Chemistry Research Builds on Understanding Electrocatalysis in Fuel Cells and Corrosion

Alfred B. Anderson

Researchers from the chemistry department at Case Western Reserve University and Toyota Central R&D Laboratories from Nagakute, Japan, have developed a theory to advance fuel cell and corrosion prevention technologies.

The researchers' work contributes to understanding what happens when platinum and platinum alloys, the most commonly used, are catalysts in fuel cells.

Ryosuke Jinnouchi from Toyota and Alfred B. Anderson, professor of chemistry from Case Western Reserve, report the findings from their two-year research collaboration in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C article, "Aqueous and Surface Redox Potentials from Self-Consistently Determined Gibbs Energies." Their article introduces a way to predict accurate descriptions of electron transfer reactions in both solution and on surfaces and how changing the applied voltage affects those reactions. Read more.

Campus News

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Outdoor yoga is back on campus for a fifth year. Join Marcia Camino from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning June 10 and continuing through July 17, for yoga on the quad (behind Adelbert Hall). Free to the campus community. Refer to the summer yoga Web site for information, or send e-mail to Marcia Camino.

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The staff and faculty of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences are cleaning out their closets, basements and attics for a big garage sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 6 at the Mandel School. Children's clothing, home decorative items, kitchenware and more will be on sale. Proceeds will benefit the Mandel School's Annual Fund, which supports scholarships. For information, call 368-2281.

For Faculty and Staff

What's new in human resources? Visit the HR Web site to learn more about benefits, Ease@Work programs, wellness opportunities, new jobs on campus and a host of professional development training programs for supervisors and staff.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.

Events

Case Western Reserve University is planning a yearlong celebration to help mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth—and the 150th anniversary of the publication (November 24, 1859) of his influential book On the Origin of Species—and has launched a Web site with the first details of events to be conducted on campus from fall 2008 to summer 2009. All members of the Case Western Reserve faculty are invited to submit an essay for the site addressing how evolution or evolution-related ideas relate to their research or scholarship. Essays should be about 500 to 800 words in length and accessible to the general public. Learn more.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

June 5, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve med school wins two grants

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 4, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine has received two grants totaling $3 million from the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation.

Health care has racial, state disparities

Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2008
African-Americans covered by Medicare are less likely to get recommended mammograms and other important medical tests than white patients, according to new data set to be released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The same analysis showed significant disparities among different states. Randall Cebul, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Center for Health Care Research and Policy, comments.

Gender mind-benders

Reader's Digest, June 3, 2008
Julie Exline, associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University, has done extensive research on the topic of forgiveness.

Intimate partner violence among women with severe mental illness

Consultantlive.com, June 2, 2008
Case Western Reserve University's Susan Hatters-Friedman, senior instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Sana Loue, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, co-authored an article on the subject of intimate partner violence among women with severe mental illness.

Higher Ed News

Is retention improvement within colleges' reach?

Inside Higher Ed, June 4, 2008
Low graduation rates. High transfer rates. Students who never graduate. Are retention problems just too difficult to solve?

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