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January 14, 2015

Visionary Frontiers at the Convergence of Biology, Medicine, and Engineering

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) will be hosting ”Visionary Frontiers at the Convergence of Biology, Medicine, and Engineering.

Join expert bioengineering researchers, federal agency, and industry leaders for a discussion on the state of the art interface of biology, medicine, and engineering and the high-impact, broad applications that current and future research breakthroughs will have on this exciting field.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015  8:45 am- 12:00pm ♦ Light Breakfast Will Be Served

AAAS Auditorium   1200 New York Ave. NW  Washington, D.C.


Speakers Include:

Marcia McNutt, Science;

Gene Robinson, Institute for Genomic Biology, Illinois;

John Rogers, F. Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Illinois;

Rashid Bashir, Illinois;

Todd Coleman, Neural Interaction Laboratory, UC San Diego;

Gregory K. Farber, Office of Technology Development and Coordination, NIMH (invited);

Amy Kruse, Intific;

Cheryl Martin, ARPA-E (invited);

Doug Weber, Biological Technologies Office, DARPA;

Rita V. Rodriguez, CNS, NSF (invited)


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Start: January 14, 2015 8:45 am
End: January 14, 2015 12:00 pm
Venue: AAAS Auditorium
Washington D.C., United States

December 13, 2014

Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis

Be part of the nation’s largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis!


24th Annual Knoxville Jingle Bell Run/Walk

December 13, 2014

10:00 am

Market Square

The Institute of Biomedical Engineering would like to support The Arthritis Foundation for the second year in a row by putting together a team for the race.  Click here to visit the iBME Jingle team page – become a team member or donate to support those participating.  Dr. Emam Elhak Abdel Fatah has arranged to the team captain again this year. Remember, you can run a 10K or run/walk a 5K or walk the 1-mile event with your team members.  Celebrate the season by giving!

Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!  Wear a holiday themed costume.  Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces.  Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.

For more information on iBME’s team, please click here.

Start: December 13, 2014 8:30 am
End: December 13, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: World's Fair Park
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, 37092, United States
Cost: 10+

December 3, 2014 – December 5, 2014

NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Heart Rhythm Disorders

HeartRhythmDisorders_268x224NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Heart Rhythm Disorders

Topic: Mathematical Modeling of Heart Rhythm Disorders

Meeting dates: December 3-5, 2014

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Alena Talkachova, Biomedical Engineering, Univ. of Minnesota
John Wesley Cain, Mathematics and Computer Science, Univ. of Richmond, Virginia
Xiaopeng Zhao, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville

Co-sponsored by: the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (iBME), Univ. of Tennessee

Objectives: The heart is a complex nonlinear system, whose function involves the interaction between mechanical contractions of cardiac muscles and waves of electrical excitation propagating in the heart. Heartbeats are the result of the nonlinear coupling between these electrical and mechanical functions of the heart. Cardiovascular diseases, which are often associated with heart rhythm disorders, are the leading cause of death in the Western world. A complete understanding of heart rhythm disorders requires a complex system-level approach that incorporates the interaction between electrical, chemical, and mechanical activities of the heart on a variety of biological scales: ion channels to single cells to multi-cellular tissue to organ. Given the difficulty of monitoring and controlling all these factors in the lab, mathematical modeling provides a useful tool for this purpose. The goal of this workshop is to unite researchers from different disciplines – clinicians, mathematicians, physicists, biomedical engineers, and industrial practitioners – in order to better understand the existing mathematical challenges and to explore new directions in modeling of cardiovascular dynamics. As a result of the workshop, we will identify challenges and frontiers in mathematical modeling, statistics and prediction, dynamics and control, stability analysis, as well as data acquisition and analysis for heart rhythm related diseases. We will also foster new interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Application deadline: August 1, 2014. To apply CLICK HERE.
Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline. If needed, financial support for travel, meals, and lodging is available for workshop attendees.

Start: December 3, 2014
End: December 5, 2014
Venue: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

May 7, 2013

Fifth Annual Stroke Symposium: Managing the Complex Stroke Patient


With an increase in the number of Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Centers in Tennessee, considerable progress has been made toward improving stroke care, but about one-half of patients still do not receive established care in the recommended timeframe when presenting to these centers.

Learn More at this Conference

In response to the opportunity for improved care and challenges presented by the Comprehensive Stroke Care certification, the Fifth Annual Stroke Symposium will address key issues relating to critically ill cerebrovascular patients, the administration of thrombolytics for acute ischemic stroke and care across the continuum for complex patients.

What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of this program the participant should be able to

  • Summarize criteria for administration if IV t-PA
  • Evaluate patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke
  • Review most recent guidelines for management of hemorrhage
  • Manage critically ill cerebrovascular patients across the continuum of care
  • And more

Who should attend?

Healthcare professionals practicing in

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Also advanced practice nurses, staff nurses, therapists and other professionals involved in the prevention and treatment of stroke

Education Credits 

Approved for 7 AMA and AAPA credits and .7 CEUs

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Start: May 7, 2013 7:30 am
End: May 7, 2013 5:00 pm
Venue: University of Tennessee Conference Center
Knoxville, TN, United States
Cost: 85

April 4, 2013

Genomics Hub Lab Seminar Series and Open House

Genomics Hub Lab invites one and all curious minds to Seminar Series & Open House.

April 4, 2013

9:00 am     Ion Torrent Sequencing Next Gen Sequencing: An Overview of Workflow and Applications

9:45 am     Bio-Informatic Tools: Next Gen Sequence Analysis, Celeste Luketic – Life Tech

10:15 am   CLG Genomics, Jordan Skeen – UTK

10:25 am   Comparative Transcriptome Analysis and De novo Genome Assembly of Horseweed, Dr. Yanhui Peng – UTK

11:00 am   qPCR Applications, Todd Atkinson – Life Tech

11:30 am   SNP Detection Using qPCR, Brian Chastain – Animal Science, UTK

11:45 am   MicroRNA-155: Regulator of HSV-1 Encephalitis and Stromal Keratitis, Siddheshvar Bhela – Pathobiology, UTK

11:55 am   Gut Bacteria and its Influence on Ocular Diseases, Raphael Leon Richardson – Pathobiology, UTK

12:05 pm  Lunch & Learn

Digital PCR: An Overview and Applications – Todd Atkinson, Life Tech

2:00-4:00 pm  Lab Tour: Demonstration of the instruments available for research


For more information please contact:

Sujata Agarwal, 974-0676

Start: April 4, 2013 9:00 am
End: April 4, 2013 4:00 pm
Venue: Plant Biotech Building, room 156/157
Cost: Free

April 2, 2013

Hill Lecture: “Science as Civilizer”

Jeffrey Kluger,

Distinguished Time Magazine Science Writer,

to Speak at University of Tennessee April 2

Jeffrey Kluger, acclaimed science writer for Time magazine, will give the University of Tennessee’s annual Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture on Tuesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in the McClung Museum Auditorium.  He is the author of 8 books and more than 40 cover stories on science and health for Time.

Kluger will speak on “Science as Civilizer.”  “I’m keenly interested,” he says, “in the way scientific knowledge doesn’t just edify but can also cleanse, producing a culture that doesn’t just get smarter but behaves better.”  Kluger’s Hill Lecture is free and open to the public.

Kluger joined the staff of Time in 1996 and became Senior Editor in 2007, overseeing Time’s coverage of science, health, and technology.  His recent cover stories for Time have explored NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, parental favoritism, animal intelligence, the Fukushima disaster, organic foods, and the discovery of the Higgs boson.

He is the co-author, with astronaut Jim Lovell, of Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, which was the basis of the 1995 movie Apollo 13.  Kluger is the sole author of seven other books, including The Sibling Effect, published in 2011, and two novels for young adults.  His other books include Splendid Solution (2006), which tells the story of Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine; and Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and Why Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) (2008).

Before joining Time, Kluger was a staff writer for Discover magazine, where he wrote the “Light Elements” humor column.  He was also an editor for the New York Times Business World Magazine, Family Circle, and Science Digest.

Kluger, who is also an attorney, has taught science journalism at New York University.

Kluger’s speech is this year’s Alfred and Julia Hill Lecture – the 21st in the series.  The Hill Lectures bring distinguished science journalists to campus to share their thoughts on science, society, and the mass media.  The lectures are made possible by an endowment created by Tom Hill and Mary Frances Hill Holton in honor of their parents, Alfred and Julia Hill, founders of The Oak Ridger.  The Hill family’s endowment of the lecture series was a gift to the UT School of Journalism & Electronic Media in the College of Communication & Information.

The McClung Museum Auditorium, site of Jeffrey Kluger’s Hill Lecture, is on the University of Tennessee campus on Circle Park Drive.  Free parking is available nearby in the lots that serve Thompson-Boling Arena.  Refreshments will be served before and after the lecture.


For more information, contact:  Dr. Mark Littmann, (865) 974-8156, <>

Start: April 2, 2013 8:00 pm
End: April 2, 2013 10:00 pm
Venue: McClung Museum Auditorium
Cost: Free

March 13, 2013

Spring Mic/Nite

Stem Cells to Egyptian Graffiti: Mic/Night Highlights Faculty Research

Dr. Mohamed Mahfouz, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, will be giving a talk entitled “Visionary Mnemonics: The Master-of-All-Trades” at the spring 2013 Mic/Nite. Dr. Mahfouz will explain why you must know all aspects of your trade to be successful.

This semester’s Mic/Nite will focus on topics ranging from stem cell research to Egyptian graffiti. The event will be held on March 13 at the Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 North Central Avenue.

Other presentation topics include:

  • “Reflections on Designing Products for Today” by Ryann Aoukar, associate professor of interior design.
  • “When the Walls of Cairo Speak: Post-Revolutionary Art/Graffiti” by Douja Mamelouk, assistant professor of modern foreign languages and literature.
  • “Postcards from Cold, Dark Places: Antarctic Subglacial Exploration” by Jill Mikucki, assistant professor of microbiology.
  • “Everybody Wants Her! The Marketing Battle of the Century” by Daniel J. Flint, Regal Entertainment Group professor of business and director of the shopper marketing forum in the department of marketing and supply chain management.
  • “Curses!” by Barbara K. Kaye, professor of journalism and electronic media.
  • “FUTURE: Postsecondary Education for College Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism” by David F. Cihak, associate professor of special education.
  • “Cellular Aspects of Obesity” by Paul Dalhaimer, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
  • “Evaluating Information: How Librarians Use an Instructional Scaffolding Activity to Support Teaching and Learning in General Education” by Rachel Radom, assistant professor and instructional services librarian for undergraduate programs.
  • “Stem Cell Research and Therapy at the University of Tennessee”by Madhu Dhar, associate professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.
  • “Null_Sets: Big Data Visualization and Entropic Cryptography” by Amy Szczepanski, research assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and Evan Meaney, assistant professor of art.

For more information, visit Tennessee Today.

Start: March 13, 2013 5:30 pm
End: March 13, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Relix Variety Theatre
1208 North Central Avenue, Knoxville, TN, United States
Cost: Free
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