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  • October 17, 2011

    In Memoriam: Martin E. Anderson

    Martin E. Anderson, Ph.D. passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 2011. Martin completed his graduate and post-graduate training at Duke University in the lab of Gregg Trahey. In 2000, Martin came to the University of Rochester and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2000-2003. During his time at the UR, Martin led a productive laboratory in the area of biomedical ultrasound imaging, and was an active member of the RCBU.

    He trained numerous undergraduate and graduate students and made significant contributions to the development of the UR BME program. In 2003, Martin moved to the Seattle area and continued his productive career as an ultrasound systems engineer for Philips Healthcare. Recently, Martin led a team that developed and released the new X6-1 Purewave Matrix transducer that provides both 2D and 3D real-time imaging. Colleagues at Rochester and across the biomedical ultrasound community are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Martin Anderson.

  • September 25, 2011

    In Memoriam: Wesley Nyborg

    Dr. Wesley Nyborg

    The biomedical ultrasound community has sadly lost one of its most important pioneers. Wesley Nyborg passed away on September 24, 2011 at the age of 94. Wes was a member of the Physics Department at the University of Vermont for over 50 years. Wes' seminal theoretical and experimental work forms the foundation for our understanding of the biological effects of ultrasound. He developed fundamental theories of the physical mechanisms of interaction of ultrasound with tissues including acoustic cavitation, ultrasound heating, and acoustic radiation force. He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was recognized with the highest awards from numerous scientific societies. Wes was a Charter Member of the RCBU and was a long-time friend and colleague for many of us. The RCBU

  • September 20, 2011

    Kevin Parker Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Dr. Kevin Parker (left) and Dean Rob Clark

    Kevin J. Parker, Ph.D. was awarded the Hajim School Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Professor Parker's long-standing contributions to the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dean Rob Clark presented the award and recognized Professor Parker's outstanding scientific research accomplishments, patents, teaching, and dedicated service to the university, including Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound. The award was presented on September 1, 2011 at the annual Hajim School Reception held at Oak Hill Country Club.

  • June 8, 2011

    Himanshu Shekhar’s Paper Recognized at Acoustical Society of America Meeting

    Himanshu Shekhar

    Congratulations to RCBU student member Himanshu Shekhar, who was awarded Second Place—Best Student Paper in Biomedical Acoustics at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, held on June 23rd-27th in Seattle, Washington. Himanshu was recognized for his poster titled A Coded Excitation Technique for the Functional Imaging of Coronary Atherosclerosis Using Ultrasound Contrast Agents. Himanshu is an ECE doctoral student in the lab of Marvin M. Doyley, and his research focuses on the prediction of the risk of acute cerebrovascular events such as heart attacks and stroke using intravascular ultrasound imaging.

  • April 15, 2011

    Students and Faculty Recognized at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

    BME professor Laurel Carney, Ph.D. (with Kelli Summers, and Benjamin Freedman) was recognized by the Student Association as the Engineering Professor of the Year.

    Congratulations to the RCBU and BME students whose work was recognized at the prestigious annual University of Rochester Undergraduate Research Exposition 2011. Undergraduate students from RCBU and BME research laboratories participated in the symposium. BME undergrads Benjamin Freedman '11 and Kelli Summers '11 were both invited to speak at the Engineering and Applied Sciences Symposium Talks.

    Freedman discussed his work, What is Q-Angle really measuring? A novel alternative to predict patellar maltracking, which received the Dean's Award. Summers spoke about her research with Dr. James McGrath, Mechanisms Underlying Collective Cell Migration in Vitro, which was recognized by President Seligman with the President's Award. Aaron Zakrzewski (ME '11), mentored by Mechanical Engineering Professor Sheryl Gracewski, gave an oral presentation of his research titled Natural frequency of bubbles within rigid and compliant tubes. Aaron also received a Deans' Award for Undergraduate Research in Engineering and Applied Sciences for his presentation. In addition, five of the seven poster exhibitions from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were by BME students:

    Molly Boutin (Benoit Lab) BME '11
    A Polymeric Delivery System to Induce Differentiation in hMSCs
    Jasmine Carvalho (Dalecki Lab) BME '11
    Investigations of Ultrasound Parameters to Promote Spatial Organization of Cells in Three-Dimensional Engineered Tissues
    Vlabhav Kakkad (McAleavey Lab) BME '12
    Experimental Implementation of Shear Wave Induced Phase Encoding Imaging
    Angela Ketterer (Carney Lab) BME '12
    Design and Implementation of a Behavioral Apparatus for Auditory Research in Birds
    Hannah Watkins (Benoit Lab) BME '11
    Novel Parthenolide Delivery System for Acute Myeloid Leukemia Treatment
    (Received the Professor's Choice Award)
  • March 30, 2011

    Denise Hocking Appointed to NIH Study Section

    Professor Denise Hocking (Pharmacology & Physiology, BME, RCBU Member) has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR). The BTSS Study Section focuses on the interdisciplinary fields of surgery and bioengineering to develop innovative medical instruments, materials, processes, implants, and devices to diagnose and treat disease and injury.

    Within BTSS there is a balance between basic, translational, and clinical research, and application and development of emerging cross-cutting technologies relevant to the cardiac system. The CSR is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. CSR Study section members review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on the applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

  • March 23, 2011

    Wei Jiang Successfully Defends PhD Thesis

    Wei Jiang (ECE) successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled Ultrasound Focusing by Use of Apertures with Different Pitches and Ultrasound Imaging by Use of a Hemispheric Transducer Array. Wei's research was completed under the supervision of Professor Robert C. Waag, Ph.D. of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • February 7, 2011

    Vikram Dogra Appointed Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science

    Professor of Imaging Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Urology, Vikram Dogra, M.B.B.S., has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science (JCIS). The open-access, multidisciplinary journal deals with every aspect of imaging, enabling radiologists to clearly comprehend concepts and practices, and encouraging further research and technical innovation. Dogra also serves as consulting editor of the journal Ultrasound Clinics.

  • January 17, 2011

    Kevin Parker, Marvin Doyley and Deborah Rubens Publish Elastography Review Article

    In January, a review of elastographic imaging over the last 20 years by RCBU members Kevin Parker, Marvin Doyley and Deborah Rubens will be published in Physics in Medicine and Biology (Phys Med Biol. 2011 Jan 7;56(1):R1-R29. Epub 2010 Nov 30.) The article covers the progression of elastography techniques from initial research, to improved imaging, to clinical trials, and ultimately translated to patient care. The full article can be viewed at Journal of Physics in Medicine and Biology and the abstract can be viewed at PubMed.

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