Friday, June 17, 2011

Autumn 2011 Course: 1st Course in Biomedical Imaging Concentration

Starting Autumn Quarter 2011, the Department of Bioengineering will offer a new, three-course program in Biomedical Imaging. This program is for students interested in a career in state-of-the-art biomedical imaging techniques. The courses were developed by UW Bioengineering and Radiology and will be taught by Drs. P Kinahan (Radiology), R Wang (Bioengineering), and X Gao (Bioengineering).

Coursework combines principles of engineering and molecular and cellular biology with essential elements from physiology, anatomy, physics, computer science, and mathematics to provide a rigorous background for career development in industrial and academic environments.

The modular program is designed to allow individual students to work with their advisors to design a course of study based on the interests and career goals of the student. In-depth training on the fundamentals of image science is emphasized for all biomedical imaging students. The students should have one year background in linear systems and frequency domain analysis.

The first course in the series, Autumn 2011, is: Biomedical Imaging Systems, taught by Drs. Paul Kinahan and Ricky Wang

Synopsis of the Course:

Modalities covered include MRI, CT, ultrasound, nuclear, and optical imaging. For each modality the basic mechanisms are described, leading to a systems model of the imaging process.

Fundamental similarities between the imaging equations of different modalities will be stressed.

If you are interested in pursuing this concentration, please contact me directly for an informative PDF:, and register for the Fall 2011 course soon (seats are filling quickly!)!

Monday, June 13, 2011

URP is Hiring! Undergraduate Student Support Staff

Position Available: Undergraduate Support Staff
Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity currently seeks an undergraduate student assistant to work 15-19.5 hours per week for summer through academic year 2011-12. Compensation is $10.00/hour. This position is Work-Study eligible.

General Duties/Description:
• Provide web, database, and other technology support for the Undergraduate Research Program including routine URP website updates.
• Additional responsibilities include assisting in daily operations including the development, production, and distribution of URP publication materials; office organization; program outreach; performing a variety of support functions for URP programs and events, including the Undergraduate Research Symposium; and occasional front desk reception support for the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity.

• Excellent for students who are already involved or interested in undergraduate research.
• Valuable for students who want to gain professional working experience and/or learn about student services in higher education.
• Work with friendly staff in a supportive, team-oriented environment.

• Experience with PC operating systems and applications, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Acrobat
• Knowledge of and experience with web-page design and maintenance, including Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, and CSS
• Knowledge of database management, including the use of tables, queries, and forms using Microsoft Access
• Work well both as a member of a small team and independently
• Creative problem solving skills, ability to balance a variety of duties, and attention to detail
• High comfort level with computer technology and software programs, including interest in learning new web page design and other technical skills

Additional Desired Skills:
• Experience developing dynamic web content in Javascript
• Knowledge of or experience with Ruby on Rails web applications and the MVC design pattern
• Experience developing secure web forms with ASP.NET C# / SQL

How to Apply:
Please email a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to: Jennifer Harris, Associate Director, Undergraduate Research Program via Word or pdf attachment to
Priority deadline for consideration is Friday, June 24th.

Questions? Contact URP at or 543-4282