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Apply for the Sears think[box] Student Project Fund

Sears think[box]The Sears think[box] Student Project Fund has been renewed thanks to support from the Codrington Foundation, and Fran and Jules Belkin, to provide material support to students working on personal projects, team projects, design competitions, entrepreneurial activities and more.
 
Past funded projects include Beauty and the Bolt, fun and instructional videos on electronics, design, and fabrication; Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator, flow control for improved aerodynamics using electric discharges; Rotating Electrode Electrochemical Alignment Device (REEAD), which automates mass-production of collagen threads for tissue repair; theatrical set design; a custom power meter for houses; a hybrid rocket test; a cryptographic payment system and more.

New Microsoft HoloLens app lets users examine renowned British art collections from anywhere in the world

Boulevard Arts app shows sculptureHolly Witchey traveled more than 3,200 miles in seconds—and speed wasn’t even the most impressive part of the feat.
 
Standing in the basement of a building on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, the adjunct professor of art history and art suddenly found herself standing in The Courtauld Gallery in London, close enough to touch several of its Impressionist masterworks.
 
Witchey’s extraordinary experience came courtesy of Boulevard Arts, a free app now available in the Microsoft HoloLens store. The app allows those wearing Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset to see 18 works from The Courtauld Gallery and the British Museum—no matter where they are in the world.

CWRU researcher awarded more than $4.7 million to develop drug-delivery nanotechnology

Nicole SteinmetzNicole F. Steinmetz, the George J. Picha Professor in Biomaterials, member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of the Center for Bio-Nanotechnology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has received two major grants from the National Institutes of Health to develop microscopic drug-delivery systems for patients living with breast cancer and those at risk for serious blood clots.
 
“Nanoparticle engineering is an evolving field, with enormous potential in molecular imaging and therapeutics. We are thrilled that the National Institutes of Health is supportive of this new frontier in medicine,” Steinmetz said.

Alexis Abramson appointed interim chair of electrical engineering and computer science

Alexis AbramsonThe Case School of Engineering has named Alexis Abramson interim chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
 
A nationally recognized leader in advanced energy research, Abramson, the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation and director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute, has been a member of the engineering school faculty since 2003, with a primary appointment in mechanical and aerospace engineering and a secondary appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In her nearly 15-year career at Case Western Reserve, she has built a robust research portfolio focusing on developing nanomaterials for alternative energy applications, virtual energy audits for building efficiency and accelerating commercialization of advanced energy technology.

LaShanda Korley co-leads national workshop for aspiring faculty

LaShanda KorleyLaShanda Korley, the Climo Associate Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, will team up with fellow Case Western Reserve University faculty member Emily Pentzer, assistant professor of chemistry, and Thomas Epps III of the University of Delaware, to bring the “Future Faculty Workshop: Grooming Diverse Leaders for the Future” to Case Western Reserve July 30–Aug. 1.
 
Centered on the unifying theme of “The Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and Biology of Soft Materials,” the workshop brings together approximately 50 mentees and 50 mentors from around the country to support the career development of aspiring faculty. Soft materials include polymers and biomaterials.