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Case to showcase latest research

Image: ShowCASE Exhibition LogoThe latest research in science, engineering, medicine and the arts from one of the world's leading research universities will be on display Friday, April 2, at Case Western Reserve University's second annual Research ShowCASE exhibition. More than 550 Case faculty, staff, undergraduate, post-graduate and professional student researchers will be on hand to present and demonstrate their findings at Research ShowCASE 2004. The event will take place in the University's Veale Convocation Center and is free and open to the public.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with opening remarks at 8 a.m. The day will provide numerous opportunities for researchers from Case and its affiliated institutions to share research activities and business applications with the general public.

Research ShowCASE 2004 will feature active demonstrations, expert panel discussions, and poster presentations The demonstrations include interactive exhibits from diverse Case departments and centers, including anthropology, biomedical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, the Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES) Center and the Case Advanced Power Institute (CAPI). ShowCASE attendees will witness advances in fuel cell design, medical implants, structural engineering, healthcare education and microgravity adaptation. Don't mind the robot cockroaches.

"There are more of them than there are of us, by a long shot," said Roger Quinn, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Case School of Engineering, says of the cockroaches that influenced the biologically inspired robots that will be on display. "These robots can be used in any situation with too small of an opening for people or where it is too dangerous. Businesses can work with us to develop this technology and sell it for military, police, fire and homeland defense uses. It's just a matter of someone picking it up and running with it."

Possible commercial applications include disaster recovery, searching and destroying landmines, tracking chemical odors for homeland defense, military reconnaissance and exploration on the ocean floor.

Along with the research displays and active demonstrations, the day will feature a series of hour-long panel discussions featuring Case faculty and outside experts. Topics include "Biodefense" (8:30-9:30 a.m.), "Bioethics" (9:45-10:45 a.m.), "Nanotechnology" (11 a.m.-noon), "Global Issues" (12:15-1:15 p.m.), "Creativity and Innovation" (1:30-2:30 p.m.), and "Bioinformatics" (2:45-3:45 p.m.)

Discussing the Biodefense panel James Kazura, director of the Case Center for Global Health and Diseases and chair of the panel notes, "Many diseases of potential use by terrorists are endemic in other parts of the world. For example, Case is conducting research on Rift valley fever virus which is endemic to east Africa. It is also designated by the Centers for Disease Control as a Category A bioterrorism agent because it is transmitted by respiratory pathways and can be easily weaponized."

Keynoting the day's events will be Thomas Murray, president of The Hastings Center and former director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Case's School of Medicine. His address will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium.

For a complete schedule of events as well as a listing of presenters, please visit the Research ShowCASE 2004 website at:


About Case Western Reserve University

Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.