The Cleveland Foundation Invests $3.6 Million in Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University

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Case Western Reserve University's new Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation received a large boost on Tuesday, December 18, with the awarding of a $3.6 million grant from The Cleveland Foundation.

Based at the Case School of Engineering and building on the university's strengths in fuel cell research and materials science, the new institute will generate and implement achievable solutions today to build and sustain tomorrow's industries through development of innovative energy technology platforms and farsighted energy research and energy-use strategies. Three major areas of research are envisioned: renewable power, energy storage and efficiency of larger energy systems.

The goal of the institute is to develop economically viable, reliable and sustainable energy resources for all.

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The Cleveland Foundation funds will support recruitment of new faculty for the institute. In addition, faculty and researchers at the institute will also develop outreach programs in science, technology, engineering and math for Cleveland-area primary and secondary students and teachers. Read more.

Campus News

Kelvin Smith Library holiday hours begin December 19, when the library closes at 5:30 p.m. The library will be closed December 22-25 and December 29 through January 1 for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Check the hours link from the homepage, or call the hours hotline at 368-6500.

The ITS Open Forum scheduled for December 20 has been cancelled. The next Open Forum will be held on January 17 in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall.

The campus community is invited to submit program ideas that would be appropriate for the University Community Hour, held each Friday during the fall and spring semesters from 12:30-2 p.m. The time is set aside to encourage student and faculty attendance at campuswide gatherings and special events, especially those that foster community building at the university. Submit ideas to Kate Kraus. Refer to the Community Hour Web site to review the list of programs held this past fall.

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Go to Case's Sustainability Web site, which provides information for all things sustainable at the university including recycling, energy conservation, Adopt a Building, Energy Ambassadors and more. Refer to the site often for ways to recycle and/or reuse items, whether on or off campus.

For Faculty & Staff

Beginning January 1, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 50.5 cents per mile for business miles driven. The new rate for business miles compares to a rate of 48.5 cents per mile for 2007. The university policy is to reimburse at the IRS rate.

For Students

Have a favorite professor this fall? If so, nominate him or her for the 2008 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Students and recent graduates can nominate outstanding faculty for this prestigious award, which will be presented at Commencement in May. Nominations for fall 2007 undergraduate faculty are now being accepted online. Award program is sponsored by the Share the Vision Committee.

Events

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.

December 18, 2007

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Case in the News

Parapropalaehoplophorus septentrionalis

Columbus Dispatch, December 18, 2007
Researchers say they've discovered the fossilized bones of a heavily armored, 200-pound armadillo relative high in the Andes of northern Chile. The mammal, which grazed on an open savannah 18 million years ago, was uncovered by a team of U.S. and Chilean scientists, including Darin Croft, a paleontologist at Case Western Reserve University. Related article.

New center for sexual health

WKYC.com, December 17, 2007
Kimberly Resnick Anderson, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and an adjunct instructor at the school, is the director of the Summa Center for Behavioral Health Care's newly announced Center for Sexual Health.

Higher Ed News

On Facebook, scholars link up with data

New York Times, December 19, 2007
To study how personal tastes, habits and values affect the formation of social relationships (and how social relationships affect tastes, habits and values), a team of researchers from Harvard and the University of California, Los Angeles, are monitoring the Facebook profiles of an entire class of students at one college.

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