Past Bonds, Future Enrichment Come Together at Investiture Ceremony

Considered the highest academic honor a university can bestow, chair and professorship endowments provide senior-level faculty with funds to advance their scholarly activities and support research at the University of Texas at Dallas. Investitures are among the oldest traditions in academia, dating back more than 500 years. During the ceremony, honorees and ceremonial participants don full academic regalia. The endowed chairs and professorships are made possible by philanthropic donations, with several established by or honoring the University’s founders and early leaders.

Dr. Baowei Fei Honored at the University Investiture Ceremony

Dr. Baowei Fei is honored at the University Investiture Ceremony. President Richard C. Benson and Dr. Poras Balsara, interim dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, presented a medallion to Dr. Baowei Fei, Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Chair in Systems Biology Science. Twelve faculty members who were formally honored hold professorships and chairs in the Office of Graduate Education, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, Naveen Jindal School of Management and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Dr. Baowei Fei, an imaging scientist and cancer scholar whose work has transformed medical imaging and intervention for cancer care and who teaches in the Department of Bioengineering in the Jonsson School, is among those recognized at the ceremony.

Bioengineer Recognized Among Top in His Field with AIMBE Honor

Dr. Baowei Fei, a distinguished bioengineer at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), an honor that represents the top 2 percent of individuals in medical and biological engineering. The College of Fellows comprises more than 2,000 outstanding medical and biological engineers in academia, industry and government, including engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators and successful entrepreneurs.

NBC News Featured Research Work on Molecular Imaging and Targeted Biopsy

NBC News featured the research work by Dr. Baowei Fei and his team. The technology that was developed in his research lab is called molecular imaging directed, 3D ultrasound-guided biopsy, which improved upon 2D systems by allowing for earlier detection of potentially cancerous cells in the prostate. The new technology has been evaluated by an early phase clinical trial and the clinical finds were published Journal of Urology (Fei et al, Feasibility and Initial Results: Fluciclovine Positron Emission Tomography/Ultrasound Fusion Targeted Biopsy of Recurrent Prostate Cancer. Journal of Urology. 2019;202(2):413-421). For more information, read the PDF file of the clinical paper or visit the following website for the NBC news.

Dr. Baowei Fei Named Fellow of International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

Dr. Baowei Fei was recently named a new Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and will be honored at the Plenary Session of the International Conference of SPIE Medical Imaging in San Diego, CA on February 18, 2019. The SPIE was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 264,000 constituents from approximately 166 countries, the not-for-profit society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific.

Robert F. Wagner All Conferences Best Student Paper Award

Himar Fabelo, a PhD student from Dr. Baowei Fei’s Lab, received the Robert F. Wagner All Conference Best Student Paper Award – Runner-Up at the International Conferences of SPIE Medical Imaging in San Diego, California on February 18, 2018. The title of his paper is “Surgical aid visualization system for glioblastoma tumor identification based on deep learning and invivo hyperspectral images of human patients.” The Robert F. Wagner All Conference Best Student Paper Award (established 2014) is an acknowledgement of his many important contributions to the Medical Imaging meeting and his many important advances in the field of medical imaging and is co-sponsored The Medical Imaging Perception Society and SPIE. A first-place winner and runner-up were recognized with a cash prize ($1,000 and $500 respectively) and a certificate during the Plenary Session at the conference.

Dr. Baowei Fei serves as the Chair for the NIH Study Section: ZCA1 RPRB-N (J2) Integrating Biospecimens into Clinical Assay Development (U01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support extramural research to investigate and mitigate challenges facing clinical assay development due to biopsy biospecimen preanalytical variability. The program will tie in with current efforts to optimize clinical biomarker assays utilized in NCI-sponsored clinical trials. Results from this research program will improve the understanding of how biopsy collection, processing, and storage procedures may affect all aspects of analytical performance for current and emerging clinical biomarkers, as well as expedite clinical biomarker assay development through the evidence-based standardization of biopsy handling practices. Critical information gained through these research awards may increase the reliability of clinical biomarker assays, reduce time requirements for assay development, and decrease assay failure during late-stage testing.

Dr. Baowei Fei serves as a Panel Member of the NIH Study Section: Biomedical Imaging Technology (BMIT-B)

The Biomedical Imaging Technology Study Sections both review applications involving basic, applied, and pre-clinical aspects of the design and development of medical imaging system technologies, their components, software, and mathematical methods for studies at the cellular, organ, small or large animal, and human scale.

Dr. Baowei Fei was appointed as Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science by the University of Texas at Dallas

Provost Musselman of the University of Texas at Dallas appointed Dr. Baowei Fei to the endowed faculty position Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science #3, one of the honorific appointment awarded by the University to its most distinguished faculty members.

Noted Cancer Scholar Joins Jonsson School’s Bioengineering Team

Dr. Baowei Fei, a professor of bioengineering, was previously an associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Dr. Fei is a world-class researcher in the area of image-guided intervention,” said Dr. Robert Rennaker, Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering and head of the Department of Bioengineering. “Our ability to recruit faculty members of his caliber is what will propel UT Dallas to national prominence as we strengthen our partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Fei has received numerous honors and awards, including the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research and the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. In 2009 he was recognized as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He also served as the Conference Chair for the SPIE Medical Imaging: Image-guided Interventions, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling Conference 2017-2020.