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High School Students Learn About Broken Hearts from Bioengineering Outreach Program

February 27, 2007

Albuquerque High School students are literally learning about broken hearts when School of Engineering students and professors meet with them to talk about tissue engineering.

Students hear a short talk from Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Assistant Professor Heather E. Canavan. Then they touch and interact with implants such as pacemakers.

Canavan gives the students a short "Name that Implant" quiz. The winners will be invited to tour the laboratories at the Center for Biomedical Engineering at UNM, and two or three students will have the opportunity to work in mentored research positions at the university this summer. For more information, see Heather Canavan's outreach site:

The project is funded by the National Science Foundation's program on Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials and is a collaboration with Harvard University, Albuquerque Public Schools, the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and UNM.