Case Western Reserve is one of two universities in the country selected to lead a $27.3 million international effort to identify the causes of a mysterious and deadly phenomenon that strikes people with epilepsy without warning.
For the past several years, federal health officials have explored ways to spur meaningful research regarding this fatal complication of the neurological condition. Known as SUDEP, for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, it is the most common cause of mortality for individuals with epilepsy. Because those felled by SUDEP show no signs of trauma or other explanation for the loss of life, progress in understanding the causes and mechanisms of SUDEP has been painstakingly slow.
This new initiative, dubbed the Center Without Walls for Collaborative Research, requires scientists to connect with peers elsewhere in a strategic and richly interactive way.
Two recent industrial gifts have allowed Case Western Reserve University’s Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials (SCSAM) to upgrade two of its major instruments.
Lubrizol has provided $65,000 to purchase a Vantec 500 2-D area detector for the Bruker Discover D-8 X‑ray diffractomer to replace the existing 20-year-old detector, which has now become obsolete. The new detector has the high speed and sensitivity of the original, but has better resolution, a higher dynamic range, and provides cleaner, higher quality 2-D diffractive patterns.
LaShanda Korley, the Climo Associate Professor and Kavli Fellow in the Case School of Engineering's Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, traveled to Japan this week as a planning group member for the 14th Japanese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Korley co-organized a session on biomimicry, from proposing and defending the topic to identifying leaders in the field, as well as coordinating logistics of the event.
John Nottingham and John Spirk, the co-presidents of business innovation firm Nottingham Spirk, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Engineers Week Banquet, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
Nottingham, Spirk and their innovation team have created a number of award-winning products, including the SpinBrush, the largest selling powered toothbrush line; Swiffer SweeperVac, the largest selling floor care appliance; Scott's Snap Spreader System; dozens of Dirt Devil/Hoover products, Sherwin-Williams Twist & Pour; CardioInsight EC Vue, a noninvasive heart mapping system based on technology originally developed at Case Western Reserve University; and HeathSpot, the first integrated, commercialized telemedicine/medical device system.
Mohsen Seifi, doctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded one of three 2014 American Society for Testing and Materials International Graduate Scholarships. He was recently recognized at the ASTM Fall Meeting in New Orleans, where he officially accepted the award from James Thomas, president of ASTM International.
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. The organization awards up to four $10,000 scholarships each year.