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Eleventh Grade Students Visit Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Eleventh Grade students in the Applied Physics and Engineering class went on a field trip to the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute's Research Facilities led by Dr. Sanjoy Bhattacharya. The class was privileged to be given lectures by researchers and a PhD student on cochlear implants and glaucoma, and then to tour the McKnight Labs. The research being done in Bascom Palmer, the nation's number one ophthalmological institute, is very cutting edge, but also allowed students to see that there are mundane issues to be dealt with in bio-engineering. For example, the tube used in cochlear implants was not holding up for long periods of time and the engineers had to find a new material to use that wouldn't break or cause infection. For the engineering students to see the field they've been studying in action and in a way that helps others, was both interesting and inspiring.
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