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Deeper understandings of biological systems and advances in nanotechnology have provided new opportunities to make significant progress in mechanobiology, biosensing and dynamic control of engineered systems, with wide range of applications such as cancer research. In order to take advantage of these new opportunities, researchers must work at the intersection of biology and engineering, learning to operate effectively in both biological and engineering/physical science laboratories. Participation in the BioSensing BioActuation BioNanotechnology Summer Institute (B3SI) 2012 will give you the tools needed to operate effectively in an interdisciplinary environment.

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About B3SI

The BioSensing BioActuation BioNanotechnology Summer Institute (B3SI) 2012 is a collaboration between the University of Illinois and National Taiwan University that will provide training in nanotechnology and biology research tools to address interdisciplinary research needs in biosensing bioactuation, cancer biology, and cell mechanics. B3SI integrates the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) BioSensing BioActuation Summer Institute (BSBA) with the NSF and National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored BioNanotechnology Summer Institute (BNSI), to create a 2-week training experience on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

Nicknamed B3SI by the planners, the two-week-long BioSensing BioActuation BioNanotechnology Summer Institute 2012, held at the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL) from July 30–August 10, 2012, was intended to train participants at the intersection of biology and engineering and to foster networking with other researchers. We invite you to read more about the summer institute online.

About BSBA

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan funded BSBA Summer Institute 2012 is part of a six year series (initial funding for three years), with alternate institutes planned in the U.S. and Taiwan. US Summer Institutes will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010, 2012, 2014). The Taiwanese Summer Institutes will be held at the National Taiwan University (2011, 2013, 2015).

Sponsored by:

National Science Foundation, National Science Council of Taiwan, and the National Institutes of Health.

Summer Institute Organizing Committee:

  • Jimmy Hsia, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois, Event Chair
  • Irfan Ahmad, Executive Director of CNST, Research Faculty in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Rashid Bashir, Director of MNTL and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Bioengineering, University of Illinois
  • Shuo Hung Chang, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • Lizanne DeStefano, Professor of Education Psychology, and Director of I-STEM, College of Education, University of Illinois
  • Martha Gillette, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois
  • Valerie Leppert, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of California, Merced
  • Laura A. Miller, Program Manager, CMMB IGERT and M-CNTC, University of Illinois
  • Hao-Ming Hsiao, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University
  • Emily E. Morehouse, Program Coordinator, CNST, University of Illinois
  • Ann Nardulli, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois
  • Taher Saif, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois