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One more reminder on this talk for the public. It's a chance to push retail/more pedistrian friendly environment to the decision makers in the future of University Circle and CWRU campus. Many of the people who will be there deal with the allocation of funds.
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/News/2008/March/06030803.aspSea cucumbers inspire switchable material06 March 2008© Case Western Reserve University A sudden stiffening of the skin can help the humble sea cucumber defend itself from predators. Now, scientists in America have designed a new composite material that mimics this feat. Christoph Weder, Stuart Rowan and colleagues at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, say that their invention could be useful for biomedical applications. The sea cucumber - a relative of the starfish that grazes the ocean floor for carrion - can become rigid in seconds, thanks to its ability to control the interaction between collagen fibrils in its tissue. The researchers tried to imitate this with a network of cellulose nanofibres, dubbed 'whiskers', and embedded them into a rubbery polymer substance. In the absence of water the whiskers form a rigid network, giving the whole composite material a high rigidity. 'In the absence of water, the nanofibres are "glued" to each other, and the nanofibre network dominates the mechanical properties of the material,' explains Rowan. 'In this state the material is strong and rigid, much like a CD case.''But if the material is exposed to water, the water molecules "unglue" the nanofibers and the material becomes about 1000 times softer, so its properties resemble those of a soft rubber.''I think it is one of the most exciting recent opportunities in the design of new materials, and would open the door to applications in a number of different fields,' says Craig Hawker a materials scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, US. 'This could radically change the way scientists think about nanomaterials - it could be game-changing.'The scientists think that the switchable material could be used in microelectrodes that are implanted into the brain to treat diseases such as Parkinson's, which could be made to go soft in the aqueous environment of the body and thus avoid scarring. Experimenting with the composition of the material, the scientists also created a composite substance that can be switched by temperature changes, and they hope to find others where the same change can be induced by chemical or electrical signals. 'One can imagine protective clothing, for example, which is flexible and comfortable to wear but becomes rigid and protective when necessary,' adds Hawker. 'This is essentially what sea cucumbers use this process for.'
Case Western energy institute adds millions in fundingPosted by Janet Okoben March 12, 2008 04:06AMCategories: Education, ImpactA new institute that could propel Northeast Ohio to national prominence in energy research, generating both power and jobs, is gaining steam.The Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University got another boost on Tuesday with the announcement of a $2 million gift. That's on top of $3.6 million the institute got in December from the Cleveland Foundation...
"For Case to be restored to its rightful position up there with CalTech and MIT, this is a way to get there," he said.
^^ For undergrad (speaking as an Alum), I agree, it in no way compares. I would be interested to see a comparison of Case vs MIT and Cal Tech in terms of research dollars and whatever other relevant metrics there are for such comparisons, though. While it won't be able to match dollar-for-dollar, I'm guessing the gap may be smaller than you think. I could be totally wrong though. Go..... Spartans, right?
Exactly, Jax.Although saying that we (I'm also an alum) are peers with MIT/Cal Tech, et cetera is wrong. However, to say that we can compete with them in research dollars, faculty, and technology transfer is completely true, and I honestly believe that many people underestimate the strength of Case Western Reserve in many ways - the problem has never been the resources or outcomes, but rather the leadership and vision of the University, which has often been back-a#$wards and about thirty years behind the curve. Also, if you look historically (back 80+ years, we were considered a peer of the most elite schools in the country.
Case plans $105 million center for medical, energy innovationPosted by Tom Breckenridge April 23, 2008 15:30PMCategories: Breaking News, Economic development, MedicalCase Western Reserve University wants to turn fallow land in its West Quad into a fertile home of innovation for medicine and energy.The university is pursuing a $105 million project that would house three cutting-edge programs on the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center site...
One more! They build Baker Hall in the 60's and the idea was for it to be temporary! A temporary building folks. Thats what $2.Something Billion will do to you. Anyway they knocked it down and made a nice place to plant flowers on parents weekend.
I don't understand the reference to $2...billion. Is that the size of the endowment?I think that the subtraction of Baker is a great plus for the campus.
And my point wasn't so much that Baker was a fine piece of architecture but that the whole idea of building a structure as temporary does not exemplify the tenets of environmental responsibility, energy conservation, etc.
Quote from: 3231 on April 24, 2008, 01:23:53 PMI don't understand the reference to $2...billion. Is that the size of the endowment?I think that the subtraction of Baker is a great plus for the campus. Baker was definately an ugly box (although I got some of my best sleep in the lobby in front of the auditorium there...anyone remember the name of the auditorium[?] Its driving me crazy.)
isn't it a little unfair to criticize CWRU for a decision made 40 years ago? (regarding sustainability)
Seriously, it should have been called "CWRUtube"I wonder if they'll put up the episode of Dr. Oc's class where the caller gets him to flip out on air.