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CWRU student startup RVS Rubber Solutions finalist in prestigious international business competition

Image of tireRVS Rubber Solutions, a startup company co-founded by Case Western Reserve University student Pavel Galchenko, is among just 36 finalists chosen from around the world to compete in Singapore this week in an international business competition.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Galchenko, a junior biochemistry major. “It’s incredible. It not only gives us validation, but it’s truly an honor.”
Galchenko launched RVS last year with his best friend from Aurora (Ohio) High School, Yohann Samarasinghe, a junior studying nanoengineering and business at the University of California, San Diego.

Register for the 2017 International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces

Sears think[box]Case Western Reserve faculty, staff and students are invited to register for the 2017 International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces, which will take place Sept. 24-26 at the Tinkham Veale University Center.
The event will bring more than 400 members of the maker community, including student and faculty advocates, leaders in academia, government policy maker, educational researchers and makerspace managers, to campus to network and discuss ways to maximize the impact of higher education makerspaces.
Sessions include topics like makerspace management and deep dives into makerspace equipment. Registration is open until Sept. 15. Register now.

New research indicates how static electricity puts the charge in material

Microstructure view of electrostaticFor centuries, scientists have tried to understand triboelectric charging, commonly known as static electricity.
Triboelectric charging causes toner from a photocopier or laser printer to stick to paper, and likely facilitated the formation of planets from space dust and the origin of life on earth.
But the charges can also be destructive, sparking deadly explosions of coal dust in mines and of sugar and flour dust at food-processing plants.
New research led by Case Western Reserve University indicates that tiny holes and cracks in a material—changes in the microstructure—can control how the material becomes electrically charged through friction.

Wyatt Newman to discuss jobs of the future at TEDx talk in Switzerland

Wyatt NewmanWyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will discuss how robotics, automation and artificial intelligence are changing the working world at TEDx Lugano in Switzerland on Sept. 9.
He will join a lineup of speakers from around the world gathered to discuss professions of the future at fourth annual event.
Learn more about TEDx Lugano. 

Research team receives funding for blood-clotting assessment device

Red blood cellsResearchers from Case Western Reserve University have received funding from the American Heart Association to develop a dielectric microsensor called ClotChip that is capable of assessing the clotting ability of a person’s blood 95 times faster than current methods.
The team includes Pedram Mohseni, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Michael Suster, a senior research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Anirban Sen Gupta, professor of biomedical engineering, and Evi Stavrou, an assistant professor of hematology and oncology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.