The northeast region conducted a successful meeting at MIT at the beginning of February. Seven (7) different local colleges and universities were represented at the meeting. The conference started with an industry panel discussion that included four companies from different sectors of biotechnology and at various stages of growth. The afternoon included a judged student poster session with Joshua David Cohen winning top prize for his presentation. His work, “A Novel Mathematical Model for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Motility in Three-Dimensional Synthetic Scaffolds” was featured at the IBE 2010 Annual Conference. Congratulations to Joshua and MIT for a great meeting.
University of Arizona
UofA hosted its first IBE regional meeting on January 15th. 13 undergraduate and graduate students from UofA and ASU gave presentations and were judged by four judges, Lonnie Lucas (Arete Associates), Nina Ossanna (UofA Office of Technology Transfer, UofA BIO 5), Tim Mcdonald (Arizona Public Service), and Iram Mondaca (Instituto Tecnologico de Sonora)
David Story, PhD student from the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) department at the UofA, took first place for his presentation entitled, “Nutrient Deficiency Detection with Machine Vision in Controlled Environments”. As the 1st place winner, David was awarded a presentation slot for the 2010 international conference in Cambridge! Deepa Patel, undergraduate Senior (also from ABE), took second place for her presentation entitled, "Droplet PCR with E. Coli". David and Deepa will both be presenting at the 2010 IBE conference, so be sure to stop by and see their work!
All of the presentations were high quality, making the judging difficult. Honorable mention was given to the following: Brian Hochheim: "Tactile Tonometer", Amber Luttman: "Optical Coherence Tomography for Imaging Ex-vivo Human Kidney", Pedro Romero-Gomez: Enhanced Predictions in Drinking Water Systems, Njeri Carlton-Carew: Is Your Drinking Water Safe?". Mark Helmers: "Interrogating Protein-Protein Interactions Involved in Cancer, and Felipe Lee-Montiel: Development of a Novel Detection Scheme for Viral Infection Using FTIR and Cell Culture". UofA is looking forward to next years' student conference, and hope to expand the event to include other schools from around the Southwest.
Mississippi State University
The Mississippi State University chapter of the IBE has successfully hosted the second IBE Regional Student Conference on the campus of Mississippi State University.
The conference was well attended by 80 students, the programs and the food were excellent! There were three concurrent sessions in Bio-energy, Biomedical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. All sessions were well attended, and almost to full capacity. The Career panels were excellent, with a representatives from the medical school in the state, a practicing physician, a practicing environmental engineer, professors, and a graduate student. There were 24 student posters presented, and the event was culminated by an ice cream social