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Biomedical Engineering: Student Links

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Biomedical Engineering




Science as a Human Endeavor
To learn more about the interests and accomplishments of diverse scientists and engineers, and how people with varied backgrounds contribute to and depend on the advancement of science and technology, visit the links below.

Aimee Mullins
A paralympian, actress, and model, who uses prosthetic legs that were designed and developed by bioengineers.

Ferolyn Powell
Inventor of the MitraClip, a medical device to treat a heart condition without surgery.

Famous People who Studied Biomedical Engineering
A webpage that lists people who majored in Biomedical Engineering.

Activity 3
Bionic Bodies

My 12 Pairs of Legs
Aimee Mullens gives a TED talk about her bionic legs.

Midnight Three & Six
Amazing documentary about type 1 diabetes in teenagers.

Raising a Teen with Type 1 Diabetes
Article about raising a teenager with type 1 diabetes.

The Incredible Bionic Man
Smithsonian TV series about roboticists attempting to create a bionic human.

Improving Hip Replacements
Learn about a biomedical engineering issue related to hip replacements and how scientists solved the problem.

Activity 4
Artificial Bone Model

The Science of Young Climbers
Article on young climbers that discusses the strength-to-weight ration of children and adults.

Activity 5
Artificial Heart Valve

Questions and Answers: Heart Valve Replacement
Questions and answers regarding having a surgical heart valve replacement.

Deciding Between Mechanical or Bioprosthetic Heart Valve Replacement
A scientific paper on the differences between a mechanical and bioprosthetic heart valve.

Video: Blood Flow through the Human Heart
This video shows a simulation of how blood flows into and out of the heart.

Activity 6
The Work of an Engineer

Tongue Driven Wheelchair
The challenge of improving usability.

Creating a Inexpensive High-Tech Diagnostic Device
Michelle Khine used "Shrinky Dinks" to create diagnostic microfluidic chips that usually cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Video on the Discovery of Penicillin - with closed captions
In this video segment from A Science Odyssey on PBS LearningMedia™, learn what led British researcher Alexander Fleming to the chance discovery of antibacterial properties in a mold extract he later named penicillin. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video.

Video on Producing Penicillin - with closed captions
In this video segment from A Science Odyssey on PBS LearningMedia™, learn about the team of scientists from Oxford University that conducted tests on penicillin, in addition to the mass production of this new drug. It is recommended that you have the latest version of QuickTime installed to properly view this video.

Rankings of Univerity Biomedical Engineering Programs
U.S. News and World Report has ranked Universities based on the Biomedical Engineering programs.

Famous People who Majored in Biomedical Engineering
A list of famous people who studied biomedical engineering in college.

What is Biotechnology?
A broad resource for understanding the field of biotechnology from an independent, non-profit organization.

Activity 7
Snack Bar

Food and Nutrition Information from the USDA
An expansive site supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA that provides general information on food and nutrition.

Calories from Exercise – Table
This site provides a table of calories burned for various activities.

USDA Data Reference for Calories
All USDA foods have a full report of their nutrients on this site.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans report on the appropriate amount of physical activity to improve health.

It Costs More to Eat Healthy
A Harvard press release that found that unhealthy diets cost about $1.50 less than health diets.

Activity 9
Get a Grip

SFU Researchers Build a Better Hand
An article about researchers at a Canadian University who developed a better robotic arm prosthesis.

Using a Balloon and Ground Coffee to Make an Ideal Robotic Gripper
An article and video about designing a "universal robotic gripper".

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