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From the Executive Director

sample imageDid you know that Dow Chemical and craigslist were started by Case Western Reserve graduates? Did you know that the pager and the NIKE Airsole were invented by Case graduates? This is but a small teaser to encourage you to read on in the first edition of Corporate Update, Case Western Reserve’s corporate e-newsletter.

Throughout its history, Case Western Reserve University has played an important practical role in partnering with industry. To continue that tradition we want to provide you with useful information, particularly in the areas of human capital, research, and visibility. Our updated corporate relations website will show you ways to engage our students, work with our faculty on new innovations, and support important programs on ethics, economic development, diversity, and healthcare.

I hope you enjoy our quarterly e-newsletter and the new site, where you can learn about successful business-university collaborations and the recent breakthroughs that could impact your organization and our world. Please send any feedback me to at

With best wishes in 2010,

Anne M. Borchert
Executive Director of Corporate Relations and Strategic Projects

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University to house first turbine research center on U.S. campus

three wind turbinesFunding from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission Wright Projects Program will allow Case Western Reserve University's Case School of Engineering and its Great Lakes Energy Institute to build three wind turbines on or near campus. The grant, along with contributions from industry partners, will support a research center dedicated to wind turbine development and education, which is believed to be the largest university facility of its kind in the country.

Seven local companies will collaborate on this project: Parker Hannifin, Rockwell Automation, Lubrizol, Swigercoil, Philips Electric, Cleveland Electric Labs and Sopko & Sons. Read more about this collaboration.

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Johnson & Johnson grant to advance research, improve human health


Case Western Reserve University received a $250,000 challenge grant in January 2010 from Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. through The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Office of Science and Technology (COSAT), and its affiliates. Case Western Reserve will utilize this research grant to support science, medicine and engineering projects to improve human health.

Case Western Reserve will match or possibly exceed COSAT’s commitment in support of these projects. Applicants for these grants must be affiliated with a Case Western Reserve school or department, and preference for funding will be given to interdisciplinary and translational projects. Grants will range in size from $50,000 to $100,000. “We’re pleased to advance interdisciplinary research and development across the campus in key areas of biomedicine,” said W. A. “Bud” Baeslack, Case Western Reserve provost.

The translational and commercial perspective at Case Western Reserve has been highly accelerated by the university’s relationship with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. The agreement with COSAT is modeled after the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP) process that has been instrumental within the biomedical departments at Case Western Reserve in promoting translational research on campus. Some funds may be used to support new or further accelerate existing CCTRP projects on the pathway to the patient.

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Industry partners help university better the community

Case for Community DayMore than 550 students, staff, faculty members and industry partners took part in this year’s Case for Community Day, which brings together groups throughout campus to make our community a better place. The annual day of service included a range of activities at 60 different project locations, ranging from landscaping to retooling toys for children with disabilities.

Sherwin Williams sponsored the event for the second year in a row. The paint company generously provided philanthropic support and donated paint for a house project (pictured). Several Sherwin-Williams employees volunteered for the day alongside Case Western Reserve students.

Read more about Case for Community Day, or learn more about sponsoring events at Case Western Reserve University by emailing Kristen McLaughlin .

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A brief encounter, a foot in the door

Speed NetworkingIn an age of instant information, about 80 Case Western Reserve University biomedical engineering students met one-on-one with alumni and industry partners in the briefest of face time, called a speed networking session.

Based on speed dating—minutes-long pairings of potential lovers—participants paired up for five minutes, which, theoretically, is time enough for elevator speeches, a few questions and an exchange of contact information. In less than an hour, each participant had made 10 potential job contacts.

Read more about the speed networking event or learn how your company can cultivate tomorrow’s leaders by partnering with Case Western Reserve.

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