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International Year of Light - 2015: Case Research & Happenings

Guide was created to accompany a KSL Art Display from October-December of 2015.

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Examples from Case

Below are examples of research and other happenings at Case. If you are doing work on or related to light and want to be included, let Brian Gray or Daniel Solomon know.

Astronomy Example

Chris Mihos, Professor of Astronomy

Professor Mihos uses observational data from ground- and space-based observatories, coupled with computer simulations, to study the formation and evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters. He earned a BS in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1987 and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Michigan in 1992. He then held a postdoctoral research position at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Hubble Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University before joining the Astronomy faculty at CWRU in 1998.

Biology Department

Professor Claudia Mieko Mizutani

Professor Mizutani's group are interested in understanding the developmental mechanisms of evolutionary change in body plan patterns. Her group use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and its closely related species to study how embryonic germ layers and morphogenetic gradients were modified during evolution. 
 
Her group are also performing genome-wide screenings to identify genes involved in other aspects of phenotypic differentiation in the sibling species D. melanogaster, D. simulans and D. sechellia, in particular: myogenesis, neuromuscular junction formation, locomotion, and germline specification.  
 
Another project in her lab uses high resolution imaging of gene expression patterns and clonal analysis tools to visualize the neural stem cell transcriptome with single cell resolution.  This research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, under the NIH Common Fund Single Cell Analysis Program. This project is done in collaboration with Dr. Rui Sousa-Neves and Dr. Weihong Guo.

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Chemistry Department

Professor Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández

Research in Professor Crespo's group focuses on reaction processes of relevance to biology, renewal energy, and to the environment, with the chief aim of understanding their mechanistic aspects at the molecular level. Our group combine advanced photochemical techniques, steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopy, and computational methods to produce specific knowledge about the nuclear and electronic factors controlling the photochemistry of these molecules. The research endeavors in Prof. Crespo's group is cross-disciplinary and covers diverse areas of chemistry, exposing undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral associates to cutting edge research and state-of-the-art technologies. These research experiences contribute towards their integration into mainstream scientific activities

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Example

Hongping Zhao, Ph.D

Prof. Zhao’s research works cover the physics of semiconductor optoelectronics materials and devices, the physics of low-dimensional semiconductor nano-materials/devices, metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) of III-nitride and II-IV-nitride semiconductor thin films and devices, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of III-nitride and oxide nanomaterials, and device design / fabrication of III-nitride, II-IV-nitride and oxide based optoelectronics devices. Fundamental knowledge from quantum mechanics, quantum electronics / optics, solid state physics, semiconductor physics, and electromagnetics will be used to solve problems related to semiconductor, optoelectronics and energy. Dr. Zhao has published more than 44 refereed journal and 78 refereed conference papers. Dr. Zhao also serves as an editorial board member of the journal Photonics.

Materials Science Example

Roger French, Ph.D.

Dr. French’s research interest is in optical properties, electronic structure, degradation and durability of optical materials, polymers, ceramics and liquids. He uses vacuum ultraviolet and optical spectroscopies, spectroscopic ellipsometry, computational optics, in combination with data science and analytics.

He is the Director of the SDLE Center and the F. Alex Nason Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, with secondary appointments in Macromolecular Science, Biomedical Engineering and Physics. Dr. French is a member of the U. S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Science Advisory Committee. Before coming to CWRU, Dr. French was a Research Fellow, Central Research and Development, DuPont Co. in Wilmington, Delaware since 1985 and was Adjunct Professor of Materials Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1996. He received his B.S. from Cornell University, and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Materials Science.

Physics Department

Professor Ken Singer

Professor Singer's research centers on the optical and electronic properties of organic materials. The emphasis is on understanding the physical mechanisms involved in the application of organic materials to optoelectronic technology. His group are interested mainly in the properties of organic molecules, liquid crystals and polymers. All of their projects are interdisciplinary in nature, involving chemists from various institutions.

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