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Case Western Reserve researcher wins $5.5 million federal grant to develop bioinspired materials and systems

image of spider's web in fieldWith a new $5.5 million, five-year federal grant, a Case Western Reserve University researcher is leading an international team to develop functional materials inspired by some of the most desirable substances found in nature.
The bioinspired materials produced in the project will be tested in soft-sided robots, but are expected to have a wide range of practical uses.

Learn more about structural and compositional analysis at Swagelok Center short course

Calendar The Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials will host a one-day short course on structural and compositional analysis solutions on Monday, Oct. 23.
The even is open to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and anyone interested in microscopy and surface analysis.

Materials doctoral candidate Janet Gbur becomes president of Microscopy Society of America Student Council

Janet GburJanet Gbur, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has begun her term as president of the newly formed student council of the Microscopy Society of America.
She was appointed president-elect when the council was created last year and took over as president at the Microcopy and Microanalysis conference in St. Louis in August.

BME’s Anant Madabhushi awarded two patents

Anant MadabhushiAnant Madabhushi, the F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering and director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, has been awarded two U.S. patents.
U.S. patent 9,721,338 titled “Method and Apparatus for Segmentation and Registration of Longitudinal Images” describes an invention that provides systems and methods for detecting and segmenting a lesion from longitudinal, time series or multi-parametric imaging by utilizing spectral embedding-based active contour. In addition, the described invention further provides systems and methods for registering time series data by utilizing reduced-dimension eigenvectors derived from spectral embedding of feature scenes.

CWRU student startup RVS Rubber Solutions finalist in prestigious international business competition

Image of tireRVS Rubber Solutions, a startup company co-founded by Case Western Reserve University student Pavel Galchenko, is among just 36 finalists chosen from around the world to compete in Singapore this week in an international business competition.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Galchenko, a junior biochemistry major. “It’s incredible. It not only gives us validation, but it’s truly an honor.”
Galchenko launched RVS last year with his best friend from Aurora (Ohio) High School, Yohann Samarasinghe, a junior studying nanoengineering and business at the University of California, San Diego.