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Professor Lee Lynd Th’84 delivered the 2013 address, “Bioenergy, Food, and the Sustainable Resource Transition,” in the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Arkansas. Lynd is founder of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project, which seeks to develop large-scale bioenergy production while addressing the need to feed humanity.

Professor Mark Borsuk earned the Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Best Paper Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe. His paper, “A Bayesian Network Model for Integrative River Rehabilitation Planning and Management,” integrates mathematical analysis into decision-making critical to solving river ecosystem impairments.

Professor Erland Schulson, named the Fulbright Arctic Chair for 2013–2014, will spend seven months as a Fulbright Scholar in Norway.

Construction of a 12,000-square-foot Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) is nearing completion at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dedicated to translational research, the center will have its own operating rooms, angio X-ray, MRI, CT, and other med-tech equipment, enabling innovation, commercialization, and out-of-the-box thinking, according to CSI director Professor Keith Paulsen, the Robert A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering. The center will become a testing ground for faculty and student research and will provide opportunities for Thayer School to partner with companies needing to do preclinical work for FDA clearance.

In an article published in Breast Cancer Research, Professor Paul Meaney Th’95 reports that microwave tomography can be used to monitor if treatment for breast cancer is working. The imaging technique can distinguish between cancer, benign growths, and normal tissue.

Ph.D. candidate Kelly Michaelson ’06 was named a Schweitzer Fellow for 2013–14. She plans to dedicate 200 hours to intergenerational programming between Dartmouth students and the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction, Vt.

M.E.M. candidate Matthew Rice was on the winning team of the inaugural online business simulation challenge presented by the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium. Five teams—each with one student from Dartmouth, Stanford, Cornell, Northwestern, Duke, and MIT—collaborated online to present a business plan for a hypothetical car company.

An ENGS 89/90 capstone B.E. project, Microflora Isolation for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation, has won first place in two national competitions: the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance's 2013 BMEStart biomedical design competition for undergraduates, and the Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering’s 2013 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge. Team members Jennifer Freise ’12 Th’13, Taylor Gray ’13 Th’13, Pauline Schmit ’13 Th’13, and Alison Stace-Naughton ’11 Th’13, won $10,000 from the DEBUT competition, and, with Sharang Biswas ’12 Th’13, another $10,000 from the BMEStart competition. The project, carried out for sponsor Pureflora, aids treatment of the intestinal pathogen Clostridium difficile by creating a closed system for handling donor stool samples for intestinal transplantation. The team built on prior ENGS 89/90 work by Peter Ankeny ’12 Th’12, Alex Engler ’12 Th’13, and Will Hart ’12 Th’12. The prize money may go toward commercializing the device.

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