May/June 2014

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In summer 2008, 23-year-old Kay Aull had just graduated from MIT with a degree in bioengineering when she came across a competition for so-called “biohackers” on science fiction website Coined “the Mad Science Contest,” it challenged participants to invent new life forms that could be created in a bio lab... Read more

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Faculty Internships for Capstone Design Instructors

Capstone design courses help prepare students for professional practice. The demands of the workplace are constantly cha...

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IEEE Pulse Receives Award

We are pleased announce that the November/December 2013 issue of IEEE Pulse has recently won a 2014 Apex Award for Design and Illustration for cover image. APEX 2014 awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the success of the submitted entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness and... Read more

Frontiers in Biomedical Engineering

The prowess and future of EMBS is directly linked to the vigor, vision and effectiveness of the Technical Committees (TCs). No matter how skilled the society leadership has been, the current impetus cannot be sustained without the solid backing of technical leaders in each of the areas... Read more

Tailoring EMBC’14 for Students and Young Professionals

Every year, dedicated EMBS volunteers put together a series of activities for the annual EMBC specifically aimed at Students and Young Professionals. There are free networking lunches with EMB leaders, workshops to hone soft skills (registration required), sessions for career advice... Read more

Breaking Patterns: The Long Road to a Diabetes Solution

In 1872, German Egyptologist Georg Ebers made a surprising discovery related to the ancient practice of medicine. The discovery, found in southern Egypt, was a papyrus believed to contain the first documented reference in history to diabetes. Although Eber’s papyrus was estimated to date back to 1550 B.C., it contained passages referencing older documents... Read more

The Nature of Engineering Professions and Bioengineering

I begin with basic observations on the history of science that lead to the conclusion that bioengineering is about to be incredibly important to the careers and lives of our students. In each observation, my simplistic model is of a scientific breakthrough... Read more

Be Brave

In my worst moments, when I was feeling like I had made no progress in my thesis work and that my advisor had lost all faith in me, I would read self-help articles. It felt a little pathetic, but at the same time, they gave me a reason to hold on. “Learn to accept failure,” the gurus-turned-authors would tell me. I could take control and use my feelings of defeat and frustration to work harder... Read more

The Fourth Author

"Publish or perish” is the old axiom that is heard in the research realm. As a graduate student, the emphasis on publications as a metric of success is often difficult to come to terms with (particularly when you have hit a roadblock in your project, with no foreseeable hope for forward progress). Further, the strong emphasis of “first-author” publications makes this metric even more unappealing... Read more

Broadening the Horizons of Student Involvement

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biological Society student activities have evolved over time, gaining new heights as years pass. The year 2013 was very important for us as we reached out more effectively into new geographical regions and also enhanced our scientific endeavors... Read more


Hands are awesome. Hands are marvelous in every sense of the word and are as important to us collectively and individually as are our intellects. Hands are the difference between thinking and doing. There may be other creatures in this world that have intelligence, but if they don’t have hands, they cannot act on that intelligence. They cannot make and place things. Without hands, they are trapped in a world that they cannot control... Read more

Máximo Valentinuzzi (1907–1985): Perhaps the First Latin American Biophysicist, Biomathematician, and Bioengineer

My father was always studying, full of dedication and encouragement, my mother always pushed me to study, later on my wife, during our 55 years together, backed me up to study while she also kept studying... Read more

Improve Your Next Presentation: Tips on Effective Presentation Design and Delivery

Many readers browsing this article have communicated effectively for years, while others may be seeking successful tips here on how to make their next presentation an outstanding performance. Whichever the case... Read more

Funding Your Career in Science: From Research Idea to Personal Grant

The author of this text is a dean of talent and professor of bioinformatics at the University of Groningen. He has extensive experience as a trainer on career and personal development courses and is the author of Developing a Talent for Science (Cambridge, 2011)... Read more

Biomedical Consulting Agreements: A Guide for Academics

If you are an academic working in the areas of biotechnology or pharmaceutical development, this brief text, written by a lawyer and an accomplished researcher, can be a good quick introduction to some of the ramifications of entering into a consulting or advising (or both) agreement with industry... Read more