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Professor Gary Wnek to speak at Copenhagen workshop on the Physics of Excitatory Membranes

Gary WnekGary Wnek, the Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor of Engineering in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, will speak at the first workshop on the Physics of Excitatory Membranes, held Aug. 29-31 at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen.
The workshop will cover electromechanical behavior and flexoelectricity of biomembranes, channels in membranes, anesthesia, fluctuations, propagation phenomena in excitatory membranes, cells and neurons, and related phenomena. The purpose is to bring together scientists who investigate new and alternative ways of thinking about the physics of biological membrane and cell function.
Wnek will discuss the multiple roles of macromolecules in excitable cells.
Learn more about the workshop and see the full list of speakers. 

PhD candidate selected for Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award

Liz FreundLiz Freund, a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, recently won the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award.
The award is granted to individuals who have “potential to make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science.”
As part of her award, Freund will conduct research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for six months. Her project is titled “In situ electrochemical S/TEM studies of Copper Electronucleation from Halide, Sulfate, and Perchlorate Electrolytes.”

Eric Baer wins Polymer Processing Society's James L. White Innovation Award

Eric BaerEric Baer, Distinguished University Professor and Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has received the James L. White Innovation Award from the Polymer Processing Society. He was recognized at the award ceremony at the 32nd International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society in July in Lyon, France.

In conjunction with his award, Baer addressed the conference in plenary session speaking on the topic, “New Polymeric Nanolayered Systems by Continuous Co-extrusion – Forced Assembly.”

Engineering student, alumnus named among Cleveland’s up-and-coming professionals

Cleveland skylineTwo of the Case School of Engineering’s own are being celebrated among Cleveland’s top up-and-coming young professionals. Xyla Foxlin, a mechanical and aerospace engineering student, and alumnus Carlin Jackson both earned spots on Crain’s Cleveland Business’ latest Twenty in Their 20s list.
Foxlin has been making headlines for her startup Parihug, which delivers digital hugs via high-tech teddy bears, and Jackson is at the helm of his own IT consulting company.

Jennifer Carter wins ASM teaching award

Jennifer CarterJennifer L.W. Carter, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been named the recipient of the Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers from ASM for dedicated and effective instruction and mentoring of students at various stages of education in addition to impacting undergraduate education.
The award, established in 1952 in memory of an outstanding metallurgy teacher, engineering dean and former ASM president, recognizes young teachers of materials science, materials engineering, and design and processing.