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Charles Drew set a standard of excellence unparalleled by most of his white contemporaries. In 1943, his distinction in his profession was recognized when he became the first black surgeon to serve as an examiner on the American Board of Surgery. Despite the prejudices of American society in the first half of the 20th century, Charles Drew persevered in his practice and was never afraid to stand up for his beliefs and racial equality.
Step into the future of medicine with a look at the surgical robotics being developed at the Johns Hopkins Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology. Here, engineers are designing less invasive surgical techniques and robots that a decade ago may have seemed like science fiction. Many of these techniques are leading to significantly quicker and less painful recoveries while giving surgeons more flexibility than ever before.
A giant video screen that takes up an entire wall, floor to ceiling, is allowing scientists to see details they've never seen before. Developed at Tufts University with help from the National Science Foundation, the Visualization Wall has a variety of applications. The "VisWall" offers a surgeon the opportunity to teach and practice surgical procedures on avatar renditions of the human body.
Almost fifty years ago the first industrial robot was "employed" in an automobile assembly plant. Robots are regularly used for hazardous, super-heavy and difficult tasks in manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment, medicine, and space exploration. Welding robots with touch sensing and seam tracking abilities increase assembly plant efficiency, while robotic surgery results in less pain, quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays. NASAs robotic rovers Spirit and Opportunity are mapping the terrain and searching for evidence of water on Mars. Honda Motor Company's humanoid robot, ASIMO, can walk, run, recognize people and identify sounds and voices.
Throughout U.S. history, Hispanics have contributed and achieved in building the West, in medicine and science, in entertainment, journalism, business, education, civil rights, politics, in sports, and more. Highlights Judy Baca bringing the Hispanic muralist movement to the United States, Roberto Clemente as the first Hispanic elected into baseball's Hall of Fame, Hispanic golfer Nancy Lopez winning her first LPGA Championship, Walter Alvarez proposing dinosaur extinction caused by asteroid impact, Franklin Chang-Diaz as the first Hispanic American in space, Dr. Antonia Novello as the first Hispanic surgeon general, and Linda Alvarado winning the Horatio Alger Award.
Military combat, cancer and accidents – all can cause devastating nerve injuries. Sometimes, the body heals on its own. With support from the National Science Foundation, biomedical engineer Christine Schmidt and her team are working to restore nerve function when injuries are more complicated. Surgeons can sometimes move a nerve from one part of a patient’s body to another. Schmidt has developed a method that grafts cadaver tissue onto the damaged area to act as a scaffold for nerves to re-grow themselves.