March/April 2014

Feature March/April 2014
Decoding Dance
Laurent and Larry Bourgeois look more like cyborgs than humans when they dance. Their movements are impossible—their upper bodies gyrating independently of their lower extremities. Their moves are sporadic, easily mistaken as a video editing trick of starting, freezing, speeding... Read more
Online Exclusive, March/April 2014
Sensing Challenges
John McDevitt, the Brown-Wiess Professor of Bioengineering and Chemistry at Rice University, thinks we are on the brink of a significant transformation in medical diagnostics—but it’s going to take some serious, committed research and engineering to make it happen. “It’s very... Read more
Cover Story March/April 2014
The Diabetes Epidemic: Spotlight on the U.S.
Next month, IEEE PULSE will take an in depth look at the worldwide diabetes epidemic. We’ll be exploring societal and demographic trends around the world, as well as new initiatives involving telemedicine and mobile apps that help manage the disease... Read more
Feature March/April 2014
Leroy Hood’s Systematic Approach
This is the first in a series of features on EMBC 2014, the 36th Annual International Conference of IEEE’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, taking place in Chicago, IL, USA in August. In the 1970s, as a young faculty member... Read more
Feature March/April 2014
Diplomat in China: A Scientist’s View of the Risks and Rewards of International Collaborations
Professor Innocenzi is the Science and Technology Counselor at the Embassy of Italy in the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. He is also a full professor of Materials Science and Technology at the University of Sassari, Italy. He has served as the... Read more
News and Notes March/April 2014
Crowdfunding the Next Generation of Scientists?
A biomedical engineering lab at UC Irvine is trying a bold new experiment: crowd-funding a lab project to address lagging rankings of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematic education (STEM) in the United States. Michelle Khine’s Lab at UC Irvine has launched... Read more
Feature March/April 2014
Regulating Nanomedicine
In 1979, a Hebrew University biochemist named Yechezkel ­Barenholz teamed with Alberto Gabizon, a newly minted Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, to find a better way to give chemotherapeutic doxorubicin to patients with cancer. Sixteen years later, the result of... Read more
Feature March/April 2014
Size Matters
Why are nanomaterials such a hot ticket? It’s all about size. Thanks to their small dimensions (at least one dimension fewer than about 100 nm) and, therefore, high ratio of surface area to volume, nanoparticles have some very unusual and... Read more
Feature March/April 2014
How Nanomaterials Are Reshaping Biomedical Technology
Three leading figures in the world of nanotechnology research, commercialization, and policy were invited by IEEE Pulse to discuss how this rapidly emerging area has been shaping biomedical technology in recent years, as well as its most promising applications in years to... Read more
Feature March/April 2014
At the Interface of Disciplines
Five years ago, Jeffrey Karp sat down to a dinner party with Massachusetts General Hospital dermatologist R. Rox Anderson. The two started talking, and by the end of the evening, Karp—himself a bioengineer at the nearby Brigham and Women’s Hospital—knew... Read more