Solar Furnace Project Cranks Up the Heat

Left to right: Jesse Lee, Robert Abban and
Chris Lau prepare their solar furnace
for an afternoon test.

Four recent graduates who majored in aerospace and mechanical engineering lined an old satellite TV dish with hundreds of squares of aluminum-coated Mylar.

At the end of a 3-foot pipe that rises from the center of the dish, they clamped a box made of a steel bottom and furnace insulation bricks for the sides and top.

In the heat of a spring Cleveland sun, the reflected light striking the steel panel pushed temperatures inside the box past 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit.

They built on the cheap, on purpose, taking the first step toward creating a model that could be used in developing countries.

For everyday use, the sunlight concentrated from the 10-foot-diameter dish could be used to cook by hanging a black pot where the brick box is, or to distill water – a key feature for areas where water and power supplies are poor. Read more.

Campus News

Volunteers landscaped during a previous
Case for Community Day

The Eighth Annual Case for Community Day is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 17. All university staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends are welcome to participate in the day of service. Additional details are forthcoming on the Case for Community Day official website and in The Daily.

For Faculty and Staff

Varsity Tennis Coach Todd Wojtkowski is directing a youth tennis camp on campus. The camp is run through the All-American Tennis Camps. Voted "Best Sports Camp" in Ohio by Sports Illustrated magazine, these camps have hosted more than 6,000 young players since being founded. The varsity tennis players will help to instruct the youth players. For more information, contact Wojtkowski by e-mail or go online.

For Students

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


The Eighth Annual Department of Family Medicine Scientific Meeting is being held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, at the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland. The event will feature presentations by faculty on topics such as health care reform, primary care and reform, insomnia and breastfeeding. No registration fee. Free parking. Call Karyn Schmidt at (216) 844-3791 with questions or to RSVP.

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.

Robert B. Daroff, MD, associate dean of development at the School of Medicine and professor and chair emeritus, Department of Neurology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, gave the opening remarks at the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Alzheimer Association in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 27. He has since been appointed chair of the international advisory board of the Association. He also is an attending neurologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

In Memoriam

Eric Glende Jr., associate professor emeritus of physiology and biophysics, died May 5. He joined the university in 1966 as a research associate in the Department of Pathology. Throughout his tenure at Case Western Reserve, Glende served as the associate director of graduate studies in physiology and biophysics, served on a number of committees in the School of Medicine, and maintained a continuously-funded grant from the National Institutes of Health for 23 years. He was awarded Professor of the Year by the School of Dentistry's Class of 1981.

May 25, 2010

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In the News

Editorial: Food composting takes a bite out of Cleveland waste

The Plain Dealer, May 24, 2010
According to a newspaper editorial, Cleveland is big on composting, considered to be the next major environmental strategy. The editorial references efforts at Case Western Reserve University.

Broker payments scrutinized

Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription required), May 24, 2010
Some call it the health insurance industry's dirty little secret, but a trial in Stark County is bringing it to the forefront. At issue are extra payments made by insurance brokers to steer more business to certain plans. J.B. Silvers, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Infections a growing concern for hospitals, May 24, 2010
C-diff is an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that for years has sickened hospital patients. A new epidemic strain that was identified in 2004 caused hospital outbreaks in several states. C-diff infections have become more frequent, more severe and more difficult to treat and stop from spreading. Disinfectants used to kill other germs don't work on C-diff. But a bleach disinfectant can kill it, said Irena Kenneley, assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Editorial: Take a deep look at the issues that plague Cuyahoga County's Children and Family Services Department

The Plain Dealer, May 24, 2010
According to several grim-faced leaders of local children's services organizations, Cuyahoga County's child welfare safety net is in shreds – a consequence of overly rigid laws, flawed policies, dwindling dollars and a failure of local imagination about how improving care for disenfranchised children could slash future social services costs, according to the Plain Dealer's editorial board. David Crampton, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, is referenced.

Ohio is major player in emerging fuel-cell industry

The Columbus Dispatch, May 23, 2010
The Breakthrough Technologies Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit group dedicated to advancing environmentally friendly energy solutions, just came out with its "Top Five Fuel-Cell States" – and Ohio is on the list. Research is being conducted at various institutions, including Case Western Reserve University.

3 Future oil-spill fighters: Sponges, superbugs and herders

National Geographic, May 11, 2010
In the past 20 years we've traded pagers for smart phones and library cards for Kindles. But the joint federal-industry task force charged with responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is still using cleanup methods that haven't changed much since the days of the Exxon Valdez. Matt Gawryla was a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University when his lab professor presented him with a challenge: Make something of "a fluffy pile" sitting on a lab workstation, Gawryla said. By the time Gawryla graduated, that fluffy pile had become AeroClay, a "sponge" made of clay and plastic that absorbs oil from water, but leaves the water behind.

Drew Scheeler not quite yet a millionaire

Sandusky Register, May 23, 2010
Drew Scheeler, a freshman at Case Western Reserve University, walked away with $25,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

South Euclid takes to the radio to herald itself as a great place to live

Sun Messenger, May 23, 2010
Radio spots have been appearing throughout the day heralding South Euclid the past four weeks on public radio station WCPN 90.3 FM. The spots have apparently been heard by a lot of people. The mayor says several years ago, a large number of Case Western Reserve University graduate students sought out the city as a place to call home.

Higher Ed News

Public colleges, universities grapple with tuition hikes

USA TODAY, May 24, 2010
Tuition increases for undergraduates attending public colleges and universities in their home states appear to be all over the map this fall.