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Student startup wins Cleantech University Prize

TiresCase Western Reserve University student entrepreneur Pavel Galchenko and his startup RVS Rubber Solutions will be competing in the final round of the Clean Energy Trust Challenge this spring after winning the Midwest Regional Competition in February.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), about 100 million pounds of tire components discarded during the manufacturing process are dumped in landfills nationally each year because the body ply—the tire’s largest component—can’t be effectively recycled.

Researchers secure $2 million NIH grant to test portable sickle cell monitor

Image of red blood cells with sickle cell diseaseResearchers at Case Western Reserve University will use a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test a small, portable blood-adhesion monitor for sickle cell disease patients.
The engineers and doctors hope to make the device as useful as the at-home insulin monitors diabetes patients use to manage their disease.

Sickle cell patients suffer painful damage to joints and organs during events called vaso-occlusive crises. These random and unpredictable crises occur when the misshapen and abnormal sticky blood cells that are characteristic of the disease clog blood vessels.

Michael Hore selected to give lecture at international polymer society meeting

Michael HoreMichael Hore, assistant professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been selected by the American Physical Society’s Division of Polymer Physics to give a guest lecture at the U.K. Polymer Physics Group meeting in September at Swansea University.
The group meets every other year to provide an opportunity for researchers from both academia and industry to discuss the latest innovations in the understanding of the physical behavior and manipulation of a wide range of polymer systems.

Engineering students named finalists in South by Southwest’s “Student Startup Madness” competition

Blue ribbon awardThe top college startups in America are set to meet in a “Student Startup Madness” championship next month at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas.
And two of the “Entrepreneurial Eight” finalists—from more than 200 entries representing 60 universities—are from Case Western Reserve University: Reflexion Interactive Technologies and Parihug.

Researchers use medical imaging to identify biomarker for prostate cancer, determine appropriate treatment for ER+ breast cancer

Cancer cellsBiomedical engineering researchers at Case Western Reserve University are using computerized imaging to provide new tools in better diagnosing and treating cancers, specifically prostate and estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancers.
Preliminary computerized imagine reveals the shape of the prostate and a compartment within the gland—called the transitional zone—consistently differ in men with prostate cancer than in those without the disease, according to new research led by Anant Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason professor II of biomedical engineering and director of the university’s Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD).
The findings, published in Scientific Reports, may provide a new avenue to diagnose the disease—perhaps even the cancer’s aggressiveness.