I had an occasion recently to give a short talk describing the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) to students and faculty and the University of Florida. In looking over background material, I came to appreciate how deep and long the roots of our society travel and how strong and wide it currently stands.
The start of my second year of graduate school has brought some refreshing changes. I no longer walk into lab any more with the paralyzing fear that I do not know anything or know how to do anything. Now, I at least vaguely know some of the lab’s techniques, I know where to find most supplies, and I can usually follow along for a good portion of my colleague’s presentations at lab meeting. All of these things are great accomplishments in hindsight after thinking about where I was a year ago.
Most children have probably heard the classic fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. A young girl with golden hair wanders into the empty house of three different bears—one small, one large, and one sized in-between. She comes upon a table with three bowls of cooling porridge, and upon sampling each one, discovers successively that the first is too hot, the second too cold, and the third just right. She eats all of the porridge in the third bowl. The same happens when she comes upon three chairs, and finally, three beds. The third item in the series always proves to be the most comfortable, as the intermediate option between two extremes, but more meaningfully, Goldilocks always judges it to be “just right.”
Beginning in January 2014, Colin Brenan succeeds Mike Neuman as editor-in-chief (EIC) of IEEE Pulse, and on his agenda are a number of editorial changes designed to increase the magazine’s accessibility and broaden its appeal to a global biomedical engineering audience