(notes provided by the erudite Mary Hodson)
Phyllis introduced Dr. Stephen Boppart. Professor Boppart grew up in Harvard, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an option in Bioengineering. Continuing at UIUC, he completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1991. From 1991 to 1993, at the Air Force Laser Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas, he conducted research on laser-tissue interactions in the eye, helping establish national laser safety standards. Prof. Boppart then went on to MIT, receiving his Ph.D. in 1998 in Medical and Electrical Engineering. As part of a joint program between MIT and Harvard, Prof. Boppart completed his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in June 2000.
Currently, Prof. Boppart is a full professor with appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medicine at UIUC. He is Head of the Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and along with a team of 25 researchers, is investigating novel optical diagnostic imaging technologies. From 2006-2008, he served as Founding Director of the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, and holds a joint position with Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic Association in Urbana, Illinois. His efforts included constructing a new building and developing new infrastructure to support translational research and technology development in breast cancer research between UIUC and Carle Foundation Hospital. Currently he is initiating efforts to direct a campus-wide Illinois Imaging Initiative intended to leverage the strengths and diversity of over 100 faculty working in all aspects of imaging science, technology, and application.
Biophotonics is an exciting field that researches and develops optical technology for the interaction of light or photons with biological organisms, tissues, cells and molecules. One application uses light to produce three dimensional images of cancer tumors. Dr. Boppart explained that during surgery, OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) can be used to image the perimeter of a tumor to help the surgeon decide how much adjacent tissue should be removed.
For more information about the Biophotonics Imagine Laboratory, see www.biophotonics.illinois.edu.
|May 1st||May 8th||May 15th||May 22nd|
|Introductions||Jen Shelby||Lou Simpson||Jeff Van Buren||Cary Woolard|
|Invocation||Ata Durukan||Jim Gould||Bruce Hatfield||Mary Hodson|
|Greeters||Jen Shelby||Lou Simpson||Jeff Van Buren||Cary Woolard|
|Reuben Chambers||Paul Conforti||Molly Delaney||Ata Durukan|
|Song Leader||Eric Batsie||Keith Brandau||Alan Chalifoux||Neal Chamberlain|
May 1st – Samual Byndom, Director of Urbana Adult Education
May 8th – Joe Murphy, board member for the Champaign Urbana Theatre Company
May 15th – Pat Titus, Titus Farms, representing the Illinois Pork Board
May 22nd – Tom Ulen will discuss Issues in College Athletics
May 29th – Marva Nelson, Associate Professor of English at Parkland College
June 5th – TBD
June 12th – Daniel Bronson Lowe, PhD, Senior Infection Specialist at Carle