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BUMC names new Laboratory Animal Science Center director
Mary Ellenberger was recently named director of the Laboratory Animal Science Center at Boston University Medical Center.
Beginning August 1, Ellenber- ger, who had previously served as director of Laboratory Animal Medicine at Tufts University/New England Medical Center, will oversee the animal care and use programs that support various research endeavors at the Medical Campus.
An instructor at the Massa-chusetts College of Pharmacy and Tufts University School of Medicine, Ellenberger also provides consultative services for a variety of biopharmaceutical companies and medical facilities in the area.
Ellenberger is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and a member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and has served as a site visitor for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.
“Dr. Ellenberger brings a wealth of experience to this im- portant role,” says Aram Cho- banian, dean of the Boston University School of Medicine and provost of the Boston University Medical Campus. “She will effectively lead the educational and scientific activities of the center.”
Ellenberger has served as chair of ACLAM’s strategic planning committee and currently is a member of its forum program committee. She has also chaired the national AALAS Foundation board and has served as president of the New England branch of AALAS.
A resident of Newton, Mass., Ellenberger received her master of science and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. She performed her postdoctoral training in lab animal medicine at MIT.
ENG students win prize in global computer competition
Four ENG students won an hon- orable mention in the IEEE Computer Society’s first annual International Design Competition (CSIDC) in Arlington, VA, on June 27. The contest, which carried a $25,000 first-place prize, required undergraduate students to design a computer-based device addressing a specific challenge in the practice and delivery of health care.
The BU team — Benjamin Cahill (ENG’00), David LaCava (ENG’00), Alexandre Finkel (ENG’00), and Gustavo Moreira (ENG’00) — created a device they call the “Health Pilot: Your Digital Health Care Assistant,” which is intended to help people become more involved in their own health care.
The team was one of the 23 design teams in the spring 2000 ENG course, senior design project, taught by Ron Knepper, an ENG professor of electrical and computer engineering and Michael Ruane, an ENG associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Teams from 50 colleges and universities, culled from 180 institutions worldwide, participated in the competition, using identical computer hardware kits.