First-Year Engineering Students Develop Ways to Save Energy, Water

ShowerJust how much water are you wasting during your daily shower? If you’re unsure, students in ENGR 145, Chemistry of Materials, might have the answer for you. Fifty teams of three to five first-year students in the 330-person class used their brainpower to encourage and promote saving water and energy as part of an extra-credit assignment dubbed the Clean and Green Challenge.

For the assignment, students were asked to develop a tool (such as a website or Facebook/iPhone app) or design an appliance that would allow people to determine how much water and energy they use—and how much they could save—when taking baths and showers, explained Mark De Guire, associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

De Guire got the idea while teaching students that it takes more energy to heat up water than to heat up most other liquids. That fact got De Guire thinking about how much energy the average American could save by taking shorter, cooler showers, which then got him wondering what clever ways his students could devise to make the idea take off among the general public. Read about the projects.

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History of The Tibetan Book of the Dead to be Told During CWRU Talk

Donald Lopez
Donald Lopez

Since its publication in 1927, The Tibetan Book of the Dead by W.Y. Evans-Wentz has inspired people from Carl Jung and Timothy Leary to healthcare workers in the hospice movement to adopt Buddhist ways. 

But what separates fact from fiction in the book? Donald Lopez, a Buddhism scholar from the University of Michigan and the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhism and Tibetan Studies, will talk about the bestseller’s history during the concluding talk of the 2011 Asian Studies Lecture Series at Case Western Reserve University.

The free, public lecture, “Tibet, America and the Book of the Dead” begins at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Clark Hall 309. Read more.

Campus News

There will be an interruption of services for QuikPAY starting April 25 at 2 a.m. to no later than 4 a.m. to allow Information Technology Services (ITS) and the QuikPAY vendor to conduct scheduled maintenance. QuikPay is the system used by students and authorized users for tuition bill presentation and credit card payment options. Users attempting to reach the QuikPAY service while it is down will see a maintenance announcement asking them to try again later.

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121 Fitness121 Fitness Center, owned and operated by Case Western Reserve University, is offering a membership deal: Bring in your membership card from another local fitness center and receive a free guest pass and $0 initiation fee to join. Visit for more information or stop in for a tour.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is looking for opinions on improving benefit programs through a series of focus group meetings, starting Monday, 9-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the 1914 Lounge at Thwing Center. Other sessions will be held Friday, April 29, 9-10 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall, and Monday, May 2, 2-3 p.m. in 1914 Lounge. Registration is suggested; click the above links to select your desired time. Questions? Contact Benefits Administration by email or at 368.6781.

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Kristin Z. Victoroff
Kristin Z. Victoroff

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations presents “What are Our Students Learning?” on April 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Mandel Center, Room 115. Kristin Z. Victoroff, associate dean for education at the School of Dental Medicine, will lead the discussion on the associations between admissions test scores, grades, emotional intelligence ratings and clinical performance. RSVP to Maria Sharron by email or 216.368.0266.

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The Department of Human Resources will offer a session on “Moving from Peer to Supervisor” April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall. The workshop will identify ways your role has changed, explore opportunities and potential pitfalls and learn strategies for becoming a successful supervisor. Register online.

For Students

Thwing Study Over
Students share a cup of gelato
from La Gelateria at last fall's
Thwing Study Over.

The Thwing Study Over will be Tuesday, April 26, beginning at 8 p.m. Students can come to Thwing Center to relax, eat free food and celebrate the end of the semester.  There will be arcade games, inflatables and booths run by student organizations. Find more information online.


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The African American Society will host the 21st Annual Cultural Dinner in Thwing Ballroom April 25, with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the show starting at 7. This year’s theme is Evolution of Dance, with dinner catered by Hot Sauce Williams. Tickets will be $3 in advance and $5 at the door. For more information, contact Nadra Williams or Chino Erokwu.


Speakeasy’s annual spring concert will be held in Strosacker Auditorium April 23 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Find more information on Speakeasy’s Facebook page.


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A free, public String and Piano Chamber Music Concert will take place April 23 at 4 p.m. in Harkness Chapel.

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The CWRU Student Art Show: Spring Semester in Review will run April 25-29, with an opening reception April 25 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the art studio. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The CWRU Brass Choir Concert will be held April 24 at 3 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. The event is free and open the public.

Et al.

Jacqueline Lipton
Jacqueline Lipton

School of Law Professor Jacqueline Lipton’s article, “Bad Faith in Cyberspace: Grounding Domain Name Theory in Trademark, Property and Restitution,” was named one of the best intellectual property articles for 2010 by West Publishing. The article will be included in the 2011 edition of the Intellectual Law Review, an anthology published annually by Thomson Reuters (West).This is the third time in the last five years that one of her articles has been selected.

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Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner

Additionally, law school visiting professor Robert Wagner’s article “From Coase with Love: Using the Cheapest Cost Avoider to Analyze Industrial Espionage and Other Economic Crimes” has been accepted and will appear next year in the Tulane Law Review.

April 22, 2011

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In the News

Gas Prices at Tipping Point for Changing Daily Routines

WKYC, April 21, 2011
With gas prices pushing $4 per gallon, economists at Case Western Reserve University said if the prices stay above that mark, people will start to make permanent changes to their lives, such as moving closer to work or buying more fuel-efficient cars.

Saving Species as the Climate Changes

The New York Times, April 20, 2011
School of Law professor Jonathan Adler contributed to an expert discussion on federal regulation of the Endangered Species Act. “While it has an undeniably important purpose, it also imposes substantial burdens on private landowners and resource dependent communities,” he wrote. “More worrisome, however, is that the act does not appear to be particularly effective at achieving its stated goal of conserving threatened and endangered species.”

Smart, Self-healing Plastic Invented

Cosmos, April 21, 2011
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University, among other institutions, developed a new material that can repair itself when exposed to ordinary light. "What we have designed into the molecule is the ability to disassemble on exposure to light. When it disassembles the material flows into the crag and the system gets healed," explained Kent Hale Smith Professor Stuart Rowan.

Higher Ed News

Fake Web Site Pretends to Be Youngstown State U.’s

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21, 2011
Officials at Youngstown State University alerted the campus community to an imposter website after a student tried to log into the fake site. The site owners might have been looking to obtain logins for students, faculty and staff in order to gain access to user accounts on the actual YSU site.