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NASA Glenn Research Center, CWRU Fusion partner to commercialize new water-purification technology

NASA Glenn Research Center scientists and students in Case Western Reserve University’s interdisciplinary Fusion program are studying a novel water-purification technology and how to commercialize it.
 
Senior researchers at NASA Glenn have developed and tested a promising technology that reduces organic contaminants to carbon dioxide and clean water. NASA is experimenting with applying high-voltage pulses to fluids to form what is called “non-equilibrium plasma.”

Umut Gurkan honored by Biomedical Engineering Society

Umut Gurkan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been selected to receive the Rising Star award at the 2016 Biomedical Engineering Society - Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering and Advanced Biomanufacturing Joint Conference, which will be held Jan. 6-10, in New Orleans.
 
The Rising Star award designates exceptional junior principal investigators and the awardees are invited to give a podium presentation in a special session at the conference. Gurkan is one of six awardees selected internationally.

Discuss the future of electricity in medicine at Exchanges event Dec. 8

The Global Center for Health Innovation and Case Western Reserve University’s Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum present “It’s Electric,” the first in their new Exchanges series of programs designed to spark discovery and learning about the future of science and medicine.
 
“It’s Electric” will feature a 15-minute talk by author, historian, and TEDx speaker Brandy Schillace, followed by a mini-panel, featuring Robert Kirsch, executive director of the Cleveland FES Center and chair of Case Western Reserve’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, plus audience participation to address today’s use and the future of electricity in medicine.

Learn about online programs, robotics research at upcoming webinars

The Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University invites you to learn more about its online graduate programs and latest robotics research at two upcoming webinars.
 
On Thursday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. three of the school’s online master’s degree program directors will discuss the online programs, describe how the online experience works and answer your questions live. Register now.
 
A second webinar on Thursday, Dec. 10, features Roger Quinn of the university’s Center for Biologically Inspired Robots, who will discuss how neuromechanical principles of locomotion and autonomy are being integrated into robot designs. Register now.
 
Both events are free an open to the public. 

CWRU wins NIH grant to help families make health-care decisions with avatar-based software

A new $2.48 million federal grant will allow engineering and nursing researchers at Case Western Reserve University to revise and test the effectiveness of an interactive avatar-based technology that helps users make end-of-life decisions well in advance of an emergency.
 
Each year, millions of Americans are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), which can trigger a cascade of difficult decisions about treatment and end-of-life care, especially for patients with chronic illnesses.
 
But more than half of ICU patients haven’t documented their end-of-life preferences in any formal way, such as with a living will or medical power of attorney.