Engage and Enable Blog

In this blog and by sharing our stories, we aim to ENGAGE students, researchers and the public, and ENABLE people who have disabilities.

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In Seattle, David Mills, director of Infinity Box Theatre Project, tackles science topics and related social implications in his productions. For the last two years, he’s presented “Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human,” delving into robots and artificial intelligence in 2013 and, this year, prosthetics and neural enhancements. He matches up playwrights with researchers, and lets them, well, create a story.

A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated simultaneous recording and optical stimulation of neural activity in the spinal cord using flexible fiber probes, moving this type of technology a step closer in helping to restore motor function in people who are paralyzed or disabled.

Students at our center are gearing up to take part in the Perfect Pitch contest, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The contest is designed to help students develop communication skills to clearly and concisely explain their research.

Researchers from San Diego State University are collaborating with the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and battery manufacturer Route JD to develop a sustainable power module for implantable medical devices. 

The devices, powered using ultrasonic wireless technology, could ultimately be used to help people who have had a stroke or who are living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.

For five Fridays this summer, 20 incoming freshman at San Diego State University attended what’s known as the Research Academy, Jr., a program designed to help students get ready for college.  Modeled after a similar program for undergraduate students, this academy includes presentations from researchers and students involved with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at SDSU.

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