Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Valves in your Heart and Veins are One Way Streets.

The Valves in your Heart and Veins are One Way Streets. But don't take my word for it. Talk to the bioengineering students who are taking this message to the nation's capital this weekend. It's part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival.

Read all about the project on the heart valve story on the Jacobs School Web site.

Watch a preliminary video of the UCSD bioengineering students in the process of creating their make-your-own-blood-valves activity for kids.

 A few photos are below, and stay tuned for photos and updates from the students at the event over the weekend.

                                          Bioengineering undergad Robert Amezquita with one of the valves from the students heart-valve timeline.

                                           The heart-vavle timeline.
                                           (Above and below: Bioengineering Ph.D. student Jessica DeQuach holds a Bjork-Shiley heart valve, part of the heart valve timeline the students created for the USA Science & Engineering Festi

Union Tribune Story: UCSD part of $1.6 million smart-grid grant

Check out Onell Soto's story in today's San Diego Union Tribune on the new smart-grid grant that UC San Diego is part of.

Two Jacobs School Employees on "40 under 40" List from Urban League of San Diego County

The Urban League of San Diego County, Equal Opportunity Day and Diversity Summit announced its first class of Forty Under 40 awardees on October 1, 2010. Terrance Mayes, director of Engineering Student Services at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, and Ebonee Williams, Managing Director, Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering, are two of the award winners. (Photos to come.)

The award is intended to introduce young leaders who are playing critical roles in the community and professional arenas within San Diego County.  The Forty Under 40 awards program honors 40 men and women under the age of 40 who have been making headlines in their fields. Read more.

Tau Beta Pi / Computer Science Honor Society Wins Outstanding Chapter Award

UCSD's engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, was awarded the "nation's most outstanding chapter" award, which they also won in 2007.
The chapter was established in 1994 and with more than 150 members is one of the most visible and active student organizations on campus. The chapter provides community service and works with other student organizations to plan campus-wide events. TBP offers free tutoring for all engineering students in lower and upper division engineering classes, and sends members to local grade schools each week to teach basic science and engineering principles using experiments.

Read through the chapter's calendar of events to get a sense of the whirlwind of activities that the members organize each month. Coming up is the LED Pumpkin Carving Contest, IM Dodgeball, a Kayaking excursion, several community service opportunities, and its spring ThinkGREEN! event to encourage high school students to pursue careers in sustainable and renewable energy.
Tau Beta Pi is open to the top eighth of juniors and top fifth of seniors at the Jacobs School. To be initiated, prospective members are required to put in 15 hours of work for the honor society. Members are encouraged to continue participating in activities long after the minimum service requirement is met.