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Science Translational Medicine
Dr. Frank Alexis is a lead author on a featured paper and inventor of oral delivery of nanoparticles coated with antibodies.
Joseph A. Miller Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Devante Horne, a junior in Dr. Frank Alexis’s lab, was awarded the Joseph A. Miller Jr. Memorial scholarship. A single scholarship is awarded annually to a minority student who represents Dr. Miller's legacy of academic excellence and selfless commitment to others.
Symposium Endorsed by SFB
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the department hosted leading researchers and industry representatives at the 2013 Clemson Biomaterials Symposium, Biomaterials — What’s Next? The annual event is endorsed by the Society For Biomaterials
University Innovation Fellow
Epicenter, a National Science Foundation funded center managed by Stanford and NCIIA, has named Breanne Przestrzelski, a student in Dr. John DesJardins’s lab, a University Innovation Fellow. She joins a group of 60 engineering student leaders at 56 universities who work to catalyze entrepreneurial activity on their campuses.
Mr. Gregory Wright, a PhD student in Dr. Hai Yao’s lab was awarded the training grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study the biomechanics of the human temporomandibular joint.
Dr. Wendy Vanden Berg-Foels, Research Assistant Professor, was granted the Pathway to Independence award by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study temporomandibular-joint tissue engineering.
Mr. Jonathan Kuo, a PhD student in Dr. Hai Yao’s lab was awarded the training grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study a temporomandibular-joint animal model.
NIH Roundtable on TMJ Biology
Dr. Hai Yao led the Roundtable, which was sponsored by several institutes of the National Institutes of Health. He was awarded a planning grant by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to establish a multi-institutional TMJ research network.
Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge Finalist
A device designed by Eric Lucas, a doctoral student in Dr. John DesJardins’s lab,has been chosen as a top-10 finalist in a competition sponsored by the trade magazine Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI). Mr. Lucas’s device, The Engage Knee System, is a knee replacement that can be selectively locked in extension by patients with weakened knees and instability.
2013 Engineering World Health Design Competition
In this challenge to provide healthcare in developing countries, Kayla Gainey and Tyler Ovington, students of Dr. Delphine Dean, won second place for their low-cost glucometer design.
Editor-in-Chief, Challenges in Regenerative Medicine
Dr. Dan Simionescu is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The online journal, based in California, will cover all topics related to tissue repair and regeneration. The unique format of the journal encourages open discussions of technical challenges encountered while growing tissues in the lab.
NIH Clinical and Translational Research for Ph.D. Students
George Fercana of Greenville, a doctoral student in Clemson University’s bioengineering department, was one of 27 students around the country selected to participate in an innovative new program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center located in Bethesda, Md.
One More Time: Medical Device Recycling is Good Business
Clemson Bioengineering’s Medical Device Recycling and Reprocessing, led by Dr. Melinda Harman and her colleagues has been cited as a unique platform for public-private partnerships.
2013 Winifred Burks-Houck Women's leadership Awarded
Bria J. Dawson, Bioengineering Senior and PEER Mentor, has been selected as the undergraduate awardee for the 2013 Winifred Burks-Houck Women's leadership award sponsored by the Center for Enabling New Technologies Through Catalysis (CENTC). The Burks-Houck Women's Professional Leadership Award will be presented to Bria at the NOBCChE 40th Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN on October 4, 2013. She was selected for this award on the basis of leadership experience, commitment to community, and for academic success.
New Stem Cell Core Research Facility (SCRF) at Patewood CUBEInC
The Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University is proud to announce the inauguration of a new human adult Stem Cell Core Research Facility (SCRF) at the Clemson University Biomedical Innovation Campus (CUBEInC) located at the Greenville Health System (GHS) Patewood Medical Campus.
International Conference on MacroMolecular Complexes
Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie organized the 15th International Conference on MacroMolecular Complexes held in Clemson and Charleston, SC.
Founding Editor-in-Chief of MDPI journal, Bioengineering
Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, Professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, will lead the online journal, which is based in Basel, Switzerland.
NSF CAREER Award
Dr. Delphine Dean was selected for the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.
Goldwater Scholarships: Scott Cole one of two Clemson awardees
Cole, who works in Dr. Delphine Dean’s lab, developed a new method for synthesizing gold nanoparticles for applications in drug delivery and investigated how these nanoparticles impact cellular mechanical properties. His work has been accepted for publication by the American Chemical Society journal Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.
Two Bioengineering Seniors Among Eight Clemson Students Presenting at ACC
Patrick Ovington and Jacob Hammers, ACC International Academic Collaborative (ACCIAC) Fellow, presented their research results at the eighth annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Conference at Wake Forest University. The students were accompanied by Delphine Dean, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Barbara Speziale, professor of biological sciences and director of the Creative Inquiry program.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The NSF 2013 fellowships were awarded to two current and three former students, and a current student received an honorable mention: Awardees Nadine Luedicke and Hobey Tam are respectively students of Dr. Delphine Dean and Dr. Naren Vyavahare. Samuel Pollard, a student of Dr. Frank Alexis, received an honorable mention. Brittany Banik, Brendan Roach, and Molly Townsend are the three graduates who were awarded fellowships. The 2013 competition drew 13,000 applicants, from whom 2,000 awardees were selected.
Murray Stokely Award for Excellence in Teaching
The College of Engineering and Science presented its 2013 award to Dr. John DesJardins. The award goes to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level.
National Scholars Program 2013 Award of Distinction
Dr. Delphine Dean received the award from this year’s graduates from the Clemson National Scholars Program for her tireless commitment to the intellectual, professional and personal development of each graduating Scholar.
The President’s Commission on the Status of Women
Duong Nguyen, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Karen Burg’s research group, received the Outstanding Graduate Woman Award for her contributions to improve the status of women.
Particle and Particle Systems Characterization
An image created by Thomas Moore, a graduate student in Dr. Frank Alexis’s lab, is the cover illustration on the journal’s April 13, 2013, issue.
Tau Beta Pi
Danielle Martin, a student in Creative Inquiry: Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World, taught by Drs. Delphine Dean and John DesJardins, has been named a 2013-2014 Tau Beta Pi graduate student fellow.
CI Students Win Social LaunchPad Competition
Students Matthew Kofoed, Danielle Martin, Adam Metzger, and Tyler Youngman won the Spiro Institute’s Social LaunchPad Competition in April, 2013, for their work on woven neck braces that can be produced and used in low-technology areas such as rural Tanzania. Their Creative Inquiry Designing Medical Technology for the Developing World is led by Drs. John DesJardins and Delphine Dean.
Freshman Creative Inquiry Groups Design for Rehabilitation
Members of two Freshman Design Creative Inquiry Groups worked with client Mr. Arthur Shealy throughout Spring 2013.
Professor Melur (Ram) Ramasubramanian, D.W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering, who holds a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering, was inducted Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in Washington DC on February 18, 2013. Other AIMBE fellows in the department are Drs. Burg, Giuseppe-Eli, LaBerge, Latour, Vyavahare, and Swaja.
Professor Melur (Ram) Ramasubramanian, D.W. Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, holds a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering. His appointment was finalized in March, 2013.
Clemson names technology development director at CUBEInC
Michael J. Gara is Director of Technology Development for the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus. His work at Clemson University’s life science incubator involves creation, funding and commercialization of life science companies in Upstate South Carolina.
Freshmen Design Creative Inquiry Students Meet with Client Mr. Arthur Shealy
Dr. John DesJardins’s Freshman Design Creative Inquiry Groups teleconferenced during Fall 2013 with client Arthur Shealy regarding design of exercise equipment for rehabilitation. In December, a small group met with Mr. Shealy in McCormick County Court House to present their design prototypes and confer with him on design of devices for the disabled.
Thoughts Worth Thinking Rescheduled
This THOUGHTS WORTH THINKING event includes TED-style talks inspired by Ideas Worth Spreading.
BMES, Project Lead the Way
Ten high school students from Hamilton Career Center in Seneca, S.C., were mentored by Drs. John DesJardins and Delphine Dean and their students in the center’s Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program. The students, who attended the 2012 annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, were featured in PTLW’s national magazine. January, 2013
Honghai Liu, formerly a student in Dr. Bruce Gao’s lab and presently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cincinnati, was awarded Editor’s Choice for his paper in the February 1, 2013 edition of Cardiovascular Research, a publication of Oxford University Press.
Dr. Dan Simionescu has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Other fellows in the department are Drs. Burg Giuseppe-Eli, LaBerge, Latour, Vyavahare, and Swaja.
Dr. John DesJardins, his student Riley Csernica, and David Orr, Clemson alumnus and COO of Kiyatek, were awarded an NSF I-CORPS grant to commercialize Ms. Csernica’s design for a functional shoulder brace.
Eric Lucas and Breanne Przestrzelski, students of Dr. John DesJardins, were finalists in the competition to design business concepts.
Collegiate Inventors Awards: Senior Design Students Place 3rd
Riley Csernica, Meredith Donaldson, Chelsea Ex-Lubeskie, and Kaitlin Grove, guided by Dr. John DesJardins, designed the winning Hi-Impact Shoulder Stabilization Brace.
The Page Morton Hunter Distinguished Seminar Series is held in Rhodes Annex 111 at 3:30 p.m. The C. Dayton Riddle Distinguished Seminar Series is held at CUBEInC at 5:30 p.m..