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LaunchTown announces 2014 entrepreneurship competition

Students are invited to submit their business ideas to the 2014 LaunchTown Entrepreneurship Awards for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize.
 
Disease Diagnostic Group LLC—a team from Case Western Reserve—won the top prize at last year’s competition for its hand-held malaria detector.

Human Connectome Project leader David C. Van Essen to deliver spring Ford Lecture

The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the spring 2014 Ford Distinguished Lecture on March 6 featuring David C. Van Essen, PhD, Alumni Endowed Professor in the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department at Washington University in St. Louis.
 
Van Essen is one of the principal investigators of the Human Connectome Project, a $30 million NIH grant to map brain circuitry in a large population of healthy adults using cutting-edge neuroimaging methods, giving the scientific community an unprecedented look at connectivity in the living brain. 

Materials Science and Engineering’s John Lewandowski wins TMS Leadership Award

John J. Lewandowski, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering II in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, has received the 2014 Leadership Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).
 
The organization gives the award annually to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the national and international materials community in the fields of metallurgy and materials.
 
Lewandowski will accept his award at a ceremony during the TMS Annual Meeting in San Diego Feb. 18. 

CWRU students engineer art exhibit at MOCA

Two Case Western Reserve University engineering students have teamed up with students from the Cleveland Institute of Art to combine high-tech with high-fashion at a new art exhibit and competition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.
 
“In the Dark” opened at MOCA Jan. 30 and features the students’ wearable designs, which incorporate techie features like 3-D-printed components and LED lighting.
 
Check out the Plain Dealer’s article about the exhibit. 

CWRU students and faculty break innovation records

Case Western Reserve University students and faculty are bringing their ideas to life at record rates. According to the university’s recently released annual report, the campus entrepreneurship program Blackstone LaunchPad has helped launch 12 student startup companies. And 223 faculty members submitted inventions to the university’s Technology Transfer Office, which licensed 36 patents.