Dr. Sarntinoranont Research Talk

Thank you to everybody who came out to our third GBM of the semester to attend Dr. Sarntinoranont's multidisciplinary research presentation titled "Brain as Soft Matter". Dr. Sarntinoranont is an associate professor in the UF Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and is an affiliate member of the Biomedical Engineering department as well. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and completed a post-doc at the NIH.

Notes and Announcements:

Active Member Status

SFB presented on the implementation of requirements an “active member” status. Active membership would be optional and would include benefits such as eligibility to attend the SFB National Conference and priority for spots on industry tours and industry info sessions. Requirements would include attending at least 4 meetings and 2 events per semester and becoming a member of the SFB National Chapter. This amendment to the constitution was put to a vote during the meeting.

Biomaterials Days 2018 - Breaking Barriers in Biomaterials Research

Registration is open and free. You must have registered by February 2nd to guarantee a free T-shirt. The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to February 9th, which includes ONLY the poster competition (open to undergraduate and graduate students). The event will take place on February 23rd, 2018 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom and Auditorium. Volunteers are needed to stuff name tags and promo item bags, along with volunteers for the day of the event.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering for any outreach activities (go to tab at top of website: About > Outreach), please check out this link to sign up for the various volunteer opportunities: bit.ly/SFBoutreachsignup

We have a few opportunities that are currently in need of volunteers:

Girls Place

  • After school homework assistance

  • Once a month on Thursdays

  • First event: February 8th from 3:30-5:00pm (carpool leaving BMS roundabout at 3:10pm)

Hands on Gainesville

  • Vertical garden design with Finley Elementary School

  • Facilitate once a week during after school program

  • Will be meeting with Adrienne following this GBM

GatorTrax (with Tau Beta Pi)

  • Designing an activity for elementary aged children about biomaterials

  • Activity to last approximately 20 minutes

  • First meeting: March 17th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Reitz Union

Engineering Fair (EFair)

  • February 26 & 27 from 9:35am - 2:45pm

  • Part of UF's EWeek

  • Biomaterials booth with information and interactive activities

Outreach Committee

  • Help design outreach activities

  • GatorTrax, EFair, or creatives in residence at the Cade Museum

  • Participation counts towards active membership

National Conference 2018 - Atlanta

The program committee has issued a special call for Late Breaking abstracts. The deadline for submission is February 1st and will be accepted for poster presentation only. Follow this link to submit: https://2018.biomaterials.org/. The conference will take place 4/11 - 4/14 in Atlanta, GA. This is a great opportunity to present student research and network with students and professionals in the biomaterials community. We encourage our members to attend and are offering to fund several students to attend. Preference will be given to active members who will be presenting at the conference. For more information on the possibility of funding, please see the society's national website or contact our chapter at uflbiomaterials@gmail.com with any questions.

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