In October, nine Case Western Reserve University electrical engineering and computer science students attended the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, the largest women in technology conference in the country.
Leah Karasek, Larissa Marcich, Meaghan Fenelon, Haley Eisenshtadt, Katherine Cass, Jessie Adkins, Stephanie Hippo, Sisi Gu and Yang Chen were part of the 8,000 attendees who assembled in Phoenix, where they met computer scientists from all over the world.
PhD student Chen praised the event saying, “I’ve been to a few conferences during my PhD; this is the most exciting and unique one. It gave me the faith to be who I want to be—no matter my age, gender and race.”
Artificial platelet mimics developed by a collaborative research team from Case Western Reserve University and University of California, Santa Barbara, are able to halt bleeding in biologic models 65 percent faster than nature can on its own.
For the first time, the researchers have been able to integratively mimic the shape, size, flexibility and surface chemistry of real blood platelets on albumin-based particle platforms. The researchers believe these four design factors together are important in inducing clots to form faster selectively at vascular injury sites while preventing harmful clots from forming indiscriminately elsewhere in the body.
If you’ve been to think[box], chances are you’ve already met Ian Charnas. Now you can get to know the think[box] manager and Case Western Reserve University alumnus better: he was recently featured in a Q&A with the Plain Dealer, where he discusses the future home of the university’s innovation center, the maker movement and his own high-tech tinkering.
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Carbon Origins and Everykey, companies started by Case Western Reserve University students and alumni, were finalists in the first Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day—a national entrepreneurship contest in New York City.
“It’s a phenomenal showing for our entrepreneurship efforts on campus,” said Bob Sopko, director of Case Western Reserve’s Blackstone LaunchPad, an on-campus business incubator that helps students and alumni launch new businesses.
Case Western Reserve sent the second-most teams to the event, with three among the competition’s 20 finalists.
Prayers from Maria Children's Glioma Cancer Foundation announced today that it will award its $250,000 Melana Matson Memorial Grant—its third major research grant since 2010—to Case Western Reserve University Case Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers James P. Basilion, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology, Efstathis Karathanasis, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and John Letterio, professor of pediatrics, who are studying the use of nanotechnology to more effectively treat pediatric glioma brain tumors.
"Pediatric therapies often follow the oversimplified assumption that children are just smaller people," said Karathanasis. "We now know that scaling down the dose of existing drugs will not achieve eradication of this lethal disease, so this award from Prayers from Maria provides us with the opportunity to develop a therapeutic agent specifically for children battling gliomas. Working with a collaborative team of researchers with complementary expertise—in this case cancer nanotechnology, pediatric oncology and molecular pharmacology—holds great promise."