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Engineering students win award for research in biomedical image informatics

Two student researchers in the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics (CCIPD) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering were recipients of the 2015 Choose Ohio First Scholarship. The student winners were biomedical engineering graduate student Jacob Antunes and Michael Volkovitsch, an undergraduate student majoring in computer science.
 
Each year, the Choose Ohio First Scholarship is awarded to academically talented students from Ohio with an emphasis on raising academic excellence, leadership and pursuit of a career in science and technology through financial support of their research in areas of bioinformatics, computational biology and health informatics.

Apply for funding through the Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership

The Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) is accepting applications for 2016. The purpose of CCTRP funding is to support collaborative translational research projects that address unmet or poorly met clinical needs. CCTRP seeks to reduce the market risk of promising new clinical products arising from the research programs of biomedical engineering and other Case Western Reserve University faculty.
 
The newly, revised Request for Applications (RFA) and pre-proposal templates can be found online. Feel free to contact the CCTRP office with any questions. All eligibility requirements and deadlines can be found in the RFA.

Explore engineering at annual Engineering Challenges Carnival Feb. 13

The Case Western Reserve University and local community are invited to explore engineering firsthand at the annual Engineering Challenges Carnival, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Thwing Excelsior Ballroom in the Thwing Center.
 
Part of the annual Engineers Week celebration, this free public event engages local pre-K through eighth-grade students and their families, encouraging them to learn about science and engineering through demonstrations and hands-on activities led by Case Western Reserve students.

Professor to build much-desired chemical imager

Before Ozan Akkus, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, applied for federal funding to build a souped-up version of a chemical analyzer, 11 fellow professors from various disciplines, as well as an art conservation group at the Cleveland Museum of Art, signed on in support, wanting to use the new device.
 
Akkus is turning a Raman microscope—one of the workhorses of chemical analysis—into FastRAM, a device that can provide images of materials in seconds to minutes instead of hours to days. The instrument would also allow researchers to analyze dynamic processes such as chemical reactions as they occur, which current technology cannot.

Spartan Challenge entrepreneurship competition offers more than $20,000 in prizes

Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the 2016 Spartan Challenge entrepreneurship competition, which offers more than $20,000 in prizes.
 
The contest consists of two stages:

The Business Concept Stage, where teams of students develop an executive summary with the basic information about their concept and an elevator pitch, and the Business Planning and Mentorship Stage, where six finalists are paired with business leaders, entrepreneurs and experts to help them refine their concept.

Experts will mentor students throughout the challenge.