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Columbia BME Helps Establish BMES-CMBE Award in Memory and Honor of Christopher R. Jacobs, PhD

Established in 2019, this annual award honors leadership excellence in the field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and is named in memory and honor of Christopher R. Jacobs, PhD.

Columbia BME Helps Establish BMES-CMBE Award in Memory and Honor of Christopher R. Jacobs, PhD
 
With a generous donation from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, BMES-CMBE has established the Christopher Jacobs Award for Excellence in Leadership.
 
September 4, 2020 | BY ALEXIS NEWMAN
 

Christopher R. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Established in 2019, this annual award honors leadership excellence in the field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) and is named in memory and honor of Christopher R. Jacobs, PhD.

Dr. Jacobs was a beloved professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University since 2008 and a leader in the field of biomechanics, widely recognized for his seminal research in bone cellular mechano-transduction and computational biomechanics. In addition to teaching and research, he was also an author, lecturer, and avid outdoorsman who loved to golf, ski, hike and climb mountains.

The author of many papers, Jacobs co-authored an acclaimed textbook, “Introduction to Cell Mechanics and Mechanobiology,” with Hayden Huang and Ronald Y. Kwon. As director of the Cell and Molecular Biomechanics Lab at Columbia, his research aided in developing new therapies for age-related bone loss and osteoporosis. Prior to Columbia, Jacobs taught at Stanford University and at Penn State University.

Following his passing, BMES-CMBE established an award in Dr. Jacobs' honor. In honor of the decade long service to the CMBE community, and for championing and leading the efforts to create a Scientific Interest Group (SIG) in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering under the umbrella of the BMES parent organization, this award was named in honor of Christopher Jacobs, Ph.D. (Read more here).

Earlier this year the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University made a generous donation to the award endowment fund. “BMES-CMBE is delighted to receive the generous donation from Columbia BME Department. The donation is a major step forward for establishing the longevity of this award through the creation of an endowment fund. We look forward to reaching our fundraising goal, and welcome all donations at any level” said Deborah Leckband, PhD, chair of the CMBE Scientific interest group.

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Call for CMBE 2021 Award Applications
 
Shu Chien Achievement Award

This award is in honor of Professor Shu Chien, MD, Ph.D., past President of the BMES. Dr. Chien is well recognized as one of the foremost pioneers and educators in biomedical engineering worldwide. His vision and leadership to integrate biomedical engineering with cardiovascular physiology and molecular cell biology have greatly impacted the field of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.

This Award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of cellular and molecular bioengineering. These contributions will include groundbreaking scientific advances in the field of cell and molecular bioengineering, the development of programs to support this emerging field, and the mentoring and training of the next generation of scientists working in our field.

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Christopher Jacobs Award for Excellence in Leadership
 
This award is named in memory and honor of Christopher R. Jacobs, Ph.D., and shall be presented in recognition of leadership excellence in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering community. Leadership is broadly defined and includes leadership in education, service, and publication/dissemination of the CMBE field. Dedicated service will also be recognized based on time and level of involvement in various programs and activities at, typically, regional or international levels. Contributions should emphasize the awardee's dedication to the cause and needs of the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering community, willingness to give time and effort, and the ability to draw together varied resources to affect change in the community.

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Young Faculty Rising Star Awards

These awards are intended to recognize the emerging leaders in the field of cellular and biomolecular engineering. The awards are presented in recognition of research excellence. Candidates are limited to either Assistant Professors or Associate Professors within one year of tenure appointment. Contributions should emphasize the awardee's research contributions through the inclusion of a NIH or NSF style biosketch and an extended abstract describing a pertinent research project.

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The 2021 CMBE Awards will be announced in early 2021 (date TBD) in a virtual format. Additional details will be shared in November 2020.

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