CWRU Forms Partnership with Chinese Company on Green Initiatives

Eco Partnership logoIn a statement released in conjunction with the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to the United States, the U.S. Department of State announced that Case Western Reserve University will collaborate with the China National Offshore Oil Corp. – New Energy Investment Co., Ltd. (CNOOC), to seek to develop new solutions to significant energy and environmental issues.

Case Western Reserve is the first university to form a partnership with a Chinese company through the U.S.-China EcoPartnership program, which was developed through the Framework for EcoPartnerships under the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment.

The U.S. and China issued a joint statement that cited the partnership as one of the outcomes of the visit.

CNOOC is the third largest oil and gas company in China and is actively researching alternative energy, said David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs. “We first met CNOOC in Beijing after being introduced by a member of the Chinese government. CNOOC was interested in creating a relationship with a U.S. university that had expertise and experience in renewable energy issues. CWRU’s history in this area—and the work taking place at the Great Lakes Energy Institute—convinced CNOOC we were the right partner.” Read more.

Campus News

The campus climate survey will close Jan. 31 for faculty, staff and students. Faculty who have not yet responded will receive a final reminder email from Deputy Provost Lynn Singer. Individuals who have not yet responded but have misplaced their survey link should contact the Office of Institutional Research at

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Google Apps for Education will offer more applications to users during the first quarter of 2011. To allow the university to accept this upgrade, Information Technology Services (ITS) must make minor changes to its domain structure. These changes will result in all email users having to re-sign the Google EULA (end-user licensing agreement). This one-page online document will need to be accepted once and you will be able to proceed with using the new applications made available to CWRU users. If you are asked to re-sign the agreement in the near future before using your email account, know that it is a part of this upgrade process. This will require you to use your Google user name and password, which is different than your CWRU Network password. If you need to reset your Google password, use the CWRU Google Apps Password reset tool. If you have additional questions, contact 216.368.HELP (4357).

For Faculty and Staff

The Faculty Leadership Development Institute of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is holding four Women Faculty Connect luncheons. Join your colleagues to chat, network and relax. The first luncheon will be held Wednesday, Jan. 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Room at Thwing Center. Space is limited, so RSVP ASAP to Susan Freimark. Future luncheons are scheduled for Feb. 24, March 31 and April 28.

For Students

NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the agency's new Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications are being accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of graduate students interested in performing space technology research beginning in the fall of 2011. The deadline for submitting fellowship proposals is Feb. 23. Information on the fellowships, including how to submit applications, is available here.      

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Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society is now accepting applications for admittance. All applications are due by Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. Eligible candidates must have senior standing and be returning in the fall, be in the top 35 percent of their class and be dedicated to service, leadership and scholarship. For more information, contact


Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities presents Getting Published: Advice for the Humanities, featuring guest speaker Mary C. Francis, executive editor of University of California Press. She will discuss publishing with university presses and writing a successful book proposal. The event will take place Jan. 28, 12:30-2 p.m., in Clark Hall Room 206. It is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. To register, go online or call 216.368.2242.

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The Dittrick Medical History Center’s Handerson Medical History Lecture will be held Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in Allen Memorial Medical Library. Alexandra Lord from National Park Service will present Sleeping With Uncle Sam: Federally Funded Sex Education and the American Public, a discussion of how public officials have struggled to create balanced sex education programs. For more information, click here. Additionally, the special exhibition The Art of Prevention: Venereal Disease Posters 1935-1950 will open in conjunction with the lecture and will be on display until April 1.

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RePlay for Kids is hosting a toy repair and modification workshop to benefit children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio Monday, Jan. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Nord Hall, Room 310. For more information, see the RePlay for Kids website.

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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Erik Jensen
Erik Jensen

Two Case Western Reserve University School of Law professors recently had works published.

Erik Jensen, David L. Brennan Professor of Law, wrote “Prepositions in the Constitution: Duties of Tonnage and Taxes on Incomes” in Green Bag, a quarterly legal journal.

Jacqueline Lipton
Jaqueline Lipton

Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law and associate dean for faculty development and research, wrote “Mapping Online Privacy” in Northwestern University Law Review.

Jan. 21, 2011

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In the News

Nell Irvin Painter and Priscilla Wald Bring Provocative Insights to Northeast Ohio

The Plain Dealer, Jan. 20, 2011
Nell Irvin Painter's visit to Case Western Reserve University as part of the weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is highlighted in a roundup of upcoming area events.

Case Western Partners with China

WKSU, Jan. 20, 2011
Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler spoke on the innovation and uniqueness of the EcoPartnership.

Development of New Biodegradable Foam Plastic Material from Milk Protein and Clay

AZoM, Jan. 21, 2011
David Schiraldi, professor and chair of the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and his team of researchers developed an ultra-light, biodegradable foam plastic material that could be used in "furniture cushions, insulation, packaging and many other products," Schiraldi said.

Higher Ed News

The Financial Aid Information Gap

Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 19, 2011
A new study finds many parents have very little understanding of actual costs of attending college and their options regarding financial aid.