EMBS Spring Symposium This Weekend

What do you know abut biomedical engineering research in Cincinnati? Want to know more? Then come the Spring Symposium at the University of Cincinnati. The symposium is sponsored by the IEEE Cincinnati Chapter of the Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. It is this Saturday, April 4th, from 8:30AM to 12:00 noon in the Engineering Research Center, room 427. Registration and refreshments are free, so if your company is in the biomedical industry or if you are considering a career in biomedical engineering and want to talk to people in the field, this is a must attend event. For more information print out this poster EMBS Spring Symposium 2009 or contact Dr. Jing-Heui Lee at leej8@ucmail.uc.edu . 

March 2009 – Section Meeting Information

Construction and Single Molecule Analysis of phi29 DNA-Packaging Motor for Applications in Nanotechnology and Delivery of Therapeutics

DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2009
PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time
            6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner
            7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. –  Presentation


ABOUT THE MEETING:  Our speaker this month, Dr. Peixuan Guo, received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 1987.  After completing his postdoctoral training at NIH, he joined Purdue University in 1990, was tenured in 1993, became a full Professor of Molecular Virology in 1997, and was honored as Purdue Faculty Scholar in 1998.  Currently, he is Dane and Mary Louise Miller Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and the Director of one NIH Nanomedicine Development Center (NDC). He constructed the phi29 DNA packaging motor (PNAS, 1986), discovered the motor pRNA (Science, 1987), elucidated the formation of the pRNA hexamer (Molecular Cell, 1998), and pioneered the RNA nanotechnology (Nano Letters, 2004, 2005).  His recent contribution is the use of phi29 pRNA as a polyvalent vector for siRNA or drug delivery to specific cancer or viral infected cells.  His laboratory has assembled a customized dual viewing system to detect single-fluorophores (EMBOJ, 2007; RNA, 2007).  Dr. Guo received the Pfizer Distinguished Faculty Award in 1995, the Purdue Faculty Scholar award in 1998, the Seed Award in 2004, 2005, and 2007, and the Lions Club Cancer Research Award in 2006.  Dr. Guo was also selected by Foresight Nanotech Institute as one of the Finalist for a Feynman Prize in 2005.  He is an editor/editorial board member of four nanotech journals.  His work has been reported hundreds of times over the radio, TV (such as ABC, NBC, and WLFI), and as well as important websites including NCI, NIH, NSF, MSNBC, and Science. He was a member of two prominent national nanotechnology initiatives sponsored by NIST, NIH, NSF, and the National Council of Nanotechnology. Currently, Dr. Guo is a member of the NIH steering committee for the eight Nanomedicine Development Centers located throughout the US.  You can learn more about Dr. Guo’s scientific research at:

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Western Hills Design Technology High School Looking for Assistance

Western Hills Design Technology High School is a pre-engineering program that features a project-based curriculum and develops creative problem-solving skills.   Working through Project Lead the Way, the school works to form partnerships with higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of the next generation of engineers.

The school’s Advisory Council consists of teachers, administrators, and partners from business and post-secondary educational institutions.  This Council serves as resource and a sounding board, assisting with planning and analysis.  When possible, members help to provide enrichment activities such as student mentors, corporate tours, guest speakers, and student internships/job opportunities.  The team meets three to four times a year.

They are looking for additional engineers to help out.  If you would be interested in assisting them, please contact Ms. Pamela Truesdell at truesdp@cpsboe.k12.oh.us