Now that the semester is wrapping up, we decided to celebrate with a lab cleanup, followed by cookies! We also resumed our annual end-of-the-year lab potluck (which we didn’t get a picture of because we were too busy eating).
In addition to yummy food, we made holiday cards for some local seniors. Much fun was had by all. We hope everyone has a safe and happy December and New Year!
We had three students participate in the 2021 SNCURS (State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research Symposium) Event.
You can check out their talks/posters on the website, at least for now (we have no idea how long things will stay available, so we’ve included the link within the symposium and also a direct link to the YouTube video):
Last year, in deference to COVID and social distancing measures, we opted to celebrate fall with a pumpkin carving event held outdoors. Now that it’s late 2021, we’re all back in person but we loved pumpkin carving so much that we decided to do it again!
The 2021-2022 cohort of Abrams Scholars was recently announced. Four of our amazing undergrads were named as Abrams Scholars: Kathryn, who is working with Sandra on her Bone-On-Chip project; Jennifer, who is working with Kyla on the BPBI project; and Vince and Deeqa, who are both working with Jason on Finite Element Modeling.
Here are their project titles:
- Kathryn: Development of a bone-on-chip platform to examine effects of post-
stroke inflammation on bone-vascular interactions
- Jennifer: Effect of Brachial Plexus Birth Injury on Limb Use and Muscle Strength
- Deeqa: Analyzing the effect of heterogeneity on trabecular bone tissue
microdamage in finite element models of varying resolution
- Vince: Optimizing nonlinear finite element analyses of vertebral trabecular bone
Sandra and Kathryn recently presented their work in bone tissue engineering at the annual NC State CMI (Comparative Medicine Institute) Research & Innovation Summit. This is part of our lab’s collaboration with the Biointerface Lab, also in UNC/NCSU BME
Emily Fawcett, one of our amazing grad students, defended her PhD today, officially making her Dr. Fawcett. We’re so proud!
Two of our undergraduates presented their work at the Summer Office of Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Marina presented her research with Kyla and Jason on Finite Element Modeling for the BPBI project
Deeqa presented her work with Jason on using Individual Trabecular Segmentation (ITS) to analyze trabecular bone-like microstructures.
Sandra was recently profiled for #BlackBiomxHistory, part of the Black Biomechanics Association. You can see her profile here:
On top of that, she’s taken on a key role in the new Triangle Biomechanics student chapter for the American Society of Biomechanics. And in between she somehow manages to also be a grad student!