Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

BME professor Erin Lavik's research highlighted at American Chemical Society meeting

Nanoparticles added to platelets double internal injury survival rate

Erin LavikNanoparticles tailored to latch onto blood platelets rapidly create healthy clots and nearly double the survival rate in the vital first hour after injury, new research shows.
“We knew an injection of these nanoparticles stopped bleeding faster, but now we know the bleeding is stopped in time to increase survival following trauma,” said Erin Lavik, a professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and leader of the effort.
The researchers are developing synthetic platelets that first responders and battlefield medics could carry with them to stabilize car crash or roadside bomb victims. An injection could slow or halt internal bleeding until the victim reaches a hospital and receives blood transfusions and surgery.

CWRU part of $70 million public and private initiative to grow, improve manufacturing

3d printerCase Western Reserve University is among the leaders of a $70 million consortium to demonstrate ways to improve and expand manufacturing in the United States.

The first major investment came from a $30 million federal grant that established the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. An additional $40 million will come from the State of Ohio Third Frontier, nine research universities, five community colleges, 40 companies and 11 nonprofit organizations that are a part of the institute.

Along with Carnegie Mellon University and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing, Case Western Reserve helped forge partnerships among the more than five dozen organizations across Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. After an extensive evaluation process involving the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the group won the competition to become the pilot effort of an ambitious initiative to transform manufacturing across the country.

“Case Western Reserve has a long and proud history of bringing discoveries to market,” said Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, a professor of materials science and engineering.  “We are honored by this opportunity and look forward to collaborating with this outstanding group of university, nonprofit and industry partners.”

Join Iwan Alexander to discuss wind energy at Monday's Science Cafe Cleveland at the Market Garden Brewery

Is wind power just a bunch of hot air ... or real energy for the future? That's the topic of Iwan Alexander's discussion at the next Science Cafe Cleveland this Monday, Aug. 13, at the Market Garden Brewery. 

Alexander, chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and faculty director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, will talk about offshore wind (including the Great Lakes), its relevance, barriers to implementation and its role now and in the future relative to conventional fuels for electrical power--coal, natural gas and nuclear.

Drinks begin at 6:30 p.m. and the discussion starts at 7 p.m. The Market Garden Brewery is located at 1947 W. 25th St. in Cleveland.

University hosts EEC's Entrepreneurship Immersion Week

Case Western Reserve University welcomes undergraduate students from across the region, beginning this weekend, as host of the sixth annual Entrepreneurship Education Week, sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium. This intensive, one-week academic immersion experience for undergraduates from all disciplines is designed to teach the basic skills needed when developing new business concepts. 

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 5, a team of five Case Western Reserve students will meet teams from eight other colleges and universities for activities like a human Tetris icebreaker to the week's grand finale business-concept competition on Fri., Aug. 10.

Learn more about the Entrepreneurship Education Week's activities.

Learn more about BME's Nicole Steinmetz, from hobbies to video games to interschool collaboration

Featured in this week's university newsletter, The Daily, assistant professor of biomedical engineering Nicole Steinmetz shares her take on super powers, competitive sports and nanomedicine. Highlights include her favorite thing about Case Western Reserve—the integration of the medical and engineering schools—and her collaboration on a science video that explains nanomedicine to K-12 students. Read the article, and watch her educational video, The Nanoman, below: