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On February 16, 2018, CWRU’s Center for International Affairs (CIA), in partnership with the Provost’s Office, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and First Year Experience, welcomed the community to campus to celebrate Lunar New Year. Over 500 students attended the event, each receiving a stuffed dog toy to commemorate the year of the dog. Attendees from through the CWRU and Cleveland communities also joined in the festivities, enjoying green tea, sesame balls, and other Asian snacks, and dancing with the CIA dragon. CWRU’s iClub (International Club) also prepared activities for attendees, including calligraphy practice, paper cutting, and solving riddles to earn red envelopes. The evening was capped off with a fireworks display over the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Every year, in addition to creating memories for CWRU students and community members, the CWRU Lunar New Year celebration makes its way back to family and friends abroad. The hearts of parents abroad are warmed as they see their children celebrating the new year even far away in America. The shared videos and happy wishes also serve as recruiting tools which demonstrate the high value CWRU places on its international community members. Everyone is welcome at Case Western Reserve University!
March 6 - 9, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) faculty and administrators traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to participate in a symposium with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (HIAE) – Building a Global Partnership in Health Education, Research, and Innovation. Resulting from the partnership between CWRU and HIAE, the symposium and workshops aimed to bring an update of ongoing clinical and experimental research, on themes such as immunology and global health, oncology, brain health, chronic diseases and cell therapy as well as new potential new collaborations to explore.
Distinguished faculty and administration included CWRU Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and CWRU School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis, CWRU Vice Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler, and CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean Mary Kerr. On March 7, alumni in Brazil and surrounding areas were invited to attend a public portion of the symposium which included a history of Instituto Israelita de Ensino e Pesquisa Albert Einstein (IIEP) research, education and innovation in healthcare, and workshops focusing on teaching and research management. At the end of the day, CWRU alumni as well as several alumni from IIEP’s research programs attended a reception which included a university update.
CWRU recently welcomed a delegation of visitors from Taipei Medical University (TMU) to campus to sign a new memorandum of understanding and discuss opportunities to further the partnership between the two institutions. In the past five years, CWRU and TMU have worked together on a variety of initiatives across multiple schools and developed the TMU/CWRU Translational Collaborative Pilot Program.
Through the Pilot Program, TMU has committed $500,000 to CWRU researchers over three years. Some of the projects that have received funding include Dr. Ken Gustafson's device that aids in bladder incontinence and Dr. Aaron Weinberg's diagnostic for oral cancer, both of which were tested on patients in Taiwan.
Among the delegation from TMU was newly-installed president, Professor Chien-Huang Lin, as well as Profesor Hsing-Jien Kung, Chair of the PhD Program for Cancer Biology and Drug Discovery, who spent a number of years as a faculty member and researcher at CWRU.
During their visit, the delegation toured the Sears think[box] and the new Health Education Campus, and they experienced how HoloLens can supplement research.
The memorandum of understanding signed by Professor Lin and President Snyder extends the international cooperation for another five years to continue educational, clinical and research exchange.
In April 2018, representatives from the Center for International Affairs at CWRU will meet with TMU representatives on the Taipei campus for further discussions on this partnership.
The Center for International Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Studies are pleased to announce the winners for the 2018 Projects for Peace grant, a $10,000 grant offered through the Davis Foundation: Geneva Magsino, Hannah Clarke, Ivy Petsinger, and Akinola Akinbote for their project entitled Periods for Peace . Periods for Peace will bring together two NGOs in Buea, Cameroon for the ultimate goal of improving the sexual health education and menstrual hygiene management of young girls in Cameroon. By bringing together the Global Medicare Foundation (GMF), an organization that provides sexual health education and female empowerment, and Days for Girls (DfG), whose mission is to create a “more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education," Periods for Peace will work to reduce the stigma surrounding the natural process of menstruation and empower women and girls in Buea, Cameroon to lead fuller lives.
Projects for Peace, offered through the Kathryn W. Davis Foundation, was created for undergraduate students to create grassroots projects for the summer - anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. This is the second year that Case Western Reserve University has nominated a project the second year CWRU and has the ability to do so.