In the corner of his office, Paul Barnhart keeps a 33-year-old photo of himself when he was a Case Western Reserve University undergrad to remind him to think what it was like to be a student—and to show students he was once like them.
“As a college senior, I was a different person in many ways,” said Barnhart, now an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “There’s a certain amount of confidence lacking when we’re young, requiring some attention and some care.”
The attention and care Barnhart provides his students earned him a 2015 J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. The Jackson Award celebrates faculty and staff who have guided a student in his or her academic and career paths, fostered the student’s long-term personal development, challenged the student to reflect, explore and grow as an individual and supported and/or facilitated the student’s goals and life choices.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, including Zheng-Rong Lu, the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Professor of Biomedical Engineering, have combined finely crafted nanoparticles with one of nature’s potent disrupters to prevent the spread of triple-negative breast cancer in biologic models.
The highly aggressive cancer subtype is difficult to manage and, currently, the FDA has no approved targeted treatments. But striking results from a new study, published in the journal Cancer Research make the researchers optimistic they have a potential game-changer for triple-negative cancer and more.
The maker movement. Startup accelerators. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. These movements are gaining traction across the country and around the world—and present enormous opportunities for growth: for individuals, for companies, for regions and institutions.
Case Western Reserve is hosting a summit to bring together thought leaders from across industry sectors and geographies for three days of exploration, collaboration and scholarship focused on the opportunities and challenges of global innovation. The Case Western Reserve University Innovation Summit 2015: Models of Innovation will be held on the Case Western Reserve campus in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 26-28, 2015.
Among the thick white binders that line a bottom shelf in Colin Drummond’s office is one filled with current events—news articles the biomedical engineering professor uses to pepper his courses with context to draw real life from theory.
There’s The Wall Street Journal feature on how a promising cardiovascular device took an agonizing six years to gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. And a journal story on how Google was diving into the race to design a more efficient battery as part of its expansion into consumer electronics.
For the final class of a BioDesign course, Drummond invites actual investors to give thumbs-up or -down, as students present their new product ideas, creating a sense of what it’s really like to sell themselves and their inventions.
Students are invited to submit a project created this year to the MakeSchools Student Competition for a chance to win a maker kit from competition sponsor Dremel.
Projects can be collaboratively or independently prepared, and each project should include a short video and a description of its development and outcomes.
Projects must be submitted by May 31. Learn more and submit your maker project.