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Below are this week's updates from the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, including reminders about upcoming events. Have a story item or event you want shared? Email

Patent Pending: 'Smart Marbles' Hold Promise for Better Outcomes from Bioreactors

Fischell Institute faculty members and a team of graduate students from the University of Maryland's electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering departments have developed a bioreactor pod (bPod) nicknamed a "smart marble." The bPods are neutrally buoyant sterilizable microsystem sensor devices that could work within a bioreactor as its process is underway.
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Jewell Lab Hosts Wheaton High School STEM Students

On Thursday, Nov. 14, Fischell Institute faculty member Chris Jewell (Fischell Department of Bioengineering) and members of his Immune Engineering Lab welcomed 90 STEM students from the Wheaton High School Biosciences Academy in Montgomery County, Md. The students took part in a half day of hands-on lab sessions to learn about the body's immune system and how vaccines, immunotherapies, and biomaterials can influence how it works.
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Calendar Updates

3rd Annual Brain and Behavior Initiative Seed Grant Symposium
November 19th
Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland

M-CERSI Regulatory Science Talent Competition Application Deadline
January 30th
Open to all Univ. of Maryland (Baltimore & College Park) students
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