We Stand in Solidarity Against Racism
The Department of Bioengineering stands in solidarity with our students, staff and faculty against social injustice and acts of racism. We are shocked and saddened by the recent, brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, and others. Like many members of our community, we are frustrated that these deaths are only the most recent manifestations of long-standing racial inequality in this country.
The Department supports the call to action made by the Bourns College of Engineering.
• We acknowledge that systemic racism permeates and poisons all levels of academia.
• We affirm that the Department has zero tolerance for racism, institutional bias or acts of violence against Black members of our community.
• We are committed to supporting Black students and combating the bias and inequity they face.
• We are committed to critically examining our recruitment and retention efforts to better support Black students, faculty and staff.
We would also like to take this moment to recognize the essential contributions made every day by Black students, faculty and staff. They are part of the Bioengineering family, and the department would not be as strong today without their efforts.
Professors Rodgers, Park and Binder (in the School of Medicine) and associates are inventors for US Patent No. 10420918 B2 dated September 24, 2019 for a membrane osmotic transport device (OTD). The OTD can gently remove fluid due to swelling of exposed tissue of the brain or other areas of the nervous system that resulted from traumatic injury. The patent entitled "Compositions and methods for reducing traumatic edema of the central nervous system" has the potential to reduce edema for patients with some of the most severe injuries that require craniectomy. The researchers hope the device will one day be a significant tool for helping patients with such injuries.