Weekly Memo

March 10, 2014

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

     Congratulations to BME senior Karen Meess, who will be one of six athletes from the University of Rochester women's swimming team representing the Yellowjackets at the NCAA Division III National Championships next month in Indianapolis. She will be competing in the 200 backstroke as well as swimming the leadoff (backstroke) legs of the two medley relay squads. I love Karen's response when asked how she balanced swimming and her undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering: "When you have passion for something, you find time for it."

    Robert C. Waag, the Arthur Gould Yates Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is being honored with a festschrift – a special honorary issue -- of the journal Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. As Wake Forest Professor Frederick Kremkau ’72 (PhD Electrical Engineering) notes in the introduction, Prof. Waag has been a pioneer in medical ultrasound, making seminal contributions in such areas as scattering of ultrasound in biological tissues, Doppler signal processing and ultrasonic tissue characterization. The issue includes a review article co-written by Edwin L. Carstensen, the Arthur Gould Yates Professor Emeritus of Engineering, and by Kevin Parker, William F. May Professor of Engineering and Dean Emeritus, who notes that Robert Waag’s “track record of analytical rigor and visionary insight, extending over 40 years, is without peer.”

    Thanks to Diane Dalecki, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound, and Denise Hocking, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, and of Biomedical Engineering, for giving a first-rate presentation last week on their research into ways ultrasound can be used to enhance tissue engineering. Their presentation was part of the Crossing Elmwood series of hour-long seminars highlighting collaborative research efforts between investigators at the Med Center and River Campus. Collaborations involving Jiebo Luo, Professor of Computer Science; Jianhui Zhong, Professor of Imaging Sciences and of Biomedical Engineering, and Danielle Benoit, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and of Chemical Engineering, have also been featured. Indeed, four of the next five seminars in the series will feature Hajim School faculty members and their collaborators, including Wayne Knox, Professor of Optics; Anne Luebke, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Richard Waugh, Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and James Allen, the John H. Dessauer Professor of Computer Science. They will address research projects as diverse as noninvasive vision correction and mobile phone-based asthma self-management for adolescents. Click here for the full schedule. These are very informative sessions, providing overviews that enlighten interested laypersons but also hard data that will be of interest to serious investigators. Most importantly, these projects are great examples of the kind of interdisciplinary research we want to encourage.
    Speaking of which, we're all aware that federal research funding is more competitive than ever. All the more reason to follow this suggestion from Cindy Gary and Debra Haring, assistant deans of grants and contracts for the Hajim School and the School of Arts and Sciences: Don't get discouraged. Get savvy! Here are two opportunities to do so:

     1. An AS&E-sponsored two-day four-session Grant Winners Workshop April 7-8 in 407 Schlegel will be led by Robert Porter, a national leader in research development. Sessions will cover Writing Successful Grants, the NSF Career Proposal, Grants in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research. The workshop is free of charge but space is limited. Register for individual sessions or the entire workshop by March 24. Click here for details.

      2. The 2014 Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, to be held June 25-27 in Baltimore, will a) demystify the application and review process; b) clarify federal regulations and policies; and c) highlight current areas of special interest or concern. This is especially helpful for early and young investigators, grants administrators, graduate students and postdocs. Click here for more information or to register; inquiries regarding the seminar can be directed to NIHRegionalSeminars@mail.nih.gov

    Here's a great opportunity for our researchers to build bridges with the private sector. The Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS) is holding its 14th annual University Technology Showcase from 1 to 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Eastman Business Park’s Theater on the Ridge. The showcase, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity for researchers from the University to present their work to industry, to other researchers, and organizations. The objective is to stimulate industry-university collaboration. This year will feature a panel of speakers focused on discussions regarding Industry-University collaboration and economic development. A poster session follows. Register here by March 21.

     As always, keep me updated and have a great week.


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean