Wind Turbine Scheduled to Power Up This Fall

Case Western Reserve is becoming a leader in wind power.

Case Western Reserve University continues to make progress toward a multimillion-dollar wind energy research center.

The first wind turbine, scheduled to be operational sometime during fall semester, will be near Veale Athletic Center and 121 Fitness Center.

“Once it’s up and running, the university is going to provide energy directly into Veale Center,” said Nick Christie, project manager. The wind turbine will provide about 18.5 percent of the electricity on an annual basis.

Last year, the Ohio Third Frontier Commission Wright Projects Program awarded a $3 million grant to the Case School of Engineering and the university’s Great Lakes Energy Institute. The funds, combined with contributions from Case Western Reserve and its industry partners, will comprise support for an overall $6 million Ohio Wind Energy Research and Commercialization Center (WERC) dedicated to wind turbine innovation and education. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services are presenting a free self-defense class for women starting this evening. Instructors in Rape Aggression Defense Systems will be teaching how to stay safe and avoid problems, but also a viable way to defend yourself and escape threat should they arise. The class is free to all women, and you do not have to be affiliated to the University. There are four classes in the program and you need to attend the first three to complete the course. They will be held at Veale Center on Wednesdays: Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Please e-mail Karen Gregor to sign up or for more information.


There will be two on-campus blood drives during Case for Community Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17. Donors receive free 12 oz. smoothies from 121 Fitness at the Blood Mobile, parked next to 121 Fitness Center.  Donors can also participate in the drive in the 1914 Room in Thwing Center.  Make an appointment at using Sponsor Code: casewestern.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will be honored first. There is always a need for blood. For more information, go online

For Faculty and Staff

Writing is a vital part of academic life, and a necessary part of a successful career. But sometimes the busy everyday demands and looming deadlines throughout the semester force many faculty members to adopt a form of "I'll get to that writing later” philosophy.  How do you incorporate writing as a more prominent activity? The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education is offering a session to help faculty become more effective writers at noon on Thursday in the Herrick Room in Allen Memorial Library Building at the intersection of Adelbert and Euclid. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the sessions. To help UCITE estimate the amount to order, please reply by email.

For Students

The Master of Engineering and Management, a one-year integrated program between Case School of Engineering and Weatherhead School of Management, will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today in Nord Hall 310.  Stop by to learn more about how the MEM experience could help you meet your career goals and jumpstart your academic and professional growth.  Details on the program features and career prospects will be highlighted. In addition, advisers will be available to answer questions about the MEM program as a fifth year and early entry options for Case Western Reserve students. MEM alumni also will discuss their current careers. Refreshments will be served. Register by email


Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) presents a seminar on  How to Find Undergraduate Research Positions: On and Off Campus  at 4 p.m. today at Nord 400. Attendees are encouraged to register online.  


Covenant Student-Community Ministries presents Toy Story on Free Movie Night at 8 p.m. Friday on the lower level of Covenant, next to Thwing. Free ice cream sundaes and popcorn will be provided. PJs optional. Email Eileen to help with planning. Bring a friend.


The chairing ceremony for Richard Boland, professor and chair, Department of Information Systems, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Peter B. Lewis Building. The campus community is invited to celebrate the appointment of Boland to the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Management. The event will feature a presentation by Boland titled “Picturing Ideas,” immediately followed by a reception. Learn more and register online.

Et al.

CWRU English professor Michael Clune.

Case Western Reserve University assistant English professor Michael Clune has a class featured in The Daily Beast as part of its “Fall’s Hottest College Courses.” Editors at The Daily Beast noticed a trend on campuses focusing on certain aspects or motifs in literature as opposed to a particular period in history.

“Case Western (Reserve University) has an intriguing example called ‘Genre Studies: Forms of Life’ about 20th-century attempts to escape and transform human life through literature, looking at both traditional immortality projects and ‘the more radical prospect of an artwork able to protect experience from the ravages of time.’ ”

Case Western Reserve joined Yale, Brown, Stanford and Oberlin among others with the “hottest college courses.”

Sept. 8, 2010

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In the News

Elders share secrets of long life with medical students at Case Western Reserve University, Sept. 7, 2010
Eight people on the Life After 90 Panel spoke Tuesday about the realities of aging to second-year students at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.  Emeritus professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Joseph Foley, 94, said,  “It's a big mistake when we [doctors] fail to listen and not give our patients enough time to tell us their problems.”

The Big Small Business Health Insurance Problem, Sept. 7, 2010
Scott Shane, the A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, writes in that few new businesses will offer health insurance to employees even after health care reform is fully in force: “Most of the several million workers hired by young businesses annually will be getting their insurance from government programs and state exchanges for years to come.”

Growing interest in local foods celebrated in 3 NE Ohio events, Sept. 7, 2010
Collaborating on the preview Harvest Moon Dinner on Sept. 23 dinner will be Ben Bebenroth, a leader in local-food catering, and Tony Smoody of Bon Appetit, food service company forCase Western Reserve University. The dinner is part of the Ripe! Food and Garden Festival at the Cleveland Bontanical Garden, which runs Sept. 24-26.

Orchestra debut a dream come true for conductor, Sept. 8, 2010  
The Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, which gives its debut concert Sunday at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, is a dream come true for Carlton Woods, 69, the founding artistic director and conductor. Neil Mueller, an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University and artist-in-residence at Shaker Heights High School, is Blue Water's associate artistic director and associate conductor.

Higher Ed News

Why Teaching Is Not Priority No. 1

ChronicleofHigherEd, Sept. 5, 2010
While many aspects of college life have changed dramatically over the last century, classroom teaching has changed very little. Professors still design lessons, pick out the readings, and decide how to test—in many cases, in the same way they always have. That could change.