Society of Women Engineers Honors Wanakule

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has recognized Prinda Wanakule, a doctoral student in Professor Krish Roy’s lab, as an Outstanding Collegiate Member, which is the highest honor for students. She will receive an award during SWE’s 2011 annual conference in Chicago, Illinois and will have a biography printed in SWE Magazine.

Five Faculty Promoted to Associate Professors

Five faculty members within the Department of Biomedical Engineering have been promoted to associate professors with tenure. Andrew Dunn, Pengyu Ren, Laura Suggs, James Tunnell, and John Zhang have been recognized for their outstanding support of the university’s culture of innovation through their contributions to teaching and research.

Puvanakrishnan Receives BMES Graduate Research Award

Priyaveena Puvanakrishan, a doctoral student in Professor James Tunnell’s lab, has won a BMES 2011 Graduate Student Award (Extended Abstract) for her paper titled Near-Infrared Narrow Band Imaging of Targeted Gold Nanorods in EGFR Over-Expressing Squamous Cell Carcinomas.

Texas 4000 Presents Gift at Annual Welcome Gathering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering hosted its annual welcome gathering on August 29. The event kicks off each year by welcoming all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. This year’s event was especially momentous as Texas 4000 presented $50,000 from funds they raised through their annual charity bike ride to support two cancer-related research projects within the department. Two researchers, Professor Aaron Baker and Professor Mia Markey, were awarded $25,000 each.

Texas 4000 presentation

Left to right: Nishant Verma, graduate student in Mia Markey's lab; Lance Pyburn, Texas 4000 Program Director; Dr. Aaron Baker; Dr. Mia Markey; Liz Peters, 2011 Texas 4000 cyclist; Jamille Ruebsahm, Texas 4000 Executive Director; and Michelle Hagens, Texas 4000 Board Member.

Professor Markey will study methods to help physicians determine whether or not brain cancer has recurred within patients. Her project is in partnership with NeuroTexas Institute of St. David’s Healthcare and her collaborators include Dr. Matthew Cowperthwaite and Dr. Mark Burnett. Their approach will be to develop new computer algorithms to help physicians better understand brain MRI images, and will lead to detection of brain tumor recurrences at earlier stages in order to improve patient quality of life and potentially survival.

The aim of Professor Aaron Baker's work is to develop an innovative technology that will allow drugs to better prevent cancer from spreading.

Texas 4000 will also give $40,000 to the Department of Biomedical Engineering to establish an endowment for further cancer-related research.

About Texas 4000

Texas 4000 is an annual charity bike ride beginning in Austin and ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Cyclists raise money to participate in the ride that ultimately supports cancer research. Texas 4000 is a not-for-profit organization founded by BME alumnus Chris Condit, who now serves on the group’s board of directors.

View photos from the Welcome Gathering.

Dr. James Tunnell receives the Coulter Foundation Early Career Award

Professor James W. Tunnell has received a Phase II Early Career Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to support his work in developing optical spectroscopy for the early detection of skin cancer.

Professor Diller is Editor to Top Ranked BME Journal

Professor Ken Diller has completed ten years as Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering (ARBE).

Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman selected to participate in the 6th Annual NAFKI Conference

Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to participate in the 6th Annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conference this year in November.

Dr. Andrew Dunn has been awarded a prestigious Dana Foundation grant for Neuroimaging

Professor Andrew Dunn has been awarded a prestigious Dana Foundation grant for Neuroimaging.

Tunnell Receives $1.51 Million for Nanoparticle Cancer Research

Prof. James Tunnell is the recipient of a 5-year, $1.51 million National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute R01 grant titled, “Metal Nanoparticle Mediated Imaging, Targeting, and Treatment of Cancer.”

Dr. Nicholas Peppas selected as one of the One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era

Nicholas Peppas recognized by AIChE

Schmidt develops Detergent to Promote Nerve Healing

A detergent solution developed at The University of Texas at Austin that treats donor nerve grafts to circumvent an immune rejection response has been used to create acellular nerve grafts now used successfully in hospitals around the country.

Dr. Nicholas Peppas elected President of the IUSBSE

Dr. Nicholas Peppas has been elected President of the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE).

Dr. Christine Schmidt is recipient of the Chairmen's Distinguished Life Sciences Award

Dr. Christine Schmidt is the recipient of the first Chairmen's Distinguished Life Sciences Award, one of four new Life Sciences Awards sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Zaman Receives Outstanding Teaching Award

This award recognizes outstanding classroom teaching by an assistant professor to promote and encourage exceptional teaching in a faculty member's early career.

Dr. Nicholas Peppas elected to ASEE Academy of Fellows

Dr. Nicholas Peppas has been elected to the American Society for Engineering Education Academy of Fellows.