University’s Wind Turbine Adds to Campus Skyline

A 100-kilowatt wind turbine stands 156 tall on the Case Western Reserve campus.

The university’s wind turbine was erected last week near the Veale Athletic Center. The structure, a 100-kilowatt unit that is 156 feet tall at the top of its upright blade, will provide a portion of the Veale center’s power and will offer key opportunities for alternative energy research.

In addition to research, the turbines, funded by the Ohio Third Frontier Program, will offer opportunities for local companies to create, test and commercialize wind energy-related technologies. Watch a video of the turbine construction. More photos are online.

NIH Funding at MSASS Increases by 587 Percent over 5 years

It’s been almost a decade since the Mandel School of Applied Social Science decided to more actively pursue National Institutes of Health research funding. In the last five years, the payoff has seen a 587 percent increase in federal grants to the social work school, according to David Biegel, associate dean for research and training.

Now NIH funding totals some 70 percent—or $3.6 million—in research dollars coming into the school.  An additional 30 percent comes from nongovernment funding from foundations and local and state government agencies.

Biegel said overall research grant funding has increased over the past five years from $1.7 million to $5.1 million.

Academic Analytics LLC ranked the social work school seventh among all schools of social work in scholarly productivity.  Over the past three years, the 30 members of the MSASS faculty have published 140 papers in journals or books. 

To support efforts to increase federal funding, the school has provided small grants to faculty for the collection of pilot data to support subsequent grant proposals for major research projects, started research colloquiums and workshops in the fall and spring on research topics, and established voluntary peer reviews of grant proposals before submissions.

Campus News

The university community is invited to a reception honoring Dan Clancy, who will retire at the end of December after nearly a half-century of service to the university. The executive director of University Alumni Relations and 1962 graduate of the School of Law will be celebrated Nov. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the School of Law’s Gund Hall.

Members of the campus community also are invited to send well wishes and share memories at an online guest book.

For Faculty and Staff

Take a break from the Thanksgiving festivities and bring your son or daughter to an energetic basketball clinic with the Case Western Reserve women’s basketball team. The clinic runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Veale Center. Cost is $25. Kids from kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome. Bring your own ball and bring a friend with a ball. Register by email or call 368.3626.  

For Students

The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program announces its call for applications for the 2011 Campus Climate Fellowship Program. Application Deadline is Jan. 15. Since 2000, NWF has awarded more than 130 fellowships to students across the country working on projects ranging from campuswide energy audits to implementing sustainable forestry practices. NWF Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. For more information and application materials please visit the website.

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Looking for a Unique Capstone Opportunity next semester? The spring capstone course, Environmental Issues & Community Engagement (open to students in any major), explores protected areas and the role of community-based efforts in environmental conservation. The course also includes a spring break trip to work with the National Park Service on Cumberland Island, Ga., the country's largest wilderness island. For more information, contact: Betsy Banks at The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning.


Short on time or cash for holiday shopping? 10,000 Villages, a nonprofit group with hand-crafted, fair-trade imports from 38 countries, comes to the Church of the Covenant from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 216.421.0482 ext. 237 for more information.

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You are invited to a traditional Advent Lessons and Carols service on Dec. 1 in Amasa Stone Chapel at 4 p.m. Come and prepare for Christmas as you listen to the story and hear the carols that speak of this season of peace and hope and love.  Music will be provided by CIM students. Hot Cocoa and cookies will be served afterward. A free-will donation will be taken for UPCaM students when they go to Laos over the holiday break on a work mission trip. The offering will go to a middle school in Laos to help build walls at the rural school and provide desks for students from 20 villages. The service is open to all faculty, staff and students and is sponsored by United Campus Ministries @CWRU. Contact the Rev. Donna Hughes with any questions.

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Culture, Creativity and Design invites you to an information session for the upcoming Interdisciplinary Alliance Investment Grants. Learn more about the Culture, Creativity and Design Alliance. Learn more about the proposal process. Find out if your idea might fit, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 1 at Clark 206. More information is available online.



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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Edward Olszewski

Edward Olszewski, chair of the Department of Art History and Art, is the first recipient of the President’s Award to be presented by the Midwest Art History Society at its annual meeting in the spring 2011. He has reviewed Hugo Chapman’s and Mariza Faietti’s catalog, “Fra Angelico to Leonardo, Italian Renaissance Drawings,” for the 2010 exhibition at the British Museum and the Uffizi in Renaissance Quarterly, fall 2010 (in press), and has written, “Goya in the Shadow of Pliny,” for SOURCE: Notes in the History of Art, 30/2, winter 2010 (in press), and “How Leonardo Invented Sfumato,” in SOURCE: Notes in the History of Art, 30/2, winter 2010 (in press).

He participated in the opening of the exhibition, Illusions of Reality, at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam on Oct. 8, where he also examined the archived letters of Vincent van Gogh for information on the artist’s legendary “candle hat,” followed by a visit to the Bardini Museum in Florence at the request of the IFAR Journal with support from the Baker-Nord Center. In the Florentine visit, he also continued his collaborative project with Maurizio Seracini on technical studies of Raphael’s oil paintings.

Nov. 22, 2010

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In the News

Israeli Biotechs Find Partners in Ohio, Nov. 18, 2010
In the past eight years at least 14 Israeli biotechnical companies have raised funds from Ohio-based backers, and a half-dozen of these have opened offices in the state, says Michael Goldberg, adjunct professor of banking and finance at the Weatherhead School of Management. Another five or so biotechs based in Israel have plans to open offices in Ohio soon. “While many Israelis still look to Boston or Silicon Valley for support, Ohio has done more than other states to attract Israeli startups,” Goldberg said.

Run, cockroach, run

Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 21, 2010
Using high-tech, motion-capture cameras and custom-built software, Case Western Reserve researchers have plotted how the cockroaches’ six legs and 26 leg joints work. The hope is to mimic that movement in robots that can scale rough terrain during rescue missions or explore other planets.

Cleveland Fed President Encouraged on Bond Move, Nov. 18, 2010
The initial results from the Fed's plan to buy $600 billion in Treasury bonds are encouraging, said Sandra Pianalto, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland said Thursday. Speaking to business students at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, Pianalto said inflation expectations are moving in the right direction since the Fed announcement several weeks ago.

Sleep Deprivation and Cancer Risk: Is There a Link?, Nov. 22, 2010
Researchers at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University studied 1,240 men and women who came to their hospital for routine colonoscopy. The study found that people who sleep less than six hours a night could be more likely to have polyps in their colon or rectum compared to better-rested patients.

Postmenopausal hormone replacement increases longevity and quality of life, Nov. 22, 2010
“The recent Women's Health Initiative study of combined estrogen and medroxyprogesterone (Prempro) has once again unfairly frightened women about long-term estrogen replacement,” writes Fred W. Lafferty, MD, clinical professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

With Megagifts Hard to Get, Colleges Chase More Donors

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Nov. 21, 2010
Colleges are adjusting their fund-raising strategies. Rather than focus most of their efforts on the top 2 percent of donors, they are paying more attention to the next tier of supporters. Seeking donors who can make gifts from $10,000 to $1 million is a less efficient way to raise money than focusing on the handful who could afford $50 million or more, but experts say it's a strategy that colleges can no longer ignore.