March 26, 2007

Diplomat Joseph Wilson headlines Annual Research Symposium

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Case Western Reserve University's fifth annual Research ShowCASE 2007 is a free, two-day public exhibit that highlights the best and brightest from among its research community. The annual program on April 11 and 12 at the Veale Convocation, Recreation, and Athletic Center offers a rare glimpse into the breadth of research unfolding at the university and with its affiliates, including University Hospitals Case Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Stroll throughout Horsburgh Gymnasium and the Veale Center to partake of an array of activities that represent the inquiry and work of Case Western Reserve faculty, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students as well as the university's affiliate institutions. More than 500 poster presentations and live demonstrations will show the full range of research currently under way at the university, in the state and with collaborators from around the globe. Be among the first to see cutting-edge researchers and research.

Research ShowCASE 2007 will open with a symposium, "The Information Revolution—Insights and Interpretation," from 3-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The symposium will explore how today's onslaught of information as influences our world.

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Joseph Wilson

Joseph Wilson, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and author of the 2004 memoir, The Politics of Truth, will give the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael P. Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.

Wilson was the last American official to meet with Saddam Hussein before the start of the 1990 Gulf War. He was the acting U.S. ambassador to Iraq throughout Operation Desert Storm. His 20-plus year career in international politics was marked with numerous senior government appointments and his diplomacy efforts in 1990 helped to free more than 100 American hostages in Iraq after Hussein invaded Kuwait.

More recently, Wilson was assigned by the Bush administration in 2002 to investigate reports that Hussein was seeking to acquire uranium to advance Iraq's nuclear program. Wilson reported that he found no such basis for the claims.

In a 2003 New York Times piece, Wilson opined that the Bush Administration had exaggerated the threat of the Iraqi nuclear program. Soon after, the undercover identity of his wife--CIA operative Valerie Plame-Wilson--was revealed, leading the former ambassador to charge that White House officials leaked his wife's covert identity as retaliation for his Times denouncement. This allegation has lead to today's historical investigation into possible violations of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act--in addition to sparking a running debate regarding journalism and government ethics.

The momentum will continue at 8 a.m. April 12 with two breakout sessions, followed by a series of forums, panel discussions and live demonstrations. Enjoy a free lunch compliments of event sponsor Tarolli, beginning at noon in the Veale Center. The day concludes at 2 p.m. with the announcement of the winners of the Graduate Student Poster Awards.

The first of three forums will explore the challenges of funding research and how to transform ideas in to marketable enterprises. Walter DeForest, partner in the law firm, DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis Kaplan & Berardinelli, will moderate "Fast Forward -The Future of Funding." Evocative playwright, actress and MacArthur Award fellow Anna Deavere Smith will render a dramatic interpretation of "Race and the Nation—Snapshots of America in Change," to launch the second forum before joining a panel discussion moderated by Dee Perry, host of 90.3 FM IdeaStream's Around Noon. The final forum will look at the latest developments in bio-imaging. "Magic Technology—Advances in Bio-Imaging," will have as its moderator David Wilson, professor of biomedical engineering at the university.

Research ShowCASE 2007 supports collaborations that will drive the research and discoveries necessary to strengthen and position Greater Cleveland and Ohio for sustained economic growth throughout the 21st century. Coordinating this event with area business and civic leaders, academic researchers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will encourage meaningful dialog. A key goal is to promote efforts to move university research out of the lab and into the marketplace. Be a part of the research opportunities now under way. The future is now.

Research ShowCASE 2007 sponsors are University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Inside Business magazine, Thompson Hine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation and DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Kaplan attorneys at law. Visit Research ShowCase online for information about registration, invited speakers and panelists, maps and other details.

For more information contact Marsha Bragg, 216.368.6949.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 26, 2007 10:14 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Events, Faculty, Lectures/Speakers, Research, Students

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