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art/sci update Jan. 2012: News from the College of Arts and Sciences

Posted on January 18, 2012


Researchers generate electricity
using biofuel cell in insect

An experiment by researchers in the chemistry and biology departments has shown that an insect’s internal chemistry can be converted into electricity using a biofuel cell. The small amount of energy could potentially be used in applications that have so far only been possible in science fiction. For example, an insect could be equipped with a sensor for the purposes of espionage. Read more.

Faculty member charts rise
of the novel and print culture

Christopher Flint, associate professor in the Department of English, connects the rise of modern print culture with the appearance of books such as Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and a new literary form eventually recognized as the novel. Read more about his new book, The Appearance of Print in Eighteenth-Century Fiction.

Twisting molecules by blunt force

Molecules that are twisted—a phenomenon called chirality—have important consequences in biology, chemistry, physics and medicine. A research team in the Department of Physics has found a way to use a macroscopic blunt force to impose and induce a twist in an otherwise non-chiral molecule. Read more.

Schubert Center and anthropology
faculty edit special issue of ‘Ethos’

Faculty members associated with the Schubert Center for Child Studies and the Department of Anthropology served as editors of the December issue of Ethos, the journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. Eileen Anderson-Fye, assistant professor of anthropology, and Jill Korbin, associate dean and director of the Schubert Center, edited the publication on bridging research, practice and policy with regard to adolescent well-being. The special issue originated from a conference on the same topic held on the Case Western Reserve campus in November 2008. Free access to the issue is available until March.

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Origins Science Scholars Program
to air on public television

The popular Origins Science Scholars Program lecture series will make its broadcast debut Thursday, Jan. 12, on Cleveland’s public television station, WVIZ. Three lectures will be shown on successive Thursdays on WVIZ/PBS World, which can be found on digital channel 25.3 and some cable systems. Past Origins Science Scholars Program videos from fall 2010, spring 2010 and fall 2011 may be found online. Read more.

Registration is now open for the spring 2012 series, which includes three themes: Atoms, Quarks and Strings; Origins of Disease and Immunity; and On the Origins of Dogs. Lectures will be Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The Origins Science Scholars Program is directed by Glenn Starkman, professor of physics and astronomy.

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Check out photos from many of our events, including this year’s Alumni Weekend, on our Flickr account.


Issue 13 / January 2012


Winter/Spring Continuing Education catalog now online

Registration is still open for the Office of Continuing Education’s winter/spring 2012 non-credit programs. For information and to register, visit the Continuing Education website.

Congratulations to our alumni named as Cleveland Magazine’s “Most Interesting People 2012″:

Evalyn Gates (CIT ’81, GRS ’90)

Bac Nguyen (CWR ’04)

Mitzie Verne (FSM ’44)


President Barbara Snyder was interviewed on WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas. Listen or watch the interview.

Alumni events

Save the date!

2012 Alumni Weekend

October 4-7, 2012

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Upcoming events


Dittrick Medical History Center: A History of Emergency Contraception in the United States

Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recipient Mary Helen Stefaniak

New Perspectives on Muslim and Middle Eastern Societies: Amaney Jamal


Schubert Center for Child Studies: Child Well-Being in Challenging Times Conversation Series

2.17.12 – 2-26.12
Eldred Theater Production: Top Girls

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