Even before he lost his right hand to an industrial accident four years ago, Igor Spetic had family open his medicine bottles. Cotton balls give him goose bumps.
Now, blindfolded during an experiment, he feels his arm hairs raise when a researcher brushes the back of his prosthetic hand with a cotton ball.
Spetic, of course, can’t feel the ball. But patterns of electric signals are sent by a computer into nerves in his arm and to his brain, which tells him differently. “I knew immediately it was cotton,” he said.
Case Western Reserve University has entered into an academic partnership with Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines, paving the way for student and faculty exchange programs and joint research projects focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Case School of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics Gary Wnek joined Mapua President and Chief Executive Officer Reynaldo B. Vea in the Philippines for a signing ceremony Sept. 27.
The partnership grew out of Wnek’s visit to Mapua in May as the first visiting professor under the PhilDev Innovation Development through Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA) program.
Case Western Reserve University researchers hope to take a healthy salad up a level by growing a vaccine for an aggressive form of breast cancer in leafy greens.
“In the long run, one could think about administering the vaccine either by eating the salad or making a pill from the plant tissue,” said Nicole Steinmetz, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University and leader of the project.
The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization is funding the research with a three-year, $450,000 grant.
Steinmetz also received a $144,000 grant from the American Heart Association for a separate project: developing a transporter to deliver clot-busting drugs to the site of blood clots before they trigger heart attacks or strokes.
Rigoberto Advincula, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, was featured in an article about additive manufacturing and the polymer industry in Chemical & Engineering News, the American Chemical Society’s weekly publication.
Advincula, who is also chair-elect of the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry, helped organize a symposium on additive manufacturing and advanced polymer materials at the ACS national meeting held this summer in San Francisco.
Both the symposium and follow-up article address the opportunities 3-D printing and additive manufacturing techniques present in industrial applications, particularly pertaining to advanced polymers.
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A team from Case Western Reserve University won first prize in the Medical Category of the 2014 NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future Design Contest.
The team, led by Yunus Alapan, a mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate student and PhD candidate in the Case School of Engineering Biomanufacturing and Microfabrication Lab led by assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Umut Gurkan, used a microengineered design in developing a new device that can rapidly diagnose hemoglobin disorders in newborns.