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Mustafa Unal receives international honors for research

Mustafa UnalMustafa Unal, a recent alumnus from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received the 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) – Turkey Award from Junior Chamber International (JCI) in the category of medical innovation for research conducted at Case Western Reserve.
 
The award recognizes up to 10 individuals from 10 different categories between the ages of 18 and 40 who exemplify the best attributes of the world’s young people.

David Zeng selected as first provost’s faculty fellow in international affairs

David ZengDavid (Xiangwu) Zeng, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Frank H. Neff Professor, has been appointed the inaugural provost’s faculty fellow in international affairs. The appointment is awarded to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated a commitment to the internationalization of Case Western Reserve University.
 
Zeng was recommended for this role to Provost William A. “Bud” Baeslack III by David Fleshler, vice provost for international affairs. Zeng will serve as co-chair of the International Affairs Advisory Council (IAAC) and act as a key advisor to the Center for International Affairs. The IAAC includes faculty across all schools and guides the ongoing internationalization of Case Western Reserve.

Eric Baer awarded American Chemical Society Rubber Division's highest honor

Eric BaerThe American Chemical Society Rubber Division selected Distinguished University Professor Eric Baer, who also is the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, for its highest honor: the 2018 Charles Goodyear Medal.
 
The division established the award in 1941 for scientists and engineers who have made significant contributions or changes to the rubber industry through an invention, innovation or development.

Volunteers needed for Engineering Challenges Carnival

Students building structures at E-Week CarnivalIn celebration of E-Week, the Case School of Engineering will host the annual Engineering Challenges Carnival for local youth, targeting students from preschool to eighth grade. The carnival will take place Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thwing Center, but volunteers can begin to sign up today.
 
The carnival provides an opportunity for Case Western Reserve students, faculty and staff to inspire children to explore and consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through demonstrations and hands-on activities. Volunteers can sign up individually or with a group.
 

Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership awards $1.1 million for promising university-based biomedical engineering technologies

Lab researchThe Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership, which helps to commercialize projects by clinicians and biomedical engineering faculty that improve human health and well-being, has awarded more than $1.1 million in financial backing and other support for the 2017 round of funding.
 
The partnership, a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, selected seven advanced projects for full funding and four earlier-stage projects for pilot grants—research covering such patient needs as more effective brain cancer surgery, oral cancer diagnosis and devices to control pain.