Innovation has a new home at Sears think[box]

BME faculty member Eben Alsberg uses body's own genetic material to sabotage cancer cells

Some of the body’s own genetic material, known as small interfering RNA (siRNA), can be packaged then unleashed as a precise and persistent technology to guide cell behavior, researchers at Case Western Reserve University report in the current issue of the journal, Acta Biomaterialia.
The research group, led by Eben Alsberg, associate professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery, have been pursuing experiments that seek to catalyze stem cells to grow into, for example, bone and cartilage cells, instead of fat, smooth muscle and other cell types. 

Homecoming Weekend celebrates alumni, students and families

This year, three Case Western Reserve University traditions have been combined to create one great event experience.

Alumni reunion, family weekend and homecoming occur this weekend, offering an array of programs for all. Check out the schedule at Here's a preview of Case School of Engineering highlighted events:

Fri., Sept. 28:

9:00 a.m. // think[box]: an innovative home for out-of-the-box thinkers tour and presentation


9:30-11 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. // Beyond the Classroom: interactive engineering and applied science student group projects


2:00 p.m. // Bench to Bedside Forum: the impact of current research on tomorrow's health care


Join us for the Ford Lecture Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Chad MirkinThe campus community is invited to attend the Ford Distinguished Lecture today, Thurs., Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, with a reception immediately following.

Visiting scholar Chad A. Mirkin will present "Revolutionizing the Field of Medicine through Advanced in Nanotechnology." Dr. Mirkin is the director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration and tickets are not required.

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Civil engineering researchers rebuild bridge trusses used by Amasa Stone

It was a bridge project that went on without tying up traffic—and, in fact, without many people knowing: Yesterday, contractors moved two 13,000-pound wooden bridge trusses out of the structures lab at Case Western Reserve University and onto pilings outside the building, to kick off a yearlong research project. The trusses, made of wood, are 11 feet high by 48 feet long and are of the same design Cleveland industrialist Amasa Stone used to build railroads across the U.S.
The trusses were part of a New Hampshire bridge built 86 years ago but recently burned by arson. Using timbers from Oregon, it was rebuilt in New Hampshire, disassembled and shipped to Civil Engineering Professor Dario Gasparini.

Engineering alumnus, philanthropist Tinkham Veale passes

Tinkham Veale, a 1937 Case Western Reserve graduate who achieved extraordinary business success and even greater philanthropic impact, died Tuesday in his home. He was 97.

Tink came to the university after working as a teenager in the oil fields of Kansas, and felt a deep sense of gratitude for the opportunity. He excelled at athletics and academics, and made gifts to the university each year after his graduation in 1937.