At Case Western Reserve University, each year is filled with student, faculty, staff and alumni successes; research breakthroughs; and big moments that add to our storied history. Last year was no exception.
At CES 2017, Case Western Reserve University had 10 booths, full of student- and alumni-founded startups.
And that’s only the beginning.
While the start of the year is a time to look ahead—setting resolutions and goals for 2018—it’s also a good opportunity to reflect on some of 2017’s highlights. Take a look at some of our top-read and favorite stories of 2017 (in chronological order)—and be sure to tell us your favorites in the comments.
Two student startups received impressive accolades this spring at South by Southwest’s student startup competition. Parihug, founded by Xyla Foxlin, came in second place, while Reflexion Interactive Technologies, co-founded by Matt Campagna, placed third.
Parihug connects Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled teddy bears to allow people to hug loved ones over long distances, while Reflexion Interactive Technologies developed a device that can rapidly screen for concussions.
A team of Case Western Reserve University researchers gave a man with quadriplegia the chance to move again—just by thinking. By pairing a brain-computer interface with recording electrodes and a functional electrical stimulation system, researchers restored brain-led movement to a paralyzed person—believed to be the first time this has ever occurred.
The research team included: Bob Kirsch, chair of Case Western Reserve’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and executive director of the Functional Electrical Stimulation Center; Bolu Ajiboye, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; Benjamin Walter, associate professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; and Jonathan Miller, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and director of the Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery Center at University Hospitals.
Jared Friedman, a PhD student in organizational behavior, and Anthony Jack, associate professor of philosophy, helped shed light on why people hold so strongly in their beliefs, even when evidence disproves them.
Two studies looked at the personality characteristics behind dogmatism, both in religious and nonreligious people.
In August, we welcomed approximately 1,300 new students to campus to comprise the Class of 2021.
Upon their arrival, we wanted to learn a little more about their background. Our newest students represent 41 countries, 700 hometowns and more than 900 high schools, and during their time in school, they were highly involved in volunteer work, sports and the arts.
Now, with a semester down, they have already begun to make their impact on campus.
The university exceeded its capital campaign goal once again—raising more than $1.5 billion over the course of the campaign, thanks to the support of nearly 55,000 donors.
The announcement came in October during the Blue Block Party at homecoming. At the same time, the university announced a $20 million gift from Bob Aiken, a 1952 graduate who majored in mechanical engineering, and his wife, Brenda, to the biomedical engineering department.
In October, Case Western Reserve University alumnus Richard H. Thaler (ADL ’67, HON ’03) was named the recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for pioneering work in behavioral economics.
Thaler is a professor of economics and behavioral science at the University of Chicago, and is known for placing an emphasis on how psychology impacts economic decisions.
A team of undergraduate students came away big at the Cleveland Medical Hackathon in October. Josef Scheidt, Rohan Sinha, Nsisong Udosen, Francesca McDonald and Rishi Maheshwari placed first for their concept for the CrasBand, a device that can be worn on the wrist to monitor cardiac health in real time.
At the competition, the undergraduates went up against teams mostly composed of health professionals with PhDs. For their win, the students had the chance to present their idea during Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit.