ROSSLYN, Va., Nov. 24, 1997 -- The Whitaker Foundation has awarded $6.8 million in grants to improve biomedical engineering education at six universities in the United States and one in Canada.
The universities and the amount of each award are: Dalhousie University in Canada, $858,863; Duke University, $999,743; Pennsylvania State University, $999,591; Purdue University, $991,000; Syracuse University, $999,168; Tulane University, $999,905; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, $999,999.
Dalhousie will use the grant to create a graduate program and a new Institute for Biomedical Engineering, including a long-distance teleconferencing system to exchange course offerings with the University of New Brunswick. The grant will help with the institute's start-up costs, including those for new faculty and staff, building renovation, equipment purchases and support for new courses.
Duke University will enhance its graduate program in medical imaging by hiring two faculty members in biomedical engineering, recruiting new graduate students, and creating five new biomedical engineering courses and an associated virtual imaging laboratory. The courses and laboratory will develop virtual imaging systems that will be available to students and researchers worldwide through the Internet.
Penn State will expand its biomedical engineering program by offering a new graduate curriculum in biomolecular transport dynamics, the first formal program in the United States to focus on the transport of molecules and cells. These processes are crucial to the fundamental understanding and practical application of modern molecular medicine. The emphasis will be on education and research in the delivery of molecular medicine and the role of molecular transport processes in diseases.
At Purdue, a new graduate program in biomedical engineering will be offered jointly with Indiana University. The program unites the Indiana University schools of medicine and
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