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Materials doctoral candidate Janet Gbur becomes president of Microscopy Society of America Student Council

Janet GburJanet Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has begun her term as president of the newly formed student council of the Microscopy Society of America.
She was appointed president-elect when the council was created last year and took over as president at the Microcopy and Microanalysis conference in St. Louis in August.

BME’s Anant Madabhushi awarded two patents

Anant MadabhushiAnant Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, has been awarded two U.S. patents.
U.S. patent 9,721,338 titled “Method and Apparatus for Segmentation and Registration of Longitudinal Images” describes an invention that provides systems and methods for detecting and segmenting a lesion from longitudinal, time series or multi-parametric imaging by utilizing spectral embedding-based active contour. In addition, the described invention further provides systems and methods for registering time series data by utilizing reduced-dimension eigenvectors derived from spectral embedding of feature scenes.

CWRU student startup RVS Rubber Solutions finalist in prestigious international business competition

Image of tireRVS Rubber Solutions, a startup company co-founded by Case Western Reserve University student Pavel Galchenko, is among just 36 finalists chosen from around the world to compete in Singapore this week in an international business competition.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Galchenko, a junior biochemistry major. “It’s incredible. It not only gives us validation, but it’s truly an honor.”
Galchenko launched RVS last year with his best friend from Aurora (Ohio) High School, Yohann Samarasinghe, a junior studying nanoengineering and business at the University of California, San Diego.

Register for the 2017 International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces

Sears think[box]Case Western Reserve faculty, staff and students are invited to register for the 2017 International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces, which will take place Sept. 24-26 at the Tinkham Veale University Center.
The event will bring more than 400 members of the maker community, including student and faculty advocates, leaders in academia, government policy maker, educational researchers and makerspace managers, to campus to network and discuss ways to maximize the impact of higher education makerspaces.
Sessions include topics like makerspace management and deep dives into makerspace equipment. Registration is open until Sept. 15. Register now.

New research indicates how static electricity puts the charge in material

Microstructure view of electrostaticFor centuries, scientists have tried to understand triboelectric charging, commonly known as static electricity.
Triboelectric charging causes toner from a photocopier or laser printer to stick to paper, and likely facilitated the formation of planets from space dust and the origin of life on earth.
But the charges can also be destructive, sparking deadly explosions of coal dust in mines and of sugar and flour dust at food-processing plants.
New research led by Case Western Reserve University indicates that tiny holes and cracks in a material—changes in the microstructure—can control how the material becomes electrically charged through friction.