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Message from the Dean

January 26th, 2009

I’d like to begin this post with some time sensitive information for our SEAS students, especially those completing their bachelor’s and master’s degrees this spring. The Kauffman Foundation has developed a unique opportunity for five university students across the United States to study entrepreneurship in Singapore–the Kauffman-Singapore Scholars Program. The program is fully funded by the Kauffman Foundation and is part of a collaboration with Singapore’s leading science and technology university, Nanyang Technological University. Five selected students–on schedule to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, science, and/or technology in Spring 2009, or have completed a degree in these areas within the past three years–will learn about the thriving Asian market on the NTU campus. Students will have the rare opportunity to experience the global culture and economy of Singapore while learning to develop the skills to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into businesses with global growth potential.

The application for the Kauffman-Singapore Scholars Program is available here and must be completed by the Feb. 10 deadline–that’s just a little over two weeks away! Information regarding qualifications and criteria can be found at the above address as well. The program begins May 23, with participants returning at the end of October 2009. Interested SEAS students should not miss this exciting opportunity to learn about technology, entrepreneurship, and a key global market.

As for faculty news, I am pleased to report that the research of BME associate professor Diane Dalecki, and her colleague at the Medical Center, Denise Hocking, was prominently featured at the National Institute of Health’s Advisory Council Meeting last Friday. Their work was referenced as “a great example of bridging the life and physical sciences,” by presenter Rosemarie Hunziker, Program Director of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at NIH. Diane and Denise’s latest project–funded under a five-year NIH grant awarded last October–explores the use of ultrasound in wound healing, from its potential to enhance cell growth to its ability to promote mechanical strength in tissues. The overall goal of the project is to identify key biological and physical mechanisms for ultrasound-enhanced soft tissue wound healing in order to develop the use of ultrasound for chronic wound therapy. Time and again our SEAS faculty demonstrate their capabilities to not only solve complex scientific problems, but to address issues that have a tangible, everyday impact. Keep up the great work!

Finally, on a lighter note, I want to share with all of you a personal accomplishment of one of our SEAS staffers. Lois Gresh–the technical communications director for ECE, LLE, and PAS–had her most recent book, The Twilight Companion, featured on the New York Times Best Seller List for four weeks between Nov. 16, 2008 and Jan. 11, 2008. It peaked at #6 in both Dec. and Jan., and will be at #10 at the start of Feb. Her book also reached the #8 spot on the Science Fiction Book Club’s Dec. 2008 “Top 67 Best-Selling Young Adult Books” list. Aimed primarily at 9-15 year olds, Lois’ book offers a detailed guide to the world and characters of Stephanie Meyer’s popular Twilight series of novels. Congratulations Lois!

As you can see the spring semester is off to a wonderful start. And, as always, I want to end by encouraging all of you to send me any information about SEAS events, awards, and initiatives that I might share with the rest of our community. Enjoy the week ahead.


Comment from ewendel
Time: January 26, 2009, 7:04 pm

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3…

Comment from ewendel
Time: January 26, 2009, 7:07 pm

You should blog more about video games. Any faculty working on next gen physics engines at UR?

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