Student, faculty projects to be featured at Research ShowCASE 2014

a panoramic view of Research Showcase at CWRUClevelanders could have used a robotic snow-mower—especially this winter.

That and other student-faculty innovations will be demonstrated at Research ShowCASE 2014, a day where nearly 600 Case Western Reserve University researchers, scientists and scholars come together for collaboration, creativity and innovation. The showcase also features research by area high school students, in collaboration with university researchers.

The event is Friday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center.

The showcase allows students, faculty, staff, alumni, business and industry leaders a chance to see research with real-world applications explained and demonstrated first-hand.

The event opens with keynote speaker Stanton Gerson, Distinguished University Professor, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of the Seidman Cancer Center, who will present “Cleveland Collaborative Science: The Successful Path of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the National Center for Regenerative Medicine at CWRU.”

At 2 p.m., Joseph Jankowski, the university’s chief innovation officer, will lead the inaugural Student Innovation Symposium, in which attendees can learn about their intellectual property rights, network with peer and regional leaders, and hear presentations from programs that offer opportunities and resources for students.

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Among the ShowCASE highlights are:

  • “The Golden Age of Arcade Games: Video Game Design from Theory to Practice,” by Jared Bendis, the Kelvin Smith Library’s new media officer and also an award-winning installation artist, photographer and teacher. He is a contributor to WCPN’s “Sound of Applause” show.
  • “CWRU Snow-Mower: An Autonomous Mobile Platform for Education, Competition, and Fun!” by Matthew Klein from mechanical and aerospace engineering. After the cold Cleveland winter, many people may want to sit back and watch a robot shovel the snow. Take a look at the future for snow removal.
  • “Animals as Models for Robot Mobility and Autonomy: Crawling, Walking, Running, Climbing and Flying” by Roger Quinn, the Arthur P. Armington Professor of Engineering. Come see how the insect world has inspired robots that can go places and do things that, in some circumstances, are impossible for humans.
  • “Restoring Sensation in Amputees with Nerve Cuff Electrodes,” by David Tan, doctoral student in biomedical engineering.
  • “May Contain Unvaccinated Children: Imposing a Duty to Warn to Address Rising Nonmedical Childhood Vaccine Exemptions” by Katherine Makielski from the School of Law.
  • “Evaluation of We Run This City – a School-Based Fitness Program” by Elaine Borowski, the Angela Bown Williamson Professor in Community Nutrition in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine and director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.
  • “From Market to Mouth: Fruit and Vegetable Purchasing and Preparation Patterns among Farmers’ Market Customers,” by Darcy Freedman, associate professor from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  • “The Doctor Will See You (and You and You) Now: A Shared Medical Visit Pilot Program” by Andrew Morris, a graduate student in public health at the School of Medicine. Learn how people with the same disease, like diabetes, can share a medical appointment and learn more about managing their illness in this pilot group doctor’s visit.

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