Save the Date: Convocation and Investiture Ceremony set for August 29

In August, the Case Western Reserve University community will welcome the new school year as well as a new president during annual Fall Convocation at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, at Severance Hall. The first formal campus-wide celebration of the academic year, Fall Convocation includes traditional fanfare such as a faculty, staff and student processional and recognition of students and student groups for community service and leadership.

Elliot quote is theme for InvestitureNew this year will be an investiture ceremony for incoming President Barbara R. Snyder, who will have begun her tenure at the university on July 1. Outgoing Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., will give the welcome remarks, followed by a keynote address from Snyder. Traditionally, the author of the Common Reading selection gives the keynote talk, but that individual, yet to be announced, is tentatively scheduled to be part of Orientation 2007.

Other activities scheduled around convocation include a new faculty reception, an ethics symposium in the new Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence in Crawford Hall and an outdoor campus-wide party. Refer to Case Daily for future updates.

Read more about the convocation-investiture ceremony.

Campus News

The Greek Life Judicial boards seek nominations for the monthly Greek Life Creed and Values Awards. All members of the campus community -- including faculty and staff -- are invited to nominate a fraternity or sorority chapter or individual. Submit nominations.

Wednesday, March 21 is the last day to nominate a student for the 2007 Dorthy Pijan Student Leadership Awards, which recognize undergraduate student leaders and their contributions to the campus and Greater Cleveland. E-mail to or

For Faculty & Staff

The university is a cosponsor of the Ohio Nanotechnology Summit April 23-25 at the University of Akron. Faculty and students should consider presenting research posters at the event in addition to attending. Titles and abstracts for posters are due March 22. Send e-mail to or visit the Summit Web site for more information.

The March issue of Research Regulator, the quarterly human subjects research newsletter, is now available online. This newsletter offers a one-credit quiz for individuals enrolled in the Continuing Research Education Credit Program. It also features the Case Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee. Read the Research Regulator.

For Students

Annual Grad Fair for the class of 2007: No Hassle for your Tassel takes place March 21 and 22 in the University Bookstore, Thwing Center atrium. Stop in between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Get everything needed for commencement: cap and gown, commemorative books, rings, gifts and more. Free food, drinks and other giveaways. Students also can register online for commencement.

Greek Week begins Sunday, March 25 through Sunday, April 1. This year's theme is "Greek Week Heroes: Cape Optional." Refer to the student affairs calendar listing for a complete schedule, or send e-mail to

On Thursday, March 22, enjoy dinner and networking with some of the most prominent leaders from the community, including neurosurgeons from the Cleveland Clinic, Jones Day Partners and judges, among others at Exchanging Horizons, sponsored by the Student Turning Point Society. Hors d'oeuvres begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Space is limited. Register online.


Learn about the "Ancient World of Modern Pop Culture" when Don McGuire, author and professor from the University of Buffalo, talks about the world's fascination with the ancient city Rome and its influence on today's pop culture. Free program begins at 12:30 p.m. March 23 in Clark Hall, Room 309.

For a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today, refer to the WebEvent calendar.



March 20, 2007

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Case in the News

New practices in organ donation inspire debate

The San Francisco Chronicle, March 19, 2007
The number of kidneys, livers and other body parts surgeons are harvesting through a controversial approach to organ donation has started to rise rapidly, a trend that is saving the lives of more waiting patients but, some say, risks sacrificing the interests of the donors. Stuart Youngner, a bioethicist at Case Western Reserve University, gives insight into the trend.

Ed Caner, director, innovation and entrepreneurship programs, College of Arts and Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, March 19, 2007
Story offers a profile on Ed Caner, who spearheads the innovation and entrepreneurship programs in the university's College of Arts and Sciences.

Sizing up an opportunity

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 19, 2007 (subscription required)
Russell Berusch, vice president for commercial development at Case Western Reserve University, comments on the recent purchase by two developers of a Euclid Avenue property in Cleveland that is among the oldest plazas in the city.

Louisville man offers comic book expertise

Canton Repository, March 17, 2007
Video and computer games may have the nation in their grips, but in Ohio, comics remain a large part of the landscape. Case Western Reserve University is one of the few higher education institutions that give credits for a class on comics.

Higher Ed News

Nanotech will let us wear batteries and get 150 mpg

USA Today, March 15, 2007
For a long time, the battery industry was "sort of the afterthought of the electronics industry," says Steve Simon, executive vice president of research and development at mPhase Technologies, a company trying to build a better battery.

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