Making Academic Science Environments Inclusive for Women: Cooperation is Key

Diana BilimoriaCase Western Reserve researchers at the Weatherhead School of Management have set out to find ways to advance women in underrepresented areas of science. One of the major findings so far: Everyone -- men and the overall organization -- benefit if conditions for women or minorities are improved.

Diana Bilimoria, associate professor of organizational behavior, and Weatherhead graduate student C. Greer Jordan -- who co-authored the study, "Creating a Productive and Inclusive Academic Work Environment" -- also found that teamwork and camaraderie initiatives within the department contribute to a productive, supportive work culture for women and men.

In addition, when the overall workplace promoted collegial and shared learning interactions, two behaviors were consistent and prevalent -- civility and citizenship in the form of people taking on extra responsibilities or volunteering to assist others when needed.

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Campus News

Case Western Reserve University alumnus Dennis Kucinich will be the guest speaker of the university's Center for Policy Studies and Case for Peace at 4 p.m. today, April 3. The congressman's free talk, "Iran and Iraq: A Way Forward," will take place in Strosacker Auditorium. The event will include commentary and discussion by Peter Moore, assistant professor of political science and Jonathan Sadowsky, professor and chair of history. Although Kucinich is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States, his appearance on campus is permissible by the university's bylaws because the event is an academic program which is open to the public, and not a campaign event or rally.

The Baker-Nord Center Cell Film Festival submission deadline has been extended to April 9. The competition offers a $1,000 cash prize. Faculty, students and staff are eligible for consideration. Cosponsored by Sprint.

The Masters of Public Health Program (MPH) is holding a food drive now through April 6. Donations will benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. Collections will be accepted from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily in the Biomedical Research Building and in the MPH office, WG 72 in the School of Medicine. Canned goods and other nonperishable items needed. E-mail

For Faculty & Staff

Registration is now open for the School of Medicine New Faculty Symposium on April 18. Register online by April 11.

For Students

The Fourth Annual Pi Mile Run presented by Tau Beta Pi begins at 11 a.m. on April 7. $10 pre-registration/$15 at the race. All proceeds from the 3.14-mile run/walk will benefit Engineers Without Borders. Chance to receive T-shirt and win prizes.

Abstract submissions for the 30th Annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium are due April 13. Over $1,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top student talks and posters. The symposium takes place May 17 and features keynote speaker George Stark, Distinguished Scientist of the Lerner Research Institute and a genetics professor at the university.


Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES), The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Career Center are hosting the ACES Speaker Series. At 5 p.m. on April 4 in Nord Hall, Room 310B, Dorothy Miller will discuss "The Big Picture: A Macro Look at Gender in Science and Engineering Fields, in the University and Beyond (and Why You Should Care)." Miller is the director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women.

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April 3, 2007

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Case in the News

University presidents, take notes

American Public Media, April 3, 2007
Lawrence Krauss, Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and professor of astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, lectures that universities aren't really businesses, and that university presidents who act as high-powered CEOs and run them like they are risk faculty revolts.

Hardware connects brain to computer and thought to function, giving hope to quadriplegics

Columbus Dispatch, April 3, 2007
BrainGate might someday allow an amputee to move a prosthetic arm or leg. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland say they think they can use the technology to help people with injured spinal cords move their paralyzed limbs.

Freshmen finding way to Kenyon

Mount Vernon News, April 2, 2007
When choosing a college or university, prospective students and their parents take more than dollars and cents and the bottom line into consideration. Case Western Reserve University is the second-most expensive (college) in Ohio, at $43,846.

Nyack High School musicians to debut at Carnegie Hall

The Journal News, April 3, 2007
Four years ago, they were an after-school club. This Sunday, the Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra debuts at Carnegie Hall. The group includes violinist Michelle Cheng, who will be attending Case Western Reserve University as a double major in performance and music education.

Higher Ed News

ETS aborts new GRE

Inside Higher Ed, April 3, 2007
Sometimes product overhauls never quite work. On Monday, the Educational Testing Service announced that plans to use an overhauled Graduate Record Examination, starting in September, have been abandoned.

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