2020 Courses & Experiences

About North Star Courses & Experiences

Given the current public health crises of a viral pandemic and structural racism, these courses and experiences focus exclusively on the locale and assets of University Circle and Cleveland, as well as the related challenges and problems unique to our city and region.  At the heart of this program is an interest in helping students return to campus and engage in a purposeful set of activities unique to our time but also to help them personally re-connect with each other, with faculty and staff, and with businesses and residents of our neighboring community while following public health guidelines.

Read on to discover the Fall 2020 North Star Courses & Experiences.

North Star Courses

**Note: To see all North Star Course offerings, search "North Star" in SIS.

**Note: Due to low enrollment, this course (previously "STAR 200" in SIS) has been cancelled.

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Join your classmates for a food/nutrition and cooking class which builds lifelong skills and contributes to community service. Students prepare one meal or food basket for distribution by others to a homeless/food insecure population in groups of four (4) students, working remotely and in our teaching kitchen. Students weave basic nutrition, food education and cooking skills, to exclusively focus on how to create healthy meals on a budget. The final project will be to create the least expensive meal or food basket providing the most nutrition with the easiest food preparation for a homeless shelter or other charitable food system. This half-semester one credit class focuses on how to create healthy, simple, budget friendly meals/food baskets for the local community in need. This course is geared towards the beginner skill level. Students need no special cooking tools or skills or kitchen access. Includes synchronous, asynchronous and in person classes. 

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For more information, contact Hope Barkoukis at Hope.Barkoukis@case.edu,

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Welcome to the Biology Department! In this class, you will get to know the Biology faculty and their research. Each week, a different faculty member will present their research in a virtual seminar followed by a virtual “meet the speaker” session. You will learn about research programs covering the breadth of biology, including ecology, neurobiology, and developmental biology. The instructor will also hold informational sessions on academic research and how to obtain an independent research position in a lab. To receive graded credit, there will an open-note short quiz after each seminar. Seminars will be recorded so that students may participate asynchronously. 

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For more information, contact Nicole Crown at knc38@case.edu

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Twice in Karl Marx’s life, he witnessed, analyzed, and commented upon outbreaks of civil unrest that resemble that in the United States in the crisis summer of 2020: The Europe-wide revolution that began in Paris in February 1848 and ended in the dictatorship of Louis Bonaparte in 1851, and the popular uprising of the Paris Commune in 1870-71 after the defeat of France by Prussia.  Students in the United States today can benefit from reading and discussing Marx’s published observations about history, economics, power, and violence as they try to make sense of the tumult that surrounds them.

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For more information, contact Prof. Kenneth F. Ledford at kenneth.ledford@case.edu.

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Search HSTY 397* in SIS

*Be sure to select the section taught by K Ledford.

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Recent events highlight the urgency to bring a more systemic understanding to a variety issues impacting social and health equities. This 1-credit course introduces students to system dynamics and applications for advancing equity. System dynamics is a method for understanding how systems change through the use of informal maps and formal models with computer simulation. The course introduces the foundations of system dynamics with an emphasis on understanding different dimensions of equity including distributional justice, structural justice, and epistemic justice. Examples will be drawn from a variety of examples of prior work from Cleveland and beyond including work in global health and development. The format will be hands on with a mix of individual and small group exercises. Students will complete a project tied to advancing social and health equity that will engage local community members, CWRU faculty and national experts as needed. No prerequisites. All are welcome. 

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For more information, contact Peter Hovmand at psh39@case.edu

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In this one-credit experience, you'll join like-minded people to explore the Origins Sciences --from the Big Bang and astronomy, the ongoing search for exoplanets, and the prospects for life on other planets, to the origin of life on Earth, dinosaurs, human evolution, the origin of the human mind, art, language, technology, and creativity, anthropology, evolutionary medicine, and more --including pressing issues like climate change that benefit from solutions informed by understanding the evolutionary origins of the physics and ecology of Earth systems and how humans interface with the environments around us. Each week, you are introduced to a different researcher or museum curator drawn from the over 200 Fellows of the Institute for the Science of Origins for in-person discussion (there are also asynchronous discussions and remote participation is possible). These scientists are also eager to explore the possibilities for students to join their research programs. 

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For more information, contact Patricia Princehouse at pmp7@case.edu.

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Race and Racism will provide students with an opportunity to delve deeper into the complex causes and drivers of racial inequality. But the course will move beyond discussing theories of racism to examine potential solutions to racial oppression, focusing specifically on the role of economic empowerment in reducing racial inequality.  Students will have an opportunity to investigate the potential effectiveness of initiatives aimed at spurring economic growth in Black neighborhoods here in Cleveland, OH. Outside the classroom, students' work will entail engaging with community members to learn about their personal experiences and encounters with racism at the individual, as well as, systemic level, as well as strategies they have used to overcome exclusionary treatment.

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For more information, contact Cassi Pittman Claytor at clp77@case.edu.

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In order for ideas to impact the lives of individuals and society they must be moved from "blue sky" to that which is manufacturable. Therein lies true creativity - design under constraint. Greater Cleveland is fortunate to have a diverse set of industries that serve medical, aerospace, electric, and advanced-materials technologies. This course involves interacting with engineering practitioners at leading companies to witness first-hand the processes and products. 

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For more information, contact Jennifer Carter at jwc137@case.edu.

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In this course students will critique diversity within the Communication Sciences (COSI) curriculum and appraise ways to incorporate diversity throughout the curriculum. Students will work in teams to develop mini lectures for incorporating diversity into the COSI curriculum. Students will examine microaggressions within the classroom and within their experiences at CWRU and discuss ways to reduce microaggressions. All students will read, discuss, and reflect on a book that was featured at the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention by best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo, “So you want to talk about race”. Students will improve their cultural humility and competence by utilizing the, “that’s unheard of” website, developed by our professional organization (ASHA). Each meeting will end with a discussion on the importance of health and wellness during the COVID pandemic and a 1-2-minute mindfulness meditation to help keep us engaged and inspired to work towards a more inclusive profession.

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For more information, contact Lauren Calandruccio at lauren.calandruccio@case.edu.

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AIM2Flourish is a program run out of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit that connects students with business leaders and social entrepreneurs. The program involves students learning about Appreciative Inquiry and the UN Global Goals and then conducting an Appreciative Inquiry-style interview of a business leader or social entrepreneur and writing up a story/mini-case study that is then published on AIM2Flourish.com.

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For more information, contact Megan Buchter at mxs362@case.edu.

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Now in its eleventh year, the Civic Engagement Scholars program, hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning, promotes and recognizes meaningful student involvement in the community. Scholars complete at least 25 civic engagement hours in their choice of direct service, advocacy, philanthropy, political involvement, and more over the academic year. They also participate in one educational event per month to enhance their understanding of these multiple forms of civic engagement and how they work together to create social change. All of the Scholars requirements can be completed remotely, and CCEL will serve as a resource to students in locating activities that satisfy the program components. Upon successful completion of the requirements, Scholars earn a micro-credential issued by the Provost’s Office. Both undergraduate and graduate students of all years and majors are eligible to participate. The Scholars enrollment deadline is Sunday, September 20. For more information, visit the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning.

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For more information, contact Adrian Griffin, CCEL Associate Director, at aag72@case.edu.

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Join the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) for flexible and remote volunteering opportunities. Through CCEL Serves Pop-Up Projects, you can engage with other CWRU students to contribute to a remote project that benefits a community organization. Topics and projects change throughout the semester and you can sign-up as your schedule allows. View the CCEL website to learn more and become a virtual volunteer with CCEL Serves Pop-Up Projects!

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For more information, contact Erin Corwin at exc390@case.edu.

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How has FOOD played a role in your cultural, family, and/or personal origins? What story can a recipe tell you about your life? Can you have a mouthful of culture? A cupful of history? A dusting of family tradition? Contribute to our bounty by volunteering a recipe and a story. If you like, you can add it to the contest to win prizes! Three coaching/demo/info sessions will be held virtually, leading up to the awards gathering when people come together to share food and food experiences in person and virtually!

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For more information, contact Patricia Princehouse at pmp7@case.edu.

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Students and faculty will work together to consider an alternative to CWRU’s campus police. The goal is to increase the safety and well-being of our campus community, in particular, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). One idea for a police alternative is to create student volunteer wellness teams. Wellness teams would be comprised of volunteer student members who would receive extensive training in one or more of the following specializations: mental health, emergency medical service, or diversity. The teams would be called for escorts, mental health problems, and injuries and would “patrol” campus as a group looking for people in need of help. Wellness teams might be similar to Residents Assistants (but for the rest of campus), combined with EMS, and with increased emphasis on diversity. Black student leaders, trained resident assistants, and student EMTs are especially encouraged to be involved.

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For more information, contact Brooke N. Macnamara at bnm24@case.edu.

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Beginning in October and throughout the academic year 2020-2021, the Inamori Center will host a series of virtual (live streamed and recorded) conversations with former Inamori Ethics Prize recipients such as Farouk El-Baz, LeVar Burton, Marian Wright Edelman, and our upcoming prize recipient, former President of the International Criminal Court, Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, to explore ethical issues around the topic of "Justice." Topics will range from a general exploration of justice and human rights to climate justice, healthcare justice, etc. CWRU students who attend (virtually) at least two of these events and prepare and submit a creative response to the Inamori Center in the form of a short essay, a poem, a song, a video, or other reflection will be eligible for a certificate of recognition and may also enter a contest with prizes through the Inamori Center.

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For more information, contact Prof. Shannon E. French at sef37@case.edu and Ms. Beth Trecasa at bmt5@case.edu.

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COSI Conversations will be a series of casual conversations with members of the Communication Sciences faculty with the goals of enriching student and faculty relationships, providing opportunities for continued mentorship, and creating a dialogue surrounding improvements that can be made to make our department a more diverse and inclusive environment. Each faculty member will have the opportunity to participate in a student moderated conversation open to any students interested. Students interested in gaining leadership experience will have the opportunity to complete training that will best prepare them for facilitating these conversations. Topics covered in these conversations may include but are not limited to academic/professional/personal background and interests, advice, career pathways, and areas of improvement within the department.  Students will also have the opportunity to ask their own questions. The conversations will take place over the course of the Fall semester occurring monthly or bimonthly, dependent upon faculty interest. This experience can be done entirely remote if preferred.

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For more information, contact Isabella Beninate at iab10@case.edu and Aniya Martinez at arm239@case.edu.

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Students from around the world will connect in this seminar to discuss cultural experiences  and learn more about how cultures interact. We will explore culture through discussions on Languages, Common Life Experiences (such as Education and Childhood), Food Culture, and Celebrations. Students learn about the world and communication skills in this 4-week, non-credit seminar and will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. 

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For more information, contact Elise Geither, PhD at ejg65@case.edu.

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Stay connected with Cleveland and its many assets from wherever you are this Fall 2020 semester through the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning's (CCEL) CWRUinCLE Challenge! This self-paced, everyone-wins competition allows you to choose your own adventure by completing and logging at least one unique virtual Cleveland activity within the categories of art, community, education, nature, and wellness chosen from a pre-selected list of remote activity options. Students who complete at least one activity within each category between August 10 to December 16, 2020 will receive a CWRUinCLE Challenge badge and be entered into a semester-end raffle to win CLE-themed prizes. 

Complete this CampusGroups form by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 16, 2020 after you have finished at least one unique activity in each of the categories. Stay connected to your community and discover CLE in a whole new way this semester!
 

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For more information, contact Adrian Griffin, CCEL Associate Director at aag72@case.edu.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light how important the simple act of hand-washing is in disease prevention.  In this North Star Experience, we will explore several models of hands free hand-washing stations designed by partners of Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB). We will assess our campus needs and then choose a design appropriate to the needs of our campus and install several hand-washing stations around our outdoor campus.  After the installation we will monitor and evaluate our design.  In this way we will be following the EWB project implementation process of Assessment, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.  In this sense this project will provide a short "burst" model to help us plan future CWRU EWB projects. 

**NOTE: membership in CWRU EWB is NOT required to participate in this experience.

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For more information, contact Lynn Rollins at lxa20@case.edu.

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This digital storytelling journey encourages students to find the intersections between technology and recently immigrated communities to Cleveland. In small group settings and under the guidance of local experts, students will create an audiovisual presentation that captures the intersection story of their choice. 

This journey through technology and immigration will be project-based and collaborative, allowing each group to choose their own trajectory and craft a unique final product using the images, video clips, and audio narration they collect throughout the Digital Storytelling series. 

Students will be challenged to engage with virtual fieldwork, to interview individuals different from themselves, and to gather information for a culminating project. Students will grow their technological, interpersonal, intercultural, and reflective skills while experiencing an enhanced sense of community and self-awareness. 
 

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For more information, contact Cami Ross, Angela Miller and Autumn Beechler Stebing at studyabroad@case.edu.

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xLab of CWRU, the City of Elyria, and Dataswift, UK have formed a strategic partnership aiming at bringing in digital transformation to the City of Elyria by combining the power of privacy-preserving micro-server technology developed by Dataswift with the digital innovation framework developed by xLab. Students will be working with CWRU faculty and staff, the Mayor of Elyria and his staff, and the CEO of Dataswift and her staff through mentorship, internship, and micro-credential activities related to civic digital start-ups. Students will engage with diverse stakeholders to promote personal data ownership, to increase digital literacy, to organize civic hackathon around personal data, and to work on civic start-up projects with government agencies, foundations, venture investors, start-ups, and large corporates.
 

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For more information, contact Youngjin Yoo at yxy23@case.edu.

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Learn about the world’s most pressing problems via this deep dive into identity, community, ethics, critical thinking and perspective-taking. Interrogate how local and global communities are impacted by current actions and events. Expand your sense of personal and social responsibility while gaining knowledge, skills and perspectives on the world around you. 

Through activities, readings, reflections and workshops you will gain an appreciation of global systems. As defined by the AAC&U’s (American Association of Colleges and Universities) VALUE rubric, “Global Learning is the critical analysis of and engagement with interdependent global systems and legacies, as well as an understanding of their implications for people’s lives and earth’s sustainability” In this three-week series, we will explore that and more and emerge better citizens of the world--without ever leaving the comfort of your computer.

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For more information, contact Cami Ross, Angela Miller and Autumn Beechler Stebing at studyabroad@case.edu.

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Have you ever felt like something was “lost in translation” or that you could not communicate effectively with someone different from yourself? In this series, we will unpack the why and how of those experiences and learn how to move past awkward moments to real communication. This skill (or VALUE as the AAC&U terms it) is called Intercultural Knowledge and Competence and it is “the ability to interact effectively with others from various cultures”.

Via activities, workshops, reflections and readings, you will explore cultural patterns and ways of communicating. This three-week series requires that you begin to see beyond yourself and integrate more fully into the world community. By learning to adapt your own communication to be more empathetic and flexible, your intercultural competence and communication skills will increase. 

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For more information, contact Cami Ross, Angela Miller and Autumn Beechler Stebing at studyabroad@case.edu.

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This course offers the opportunity for first-generation college students, with a focus on freshmen, to address the unique concerns they have. We will meet to discuss means to make this transition as seamless and positive as possible while building a community with shared challenges and experiences for support.

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For more information, contact Carrie Lovelace at cmt26@case.edu.

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Want to help fight food insecurity on campus? Interested in sharing your passion for reading? Just want to play with wood and tools? Join us to build, paint, and install a Little Free Food Pantry and Little Free Library. Both structures will be placed outside of Bellflower Hall, the home of the Writing Resource Center and Writers House. Let’s come together to make a lasting difference on campus and feed both our bodies and our minds. For more information visit Little Free Food Pantries and Little Free Libraries.
 
This a joint program between the Writing Resource Center, Writers House, and Mechanical Engineering.
 

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For more information, contact Gabrielle Parkin at glp24@case.edu

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Design thinking is a process and a mindset to understand people and their problems before developing the solutions. Human-centered design prioritizes empathy as a tool to better identify, understand and solve problems. This framework involves fast-paced data collection through interviews and observation, synthesis of information and iterative prototyping of creative solutions.

Through this course, you will hone a design mindset and problem solving skills that will shape your career path and prepare you for future design challenges. You will have gained the tools to work collaboratively, identify core issues and create tailored solutions with confidence. This course will help you acquire the tools you need to gain a deeper understanding of how people are truly impacted by problems.

This four week program requires approximately 6-8 hours per week, including twice weekly two-hour collaborative workshops on Zoom and individual assignments.
 

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For more information, contact Richard Graham at rfg25@case.edu.

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In 2017, the solar eclipse across North America was the center of a nationwide effort to engage the public in science and countless events at public institutions. On April 8 2024, Cleveland and the CWRU campus will be underneath another major solar eclipse. In this project-centered class, we will develop and explore plans for the 2024 eclipse year. As we seek out collaborations with government, public, and private institutions and within our university, we will also draw from events in the university’s past and explore the connection of eclipses to art, culture, religion, and science. In doing so, we will use the 2024 eclipse as a focal point to ask important questions about how our university, and higher education in general, relates to local and global communities.

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For more information, contact Aidan Montare at aam141@case.edu.

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**Note: Due to space constraints, this experience has been cancelled. 

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The experience provides a gentle introduction to setting movable metal type and to basic printing practices. It also provides information on historical and contemporary letterpress opportunities in Cleveland and at CWRU.

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For more information, contact Kurt Koenigsberger at kmk25@case.edu.

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La Alianza, the Latinx/Hispanic organization at CWRU, is launching their first conference event in the Fall 2020. This two day conference serves as a platform to provide La Alianza members, CWRU students, and community partners with opportunities to develop academically and professionally at any stage of their undergraduate career. This goal will be fulfilled through workshops with on campus and off campus partners, as well as with an added focus on cultural awareness and appreciation. Featured workshops include: a graduate and professional school admissions panel, how to locate and acquire research and internship opportunities, resume building, education on immigration and reform, a keynote speech addressing the unspoken history about Afro-Latinx Identity, and more. Students will be eligible to receive certificates or a badge for attending required workshops.

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For more information, contact Eduardo Williams-Medina at erw78@case.edu.

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Cleveland's local neighborhoods are rich with history, hustling entrepreneurs, and vibrant culture. The Neighborhood Seminar Series will immerse you in diverse neighborhoods, starting with Hough, and will feature the following: 

  1. History of Hough 
  2. Hough Entrepreneurship
  3. Hough Community Development

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For more information, contact Doug DeGirolamo at dxd326@case.edu.

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Led by members of the CWRU faculty and leadership, participants will walk between places on campus (and in University Circle) and share stories making physical and mental transdisciplinary connections. The focus will be on the future of the university as a place of ideas, including the concept of a "Professor of the Future."  Zoom and other technologies will be used to enhance recording and communication on site and allow others to participate remotely.  

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For more information, contact Peter Whitehouse at pjw3@case.edu.

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System dynamics design labs will provide an introduction to system dynamics for students, faculty, and local community partners by working through a set of experiential small group model building exercises. System Dynamics (SD) is a method for understanding complex systems and identifying potential high leverage solutions and provides a foundation for rigorous systems thinking. Each design lab will focus on a specific issue impacted by recent events in collaboration with CWRU faculty. Students will have the option to participate in one or more skill labs depending on schedules. The four issues being discussed are:

  1. The housing crisis
  2. Scaling up a machine learning based delirium intervention for older adults 
  3. The opioid crisis
  4. The childcare crisis

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For more information, contact Peter Hovmand at psh39@case.edu.

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How is research on campus helping to address pressing problems in the greater Cleveland community?  And, how can you have an impact too?  CWRU professors share their research and community outreach in three interactive workshops.  Weatherhead Professor Michael Goldberg will focus on overcoming obstacles to entrepreneurship. CWRU School of Medicine Professor Daniel Tisch and Political Science Professor Kelly McMann will explore how their research on political institutions’ impact on COVID-19 outcomes influences Dr. Tisch’s work at the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Anthropology Professor Lee Hoffer will discuss his research on understanding and predicting trends in drug use, and how drug markets and acquisition influence the lives of those who use drugs.

Hosted by the International Studies Honor Society, Sigma Iota Rho, in collaboration with the International Studies Program.

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For more information, contact Kimberly Osbern at kdo10@case.edu.

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There is much to learn about and ways to prepare for research before stepping into a laboratory.  This experience is designed with modular content that allows you to pursue the topics of greatest interest across these three categories: 

  1. Professional Development Research Skills: These sessions will cover finding research, communicating with faculty and discussing research, professional behaviors in the lab, keeping lab notebooks/e-writing, research ethics and STEM Graduate School Applications. 
  2. Professional Laboratory Skill Development: These sessions will target research fundamentals and  laboratory skills, through a series of short courses that cover research basics in biology, materials science, physics, chemistry, and engineering, including microscopy, vacuum systems and thin films, electronic devices, and molecular biology skills. 
  3. Research Department Overviews: Led by faculty members and undergraduate researchers, these sessions will introduce students to the breadth of STEM research across departments at CWRU.

Additional program information can be found on the SOURCE website.

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For more information, contact Sheila Pedigo at sdp5@case.edu.

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Wayfinder Walks will be a series of four seventy-five minute walks dedicated to seeing and discussing the architecture, infrastructure, and environs of CWRU, University Circle, and nearby Cleveland neighborhoods.  The Walks will range from Little Italy to our new medical campus, with stops at Rockefeller Hall, Michelson-Morley fountain, and Uptown.  Intended for First Year and transfer students, Wayfinder Walks will help participants gain an appreciation for the forces that have shaped the place they will call home for the next four years, and begin their involvement in the process of preserving and re-shaping our campus for the future.  In a time of sheltering-in-place, Wayfinder Walks will provide students with a chance to connect with each other, see theories of the built world in practice, enjoy local food, and earn four unique badges.  Students participating in three of the four walks will receive a certificate.

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For more information, contact Bernard Jim at blj@case.edu.

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