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New machine-learning program shows promise for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Brain scan imagesA new machine-learning program developed by researchers at Case Western Reserve University appears to outperform other methods for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms begin to interfere with everyday living, initial testing shows.
 
More than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s disease, according to estimates, and the numbers are growing as the population ages. The disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. And while there is no cure, several drugs can delay or prevent symptoms from worsening for up to five years or more, according to the National Institute on Aging and published research.

Ya-Ting Liao wins NSF funding to study flame spread in space

Ya-Ting LiaoYa-Ting Liao, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, won a joint award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to conduct flame experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).
 
The funding is part of $900,000 in NSF funding in support of combustion and thermal transport research to be performed on the ISS. The projects are also supported by CASIS, which manages the U.S. National Laboratory aboard the ISS.

Swagelok Center teams up with Princeton University researchers on new analysis technique

Image analysis of crystal moleculesResearchers at the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials at Case Western Reserve University have collaborated with Princeton University to develop a new technique to analyze organic crystals.
 
Electron backscatter diffraction is a technique commonly used to examine the crystallographic structure of polished inorganic samples. It can be used to determine grain size, crystal orientation and phase identification of samples. Used in combination with energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy, the microstructure of metallic samples can be thoroughly characterized. Using image processing, the fraction of each phase can be measured.

YeongAe Heo wins the NASEM GRP Early-Career Research Fellowship

YeongAe HeoYeongAe Heo, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, has been selected as an early-career research fellow of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program.
 
These competitive awards are among a suite of program activities aimed at supporting the development of future generations of scientists, engineers, and health professionals prepared to work at the intersections of oil system safety, human health and well-being, and environmental stewardship in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. outer continental shelf regions.

CWRU among world’s top 20 for innovation impact

ResearchCase Western Reserve University ranks 18th in the world in a new listing of institutions based on their contributions to innovation.
 
The results in Nature Index 2017 Innovation, a supplement to the esteemed multidisciplinary journal Nature, ordered universities and institutes based on citations of their research articles in other organizations’ patent documents.