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Vol. 62, No. 3

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NEW DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING CREATED

The University has created a Department of Biomedical Engineering that brings together historic strengths in both medicine and engineering.

The move--which comes as student interest in the subject is thriving, and as aging Baby Boomers look to technology to improve their health--boosts efforts of faculty members and students interested in using engineering skills to solve medical problems and improve human health.

Biomedical engineering is the fastest growing major on campus; last fall more than 50 freshmen announced their plans to major in the subject. Four new courses have been developed over the last few years, and a new research laboratory has been constructed.

The recent developments build on a long history. In 1961 the University was one of the first three institutions nationwide to establish a training program in biomedical engineering. Four years ago a formal graduate program was created, and the following year a new undergraduate program.

The field has flourished as engineers continue to discover new approaches to understanding and aiding processes within the human body.

Among the issues currently being addressed in University labs are the ways in which blood cells hold up in their journey through our veins and arteries, how medical imaging can be improved to detect ever-smaller tumors, and how our bones and joints respond to injury and disease.

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