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Biomedical engineering researchers developing natural replacement tracheas

illustration of human lungsBiomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University are growing tracheas by coaxing cells to form three distinct tissue types after assembling them into a tube structure—without relying on scaffolding strategies currently being investigated by other groups.
 
Successful trials and further research and development could someday allow surgeons the option of replacing a damaged or faulty trachea with a fully functional natural-tissue trachea in both adults and children, said Eben Alsberg, professor in biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery and director of the Alsberg Stem Cell & Engineered Novel Therapeutics Lab at Case Western Reserve University.

Research team challenges the origins of Earth’s inner core

Earth from spaceIt is widely accepted that the Earth’s inner core formed about a billion years ago when a solid, super-hot iron nugget spontaneously began to crystallize inside a 4,200-mile-wide ball of liquid metal at the planet’s center.
 
One problem: That’s not possible—or, at least, has never been easily explained—according to a new paper published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters from a team of scientists at Case Western Reserve University.

Management and engineering students collaborate for social good in Tanzania

Image of globeWeatherhead School of Management’s MGMT 460 strays a bit from the standard business school course. For one thing, most of it took place in Tanzania. For another, enrollment was nearly half engineers.
 
And the syllabus included everything from visiting a global company with $58 billion in annual revenue to visiting an island where students learned by the light of oil lamps—at least until this year.

New imaging technology may help predict aggressiveness of lung cancer

Cancer cellCase Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic are leading development of a computerized tissue-imaging program that could soon help identify which lung cancer patients are likely to face an earlier recurrence of the disease.
 
With that information, cancer experts could more accurately determine which lung cancer patients should undergo aggressive post-surgery chemotherapy—and which are unlikely to benefit from it.

Faculty members named PMSE Young Investigator awardees

Michael Hore and Jon PokorskiMichael Hore and Jon Pokorski, both assistant professors of macromolecular science and engineering, have received Young Investigator awards from the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division (PMSE).
 
The 2018 PMSE Young Investigators include approximately 21 young scientists from academia, industry and national laboratories who have made significant contributions to their fields within polymer science and engineering. These scientists and engineers are emerging as leaders in the fields the synthesis, processing, characterization and physics of soft materials and their applications.