Friday, 10 May 2013

Biomedical Engineer Named Recipient of Drexel University's Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award

Biomedical Engineer Named Recipient of Drexel University's Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award

Released: 5/19/2009 11:35 AM EDT 
Source Newsroom: Drexel University

Newswise — Biomedical engineering pioneer James J. Collins, known for his work in improving the brain functions of stroke victims, has been named the recipient of Drexel University's inaugural Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award, Drexel University Interim President C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni announced May 14.
Collins, University Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Center for BioDynamics in the College of Engineering at Boston University, accepted the $100,000 award at the Translational Medicine Alliance Forum on May 14, 2009, in Philadelphia.
The Anthony J. Achievement Award was created to recognize collaborative, multidisciplinary research focused on real-world solutions that change society. Collins' research led to the development of a new class of medical devices that addressed complications resulting from diabetic neuropathy, restored brain function following stroke and improved balance in the elderly.
"We have established the Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award to build new connections to the national research community and celebrate the transformative work going on in American labs. Drexel is committed to translational or "use-inspired" research," said Pennoni.
Collins' research combines elements of physics, mathematics and bioengineering to study and improve the function of physiological and biological systems. Besides a distinguished record as a researcher, Collins has also demonstrated an entrepreneurial drive and desire to apply his research to improve medical science.
"Collins exemplifies the translational researcher, developing new fields of study in biomedicine geared not only toward intellectual pursuits but also toward developing solutions," said Pennoni.
A recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, Collins has been named to the Technology Review TR100 and the Scientific American 50. He is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Collins is also the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and MacArthur "Genius" Award and was recently selected as an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a first for a Boston University faculty member.
Collins co-founded Afferent Corporation to commercialize his patented neurostimulation technology. His work in systems biology on the reverse-engineering of gene networks to identify drug targets, biological mediators and disease biomarkers led him to cofound Cellicon Biotechnologies. And he recently invented and reduced to practice a network biology platform for identifying targets for combination therapies involving RNA interference molecules. This platform has been licensed by NetEffect Pharmaceuticals, a company he co-founded with Flagship Ventures. Collins is known as an exemplary faculty member, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses continuously and serving as research supervisor and mentor to students and postdoctoral fellows.
He has received numerous teaching awards including the 2000 Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, which is the highest teaching honor awarded by Boston University and was named Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering in 1999 and 2008.
The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award is presented to recognize a member of a U.S. institution whose work transforms both research and the society it serves. The innovative translational research of this individual advances the frontiers of the field, with outcomes that address unmet problems in health care or otherwise touch the lives of people. This inaugural year, the award is devoted to biomedical engineering or the life sciences. The $100,000 prize was donated to Drexel by an anonymous alumnus. The award is named for Drexel University founder Anthony J. Drexel.
This inaugural year, the award was devoted to biomedical engineering or the life sciences. The selection was based on criteria that included impact of an individual's research and discovery on new medical treatments to address societal needs, effectiveness in translating basic research and development of new technology to clinical trials and/or treatment approaches.

Friday, 3 May 2013


1.) If you've got an itch in your throat, scratch
your ear. When the
nerves in the ear get stimulated, they create a
reflex in the throat
that causes a muscle spasm, which cures the itch.

2.) Having trouble hearing someone at a party or on
the phone?
Use your right ear it's better at picking up rapid
speech. But, the left is better at picking up music

3.) If you need to relieve yourself BADLY, but
you're not anywhere
near a bathroom, fantasize about RELATIONS. That
preoccupies your brain and distracts it.

4.) Next time the doctor's going to give you an
injection, COUGH as
the needle is going in. The cough raises the level of
pressure in your
spinal canal, which limits the pain sensation as it
tries to travel to
your brain.

5.) Clear a stuffed nose or relieve sinus pressure by
pushing your
tongue against the roof of your mouth then
pressing a finger between
your eyebrows. Repeat that for 20 seconds it
causes the vomer bone
to rock, which loosens your congestion and clears
you up.

6.) If you ate a big meal and you're feeling full as
you go to sleep,
lay on your left side. That'll keep you from
suffering from acid reflux it keeps your stomach
lower than your esophagus, which will helps
keep stomach acid from sliding up your throat.

7.) You can stop a toothache by rubbing ice on the
back of your
hand, on the webbed area between your thumb and
index finger.
The nerve pathways there stimulate a part of the
brain that blocks
pain signals from your mouth.

8.) If you get all messed up on liquor, and the room
starts spinning, put your hand on something stable.
The reason: Alcohol dilutes the blood in the part of
your ear called the cupula, which regulates balance.
Putting your hand on something stable gives your
brain another reference point, which will help make
the world stop spinning.

9.) Stop a nose bleed by putting some cotton on your
upper gums right behind the small dent below your
nose and press against it hard. Most of the bleeding
comes from the cartilage wall that divides the nose,
so pressing there helps get it to stop.

10.) Nervous? Slow your heart rate down by blowing
on your thumb. The vagus nerve controls your heart
rate, and you can calm it down by breathing.
11.) Need to breathe underwater for a while?

Instead of taking a huge breath, HYPERVENTILATE
before you go under, by taking a bunch of short
breaths. That'll trick your brain into thinking it has
more oxygen, and buy you about 10 extra seconds.

12.) You can prevent BRAIN FREEZE by pressing
your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth,
covering as much surface area as possible. Brain
freeze happens because the nerves in the roof of
your mouth get extremely cold, so your brain thinks
your whole body is cold. It compensates by
overheating which causes your head to hurt. By
warming up the roof of your mouth, you'll chill your
brain and feel better.

13.) If your hand falls asleep, rock your head from
side to side. That'll wake your hand or arm up in
less than a minute. Your hand falls asleep because
of the nerves in your neck compressing so loosening
your neck is the cure. If your foot falls asleep,
that's governed by nerves lower in the body, so you
need to stand up and walk around.

14.) Finally, this one's totally USELESS, but a nice
trick. Have someone stick their arm out to the side,
straight, palm down. Press down on his wrist with
two fingers. He'll resist, and his arm will stay
horizontal. Then, have him put his foot on a
surface that's half an inch off the ground, like a
stack of magazines, and do the trick again. Because
his spine position is thrown off, his arm will fall
right to his side, no matter how much he tries to

15.) Got the hiccups? Press thumb and second
finger over your
eyebrows until the hiccups are over - usually, in a
short while.

Petua Mencari Barang Yang Hilang
Pernahkan anda terlupa di mana letaknya barang yang anda simpan di dalam rumah kerana terlalu lama disimpan ataupun barang itu hilang di kawasan halaman rumah ataupun di mana juga? Untuk mencarinya bukanlah perkara yang mudah dan mungkin sehingga berpeluh dibuatnya pun masih belum berhasil untuk menemuinya. Untuk membantu anda mudah untuk mencari sesuatu yang anda cari, amalkanlah petua ini:
Petua 1
Baca SELAWAT (berulang-ulang kali) ketika anda sedang mencari barang itu sambil fikiran anda ingatkan kembali bilakah waktu akhir anda Nampak atau pegang barang itu. Sekiranya barang itu masih ada di dalam rumah anda, anda akan menemuinya semula.
Petua 2
1. Al-Fatihah 7 kali
2. Al Fath 1-3 7 kali
3. Al Khafi Ayat 19 7 kali
4. Surah Al-Ikhlas 7 kali
5. Selawat 7 kali
6. Ya Allah 3 kali.
7. Kemudian wirid 'Ya Hafiz' 119 kali
8. Sesudah selesai semuanya, tadahkan tangan lalu berdoa, mohon dari ALLAH pertolongan supaya dipulang/digantikan barang yang hilang tersebut.
Petua 3: Doa yang menjadi amalan para awliya’ dan solihin yang terdapat di dalam kitab Bustanul Arifin (Taman Orang-orang yang A’rifin / Ahlillah / Awliya’ Allah) tulisan Imam an Nawawi. Imam Nawawi meriwayatkan doa ini daripada kitab Risalah al Qusyairiah tulisan Imam Abul Qasim al Qusyairi radiyAllahu anhu di dalam bab ‘Karamah Awliya’.
“ Ya Jami’an Naasi li yaumil la raiba fihi, ijma’ alayya dhollati”
Maksudnya: “ Wahai Tuhan yang menghimpunkan manusia pada hari yang tiada keraguan padanya,himpunkanlah aku dengan barang aku yang hilang itu.”
Berkata Imam Nawawi: “ Sebenarnya doa ini telah saya cuba maka saya mendapatinya sangat bermanfaat dan menjadi sebab untuk mencari barang yang hilang itu dengan tidak bersusah payah mencarinya. Barang itu juga tidak jauh dari tempat yang kita sangka. Saya juga telah mendengar perkara yang sama daripada Sheikh al Hafiz Abu Baqa’ ketika beliau mengajarkan doa ini dahulu kepada saya.”

Friday, 26 April 2013

How To Avoid Lightning Strikes

How To Avoid Lightning Strikes

By , Guide
Updated April 06, 2010

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), from 1977 to 2006 lightning killed an average of 61 people per year, more than either tornadoes or hurricanes for the same time period. Only floods were responsible for more deaths in that time.
Lightning facts from the NWS:
  • 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur in the United States each year
  • Lightning can heat its path five times hotter than the surface of the sunOne ground lightning stroke can generate between 100 million and 1 billion volts of electricity
  • Knowing where to go when thunderstorms approach is the best defense against lightning.
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time Required: As soon as possible until 30 minutes after last lightning

    Here's How:

Friday, 19 April 2013

Use Better Tools to Be a Better Student in 2010

Despite the proliferation of laptops and netbooks, the vast majority of students still use their computers like $500 typewriters. Stop working so hard and be a better student by leveraging some clever computer tools to your advantage.
Photo by Brad K..
Every semester I get a new wave of college freshman into my classroom, most of them armed with laptops. For the last several semesters, I have been informally tracking how they use their computers. I always assumed that my students were using their computers to their full potential to help them with school, research, and such, but almost all of them were simply using their laptops as extremely expensive typewriters and instant-messaging terminals.
What good is all the computing power of the pre-1960s world sitting on your lap if you're not using it to make college life easier? The following is a guide for students everywhere that want to spend less time on the tedious stuff, and more time on the things like study and research that actually produce results.

Never Do Anything Yourself That Your Computer Can Do For You

Use Better Tools to Be a Better Student in 2010
Never, ever, do something the hard way without checking to see if any easy way exists. Applications come in every shape and form to automate tasks on the computer. Never undertake a tedious task on your computer without first visiting a search engine and searching for a method of automating it. Whether you're resizing photos for a class project, renaming files, or crunching numbers in a spreadsheet, check for the simple—and automatic!—way first. Photo bystriatic.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Biomedical Engineer: Career Information

Biomedical Engineer: Career Information

By , Guide

Job Description:

Give a biomedical engineer a problem having to do with biology or medicine and he or she will analyze and then figure out how to solve it. They design prosthetic limbs and artificial organs, as well as the material that is used to manufacture them. They develop software that is used to run medical equipment. Like those working in other engineering disciplines, biomedical engineers use their knowledge of science and math, but they combine this with their background in medicine. Some of the areas they may specialize in include bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, genetic engineering and medical imaging.

Employment Facts:

There were 16,000 biomedical engineers employed in 2010.

Educational Requirements:

To work as a biomedical engineer one needs, at the minimum, a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from a program that is accredited byABET. Coursework combines engineering and biological sciences.

Other Requirements:

Will you make a good biomedical engineer? This occupation calls for good problem solving, listening, analytical, math and communication skills. If you have these skills, this might be the right career for you.

Advancement Opportunities:

Biomedical engineers who want to move up the ladder to become the leaders of research teams must earn a master's or doctoral degree.

Job Outlook:

The job outlook for biomedical engineers is excellent. This occupation is projected to experience growth, through 2020, that is much faster that the average for other occupations. Biomedical engineering is among the fastest growing occupations among those that require abachelor's degree (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Biomedical engineers earned a median annual salary of $84,670 in 2011 (U.S.).
Use the Salary Wizard at to find out how much a biomedical engineer currently earns in your city.

A Day in a Biomedical Engineer's Life:

On a typical day a biomedical engineer's tasks might include:
  • designing artificial organs and other devices that will be used to replace body parts
  • testing biomedical equipment to determine whether it is safe, efficient and effective
  • installing biomedical equipment and then adjusting, maintaining or repairing it
  • collaborating with others in the medical field including medical scientists, life scientists andchemists
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Engineers, on the Internet at (visited June 28, 2012).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET OnlineBiomedical Engineer, on the Internet at (visited June 28, 2012).