think: international CWRU Newsletter, July 18, 2014

  • School of Medicine Study in China
  • Education Abroad Summer Numbers


News and Announcements 

Interested in leading a study abroad course? Contact Molly Watkins in the Office of Education Abroad. Spring 2015 proposals are due by August 1st.

The deadline for Fulbright Core applications for Academic Year 2015-2016 is August 1, 2014.

Fulbright Scholar Program to Germany (All Disciplines - App Deadline August 1, 2014)  

Intercultural Horizons Conference: Currents in Community Development, Civic Engagement, and Intercultural Competence (October 9-10, 2014)  

Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminar (India, Japan, Korea, Germany or France): Open and Accepting Applications

Call for Peer Reviewers: Core Fulbright Scholar Program and Fulbright Specialist Program

Funding Opportunities

100,00 Strong in the Americas - Grants of $20,000-$70,000 available for Study Abroad Programs Promoting Study Abroad in Engineering, Physics, Geology, and Geophysics. (Application Deadline - July 28th, 2014).  If interested, please contact Molly Watkins at the Center for International Affairs for more details.

Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL) Grant Program - provides funds to plan, develop, and carry out programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages (App Deadline July 28, 2014)

Department of Education: International and Foreign Language Education Grants

High North Programme - supports collaboration between higher education institutions in Norway and with institutions in Canada, China, Japan, Russia, The Republic of Korea, and the United States to increase knowledge about the High North


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School of Medicine: Ten-Year Longitudinal Study in China

Photo by Jo Manalo

In 2010, the CWRU School of Medicine signed an unparalleled ten-year research agreement with the Shanghai Zhabei District Health Bureau to study the health effects of urbanization on the population living in the Zhabei District of Shanghai, China. The longitudinal study, “Zhabei Health 2020”, is one of the largest community-based cohort studies designed to track the development of chronic diseases. 
With the introduction of a western diet and a decrease in physical activity, the Chinese lifestyle and health are changing dramatically. Currently, China has the second largest population of obese people in the world (behind only the United States), cardiovascular disease is the number one killer, and type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels.  Dr. Li Li, CWRU School of Medicine professor, family medicine physician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and the study’s principal investigator, notes that the study “provides a unique window of opportunity to examine how a changing environment influences disease and health.”
Dr. Li, along with a team of international researchers, have collected baseline data from 48,000 residents and have blood and DNA samples from 23,000 adult participants. Electronic patient medical records are monitored and updated every two years in order to keep track of health conditions and identify emerging patterns. The collected data will essentially help the Chinese government make critical decisions regarding rising health issues in their country, identify potential risk factors for common diseases like cancer, and ultimately provide a better overall and global understanding of disease evolution across countries and cultures.
The research agreement expands on a six-year collaboration already existing between the Shanghai Zhabei District Health Bureau and the School of Medicine.


Over 60 CWRU Students Study Abroad During Summer

Case Western Reserve University is well represented around the world this summer with 62 students studying abroad, almost double last year’s number of 35 students.

Students are studying in China, Denmark, the UK, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Greece, Argentina, Austria, France, India, Israel, and Italy.

The 62 students hail from the various CWRU schools: 27 College of Arts and Sciences majors, 20 Weatherhead School of Management majors, 11 Engineering majors, and 6 Nursing majors. (Note that some students are double majors and counted in both schools.)

Feel free to contact the Office of Education Abroad for more information about study abroad opportunities for students.

Program forms for spring semester faculty-led programs going abroad during spring break or in May are due August 1st.

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