In the Spotlight

Zack Anderson: Senior, Computer Science

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urgeons and anesthesiologists prepped for their next bariatrics surgery: scrubs, masks, gowns, gloves? Check. Google Glass, connected and fully charged? Check. They headed into the operating room. The doctor and an anesthesiologist wore Google Glass technology mounted on their eyeglasses. In the top right corner of the right lenses, they could see the patient’s vital signs. The software engineer, University of Kentucky computer science student Zack Anderson, watched as his work was put to the test… and passed. Working with Dr. Alex Gandsas of the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland, Anderson’s innovation is designed to reduce the distractions surgeons and anesthesiologists face as they operate. Applying wearable technology to glasses allows them to keep their eyes on the patient and monitor vitals at the same time. The venture began as an undergraduate research project Zack’s freshman year, working with Department of Computer Science Chair and Professor Brent Seales.

Tom Hedman: Adjunct Associate Professor, F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering

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illions of Americans suffering from low back pain could soon have a quick, cost-effective and permanent solution for the debilitating ailment. The solution, an injectable liquid called Réjuve, is the creation of UK researcher and Intralink-Spine chief scientific officer Tom Hedman, and it has received promising early results from a recent clinical study. Réjuve is an injectable orthopaedic device that mechanically strengthens the spinal disc and stabilizes the spinal joint. According to an Intralink-Spine news release, one patient reported that he played 18 holes of golf three days after the Réjuve procedure, which takes 15-20 minutes to administer and costs considerably less than current and emerging treatments. Hedman joined the UK faculty in 2010 and brought Intralink-Spine to UK’s Coldstream Research Campus. He credits biomedical engineering faculty for providing collegial support and advice as Intralink-Spine has translated technology from the lab to the clinic.

Ruth Dankwah: Sophomore, Computer Engineering

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hen a family emergency required that Ruth Dankwah begin high school after classes had already commenced, she found few classes still available for registration. With little interest in the subject, Ruth selected Introduction to Web Design as one of her electives. It turned out to be her favorite class that year and Ruth followed that interest into high school computer science classes, eventually enrolling at UK as a computer engineering major. One of the first students to receive a Garver Family Scholarship (see page 12), Ruth has joined many student organizations to build her leadership skills. During her freshman year, she joined the Resident Students Association and helped found the first multicultural sorority in Kentucky, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Incorporated. When Ruth graduates, she hopes to work for a technology company, such as Google or Apple, either innovating or creating new technologies for consumers.