The Summer 2014 edition of Watson Review is full of articles announcing the exciting news of the Bioengineering Department. Read about the recent faculty hires, student NSF fellowship and Summer Scholars and Artists awards and faculty AIMBE awards. There is also several interesting articles about on-going faculty research, student inventions, and even BE students volunteering out West at a struggling Native American reservation. Click on all the links to see the articles but check back for more details when it becomes published electronically here.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $299,799 to the project "Endothelial to Mesenchymal Transformation Mechanobiology," is under the direction of Gretchen J. Mahler, Pong-Yu Huang, and Bruce T. Murray. The award starts September 1, 2014 and ends August 31, 2017. For more information on the award please click here.
Graduate Housing Now Available in Hillside Apartment Community
This fall, Residential Life is offering on-campus housing for graduate students in the apartment community Hillside. These are 4 or 6 person apartments along with fellow graduate students. There are approximately 40 spaces reserved for graduate students, only half of which are filled at this time. Please click here for more information and how to sign up. This is a wonderful living opportunity for graduate students.
NSF Grant Awarded to Dr. Kaiming Ye and Dr. Sha Jin
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $300,000 to The Research Foundation of SUNY for support of the project, "EAGER: Bioprinting Personalized Islets" under the direction of Dr. Kaiming Ye and Dr. Sha Jin. The award starts August 1, 2014 and runs through July 31, 2016. For more information on the award please click here.
Department Chair is Featured on FOX News
Dr. Kaiming Ye was featured on local news FOX News 40 following the announcement of a new award given by Governor Cuomo. The funds will be used to purchase a new 3-D printer for the department with the goal of producing human organs for transplanting. Dr. Ye says that 3-D printing organs could solve this rejection issue because organs could be customized for specific patients. Ye hopes to have the printer built within the year so that his team can begin pre-clinical trials. Find out more information on the biomedical research funds along with the video here.
The first edition of the electronic newsletter is now available for viewing. Stay up to date with news, events, and interesting information in regards to the Bioengineering Department at Binghamton University. To be included on the mailing list simply email Trisha Glezen and mention "E-Newsletter" in the subject line.
Two Faculty are Issued a US Patent
Department Chair, Kaiming Ye and Assistant Professor, Sha Jin were issued a US Patent for pH Insensitive Glucose Protein. The technology enables a wearable, non-invasive diabetes sensor comprising engineered glucose indicator proteins that are pH insenstive. The proteins have been designed to react with glucose over specific ranges of glucose concentrations, and fluoresce in the presence of glucose, thus providing an optical signal that can be used in continuous glucose monitoring.
Dr. Amber Doiron Receives NSF MRI Grant
Dr. Amber Doiron, a BE Faculty member has been awarded the NSF MRI award for the Scanning Probe-Raman Microscope (PI: Changhong Ke) in the amount of $418,011. BE faculty members Guy German and Gretchen Mahler also participated with the grant submission. Together they have contributed another high-end instrument to the BU research community. The funding starts September 1, 2014 and ends August 31, 2017.
Dr. Guy German Featured in Discover-E Faculty Spotlights
BE Faculty member Guy German was featured in the most recent edition to Discover-E for his research on the products used in personal cleaners. German tested four surfactants commonly used in facial cleaners that most people use on a daily basis. For more information on the article, check out Discover-E.
Faculty Awarded TAE Grant Awards
Three Bioengineering Faculty were awarded support in response to the 2014-15 Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants Program Request for Proposals. The Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) Committee chose Dr. Hiroki Sayama, Dr. Guy German, and Dr. Gretchen Mahler to receive varying award amounts to be funded by the Binghamton University Roadmap through the Provost's Office and the Division of Research with the goal of encouraging faculty to develop collaborative projects that stimulate the advancement of new ideas that can build the University's expertise toward a national center designation in the area of health sciences.
BE Seniors Present Their Senior Design Projects
The Bioengineering Senior Design Presentation took place May 8th in the new Symposium Hall in the Center of Excellence with the guidance of Dr. George Catalano, along with faculty advisor's Dr. Guy German, Dr Gretchen Mahler, Dr. Craig Laramee, Dr. Amber Doiron, and Professor Nick Plavac. Students presented their designs that ranged from Puncture Proof Surgical Devices, RFID Door and Lock Controller, to a Hospital Bed Wireless Controller.
A team of five students along with Professor George Catalano traveled to Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota over spring break. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is known as having one of the highest poverty rates in the United States. Many homes lack basic essentials such as running water, beds, septic systems, and electricity. Several bioengineering, nursing, health services and other Watson students composed the team providing help in a variety of ways while identifying senior design projects for next year and beyond. The actual service projects included working on a range of different projects from constructing bunk beds for children to ramps for the elderly.
Click here for more information on the non-profit organization that provides support to the Pine Ridge Reservation
Also make sure to check out the photographs taken by the students during their rewarding and unforgettable trip by clicking here and check out our department Facebook page for even more information and pictures!
Fall Open Advising Session A Success!
The first of two offered Open Advising Sessions is ruled a success! Many students attended Tuesday, April 29th's session. For those who couldn't make it, a second session will be held tonight, April 30th from 6-8 pm in room UU-108, walk-ins welcome. When you arrive, pick up a blank blue advising form, complete as much as you can and proceed to any table with available faculty for advising. It is recommended that you wait to register for Fall 2014 classes until you have attended one of the sessions and complete the required advising procedure. We hope to see you tonight!
Testing the Landscape of Oncology: An Engineering and Physical Sciences Perspective Seminar
Distinguished Life Science and Biomedical Engineering speaker, Dr. Larry A. Nagahara has been invited to give a seminar on the exploration of cancer research on Thursday, April 17th from 1:30-2:30 pm in the ITC building, ES 2008. In this talk, examples of blending physical sciences/engineering perspectives with oncology will be presented to illustrate that fostering the development of innovating and promising approaches could lead to a paradigm shift in the way we understand and ultimately treat this disease.
- Dr. Amber Doiron, Iron Oxide Based Polymer Nanocomplex for Functional Detection of Atherosclerosis, National Institutes of Health.
- Dr. Amber Doiron, Dr. Karin Sauer, Development of a Nanodelivery System for Enhanced Treatment of Biofilm-Related Infections, 2013 Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.
- Dr. Guy German, Unrestricted Research Support, Unilever Trumbull Research Services Incorporated.
- Dr. Guy German, The Effects of Polymer and Surfactant Treatment on Human Stratum Corneum Drying and Barrier Damage, Schick Manufacturing Incorporated.
- Dr. Gretchen Mahler, The Effects of Engineered Nanoparticle Ingestion on Mineral Absorption and Small Intestinal Health and Function, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.
- Dr. Gretchen Mahler , Dr. Anthony Fiumera, Eating for 100 Trillion: The Gut Microbiome, Food Additives and Metabolic Disorders, 2013 Health Science Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence.
- Dr. Gretchen Mahler (Co-PI), Dr. Pong-Yu (Peter) Huang (Co-PI), Effects of Environmental Factors on Eqigenetic Regulation of Surfactant Proteins in the Lung, Health Science Center Foundation at Syracuse.
- Dr. Hiroki Sayama, RI: Small: BCSP: Robustness and Adaptation in Morphogenetic Collective Systems, National Science Foundation.
- Dr. David Schaffer, 2012 Collaboration Fund: A Dementia Diagnostic Test Based Upon Speech, Multiple Sponsors.
- Dr. Kaiming Ye, NSF IPA for Kaiming Ye, National Science Foundation.
- Dr. Kaiming Ye, HA Surface Presented Yeast Flu Vaccine and Its Enhancement By CD154 Codisplay, National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease.
PhD Student Receives Kligman Award to Attend ISBS Meeting in Connecticut
PhD Bioengineering student, Xue Liu has obtained the Kligman Award from the International Society for Biophysics and Imaging of the Skin. He will be attending the ISBS Conference in Mystic, Connecticut in August. Liu will be presenting a poster demonstrating the relationship between skin and biomedical engineering.
Three Bioengineering Professors are Featured in Binghamton Research Winter 2014 Magazine
Amber Doiron, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, hopes to give doctors a more accurate way of determining a patient's risk of heart attack or stroke by identifying which plaques are cause for concern. She and a Temple University colleague recently received a two-year, $418,000 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to support this project. (Click the image on the right to see the feature)
Director of the Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center and Bioengineer Professor, Kenneth McLeod, is studying the effects of body heat on weight loss. Research shows that raising an individuals core temperature results in an increase in metabolic rates, thus burning more calories. McLeod is currently developing a carbon-dioxide, laser based heater that will keep you warm, possibly burn calories, and even increase productivity for a mere 15 watts -- a much cheaper alternative to the 1,500-watt space heaters many people use in their office space. (Click the image on the left to see the feature)
Guy German, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, informs readers about the chemicals that make up most of the cleaners consumers use on a daily basis and how different cleansers should be used for different skin types. In his study, German tested four surfactants commonly found in skin cleansers and found there were varying side effects to each. Bottom line, your choice of cleanser matters. Consumers should always read the back of the label before deciding which product they should use on their skin. (Click the image on the right to see the feature)
Bioengineering Junior and BU-HHMI Student, Joshua Cohen Receives the President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence
Joshua Cohen, a Bioengineering Junior and BU-HHMI student, has received the President's Award for Undergraduate Student Excellence. Binghamton University will present President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence at a luncheon at the end of the Spring 2014 semester. Cohen is one of six undergraduates that will receive the award -- three juniors and three seniors. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a check for $1,000. Cohen has been working with BE Professor Mahler as an Undergraduate Research Assistant and recently spent his winter break in Honduras on a medical mission.
An Evening of Peace: Honoring Native Americans' Cultures, History and Presence
A group of five Binghamton University undergraduate students with varying majors are traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota over the upcoming spring break, under the direction of Professor of Bioengineering George Catalano.
The trip to Pine Ridge will take place April 12 through April 18. Students majoring in bioengineering as well as social work, nursing, biology and women's studies will journey to Pine Ridge with two main goals. First, the group will participate in a series of service projects designed and developed by Re-member, a non-profit organization on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which seeks to improve the quality of reservation life through relationships, shared resources and volunteer services.
The trip will also serve as a fact-finding visit to identify senior design capstone projects for senior engineering majors to pursue next year. All engineering students are required to successfully complete a senior-year design project. Several of next year's projects will be selected from those identified in Pine Ridge, allowing several students to participate in the identification and development of design projects linked to energy and environmental issues on the reservation from the outset, enriching their complete educational experience.
The non-engineering majors participating in the trip are doing so as part of the new Community of Peace initiative that has been implemented in the Apartment Communities residential community at Binghamton University. Within this initiative, and with the support of the University's Residential Life staff, students are challenged to become active agents of peace and leaders promoting peace among all residents of the residential community, the campus and beyond.
Support for the development of this effort comes from both the 2013-2014 Iberdrola USA Foundation Grants and the Binghamton University Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs.
For more information, contact George Catalano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In support of the journey to Pine Ridge, "An Evening of Peace: Honoring Native Americans' Cultures, History and Presence" will be held.
Old University Union
Binghamton University Campus
Monday, April 7th, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Students and Staff of Apartments Community, Department of Residential Life &
Department of Bioengineering, Binghamton University
Raise awareness of Native American peoples, their presence, cultures and history
Promote a richer understanding of diversity and a deeper peace among all peoples.
The event is open to students, faculty and staff as well as to the general public.
Art provided by Thea Whirlwindhorse
Thea Whirlwindhorse is an operating room technician at Binghamton General Hospital. She will have examples of her work on display. Her art includes animal drawings, traditional and contemporary beadwork, bone chokers, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota nation.
Music by Jory Nash, Canadian singer songwriter and musician
Jory Nash is a folk music-oriented Canadian singer-songwriter and musician who is passionate about promoting peace among all peoples.
Speaker Freida Jacques, Clanmother
Freida J. Jacques, Onondaga, whose native name is Whatwehni:neh is a resident of the Onondaga Nation. She is presently employed at the Onondaga Nation School as a Home/School Liaison. She has served as a bridge between her culture and the many educational institutions in CNY. Peace and Healing are subjects she is passionate about. She has been a leader in her Nation for over 30 years, a Clanmother of the Turtle Clan.
Dr. Kaiming Ye, Chairman of the Department of Bioengineering at Binghamton University, has been elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, making him eligible to be one of the top most distinguished and accomplished leaders in the medical an biological engineering fields. He will be officially introduced to the AIMBE College of Fellows at the National Academy of Sciences on March 24, 2014.
Three Bioengineering Professors Receive Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) Research Awards
Gretchen Mahler (Assistant Professor of Bioengineering), Amber Doiron (Assistant Professor of Bioengineering) and Zhanpeng Jin (Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint title in Bioengineering) have won the following research awards from the 2013 Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) Funding Program:
- Gretchen Mahler and Anthony Fiumera
"Eating for 100 Trillion: The Gut Microbiome, Food Additives and Metabolic Disorders"
- Amber Doiron and Karin Sauer
"Development of a Nanodelivery System for Enhanced Treatment of Biofilm-Related Infections"
- Zhanpeng Jin and Sarah Laszlo
"A Novel Mobile Human-Computer Interaction Approach Based on Wearable Eye-Controlled Glasses for Assisted Living and Health Care"
Walker Land, Professor of Bioengineering, was featured in Lockheed Martin's internal newsletter for his and his son and grand daughter's participation in Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Conference. (Click the image on the right to see the newsletter)
Hiroki Sayama, Associate Professor of Bioengineering, has received a $374,811 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), on the project titled "Robustness and Adaptation in Morphogenetic Collective Systems". The project will be for three years.
Gretchen Mahler, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has received a $430,547 NIH R15 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Heatlth Sciences (NIEHS), on a project titled "The Effects of Engineered Nanoparticle Ingestion on Mineral Absorption and Small Intestinal Health and Function". Nanomaterials are currently used in food and food packaging, but very little is known about the health effects of nanoparticle consumption. The goal of this project is to examine how nanoparticle ingestion affects gut microflora populations and nutrient absorption in the gastrointestinal tract