Cynthia Weber

Cynthia Weber is an award-winning educator and researcher, with more than 20 years experience in writing, editing, and project management within the publishing and marketing communication fields. She’s fascinated by the way language is articulated to convey meaning, and her current research projects examine ethics and technology and look at the social and political future of humanity. She holds both a master’s and Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University, and has been an editor for IEEE Pulse since 2009.

Associated articles

IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2016
Open Solutions to Healthcare Challenges
IEEE Pulse talks with Michael Wasser, co-founder of HealthSherpa and CEO of BloomAPI, about the changing landscape for electronic medical records, and the future of healthcare interoperability and innovation. IEEE Pulse: You have founded at least four companies already, correct? How... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2018
Neuromodulation Poses Next Step in Treating Heart Disease
Jeffrey Ardell, Founding Director of the UCLA Neurocardiology Research Program of Excellence, is a fellow of the American Heart Association and has been one of the principal investigators in the field of neurocardiology for the last three decades. Ardell will... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2016
Sharing the Knowledge
Much like some other regions of the United States, the American Southwest is home to large open spaces in which the majority of people and services are concentrated in one or two regional cities, while the rest of the population... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2019
Engineering Bias in AI
After working at Apple designing circuits and signal processing algorithms for products including the first iPad, Timnit Gebru (above) received her Ph.D. from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the area of computer vision. She recently completed a postdoc with... Read more
IEEE PULSE, From the Editor November/December 2016
The Year in Review
As we look back over 2016 at IEEE Pulse, we can proudly say that our efforts to bring you up-to-date and informative articles that span the EMB spectrum have paid off. IEEE Pulse began the year with a comprehensive look... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story January/February 2019
Identifying Neurotechnology Challenges at NeuroCAS
The second NeuroCAS event held 20–21 October 2018 in Cleveland, OH, USA, was attended by researchers and entrepreneurs across the fields of biosignals and neurotechnology. On the heels of the IEEE BioCAS Conference, the intent of this collaborative workshop was... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Cover Story January/February 2014
What the Future Holds
When it comes to BME today, innovation might just be the most important buzzword around. That’s not because it happens to be the trend of the day across industries already; it’s because in the face of skyrocketing health care costs, a rapidly... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2017
On the Verge of Neuro-Motion
Chad Bouton, director of the Center for Bioelectronic Medicine and vice president of advanced engineering at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, which serves as the research arm of one of the largest health systems in the United States, has... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2019
Mapping the Future of Closed-Loop Brain-Machine Neurotechnology
Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are designed to establish communication between the brain and external devices (e.g., a computer or prosthetic), using recorded signals to control the devices. Closed-loop BMIs extend this cycle further by continuously recording signals from the brain and... Read more
IEEE PULSE, 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
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2018
Brain-Related Matters
Above: ANTBI workshop attendees gather for the session in Washington D.C. Wherein lies the promise versus the hype, when discussing the latest in brain-related research and neurotechnology? Have we considered patient justice? Is actionable data actually available? These are just a few... Read more
IEEE PULSE, COVID-19 Crisis Response
Testing PPE: Are DIY masks a viable alternative to address shortages?
As the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, researchers from across the world are harnessing their skills and opening their labs to contribute to solutions for managing and addressing the health crisis. One area identified by... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature January/February 2021
Solving Unmet Needs With Innovative Pediatric Medical Devices
In the last decade, only 24% of class III life-saving devices approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were for pediatric use—and most of those were for children over 12. Of these, less than 4% were labeled for pediatric patients ages 0–2 years old and the number of approved devices is even lower for neonatal patients. For these young patients, adult medical devices are often manipulated by pediatric specialists in order to provide stop-gap solutions. However, these repurposed devices are not always able to fulfill the unique needs of children’s biology and growth patterns... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature May/June 2021
The RADxSM Tech Process: Accelerating Innovation for COVID-19 Testing
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for rapid and accurate diagnostic testing across populations quickly became evident. In response, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was determined not only to invest heavily in this area but to change the process by which grant proposals were reviewed and funded in order to spur faster development of viable technologies. The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative was designed to speed innovation, commercialization, and implementation of potential COVID-19 diagnostic technology... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature July/August 2021
Harnessing Another Tool for Treating Brain Cancer
In the United States alone, an estimated 700,000 people have been diagnosed and are living with a brain tumor, and it is estimated that approximately 84,000 people will receive a tumor diagnosis in 2021 [1]. Fortunately, the majority of these tumors will be benign; on average only 30% of all brain tumors are malignant. For patients with malignant tumors, the current five-year survival rate is 36% with an average 31% ten-year survival rate [2], but for those diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM)—one of the most deadly and treatment-resistant cancers—the patient survival rate falls to a low 7.2% and the median life-span after diagnosis is only eight months. GBM is the most common primary malignant brain tumor, even as an increasing numbers of cancer patients are diagnosed with brain metastases (secondary brain tumors), where the cancer has traveled to the brain from another part of the body... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature September/October 2021
Working Toward Diversity and Inclusion in Neural Engineering
How do we begin to consider ways to broaden the reach of our field, both to engage younger students and also those from different ethnicities, classes, and socio-economic backgrounds? Where are the opportunities to make our research, our laboratory, our surrounding community more open, inclusive, and diverse? By what means can we increase outreach in our communities, providing avenues for diverse students to explore STEM topics and engage in research?... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature November/December 2021
A Life Well Lived: In Memory of Máximo E. Valentinuzzi
This article is dedicated to the memory of Max E. Valentinuzzi, an IEEE EMBS Life Fellow and Argentinian biomedical engineer of unparalleled achievements and special contributions to this magazine. Dr. Valentinuzzi passed away on 3 January 2021... Read more
IEEE PULSE, Feature March/April 2022
Seeing Makes the Difference: Augmented Reality in the OR
Although many surgeries, including spinal procedures, have been much improved with robotics in recent years, the additional technology has created associated issues with its use in the space constraints of the operating room (OR). This is especially true with monitors and their small screen sizes, which make it difficult for surgeons to see details during procedures. Solving such problems and finding the optimal position for viewing as well as ensuring integration with current technology were primary objectives in the development of iSight, a wireless augmented reality (AR) system designed by Dr. Chetan K. Patel, MD, in collaboration with startup Altair Innovations. Patel is an orthopedic spine surgeon and executive medical director for spine surgery at AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute... Read more