April 26, 2010


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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University senior Samantha Clark has been honored with two awards at the recent Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium in Laramie, Wyo.

Clark, who is majoring in biomedical engineering, received the best student presentation award for her paper, "An Intraocular Pressure Measurement Technique for Eye Impact Testing."

Clark's paper outlined the methodology for a novel technique used to study the injury response of the eye. The goal of this research is to develop criteria that can help scientists and engineers develop and test better methods of eye protection, particularly for U.S. soldiers. Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Eric Kennedy and his students are working on this problem with collaborators from Virginia Tech and the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory.

The paper will be indexed on Medline, the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.

Clark also received the Anthony Sances Jr. Award of Merit, which honors the exceptionally well known researcher in the field of injury biomechanics from the Medical College of Wisconsin and founder of the Biomedical Engineering Program at Marquette University.

"There were 20 students participating with 12 in the student presentation competition - undergraduate, master's and doctoral candidates, including several who had just been awarded their Ph.D.s - so this should highlight the level of her achievement," Kennedy said of Clark's honors.

"Equal note should be given to Emily Thiel, a 2007 Bucknell biomedical engineering graduate, who assisted Samantha and me on the research which led to the paper," said Kennedy. A research assistant and lab technician at Bucknell, Thiel was a member of Bucknell's first class of biomedical engineering majors.

The world's first biomedical engineering-focused conference, the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium has been held annually since 1964.

Contact: Division of Communications

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