January/February 2014

Book Reviews January/February 2014
Mathematical Models for Society and Biology, 2nd Ed.
Edward Beltrami, Academic Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-12-404624-5, xiii+266 pages, US$49.98 This 12-chapter text has the goal of showing how mathematics can illuminate fascinating problems drawn from society and biology. Each chapter takes a particular mathematical topic and applies it to one or more problems in society or biology. The... Read more
Book Reviews January/February 2014
Modeling and Simulation in Biomedical Engineering: Applications in Cardiorespiratory Physiology
Willem van Meurs, McGraw Hill, 2011. ISBN: 978-0071714457, US$100. Modeling and simulation have developed into indispensable disciplines in many fields including the physiological sciences; yet, there are few accessible texts available that teach the model building process in a methodical way for the physiological model developer. This text... Read more
Online Exclusive, January/February 2014
High-Tech Sports is Here, but Needs Better Integration
If I were writing about technology in sports five years ago, I would have focused on various innovative measuring devices such as wearable technology, wireless sensors and heads-up displays. But the world moves fast, and technology even faster. Today, bioengineering... Read more
Retrospectroscope January/February 2014
Spirometry: A Historical Gallery Up to 1905
“And the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7) In Latin, spirare means to breathe; hence, spirometry deals with the measurement... Read more
State of the Art January/February 2014
Faith in Science
Skeptics deny the validity of religious beliefs, as if science is completely reasonable and only religion depends on faith. They ignore or deny that scientific beliefs also require faith in the sincerity and trustworthiness of the declarer of scientific truth. Faith... Read more
Society News January/February 2014
IEEE EMBS International Student Conference
The first IEEE EMBS International Student Conference (ISC2013) was held 8-10 October 2013 at Cairo University, Egypt. The conference was intended to provide a forum for students to meet and exchange experiences at the local, regional, and international levels, as... Read more
Senior Design January/February 2014
Preparing for Global Healthcare Innovation: Virtual Capstone Design Teams
Global health care innovation requires collaboration between groups of people located in different parts of the world and is a growing trend in industry. Often, team members from various departments of a global organization who need to work together to... Read more
Continuing Education, January/February 2014
Reflections on the First IEEE EMBS International Summer School on Neural Engineering – Shanghai, China
The inaugural IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Summer School on Neural Engineering (ISSNE) was held at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, on 7–14 July 2013. ISSNE’13 is the fifth summer school hosted by the IEEE... Read more
Student's Corner January/February 2014
Frugal Innovations for Global Health
Global health opens up a plethora of opportunities, yet it encompasses in itself myriad challenges. Biomedical engineering students should embrace these challenges and make the most out of them through innovative projects aimed at solving real-world problems. An interesting observation... Read more
President's Message January/February 2014
EMBS at Half a Century
I recently had the opportunity to give a short talk describing the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) to students and faculty of the University of Florida. While looking over background material, I came to appreciate how deep and long the roots... Read more
Graduate Life January/February 2014
Triple Threat
The start of my second year of graduate school has brought some refreshing changes. I no longer walk into the lab with the paralyzing fear that I do not know anything or how to do anything. Now, I at least... Read more
Graduate Life January/February 2014
Women in Leadership: Goldilocks Syndrome
Most children have probably heard the classic fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” A young girl with golden hair wanders into the empty house of three different bears—one small, one large, and one sized in-between. She comes upon a... Read more
From the Editor January/February 2014
Colin J.H. Brenan Joins IEEE PULSE as new EIC
Beginning in January 2014, Colin Brenan succeeds Mike Neuman as editor-in-chief (EIC) of IEEE Pulse, and on his agenda are a number of editorial changes designed to increase the magazine’s accessibility and broaden its appeal to a global biomedical engineering... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Innovating Openly
Several years ago, Stanford University researchers stumbled across something unexpected. In the course of examining the autopsied brain tissue of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), a team in Lawrence Steinman’s laboratory noticed significantly elevated levels of angiotensin enzymes and receptors, better... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Science by the Masses
Funding any business venture can be daunting, especially for entrepreneurs, who must sometimes raise millions of dollars from private investors to launch a new idea. Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble Technology, found a way around this problem. When Migicovsky was... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Bridging the Gap from Bench to Bedside
The phrase “made in China” is everywhere, just not in our health care system. China ranks as the world’s third-largest medical device market and is expected to become the second-largest market in the world in five to seven years. However, almost all of... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Accelerating the Innovation Cycle
If ever an industry was in need of both incremental and disruptive innovation, it is today’s health care industry. Realizing the full potential of innovation across the spectrum of health care environments is critical to address the well-documented, emerging global... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Barriers to Health Care Innovation
Regina E. Herzlinger is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She was the first woman to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School and is widely recognized for her innovative research in... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Waking Up to Innovation
John Day is a physicist at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He has an innovation that he believes will not only improve patient care but also save the National Health Service (NHS) time and money. Day and... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Seven Steps to Innovation
Innovation isn’t easy. Not every idea is great, and not every great idea evolves into a final product or solution. So what does it take to move from the drawing board to realization, especially in the field of biomedical engineering,... Read more
Feature January/February 2014
Forecast 2014
When it comes to predicting the future, everyone has their own approach. Weather forecasters track changing pressure systems, economists study the markets, and doctors wrestle with patient risk factors. And here at IEEE Pulse? Over the last few months, we’ve talked to... Read more
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