Muyinatu Bell, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering, has been chosen by the National Science Foundation for its prestigious Early CAREER Award, which recognizes early-stage scholars with high levels of promise and excellence.
Bell's research focuses on significantly improving photoacoustic imaging by developing tools that will unconventionally separate light from acoustic receivers and deliver it directly to the surgical site. Her CAREER project, "Technical and Theoretical Foundations for Photoacoustic-Guided Surgery," has the potential to reduce surgical injuries and complications.
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Michael Falk, a professor of materials science and engineering and vice dean for undergraduate education, has been selected by the Materials Research Society board of directors to receive the 2018 MRS Impact Award. This award honors outstanding individuals who have displayed excellence in areas of science communications, education, advancing diversity, mentoring, or community engagement. Falk was chosen for "his broad participation in STEM education in Baltimore elementary schools; for bringing attention to professional and educational climate issues faced by LGBTQ students and researchers; and for pioneering research-based methodologies for integrating computation into the Materials Science and Engineering curriculum." He will be formally recognized at the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix.
Rong Li, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of cell biology and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, leads an international team that has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the second round of Cancer Research UK's Grand Challenge, a series of £20 million awards seeking international multidisciplinary teams willing to take on the toughest challenges in cancer. More than 130 teams submitted ideas, each addressing one of eight global challenges in cancer research. Li and the other finalists will receive £30,000 in seed money to start working on their innovative solutions to these Grand Challenges. Li, who also has an appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and directs the Center for Cell Dynamics, studies large-scale genomic defects, such as the gain or loss of chromosomes, associated with many cancers. As part of the Cancer Causes Grand Challenge, Li will lead a team of biomedical engineers, geneticists, and cancer biologists from across the U.S. and the U.K. to explore the link between inflammation and these genomic abnormalities in cancer.
Larry Nagahara, associate dean for research, has been elected to the Materials Research Society's class of 2018 fellows. The title of MRS Fellow honors MRS members who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide. Nagahara was recognized for "leadership and service that stimulated involvement by the materials community in biomedical applications and for pioneering contributions to nanosensors, molecular electronics, and scanning probe microscopy." The new fellows will be honored in April at the MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix.
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