April 09, 2007

Research ShowCASE 2007: The Future is Now

Live Demonstrations & Posters

Dexter completing 500 autonomous
miles at the Goodyear test track
in Akron

As one of the nation's leading research and educational institutions, Case Western Reserve University and its affiliate institutions are offering the public a firsthand look at the breadth of research activities currently under way.

At the fifth Research ShowCASE 2007, attendees will learn what's new and what's to come in presentations by research from colleges and schools across campus—humanities, engineering, social work, law, dental medicine, medicine and nursing. Research ShowCASE 2007 will take place April 11 and 12 at the university's Veale Convocation, Recreation, and Athletic Center. The event is free. Lunch will be provided on Thursday.

Come and explore a variety of research throughout Horsburgh Gymnasium and the Veale Center where the more than 500 poster displays and live demonstrations will be presented by faculty, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students as well as researchers from the university's affiliate institutions. The presenters will show the full range of research at the university, in the state and with collaborators from around the globe. Poster categories include basic and applied physics, humanities, education and outreach, emerging technology, public health, community-based research and advances in clinical practice.

See a live demonstration of DEXTER, an automated autonomous ground vehicle designed by faculty and students of the Case School of Engineering for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency national competition. Watch DEXTER as it is "walked" over while controlled by a joystick from Bingham Building to the Veale Center.

Not to be upstaged, Roberto, an interactive robot about the size of a wheelchair, will be on hand to respond to people in motion. Darin Croft, assistant professor of anatomy in the School of Medicine, will show mammal fossils, including a new dinosaur, bones and models. Other demonstrations will feature cockroaches of the mechanical kind presented by Roger Quinn, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, while Kathleen Rosen, associate dean of clinical affairs at the School of Medicine, will show how SIMBaby is used by nursing and medical students in simulation exercises for a range of medical illnesses and emergencies.

The Functional Electronic Stimulation Center or FES Center led by P. Hunter Peckham, professor of biomedical engineering, will show the latest research that could improve the quality of life of individuals with neurological or muscular skeletal impairments. Individuals who have received implants will demonstrate how FES has affected their lives. Martin Palomo of the dental school will present three-dimensional images of human jaws used by orthodontists for specialized procedures.

In addition to the poster displays and live demonstrations, Research ShowCASE 2007 will welcome Joseph Wilson, veteran international diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, whose wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson was the basis for a recent federal investigation into possible violations of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act when her covert identify was revealed. He will give the keynote address for the symposium on April 11, "The Information Revolution—Insights and Interpretation." Acclaimed performance artist and playwright Anna Deveare Smith will introduce a forum on April 12 about health-care disparities through a dramatic interpretation of "Race and the Nation—Snapshot of America in Change." Deveare Smith is perhaps most noted for her one-woman shows about racial tensions in American cities and for her recurring role on the television drama, the West Wing, as national security adviser Nancy McNally.

Research ShowCASE 2007 supports collaborations that will drive the research and discoveries necessary to strengthen and position Greater Cleveland and Ohio for sustained economic growth throughout the 21st century. A key goal is to promote efforts to move university research out of the lab and into the marketplace.

Research ShowCASE 2007 sponsors are University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Inside Business magazine, Thompson Hine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Kaplan attorneys at law. Visit Research ShowCase online for information about registration, invited speakers and panelists, maps and other details.

For more information contact Marsha Bragg, 216.368.6949.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 9, 2007 10:00 AM | News Topics: HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Research

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