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Celebrating Commencement (May 22, 2018)

05.22.18: commencement; Commission on Women and Gender Equity report; international mentors program; Ain competition winners

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News & Notes

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

Ashwini Manjunatha (left) and Theresa Xu blow bubbles while waiting for Sunday’s commencement to get under way. The University celebrated graduating students and their families, outstanding faculty and alumni, special guests, and other honorees during commencement ceremonies this past weekend.

New Report Details Key Findings of Commission on Women and Gender Equity

The Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia has issued a report describing the group’s findings and recommendations related to gender equitable policies, and identifying several key areas that the commission says warrant further attention.

International Student Mentors Program Builds Support

The University’s International Student Mentors Program is designed to foster meaningful interactions between current University students and incoming international first-year students.

Mark Ain Business Model Competition Winners Named

Winners of the 12th annual Mark Ain Business Model Competition were named last week.

  • First place ($10,000 prize): CompreSure Medical—composed of biomedical engineering students Gregory Dadourian ’18 (MS), Alyssa Lopez ’18 (MS) and Meghann Meyer ’18 (MS), and Rachel Zimmer ’18S (MBA)—introduced an implant that allows for minimally invasive bone reduction of fractures, leading to improved patient recovery. The team also earned a spot in the student incubator at Sibley Square, part of NextCorps.
  • Second place ($2,500 prize): ADASI—including biomedical engineering master’s students Rebecca Amorese, Amanda Smith, and Evan Sosnow—presented Kerrida, a disposable suction tip attachment accessory to the Kerrison Rongeur, designed to reduce water and increase efficiency during spinal surgery.
  • Third place ($1,000 prize): Prosthesis for a New Syria—with PhD student Ibrahim Mohammad ’17 and Omar Soufan ’18—provides amputees in regions with low health-care resources with low-cost, customizable 3-D prostheses that can help them gain independence.

See You Next Fall

This is the final issue of The Report for the academic year. Have a great summer!

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