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Kiju Lee wins National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Grant

Kiju LeeKiju Lee, the Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been awarded a $100,000 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative grant.
A project of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the Keck Futures Initiative supports interdisciplinary projects related to art and science, engineering and medicine frontier collaborations.

Lee is collaborating with Petr Janata, from the University of California, Davis; Jonathan Berger, from Stanford University; Scott Auerbach, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Andre Thomas, from Texas A&M.

Drug candidate shrinks tumor when delivered by plant virus nanoparticle

In a pair of firsts, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the drug candidate phenanthriplatin can be more effective than an approved drug in vivo, and that a plant-virus-based carrier successfully delivers a drug in vivo.
Triple-negative breast cancer tumors of biologic models treated with the phenanthriplatin -carrying nanoparticles were four times smaller than those treated either with cisplatin, a common and related chemotherapy drug, or free phenanthriplatin injected intravenously into circulation.

Researchers build a crawling robot from sea slug parts and a 3-D printed body

Biohybrid robotResearchers at Case Western Reserve University have combined tissues from a sea slug with flexible 3-D printed components to build “biohybrid” robots that crawl like sea turtles on the beach.
A muscle from the slug’s mouth provides the movement, which is currently controlled by an external electrical field. However, future iterations of the device will include ganglia, bundles of neurons and nerves that normally conduct signals to the muscle as the slug feeds, as an organic controller.

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.