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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.

CWRU LaunchNet, Design For America to host design, entrepreneurship event

Design For America and CWRU LaunchNet will host Liftoff, an evening to spark new connections inspired by design, Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Richey Mixon Building.
 
Students will have the chance to connect with community designers, entrepreneurs and innovators. Members of Design For America will present on local design projects. 

Memorial services set for alumnus, emeritus trustee Joseph B. “J.B.” Richey II

A memorial service will be held Friday for alumnus and emeritus trustee Joseph B. “J.B.” Richey II, developer of the first commercially available full-body CAT scan and one of the first major donors to the university’s innovation hub, the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box].
 
Richey, whose childhood fascination with electronics led to an illustrious career in medical devices and related machinery, died last week at 79. His passing came just eight weeks after the dedication of the Richey Mixon building, a moment that became possible after Richey and longtime friend and colleague Mal Mixon joined together to commit $5 million to the project in 2011.

NSF grant expands CWRU-directed program to promote gender equity in STEM faculty positions

A program to promote gender equity in academic science and engineering careers across universities in northern Ohio is being expanded to western Pennsylvania.
 
With a new three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advance Program, Case Western Reserve University will lead an effort to develop, share and evaluate approaches and policies that lead to more women in full-tenured professorships in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).