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Macro’s Liming Dai featured in Chemistry World

Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, was featured in Chemistry World, the magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The article discusses Dai’s role as director of the university’s Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon and features his research on 3-D carbon nanomaterials.
Read the full Q&A. 

Medtronic’s Michael J. Coyle to deliver fall Ford Lecture

The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the fall 2014 Ford Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 13 featuring Michael J. Coyle, executive vice president and group president of Medtronic’s Cardiac and Vascular Group.
Coyle was named executive vice president and group president in December 2009. In this role, he oversees three Medtronic businesses, providing strategic direction and ensuring cross-functional synergies including integrated growth plans and alignment.
He will present his lecture, “The Engineering of Invention and the Evolving Health Care Environment: Tying Innovation to Economic Value,” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in the Kelvin + Eleanor Smith Foundation Ballroom at the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Amputees discern familiar sensations across prosthetic hand

Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident four years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps.
Now, blindfolded during an experiment, he feels his arm hairs raise when a researcher brushes the back of his prosthetic hand with a cotton ball.
Spetic, of course, can’t feel the ball. But patterns of electric signals are sent by a computer into nerves in his arm and to his brain, which tells him differently. “I knew immediately it was cotton,” he said.

CWRU signs academic partnership with Mapua Institute of Technology

Case Western Reserve University has entered into an academic partnership with Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines, paving the way for student and faculty exchange programs and joint research projects focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Case School of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics Gary Wnek joined Mapua President and Chief Executive Officer Reynaldo B. Vea in the Philippines for a signing ceremony Sept. 27.
The partnership grew out of Wnek’s visit to Mapua in May as the first visiting professor under the PhilDev Innovation Development through Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) program.

Scientists wield plant viruses against deadly human disease

Case Western Reserve University researchers hope to take a healthy salad up a level by growing a vaccine for an aggressive form of breast cancer in leafy greens.
“In the long run, one could think about administering the vaccine either by eating the salad or making a pill from the plant tissue,” said Nicole Steinmetz, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and leader of the project.
The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization is funding the research with a three-year, $450,000 grant.
Steinmetz also received a $144,000 grant from the American Heart Association for a separate project: developing a transporter to deliver clot-busting drugs to the site of blood clots before they trigger heart attacks or strokes.