Monday, July 26, 2010

Nanotechnology Holds Hope for Targeting of Cancer Cells

Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are using carbon nanotubes -- threads of hollow carbon that are 10,000 times thinner than a human hair -- to target tumors.
Click here to view W-S Journal story.

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Technology Helps City With Trash & Recycling

Winston-Salem has another new technology tool to help our city become more sustainable- The Big Belly!

Also, click here to see how else the city is utilizing other technologies in an effort to become a more "green city"

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Technology Not Just for Gen X or Gen Y

How often have you heard someone talk about facebook, twitter and blogging as a young person's habit, past-time or avocation? To the surprise of some but not those at AARP, seniors are tech savvy and baby boomers are beating the odds when it comes to keeping up with technology.

Cleaning up the Gulf? WS based Triad Forensics to the rescue!

Local company Triad Forensics is testing a new healing treatment for the oil saturated Gulf, that is all natural with no chemical after-effects. Because most current treatments for the Gulf involve toxins that may also harm the environment and wildlife, this treatment invented by an Orlando based company, is innovative and timely. Timely is the reason Triad Forensics got the job. No company in Florida could deliver the testing in less than two months.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WFIRM Mentioned in Today's WS Journal

There is a nice article about Dr. Atala and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in today's Winston-Salem Journal. An excerpt from the article:
"The 2010-11 state budget passed last weekend includes $10 million for the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, which involves several partners around the country, including the Wake Forest institute. The armed-forces effort focuses on creating new tissue and organs for wounded soldiers."
Click here to read the story.

Monday, July 12, 2010

WFU Baptist Performs New Robotic Surgery

Doctors at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have performed the first transoral robotic surgery, or TORS, in western North Carolina.

TORS, a minimally invasive endoscopic technique, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December for removal of early stage tumors of the tongue base, throat, larynx and skull base.

Read more: WFU Baptist performs new robotic surgery - The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area

Friday, July 9, 2010

How Arts and Innovation Turn STEM to STEAM

There has been much information published about STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and how the students in the U.S. are not prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century. Consider this: Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills. However, today’s students show declining interest in these subjects, with eighty-four percent of middle school students saying they would rather clean their room, take out the garbage, go to the dentist and eat their vegetables than study science and math.

Many initiatives , from incorporating more science, math, technology and engineering in the K-12 public education system to the America Competes Act which aims to maintain and strengthen the United States' global economic competitiveness by: improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education have been undertaken.

Here in Winston-Salem, the city of arts and innovation, do we possibly also have a solution to the STEM deficiency by promoting the benefits of both an arts based and innovation economy? The following link demonstrates how the arts deserves a place right along side science, technology, engineering and math.

Cook Innovation Award: Nominate Your Business

Do you or someone you know have an innovative product, service, concept or procedure? The second annual Cook Innovation Award, presented by Cook Medical in partnership with the Chamber, will recognize outstanding locally-developed and novel technologies that positively affect society. The winner will be presented a unique award designed by a local artist at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting luncheon. Click here to read more information about the award and to download the nomination form. Ideas must be submitted by July 23.

About the Award
Cook Medical, the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Technology Council are looking to the future by inspiring and supporting the next generation of innovators in our community. On October 19, 2010, the second annual Cook Medical Innovation Award will be presented. So, let us hear about your product, procedure or concept that represents an elegantly simple solution to a complex problem; benefits society; positively affects the marketplace; and demonstrates a high degree of creativity.

For additional information, contact Peggy Low at

Thursday, July 8, 2010

June NC Tech Job Trends Report Now Available at NCTA's Website

Did you know that the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) publishes a monthly IT Job Trends Report, which provides a snapshot of North Carolina's IT workforce and highlights the top skills currently in demand? Click here to visit NCTA's website and read the report.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

$500,000 Grant Available for Biology Researchers/Engineers

There's a $500,000 grant out there for the taking, if you're an academic scientist or engineer seeking answers to biological questions.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is inviting pre-proposals from people who would like to nominate themselves for the annual Career Award at the Scientific Interface, designed "to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service."

Read more at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's website.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Biomedical Imaging Expert to Give Free Lecture at Baptist on July 8

Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institutes of Health, will present a free lecture at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

The talk, “Interdisciplinary Science and Horizons in Health Care,” will be held in Babcock Auditorium, which is accessible from Hawthorne Road. Free parking will be available in the Hawthorne Road Employee Deck.

Click here for more details and directions to the event.