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August 5

BME Faculty Advisement Schedule: Summer/Fall 2014

June 1

Faculty positions available in Translational Neuroscience

Three open-rank faculty positions in Translational Neuroscience are available at The City College of York. 

One of the 3 positions is likely to be in the Biomedical Engineering Department: 

  1. Clinical neuroscience researcher with a focus on neurological and/or psychiatric diseases (e.g., neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders, stroke, traumatic brain/spinal cord injuries) and expertise in brain stimulation and/or imaging techniques (e.g., TMS, tDCS, DBS, functional and structural MRI, PET).
  2. Basic neuroscience researcher specializing in advanced techniques in brain stimulation and/or imaging (e.g., ultrasound stimulation, optogenetic stimulation, magnetic resonance, and in general, techniques still in early phases of clinical testing or pre-clinical development) for application in clinical settings.
  3. Computational neuroscience researcher with interests in normal brain function (e.g., sensory systems, sleep, consciousness, neuroeconomics) and/or neurological/psychiatric dysfunction (e.g., schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders). Significant experience in modeling and computational techniques is required.

For a full description please refer to the Job Vacancy Notice.

May 13

BME Day 2013 and Wallace H. Coulter Centennial

What a difference 10 years can make: A time of celebration and reflection. 

Members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering recently celebrated their 10th year anniversary during the annual BME Day observance, May 2, 2013 thru May 3, 2013. This two-day celebration highlighted the department’s history, research initiatives, undergraduate and graduate program development, and strategic plan for the future. On May 2, 2013, the celebration began with a commemorative dinner in honor of the work and generosity of a Biomedical Engineering pioneer, the late Wallace H. Coulter, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Honored guests included: Wayne Barlin, Vice President and General Council, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; lifelong friend and colleague, Elkin Simson, Professor of Pathology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; and several members of the BME Advisory Board.

On May 3, 2013, John Tarbell, Distinguished Professor and Chair,CCNY Department of Biomedical Engineering officially welcomed everyone and explained the purpose of the day. Also in attendance were Joe Barba, Dean, Grove School of Engineering and Maurizio Trevisan, Provost of City College and Dean, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education who offered offered words of welcome and congratulations. At the conclusion of the opening session, Drs. Tarbell, Weinbaum, Barba, Simson and Mr. Barlin presented a plaque in honor of Wallace Coulter, which will be displayed in the BME department. There was also a ceremonial cake. BME students presented their research during a special poster session. 

View pictures of the 2 day ceremony

April 10

Why Start a Career at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)?

Employer Opportunity Notification

for CUNY Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dear John Tarbell, The Department of Veterans Affairs is inviting your Department of Biomedical Engineering students and members to explore and consider a career or internship with them in one of their 1,400 US locations. Thanks in advance for sending out the information below so students can apply.

Take care,

Dave Meeks, AfterCollege University Relations, on behalf of VA


Health Care and Non-Health Care Opportunities Available Nationwide

At Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), employees and interns from all nationalities and backgrounds work together to deliver high-quality care to our Nation’s Veterans—in an environment where everyone is valued and respected.

While VA is renowned for medical careers, we also offer a number of non-medical career opportunities, from IT and administrative to finance and HR. Our internships help you build a solid foundation for your future. And our careers allow you to serve America’s heroes while making the most of life—both professionally and personally. No matter which VA career path you choose, you’ll work within an interdisciplinary team structure and be challenged to perform at your best, each and every day.

And with over 1,400 U.S. locations, VA gives you the chance to practice virtually anywhere in the Nation—with only one active state license. We also offer:

  • Nationwide job transfer opportunities
  • Competitive salaries and pay differential
  • Generous vacation, personal and sick leave, as well as 10 Federal holidays
  • Stable health and retirement benefits

Come discover the challenges, opportunities and rewards that come with joining the VA family.

Apply Today,

February 22

BME Professor Receives $1.5MM to Study Breast Cancer Therapies

NIH "Director's New Innovator Award" to Dr. Debra Auguste supports investigation of personalized drug delivery vehicles.

September 28 - 2012

BME Fall 2012 Seminar Series

Fall 2012 Seminar Schedule

August 22 - 2012

Grants for Biomedical Engineering -Study or Research Abroad

All Whitaker Awards

  • Degree / Enrollment: No more than 3 years from most recent degree, or currently enrolled
  • Citizenship: Have U.S. citizenship, OR are a permanent legal resident of the U.S.
  • Language: Have language ability to carry out the proposed project in the host country at the time of departure.
  • Field / Specialty: In biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closelty related field

NOTE: If you are at an institution that does not offer a formalized BME program, an applicant should have a demonstrated commitment to the field of BME. Significant coursework, research, laboratory/work experience are some of the ways to demonstrate such commitment.

  • Fellowship-Pre-Doctoral
  • Graduating senior
  • Recent recipient of a BS
  • In an MS program, or recently completed one
  • In a PhD program
  • Currently employed, with most recent degree no higher than an MS
  • Scholarship
  • Post-Doctoral
  • Will finish PhD before taking a Whitaker grant
  • Completed PhD

Award Benefits Include:

  • Round trip international airfare
  • A monthly living stipend
  • Health & Accident insurance
  • Travel Enhancement Fund
  • Enrichment Seminar in Europe
  • Fellows Only: Tuition (and bench fees) reimbursement, capped at US$35,000 (regardless of country of exchange or exchange rate).
  • Individual reimbursement amounts are determined by the Whitaker Program at the time of grant award, typically no greater than US$25,000

If you have comments or questions about the grant, the application, becoming a campus contact, or anything else, you can contact us by phone or email:
Phone: +1 212.984.5442

The Whitaker International Fellows and Science Program is administered by the U.S. Student Programs division at the Institute of International Education by:

Sabeen Altaf
Program Manager
Science & Technology Programs
+1 212.984.5442

July 10 - 2012

"Reading the brain" in the news

The study on measuring engagement with EEG during movies generated quite a buzz.

Parra Lab In the News

October 29

Spring 2014 Advising

May 7 - 13

2013-2014 BME Student Departmental Executive Committee Elections

  • May 1, 2013 - May 7, 2013 : Nomination of Candidates
  • May 7, 2013 (12 noon) : Deadline for Nomination of Candidates
  • May 13. 2013 : Election Day

Have a vote and/or voice in academic matters such as: appointment, reappointment, tenure, sabbatical leave, curriculum, teaching, and budgets.

Interested candidates must have a major card filed with their department and be in good academic standing. Elected Student Departmental Executive members will serve under Plan B, according to Article IX of the City College Charter for Governance. Interested students must submit/file a completed candidacy form by : (12 noon) on May 7, 2013. 

Candidacy forms were email to you via your CCNY email account. Submit completed candidacy forms to 403A

May 3

BME Day 2013 and Wallace H. Coulter Centennial

This ceremony will include opening remarks, a presentation from Wayne Barlin representing the Coulter Foundation, and a key note speaker. 

9:30 – 10:00 Registration / Refreshments -Exhibit Room ST124

1:00 10:00 – 10:15 Opening Remarks: John Tarbell, Chair of BME; Joseph Barba, Dean of the GSOE; Maurizio Trevisan, Provost of City College

10:15 – 10:30 Brief History of the CCNY BME / Coulter Foundation Relationship: Distinguished Professor Sheldon Weinbaum

10:30 – 11:00 Wayne Barlin, Vice President and General Council, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation: Remarks, video, presentation of commemorative plaques

11:00 – 11:45 Elkin Simson, Professor of Pathology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine: Keynote speaker with remembrances of Wallace Coulter

11:45 – 3:00 BME Day poster session in the Steinman Hall Lobby with senior design projects highlighted

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch 

(1:30 Ceremonial cutting of the Wallace Coulter Centennial birthday cake)

2:2:00 -4:30 BME Advisory Board meeting

Steinman Hall Auditorium and Lobby (9:30am - 2:00pm)

April 11

Class of 2013 - Theta Psi - Class Picture

SENIORS: To graduate this June, you must apply for graduation.

Class Picture
Class of 2013 : Class Name: Theta Psi
DATE: Thursday, April 11, 2013
TIME: 12:15pm
BME Department Rm401 (12:15pm - 1:15pm)

April 11 - May 10

Important Dates and Events

  • March 28. 2013 - April 15, 2013 : BME Academic Advising (Summer and Fall 2013) 
  • April 11, 2013 Theta Psi (BME Class of 2013) Class Picture
  • May 3. 2013 Wallace Coulter Centennial and BME DAY 2013
  • May 10, 2013 BME Awards Luncheon

Watch your (CCNY) email for additional information on these and other events.

March 28 - April 30

BME Fall 2013 Advising Schedule

To ensure that every BME student completes advisement, an advising stop “EA” has been placed on your SIMS record. Once you have been advised by your designated faculty advisor, the stop will be removed in time for Summer/Fall 2013 web registration. 

Below is the Summer/Fall 2013 advisement schedule for the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).
Faculty Advising March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013
EA Stop Removal April 1, 2013- April 15, 2013

BME Students with 45 or more credits, If your last name begins with: 

  • A: March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Parra (ST-403C)
    At a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by email:
  • B-C: April 8, 2013-April 15, 2013 Kelly (ST-460)
    Office Hours: M, W 10:00am -12:00noon starting April 8th :
  • D-G: March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Cardoso (ST-565)
    Office Hours: M,W10:00am -11:00am OR at a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by email:
  • H-J: March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Wang (ST-434)
    At a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by
  • K-L: March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Schaffler (ST-564)
    At a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by email:
  • M-N: March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Fu (ST-435)
    Office Hours: W 6:00pm–7:00pm and TH 4:00pm–5:00pm OR at a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by email:
  • O-P: March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Tarbell (ST-404C)
    At a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by email:
  • Q-S March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Nicoll (ST-431)
    At a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by email:
  • T-Z March 28, 2013-April 15, 2013 Bikson (ST-403B)
    At a specific mutually agreed upon time arranged by email: