Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Congratulations to biomedical engineering graduate student Carlos Sevilla, and Professors Diane Dalecki and Denise Hocking! Carlos’s immunofluorescence image, which he captured with two-photon microscopy, has been featured as the cover for the December issue of Tissue Engineering. The image is featured in an article by Carlos and co-authored by Professors Diane Dalecki and Denise Hocking.  Check out the image here, and the article here.

In addition to Erin Schnellinger, whom I mentioned last week, Hajim School sophomore Sarah Walters has also been awarded the Iota Book Award by the University and Phi Beta Kappa. Congratulations to all the students who have achieved so much in and out of the classroom so early in their college careers!

There are still spots left in next semester’s undergraduate course ENT 225: Technical Entrepreneurship, taught by Don Golini, founder of QED Technologies. This course, offered by the Simon School, will teach students how to take a new business concept, analyze its viability, and develop a thorough business plan using a disciplined approach. The class will meet from 4:50 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays.

Graduate and undergraduate students should consider competing for the CIMIT Student Prize for Primary Healthcare. The competition solicits engineering projects that will improve primary healthcare. CIMIT awards the top three proposed projects $150,000, $100,000 and $50,000, respectively, and $10,000 to each of ten finalists. Hajim students have a lot of expertise and creativity to contribute to this important field! The deadline for letters of intent is January 17, 2011. Learn more about the competition here.

Undergraduates should take note of several exciting opportunities with February 1, 2011 deadlines. The Summer Research Opportunity Program, at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks to increase the number of academically or economically disadvantaged students in the physical sciences. An affiliated program, the Amgen Scholars Program, offers research experience to students who anticipate pursuing their PhDs in biotechnology.  Information about both programs is available here.

Sixteen Hajim students will be studying abroad next semester, in Australia, Ireland, Spain, Japan, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Botswana. Bon voyage to Hilary Barr, Ellen Coleman, Samantha Echaves, Mathias Ferber, Colin Funai, Jayne Gavrity, Max Henkart, Sarah Ko, Paul Leung, Timothy Lynch, Elizabeth Martens, Jonathan Mclinn, Andrea Morrell, Zakariya Niazi, Steven Trambert, and Qin Wang!

Best of luck to all of the students taking their final exams this week! I hope everyone’s winter break is restful and happy and wish you the best for the New Year!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean