From history to medicine to music, all academic fields represented at Case Western Reserve University involve some sort of research. That's why the organizers of Research ShowCASE 2009 are encouraging wide-ranging projects and scholarship for this year's event.
"We invite submissions from all of the schools and departments. Research ShowCASE allows researchers to view each other's work, creating opportunities for collaboration. We're encouraging all post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, faculty, and even staff to submit," said Cindy Barker, director of communications and development with the Office of Research and Technology Management.
For instance, the diversity of projects from last year's event ranged from "Dancing in The Virtual World (3D)" from the Department of Theater to "Texturing Art History with YouTube" from the Department of Art and Art History to "Capoeira: The Reclamation of Physical Aggression" from the Department of Philosophy. In addition to these projects, there also were submissions representing academic disciplines such as biology, medicine, nursing, engineering, chemistry and more.
Research ShowCASE will be on Thursday, April 16. This year's theme is "Inspiring and Influencing the Future." The campus community has until 5 p.m., Friday, January 30, to submit abstracts for the event. The entire submission process can be completed online.
Barker said organizers are especially looking to highlight projects related to the university's strategic academic alliances: Energy and the environment; human health; social justice and ethics; and culture, creativity and design.
New for this year's Research ShowCASE is an essay contest to identify a faculty member who has shown ethical leadership as an outstanding mentor.
In support of the university's initiative to "emphasize innovation and excellence in teaching and mentoring," the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is introducing an annual essay contest to identify a Case Western Reserve University faculty member who has shown ethical leadership by being an outstanding mentor to a graduate student or post-doctoral researcher. Any Case Western Reserve graduate student or post-doctoral researcher who plans to show a poster at Research ShowCASE is encouraged to write an essay of 500 words or less nominating a faculty member to receive the Inamori Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The entry deadline for the essay contest is Sunday, February 15.
The student with the winning essay will win $250, and the mentor he or she nominated will be announced during Research ShowCASE. The faculty member will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant and will have his/her name engraved on a plaque that will be displayed at the Inamori Center.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.