IEEE PULSE
May/June 2015

Feature May/June 2015
Biomedical Engineering Education in Japan
This year, IEEE Pulse has been examining biomedical engineering education around the world. This month, we take a look at biomedical engineering education in Japan. Biomedical engineering education in Japan started in the late 1960s, and the Japan Society of Medical... Read more
Feature May/June 2015
Information Processing for Neonatal Health Care
Health care for newborn babies, in particular in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), poses various challenges in defining and coordinating critical decision making processes involving their treatment and the diagnosis of disease. This is primarily due to the fact... Read more
Feature May/June 2015
Leonardo da Vinci, Artist-Engineer
Dr. Domenico Laurenza In August at EMBC15 in Milan, Dr. Domenico Laurenza, of bgC3, Kirkland-Seattle, USA and the Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy, will deliver a keynote speech entitled “Machines and microcosms. Leonardo on the human body.” Laurenza’s talk will look at... Read more
Cover Story May/June 2015
Building a Better Breast Pump
Right now thousands of women are connected to a machine. This machine is essentially a vacuum, but these women aren’t housecleaning: they’re pumping breast milk for their babies. Breast pumps are important pieces of equipment for new mothers. Both the World... Read more
It's a Question of Ethics May/June 2015
Ethical Considerations for Deep Brain Stimulation
A recent issue of IEEE Pulse (March/April 2015) featured an article by Shannon Fischer entitled “Inside Tract: Can Deep Brain Stimulation Survive Its Reputation for Success?” Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been a well-accepted therapeutic intervention for Parkinson’s disease for... Read more
From the Editor May/June 2015
Listening to Light and Seeing Through: Biomedical Photoacoustic Imaging
In today’s clinical practice, human vision remains the major diagnostic imaging tool that can capture the shapes and colors of tissue surfaces. Similarly, a very popular manmade device, the camera, can copy what our eyes can see and store the... Read more
Senior Design May/June 2015
Packaging, Labeling, and Sterilization in Capstone Design
Lectures in capstone design courses provide an opportunity to present information needed by students to properly execute their projects and/or prepare them for their careers. They can be used to supplement reading assignments or introduce new material not presented elsewhere... Read more
State of the Art May/June 2015
Why Are Our Teachers Taking It on the Chin?
Two headlines tell it all. The first, on the cover of the 3 November 2014 issue of Time, says, “Rotten Apples: It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher.” The second, on the front page of the October 2014 issue... Read more
Feature May/June 2015
Changing the Calculus of Pediatric Product Development
First, Deliece Hofen drops the pill into hot water to soften the outside coating. Then, she slices through the center of the pill with an X-ACTO knife and squeezes the isotretinoin inside into a syringe. With the drug in liquid... Read more
Feature May/June 2015
The Heart of the Matter
The smooth, powerful muscles of a newborn baby’s heart are pulsing normally, squeezing in and letting go rhythmically as a 3-mm-wide catheter-like tube snakes its way through, entering via an artery and being guided slowly by a surgeon. When it... Read more