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Katelyn Greene Named Bouchet Honor Society Scholar

Greene Katelyn Biomedical-EngineeringKatelyn Greene, a fourth-year Biomedical Engineering PhD student advised by Ashley Weaver, PhD, has been named a 2021 Bouchet Honor Society Scholar. She will be inducted into the society during a virtual ceremony conducted at Yale University in April.

The Bouchet Graduate Honor Society is named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American to earn a doctorate degree in the United States. Scholars selected exemplify academic and personal excellence, foster environments of support, and serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

During her time as a graduate research assistant at the School of Medicine, Katelyn has served as a research mentor for numerous undergraduates and high school students, several of whom are from underrepresented groups and have gone on to pursue STEM careers. Beyond research, she is extensively involved with scientific communication and public engagement, with the goal of increasing science literacy in underserved school districts. As a UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center IMPACTS ambassador and leader in her community, she has facilitated outreach events with K-12 schools, robotics competitions, and national organizations. She is fully committed to using her scholarship, compassionate leadership, and enthusiasm for outreach to create space for diverse voices in STEM. 

The following students are recipients of the National Institute of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral Fellowships.  The Fellowships provide up to five years of support for research training.  These students are pursuing a Ph.D. or combined MD/Ph.D. degree.
Katelyn Greene [F31AG069414]
National Institute Aging/National Institute of Health (NIH)
Project Period:  8/20/2020-7/31/2023
Project Title:  Developing an Automated Image Analysis and Finite Element Modeling Platform to Assess the Effects of Supplemental Protein and Weight Loss on Bone Health in Obese Older Adults 
Greene Katelyn Biomedical-Engineering
Austin Moore [F30 AG063444]
National Institute Aging/NIH
Project Period:  4/01/2019-3/31/2025
Project Title:  Development and Validation of an Image Based, Computed Trabecular Network Model for Estimating Vertebral Fracture Risk in the Aging Population 
Moore Austin Biomedical-Engineering

Tanner Filben is the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program award.  The NSF provides research training opportunities for graduate students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.  The NSF GRFP provides support for research-based masters' and doctoral degrees.
Tanner Filben
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Project Period:  11/01-2020-10/31/2025
Project Title:  Graduate Research Fellowship Program 
Filben Tanner Biomedical-Engineering

Cancer Research Award

Research Fellow Yang Liu, PhD, in the Biomedical Engineering Department of Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been selected as a recipient of  the "Director's Excellence in Cancer Research Award for Trainees." The award, which is presented by Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, was announced August 18, 2020.

F31 Award Announcement 

Congratulations to 4th-year Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. student Katelyn Greene on her recent F31 award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Supported by a team of mentors, Katelyn will be using medical imaging data from an ongoing clinical trial here to study bone health changes among older adults with obesity who are undergoing intentional weight loss. Amazing work Katelyn!

Player Athleticism Increases Head Impact Exposure in Youth Football

Speed, agility and strength are definitely assets on the football field. But when it comes to hits to the head, those talents may actually increase exposure for the young athletes who account for about 70 percent of this country’s football players.

A study of youth league football players by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health, found that higher vertical jumping ability and faster times in speed and agility drills were generally associated with higher head impact exposure, especially in games as compared to practices. 

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Researchers Suggest Ways to Reduce Head Impacts in Youth Football

The high head impact and concussion rates in football are of increasing concern, especially for younger players.

Recent research has shown that limiting contact in football practice can reduce the number of head impacts. But what is the correct formula to lessen exposure while still developing the skills necessary to safely play the game? 

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Scientists use nanotechnology to detect molecular biomarker for osteoarthritis

Adam Hall nanotechnologyAdam Hall, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest School of Medicine, injects microliters of fluid into a flow cell holding a nanopore device that has demonstrated the ability to detect molecular biomarkers of disease.

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