July/August 2014

Cover Story July/August 2014
Machines That Dance
Artist Arthur Ganson describes his kinetic sculptures as a cross between mechanical engineering and choreography. And if you’ve had a chance to see one of his works, you’ll understand why. Delicate assemblages of interconnecting gears, springs, cams, ratchets and sprockets... Read more
Feature July/August 2014
The Changing Face of Diagnostic Technologies for Sleep Disorders
Five of the top researchers in the field of sleep research, diagnostics and treatment were invited by IEEE Pulse to discuss recent developments in the field, including where the technology stands now and where we can expect further progress in... Read more
Society News July/August 2014
IEEE and the Life Sciences — What's the Connection?
Since its inception in 1963, the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) has been focused on the intersection of engineering and health. EMBS members have embarked on amazing feats of engineering, such as developing sophisticated sensors in clothing capable... Read more
Feature July/August 2014
Global Responsibility for a Global Organization
EMBS is the world’s largest community of biomedical engineers or, more appropriately, of researchers interested in biomedical engineering problems. Although it exists within IEEE, many EMBS members come from fields other than electrical or electronics engineering. More importantly perhaps, members... Read more
Feature July/August 2014
Chicago Biomedical Consortium: A Three-University Hub of Research
When someone thinks about Chicago, the first thing that comes to mind might be its picturesque skyline on the shores of Lake Michigan; its tantalizing Chicago-style hotdogs or deep-dish pizza; its amazing assemblage of museums; its stunning architecture; or one... Read more
Feature July/August 2014
Surgical Robots in Space: Sci-Fi and Reality Intersect
Above: RAVEN on the set of Ender’s Game, portraying a teleoperated robot on an orbiting station. In the recent movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s book Ender’s Game, a key character undergoes emergency brain surgery in an attempt to save his life after... Read more
Feature July/August 2014
Biomedical Innovation in 2014
In just a few weeks time, the EMBS will be meeting in Chicago for EMBC 2014. Each year we enjoy several days of thought-provoking discussion. In preparation, we spoke with three keynote speakers from various arenas about key developments in... Read more
From the Editor July/August 2014
The Brave New World of Reproductive Health
In our January article on hot trends in biomedical engineering for 2014 [1], we predicted the CRISPR/Cas system to become a transformative and powerful tool for gene editing. The simplicity, precision, speed, and low cost by which one or more gene sequences can be selectively silenced, enhanced... Read more
Feature July/August 2014
Why Space?
To do experiments in space, scientists must carefully think out and prepare their experiments long ahead of time, wait for an available launch window to get their projects up to the laboratories on the International Space Station (ISS), rely in some cases on the... Read more
Graduate Life July/August 2014
The Match Day That Could Have Been
The long anticipated day has finally arrived: the “Match Day” that could have been. Once medical students choose their specialty at the beginning of their fourth year (i.e., pediatrics, surgery, neurology, etc.), they apply to residency programs in that specialty. The application process is relatively similar to... Read more