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Doctoral researcher Mohsen Seifi wins ASTM International Graduate Scholarship

Mohsen Seifi, a doctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, has been awarded a 2015 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Graduate Scholarship for the second year in a row. He will be recognized at the ASTM Fall Meeting in Tampa where he officially will accept the award.
 
Established in 2009 to coincide with ASTM’s Year of the Professor initiative, the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM International standards. The objective of the ASTM scholarship program is to enhance a student’s knowledge, understanding and application of ASTM International and its standards. Recipients of the scholarship receive an award in the amount of $10,000.

BME grad student Anna Dikina wins Baxter Young Investigator Award

Anna Dikina, a graduate student in the lab of biomedical engineering professor Eben Alsberg, has been selected as a Baxter Young Investigator for her research entitled “Engineering Cartilaginous Tracheal Replacements: Vascular Tissue Incorporation and Epithelialization.”
 
The Baxter Young Investigator Award is highly competitive annual award program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the U.S. sponsored by global health care company Baxter International Inc.

New contrast agent spotlights tiny tumors and micrometastases

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent that detects much smaller aggressive breast cancer tumors and micrometastases than current agents can identify.
 
"Currently, there is no imaging technology in clinical use that can detect tumors or metastases smaller than 2 millimeters in diameter," said Zheng-Rong Lu, professor of biomedical engineering and leader of the research. "This can detect them as small as 300 microns--a few hundred cells."

OZY Genius Award winners pursue secrets of superconductors, hoping to revolutionize electronics

Two years ago, as Case Western Reserve University Professor Harsh Mathur finished his lecture on superconductivity to his introductory physics class, he suggested that maybe one of the students in the audience would solve the 100-year-old challenge of superconducting at room temperature.
 
Electrical engineering student Sylvester Amponsah, then a sophomore, felt as if Mathur were talking to him directly, and thought, “Why not me?”
 
At extremely cold temperatures, superconductors allow electrical current to pass without resistance. But if they could be made to work at room temperature, superconductors could revolutionize electronics, much as semiconductors did in the last century, and lead to a highly efficient electrical power grid and more.

Alp Sehirlioglu named senior member of the IEEE

Alp Sehirlioglu, the Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been made a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
 
Senior member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which a member can apply, and it is a distinction only 7 percent of the organization’s 431,000 members have achieved.
 
Sehirlioglu’s research focuses on functional electro-ceramics with a focus on interfacial phenomena and energy conversion.