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Crowdfunding the Next Generation of Scientists?

A biomedical engineering lab at UC Irvine is trying a bold new experiment: crowd-funding a lab project to address lagging rankings of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematic education (STEM) in the United States. Michelle Khine’s Lab at UC Irvine has launched a one-month Kickstarter campaign to produce and develop an “inventor’s kit” meant to engage, enable and empower children to “play” science at an early age…

The Fallacy of Genetic Selection

The assumption behind the assertion that genes are either useful and present or harmful and extirpated is that this is a binary situation where genes are either one way or the other. The reality is that there are more than two choices and, more likely, a gradation from highly undesirable to the organism to highly desirable, with the intensity of natural selection graded as well…

ETAT 2013: Reflections on the First IEEE EMBS International Summer School on Telemedicine

The first IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biological Society (EMBS) Summer School on Emerging Technologies and Applications in Telemedicine (ETAT) was held 25–31 August 2013 in Slovakia. ETAT was cosponsored by IEEE EMBS, the National Centre of Telemedicine Services at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava…

Spirometry: A Historical Gallery Up to 1905

In Latin, spirare means to breathe, hence, spirometry deals with the measurement of breath, which is the most common way to evaluate pulmonary function. Volume or flow of inhaled or exhaled air is so quantified offering values that permit an assessment of respiratory performance in health and disease. Asthma, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, obstructive lung pathologies can be gauged in their respective stages. It is an old procedure, still in use, simple and inexpensive, but highly significant in health care.

Faith in Science

Faith is the desire to believe in something as true, or, if not absolutely true, then at least dependable. Faith seems to have been promoted through evolutionary trends, and, as such, it is a concoction of deep brain processes. Related to faith is the concept of truth. Truth is an ephemeral mental construct. We each have some idea of the meaning of truth. Most of the time, our ideas of truth reduce to what we are willing to believe through faith. Truth, in other words, can come from the words of our parents, instructors in our schools, or the teachings of our pastors. Truth can come from books on science or religion. These are different truths, to be sure, but they form the foundations of our essential selves.

Preparing for Global Healthcare Innovation: Virtual Capstone Design Teams

Global healthcare innovation requires collaboration between groups of people located in different parts of the world, and as such, this type of distance collaboration is a growing trend in industry. Often, team members from various departments of a global organization who need to work together to design, develop, and introduce new products are not in the same location. For example, R&D personnel may be located in the United States, the production facility may be located in Ireland, and other key personnel may be located in Singapore. In this situation, a virtual team can be formed to complete the new product development project. Virtual teams are similar to traditional teams but are geographically separated and rely heavily on virtual methods of communication (email, Skype, teleconferencing, etc.) instead of regular face-to-face meetings.

Reflections on the First IEEE EMBS International Summer School on Neural Engineering – Shanghai, China

The inaugural IEEE EMBS International Summer School on Neural Engineering (ISSNE) was held in at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China on 7-14 July 2013. ISSNE’13 is the fifth summer school hosted by IEEE EMBS and featured biannually. This first edition was locally organized by the IEEE EMBS Shanghai Chapter and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and was co-sponsored by IEEE EMBS, Ministry of Education of China, Shanghai Municipal Education Committee, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.