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APRIL 4, 2014

Volume 1, Issue 8

 

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New biosensor detects HIV viral load

BIOE rises in rankings

BIOE students newest Goldwater Scholars

BIOE new UI Student Fellow

Four EOH awards for BIOE students

Illini 4000 Portraits Project

 

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Newsletter | Department of Bioengineering at Illinois

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New biosensor detects HIV viral load
Developed by UI, Harvard researchers

BIOE student Erich Lidstone holding photonic crystal sensor material up to the light.A biosensor that can detect the amount of HIV virus in a person's body is the subject of research conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Harvard Medical School.

A nine-person team developed the biosensor, and their work was published in the Feb. 28 issue of Scientific Reports on Nature.com. The researchers include the U of I's Dr. Brian Cunningham, professor of Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and Erich Lidstone, (pictured here) M.D./Ph.D. student in Bioengineering.

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Bioengineering at Illinois rises in the rankings

Illinois' Bioengineering graduate program, only 10 years old, increased its U.S. News ranking by 12 points during the past year and is now at its highest spot to date. The success is a testament to the accomplishments of students earning master's, Ph.D., and M.D./Ph.D. degrees and the department's dedicated faculty and staff.

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Two UI Bioengineering students among newest Goldwater Scholars

Photo of Sheryl Wang and Jacob Calvert, Bioengineering students and Goldwater Scholarship winners.Two undergraduate students in Bioengineering at Illinois have earned prestigious scholarships — an award of up to $7,500 for the coming academic year — from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, established in the 1980s to honor former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater.

Sheryl Wang and Jacob Calvert (pictured here, left to right), both juniors, are two of three students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who earned a 2014 award. More than 280 students from across the country were selected as Scholars this year, and each university is limited to only four applicants per year.

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Bioengineering student earns UI fellowship

Photo of Asha Kirchhoff, Bioengineering student and 2014 UI Public Engagement Student Fellow.Asha Kirchhoff (pictured here), junior in Bioengineering, has been named a 2014-15 Chancellor's Public Engagement Student Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to engage in a project that provides a service while connecting with the community.

Kirchhoff will examine the impact of monthly engineering presentations and look at how engineering is perceived by fourth- and fifth-grade male minority students at Booker T. Washington (BTW) elementary school in Urbana, Ill. She will work with her faculty sponsor, Jennifer Amos, senior lecturer in Bioengineering; the Illinois Engineering Ambassadors, of which Kirchhoff is a member; and community partner St. Elmo Brady STEM Academy, a program at BTW that introduces underrepresented students to opportunities in STEM disciplines.

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BIOE students land four EOH awards

Engineering Open House is an annual opportunity to introduce the public to the University of Illinois' engineering accomplishments. But it also is an opportunity to present awards to incredible students for their incredible ideas and accomplishments. 2014 EOH winners include the following projects by Bioengineering students, who earned four awards in three categories:

  • Back To School: 1st Place - "Genetic Engineering"
  • Back To School: 2nd Place - "Tissue Scaffolding"
  • Transform Your World: 1st Place - "Neural Prosthetic Control"
  • Encore Technical: 1st Place - "Active Sensing Ankle Brace 2.0"

#LoveIllinoisBIOE!

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Opportunity to see Illini 4000 Portraits Project - cancer survivor photo gallery

Photos of three cancer survivors from the Illini 4000 Portraits Project.In the Feb. 26th issue of Bioengineering Today, we reported on the Illini 4000 cross-country bicycle tour that will include Bioengineering student Grace Deetjen this summer. Part of the reason for the tour is to raise money to battle cancer, but another part, near and dear to the riders' hearts, is the interaction with patients, survivors and caregivers and documenting their stories in photos and videos.

If you would like to see the Portraits Project gallery, visit the Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana, on Sunday, April 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Accompanying the gallery is a Gala Brunch fundraiser ($20/person), but visitors are welcome to enjoy the gallery for free without attending the brunch.

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