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Three faculty members named AIMBE Fellows

Three Case Western Reserve University faculty members have been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for research enriching specific areas of human health.
Biomedical engineering professors Eben Alsberg and Cameron McIntyre, and associate professor Horst von Recum join 29 Case Western Reserve faculty members who have previously been elected to the institute.
AIMBE, which represents more than 50,000 professionals, calls fellows the field’s elite.

Undergraduates: register now for the spring Intersections Symposium and Poster Session

The deadline for undergraduate students to register for the Spring Intersections Symposium and Poster Session with Research ShowCASE is Friday, March 18.
Intersections gives the university community the chance to see the broad and diverse work being done across campus by giving students the opportunity to present their research and creative projects.
Undergraduate students can register at

Engineering student’s company in the running for SXSW Startup of the Year

Case Western Reserve University student Xyla Foxlin and her startup company Parihug are among the top 22 companies vying to be Tech.Co’s SXSW Startup of the Year.
The sophomore mechanical and aerospace engineering major has created a way to send digital hugs via high-tech teddy bears, and she’s been pitching her idea around the country, traveling to CES in Las Vegas in January and on her way to SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin next week.

New image analytics may offer quick guidance for breast cancer treatment

For women with the most common type of breast cancer, a new way to analyze magnetic resonance images (MRI) data appears to distinguish reliably between patients who would need only hormonal treatment and those who also need chemotherapy, researchers from Case Western Reserve University report.
The analysis may provide women diagnosed with estrogen positive-receptor (ER-positive) breast cancer answers far faster than current tests and, due to its expected low cost, open the door to this kind of testing worldwide.
The research is published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.

Liming Dai named Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters

Liming Dai, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, has been named a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters.
Thomson Reuters compiles its Highly Cited Researchers list annually to recognize leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences from around the world. The organization surveyed papers published during an 11-year period from 2003-2013 and identified Highly Cited Papers as those that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and publication.