Alumnus Gives Graduate Fellowship to University in Support of Energy Institute

Walter J. Culver

The Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University has received a $250,000 gift from Dr. Walter J. Culver (CIT '62/'64) to endow the Walt and Sylvia Culver Engineering Fellowship for Sustainable Infrastructure. The fund will support graduate students in disciplines related to the Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation.

For Culver, as a donor, the institute presents an opportunity to make a high-impact investment in tackling the issue of energy sustainability. "Innovation must be applied to the problem of energy sustainability," Culver notes. "There has not been sufficient attention paid to redeveloping and repairing energy infrastructure in this country, improving the efficiency of energy production as a whole and, thereby, improving our ability to compete worldwide."

Culver’s decision to make a leadership gift can be attributed in part to the National Defense Education Act Fellowship that enabled him to go to graduate school at Case Institute of Technology. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Law Students Selected to Serve in 2008 Summer Corps Program

Five Case Western Reserve University School of Law students have been accepted into the 2008 Summer Corps program.

This competitive program offers first- and second-year law students the opportunity to receive a $1,000 AmeriCorps education voucher by completing 300 hours of service for a nonprofit public interest organization.

As Summer Corps members, Elisabeth Christensen, Benjamin Faller, Melissa Kline, Daniel Leathers and Kari White will provide legal assistance to underserved communities while receiving first-hand experience and legal skills. Read more.

Campus News

Sages Cafe

The SAGES Café in Crawford Hall has resumed "Frio Fridays." The café serves Peet's coffee and teas and will offer any medium blended ice latte for half price on Fridays until the end of summer. To learn more, e-mail Eileen Kelbach or read the café blog.

Staff members from the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and Greek Life are working on the October 4, 2008 Homecoming Parade. They are soliciting participation from any university staff, student, alumni or faculty member who would like to feature their convertible or historical vehicle. Interested parties should e-mail Colleen Barker-Williamson. Homecoming 2008's theme is "Spartan Paradise." Call 368-2679 for details on the parade and other Homecoming programs.

For Faculty and Staff

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is now scheduling fall writing workshops. Writing consultants are available to visit classrooms to deliver presentations and/or to conduct interactive workshops on a range of issues relevant to first-year as well as graduate and professional school writers. Consultants are also available for shorter presentations introducing students to the WRC and its services. For questions or to schedule a fall writing workshop, send e-mail to the WRC.

For Students

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The Undergraduate Student Government 2008 Activities Fair will take place at 11:30 a.m. August 23 on Freiberger field. Student groups are asked to bring information about their organization and show how they uniquely contribute to student life and/or the Case Western Reserve community. E-mail for more information.


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.

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Tim Shuckerow

Tim Shuckerow, director of the university's art studio and art education program, has been selected Ohio Teacher of the Year for the second time by the Ohio Art Education association.

Doctoral student Rachel Geschwind, from the Department of Art History and Art, has been awarded a Battle of Anghiari Travel Fellowship to pursue summer dissertation research in Venice.

During a recent meeting of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) council in Washington, D.C., Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, was appointed consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, Center for Devices and Radiological Health. She will provide oversight as an expert-in-the-field and unbiased opinions to the FDA regarding applications, contact lenses and care solutions, devices, implants and other instruments used to measure the eye.

July 18, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve received more than $100 million in gifts last year

The Plain Dealer, July 18, 2008
Alumni and other gifts to Case Western Reserve University last year topped $100 million for the first time since 2001. The gifts will go to the university's endowment and other targeted areas. More than $14 million was given specifically for scholarships.

Water Found in Moon Rocks

WCPN, July 17, 2008
New evidence from researchers, including James Van Orman, a professor of geochemistry at Case Western Reserve University, suggests there once was water equal to 1,000 Lake Superiors in the moon's interior. That’s something most colleagues said they wouldn’t find, Van Orman explains.

Jewel Heart leader Gelek Rimpoche talks about Buddhism, Tibet, the Olympics and a new vision for the world

The Plain Dealer, July 17, 2008
Gelek Rimpoche is a Tibetan master who studied under the same teachers who trained the Dalai Lama. In the mid-1980s, he spent two years in Cleveland, working with Melvyn Goldstein, a professor at Case Western Reserve University, on a book about Tibetan political history.

Nanoparticle research in Review of Ophthalmology

Nanowerk, July 17, 2008
Sanku Mallik, who received his doctorate degree in organic chemistry at Case Western Reserve University, is conducting research on a nanoparticle to be used as a drug delivery device.

Sensors could plug leak in nation's infrastructure

The Plain Dealer, July 17, 2008
Federal officials are offering companies, universities and labs millions of dollars in research funds to create sensors that someday might safeguard the nation's roads, bridges and water pipes. Chung-Chiun "C.C" Liu, an international expert in sensor technology who directs Case Western Reserve University's Electronics Design Center, comments.

Higher Ed News

Access to Online Journals Reduces Breadth of Citations, Study Finds

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18, 2008 (paid subscription required)
Despite having access to more and more journal articles online, scholars are citing fewer and fewer discrete articles in their papers. The unfortunate result may be to tamp down debate among researchers.

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