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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.

Apply for the Sears think[box] Student Project Fund

Sears think[box]The Sears think[box] Student Project Fund has been renewed thanks to support from the Codrington Foundation, and Fran and Jules Belkin, to provide material support to students working on personal projects, team projects, design competitions, entrepreneurial activities and more.
 
Past funded projects include Beauty and the Bolt, fun and instructional videos on electronics, design, and fabrication; Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuator, flow control for improved aerodynamics using electric discharges; Rotating Electrode Electrochemical Alignment Device (REEAD), which automates mass-production of collagen threads for tissue repair; theatrical set design; a custom power meter for houses; a hybrid rocket test; a cryptographic payment system and more.

New Microsoft HoloLens app lets users examine renowned British art collections from anywhere in the world

Boulevard Arts app shows sculptureHolly Witchey traveled more than 3,200 miles in seconds—and speed wasn’t even the most impressive part of the feat.
 
Standing in the basement of a building on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, the adjunct professor of art history and art suddenly found herself standing in The Courtauld Gallery in London, close enough to touch several of its Impressionist masterworks.
 
Witchey’s extraordinary experience came courtesy of Boulevard Arts, a free app now available in the Microsoft HoloLens store. The app allows those wearing Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset to see 18 works from The Courtauld Gallery and the British Museum—no matter where they are in the world.