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James McGuffin-Cawley named interim dean

James McGuffin-CawleyProvost Bud Baeslack announced today that the Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of James McGuffin-Cawley as interim dean of the Case School of Engineering, effective July 1.
McGuffin-Cawley, an alumnus of the school and member of its faculty since 1991, assumes the interim role upon the departure of current dean Jeffrey L. Duerk, who becomes executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami on July 1.

EECS professor Christian Zorman named a fellow of the American Vacuum Society

Case School of Engineering's Christian Zorman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been elected a fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) for pioneering work in the development of CVD deposition techniques and mechanical characterization of silicon carbide thin films that proved critical to the development of harsh environment MEMS.

Zorman will be inducted at the AVS Awards Ceremony during the AVS International Symposium in Tampa, Florida, on Nov. 1.

CWRU and ICBM Medical Inc. sign license agreement, advancing biosensor technology to screen and monitor prostate cancer, other medical conditions

ResearchCase Western Reserve University and ICBM Medical Inc. have signed an exclusive license agreement to further develop biosensor technology to provide low-cost, rapid patient screening and monitoring for a range of critical clinical conditions, from prostate cancer to concussions.
Licensing, issued through Case Western Reserve’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO), is part of a multi-step, multi-year process to develop and commercialize promising university-based technology. Last fall, Case Western Reserve and ICBM (Instantaneous Catalytic BioMarker) Medical signed a one-year option-to-license agreement for the technology.

Strongsville High School student wins prize for research conducted in biomedical engineering lab

Blue ribbon awardSuraj Srinivasan, a junior at Strongsville High School, earned a First Award in Biomedical Engineering at the International Science and Engineering Fair for research he completed under the mentorship of Andrew Shoffstall in the lab of Associate Professor Jeffrey Capadona.
Shoffstall is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Drug-delivery method holds promise for controlling crop parasites

PlantResearchers at Case Western Reserve University are applying drug-delivery technology to agriculture to control parasitic roundworms more effectively and safely.
The tiny roundworms, or nematodes, cause $157 billion in crop failures worldwide each year, other researchers estimate, largely because they’re beyond the reach of pesticides. The chemicals disperse poorly into soil, while the parasites feed at plant roots well below the surface.