MythBusters' Adam Savage visits Case Western Reserve University's Sears think[box].
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Engineering alumnus, PhD student receives Fulbright Award to Finland

A few years ago, a passion for chemistry and intrigue in engineering led Joseph Toth to an African village, where he helped bring electricity to a family for the first time. Now, Toth is going global again. Only this time, that drive and enthusiasm have earned him a spot as a Fulbright Scholar.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering last year and continuing his academic career as a PhD student at CWRU, the Fulbright Scholarship Board recognized Toth with the award to conduct research in Finland.

Materials doctoral candidate Janet Gbur wins ASM student paper contest

Janet Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has won the ASM International Student Paper Contest for her paper entitled “Fatigue and Fracture of Wires and Cables for Biomedical Applications.”
The ASM International Student Paper Contest was established in 1985, as a mechanism for student participation in society affairs. The award recognizes the best technical paper with a graduate or undergraduate student as first author that is published in an ASM sponsored publication during the year.

Cleveland researchers developing GPS for rectal cancer surgery

MRI machineResearchers estimate that, in the United States annually, up to 10,000 rectal cancer patients undergo unnecessary surgery, and more than 25,000 suffer from pelvic sepsis, wound infection and permanent impairments from aggressive surgery.
That’s because it’s difficult to reliably tell which patients treated with chemotherapy and radiation still need surgery. Another challenge is surgeons lack strong guidance on just how much tissue beyond the cancerous tumor they should remove.
A researcher at Case Western Reserve University aims to provide answers to both uncertainties by analyzing features found in magnetic resonance images regularly taken before surgery and pathological specimens removed during surgery.

Student’s startup wins first place in local pitch competition

Xyla FoxlinXyla Foxlin’s Parihug was selected for first place in the tech startup category at the Sidewalk to Stage Pitch Competition at Jumpstart’s Startup Scaleup event.

Foxlin, a rising junior studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, received $5,000 for her finish in the competition.

StartUp Scaleup was an all day entrepreneurial summit, drawing approximately 1,500 people to Cleveland’s Gordon Square area. More than 70 ventures entered the pitch competition.

Students get hands-on with HoloLens app development

When Microsoft gave Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic an early look at the technology company’s new HoloLens device in 2014, leaders of both institutions immediately saw enormous potential for teaching anatomy at their new joint Health Education Campus.
But as select faculty and students learned more about the mixed-reality visor, they realized its possibilities stretched well beyond medicine.

Creating a holographic anatomy curriculum for medical students remains the top priority for Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic, but a handful of undergraduates have had the opportunity to explore other applications. Among the first are projects in music, psychology, and sustainability—but those are clearly just a beginning.