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Stanford psychiatrist and biomedical engineer Karl Deisseroth to deliver fall Ford Lecture

The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to attend the fall 2013 Ford Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 17 featuring Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and Psychiatry at Stanford University.
Deisseroth is director of undergraduate education in bioengineering at Stanford and a practicing psychiatrist. He has pioneered and developed new optical technologies that give researchers unprecedented access to fully intact biological systems, including optogenetics, a technology for controlling specific cells with light inside behaving animals, and CLARITY, a chemical engineering technology for visualizing and labeling biological tissues without disassembly. He has used these methods to study anxiety, depression and other conditions and diseases.

Professor Rigoberto Advincula wins Herman Mark Scholars Award

Rigoberto C. Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, received the Herman Mark Scholars Award from the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Chemistry Division for his accomplishments in the field of polymer science.
The namesake of the award is considered the father of polymer science in the U.S. The award recognizes outstanding research and leadership in polymer science.
Advincula, who is an editor and editorial board member of several journals, is a designated American Chemical Society expert, a triple fellow of the ACS and the vice chair of the POLY Division.
A symposium in his honor will be held at the ACS national meeting in Indianapolis this September.

Macro’s David Schiraldi named American Chemical Society Fellow

David Schiraldi, professor and chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering, has been selected as a member of the 2013 class of American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows.
Schiraldi is recognized for two decades of industrial polymer work contributing to the development and understanding of polymer/clay aerogels—materials of both academic and commercial interest.
Before joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 2002, Schiraldi worked in the chemical/polymer industry for 20 years. He worked for Celanese, which became Hoechst Celanese, then KoSa.
He has contributed to the ACS community by serving on governance within the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering—starting with chairing awards, then moving to secretary and, ultimately, chair.

Chemical engineering professor helps bring Myanmar’s engineering education into 21st century

Last year, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar held free, peaceful elections—the first since its military government took hold in 1962. Now, as leaders rebuild and restructure the country and its education system, Daniel Lacks, the C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering, is there to help.
Since 1962, the people of Myanmar (also known as Burma) have witnessed violent protests, human rights violations and censorship. In the late 1980s and again in the 1990s, following student protests, the government shut down undergraduate programs at major universities, leaving small regional schools as the only universities open, Lacks said.

Case Western Reserve University grants student-led startup option to further develop hand-held malaria diagnostic device


The Disease Diagnostic Group team (from left): John Lewandowski, Mark Lewandowski and Brian Grimberg

Case Western Reserve University has granted a two-year technology transfer option to a student-led research spinoff company developing a hand-held device that diagnoses malaria more quickly, simply and affordably than existing methods.
Disease Diagnostic Group LLC, the startup formed last summer from biomedical engineering research at the university’s Case School of Engineering, also raised $250,000 to “field-test” the device this fall in Peru. These research dollars have come from various sources, including the Coulter Foundation. The Case Coulter Translation Research Partnership provides research dollars primary focused on clinical translation for medical devices.