think: international CWRU Newsletter, January 16, 2015

  • CWRU Malaria Expert Honored
  • International Student Success Series


News and Announcements 

Global Talk Series 2015

CWRU Engineering students studying abroad in Lesotho collaborate with fellow students to bring solar energy to families living without power (International News Clip).

Pan-American Interdisciplinary Conference (PIC 2015) "Interdiscipline and Transdiscipline: Challenges in the XXI Century", March 13-16, 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Call for Papers (Submission Deadline: January 25, 2015) 

2016-17 Core Fulbright Scholar Program Competition OPENS February 2.  The Core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800+ U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year.  The Catalog of Awards will be available beginning February 2, 2015 at

Funding Opportunities

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is currently accepting applications for the International Education Administrators Program (IEA) in France and Germany. Two-week IEA seminars help international education professionals and senior higher education administrators create empowering connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of other countries (App Deadline: February 2, 2015)

Fulbright Scholar Opportunities:
Arctic Initiative (International App Deadline:February 2, 2015 / U.S. App Deadline: February 16, 2015)

The 2015-2016 Whitaker International Program provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad (Fellows and Scholars Program Deadline: January 20, 2015 | Summer Program Deadline: February 3, 2015)

World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship provides up to $25,000 to conduct development-related PhD research (App Deadline: February 11, 2015)

The Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship offers generous funding to students in doctoral programs at U.S. institutions who are pursuing China-related research across a broad range of fields in the arts, education, humanities and social sciences (App Deadline Extended: February 12, 2015)

Center for International Affairs
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The Center for International Affairs provides leadership, expertise, and support to the Case Western Reserve University community, cultivating a dynamic international presence and inspiring a culture of global understanding and responsibility.


Case Western Reserve Malaria Expert Named One of 100 Leading Global Thinkers

Brian T. Grimberg, assistant professor of international health at the School of Medicine Center for Global Health and Diseases, was recently selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014, recognized for his groundbreaking research in infectious disease.

Each year, Foreign Policy, a print and online magazine addressing global politics and economic issues, honors top global thinkers. Grimberg’s development of the scientific concept behind a portable, hand-held malaria detection instrument puts him in the company of notable past honorees such as President Obama, Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Condoleezza Rice, and Warren Buffett.  This year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented the keynote remarks for the Leading Global Thinkers event.

“It’s an honor to be named a Leading Global Thinker because it draws attention to the very real opportunity to eradicate malaria worldwide,” said Grimberg. “My goal with our malaria detection device is to identify the disease in patients who don’t know they have it and then treat them as a pathway to eliminate malaria. This goal would have been impossible before the technology we developed here at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.”  Grimberg worked with and credits his team of experts from physics and biomedical engineering.

By quickly treating malaria-infected humans, Grimberg and others hope to break the cycle of human-to-mosquito transmission. “Our invention is a great example of collaborative science to help solve these intractable problems,” he said. “The team deserves a lot of credit because we figured this out together. This collaborative effort is one of the things that make Case Western Reserve University No. 1 in global health.”



International Student Success Series


The Office of International Student Services in the Center for International Affairs is excited to announce the Spring 2015 International Student Success Series offering a variety of programs, workshops, meetings, and events for CWRU international students. 

The series is designed to help international students transition and better understand the social and academic culture at CWRU. Each part of the series is intended to enhance important life skills and incorporates knowledgeable trainers from across campus and in the community. The Center has partnered with various offices including Educational Student Services, the Career Center, University Financial Aid, the LGBT Center, and University Counseling Services to offer support on topics such as working in the USA (H1B and the job search), study skills, money management, speaking in class, campus safety, and dating and relationships.

All the events are free and offered each Wednesday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Sears 464. Snacks provided. 

We hope you will share this information with all of your international students:  Spring 2015 International Student Success Series Schedule

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