July/August 2014

The Match Day That Could Have Been

Author(s): Matthew Canver
The Match Day That Could Have Been 150 150 IEEE Pulse

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…

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The Power of Thought and the Value of Being Lost

Author(s): Zen Liu
The Power of Thought and the Value of Being Lost 150 150 IEEE Pulse

The last time I sat down to write this column, I was in the midst of the most tumultuous period of my adult life to date. I had openly admitted to my advisor that…

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Space-Age Tech Goes to the Clinic

Space-Age Tech Goes to the Clinic

Author(s): David L. Chandler
Space-Age Tech Goes to the Clinic 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Anyone who has ever watched video of the now-retired U.S. space shuttle performing a mission such as repairing the Hubble telescope or of astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) installing a new…

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Connecting Through Conferences

Author(s): Subhamoy Mandal
Connecting Through Conferences 150 150 IEEE Pulse

The last few months have been exciting times for IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) student members across the world, and we are all set to carry forward the momentum into the IEEE…

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The View From Space

The View from Space

Author(s): Leslie Mertz
The View from Space 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Want the real scoop on doing research in space? Ask someone who’s been there. Two astronauts—Joe Kerwin, M.D., who was on the first manned mission to the U.S. Skylab space station, and Jerry Linenger,…

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Medical and Molecular Engineering

Author(s): Clifford Dacso, Gregory H. Johnson, Michael E. Read
Medical and Molecular Engineering 150 150 IEEE Pulse

The human genome project changed everything—or did it? Although undeniably a scientific tour de force, the Genome Project’s outcome posed more questions than it answered, and molecular biology has been working assiduously ever since to answer…

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Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear

Author(s): Emily Roberge
Crystal Clear 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Structure-based drug design is on the front line of promising advancements in disease treatment and personalized medicine. However, the difficulties of characterizing protein structures hamper these drug development efforts. To visualize the topography of…

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The Obvious Answer

Author(s): Art Johnson
The Obvious Answer 150 150 IEEE Pulse

In his book Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know the Answer, Duncan Watts posits that what we value as worthwhile is often determined by chance. He cites the case of the famous painting the Mona…

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The Gravity of It All

The Gravity of It All

Author(s): Emily Roberge
The Gravity of It All 618 372 IEEE Pulse

Today, exploration into the universe beyond our planet takes many forms and has led to fascinating discoveries in the life and physical sciences, many of which inform our understanding of health and…

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