This Thursday and Friday, the UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering will host the fourth annual Biomedical Research Symposium, bringing together BME researchers from wide-ranging backgrounds to discuss the symposium theme “Health. The two-day event will be held at the UAB Alumni House and is free to all UAB faculty, staff, and students.
“This is a unique event that is completely student-run and student-organized, but it serves the very important function of bringing together many of the top researchers and clinicians from across the university,” says Timothy Wick, Ph.D., senior associate dean in the School of Engineering. “It’s an important event in that it gives our students some exposure and opportunities to network with industry leaders, and it also facilitates communication between researchers from different parts of campus.”
The event is organized by the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (BMEGS), and has grown steadily over each of the previous three years.
This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Donna Arnett, Ph.D., chair and professor in the UAB Department of Epidemiology. Other speakers include Ashley Boam from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Art Tipton, Ph.D., from Southern Research Institute; Rosario Lizio, Ph.D., from Evonik; and Hassan Fathallah-Shaykh, M.D.; RJames Rimmer, Ph.D.; and Rosa Serra, Ph.D., from UAB.
For more information or to register for the event, visit the symposium web site at https://www.uab.edu/engineering/home/bme-symposium.
Biomedical engineering student Brittney Coleman is one of two UAB students to be awarded the UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Scholarship for 2015.
The UNCF Merck Science Scholarships provides up to $30,000 in financial support, mentoring, and the opportunity to intern at a Merck Facility over the summer. Approximately 15 awards are given each year to students throughout the nation.
"This is a significant accomplishment," says School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander. "The fact that we've had winners in consecutive years is a testament to the high quality of work being done by our students and faculty."
Coleman's award follows on the heels of those won by fellow BME students Ophelia Johnson and Donovan White--both of whom were named UNCF Merck Fellows in 2014.
The two winners this year marks the fourth time UAB has had multiple UNCF Merck Winners. The university has had 14 winners since 2008.
Coleman is a biomedical engineering major and Science and Technology Honors student who researches in the lab of Brian Sims, M.D., in UAB’s Department of Pediatrics. She is joined by fellow recipient Oluwagbegmiga Larindea, a neuroscience major and Sci-Tech Honors student. UAB chemistry major Solomon Gibson has been designated an alternate for the award.
School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., and Enabling Technology Lab Director Corey Shum were among the speakers at Friday's 2015 Bevill Neuroscience Symposium.
The event, held at the UAB Alumni House, featured many of the nation's leading figures in biomedical engineering, and focused on the interface between machines and the human brain.
"The brain-machine interface represents a frontier at the intersection of medicine, science and engineering," said Alexander. "We are beginning to understand how to capture fundamental processes in the brain to stimulate electrical and mechanical responses in devices and machines. These advances point to a future rich in discovery that will yield exciting applications ranging from physical rehabilitation to thought-activated mechanical and electrical devices."
SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., met with more than 80 alumni on Monday at a luncheon in the Alabama Power Auditorium, where he introduced a new partnership between the School of Engineering and Southern Company.
The Southern Company-UAB Alumni Network is an initiative aimed at increasing co-op and employment opportunities at Southern Company for UAB students and graduates. “The School of Engineering has always had a close relationship at Southern Company, and we currently have around 45 of our students participating in co-ops here,” Alexander said at the luncheon. “These co-ops are not only extremely important to the education our students receive, they often lead to full-time employment opportunities for our graduates. In addition, we hope a network of UAB alumni within Southern Company will lead to more active engagement with the school.”
As part of the partnership, the School of Engineering has created a scholarship that will go specifically to fund students who are participating in co-ops with the Southern Company.