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CSE professors Hatsuo "Ken" Ishida and Zehra Meral Ozsoyoglu among first faculty members to receive university Distinguished Research Awards

Hatsuo "Ken" Ishida and Zehra Meral Ozsoyoglu

After years of honoring faculty achievements in teaching and mentoring, Case Western Reserve University this spring launched a new recognition program for excellence in research.
 
The idea for the initiative came from Robert H. Miller, who became the university’s vice president for research in 2011 after serving as vice dean for research at the School of Medicine. Along with this year’s revival of Research Showcase, the program helps demonstrate the great value Case Western Reserve places on academic discovery.
 
President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III considered the awards so important they visited each professor named as recipient of the inaugural Faculty Distinguished Research Awards.

Conference at CWRU to focus on economic, environmental and societal impacts of shale gas

The distinguished list of presenters and their topics have been announced for the National Academy of Engineering’s “Topical Meeting on Shale Gas: Promises and Challenges,” taking place June 18-19 at Case Western Reserve University. The agenda of the non-biased informational and educational meeting is a balance of academia, industry and scientific viewpoints on shale gas and shale gas drilling.

The two-day conference will explore various topics, focusing on both the risks and rewards of shale gas, with the chief goal to raise awareness and enhance understanding for a general audience, giving them the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers.

Chemical Engineering's Robert Savinell appointed editor of ECS Electrochemical Science and Technology Journals

Robert F. Savinell, the George S. Dively Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been appointed editor of the ECS Electrochemical Science and Technology (EST) journals. As editor, Savinell will lead a team of technical editors and associate editors for the ECS flagship, Journal of The Electrochemical Society (JES), as well as for one of the society's latest peer-reviewed offerings, ECS Electrochemistry Letters (EEL).

"I am looking forward to working with our technical and associate editors, the ECS staff, and the ECS membership to strengthen the impact and quality of our journals, and address the challenges of modern research dissemination," said Savinell. "My goal is to have JES and EEL be the journals of choice of the leaders and upcoming leaders in the electrochemical science and technology fields."

Researchers create vest that would detect cancers before symptoms arise

A group of researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are lining a vest with ultrasound sensors, signal processing electronics and other high-tech gear. Their goal is to provide a portable and inexpensive means for detecting common cancers much earlier than the typical diagnosis based on symptoms, thereby enabling treatment options to be more effective.

The diagnostic vest is designed for use at home or to be carried into rural areas, particularly in developing countries.

EECS's Jing Li delivered keynote talk at Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference

Jing Li, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently gave a keynote speech at the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO), which was held May 14-16 on the Carnegie Mellon campus, co-hosted by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

In his talk, Li presented recent advances in haplotype inference from large pedigrees developed by his lab. Among many applications of their approach, researchers can use their program to search for disease genes from large pedigree data, knowledge of which can aid in disease diagnosis and prevention.