State Funds Energy Research by Northeast Ohio Businesses and Case Western Reserve

With State of Ohio funding, researchers at Case Western Reserve University will help businesses in Northeast Ohio build and bring to market better lithium ion batteries and solid oxide fuel cell systems.

In late December, Governor Ted Strickland and other officials approved a total of $19.2 million in Ohio Third Frontier grants for 19 projects.

Case Western Reserve scientists, who are members of the Great Lakes Energy Institute based at the university, are involved in two projects. Read more.

Campus News


All Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff are invited to submit an original piece of writing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest. The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, Jan. 18. Go online for complete details.

The campus book club will discuss Jane Austen's "Persuasion" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Crawford Hall 720. Contact Susan Benedict for details.


The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program prepares tax returns free of charge for low-income workers. Last year, program volunteers provided tax services to more than 8,000 clients who received $9.1 million in refunds. More faculty, staff and student volunteers are needed. A training session will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23. An advanced training session will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29. Contact Rachel Yanich or go online for details.

For Faculty and Staff

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may be able to participate in the Temporary and Back-up Child Care and Child Care Support During Travel initiatives. Learn more.

For Students

Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, is hosting its Bookswap today through Friday, Jan. 15. Students can buy textbooks from other students or sell their old textbooks for cash. The Bookswap operates daily in Nord 310 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Today is a browsing day; sales will begin on Tuesday. CaseCash will be accepted.


Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the Fifth Annual Martin Luther King Day Student Luncheon and Symposium, a special half-day program open to all Case Western Reserve students. The symposium will be held noon to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, a university holiday. Sponsored by the Share the Vision committee, the program is designed to honor the spirit and dream of King. This year's event will kick off with a luncheon, followed by a viewing of a brief documentary on King's life and legacy. There is no fee for the retreat. RSVP online by Wednesday, Jan. 13. Learn more about this year's MLK Celebration.



Renowned author and engineer Henry Petroski will give the 2010 Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, in Severance Hall. He will speak on the topic of "Engineering and Civilization: Bridges, Infrastructure and Sources of Success and Failure." Petroski, Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and professor of history at Duke University, has written 15 books. Among his works are The Pencil, The Toothpick and The Evolution of Useful Things and his memoir Paperboy. The talk is free and open to the public. Learn more.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will present its second discussion on multicultural families, "Who's Your Mama? Part II," from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Thwing Center 303. Campus members are invited to bring their own lunch; coffee, tea and soda will be provided.

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.

Et al.

The Thwing Center administration staff and the Office of Student Activities and Leadership announce that donations from the campus community to the Fifth Annual Giving Tree Drive resulted in 100 gifts being distributed to families through Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services. Inc. The Office of Student Affairs and the Upper Class Community Council opted out of exchanging gifts with each other and chose to donate to the program, while another campus community member donated $50 to purchase supplies.


Horst von Recum, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, recently joined the Advanced Platform Technologies (APT) Center as an investigator. He is known for his research interests in the areas of novel platforms for the delivery of molecules and cells. His research team is examining degradable polymer platforms for delivery of therapeutic agents for wound dressings, HIV therapies, ocular disease and localized chemotherapy. He is also investigating the use of novel stimuli-responsive polymers for use in gene and drug delivery. The APT Center is a Veterans Affairs Research Center of Excellence established January 2005 in partnership with the university. Clinicians, investigators and staff work together to bring the clinical needs of veterans to the attention of the engineers and scientists pursuing new and emerging technologies in order to apply them for the purposes of reducing disability, improving daily functions and enhancing quality of life.

January 11, 2010

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Case in the News

Iraqis say they were forced to take Blackwater settlement

Los Angeles Times, Jan. 11, 2010
Several victims of a 2007 shooting involving American private security guards employed by the firm formerly known as Blackwater alleged that they were coerced into reaching settlements, and they demanded that the Iraqi government intervene to have the agreements nullified. Robert Strassfeld, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, comments.

Testing gene therapy for Alzheimer's disease

Health Newstrack, Jan. 11, 2010
University Hospitals Case Medical Center is one of 12 sites conducting the first Phase 2 clinical trial of a gene therapy for Alzheimer's disease. The study is sponsored by a contract to Case Western Reserve University from the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study through a grant from the National Institute on Aging in association with Ceregene Inc., which developed and will provide the active agent CERE-110.

Air of hope whirls in

Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 10, 2010
The state is aggressively pursuing wind as a new source of energy, jobs and economic development. Wind developers, including some from Europe, have big plans for Ohio–on land and in Lake Erie. Supporters want to develop a new wind-power research, testing and development center with Case Western Reserve University.

Inspiration for ideas

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), Jan. 11, 2010
"Where do you get your ideas?" Turns out there's also no simple answer to that question in entrepreneurship. For Gregory Wrenn and Andrew Sher, that realization took place when they were second-year medical students at Case Western Reserve University.

Neuroscientists at Case Western Reserve University store information in isolated brain tissue

WebWire, Dec. 28, 2009
Ben W. Strowbridge, associate professor of neuroscience and physiology/biophysics, and Phillip Larimer, a student in the neurosciences graduate program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, are the first to create stimulus-specific sustained activity patterns in brain circuits maintained in vitro.

What you need to know

Food Consumer, Jan. 10, 2010
Many studies have suggested that prostate cancer is a preventable disease, and men do not have to suffer the disease or the risk will be much lower if some lifestyle parameters are modified to minimize the risk. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables could be a good defense against prostate cancer, according to a Case Western Reserve University study published in the October online issue of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal.

Higher Ed News

Recession spurs interest in graduate, law schools

New York Times, Jan. 9, 2010
It took longer than some experts expected, but the recession and the resulting shortage of good jobs have spurred a jump in applications to law schools and a growing interest in graduate programs.