BME Briefs

Welcome to BME Briefs, a place to find quick notes and posts from the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

    Ruixi's Paper Accepted by MRM

    April 30, 2019

    Congratulations! Ruixi's paper SPARCS: Free‐breathing cine imaging with motion‐corrected reconstruction at 3T using SPiral Acquisition with Respiratory correction and Cardiac Self‐gating just published on MRM!

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    Lampe Lab Has Article in Press in Journal of The American Chemical Society

    April 10, 2019

    James Tang, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate, is the lead author with Assistant Professor Kyle Lampe of “Stimuli-Responsive, Pentapeptide, Nanofiber Hydrogel for Tissue Engineering.” The article is in press in the Journal of The American Chemical Society. Cameron Mura, a senior scientist in the Bourne Lab associated with UVA’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and School of Data Science.

    Always be waiting on something

    February 06, 2019

    There is a wonderfully intoxicating process of building your lab as an independent investigator. All the decisions are yours now. Who becomes part of your team, how you run the lab, when you have lab meetings, where do you order reagent X from..the possibilities are endless.

    Grant Hack: Avoid Writing too Much

    February 06, 2019

    If you are anything like me, then the last phase of your grant writing process is madly trying to shorten everything into the allotted space constraints. I no longer remember if I got this tidbit from elsewhere, or discovered it myself in the last few years…

    However, one thing that has significantly reduced the stress and time of the final push in grant writing is that I trick myself into writing less to begin with. I increase my line spacing by about 25% as I write the first draft. As my draft looms towards the maximum allowable length then I know I have to stop. Invariably, I go slightly over that hard stop, but then I swap the line spacing back to 1 (or 1.1 for my preferred NIH Latex template).

    I have typically found that sharpening word selection and focus is for the sake of clarity and no longer about page limits (mostly). You can tailor this extra padding according to how much overage you typically have (1.25 for 25%, 1.5 for 50%, 2 for 100%, etc.). I could imagine you can do this with margins instead, keeping them a healthily 20-50% larger than the specifications for a grant or making figures larger to begin with as well (another reason to love Latex for grant writing).

    Blog post originally written May 2018