LSU: Meagan Moore, “I Am Collaborative”

LSU: Meagan Moore, “I Am Collaborative”


MY name is Megan Moore. I am a Biomedical
engineering student. I am collaborative! Collaboration is finding skill sets in
yourself and amplifying them with others. At LSU the faculty are extremely
accessible, literally you just have to go knock on the door and start the
conversation. My name is Wayne Neuhauser. I’m a
professor of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science and the Director
of the Medical Physics and Health Physics program. Megan and I are
collaborating on a project that seeks to develop new tools for clinicians who are
involved in radiation therapy. I met Dr. Newhauser through his TED-X
talk. I was his artist and from there the project really started out in art. We 3-D
printed a human using art and engineering, and the collaboration of art,
engineering, and science is kind of the foundation of this entire project and
that I’m from the engineering discipline in addition to Dr. Newhauser and his background and he comes from the medical physics side. My art and my
science with engineering have brought this collaboration into existence.
Specifically we’re trying to create a personalized phantom, or a mannequin,
which is a tool that’s used to measure the properties of radiation treatment
fields for cancer patients. This is Marie she’s actually a small scale model that
we practice on for the larger scale model of the 3d printed human that we
are using in the research. What we’ve done is we’ve taken a scan of an actual
person and we were able to print it to true scale where we have a five foot one
person that was a patient at Pennington Biomedical Research Center and turn her
into a medical model where we can do dose measurements for radiation therapists. Well this research is really personalizing medicine in a way that it’s never been personalized before, and that’s really the beauty of all of these
collaborations coming together. LSU is an amazing place for collaborative research,
the culture, the shared resources, and the willingness of individuals and groups to
collaborate is really remarkable. Dr. Newhauser really challenges me to
become my best person as a Scientist. He really allows me to articulate what I
find her my strengths but also challenges me to find even more
strengths that I did not know I already had. Without a doubt LSU is the most
collaborative and collegial of the institutions that I’ve had the pleasure
of working on so with the right team you can accomplish amazing things and have
tremendous fun at the same time. WE ARE COLLABORATIVE!

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