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PhD student Mousa Younesi wins Acta Student Award

Blue ribbon awardMousa Younesi, a PhD student in the lab of Ozan Akkus, the Leonard Case Jr. Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won an Acta Student Award for his primary contribution to the manuscript, "Heparinized collagen sutures for sustained delivery of PDGF-BB: Delivery profile and effects on tendon derived cell In-Vitro,” which appeared in the journal Acta BioMaterialia.
 
Younesi was selected for demonstrating exceptional value to the biomaterials community and in recognition of his personal credentials and recommendations.

Swagelok Center to host Atom Probe Tomography Seminar

CalendarThe Case Western Reserve University community is invited to learn more about atom probe tomography at a seminar hosted by the university’s Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. in Olin 408.
 
Atom probe tomography (APT) is the highest spatial resolution analytical characterization technique with high-efficiency single atom detection for quantitative atomic scale 3-D elemental mapping of chemical heterogeneities.
 
The event features Katherine Rice, an applications scientist with Cameca Instruments in Madison, Wis.

Injectable plant-based nanoparticles delay tumor progression

PlantResearchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in collaboration with researchers from Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and RWTH Aachen University (Germany) have adapted virus particles that normally infect potatoes to serve as cancer drug-delivery devices.
 
And in a recent article published in Nano Letters, the team showed injecting the virus particles alongside chemotherapy drugs, instead of packing the drugs inside, may provide an even more potent benefit.

Mechanical and aerospace engineering’s Chris Yuan wins award for sustainable manufacturing research

Chris YuanChris Yuan, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, won first place in the Reusable Abstractions of Manufacturing Processes national research competition.
 
The national contest is organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation, American Society of Testing and Materials and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is designed to showcase sustainable manufacturing techniques on a unit manufacturing process using a specific ASTM standard.

Engineer and entrepreneur Xyla Foxlin stars in Microsoft commercials

Xlya FoxlinXyla Foxlin had an unforgettable 21st birthday: She spent it in Los Angeles on the set of a commercial for the Microsoft Surface laptop.
 
Foxlin, a rising senior studying mechanical and aerospace engineering, is featured prominently in two recently released commercials promoting the new device.