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Chemical engineering students take research from class project to peer-reviewed publication

Light bulb symbolizing bright ideaMost class projects end with a final grade. But a team of chemical engineering students took their capstone project a step further.
Undergraduate students Karun Kumar Rao, Molly Ferguson, Kyle Murphy and Jean Zhao spent the spring semester working on a project for Sherwin Williams: developing a method to characterize the degree of coalescence of resin films.

Engineering PhD student honored with two prestigious awards

Mustafa UnalThe Coblentz Society recently honored Mustafa Unal, a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, with two awards.
He received both the Coblentz Student Award and William G. Fateley Student Award. The Coblentz Student Award is given annually to four outstanding students around the world who have shown excellence in vibrational spectroscopy research. Then, from the pool of winners of the Coblentz Student Award, the recipient of the William G. Fateley Student Award is selected by mutual agreement of the Student Affairs Committee of the Coblentz Society and the Fateley donor group.

Unraveling how a brain works, block by high-tech block

High-tech blocks used to test cognitionPsychologists have long used building blocks to assess cognitive skills. But researchers at Case Western Reserve University are embedding the blocks with technology that may provide a clearer view of problems a child or adult may suffer due to developmental disabilities, brain trauma or dementia.
In testing college-age adults, blocks with sensors inside detected hyperactivity and revealed the problem-solving strategies used by each subject. The sensors also detected performance accuracy and the time each user took to complete given tasks.

Dry adhesive holds in extreme cold, strengthens in extreme heat

Dry adhesiveResearchers from Case Western Reserve University, Dayton Air Force Research Laboratory and China have developed a new dry adhesive that bonds in extreme temperatures—a quality that could make the product ideal for space exploration and beyond.
The gecko-inspired adhesive loses no traction in temperatures as cold as liquid nitrogen or as hot as molten silver, and actually gets stickier as heat increases, the researchers report.

Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership awards $1 million for promising university-based biomedical engineering technologies

Petri dishesThe Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) announced more than $1 million in funding and support for the 2016 cycle. Four projects were selected for full program funding. Projects range from diagnostic and screening technologies to cancer therapeutics. Six pilot grants also were awarded for earlier-stage projects.
The 10-year-old program, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University and the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, invests more than $1 million annually in direct funding and support services to help research teams from Case Western Reserve advance products from the laboratory to the marketplace, where they can be available to improve patient care.