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Beyond the Blue Podcast: Michelle Sabick on the Basics of Joint Replacement

By:    Published 11:39 am / December 5, 2011

Biomedical engineers must overcome significant hurdles to create joint replacements that can serve as stand-ins for healthy bone and cartilage. Michelle Sabick, the interim chair and associate professor of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State, examines “Engineering the Human Body: The Basics of Joint Replacement” in this week’s Beyond the Blue faculty podcast.

Listeners can access the website featuring a series of faculty podcasts at or go directly to Sabick’s presentation. Visitors can listen/watch podcasts directly on the site or link to iTunesU, where they can download all podcasts and subscribe to receive automatic downloads of new content whenever they open iTunes.

In this podcast, Sabick outlines how engineers overcome the challenges to make joint replacement an increasingly common and usually successful procedure that improves the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of people every year. She provides a brief overview of the field of biomedical engineering and also details a case study about a patient who needs a hip replacement as an illustration of several key concepts of engineering design.

The Beyond the Blue website has been developed to showcase the expertise and innovative spirit that exists in many fields at Boise State. Known for its unique blue turf and nationally ranked football program, Boise State is demonstrating creativity beyond the blue in faculty podcasts intended to introduce a variety of topics to casual listeners.

New faculty podcasts are being added on a regular basis, including:

The website contains bonus video and editorial content about the university, including its growth, research initiatives and student life. A related collection of faculty interviews also is accessible from the Reader’s Corner radio show hosted by Boise State President Bob Kustra on Boise State Public Radio.