Using electronic games to relieve post-surgical pain in teens, developing a new telescope system to search for extraterrestrial intelligence and many more research projects will be on display during Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE 2009. The free, public event takes place Thursday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Veale Convocation Center, 2128 Adelbert Road on the Case Western Reserve University campus.
"A record-number of researchers—more than 600—from Case Western Reserve University and its affiliates will celebrate a broad range of ground-breaking studies," says Cindy Barker, director of Research ShowCASE 2009, which is expected to draw several thousand people during the daylong event.
Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students have submitted displays and posters reflecting this year's theme of Inspiring and Influencing the Future.
Research projects will span a range of topics from lowering noise levels in neonatal intensive care to developing sensors to track odors for defense and security. A number of researchers have studies about major health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Concurrent with the booth and poster displays will be three forums:
The day concludes with keynote speaker Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, the nation's largest nonprofit alliance to improve health and make it a national priority. Her talk begins at 4 p.m. She will explore how a designated $10.4 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for research efforts funded by the National Institutes of Health are encouraging signs for the research community.
"We at Research!America are pledged to work hard to ensure that young scientists receive the support they need to pursue their research careers, and in so doing, help realize the hope and promise that people everywhere hold out for better health for themselves and their families," says Woolley.
Pre-registration is encouraged by visiting https://ora.ra.cwru.edu/ShowCASE/registration.cfm. Registration is required for the free lunch. For general information about Research ShowCASE, visit https://ora.ra.cwru.edu/ShowCASE/index.cfm.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.