Eighteen interns from all over the U.S. spending the summer doing individual research with Viterbi School professors reported on their research.
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VOA Reports on USC Engineering Interns from India
July 27, 2009
The Voice of America Hindi language video channel focuses on the success of students from IIT Kharagpur in the Viterbi School's summer undergraduate research program
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Wideranging Initiative Upgrades Priority and Reshapes Viterbi School Professional Education
July 10, 2009
New MS degrees, new short courses, 5-year terminal masters programs and much more are part of changes embodied in a new division, the Viterbi School Office of Master's and Professional Programs, headed by Associate Dean Kelly Goulis
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Viterbi School Reorganizes and Upgrades Professional Education Programs
July 10, 2009
The Viterbi School of Engineering has made education for engineering professionals a top priority, ranking alongside graduate research and undergraduate study.
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Research Interns Picnic in Archimedes Quad
July 08, 2009
Dozens of the talented undergraduates spending summer at the Viterbi School working intensively with faculty gathered on a sunny Wednesday for burgers, hotdogs and conviviality.
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One-finger exercise reveals unexpected limits to dexterity
July 08, 2009
A new study suggests controlling muscles in even simple movements taxes our minds to capacity, countering a long-held belief that an inability to complete dexterous tasks results from properties of the muscles themselves.
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BME Doctoral Student Lisong Ai wins American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
July 02, 2009
Lisong Ai, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, has been awarded a prestigious predoctoral fellowship by the American Heart Association. The fellowship will support Ai’s research project, entitled “A Real-Time Model to Assess Vascular Oxidative Stress and Mechanically Unstable Plaque”.
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Famed Computer Scientist Comes to Chair Viterbi Department
June 26, 2009
Gödel prizewinner Shang-Hua Teng comes to USC from Boston University; Dean Yortsos also names Kim to lead EE/E, extensions of chair terms in BME, Astani, and EE-Systems, and an interim appointment in AME.
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NBC Nightly News Reports on BMES's Artificial Retina
June 18, 2009
Work by Dr. Mark Humayun and collaborators including Armand Tanguay of the Ming Hsieh Department was a featured segment on the evening newscast, and on MSNBC.
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NAE Grand Challenges Summit Co-Hosts Announce the Grand Challenge Scholars Program
June 15, 2009
Selected engineering students at USC, Duke University, and Olin College who follow a special program with five challenge-related elements will receive a special honors designation along with their diplomas.
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BME Doctoral Candidate Nicholas Wettels Wins NASA Graduate Student  Researchers Program (GSRP) Award
June 11, 2009
Nicholas Wettels, a third-year Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, was awarded a NASA GSRP fellowship for 2009 to work on the Robonaut project at Johnson Space Center.
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Viterbi School and Tsinghua U. Deepen Relationship after Three Years of Workshops and Student Exchanges
June 01, 2009
Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, now a member of the elite Chinese institution's advisory board, signed an agreement creating a new joint research center on "Green and Smart" energy IT
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i-Podium™ Education Cooperation Program Will Link Viterbi School and Peking University
May 27, 2009
In a ceremony in Beijing, Deans Yannis C. Yortsos and Shiyi Chen signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a unique link between their two schools.
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USC Alumnus-Astronaut Tapped to Lead NASA
May 27, 2009
The White House named Charles F. Bolden Jr. (MS - Systems Management '77), a former combat pilot, Marine Corps major general and veteran space shuttle commander -- and USC trustee as the space agency's next administrator.
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Viterbi School Team Gears Up to Create
May 20, 2009
Building on decades of basic research, a team led by BME's Ted Berger has won a 4-year $16.4 million DARPA grant to restore lost memory function.
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Technion Israel Institute of Technology is the Viterbi School's Newest International Partner
May 19, 2009
Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos and Technion Senior VP Paul Feigin signed a memorandum of understanding at a meeting in Haifa in early May.
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Stanford Scholar Joins USC-BME as Provost Associate Professor
May 19, 2009
Terence Sanger, a pediatric neurologist, receives concurrent joint appointments in several USC departments.
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Commencement 2009
May 18, 2009
The Viterbi School shines brightly at USC’s 126th Commencement, and at the Viterbi undergraduate and graduate ceremonies where standardv bearer Torey Marshall and 2056 others won degrees
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Paul VanWieren: Adventurer by Bus, Bike and Foot
May 11, 2009
A soft-spoken biomedical engineering grad with an electrical engineering emphasis will speak at the May 15 commencement ceremony as USC's 126th valedictorian.
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Doctoral Candidates Win NSF Honors - and Stipends
May 07, 2009
Ross Mead (CS) and Samantha Cunningham (BME) have been named National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellows, a distinction that includes three years of funding in their fields of expertise.
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BME Seniors earn University, School and Departmental Accolades
May 07, 2009
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Dr. Jesse Yen earns tenure
May 07, 2009
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Karen Johnson honored with the Dean's Staff Award for Excellence
May 07, 2009
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Faculty Mentors Grad Students on Academic Careers
May 04, 2009
Five Viterbi faculty and Associate Dean Margie Berti gave more than 100 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows tips on academic careers.
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Viterbi School Family Hears About Victories and Celebrates Excellence
April 25, 2009
This is the State of the School speech delivered by Senior Associate Dean John O'Brien at the April 23 Faculty-Staff Luncheon, with photos of all the award winners.
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BME Part of NIH-Funded $2.3M Partnership to Research Glutamate Receptor Activity
April 22, 2009
BME professor Ted Berger will work with LAS and the French pharmaceutical discovery firm Rhenovia Pharma to find a strategy for creating effective drugs to regulate a key neural system.
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Viterbi School Artists in Many Media Shine in KIUEL Showcase
April 22, 2009
The Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life encourages students like Michelle Dee to develop talents beyond those taught in engineering classes.
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Grodins 2009: 82 Posters and Program Talks Showcase Annual BME  Event
April 16, 2009
Biomedical Engineering Department Chair Michael Khoo presided over the 13th Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium, presenting a wide range of exceptional student talent.
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April 15, 2009
On the Today Show, Senior Associate Dean Maja Mataric‘ discusses the promise and potential of "socially assistive robotics," a term she invented, in the treatment of ASD.
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2009 Grodins Symposium features wide variety of research by BME graduate students
April 13, 2009
The 13th Annual Fred S. Grodins Symposium of graduate student research from the Viterbi School’s Department of Biomedical Engineering took place on Saturday, April 4 at a new venue this year – the Los Angeles Convention 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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California Club Fills with Viterbi Faculty, Alumni, and Friends
April 13, 2009
Thomas Reed, Don Paul,and Narayana Murthy received honors at the 2009 Awards Banquet; Rachel Lauren sang, and a good time was had by all.
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Diane Ainsworth, Viterbi School Science Writer and Editor, Dead at 56
March 31, 2009
Diane Ainsworth, a science writer for the Viterbi School of Engineering, died March 29 in her Altadena home, victim of a brain aneurysm. An on-campus memorial will be held April 13.
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Engineers Use Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Linguistic Studies
March 17, 2009
Imaging the soft tissues of the vocal tract in real-time could explain some of the mysteries of human speech production.
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MySpace Exec to Teach at USC This Fall
March 13, 2009
Chief Technology Officer Aber Whitcomb will work with teams of students developing new social website applications, which will preview on his company's popular portal.
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BME Ultrasonic Transducer Lab Pushing the Acoustic Envelope
March 13, 2009
A $5 Million NIH grant is fueling Kirk Shung's team's work on next-generation medical soundwave imaging
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BME Senior wins 3rd prize in the NAE Grand Challenges Summit Video-Essay Competition
March 11, 2009
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Summit on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges
March 10, 2009
Complete coverage of the meeting held March 2-3 at Duke University with the Viterbi School and Olin College as co-sponsors and Dean Yannis C. Yortsos summarizing.
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Accuracy About Uncertainty: Computational Modelers to Return to USC to Refine Their Art
March 06, 2009
The Viterbi School's Roger Ghanem and Demetrios Spanos are bringing together "leading scientists from physics-based modeling, network science and social networks" for a two-day meeting.
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Fold Up Your Own NAE Grand Challenge Icosahedron
March 02, 2009
This polyhedron is ready to download! (You can also catch up on what happened at the March 2-3 Summit at Duke University).
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USC Salutes Its Two Newest National Academy of Engineering Members
February 26, 2009
The Viterbi School's 'best of the best,' including six NAE members, gather to congratulate George Olah and Robert Scholtz for their election to engineering’s most prestigious organization.
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Half Century Trojan Engineers Return to USC
February 23, 2009
Half Century Trojan Day was a homecoming of sorts for 16 silver-haired Trojans, all of whom graduated from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering 50 years ago or more.
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Conversations with Alumnae
February 03, 2009
Five Viterbi School women graduates share their experiences making the transition to professional life in a lively Q & A with undergraduate juniors and seniors.
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Engineers Without Borders Project Nears Milestone
January 26, 2009
Two years in the making, a project to pump fresh water into two towns in rural Honduras may break ground this spring, thanks to the Viterbi School's undergraduate engineering students.
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Two BME Advisory Board Members elected 2009 AIMBE Fellows
January 22, 2009
BME Advisory Board members, Dr. Robert Greenberg and Dr. Jonathan Lasch, have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. The AIMBE College of Fellows consists of individuals who are the outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry and government. These leaders in the field have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education.
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Carl Kesselman Awarded $22.2M NIH National BioMedical Informatics Infrastructure Coordinating Center Contract
January 21, 2009
The Epstein Department professor/ISI project leader will lead a five-year effort to make a wide range of biomedical data more accessible to physicians and researchers.
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Humayun Holds Chair in Biomed Sciences
January 20, 2009
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BME students volunteer to teach inner-city children science and engineering
January 14, 2009
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Viterbi School to Co-Host Grand Challenges Summit
January 08, 2009
A first-of-a-kind national engineering conference, to be held March 2-3, 2009, is designed to address key issues in sustainability, health, national security and quality of life.
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