Young scientists earn honors

Two local high school students working with faculty labs at the Case School of Engineering have been earning statewide—and even national—recognition for their research.
Francesca Fabe, a junior at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights, has earned top prizes at three science fairs for her work investigating the fatigue of dental arch wires. She has been working with Janet Gbur, a PhD student in the lab of John Lewandowski, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

She will present her project, “Beta Ti vs. Nitinol ArchWires: Time to Failure Caused by Fatigue, at the Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day on May 16 at Ohio State University.
In addition, Hathaway Brown senior Emily Spencer was named an Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist earlier this year. Spencer has been conducting polymer research in the lab of Stuart Rowan, the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, for the past three years. She was the only student from Ohio recognized as one of the 40 finalists. As a finalist, she won prize money to fund her work and she traveled to Washington, DC, earlier in March to present her research.