June 2002

June 20, 2002
Rutgers Department of Biomedical Engineering has been selected by the Whitaker Foundation to receive two substantial awards. The first is a $5 million Special Award to help the department build excellence in biomedical engineering through new state-of-the-art facilities and new faculty hires. The second is an Industrial Internships Program Award which will provide $180,000 over a three year period to support internships in the dynamic NJ pharmaceutical and medical technology industries.
June 12, 2002
Professor Thomas Papathomas received a 3-year NIH Award ($466,500) entitled "The Role of Object-Based Attention in Motion Perception". The major goals of the project are to study the interaction between attention and motion processing that enables the visual system to efficiently integrate, segment, and maintain a unified percept of moving surfaces.

May 2002

May 30, 2002
BME junior, Biju Parekkadan, was awarded a Supplemental Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. He will be working at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute with Dr. Jay Knutson in the Laboratory of Biophysical Chemistry, Optical Spectroscopy Section.
May 24, 2002
Professor Bernard Coleman was awarded a three year NSF Grant for his project entitled "Contact Problems in Kirchhoff's Nonlinear Theory of Rods". The work proposed involves analysis of DNA micromechanics and has implications for DNA nanodevices that are chemomechanically responsive.  
May 9, 2002
Kevin Nikitczuk, a sophomore in BME, received a summer fellowship from the NASA Space Grant Consortium. The fellowship consists of $5,000 for a 10 week research project on "Protein Based Nanorobotic Systems". Kevin is advised by Professors Dinos Mavroidisand Martin Yarmush.
May 1, 2002
Professor George Shoane and Jani M. Pallis will be co-editing a new book entitled "Biomedical Engineering Principles in Sports" to be published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. The book will cover comprehensively all major sports, and chapters will be introduced with comments by the finest athletes in the world.

April 2002

April 23, 2002
Professor Charles Roth was awarded a one year Whitaker Foundation award for his project entitled "Effect of DNA Structure on Polymer-DNA Complex Formation and Delivery". Professor Roth's work is pioneering new inroads into the antisense delivery field.
April 10, 2002
Professors Dinos Mavroidis and Martin Yarmush received a Phase I, six month, $75K grant from the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) for their project "Protein Based Nano-Machines for Space Applications". The goals of the project is to identify and study both computationally and experimentally novel Viral Protein Linear (VPL) motors and their use in future space nano-machines.
April 5, 2002
Wilma K. Olson, the Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry at Rutgers, and an associate faculty member in biomedical engineering, began her term as the president of the Biophysical Society Feb. 25 at the society�s 2002 annual meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Olson is also the director of the Center for Molecular Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at Rutgers. She is known for her contributions to molecular biophysics through groundbreaking studies of nucleic acids, where she has developed and applied novel computational tools.

March 2002

March 15, 2002
Agilent Technologies, through their University Relation Philanthropy Equipment Grant Program, has awarded $140,000 of new equipment to the BME department. ProfessorStanley Dunn, PI of the program, aims to use these new state-of-the-art Bioanalyzer Systems for the undergraduate teaching laboratories.