Physics faculty member is part of $3.8 million clean energy initiative
Kenneth Singer, the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, will lead a multi-university research effort to develop technology that may allow solar cells to be constructed out of biomaterials. The initiative is part of a broader $3.8 million National Science Foundation grant that aims to reduce sustainable energy generation’s reliance on materials that are not renewable. Read more.
Singer is also launching a company to develop optical discs that can store up to 2 terabytes of data using technology he developed with his graduate student, Brent Valle. They hope to be able to demonstrate prototype discs and readers within a year. Read more.
College graduates among this year’s alumni award recipients
Two College of Arts and Sciences graduates were selected to receive awards during this year’s Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 27-30. Julie Gerberding (WRC ’77, MED ’81) received the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University’s Distinguished Alumna Award. vic gelb (ADL ’51) received the Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award. Read more.
Historian wins major prize for study of American luxury hotels
Molly Berger, instructor in the Department of History and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a prestigious award for her study of a distinctively American form of technological innovation: the luxury hotel. During an international conference in Copenhagen on Oct. 6, Berger accepted the Sally Hacker Prize from the Society of History of Technology for her book, Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929. Read more.
Radio program examines U.S. math education
Chris Butler, instructor in the Department of Mathematics, was featured on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas. The panel examined why the U.S. lags behind other countries in math competency, and what educators are doing to change the trend. Listen to the program.