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CWRU student innovators hope to hit Las Vegas “jackpot” at International CES show

Although too young to gamble, student innovators from Case Western Reserve University hope to “hit the jackpot” by drawing interest for their inventions from investors and companies at the Consumer Electronics Association’s International CES on Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas.
Case Western Reserve students will exhibit, demonstrate and promote such products as electric bicycles, energy-saving shower meters and even rockets. Additional rockets will greet the expected 152,000 visitors as they enter the exhibit hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center.

Engineering researchers learning to predict sickle cell crisis, monitor treatment with award from Doris Duke Foundation

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University received a $486,000 Doris Duke Foundation award to discover how to predict when sickle cell disease patients will suffer an acute crisis and monitor the effectiveness of treatments.
For decades, scientists have known that during acute crises, patients’ red blood cells change shape from round to a sickle or crescent, become sticky and block flow of healthy oxygen-carrying cells in the body’s smallest blood vessels. The oxygen starvation kills tissues and causes pain and swelling in organs and joints, feet and hands.

Engineering students, professor take part in first U.S. college course in Myanmar


Zack Scott (second from left) and Jordan Lajoie (far right) work with students from Yangon Technological University.

The streets of Yangon, Myanmar, are jam-packed with cars and a new Mercedes-Benz dealership has opened. People carry the latest smart phones and tablets.
Electricity is sporadic and unreliable, though. And the city has open sewers.
“It just feels like the place burst open to outside technology all at once; there was no gradual introduction to anything,” said Anne Walker, a Case Western Reserve University master’s student. “It’s an odd combination of high and low tech.”

CWRU teams dominate Ohio Clean Energy Challenge semi-finals

The Ohio Clean Energy Challenge has announced its semi-finalists for the 2014 competition—with six of the 10 contest slots going to teams from Case Western Reserve University.
Established by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge is part of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Teams develop clean energy business plans and work with mentors to perfect their commercialization strategies and investor pitches. The 10 semifinalists will present their pitches in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges on Jan. 29, 2014 at Cleveland State University.

Neural prosthesis restores behavior after brain injury, as reported in IEEE Spectrum

Scientists from Case Western Reserve University and University of Kansas Medical Center have restored function using a neural prosthesis in a biologic model of brain injury.
Ultimately, the team hopes to develop a device that rapidly and substantially improves function after brain injury in humans. There is no such commercial treatment for the 1.5 million Americans, including soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI), or the nearly 800,000 stroke victims who suffer weakness or paralysis in the United States, annually.