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Showing off: Research ShowCASE provides opportunity to present latest research

Ross Wasserstrom

Issue date: 4/24/09 Section: News
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Among other things, Research ShowCASE allowed the Case community a chance to perform cyber-surgery, drive cars with their wrists, and help prove that art and science can peacefully coexist.

More than 600 student and faculty researchers put their work on display at Thursday's ShowCASE. The event, themed Inspiring and Influencing the Future, highlighted several areas of scientific research from Case, University Hospitals, and affiliated institutions in the area.

Veale Convocation Center was chosen as the venue and, overnight, became a dense sea of posters, pamphlets, and demonstration tables. "Having an interesting demonstration is critical to raising awareness," said Katie Polasek, a postdoctoral fellow of biomedical engineering. Presenting for the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center, Polasek's demonstration allowed participants to pilot remote-control cars using only their wrists.

"The FES Center works with technology that detects electrical impulses in muscle; we thought that displaying our technology in a way that is accessible to the public will generate more attention for the FES Center here at ShowCASE," Polasek said.

Health and Disease, Basic and Applied Sciences, Emerging Technology, and other veins of scientific inquest helped bring tangibility to Case's reputation as a research institution, and brought huge numbers of students and faculty together for an opportunity to raise awareness of their work.

"There are companies and research centers in the University Circle area that contribute invaluably to Case's research, but are not well-known by the community at large," said Andrew Gross, Medical Simulation Manager for the Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center, located in University Circle. Gross' booth at ShowCASE allowed participants to perform realistic, three-dimensional gall bladder surgery in a computer simulation.

"The Mt. Sinai Center provides medical students an opportunity to practice real-life procedures with the most cutting-edge technology, but is unfamiliar to most of University Circle. ShowCASE is an opportunity for us to highlight our work and network with other community members interested in the same field," he continued.
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