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David Schiraldi wins PMSE Distinguished Service Award

David SchiraldiDavid Schiraldi, chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and the Peter A. Asseff Professor, has been honored with the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering Division Distinguished Service Award.
 
For the past two decades, he has played an important role in the American Chemical Society’s PMSE Division, serving in leadership roles, coordinating the Cooperative Research Award for a number of years, leading the effort to streamline abstract submissions within PMSE, and contributing to a wide range of PMSE programs.

Gary Wnek presents at Innovation Leader Teach-In event

Gary WnekGary Wnek, the Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, joined representatives from Cleveland-based Innovation firm Nottingham Spirk for a whiteboard session on “Keys to Unlocking University Innovation” at Innovation Leader’s Teach-In Oct. 10-12 in Boston.
 
Held at MIT’s Media Lab, the event brought executives in research and development, design, corporate venturing and new product development together to share best practices and explore common challenges. The session also discussed the value of long-term relationships between companies and academic institutions.

CWRU researcher working with NASA, other partners to build small, battery-powered aircraft in next several years

Image of a flying cabNeed to catch a fast ride from Cleveland to Pittsburgh? Get ready to hail your first “air taxi”—and maybe sooner than you think.
 
Vikas Prakash, a Case Western Reserve University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is helping to create the light-weight, fully electric air vehicles that could make personal air travel for-hire a reality.

CWRU awarded funding to understand how a virus-like particle from plants stimulates potent anti-tumor response

PlantsNicole Steinmetz, the George J. Picha Designated Professor in Biomaterials, received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health to help understand how a virus-like particle from plants stimulates potent anti-tumor responses.
 
The new U01 award, totaling nearly $3 million, is provided by the National Cancer Institute. For the funded study, Steinmetz is teamed up with Steve Fiering, professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth College. They will also collaborate with Julian Kim and Sourabh Shukla, members of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as P. Jack Hoopes, a veterinarian and cancer researcher at Geisel.

CCIPD researchers receive RSNA Research Trainee Awards

Cancer cellsNathaniel Braman, a graduate student studying biomedical engineering in the Center of Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD), and Rakesh Shiradkar, a research associate in CCIPD and biomedical engineering, were awarded Research Trainee awards from the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA) at their annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in November.