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Waterfall swing invented by CWRU alumni featured in new Honda commercial

A unique computerized "waterfall swingset" invented in 2010 by three Case Western Reserve University alumni--Andrew Witte, Michael O'Toole and Ian Charnas--and one CIA alumnus, Andrew Ratcliff, was featured in a Honda commercial that aired during the Rose Bowl and continues to air on national television. 

Interest in the invention spiked after one of the videos highlighting the swing trended on YouTube, and the waterfall swingset is now booked at festivals throughout the world, from the Netherlands to Russia. 

Watch the commercial featuring this innovative swing:

"Forbes" selects four CWRU women for their "30 under 30" list, including BME grad Christine Fleming!

Christine FlemingFour of Forbes magazine’s list of the year’s 30 most innovative young thinkers in science and healthcare come from Case Western Reserve.

Forbes annual “30 Under 30” list highlights Christine Fleming, who earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering; Cindy Chang, a fifth-year medical student at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University; Paige Cramer, who completed her doctoral degree in neurosciences earlier this year; and Halle Tecco, a 2006 graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in management.

Lake Erie wind farm proposal wins $4M federal grant

CWRU to help complete engineering and design

A regional team including researchers from Case Western Reserve has won $4 million to design a wind farm in Lake Erie – along with the possibility they can compete for $46 million more to build it.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Wednesday that Northeast Ohio’s Project Icebreaker is one of seven proposals nationwide to advance in the high-stakes competition to prove the promise of offshore wind power.

LEEDco, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. formed in 2004, created the Northeast Ohio public-private-academic partnership behind Project Icebreaker. The organization’s proposal called for the installation of nine 3-megawatt turbines seven miles off the shore. The challenge now is to determine the details of drilling into the lake’s floor, transporting the structures out into the water, and finally getting them to stand – and stay – upright.

Department of Energy awards CWRU grant to build battery for smart grid, renewables

flow batteryA Department of Energy agency that funds high-risk, high-payoff research, has awarded engineers at Case Western Reserve University $567,805 to develop a “rustbelt” battery with unprecedented flexibility and utility.

For more than year, the researchers have been investigating ways to build a flow battery primarily using water and iron. A flow battery is essentially an unwrapped battery that can be scaled up to hold and supply electricity to a home or an entire community.

In addition to using cheap, plentiful and environmentally friendly materials, the battery is designed to improve the efficiency of the power grid and accelerate the addition of solar and wind power supplies.

Case School of Engineering dean elected to inaugural class of prestigious council

Dean Jeffrey DuerkJeffrey L. Duerk, dean of the Case School of Engineering, recently was named a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research.

This award recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the field of imaging research. This is the first year the award has been bestowed, and only 70 researchers were inducted into the inaugural class.

The Academy of Radiology Research is an alliance of 27 professional imaging societies from around the world and promotes the translation of imaging research to enhance human health. Established in 1995, it was the catalyst for creating the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, for accelerating investment in vital imaging research areas by other NIH institutes, and for building support for radiology and imaging in Congress and the Executive Branch.