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  • Welcome Back Cookout 2012
      We hosted a cookout for the students and faculty to mark the beginning of the school year and to welcome the new students!

  • EMBS – BMES collect for the 2011 Operation Christmas Child, 11/18/11
      For the second year in a row, both student chapters of EMBS and BMES at Wake Forest University collaborated in the annual Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christ Child event. Every year Samaritan’s Purse collects thousands of boxes filled with holiday gifts such as tooth brushes and toys and distributes them around the world to children growing up in poverty. This year 9 boxes for boys and girls from ages 2-14 filled with goodies were wrapped and collected to be sent out this year.

  • EMBS Club Hosts Inaugural “Scrumptious Seminar”
      The EMBS Club hosted the first seminar of our new seminar series, which will be a fun and educational (not to mention tasty!) resource for students. SBES’s very own Dr. Ge led a seminar on Thursday, October 6, 2011, entitled “Informatics in Clinical and Imaging Research.” While students munched on some delicious doughnuts and fruit, Dr. Ge explained the in’s and out’s of bioinformatics, and the benefits of this field on modern medicine and research. Twelve students were in attendance the lecture, which was a great opportunity to learn more about some of the fascinating, cutting-edge research that goes on right here at Wake Forest! Thank you to Dr. Ge for his excellent presentation!
      Dustin Crouch, EMBS Club President, introduces Dr. Ge.
      Students enjoy doughnuts and fruit while intently listening to Dr. Ge’s lecture.

  • SBES Student Recruitment Weekend 2011
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      Due to the great success of last year's event, the anual SBES Student Recruitment Weekend was held this Feburary again. The even was jointly hosted by the EMBS and BMES student clubs . Current student and faculty were able to mingle with prospective students at Burke Street Pizza, a local restraunt. Here prospective students were able to get a glipse of what Winston-Salem is really like outside of the graduate school. All in all, the Recruitment Weekend was a great success and serves as one of the many great events EMBS has put on this year!
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  • Penny Wars 2010
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      The Biomedical Engineering department at Wake Forest University raised an impressive $452.89 during their first annual Penny War competition. The money raised was for an event the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) club is planning at Brenners Children’s Hospital later this semester. In addition to social events, educational outreach and academic seminars, the EMBS club focuses on fundraising for local organizations in the community. This fundraising competition encouraged participants to donate spare change to bins designated to one of the three concentrations within the department (biomechanics, imaging and tissue engineering). As with other Penny Wars, this competition assigned some coins positive points while others had a negative value. Pennies and quarters in your bin added to your total points, while nickles, dimes and dollars were better saved to give negative points to the other teams. Living up to their academic nature, students also chose to normalize points by the number of people in each department so as not to give the largest team an advantage simply due to numbers. The winners of this year’s competition were the ­­­Biomechanics concentration, earning bragging rights and a well-deserved ice cream social for their hard work finding lost change in sofa cushions. The final amount raised was more than any initial estimates and truly highlights the success that can be achieved by a fundraiser of this nature. Kathryn Loftis, the EMBS Community Outreach chair, and a major facilitator of this event, was very excited by the funds raised: “This was a great team-building experience for the department. With just a few students and faculty, we were able to raise over $400 for this charity. In this case, a penny saved was a penny donated. The change really added up, and hopefully we will change some lives as a result!”
    • Penny Wars 2011 was just kicked off Feburary 16, 2011. Let's see if we can't beat last years funds!!!

  • IEEE Panel Discussion 2010
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      The WFU EMBS club hosted members of the Winston-Salem IEEE section on January 14, 2011 to hold a panel discussion about their experiences in engineering and the medical industry. Each of these panel members has had a unique career path and they will provide students with insight, advice, and a fresh perspective. This event is sponsored by the EMBS Chapter Activities Funding Program

  • Fall 2010 Special Speaker Series: Professional Development by Drs. Paul Laurienti and Satoru Hayasaka
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      On Thursday December 16th, 2010, Drs. Paul Laurienti and Satoru Hayasaka spoke to SBES students about improving presentation skills. Dr. Laurienti spoke about platform presentation strategies and gave two short talks, the first an example of a bad talk and the second a much improved version. Dr. Laurienti’s key tips were to keep it short, never go over your time, and minimize the unimportant details that detract from the main point of the presentation. Dr. Hayasaka spoke about poster presentations and showed several examples of good and bad posters. His key points were to stick to the 20:40:40 ratio for text:photos:space and to be an engaging poster presenter. This talk was part of the ongoing efforts of EMBS to provide seminars in the area of professional development. The presentation tips and strategies students acquired during this seminar will prove to be very useful at national and international meetings and conferences. We were grateful that Drs. Laurienti and Hayasaka were able to come speak to us.

  • Thanksgiving Potluck 2010
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      As part of the annual departmental Thanksgiving Potluck, the EMBS club organized a festive game and food drive. We had the return of a departmental favorite “Pin the Tail Feather on the Hokie Bird.” Congratulations to Elizabeth Graham, who was closest to the bulls-eye on the Hokie Bird! In addition to the good times and great food, we were able to collect a large box of non-perishable food items. The collected food was donated to the large food drive held by the Medical Center. Even in this tough economy, we have much to be thankful for, so thank you to all who donated!

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  • Operation Christmas Child 2010
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      This fall, the WFU EMBS Club joined forces with the WFU-VT BMES Club to support the efforts of Operation Christmas Child. The Halloween Luncheon served as the kick-off to a 3 week donation drive. During our drive, small toys and hygeine items were collected to package into shoe boxes and ship to children around the world. In total, enough items were collected for 8 shoe boxes! Thank you to all who donated and helped wrap the packages, making Christmas a little merrier for 8 more children around the world

      Operation Christmas Chile


  • Big Shotz Fundraiser 2010
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      In September, the EMBS club joined forces with Big Shotz Tavern on Stratford Rd. to hold a dine-out fundraiser. With this event, a portion of the night’s proceeds were donated to the WFU-EMBS Club. This fundraiser was part of the EMBS club’s fundraising campaign that helped rasie money to send students to accept the Outstanding Performance Award at the 2010 EMB Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We would like to extend a special thank you to Big Shotz Tavern for their cooperation with our club and their continued involvement in the local community. We are hoping to hold another dine-out event in the spring as a general club fundraiser. Stay tuned for more details during the spring semester. Thank you to all who came out to support the EMBS Club just by eating great food!

      Big Shotz


  • EMBC 2010
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      The WFU-EMBS club is excited to be the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Performance Award. What a tremendous honor! Jennifer Jordan, Meghan Vidt and Melissa Daly were selected to represent the WFU-EMBS Club by accepting the award at the 2010 EMB Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this September. We would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the Wake Forest Biomedical Engineering Department/SBES and the Winston-Salem IEEE Chapter. All of our events and activities this past year would not have been possible without your generous and enthusiastic support. We would also like the IEEE-EMB Society for this tremendous recognition. Our club is looking forward to another great year and we can’t wait to see you in Boston at EMBC 2011!

      EMBC 2010


  • Flaming Flocking in Your Neighborhood
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      It’s a bird, it’s a plane….it’s Superman!

      Wait….

      Just kidding. It really was a bird. But not just one bird, it’s an entire flock! This summer, a flock of 50 bright pink flamingos descended on Winston-Salem. Under the cover of darkness, these birds made their rounds through the neighborhoods. But their stops on the front lawns of many professors and friends of the department were short-lived. Every 48 hours the flock migrated to a new yard! The WFU-EMBS club was recently recognized as the 2010 Outstanding Performance Award recipient from the IEEE-EMB Society. The “Flamingo Flocking Winston-Salem” was part of the club’s fundraising campaign. These funds helped support two students’ travel to accept the award at the EMBC Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September. While the chill of fall has caused the flock to migrate, when the warm winds of summer return, you can look for these pink friends in a lawn near you! Thank you to all who participated in this exciting fundraising event!

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  • 1st Annual EMBS Yard Sale a Success!
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      As our fall fundraiser, the first annual EMBS Yard Sale was quite a hit. Professors and students cleaned up ‘round the house and donated clothes, books, toys, furniture and other miscellaneous household items for a good cause. Posters were hung around town the week prior and the early birds came shopping before sunrise while we were still setting up - surely a good sign for the day! Donated items were taken with 100% of the proceeds going to EMBS. Additionally, donors could cosign items for 50% of the proceeds - a win win situation for everyone. It was a very busy day and the majority of items were gone by lunch. Any leftover items were donated to Goodwill by days end. Overall, the EMBS Yard Sale raised several hundred dollars for our student activities this fall! Thank you to all who donated, worked the sale, or shopped - we couldn't have done it without you. Start your pile of donations/consignments for our next sale - the more items, the more funds raised! See our “Photos” page for a look at the bargains and EMBS students working the sale!

  • 2010 WFU EMBS Officers Elected!
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      Congratulations to our newly elected executive committee. We are excited to have three first-year students join our board. We look forward to an active, productive year of professional development, promotion of BME in the community, community service, and social activities! Check out our officers page on the website to see who we are and get contact information!

      President: Jennifer Jordan 4th Year PhD Medical Imaging

      Vice President: Meghan Vidt 3rd Year PhD Biomechanics

      Secretary: Kathryn Loftis 4th Year PhD Biomechanics

      Treasurer: Qawi Telesford 3rd Year PhD Medical Imaging

      Project Coordinator: Rui Wang 1st Year Regenerative Med

      Community Service Chair: Jill Urban 1st Year Biomechanics

      Social Chair: Karen Joyce 3rd Year PhD Medical Imaging

      Webmaster: Brad Thompson 1st Year Biomechanics


  • 2010 IEEE-EMBS Welcome Night Out, BB&T Ballpark, Winston-Salem Dash Baseball Game
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      The IEEE-EMBS club hosted a welcome event for new students and returning faculty/students on August 31, 2010 at the Winston-Salem Dash baseball game at the new BB&T Ballpark. Over 20 students and faculty attended, bringing guests and their children for a fun-filled family night at the ballpark. The weather was perfect and hotdogs were a dollar! With much cheering from the IEEE-EMBS crowd, the Dash won the game 6 -0 versus the Lynchburg Hillcats. With our group tickets, everyone got a Winston-Salem Dash baseball cap to take home. This was a great opportunity to socialize with the new students and relax with old friends in the SBES department!

  • Past Activities


    • We are WINNERS
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      • We are WINNERS.
        Wake Forest University Student Club has been selected by the EMBS Member & Student Activities Committee as the recipient of the 2010 EMBS Outstanding Performance Award, and we get to send someone to South America! The award letter follows

        Dear Karen,

        It is my pleasure to inform you that the Wake Forest University Student Club has been selected by the EMBS Member & Student Activities Committee as the recipient of the 2010 EMBS Outstanding Performance Award.

        Please accept my congratulations on this well deserved honor!

        The recognition associated with this award consists of a $300 USD honorarium and reimbursement of up to $1,000 USD for travel, registration and accommodation expenses for the Chapter Chair to attend the EMBS Awards Presentation Ceremony at the Annual Conference.  For hotel accommodations, please see the EMBC ‘10 Conference Website:  http://embc2010.embs.org/accomodations.html

        This year's Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 1 September, during the Welcome Dinner of EMBC '10.  Please send an email to Bin He (EMBS President), Laura Wolf (Executive Director of EMBS), Angela Martin (EMBS), and me to let us know if you will be attending the awards presentation.

        In order for us to create the Awards Program it would be appreciated if you would kindly forward a brief biography of the Club (no more than 500 words) and a color picture of a Club Event or of the Club Officers(preferably in JPG format) electronically to Angela Martin atangela.martin@ieee.org by 7 July.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the EMBS Executive Office.

        I look forward to seeing you in Buenos Aires!  Once again, congratulations!

        Regards,
        Gudrun Zahlmann
        EMBS V.P. Member & Student Activities

    • Recruitment weekend
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      In February, the EMBS and BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) student clubs jointly organized a new social event as part of the annual School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences recruitment weekend. This event took place at Burke Street Pub with food catered by Burke Street Pizza, a local favorite just down the road. This fun gathering allowed the potential recruits to socialize with the SBES faculty and students in a relaxed environment, get a glimpse of the social scene in Winston-Salem, and find out about what the current students really enjoy about our program, the people we work with, and living in such a great area. The club was able to share with the recruits what events have been organized in the past, what we plan for in the future, and why EMBS is a great club to get involved in. All in all it was a very successful night and the new recruits were excited to be interviewing at a school whose students have the opportunity to organize such great activities. EMBS and BMES have been asked to organize a similar event each year, so the social night will soon become a tradition!
  • Brenner's Childrens Hospital Easter Craft Party
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    With the proceeds of the very successful EMBS Penny Wars, a Spring craft party was held for pediatric patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital. Crafts included pillow case decorating, making door knob hangers, dying Easter eggs, coloring picture frames, making jewelry, and stitching yarn bookmarks. Each playroom at Brenners was set up with age appropriate crafts and EMBS volunteers were present to help. EMBS members also went to rooms of children that were not able to make it to the playroom, bringing craft goodie bags and lots of smiles! We had a great time interacting with the children and spreading some spring cheer.

  • Recruitment weekend
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    In February, the EMBS and BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) student clubs jointly organized a new social event as part of the annual School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences recruitment weekend. This event took place at Burke Street Pub with food catered by Burke Street Pizza, a local favorite just down the road. This fun gathering allowed the potential recruits to socialize with the SBES faculty and students in a relaxed environment, get a glimpse of the social scene in Winston-Salem, and find out about what the current students really enjoy about our program, the people we work with, and living in such a great area. The club was able to share with the recruits what events have been organized in the past, what we plan for in the future, and why EMBS is a great club to get involved in. All in all it was a very successful night and the new recruits were excited to be interviewing at a school whose students have the opportunity to organize such great activities. EMBS and BMES have been asked to organize a similar event each year, so the social night will soon become a tradition!

    • Join the Penny War (see accepted abstract)

      Event Result ...
      Week Team Total Total Raised
      1
      Biomechanics
      361
       
      Imaging
      1620
       
      Tissue
      -98
      $37.56
             
      2
      Biomechanics
      3981 
       
      Imaging
       -384  
       
      Tissue
      437 
      $118.84
         
       
      3
      Biomechanics
      8254  
       
      Imaging
        1272   
       
      Tissue
      -86 
      $207.80
      The Penny War has ended!!!
      Total
      Biomechanics
      16038  
       
      Imaging
        4046   
       
      Tissue
      265  
           
      Total: $423

    • EMBS students have presented their work at the Winston-Salem IEEE monthly luncheon (Jan 13, 2010)
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      Student Presenters:

      Megan Vilt: Movement Biomechanics Lab

      Smitha Raghunathan: Center of Injury Biomechanics

      Kathryn Loftis: Center of Injury Biomechanics

      John Scott: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

      Karen Joyce: Laboratory for Complex Brain Networks


    • High School Outreach Program
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      The EMBS club visited physics classes at R J Reynolds High School and the Forsyth County Career Center in the Fall of 2009. Student EMBS members gave talks on the three disciplines of research that comprise the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences: Tissue, Biomechanics, and Imaging. These talks were especially geared towards applied physics, but future talks are also planned with local high school biology and anatomy classes. This is a great way to expose high school students to some Biomedical Engineering options as they start their careers or head to college. EMBS members enjoyed sharing their work with the next generation of IEEE and EMBS members and students seemed interested in the research work being done.


    • The First Annual EMBS Halloween Luncheon took place on Friday October 30th at Bibs Downtown BBQ. We had a great turnout with almost 30 people attending, and 12 dressed up in costume. This year the EMBS club has made a commitment to increase student and faculty events through social gatherings, informational seminars and community service. This event was our largest to date and we hope to have many more like this in the future!
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      Holloween 09

      Winners of the costume contest were the following:

        Best Student Costume: Qawi Telesford as a Ninja Turtle

        Runner Up: John Scott as Captain Morgan

        Best Faculty Costume: Dr. Santago as Obi-Wan Kenobi ( the credit goes to his son, Alexander)

        Faculty Participation Prize: Imaging students won this prize hands-down with 3 professors showing up in costume. Thank you to Dr. Santago, Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Kraft for living up to the name of their department and dressing to impress!


    • Ardmore 5K Run
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      Keeping with the semester’s charity theme of the Second Harvest Food Bank, in October 2009, students from the WFU-EMBS club laced up their running shoes and participated in the Ardmore 5k.  The students showed team spirit by wearing matching t-shirts, which were designed by our club secretary, Jennifer Jordan.  Although no land-speed records were set, there were new personal records set for a few of the students, and Dustin Crouch even took home the award for second place in his age group!  This was a great event for students to socialize, get some exercise, and become involved in our community.  Additionally, over $15,000 plus additional donated food items were raised for the Food Bank. This event was a great success for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC and the many people it helps.  We look forward to participating again in 2010!


    • Food Bank Community Garden at The Children’s Home
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      This semester we have chosen to work with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina which provides food for hungry people in 18 counties.  True to engineering fashion, our students wanted to become involved in all processes which meant getting our hands dirty!  The garden was started in 1998 on the property of The Children’s Home, near downtown Winston-Salem, and is maintained by volunteers.  WFU EMBS students ventured out to the garden to harvest baskets of tomatoes, broccoli, greens, okra and bell peppers.  Each week, the only fresh foods at Second Harvest come from the Community Garden – over 6,000 lbs of fresh foods each year. 

      The community garden is winding down harvest for the fall season, but look for more opportunities this fall to get involved with our charity – Second Harvest Food Bank.  We’ll be selling EMBS t-shirts to raise funds for the food bank, running the Ardmore 5k where all proceeds go to the food bank, and hosting a canned food drive at our annual Thanksgiving Potluck.  Come spring, we’ll be back out there helping to dig in the dirt and ready the crops so keep your eyes out for announcements coming your way!


    • We got our own T-shirts!
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    Got Ideas?


    Please contact Megan Johnston (megjohns@wakehealth.edu)for details about joining our club