2016 Workshop on Engineering Living Systems

2016 Workshop on Engineering Living Systems will take place Wednesday August 3 - Thursday August 4, 2016 at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois, in the Chicago area. Click above for more details!

Raymond Swetenburg highlights his EBICS experience in his UGA "Amazing Students" feature

June 19, 2016 - In his feature, Raymond reflects on his experience working with Dr. Steve Stice (his mentor and EBICS faculty member), his involvement with the EBICS Student Leadership Council, and the opportunities opened to him through EBICS. Raymond and his family also recently welcomed their second son, Jack. After an 8 week stay in the NICU, Jack is now at home. Congratulations to the Swetenburg family!

Sebastian Palacios recognized for his leadership in the MIT community, and his research accomplishments

Sebastian Palacios, a 3rd year Ph.D. candidate in Ron Weiss's lab, recently received three recognitions: the 2016 Golden Beaver Award, an honorable mention for his research and poster in the category of Biomedical Devices at the 2016 Health, Science, and Technology (HST) Forum, and the MIT UCEM Sloan Award.

UIUC EBICS REU hosts STEM outreach activity for Urbana, IL community

May 28, 2016 - The University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign EBICS REU students and research team leader hosted a STEM educational booth at the Illinois Farmers' Market in Urbana, IL from 8:00am - 12:00pm on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Visitors to the booth designed shapes with clay and bb-gun pellets to either race them to the bottom of the water tank or keep them afloat - all while learning surface tension science! Thank you to Brian Williams, EBICS trainee, for organizing the demonstrations on surface tension and the sink tank race!

Georgia Tech EBICS REU tours Axion Biosystems

June 29, 2016 - The group went on their first industry tour to Axion Biosystems in Atlanta, in which some described the experience as "eye-opening," giving them a different perspective on what it would be like to work in industry versus academia. The students have often expressed a high level of gratitude for the overall experience of being an EBICS REU student and the opportunities it affords. The next four weeks will no doubt be more intense as the students prepare for their final essays and oral/poster presentations before attending the EBICS retreat.

MIT EBICS REU cultivates "Chalk Talk" best practices at Novartis

July 5, 2016 - MIT EBICS REU started off their Week 5 with a science overview and industry tour of Novartis. They impressed organizers of Novartis's highly competitive Summer Scholars program with their thoughtful and active participation during the Lunch Seminar discussing best practices in presenting Chalk Talks. Aside from working on their individual projects alongside their mentors, REUs have also explored the "Journey to the Ph.D." through a workshop with MIT faculty from a sampling of departments, and a lunch networking event with a diverse group of Biological Engineering graduate students.

Levin Lab discovery of bioelectric signaling role in channelopathies of embryogenesis featured on June cover of The Journal of Physiology

June 15, 2016 - Levin lab research showing the bioelectric mechanism by which rare genetic disorder Andersen-Tawil Syndrome causes facial deformities, published online in advance of print, and featured in the March EBICS newsletter, is now in print, with a research micrograph on the June cover.

Professor Hyunjoon Kong receives Distinguished Promotion Award

June 1, 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Hyunjoon Kong, EBICS faculty at UIUC, who received a 2016 Campus Distinguished Promotion Award. The award, given by the Campus Committee on Promotion and Tenure, identifies scholars whose contributions and achievements within their respective fields are particularly excellent. Dr. Kong's promotion to the rank of full professor takes effect Aug. 16, 2016. He also holds the title of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Centennial Scholar. Dr. Kong is also a new member of the International Editorial Board of Biomaterials.