September/October 2015

Cover Story September/October 2015
Zombies Invade the Local Middle School
Turns out that studying zombie brains—among other age-appropriate topics—is a great way to engage and educate young students in the rudiments of brain science. It’s early morning and the fog is lifting over the mountains. Several middle school students have been... Read more
News and Notes September/October 2015
Pediatric Medical Device Innovators Win $100K in Awards
Two pediatric medical device innovators, AventaMed of Cork, Ireland and Prospiria, Inc. of Galveston, Texas, were selected from eight finalists to each receive a $50,000 award in the annual competition held by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health... Read more
Society News September/October 2015
Healthy Aging Hackathon at IIT Kharagpur
The IEEE Student Branch, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Student Club and IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Student Branch of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur along with the IEEE Kharagpur Section and IEEE Women in... Read more
Feature September/October 2015
Detection of Peritonitis in Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis at Home
Above, Figure 1 – Monitoring infection in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients using a microchip. (A) Neutrophils, if present in waste dialysate, are captured on a PD microchip. Next, a shadow image of neutrophils is analyzed using automated software. (B) PD dialysate is... Read more
Entrepreneurs Corner September/October 2015
Bringing a Modular Biosignal Toolkit to Market
Ahmed Morsy, Deputy EIC of IEEE Pulse, talks with Gregory Stern of PLUX about the challenges and rewards of bringing a low-cost innovative product to market Poor signal to noise ratios, cross-talk, complex characteristics of body tissue, and signal variability are... Read more
Feature September/October 2015
Wake Up and Smell the oPhone
Standing in a cool dark room with 15 or so others, I close my eyes as the scent of fresh rain wafts across my face. The sound of droplets bouncing off leaves and smacking the pavement dances around my head.... Read more
Society News September/October 2015
IEEE and HKN – Perfect Together
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) was founded in 1904 on the campus of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The vision of the founders was to create an organization to both recognize the scholastic success of students, and to help electrical engineering... Read more
State of the Art September/October 2015
It Is Diversity of Experience That Counts
Isaac Asimov, the celebrated science fiction writer, once wrote an essay about creativity [1]. The truly creative mind, he wrote, is one that makes new connections between previously separated concepts. This new connection can only come from the mind of... Read more
Book Reviews September/October 2015
Work in Living Systems
Work Meets Life: Exploring the Integrative Study of Work in Living Systems Edited by Robert Levin, Simon Laughlin, Christina De La Rocha, and Alan Blackwell, MIT Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-262- 01412-0, xv + 250 pages, US$32. This book is a four-editor, ten-contributor... Read more
From the Editor September/October 2015
3-D Printed Pills: A New Age for Drug Delivery
A critical and often underappreciated step in the development of a new small-molecule drug is its manufacture into a pill for oral delivery. It is critical to maintain the biochemical potency that makes the drug a desirable therapeutic while simultaneously building... Read more