IEEE PULSE
July/August 2016

Feature July/August 2016
China's 13th Five-Year Plan Offers Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering
This year the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, approved a new five-year plan—a blueprint outlining key social and economic developmental initiatives, which it has been doing every five years since 1957. China’s 13th five-year plan has as its key... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Novel Neuromodulation Techniques
Neuromodulation techniques using magnetic fields and electrical stimulus date back to before the 19th century. Presently, neuromodulation is achieved with various modes of physical stimulation including magnetic, electrical, acoustic, optical, and even thermal stimulation to neural systems. These techniques have... Read more
Cover Story July/August 2016
Feeling No Pain
As a growing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States can attest, pain, and how to treat it effectively and without serious side effects, is one of the foremost challenges in medicine today. More than 100 million Americans have pain... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Thumbs Up for Stem Cells
Researcher Jeanne Loring thinks she has a good method for reversing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and she believes this method—a stem-cell therapy—will find its way to clinics in as little as twoand- a-half years. Although the work has progressed... Read more
Challenges and Opportunities, July/August 2016
Sleep Quality Assessment
For a long time, sleep researchers have asked why we sleep and what physiological and mental needs require sleep [1]. Today, we understand that sleep is important for productivity, health, cognition, and well-being. As a consequence, physical recreation, hormone secretion,... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Danielle Bassett
Here’s the drill. Upon waking, count down from 100 to one as quickly as possible. Next, recite the alphabet, giving each letter a corresponding word partner (A, antler; B, bargain; C, cartoon, for example). After that, crank out several lists,... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Stem-Cell Work Yielding New Approach to Disease
Above: Figure 1: iPSCs reprogrammed from a woman’s skin. (LEFT) The nuclei are shown in blue; green and red indicate proteins found in reprogrammed cells, but not in skin cells. (RIGHT) iPSCs such as these can be matured and used to... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
The Virtual Physiological Human
The Physiome Project was initiated by the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) in 1997 to bring multiscale engineering modeling approaches to the physiological interpretation of the wealth of molecular data that was becoming available at that time [1]. The... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Healing the Burn
When brothers Jamie and Glen Selby, aged 5 and 7, arrived at the Shriners Burns Institute in Denver, Colorado, in July 1983, more than 97% of their skin had been destroyed by a fire they had accidentally started while playing... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Steering Organoids Toward Discovery
Since the 1980s, stem cells’ shape-shifting abilities have wowed scientists. With proper handling, a few growth factors, and some time, stem cells can be cooked up into specific cell types, including neurons, muscle, and skin. However, stem cells know more than... Read more
Senior Design July/August 2016
Co-Ops and Capstone Design: Are They Interchangeable?
Many engineering schools in the United States provide opportunities for their undergraduate students to gain practical, real-world experience in their chosen disciplines. Cooperative education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience,... Read more
State of the Art July/August 2016
Student Management Teams
It may seem like letting the fox in to guard the henhouse when students are asked to help with the way a class is taught, but it can be valuable to learn directly about student perceptions of course presentations. Having... Read more
Retrospectroscope July/August 2016
Deconvolution
Mathematics does not really exist, for it is a creation of the Human Mind, and, in that respect, it approaches a Supreme Idea, as some kind of Divine Enlightenment. The origins of convolution and its further and rather complex historical development... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Electrical Stimulation: A Panacea for Disease?
It seems simple: send a small electrical current to a major nerve in the body and stimulate hormones and organs to react in the way you want. New efforts by research teams are doing just that, zapping peripheral nerves attached... Read more
Feature July/August 2016
Opening New Worlds for Those With Autism
In April 2016, in honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Apple released a video that quickly went viral, racking up more than 4 million views in its first few days. It shows a teenage boy named Dillan whose life has been... Read more
Book Reviews July/August 2016
An Overview of In Vivo Macroscopic Imaging
Essentials of In Vivo Biomedical Imaging Edited by S. Cherry, R. Badawi, and J Qi, CRC Press, 2015. ISBN: 13 978-1- 4398-9874-1 (book and e-book), xvi + 272 pages, US$89.96. This three-editor, 13-contributor, seven-chapter text, per the preface, is written for the... Read more