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Kevin Mazurek has been awarded The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA). The NRSA is an NIH sponsored predoctoral research training award (F31) which provides support to promising doctoral candidates performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs). The overall goal of the NRSA program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in the appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.

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Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Prof. Nitish Thakor, and Dr. Francesco Tenore received the 2012 IEEE-EMBS Outstanding Paper Award for their paper entitled “Asynchronous Decoding of Dexterous Finger Movements Using M1 Neurons” (IEEE Trans. on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol 16, No 1, February 2008). Authors of this work included Vikram Aggarwal, Soumyadipta Acharya Hyun-Chool Shin, and Marc H. Schieber.

CSMS contributed to a new Book

WILEY-VCH WEINHEIM, GERMANY

Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Asst. Research Prof. Jacob Vogelstein, Dr. Francesco Tenore, and Kevin Mazurek contributed the book chapters Neuromorphic Electronic Design and Neuromorphic Hardware for Control in the recently published book Biohybrid Systems edited by Prof. Ranu Jung. The book describes the integration of technology with biology and how it is making us more productive in the workplace, enabling medical devices to be more effective, and making our entertainment systems more engaging. Our lives are changing as biology and technology merge to form biohybrid systems. Real-time communication between a nervous system and a device is now possible, but full and reliable integration is still far from reality. This book describes several recent advances and some of the key challenges faced by engineers and scientists developing biohybrid systems that interface nerves, muscles and machines.

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Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Asst. Research Prof. Jacob Vogelstein, and Dr. Francesco Tenore were awarded with the 2011 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems Best Paper Award for their paper entitled “A Silicon Central Pattern Generator Controls Locomotion in Vivo” (IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Vol 2, No 3, September 2008). This work was in collaboration with Lisa Guevremont and Vivian K. Mushahwar at the University of Alberta.

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Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings is part of the APL research team that was awarded the Hart Prize for Excellence in Independent Research and Development in recognition of their “Weaponized Small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)” project for engaging moving urban targets

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Dr. Fopefolu Folowosele presented her dissertation defense entitled “Neuromorphic Object Detection and Recognition” on Thursday August 26, 2010.

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Corey Ashby has been selected to receive the Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship. The nationally awarded fellowship is offered through the United Negro College Fund and sponsored by NASA. Each year the fellowship offers support to increase the number of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Only 20 persons are awarded each year to support their graduate endeavours towards advanced degrees over a three year period.

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Life Changing Ideas

Video article on CNN as part of the Earths Frontiers program featuring Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings and Dr. Avis Cohen and their work on spinal cord research.