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Greg Sadetsky, Hacker and Rescuer

Greg Sadetsky, graduate of the Biophotonics program in 2014, used his unparalleled programming skills and his regard for human life to program a tool for identifying people needing rescue during hurricane Harvey from their Twitter feed and Facebook pages, and helped prioritize research efforts for the military. He has received a letter from the army to thank him, and an article was written in FastCompany about him. From the article:

In the meantime, his work on the Harvey map has made him rethink the kind of work he does on a regular basis, making it more likely he’ll want to devote his time and energy in the future to projects that can positively benefit humanity. And it’s had a major impact on his thinking ever since the storm.”

Congrats Greg.  Nobody here is surprised.

Photonics West 2016

Damon, Alicja, Daniel and Patrick up Lombard street, the night before Photonics West 2016 in San Francisco.
Damon, Alicja, Daniel and Patrick up Lombard street, the night before Photonics West 2016 in San Francisco.

We are at Photonics West 2016 in San Francisco.  Damon is presenting his exciting results on Neurosurgical guidance with fiber-based spectral measurements in the brain which he obtained with Nicolas, Alicja is presenting her work (and that of undergraduate Mohamed Bahdine) on spinal cord scattering characterization, and Patrick is presenting the foundation of his new theoretical work (also obtained with the help of undergraduate Maxime Tremblay, Mathieu Bélanger, Bertrand de Dorlodot, et Ph.D. student Aleix Pau Pagès) on “Network Inference and Characterization of Nervous systems”.

New group member: Dr Pierre Gravel

Pierre gravelAnother new member in the group: Dr Pierre Gravel.  Pierre comes with a broad experience in imaging from astrophysics (University of Toronto) and biomedical imaging (Montreal). He also worked at Mathworks on MATLAB where he was an image and signal analysis specialist.  He is joining the group to work on Early Cellular Biomarkers of Multiple Sclerosis and devise strategies for automatic lesion identification.