Entries in "Case Awards, News, or Publications" ( for this category only)

Space Oddities: The Slow 'Race' to Get Women into Space

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Case Western Reserve biomed professor among panel of national translational medicine experts

Erin Lavik, a faculty member in Case Western Reserve University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, appeared in Washington, D.C. on November 20th as part of a national discussion regarding translational medicine. Read more in the CASE DAILY article.

Congratulations to Chung-Chiun Liu

From CASE DAILY (November 5, 2009):

Chung-Chiun Liu, the Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology and Control Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Knovel University Challenge is Back - Win a Kindle, Wii, iPod, or iTunes gift card

Last year, Case was one of only 8 universities world-wide that had at least 100 student entries. Lets keep our streak alive.

KSL subscribes to 1800+ fulltext books in science & engineering just for you.

Verdict Over Digital Music Theft

I guess I will have to watch this story and related developments with more interest. Some how I missed that a Case Western Reserve University student was being pursued by the music industry.

The story shares the verdict against a Minnesota woman. She must pay $1.92 million for 24 songs. It also points out a Case student is being sued as well.

Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)

The fourth annual Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University on June 15-17, 2009.

The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of methods, research findings, and experiences.

An important goal for the conference is to foster long-term collaborative relationships and networking opportunities within the domain of computational approaches to biology that benefit Ohio.

See: http://www.occbio.org/2009/index.shtml

Case Student Article

As I notice new publications from Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff, and students, I like to highlight them. Here is a new one I came across.

Discovering Neglected Conditions in Software by Mining Dependence Graphs
Chang, Ray-Yaung Podgurski, Andy Yang, Jiong
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland;

This paper appears in: Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on
Publication Date: Sept.-Oct. 2008
Volume: 34, Issue: 5
On page(s): 579-596

Wikis and Collaboration Models for Active Learning

Case held this session on May 8, 2008. I was asked to participate and helped to organize this session, but was already scheduled to deliver a Plenary at another conference. I was glad to see the session was a success and left the participants with many things to consider.

Collaborative Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008
Track 4: Blogs and Wikis
Session: Wikis and Collaboration Models for Active Learning
Panelists: Ben Schechter, Bill Barrow, Bill Claspy, Brian Gray, Roger Zender

It was a discussion on how to use Wiki software in order to create an interface which provides an opportunity for collaboration among users.

Check out the others session from Collaborative Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008, which include sessions on blogging, virtual worlds like Second Life, mobile devices, VOIP, and many other topics:

Commencement 2.0

I guess Case Western Reserve University found a way to make the commencement web 2.0 in nature.

Craig Newmark, Case alumnus and founder of Craigslist, blogged live using his Twitter account and will follow-up on his blog with more commentary after delivering the commencement speech.

New Endowed Professorship in Chemistry

Gilles Klopman, the Charles F. Mabery Professor Emeritus of Research in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University has made seven-figure will commitment to Case's chemistry department.

See full story for more information.

Case Polymer Research Published in Science

Can you imagine polymer nanocomposites that transform from hard to soft and back again by exposure to liquid? Researchers from the Case School of Engineering and the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center have published results of such a polymer in Science. Case researchers were from the departments of macromolecular science and engineering and biomedical engineering.

More information available in the Case press release.

Science 7 March 2008:
Vol. 319. no. 5868, pp. 1370 - 1374

Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Nanocomposites Inspired by the Sea Cucumber Dermis
Jeffrey R. Capadona,Kadhiravan Shanmuganathan, Dustin J. Tyler, Stuart J. Rowan, Christoph Weder

If you are affiliated with Case, please use the eJournal Portal to discover what access for this article is available.

Amelia Earhart Internship for Women Students in the Sciences and Engineering

For the Case community:
The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Career Center will be co-sponsoring a new internship program this summer. Students interested in completing a summer internship in Cleveland in a science or engineering field are eligible to participate.

Develop your network and learn about what it's like to work with a variety of different science and engineering employers; work with your supervisor to make progress on the individual learning goals you identify as essential to your future career; and give and receive ongoing support with students placed in similar internships.

Deadline to sign-up: Friday, February 29, 2008

WISER Coordinator Liz Lierman, Elizabeth.lierman@case.edu, 216.368.6858

Libraries Exploring Their Second Life

I was recently contacted by the State Library of Ohio to write an article on Second Life for their monthly newsletter in January.

In my article, Libraries Exploring Their Second Life, I highlight how libraries and other organizations are utilizing Second Life. I focused on Ohio but included other examples as well.

Case Mathematician Inspired By Science

Peter Kotelenez, professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, recently published Stochastic Ordinary and Stochastic Partial Differential Equations: Transition from Microscopic to Macroscopic Equations.

See the Case announcement for more information.

Two copies have been ordered for the Kelvin Smith Library for use by the Case community.

Case Class Uses Podcasting

A social work class at Case Western Reserve University is using podcasts to capture stories. I love that the professor calls each podcast a "learning asset". It is nice to see an example of podcasts being used in education rather than reading another story of how they may benefit education.

See the full announcement for more information.

The 15 people enrolled in Jerry Floersch's podcast class on Tuesday evenings are taking to the streets like ace reporters to capture stories from the world of social work.

Floersch is an associate professor of social work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is experimenting in this new pilot class with ways to supplement and enrich textbook content with the sounds of real people, ranging from clients to agency staff and administrators who can describe how they do their job or provide advice on a particular situation.

What can nano do for you?

Come to Science Café Cleveland: a lively, informal scientific discussion in an inviting atmosphere of food and drink.

This month’s topic: What can nano do for you?

Dr. Steven Eppell (CWRU Biomedical Engineering) & Dr. Alexis Abramson (Case Mechanical and Aerospace

WHERE: The brewpub downstairs at Great Lakes Brewing Company (2516 Market Ave, Cleveland)

WHEN: Monday, December 10th; drinks at 6 pm, discussion starts around 6:30 pm

WHO: Sponsored by the CWRU chapter of Sigma Xi, WGBH Boston, and Great Lakes Brewing Company

Science Café Cleveland takes place on the second Monday of each month at GLBC. A few free appetizers are provided, and participants are welcome to purchase additional food and drinks.

Case Senior Completes NASA Internship

Mason Conrad, senior center on the Case basketball team and mechanical engineering major, conducted research for NASA Glenn Research Center on its Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The CEV an be used for the future trips to the moon.

Read the full announcement.

Research ShowCASE 2008 Now Accepting Abstracts

For the Case community...

Research ShowCASE 2008 will take place April 16 and 17, and the committee is now accepting proposals. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff, and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest. The abstract submission deadline is January 31. Go to the Research ShowCASE web site for details on submitting abstracts and more information about the event.

[VIA: Case Daily, December 04, 2007]

Patent Searching Basics Class

For the Case community...
Looking for patent information and do not know where to start? Consider participating in the CaseLearns class called "Patent Research: Basic Search Techniques" at 2 p.m.,Tuesday, October 30 in the Kelvin Smith Library. This course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques. Register on the CaseLearns web site to participate.

Blog Named Top 100 Education Site for Entrepreneurs

In a blog post called Hidden Gems: The 100 .edu sites every Entrepreneur Should Read by Jessica Hupp, my blog was listed with others in the Knowledge & Information category.

At the root of every institution of learning is information. These libraries, defenders of free knowledge, and business training sites have a lot of information to offer entrepreneurs.
The Bootstrapper blog is a resource for any small business owner operating on a shoestring budget, and provides tips on financing, cash flow, low-cost marketing and small business loans.

Inaugural Coulter-Case Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering

For the Case community...

The Case School of Engineering cordially invites you to the Inaugural Coulter-Case Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering
Thursday, October 11, 2007
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Wolstein Auditorium
(Cornell Road near University Hospitals)

From Professor To Inventor To Entrepreneur - The Excitement of High Tech Innovation

Presented by
James Wyant, CIT ‘65
Dean, College of Optical Sciences, The University of Arizona

Reception following in Wolstein Atrium

Event is free but registration is respectfully requested: JGriech@case.edu or 216-368-6804

Made possible by a grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

For the Case Community - Understanding RSS Feeds

Do you know what a RSS feed is or how to use them to make information consumption easier? Consider participating in the CaseLearns class called Understanding RSS Feeds on Monday, October 8th, at 3pm in the Kelvin Smith Library. You must register at http://library.case.edu/caselearns/.

Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER)

Case women interested in science and engineering are invited to participate in the Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER). To get involved, come to a WISER gathering and discussion; contact Liz Lierman, leadership program coordinator, at 368-6858 or stop by the WISER lounge, Sears 545, during office hours from 1-3 p.m. on Mondays or from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays for information. Additional details are online.

[VIA: Case Daily - September 12, 2007]

What is Web 2.0? - A Potpourri of Examples

The Case Libraries is kicking of its 2007 Brown Bag Lunch Series on Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at 11:30am-1:00pm in the Kelvin Smith Library's Dampeer Room. Brian C. Gray (Engineering, Statistics and Mathematics Library at KSL) will present "What is Web 2.0? - A Potpourri of Examples". Bring your lunch as beverages and dessert will be available. RSVP to Gail Reese (egr@case.edu) or KSL Administration at 368-2992.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series are lunchtime presentations with featured speakers and informal discussion about a particular topic. These presentations are one hour long. All library staff, as well as the Case and UCI community are invited.

Case's Dexter Advances to Semifinals

The Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 10, 2007, reported that Case's driverless vehicle called Dexter has advanced to the semifinals on October 26-31 at a Victorville, California military base.

See the official press release (PDF).

Resources, Data, or Tools

Are libraries offering resources, data, or tools to support instruction? Is the difference in the actual terms used just word play? Do libraries not market tools for instruction and only focus on research? Are library tools not good enough?

The Wired Campus (Chronicle of Higher Education, August 8, 2007) highlights a project asking educators their top ten lists of learning TOOLS. It has caused a ripple in the library profession communication channels as NOT one library tool once mentioned by the first 88 learning professional to respond.

Some have proposed that there is a difference between information resources and learning tools. Libraries do advertise and promote many of the learning tools mentioned but none of the subscription-based or library-design resources made the list.

I think all might be true.

First, surveys should define the meanings of words. But another view is that libraries have a reputation of developing our own terminology. Does that terminology make sense to users? Maybe library patrons do not fully grasp the words "database" or "resource". Maybe the simpler word "tool" is easier to grasp.

Second, libraries have always been good at marketing to people in the physical buildings, but marketing to more and more online patrons can be tough. Online competition is severe.

Finally, maybe we are not focused enough on instruction as a reason to use the library resources. I openly promote a database called Knovel as an instruction tool. I would not take credit for that stance though. One of my professors shared with me how he uses it for in the classroom activities. He feels it is a strong method to demonstrate chemical engineering calculations and develop real understanding. It is closer to how graduates would conduct such calculations in the real world.

Interface to the Virtual World

Benjamin Chodroff, a Case Western Reserve University student, recently participated in an IBM internship called "Extreme Blue" in India. He proposed an interface to connect real and virtual worlds, such as Second Life.

Wind Power Research

Case Western Reserve University has joined the research and development of alternative energy. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Case Western Reserve seeks to lead wind-power research, August 1, 2007), the university has committed $200k towards a study to research the ability to locate 5-10 wind turbines on Lake Erie off Cleveland's shoreline. Enough electricity could be developed to support 60000 households.

Ohioans in Second Life

A few weeks ago I received a phone call from Robert Wang, a writer for the Canton Repository. He had found a blog entry I had done about Second Life and Case Western Reserve University. He was looking for local perspectives from those that use Second Life for different purposes. Of course, we talked about education and libraries.

Read the published story called Ohioans explore virtual world of Second Life, a new world on computers.

Dexter Advances

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 12, 2007), Case Western Reserve University's robotic car, Dexter, has made it to the next round of playoffs with 52 other cars. The next round is site visits in June with 30 cars advancing to the semifinals in October. At stake is a $2 million prize.

Case School of Engineering Receives Electronic Design Grant

According to the Chip Design Magazine (May 9, 2007), the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University is the recipient of a Charles Babbage Grant sponsored by both Synopsys and HP.

Through the grant, Case's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will receive licenses of Synopsys' comprehensive electronic design automation (EDA) software and intellectual property, along with curricula, support and professor training, and sixteen dual core HP xw4400 Workstations to outfit the new Synopsys/HP EDA Laboratory.

Research ShowCase

I would like to thank Mohan Sankaran, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, for co-submitting a poster with me. We hope it gave other educators ideas on how to use library resources as a teaching tool, rather than only a research tool. Look for the poster in Digital Case in the future.

Knovel as a Tool for Engineering Research and Education
Knovel is a virtual technical library that includes over 800 full-text engineering and scientific reference works, handbooks, and datasets. Originally purchased by the Kelvin Smith Library to supplement the traditional print reference collection, it has become an important tool in engineering classroom instruction. Knovel data can be sorted, filtered, and exported from "live tables". Equations can be solved and graphs plotted, thus allowing students to capture values from existing graphs and perform "what if" experiments on the data.
The Case Western Reserve University Research ShowCase poster winners have been listed.

The Kelvin Smith Library also announced the winner of the geohunt contest.

Case is Strong in Licensing Revenue

Case Western Reserve University led Ohio universities, hospitals and research institutes by collecting $29.4 million in licensing revenues over the last three years, almost more than all other institutions in Ohio combined, according to the recently released U.S. Licensing Survey for fiscal year 2005 by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

[VIA: CASE DAILY, March 27, 2007]

MM&M Celebrates 40 Years of Interdisciplinary Discovery

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Orthopaedics are hosting a two-day symposium April 3-4 to celebrate 40 years of interdisciplinary research in orthopaedic biomechanics through the Musculoskeletal Mechanics and Materials (MMM) Laboratories. The keynote speaker is Albert Burstein, one of the founders of the laboratory and internationally recognized for his seminal contributions to the understanding of bone biomechanics and total joint replacement design. The symposium will also include lectures by current faculty as well as engineers and clinicians in the field. Register online or call 368-5403.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, March 28, 2007]

ACES Speaker Series at the Case School of Engineering

The ACES Speaker Series at the Case School of Engineering, "Looking Ahead to Professional Life in STEM fields: Leadership, Gender & Diversity," will feature the first of three events at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 in Nord Hall, Room 310 B. "Lessons in Leadership: A Female Engineer's Story," will feature triple alumna Ka-Pi Hoh, department manager at the Lubrizol Corp. Free. Pizza and beverages will be served. Details are online.

[VIA: Case Daily, March 26, 2007]

2007 Vision Entrepreneurship Competition

The 2007 Vision Entrepreneurship Competition is looking for "examples of entrepreneurial thinking" enabled by technology. 10 winning teams will receive cash awards.

Eligible - students from:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Cuyahoga Community College
Deadline: March 30, 2007

$400,000 to Case School of Engineering

From the Case Daily (March 05, 2007):

Case School of Engineering Dean Norman Tien announced two new gifts to the school totaling nearly $400,000. The gifts are $270,000 from Medtronic to support fellowships in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; and $125,000 from Don Richards (CIT '79, MGT '81), managing director for applications outsourcing at Accenture, to support students in the Master of Engineering and Management (MEM), a joint program with the Weatherhead School of Management.

The Minneapolis-based Medtronic is a longtime School of Engineering partner. The company sponsored the school's Engineering Festival and was a primary sponsor of the 2007 Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference, both of which the university hosted in conjunction with Engineering Week activities.

Case Professor Authors Award Winning Combustion Paper

Chih-Jen Sung, an associate professor in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, and his coauthors received the Distinguished Paper Award in Colloquium Laminar Flames from the 31st International Symposium on Combustion.

[VIA: Case Daily - March 02, 2007]

Case's Robotic Car - Dexter

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently highlighted Case's robotic car.

Later this year, Dexter's creators -- a brash, overachieving young team of more than 50 engineering and computer-science students and professors from Case Western Reserve University -- aim to win an international contest. To do so, their car must navigate a 60-mile mock urban course filled with unfamiliar roads, oncoming traffic and unexpected obstacles.
[VIA: The Plain Dealer, Sunday, February 25, 2007]

RefWorks Training for Engineering

If you are a Case faculty member, researcher, or a student in engineering or other sciences and want to learn how to organize your research better, the Kelvin Smith Library offers just the tool for you! RefWorks is a web-based tool used to store and manage citations, create bibliographies, and create in-text references. The RefWorks trainer will be presenting in Nord Hall 516 from 2pm-3:30pm on February 27th, and she will specifically be focusing on using RefWorks with the various engineering resources the library has made available. Please RSVP to Brian Gray (bcg8@case.edu).

Lets go Case Students - Win the Knovel University Challenge

Knovel University Challenge kicks off its spring 2007 season on February 5th and will run through April 5th. The University Challenge provides students the opportunity to master their research and analysis skills while competing for 9 prizes. This year's winners will receive a $1500 scholarship or 1 of 8 iPod Shuffles. The University Challenge, now in its third season, is open to students of hard sciences, mathematics and technology-related courses of study at universities with access to Knovel Library or Knovel K-Essentials.

To participate in the Spring University Challenge, go to http://www.info.knovel.com/challenge/.

Ohio Note:
In Fall of 2006, a University of Cincinnati student won a 30G Video iPod.

Case Professor to Run a National Science Foundation Research Center

Anne Hiltner, a macromolecular science professor at Case, will lead a National Science Foundation (NSF) research center, called the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems. Read more about Hiltner and the center from the Plain Dealer article and the Case press release.

[VIA: The Plain Dealer, Sunday, February 11, 2007]

National Engineers Week @ Case

Case School of Engineering is observing the 56th annual National Engineers Week, a celebration of engineering's impact on society, February 18-23. This year's theme, "Imagine," will focus on innovation and design using engineering principles.

Various events, including:

  • Case Engineering Festival
  • Guided tours for visitors
  • High School Lego Robot Competition
  • Model Bridge Building Contest
  • Battery-Powered Car Contest
In addition, the Midwest Biomedical Conference, an all-day conference designed to bring together students and practitioners of biomedical engineering and the life sciences for panel discussions, technical sessions and informed extended exchange of ideas important to the future of biomedical engineering in the Midwest, will be held on Friday, February 23, at 8 a.m. in Thwing Center.

For more details, see the E-Week schedule.

[VIA: Case News Center, February 15, 2007]

The Raymond F. Boyer Lecture Series - Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering

Case faculty, staff, and students checkout the Spring Semester 2007 schedule for The Raymond F. Boyer Lecture Series - Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering.

Download the PDF file

Engineering Student Town Hall Meeting

Student Town Hall Meeting

All engineering students are invited to join newly appointed CSE Dean Norman Tien.

Thursday, February 15
Noon-1 p.m.
Nord 310
Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by the Case Alumni Association.

Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference

The Case School of Engineering is hosting the Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference on February 23. Online registration, abstract submission, and resume submission are now open. All abstracts and resumes must be submitted by February 9. For more information, go to http://www.mbecconference.org/.

From website:

MBEC 2007: "Showcasing the future of biomedical engineering"

The Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference (MBEC) 2007 is designed to bring together students & practitioners of Biomedical Engineering and the Life Sciences for panel discussions, technical sessions, and informal extended exchange of ideas important to the future of Biomedical Engineering in the Midwest. Some conference highlights include:

  • Assisting participants in planning their academic and industrial careers
  • Introducing companies to the wealth of intellectual prowess rooted in the Midwest
  • Exposing participants to innovative research in biomedical engineering and allied areas
MBEC 2007 is hosted by Case Western Reserve University. All universities are welcome to attend.
[VIA: Case Daily - February 02, 2007]

Continue reading "Midwest Biomedical Engineering Conference"

In Memoriam - Paul Claspy

This is not my traditional postings, but it has great connection to the Kelvin Smith Library, physics, and electrical engineering here at Case. William Claspy works in KSL as the librarian for astronomy, chemistry, and library instruction.

From Case Daily - January 26, 2007:
Paul Claspy, alumnus and associate professor emeritus of electrical engineering and applied physics at Case Western Reserve University, died of complications from multiple myeloma on January 19 at the Renaissance Retirement Center in Olmsted Township. Prof. Claspy, who earned a Ph.D. (1970) in electrical engineering and applied physics from the School of Graduate Studies, was hired as a faculty member in 1973, retiring July 1, 1993. He received emeritus status in 1997. In addition to teaching, he was education director for Ohio Aerospace Institute. He married the former Lois Hoffman, who earned her master's in library science in 1958 from the former Western Reserve University School of Information and Library Science. She died in December, 2006. Survivors include daughters Jane Nesmith of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ellen Vesey of Atlanta, Ga.; and son William Claspy (CWR '88, GRS '93, English) of Middleburg Heights, Ohio. To read more about Prof. Claspy, refer to Cleveland Plain Dealer article on January 23, 2007.

Conference - PolyImpact Northeast Ohio (PINO) 2007

The Macro Student Organization (MSO) of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering is organizing a one-day symposium on March 31 titled "PolyImpact Northeast Ohio" or PINO 2007. The symposium aims to provide a platform for senior undergraduates and graduate students in polymer-related research fields to present and communicate their research to peers and experts as well as experience a unique exposure to future career paths and opportunities in the polymer industry. The symposium will contain selected talks and poster presentations/competition from graduate researchers, expert talks from industry, a job fair, and a panel discussion on career opportunities for polymer students. Cash prizes awarded. The deadline for registration is January 31. To submit abstract and register or for other details, refer to http://polymers.case.edu/mso/PINO.

[VIA: Case Daily - January 29, 2007]

Norman Tien Named New Dean of Case School of Engineering

Norman Tien, the Ohio Eminent Scholar in Condensed Matter Physics at Case Western Reserve University, Nord Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at the Case School of Engineering, has been appointed the school's dean by Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., effective February 1. See full announcement for more information.

Case BME Professor Wins World Technology Award

P. Hunter Peckham, professor of biomedical engineering, recently received the 2006 World Technology Award for Health and Medicine. His research focuses on functional restoration of paralyzed arms in individuals with spinal cord injury.

The World Technology Network (WTN) is a global meeting ground, a virtual think tank, and an elite club whose members are all focused on the business and science of bringing important emerging technologies of all types (from biotech to new materials, from IT to new energy sources) into reality. The WTN's membership is comprised of approximately 1000 members from more than 60 countries, judged by their peers to be the most innovative in the technology world.

[VIA: Case Daily, December 1, 2006]

The Future of Information @ Case - Digital Case

Have you explored Digital Case?

Digital Case is Case Western Reserve University's digital library, which archives, preserves and disseminates the intellectual output of research at Case in electronic formats, as well as collections of historical library materials that have been digitized. With Digital Case, the Kelvin Smith Library assumes an active role in the scholarly communication process, providing expertise in the form of a set of services for access, distribution and long-term preservation of Case's collective intellectual product.

After two years of development, Digital Case opened for business on August 22, 2006 with its first public release. In the first release digital collections that have been scattered throughout the Kelvin Smith Library web site are combined into the new Digital Case user interface, allowing for browsing, full-text searching, display and manipulation of images, downloadable PDF files for digitized books and more. The Digital Case team at KSL is working actively with faculty to collect research materials and other publications from schools and departments for long-term preservation in Digital Case.

Case Student to Present at International Conference on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics

David Poerschke, junior materials science major, received SOURCE travel funding to present his poster at the 25th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO) held October 30 to November 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. His research mentor is David Schwam, research associate professor of materials science and engineering.

ICALEO is for anyone interested in laser materials processing from the basic understanding of the interaction between a laser beam and a material, to those interested in how a process can be integrated and optimized for an application. Laser Institute of America's goal for ICALEO is to bring both academic and industrial people together who may benefit from laser technology. This includes end-users and scientists as well as engineers and technicians engaged in developing laser technology.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 29, 2006]

Money for Portable Fuel Cells

The Plain Dealer (November 15, 2006) reports that NorTech has distributed $1 million in grant money, includings funds to Case.

The Wright Fuel Cell Group will receive $150,000 to build portable fuel cells created with Ohio-made products. Case Western Reserve University, Graf-Tech, HydroGen, Contained Energy, Northeast Hydrogen and Chemsultants are part of the fuel cell group.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 15, 2006]

Do you Think of Ohio for Fuel Cells?

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 12, 2006), millions of research money has been focused into Ohio's fuel cell research programs.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 13, 2006]

SOURCE Funds Case Students to Present Research

Several undergraduate students recently received SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors) travel funding to present their research at national conferences, including:

[VIA: Case Daily, November 9, 2006]

Case Math Student Wins Travel Award

Rachel Hageman, a math graduate student, has received one of 10 national Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) travel awards to present her research at the national meeting of the American Mathematical Society in January 2007, in New Orleans. Professor Daniela Calvetti is her academic adviser.

[VIA: Case Daily, October 19, 2006]

Case Mathematics Professor Speaks in Spain

Stanislaw Szarek, professor of mathematics at Case, was a recent invited lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematics in Madrid, Spain.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, October 17, 2006]

Speaker - Looking Ahead to Professional Life

The Graduate Student Senate, the Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES) program, and the Career Center invite graduate students to attend the ACES Speaker Series "Looking Ahead to Professional Life: Leadership, Gender and Diversity" at 5 p.m., November 14, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The panel discussion will focus on institutional transformation, personal responsibility, and the student's role. Diana Bilimoria, associate professor, Weatherhead School of Management, Cather Simpson, associate professor, chemistry department, and Cyrus Taylor, interim dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and physics professor, will speak. Beverages and refreshments will be served.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, November 07, 2006]

RIBMS: Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences

A new initiative funded by the National Science Foundation will pave the way for undergraduates to get involved in the growing field of mathematical sciences becoming an indispensable part of breakthroughs in the biological sciences. Case's Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences will provide opportunities for math, statistics and biology majors to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, mentored by interdisciplinary teams of faculty. Further information is available at http://www.case.edu/artsci/ribms/ribms.html. Application deadline is November 8.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, October 30, 2006]

NSF-INSPIRE Undergraduate Polymer Research Awards

For the third consecutive year, a Case Western Reserve University Polymer summer REU student was the winner of the NSF-INSPIRE undergraduate polymer research competition held at the University of Southern Mississippi. All of the students worked with faculty in the macromolecular science and engineering department.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, October 11, 2006]

Case Spinoff Gets $400k

FLX Micro Gets Investment
By Brandon Glenn
September 6, 2006
Crain's Cleveland Business on the Web

A Case Western Reserve University spinoff company that manufactures sensors has received a $400,000 investment commitment from nonprofit venture development group JumpStart Inc.

Cleveland-based FLX Micro Inc. plans to use the funding to aid in commercializing its microsensors, which are designed to be used in harsh environments such as automotive engines, according to a statement from JumpStart.

[VIA: CASE DAILY, September 07, 2006]

Search Committee Appointed to Search for Case School of Engineering Dean

Case Western Reserve University recently announced the formation of an internal search advisory committee for the dean of the Case School of Engineering (CSE).

The committee is primarily comprised of CSE faculty, along with representation from other schools and departments within the university, students and CSE alumni.

See announcement for full details.

Fourth Annual Inventors Forum - Patent Law 101

The Technology Transfer Office will present the second seminar of the 4th annual Inventors Forum speaker series on Thursday, October 12th, 2006 at 4:00 PM in Wolstein Auditorium. The seminar, titled "Patent Law 101 (and 102, 103, and 112)" will feature J.T. Kalnay, attorney with the law firm of McDonald Hopkins Co., LPA and Mr. Don Brown, CEO of Arteriocyte, Inc.

If you would like to attend this seminar, please RSVP at the Inventors Forum website by clicking the link below:

WHO: CASE Technology Transfer Office
WHAT: Fourth Annual Inventors Forum - "Patent Law 101 (and 102, 103, and 112)"
WHEN: Thursday, October 12th, 2006, 4:00-5:00PM, A reception will follow the seminar from 5:00-6:00 PM with refreshments
WHERE: Wolstein Auditorium, Wolstein Research Building

Knovel: Take the University Challenge! - For Case Students

If you have not already entered the Knovel University Challenge, please give it a try.

For Case Students Only - I will offer an added bonus. Stop by the Engineering Reading Room in Nord Hall 508 and pick up a paper entry for a chance to win one of two Knovel gift packages. It will have the same exact questions that Knovel is collecting for their giveway. Fill out the paper form and bring the entry to Nord Hall 510. Nord 510 is the office where faculty, staff, and students can stop by for assistance from me, the Engineering, Mathematics, and Statistics Librarian. It is located on the 5th floor of Nord Hall in the hallway attached to Sears. If I am not present, please slide the entry under the door.

I will only accept one entry per student, and the 2 winners will be selected from everyone that submits the correct answers. The Case-Only Contest will end at midnight on Monday, November 13, 2006.

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Craigslist Not For Sale

CNN.com reports that Craigslist is not for sale, even though another social networking website MySpace was just valued at over $15 million.

The founder of Craigslist, Craig Newmark, is a Case alumnus.

New Case Publication: Staggered Passive Micromixers with Fractal Surface Patterning

Staggered Passive Micromixers with Fractal Surface Patterning
Marco Camesasca, Miron Kaufman, and Ica Manas-Zloczower
Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Physics Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Vol: 16, Issue: 11, November 2006, pp. 2298-2311


We present a procedure for inducing chaotic mixing based on a non-periodic patterning of the walls making use of the Weierstrass fractal function to generate the locations for the grooves. We show the numerical analysis of flow in three different geometries generated with the Weierstrass function and compare the results with a fourth geometry, quite similar to the staggered herringbone mixer (SHM) of Stroock et al (2002 Science 295 647), for which the patterning is periodic. We evaluate the Lyapunov exponents for massless and non-interacting particles advected by the flow and traced along the channels. We also compute the entropy of mixing for binary mixtures. Finally, we compute generalized (fractal) dimensions associated with the interface of the two fluids. The results show consistently substantial enhancement in mixing efficiency for two of the Weierstrass channels compared to the SHM.
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CaseLearns Workshop - Understanding RSS Feeds

CaseLearns Workshop - Understanding RSS Feeds
September 28, 2006, 11:30am-12:30pm
Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) 215
Registration required at: http://library.case.edu/caselearns/

Learn about RSS and how it has changed the information world. We will explore what options are available to access RSS feeds (readers or aggregators), how KSL and CASE are using RSS feeds, and look at various RSS feeds and other resources available for free on the Internet or within our Library databases.

This course is NOT technical in nature, and will not explore the creation of RSS feeds or blogs. Blogs are not covered by this session, since they are not the same as RSS feeds, as some people mistakenly think. If you can surf the Internet, you are prepared to participate in the class and utilize RSS feeds in your daily life.

If you use RSS already, please share this with your colleagues that do not enjoy the benefits of RSS delivery of information.

Contact me if you have questions:
Brian C. Gray, MLIS
Librarian - Engineering, Math, & Statistics
Email: brian.c.gray@case.edu
Blog: http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/
Engineering Reading Room: http://library.case.edu/ksl/engineering/

Phone: (216) 368-8685

New Executive Director for Education - Macromolecular Science & Engineering

LaRuth McAfee has joined the university community as the executive director for education in the macromolecular science and engineering department.

[VIA: Case Daily, September 22, 2006]

Case in the Top 100 in Biotechnology Research

A study released Wednesday by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, independent economic think tank in Santa Monica, Calif., places Case in the top 100 of U.S. universities in biotechnology research and turning that research into commercial applications. As for Ohio universities specifically, Ohio State University ranked the highest, at 50th, followed by University of Cincinnati, 60th; University of Akron, 65th; and Case, 68th.

[VIA: Case Daily, September 21, 2006]

Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) Academic Year Research Internship

Case students, SOURCE encourages underrepresented minority students in the STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, math) fields to apply for an Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) Academic Year Research Internship. Please complete an application before September 25 on the OSEA Web site. Contact sheila.pedigo@case.edu (Nord Hall, 304D) for questions and to pick up a supplemental Case application for the OSEA program.

[VIA: Case Daily, September 14, 2006]

4th Annual Inventor's Forum Speaker Series at Case

Case's Technology Transfer Office will present the first installment of the fourth annual Inventor's Forum speaker series. This year's series will kickoff at 4 p.m. Thursday, September 14, in the Wolstein Auditorium in the Wolstein Research Building. The topic will be "Technology Transfer 101." Speakers are Michael Haag, director of biomedical licensing, and Mark Smith, professor of pathology. For additional information or to RSVP, call 368-6104 or go to the Inventor's Forum Web site at http://ora.ra.cwru.edu/techtransfer/pages/forum.htm.

CASE's Abramson Joins NorTech Fellows Program

CLEVELAND, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- NorTech, Northeast Ohio's technology- based economic development leader, announced today that Alexis R. Abramson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University and a nationally-known leader in nanotechnology research, will join the NorTech Fellows Program effective September 1. Read full press release.

Read NorTech's original press release.

SOURCE Seminar for Students

Sheila Pedigo, director of the Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE), is presenting a student seminar, "Finding Research & Creative Endeavor Opportunities in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and Social Sciences." Join her at 5:30 p.m. on September 6 in Nord Hall, Room 304 conference room. Please RSVP via e-mail to source@case.edu.

[VIA: Case Daily - September 01, 2006]

Grant Money Reinstated for Evolutionary Biology

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Education has reinstated evolutionary biology to a federal grant list for undergraduate studies.

"There are well-funded efforts in this country that have been inappropriately attempting to attack the teaching of evolutionary biology on what appear to be religious grounds," physicist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland wrote to the Department of Education.
[VIA: Case Daily - September 01, 2006]

Civil Engineering Professor Receives Award

Adel S. Saada, professor of civil engineering, has been selected by the Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers to receive the 2006 G. Brooks Earnest Award. Established in 1977, this award is annually given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of civil engineering.

(VIA: Case Daily, May 8, 2006)

Polymer Researcher Wins Award

The Case Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering announces that John Bobiak, a research associate with the department, has won the 2006 Jack Koenig Spectroscopy Award for his outstanding performance in the development of laser Raman Imaging.

(VIA: Case Daily, May 22, 2006)

Polymer Professors Win Awards

David Schiraldi, associate professor of macromolecular science and engineering, received the Case School of Engineering Research Award for senior faculty for his pioneering work in the area of clay-based aerogel composite materials. Schiraldi also was awarded startup funds for commercializing these materials when he won the North Coast Nanotechnology Business Idea competition last semester. A team of two Ph.D. students and three undergraduate researchers are currently developing new light weight composites based on the clay aerogels. Schiraldi received a citation for dedication in undergraduate teaching from the Case School of Engineering this year, along with associate professor Stuart Rowan.

(VIA: Case Daily, May 18, 2006)

Case Supports Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006

Case has offered their support in this letter (PDF version).

Library groups commend twenty-three provosts for joining recent surge of support

Washington, DC – August 3, 2006 – Just one week after more than two dozen leading universities declared their strong support for the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S.2695), provosts from an additional 23 universities added their backing in a letter issued by the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) and in individual correspondence. This brings the total to at least 48 universities that have gone on record as favoring the measure.

The Federal Research Public Access Act was introduced on May 2, 2006 by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT). It requires federal agencies that fund over $100 million in annual external research to make electronic manuscripts of peer-reviewed journal articles that stem from their research publicly available on the Internet. The U.S. government funds an estimated 50% of university research, making this a particularly important cause for the higher education community.

The GWLA letter reads, in part: “Access to publicly funded research facilitates the open discussion needed to accelerate research, share knowledge, improve treatment of diseases, and increase human understanding. [The Public Access Act] is a crucial step in realizing this goal…”

“With the passage of this bill, researchers across the United States will have access to the results of work supported by federal government funding, which will help advance scientific understanding at a faster rate,” said David Pershing, Senior Vice-President, Academic Affairs, University of Utah. “No longer will knowledge created using public funds be limited to the wealthiest institutions and corporations. With everyone having access to up-to-date information, I am confident we will see a higher level of scientific research and innovation. This is a remarkable opportunity for educators and students across the nation.”

Signatories of the GWLA letter include provosts and vice presidents for state and non land-grant institutions, such as the University of Washington and Rice University. Their names are added to those of another twenty-five institutions, including Harvard University and Arkansas State University, who on Friday jointly issued “An Open Letter to the Higher Education Community.”

“The time is ripe for this legislation,” added Rodney Erickson, Executive Vice President and Provost of The Pennsylvania State University, who signed the Open Letter. “Many of us in the academic community believe the process of making the findings of publicly supported research more widely available will stimulate further research and education, and that is our primary mission as universities.”

“GWLA member libraries and administrators support the Public Access Act in principle and in practice,” said Adrian Alexander, Executive Director of the Greater Western Library Alliance. “The implications for research stemming from this bill are widespread, profound, and utterly positive. We are pleased to add our voices in support.”

Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Coalition), added, “This groundswell of commitment from the provost community is a significant indication that the Federal Research Public Access Act has strong support in the higher education community in the United States.”

The GWLA letter, available online today, is at http://www.gwla.org/provostletter.html.

The Open Letter to the Higher Education Community signed by twenty-five provosts and issued on July 28, 2006 is online at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/frpaa/Provosts_openletter_06-JUL.pdf.

The American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Association of College & Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, Medical Library Association, SPARC, and The Special Libraries Association encourage taxpayers and other stakeholders in the scientific process to add their support for this important legislation. Details are online at http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/frpaa/.


Jennifer Heffelfinger
(202) 296-2296 ext.121

Recruiting Engineers at Case

Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines, has selected Case as one of its "portfolio" schools for recruiting engineering graduates. This means that Caterpillar will now be actively recruiting Case graduates via the Case Career Center. For more information on Caterpillar Inc., visit http://www.cat.com. To find out more about the programs and services at the Case Career Center, visit http://studentaffairs.case.edu/careers/.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 28, 2006)

Big Money for "Little" Research

C.C. Liu, a chemical engineering professor at Case Western Reserve University, will lead a team studying novel microscopic machines powered by ultra light-sensitive molecules as part of a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

See full article from Crain's Cleveland Business on the web (July 19, 2006).

(VIA: Case Daily, July 20, 2006)

Carbon-based Fuel Cell

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (July 18, 2006) shared information on a direct carbon fuel cell that will be tested at the Wright Fuel Cell Group on the Case Western Reserve University campus. The New twist on fuel cells article describes a fuel cell that uses carbon dioxide from the air.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 18, 2006)

Cleveland PD Highlights Case Chemical Engineering Professor

John Funk on December 28, 2005, wrote an article called Inventing Our Destiny - Work is no Small Feat in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The article highlights Professor Chung-Chiun Liu's team approach to research and invention.

The Case community and other OhioLINK users can read Liu's profile and the full article through NewsBank America's Newspaper.

(Updated with new links on July 20, 2006)

Case Doctoral Students Wins AIAA Best Paper Award

Amy Mielke, a doctoral student in the Case Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was the winner in the Young Professionals category of this year's Northern Ohio American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Best Paper Competition. Her paper, entitled "Rayleigh Scattering Diagnostic for Measurement of Temperature, Velocity, and Density Fluctuation Spectra," was coauthored by Chih-Jen Sung, an associate professor in the department.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 18, 2006)

Electrical & Computer Engineering Honor for Mergler

From the Case Daily (July, 6, 2006):

Eta Kappa Nu, an honor society for electrical and computer engineering students and professionals, recently honored Harry Winston Mergler as an eminent member, the highest level of membership in the organization. In 1957, he joined the faculty of Case Institute of Technology, and in 1973 was appointed to the Leonard Case Chair in Electrical Engineering, where he served until 1989. Professor Mergler's teaching and research specialty is the digital logic design as applied to embedded control networks in machine-tool controls, aeronautical instrumentation, and industrial control processes. He is the author of the book Methods in Digital Logic Design.

New Chair - Case Department of Macromolecular Science & Engineering

The Case School of Engineering has appointed Gary E. Wnek as chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, effective July 1, 2006. Professor Wnek also serves as Case's Joseph F. Toot Jr. Professor of Engineering and faculty director of The Institute for Management and Engineering (TiME). Wnek replaces Alex Jamieson, who returns to the faculty after serving 11 years as chair.

See full story for more details.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 13, 2006)

New Eminent Scholar at Case

Crain's Cleveland Business (July 11, 2006) announced that Dr. Norman Tien, chair of Case’s department of electrical engineering and computer science and Nord Professor of Engineering, was named the Ohio Eminent Scholar in condensed matter physics. See full story for more details.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 12, 2006)

Case Engineering Dean Stepping Down

After leading the Case Western Reserve University Case School of Engineering to record highs in fundraising, research expenditures and improved relations with its alumni, Robert F. Savinell will step down as dean effective December 31, 2006, in order to focus on his research in fuel cells and electrochemistry.

See the full announcement for transition details and the accomplishments during Savinell's leadership.

$1.5 Million Endowment Gift for CSE

From the June 15, 2006, Case Daily:

The Case School of Engineering recently received a $1.5 million endowment gift from brothers Charles and John Phipps. Both are 1949 graduates of the Case Institute of Technology. The donation is named in honor of their late father, Myron Phipps. Dean Robert Savinell said the money will allow the school to devise and sustain new initiatives.

Student in Materials Science Receives Scholarship

David Poerschke, a third-year student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was recently awarded the Charles W. Finkl Scholarship by the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation.

(VIA: Case Daily, June 6, 2006)

Public Commenting on Organizational Blogs or Websites

I have been participating in a virtual workshop designed by the American Library Association (ALA) to instruct in and establish best practices in utilizing Web 2.0 technologies. ALA Library 2.0 included many components from blogging, wikis, RSS feeds, etc. My personal ALA Library 2.0 blog also includes various details and links.

One part of the virtual workshop included an interview I conducted with some of the Kelvin Smith Library Freedman Center staff.

My group just completed our final project. We explored the best practices in allowing public comments on formal organizational blogs or websites.

Here is an alternative link to the presention.

UPDATE: The ALA blogs mentioned above have since been taken down. Any entries that I was involved in were moved to this blog and the links fixed.

CaseLearns Workshop - Understanding RSS Feeds

CaseLearns Workshop - Understanding RSS Feeds
June 14, 2005, 1pm-2pm
Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) 215
Registration required at: http://library.case.edu/caselearns/

Learn about RSS and how it has changed the information world. We will explore what options are available to access RSS feeds (readers or aggregators), how KSL and CASE are using RSS feeds, and look at various RSS feeds and other resources available for free on the Internet or within our Library databases.

This course is NOT technical in nature, and will not explore the creation of RSS feeds or blogs. Blogs are not covered by this session, since they are not the same as RSS feeds, as some people mistakenly think. If you can surf the Internet, you are prepared to participate in the class and utilize RSS feeds in your daily life.

If you use RSS already, please share this with your colleagues that do not enjoy the benefits of RSS delivery of information.

Contact me if you have questions:
Brian C. Gray, MLIS
Librarian - Engineering, Math, & Statistics
Email: brian.c.gray@case.edu
Blog: http://blog.case.edu/bcg8/
Engineering Reading Room: http://library.case.edu/ksl/engineering/
Phone: (216) 368-8685

Information Systems Wiki

Wiki for IS Scholarship was established for summarizing and discussing articles in and related to the field of Information Systems. The site is hosted by the Information Systems Department at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

(Via: Jeremy Smith's blog, April 11, 2006)

Case Center for Proteomics Inaugural Symposium

The Case Center for Proteomics Symposium will be on May 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. During the symposium, four renowned researchers in the area of proteomics and mass spectrometry will make presentations, followed by a reception in the Wolstein lobby. For more information and updates regarding the seminar go to http://casemed.case.edu/proteomics/.

(Via: Case Daily - May 05, 2006)

Grant for Case Macromolecular Science & Engineering Research

Tamer Uyar, a research associate in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering department, and Hatsuo Ishida, a professor in the department, authored "Development of Polybenzoxazines and Their Applications as High Performance Composite Materials," which recently received the Young Scientists Grant from the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association.

(Via: Case Daily, April 5, 2006)

NSF Supports the Development of Modules to Teach High School Students About Nanotechnology

Alexis Abramson, the Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, received a $20,000 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) supplement from the National Science Foundation to develop modules to teach high school students about nanotechnology. Abramson, along with other collaborators, is developing the Nanopedia, a Web-based multimedia and interactive electric resource on nanotechnology.

(Via: Case Daily, March 24, 2006)

Case Professor Emeritus - Pioneer in Plastic to be Enshrined

In mid-June, at a hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago, Jack Koenig will be immortalized for his contributions to the plastics industry. That's when the 72-year-old professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University will be formally inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. See full article from the Plain Dealer (March 21, 2006).

EECS Professor Awarded $1.2 Million for Bioinformatics Research

Jing Li, an assistant professor with the electrical engineering and computer science department, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health R01 grant for approximately $1.2 million to be used for interdisciplinary research in bioinformatics and computational biology.

(Source: Case Daily, April, 20, 2006.)

Case Professor Awarded - Anne Hiltner

From the Case Daily (April 14, 2006):

Anne Hiltner, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Engineering in macromolecular science and engineering, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Polymeric Materials Science & Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society.

Case Professor Added to Editorial Board of Nano Publication

From the Case Daily (April 11, 2006):

Hatsuo Ishida, a professor in the department of macromolecular science and engineering, has been asked to serve as the member of editorial board for the Journal of Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites.

MEMS Technology and Biomedical Applications - Conference

The Gordon Research Conference on "MEMS Technology and Biomedical Applications" will be held at Connecticut College, New London, CT during the week of June 25-30, 2006. There is an opportunity for researchers and their students to present their work at a poster session during the conference. More information about the conference, including links to registration can be found at http://www.grc.uri.edu/programs/2006/mems.htm.

Session topics include:

  • Novel BioMEMS Sensing
  • Chemical Specificity for BioMEMS Sensing
  • BioMaterials for BioMEMS
  • MEMS Technology as a Biomedical Device Platform
  • Biologically Inspired MEMS
  • Biofluidic Microsystems
  • Lab-on-a-Chip
  • Implantable MEMS Devices
  • Applications of BioMEMS in Human Health

Several Case speakers are listed, including:

  • Horst von Recum - "Activation of gene regulation by a drug delivery microchip"
  • Carlos Mastrangelo - Tentative Title: "Microfluidics chips for integrated DNA Assays"

Case Publication - John Lewandowski

On February 01, 2006, the Case Daily shared that John Lewandowski, the Leonard Case, Jr., Professor of Engineering and director of the Mechanical Characterization facility recently had his “Nature Materials’ paper selected and publicized as an Editors Choice paper in Science. In addition, it has been publicized on the Materials Research Society web site.

For the CASE community:
Various print copies of Science are available for your viewing pleasure. Various electronic access points are available as well.

Research ShowCASE

On April 5 and 6, 2006, hundreds of scientists and scholars will come together for two days of collaboration, creativity, and innovation. From real-world applications to critical insights to creative and intellectual activities, Research ShowCASE highlights the full range of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research at Case.

The Kelvin Smith Library will be well represented as well. Stop by Booth #262 to learn more about the Engineering Reading Room, Freedman Center, and the Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data (CSGD). Linda Canatara (Head of Digital Library Initiatives & Metadata) in Booth #258 will be presenting ETANA-DL: An Archaeological Digital Library and the Semantic Web.

Ask a Librarian in the Case Forum

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Several librarians from the Kelvin Smith Library have set up an Ask a Librarian forum on the Case Forum system. If you have a question that you think other Case faculty and students might benefit from the answer, share it in the forum. You need to login into the forum with your Case network ID, but you still can post anonymously.

Of course, the traditional communication methods (email, telephone, & online chat) are still available.


startcaseedu.bmp A new Web site - http://start.case.edu/ - has been created to serve as a starting point for finding information on Case’s network and the Web. It is customizable to display up-to-date headlines and links from various Case and Internet sources. It is provided by Student Internet Services, a group of students and staff who provide various Internet services to the Case community.

Alumni Donation for Electrical Engineering Education

Largest-ever donation of nearly $6 million from alumni Larry and Sally Sears to transform electrical engineering education with the Sears Undergraduate Design Laboratory. Read more...

Additional announcements:
$6 million donated to Case, 2 alumni give money to set up new engineering lab
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Jennifer Gonzalez

Alumni couple donate $5.9 million to Case Western Reserve
Akron Beacon Journal, Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Case Engineering School gets $5.9M gift
Crain;s Cleveland Business, March 21, 2006
Shannon Mortland

Case School of Engineering Marketing and Communications

Steven M. Townsend, Director of Communications Case School of Engineering (CSE), has started a blog to share marketing and communications news from CSE. One of his early posts shares a web site to find electronic publications, templates, and logos used for marketing of CSE.

On a related note, the Case School of Engineering’s 125th Annual Report (available in PDF) recently received an award in recognition of its creative excellence from the American Advertising Association and the Cleveland Advertising Association.

Polymer Science for Everyone

Volunteers from Case Western Reserve University's Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering brought polymers to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in hands-on activities for children and their families. Read more...

(Originally posted on Case News Center - February 10, 2006)

Blogs, Wikis, & Podcasts for Beginners

Aaron Shaffer, who works in the Freedman Center of the Kelvin Smith Library, recently gave a talk on blogs, wikis, and podcasts. Even more exciting is that you can view the podcast of the presentation. It was very professionally done and I enjoyed the format.

New Undergraduate Case Research Journal

SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) will be publishing a new campus journal in the spring of 2006.

Discussions is a peer reviewed research journal at Case Western Reserve University. It features research papers, review articles, and scholarly essays written by undergraduate students from any college or program within the university. Its primary aims are to foster academic dialogue within the student body and to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to publish their scholarly work.

More Research @ CASE

The Observer (February 17, 2006) highlighted Case's new West Quad that will consist of various research programs. The initial structure contains the Cleveland Center for Structural Biology (CCSB) and the Wright Fuel Cell Group.

PLoS (Public Library of Science)

I have highlighted a couple of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) open access titles in the past (PLoS Genetics and PLoS Computational Biology). Read the testimony of a CASE student that has been using the PLOS resources.

Future Energy Options

What energy options do we have?
Reported by Scott Newell (WKYC)

Case Western was mentioned:

Case Western Reserve University recently got a $3 million federal grant to develop one component of the fuel cell.

But hydrogen fuel cell cars are at least 10 years off.

"Primarily because of the technological problems on trying to improve the durability of a fuel cell, having it last longer under automobile use and decreasing overall cost of a fuel cell," Case Western Reserve's Peter Pintauro said.

New Case Publication: Entropic Characterization of Mixing in Microchannels

Entropic Characterization of Mixing in Microchannels
Marco Camesasca and Ica Manas-Zloczower
Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106
Miron Kaufman
Physics Department, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Vol: 15, Issue: 11, November 01, 2005 pp. 2038-2044


A methodology for rigorous mixing assessment in microchannels is presented. The analysis is based on numerical simulations of flow in different geometries coupled with mixing assessment using entropic measures. The results show enhanced mixing efficiency for the staggered herringbone micromixer by comparison with a mixer with straight diagonal ridges and a lack of mixing in a non-patterned channel. These results are in agreement with published experimental data.

Availability for Case Faculty, Staff, & Students: