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Dec 01, 2008 (Vol. 28, No. 21)

YCES – Case Western Reserve University

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From Case Western Reserve comes YCES, an acronym for the Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences. Set in the Department of Chemistry, YCES is mostly an informative collection of pages about the offerings of participating departments relating to electrochemistry. The stated mission of the group is the education and training of students in fundamental aspects of the field. What caught my eye at YCES wasn’t an explicit focus on electrochemistry, which is unfortunate. Instead, I found the listings of several of the participating departments to be informative. I particularly liked offerings from the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Sciences/Engineering. There is a lot of info to be uncovered through the links on each of these. While the organization is not ideal and the site’s main focus is obscured a bit, YCES does have some interesting and informative content.
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