Faculty Senate Chair Testifies Before Ohio Senate Committee Pondering Ohio's Energy Future


David H. Matthiesen, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, testified in support of a sweeping energy bill that would require new standards including re-regulating electricity rates. In addition, the bill would require the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to adopt rules that require 25 percent of electricity sold in the state to be generated from advanced energy sources. Matthiesen, also chair of the university's Faculty Senate, spoke before the Ohio Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on Tuesday, October 23.

Matthiesen, who is leading the university's effort for the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Energy Demonstration Project and Research Center, testified in favor of the provisions within Senate Bill 221 concerning the creation of a Renewable Portfolio Standard as part of the Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard. The project and research center is a collaboration of the School of Engineering and the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners and its Energy Development Task Force. Read more.

MLK proposal deadline extended through today

Members of the campus community interested in hosting activities during the university's weeklong observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January 2008 have until the end of today to submit proposals online to be considered for funding. Proposals should be designed to reach out to various members of the campus and local community and to encourage all members of the university to recognize and celebrate King's commitment to social justice and global peace. Faculty, staff and students can complete the program proposal form online; a Case login and password are required.

Campus News

The Department of Physical Education and Athletics is offering fitness/wellness classes beginning this week. Kundalini Yoga (all levels) is being offered from 5:45-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, a Pilates class (all levels) is scheduled to meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Registration forms and fee information are available on the physical education Web page. Contact Mina Moore, fitness coordinator, 368-2191, for more information.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an open house for prospective students from 5:30-7 p.m., November 1 at the center's new building, located at 11402 Bellflower Road. For information or to RSVP, call 368-6025, or go to the Web site.

For Faculty & Staff

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity will kick off its Fall 2007 Workshop Series with "Connecting the Generations," from 1-2 p.m., November 1 in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Erica Merritt, manager of diversity, will facilitate and help attendees explore the impact of having the subgroups labeled Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers and Gen Y in the workplace simultaneously. To register, contact Erica Merritt via e-mail, or by phone at 368-4786.

Registration is due October 31 via e-mail to Lauren Flaherty for those who'd like their children in grades K-8 to participate in the cheerleading camp sponsored by the Spartan Cheerleaders. Camp begins at 9 a.m., November 3 in Wade Commons. For $10 children, can learn to cheer and dance; $20 allows attendance at the clinic plus a T-shirt and performance at that Saturday's football game. Note: Those who previously e-mailed Flaherty regarding the camp and did not receive a response should resend to the above address, as the e-mail submitted for a previous edition was incorrect.

For Students

The Student Alumni Association is hosting a meeting beginning at 7 p.m., November 1 at the new Alumni House. Those interested in joining the association are invited to find out more about the group.

Student Movement for Real Change (SMRC) is hosting two events this week: At 7 tonight in Nord Hall, Room 400, SMRC executive director Saul Garlick will discuss the water and sanitation problems currently facing 1.1 billion people; and from 8-10 p.m. on November 1, SMRC will show the movie Yesterday in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Both events are free and will include refreshments.


Ted Gup, Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism, will speak today beginning at 4:30 in the School of Law's Moot Courtroom, A59, on the topic of "Secrecy and National Security." His appearance is part of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy Lecture. Free.

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities presents the 2007 Richard N. Campen Lecture in Architecture and Sculpture, "Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA -- Made to Measure," beginning at 6 p.m., November 1 in Thwing Center's ballroom. Weinzapfel's firm approaches urban and campus sites and technically demanding design problems with a clear set of modernist core principles. Free.

Come hear panelists share their perspectives and join the discussion about assimilation and acculturation during the "International Women and Identity Panel". Program takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. October 31 in Guilford Parlor. Free, refreshments provided. RSVP to Katie Hanna. Sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

October 30, 2007

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Case in the News

Qualification runs begin at Urban Challenge

TGDaily.com, October 28, 2007
Robotic cars from 35 teams began competing last Saturday for the DARPA Urban Challenge, including DEXTER and Team Case, representing Case Western Reserve University. View a slide show featuring the team. A video also is included (Internet Explorer 7 users may have trouble viewing the video).

How Tibetans enjoy the high life

Scientific American, October 29, 2007 (subscription required)
The people of the Tibetan Plateau survive and thrive in a region averaging 14,763 feet above sea level. According to new research, Tibetans avoid altitude sickness because they have broader arteries and capillaries delivering oxygen to their muscles and organs. Cynthia Beall, an anthropology professor and co-director of Case Western Reserve University's Center for Research on Tibet, comments.

UTSA, research institutions win national $1.4 million nanoscience grant

Bizjournals.com, October 29, 2007
The University of Texas at San Antonio has been selected as one of five institutes in a nationwide consortium to share in a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The other consortium members are the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, Cornell University and Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

New approach for international aid

Inside Higher Ed, October 30, 2007
A small group of colleges have decided to experiment with a new way of determining aid eligibility for international undergraduates.

Chalk gets out emergency message at U. of. I.

Chicago Tribune, October 23, 2007
Administrators at the University of Illinois needed students to sign up for the new high-tech emergency communication system. So they crouched down on the campus quad and went to work with a piece of purple chalk, scrawling the message on the sidewalk.

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