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Department of Energy awards CWRU grant to build battery for smart grid, renewables

flow batteryA Department of Energy agency that funds high-risk, high-payoff research, has awarded engineers at Case Western Reserve University $567,805 to develop a “rustbelt” battery with unprecedented flexibility and utility.

For more than year, the researchers have been investigating ways to build a flow battery primarily using water and iron. A flow battery is essentially an unwrapped battery that can be scaled up to hold and supply electricity to a home or an entire community.

In addition to using cheap, plentiful and environmentally friendly materials, the battery is designed to improve the efficiency of the power grid and accelerate the addition of solar and wind power supplies.

Case School of Engineering dean elected to inaugural class of prestigious council

Dean Jeffrey DuerkJeffrey L. Duerk, dean of the Case School of Engineering, recently was named a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research.

This award recognizes individuals for their accomplishments in the field of imaging research. This is the first year the award has been bestowed, and only 70 researchers were inducted into the inaugural class.

The Academy of Radiology Research is an alliance of 27 professional imaging societies from around the world and promotes the translation of imaging research to enhance human health. Established in 1995, it was the catalyst for creating the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, for accelerating investment in vital imaging research areas by other NIH institutes, and for building support for radiology and imaging in Congress and the Executive Branch.

Case Western Reserve students ranked among top 25 smartest in nation

Thanks to the smarts of campus gamers, Case Western Reserve University is ranked among the top universities in the country, coming in at No. 24 on the “Smartest Colleges in America” list.

The list, developed by San Francisco-based Lumosity, ranks colleges by students’ performances on its brain-training games. Since the company’s inception in 2007, more than 30 million users from around the world have played Lumosity’s cognitive training games more than 450 million times, according to the company.

New engineering and social-work course in India

A new spring 2013 elective course, "Global Issues and Sustainability in India," is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the engineering and social-work schools. The short-term, cross-cultural Indian immersion experience offers three credits through the engineering school (EECS 342i) and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (SASS 375i/575i).

The course will travel to India May 21 through June 4, 2013. Social-work students will team with engineering students to undertake projects such as energy, water and sanitation infrastructure.
Students will visit field sites, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and historical sites, and attend cultural events. A trip to the Taj Mahal is also included.

Distinguished University Professor Eric Baer receives honorary professorship

Eric Baer, Distinguished University Professor and Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering, recently was named an honorary professor of Beijing University for Chemical Technology (BUCT), a distinction considered the university’s highest academic honor.

The university recognized Baer for his landmark contributions to research and education, including his pioneering research in establishing the relationships between solid-state structure and properties of polymeric materials and their composites.