Campus Spotlight

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Jan. 11, 2017
Photo by A. Sue Weisler

Jamie Kunzmann, left, a second-year math and computer student at Stony Brook University, and Rachel Baumgarten, a fourth-year biomedical engineering student at RIT, dissected a sheep heart for the first time during the undergraduate Workshop on Dynamics of Excitable Systems, held Jan. 8-14 in RIT’s College of Science. The workshop introduced students to using biology, math and engineering disciplines—especially electrophysiology—for understanding the heart’s functions. Through lectures and collaborations, 18 students from RIT and other universities learned how mathematical models and computer simulations can advance research in medical cyber-physical systems and lead to future cardiac therapies. Elizabeth Cherry, associate professor in the RIT School of Mathematical Sciences and director of the mathematical modeling Ph.D. program, led the outreach effort associated with her National Science Foundation grant, Cyber Physical Systems: Frontier, Collaborative Research: Compositional, Approximate and Quantitative Reasoning for Medical Cyber-Physical Systems.

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