School of Engineering Researchers Unveil New Nano Technique, Earn Cover of Prestigious Science Publication

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An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Case Western Reserve University has unveiled a new method for developing mechanically reinforced polymer nanocomposites, earning the cover of Nature Nanotechnology, one of the world's most prestigious scholarly journals covering research in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

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Jeffrey R. Capadona, associate investigator at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center, and Christoph Weder and Stuart Rowan, professors of macromolecular science and engineering at the Case School of Engineering, and their colleagues have developed a process in which reinforcing nanoparticles are first assembled into a three-dimensional network through gelation of nanoparticle dispersion, essentially forming a template. This template can then be filled with any polymer of choice by exchanging the solvent with a polymer-containing solution.

"Through the use of this new technique, we have been able to take the most incompatible components and show that they can be used to make compatible materials," Weder said. Read more.

Renowned Scientist Joins School of Medicine, Brings Eight Researchers with Him

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Renowned scientist and researcher Walter F. Boron, a native of Elyria, Ohio, has come home to the Cleveland area and to the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine as the new chair of and a professor in the department of physiology and biophysics.

Boron has spent most of his career working on understanding how biological systems operate and interact. He is widely considered a pioneer in research that focuses on how ion-transport processes regulate intracellular acid-base (pH), how these transporters are themselves regulated and the role that these processes play in disease.

Boron's lab, which includes eight additional researchers from Yale University who are joining him in Cleveland, uses a range of techniques -- from the level of atoms to single molecules to single cells to tissues to living mice -- to understand how the body regulates pH inside of single cells and blood. Close regulation of pH, both for cells and blood, is critical for survival and important for patients with cancer, kidney and lung disease. Read more.

Campus News

The Department of Ophthalmology is conducting an Extended Wear Contact Lens Research Study. Healthy contact lens candidates are needed to sleep in Night & Day soft contact lenses for one year and must meet at least one of the following qualifications: new contact lens wearer; of Asian ethnicity; aged 15-21 years old. Participants must live locally during study period. All study visits and contact lenses will be provided. Call (216) 844-8552 to enroll.

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The Rainbow Adoption Health Service, an affiliate of the School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland, is offering a free two-day workshop on international adoption, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., January 12 and 13 at University Hospitals, Bolwell Conference Room A. Guest speakers will discuss a range of topics, and adoptive families will share their experiences. In addition, several experts affiliated with the university will present and answer audience questions. To register, contact Lindsey Houlihan at 216-844-6241.

For Faculty & Staff

The Manor House at Squire Valleevue Farm can be rented for private events as well as for university business. The Manor House at Squire Valleevue Farm is located in Hunting Valley, Ohio, about 10 miles east of the main university campus. Find out more details by viewing the Manor House Web page.

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This section will be updated occasionally during the winter break. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.

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Lev Gonick, vice president of Information Technology Services, recently represented Case Western Reserve University at the Nobel Public Services Innovation Summit during Nobel Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

The university was invited to provide a presentation on how technology infrastructure is being used to advance learning and the journey of education.

MediaVision produced an opening video for his presentation. Read more on Gonick's blog.

January 4, 2008

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Case in the News

Sharing with my medical-school peers

Cleveland Jewish News, January 4, 2008
In a letter to the editor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine student Stephanie Camaglia writes about the camaraderie she felt when founding the Jewish Medical Student Association.

The physics of Lawrence Krauss

The Free Times, January 2, 2008
In a news-opinion piece, which contains language some may consider offensive, a Free Times reporter writes about Case Western Reserve University physics professor Lawrence Krauss's recent paper on the state of the universe.

Higher Ed News

Saving money (and going green) by going virtual

Inside Higher Ed, January 4, 2008
Information technology departments at colleges and universities nationwide are starting to adopt a process called "server virtualization," in which the operations and data of several individual servers are combined into a single, physical machine. That not only saves space, but it allows colleges to reduce the energy spent powering racks of centralized computers and the air-conditioning systems needed to keep them cool.

Most top colleges enroll fewer low-income students

Chronicle of Higher Education, January 2, 2008
Most of the nation's top-ranking universities and liberal-arts colleges have seen both short- and long-term declines in the share of their students who come from low-income families, according to an analysis conducted by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

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