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MRI contrast agent locates and distinguishes aggressive from slow-growing breast cancer

MRI scansA new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent being tested by researchers at Case Western Reserve University not only pinpoints breast cancers at early stages but differentiates between aggressive and slow-growing types.
"Doing both will help doctors find the right treatment," said Zheng-Rong Lu, the M. Frank Rudy and Margaret Dormiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve and leader of the research. "There's no such technology available now that we know of."

Chemical engineering researcher teams with University of Arkansas to develop more energy-efficient fertilizer

Julie RennerJulie Renner, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is part of a multi-institutional team lead by the University of Arkansas that’s developing more energy-efficient fertilizer.
The team received a $2.4-million award from the National Science Foundation to develop a chemical process that converts nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater into a fertilizer called struvite.

Renner’s group will investigate ways to enhance the process through protein engineering. Proteins and peptides have emerged as a powerful way to direct the chemical process that derives solid materials from a liquid solution.

Case Western Reserve researcher wins $5.5 million federal grant to develop bioinspired materials and systems

image of spider's web in fieldWith a new $5.5 million, five-year federal grant, a Case Western Reserve University researcher is leading an international team to develop functional materials inspired by some of the most desirable substances found in nature.
The bioinspired materials produced in the project will be tested in soft-sided robots, but are expected to have a wide range of practical uses.

Learn more about structural and compositional analysis at Swagelok Center short course

Calendar The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials will host a one-day short course on structural and compositional analysis solutions on Monday, Oct. 23.
The even is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and anyone interested in microscopy and surface analysis.

Materials doctoral candidate Janet Gbur becomes president of Microscopy Society of America Student Council

Janet GburJanet Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has begun her term as president of the newly formed student council of the Microscopy Society of America.
She was appointed president-elect when the council was created last year and took over as president at the Microcopy and Microanalysis conference in St. Louis in August.