As part of a U.S. State Department program, Case Western Reserve University is hosting 15 representatives of higher education and government from 7 countries in a cross-disciplinary program to demonstrate how a U.S. research university forms links with industry and other private-sector businesses.
Officials from Panama, Uruguay, Tunisia, Portugal, Poland, India, and Singapore arrived on March 1st and will participate in a wide-range of activities both on and off campus through March 13th. Dr. Daniel Lacks, Chair of the university's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, leads the program.
"It's a great chance for us to show off Case Western Reserve's leadership in research with industry, innovation, and entrepreneurship," said Lacks, whose experiences with Fulbright scholar programs convinced him that international education collaborations are valuable and rewarding for faculty who use the opportunity to engage with visitors.
The group has off-campus visits planned at BioEnterprise and Nottingham Spirk, as well as Oberlin College, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College. Delegates are also experiencing the culture of Cleveland, with visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Cavaliers game, the Cleveland Orchestra, and MIX at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Anthropology Students Take Advantage of Breaks to Study Abroad
Many CWRU students jump at the opportunity to spend academic holidays studying abroad. This past week, over 150 CWRU students participated in 11 CWRU faculty- and staff-led spring break study abroad programs. As students return to campus next week, many are preparing for May term and summer abroad experiences.
The Department of Anthropology goes above and beyond to encourage students to pursue academic and research opportunities abroad, especially during summer break. Last summer term, Anthropology students conducted research and studied all over the world, from Kenya to Ireland to Vietnam-- and beyond. Read three student highlights below:
Diane Bernardoni (Kenya)
Diane participated in the Koobi Fora Field School, a six week program in the Turkana Basin. She helped design and implement a gait mechanics experimental trial that sought to examine the effect of incline on walking and running effectively. During the research, she was able to work closely with the Daasanach community, a local tribe in Northern Kenya.
Rachel Sosnowchick (Ireland)
Rachel spent the summer working and conducting research at the European Institute of Women's Health in Dublin. The majority of her research was on diabetes, helping to create a comprehensive health education system for women on the subject. She also assisted in the writing of research proposals to conduct comparative studies on the state of maternal health and prenatal care in the European Union.
Tara Phuongnhi Tran (Vietnam)
Tara received the Jonathan F. Plimtpon Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology and chose to focus her research on studying the business of small scale rural farms in Long An, a province in Southern Vietnam. Through the fellowship, she was able to develop a deeper understanding of the economics of farming in rural Vietnam from a quantitative perspective and learned so much from immersing herself in a new culture, calling the experience "life-changing".