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Updated July 30, 2015

Krovi receives tourism award

Published May 7, 2015

Venkat Krovi, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received a Distinguished Service Award at the 5th annual National Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards, held May 4  at the in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Krovi led UB efforts to bring an American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ conference to Buffalo last summer. The event had a $1.4 million economic impact in Western New York, according to Visit Buffalo Niagara.

Zhang wins first prize in bioengineering poster contest

Published April 30, 2015

Yumiao Zhang, a PhD student in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering, won the first-place prize out of a field of 150 entrants for his poster presentation last month at the 41st Northeast Bioengineering Conference (NEBEC 2015).

Zhang’s poster, “Frozen Naphthalocyanine micelles for Intestinal Imaging,” presents a new,noninvasive method to image intestine function. By engineering nanoparticles with extremely high color content, their motion could be traced noninvasively in the intestine using an imaging technique called photoacoustic tomography.

This method eventually could lead to better diagnosis of conditions like Crohn’s disease, or be used for colonoscopy screening procedures.

Zhang, a student in the lab of Jonathan Lovell, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, led the research, which involved a multidisciplinary team from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; POSTECH University in Korea and McMaster University in Canada.

The first-place prize comes with a $500 cash prize.

EOC sponsors conference for Women's History Month

Published April 16, 2015

To mark Women’s History Month, UB’s Educational Opportunity Center recently sponsored a conference, “Preparation Meets Opportunity: A Woman’s Pathway to Success.”

Mary H. Gresham, vice provost for educational collaboration and engagement, presented the keynote address. Other presenters included Mara B. Huber, associate dean undergraduate education.

More than 70 women attended the event, including EOC alumni Cynthia Coates (‘13), Loretta Small (‘14), Laythanette Shine (‘09), Vandelhia Crump (1999), Leona Boling Blackburn (1970s), Zola Lowery Crowell (1975), Colette Stephens (1986), Brenda Harris (1988) and Jacqueline White (‘14) and Margot Barrett Keysor, EOC’s alumni affairs and student development administrator.

Research group wins award for poster presentation

Published April 1, 2015

A multidisciplinary research group at the UB-Toshiba Stroke and Vascular Research Center received first place for its poster presentation at the SPIE Medical Imaging 2015 meeting held last month in Orlando, Florida.

The group, led by Ciprian N. Ionita, research assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Stephen Ruden, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Radiology, demonstrated that 3-D printing could be used to create a “phantom” for neurosurgeons preparing to perform minimally invasive endovascular image-guided interventions (EIGIs), the preferred procedures for treating a wide range of vascular disorders. Neurosurgeons could become familiar with a patient’s vessel anatomy by using the phantom to practice on prior to the actual procedure, allowing for adjustments to be made before the patient is in the treatment room and reducing the risk of complications or delays.

First author on the paper, titled “Treatment planning for image-guided neuro-vascular interventions using patient-specific 3D printed phantoms,” is Megan Russ, a PhD student in medical physics; second author is Ryan O’Hara, a junior biomedical engineering major. Ionita is senior author.