CWRU Students Awarded Grant to Improve Schools in India
   Two Case Western Reserve University students dedicated their summer to improving the education experience for students and teachers at three schools in Jawhar, India.
   Aayush Parikh and Kareem Agag teamed up to install solar panels to the schools which previously did not have access to electricity. As someone who grew up in India, Parikh said he realized the vast differences between life in urban and rural areas of his country and wanted to help correct them. The team decided to focus its efforts on the schools because the members believe educating the next generation will uplift the entire village.
   Now, the classrooms are well lit and have a cooling and ventilation system. The team hopes the students will be inspired to pursue higher education due to their improved classrooms and improve their job prospects to help alleviate the difficulties their families currently face in the villages.
   "The project has given us a new perspective on the world and also helped us learn about other causes that we can invest our time and money towards, in the future," said Parikh, "This project has helped me bring my interest for social good and energy together in the most impactful way possible. This experience has helped me reevaluate my priorities and goals for my life and has helped me figure out the next steps for my grand goal of electrifying all of India."
   "It is very rare that such an eye-opening experience like this comes around where we get to see a reality so different from our own and get to do something to help. It was an incredible experience for me to have been able to positively impact the lives of so many people," said Agag.
   The project was primarily funded through a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace, which works to encourage student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation. This was the third year in a row a project from CWRU was awarded funding from the Davis Foundation through Projects for Peace. 

CWRU International Alumnus Receives Achievement Award
Moses Joloba, Professor and Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences at Makerere University's College of Health Sciences in Uganda has been selected as the winner of the 2019 Professional Achievement Award by the Case Western Reserve University Alumni Association. The award recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has achieved exceptional accomplishment in his or her career and has brought distinction to himself or herself and Case Western Reserve through the benefits of vocation and leadership in his or her professional community. Joloba has conducted extensive research on infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, pneumococcus and malaria, has served as a TB laboratory consultant for the World Health Organization, trained and mentored 37 masters and 20 PhD students to completion, and published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers.
CWRU Explores Opportunities in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian Counsel General of Los Angeles and a delegation of representatives recently visited Case Western Reserve University on behalf of the Ethiopian Ambassador to discuss opportunities for partnership between the university and Ethiopia. Vice Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler hosted a meeting for the delegation where faculty and staff from across CWRU shared work currently being done in the country and possibilities for future collaboration. The delegation also met with the Provost, Ben Vinson III, during the visit. 
The Counsel General expressed real interest in furthering the relationship between institutions in Ethiopia and CWRU and said he will speak with the Ambassador, the Prime Minister and other members of the Ethiopian government to move the relationship forward. Eastern Africa is an area where CWRU is working to grow its collaborations and advancing partnerships in Ethiopia would be beneficial to that effort.
CWRU and Tohoku University Celebrate
Ongoing Collaboration
Case Western Reserve University and Tohoku University co-hosted the 6th Annual Data Science in Life Sciences and Engineering Symposium in Cleveland in August. The symposium featured 186 participants including students from both institutions and 120 registered attendees who attended sessions on topics such as systems biology and bioinformatics, immunology, cancer biology, intelligent systems, data analytics and materials science. 
During the event, the institutions celebrated their ongoing partnership by signing an agreement to establish co-advising of graduate students. 
The partnership between CWRU and Tohoku has created research collaborations that now are leading to submitted, co-authored papers.

Student Global Perspectives
Márcio O’Dwyer, an international student from Brazil whose cat is a viral sensation on YouTube, says studying at CWRU was a dream come true. He has wrapped up a PhD in physics and moved on to a job in San Francisco, but he has some words of encouragement for the next generation of CWRU students here.
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