Offshore Wind Energy Development in Lake Erie is the Topic of Conference at Case Western Reserve University


Is wind energy the future of Northeast Ohio?

Leaders from local and state levels of government, academia and industry will share information during "Building an Advanced Energy Future for Offshore Wind: A Conversation Among Lake Erie Stakeholders." The daylong conference will be held Wednesday, December 10, at 8:30 a.m., at Case Western Reserve University's Thwing Center.

Under discussion will be key regulatory issues, technical considerations and manufacturing and other economic development opportunities associated with offshore wind development in Lake Erie. Participants will also hear an update on the Great Lakes Wind Energy Center Feasibility Study, which was launched by Cuyahoga County in early 2008.

The conference also is designed to provide opportunities for local and statewide officials, researchers and businesspeople to learn about and discuss significant regulatory, economic and technical considerations and opportunities for offshore wind energy development in Lake Erie. In addition, a discussion on the wind energy industry supply chain and other activities also will be held. Read more.

Campus News

Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, a web conferencing/collaboration platform, is now available to the Case Western Reserve University community. Faculty, students, staff and alumni can use the program for both live and pre-recorded meetings. Learn more.

In Case You're Cooking, a recipe book created by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC), will be on sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., outside the Biomedical Research Building cafeteria on Thursday, December 11; Monday, December 15; and Wednesday, December 17. Proceeds benefit SAC's educational fund for employees. The cookbook is available for $10, payable by cash or check made out to Case Western Reserve University (write S.E.E.F. in the memo line).

Peet's SAGES Café is offering a 10 percent discount on coffee beverages to customers who wear their silliest, cheeriest, brightest and best holiday sweaters on Friday, December 12. The café serves a variety of beverages, including peppermint mocha, gingerbread latte and hot apple cider, as well as holiday blend coffee. Read the café blog.

For Faculty and Staff

Web training is being offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, December 10, to interested travelers and travel arrangers for Travelport, the online booking tool provided by Traveline Travel Services, a Case Western Reserve University preferred vendor. Travelport can be used for making travel reservations under the Business Travel Account—using a central university credit card—to which air travel may be charged. Sign up for an online session. Registration is limited.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center's last day of appointments this semester is Thursday, December 11. Make an appointment online or call 368-3798.


Thwing Study Over will take place 8 p.m. to midnight tonight at Thwing Center. One of the most popular events on campus, Thwing Study Over offers students a chance to break away from the books, papers and last-minute assignments before finals begin. The event will consist of free food from local vendors, free massages and several other activities.


Case Western Reserve University law professors Michael Scharf and Henry King Jr. will discuss the worldwide fight against genocide in the 60 years since the United Nation's adoption of the Genocide Convention beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Scharf also will talk about his recent role as special assistant to the prosecutor of the Cambodia genocide tribunal and the upcoming Khmer Rouge trials in Uganda. The event will be moderated by 90.3 WCPN's Dan Moulthrop. Tickets for the discussion are $10 for the general public and $8 for museum members and can be ordered by calling (216) 593-0575.


The campus community is invited to meet "Big Chuck" Schodowski from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, at the university's bookstore. The television legend will be on campus to sign copies of his new book Big Chuck!: My Favorite Stories from 47 Years of Cleveland TV, where he shares hundreds of funny and surprising stories from his career in television.

The Case Art Studio "Fall Semester in Review" student art exhibition will hold its opening reception from 5-7:30 p.m. this evening at the art gallery, 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibition will feature art works in ceramics, textiles, painting, drawing, enamel, jewelry, photography, printmaking and architectural plans made by students enrolled in art studio classes. Artwork will remain on display through Friday, December 12. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Cleveland Clinic physicians Jerrold Vitek and Jay Alberts on the topic of "Quieting the Storm: Electrical Stimulation for the Brain" beginning at 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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.

December 8, 2008

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Case in the News

Cleveland wants to be first to have offshore wind farm in Lake Erie

The Plain Dealer, December 8, 2008
Local wind energy advocates feel they are in a race to plant the first turbine in Great Lakes water. The achievement would mark the region as a clean-energy innovator. But hurdles—financial, technical, legal and environmental—loom as the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force pushes to establish the region as a job-generating epicenter of offshore wind power. In a related article, David Matthiesen, a professor in materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is a member of a task force that plans to study how ice could pose problems for wind turbines.

The politics of the federal bench

The Washington Post, December 8, 2008
Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments on rulings from judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

In Hollywood, hardship boosts Christmas spirit

The Plain Dealer, December 7, 2008
Louis Giannetti, film professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University, discusses Hollywood's take on Christmas films.

Comics suggestions as the holidays approach

The Plain Dealer, December 6, 2008
What do you get the comics fan who has everything? Brad Ricca, a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, offers gift suggestions.

Higher Ed News

Project works to format textbooks for disabled students

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, December 5, 2008
The Association of American Publishers and the Alternative Media Access Center, part of the University System of Georgia, have come up with a way to help: AccessText Network, a "membership exchange network" that will serve as a clearinghouse for publishers and campus-based disability-service offices.