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Celebrate medical innovation at Dialogue on Discovery event

The Case School of Engineering community is invited to attend Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Dialogue on Discovery, a symposium celebrating the research successes of the school’s academic and clinical partnerships, on Friday, Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. to noon.
The summit convenes researchers, community leaders and friends to encourage multiple voices to participate in a dialogue on medical discoveries that advance human health and the health of the region.

Executive director of think[box] to discuss 3-D printing at this week’s Public Affairs Discussion Group

All Case School of Engineering faculty, students and staff are invited to join the weekly Public Affairs Discussion Group Friday, Oct. 11, with a talk titled, “3-D Printing, or Additive Manufacturing: What Is It, and What Could It Do?”

Malcolm Cooke, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and executive director of think[box], will lead the discussion, which will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Spartan Room, located on the third floor of Thwing Center. This is a special location for the weekly discussion group.

Making a better, cheaper green-energy magnet

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University were awarded a second $1 million federal grant to create an eco-friendly material for better power-converting magnets in wind turbines and electric cars.
The federal Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy funded both grants in hopes of meeting a growing demand for light, strong magnets that don’t use costly rare-earth elements. The agency wants these essential components for generators and motors made from resources under U.S. control. It awarded an initial grant of $1 million in 2011.

Preventing failure in brain-computer interfaces

A team of researchers led by Case Western Reserve University has received a $1.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to investigate why brain implants fail, and to test a drug that may prevent such failure.

Implants include brain-computer interfaces that use a tiny electrode implanted in the brain surface to connect patient and machine. These electrodes are used to restore movement or enable the paralyzed to communicate or move robotic limbs. Additional types of electrodes implanted in the brain can provide deep brain stimulation to eliminate epileptic seizures or symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or simply record brain activity.

Cutting the cost of titanium: CSE team wins ARPA-E funding to explore new extraction method

A Case Western Reserve University proposal for a low-cost, energy-efficient method to extract the strategic metal titanium from ore has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for contract negotiations. This one-year project will be funded by ARPA-E at about $675K through the program on Modern Electro/Thermo-chemical Advances in Light-metal Systems.
With a high strength-to-weight ratio and unparalleled chemical stability, titanium is critically important for applications in aerospace, transportation and defense. However, the current process used to refine titanium from ore is extremely energy-intensive, making titanium expensive, thus limiting its widespread use.