Case Western Reserve University's Hrinda Finalist for Prestigous NCAA Award

hrinda.jpgCase Western Reserve University graduate student-athlete Stephen Hrinda, a member of the cross country and track and field teams, is one of six finalists for the 2007 Walter Byers Scholarship Award, as announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Walter Byers Scholarship is one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA hands out to student-athletes.

Hrinda received a bachelor's degree in biology in May 2006. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration and public health.

"To be honest, I never really believed that I had a chance to make it to this stage in the process because I considered being chosen to represent Case for the Walter Byers Scholarship as an honor in itself," said Hrinda. Read more.

Security Alert

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services has issued an off-campus security alert for April 24, 2007. For more information, read the entire alert.

Campus News

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Case Medical Center are conducting a study called REVEAL (Risk Evaluation and Education in Alzheimer Disease) to learn about the best ways to provide Alzheimer's genetic risk information and to explore how people respond to learning this information. Anyone over age 18 who is interested in receiving a genetic risk assessment for Alzheimer's disease is eligible to participate. E-mail Melissa Butson or call 216-844-6329 for details.

Students and faculty are invited to hear a presentation with keynote speaker Bryan Palaszewski of NASA Glenn, who will discuss "The Human Journey to Mars," beginning at 11:15 a.m. on April 26 in room 421 of the Glennan Building. Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP by e-mail for the event.

Case Celebrates Recovery! is a free, open event to celebrate those in the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art and neighboring Cleveland community who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, as well as raise awareness about the topic. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., April 27 in Thwing Center ballroom and will feature free food, live music from the Wild Eyed Boys, keynote speakers and prizes.

The Thwing Center Postal Substation will be closed on Friday, May 4. The station will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, May 7.

For Faculty & Staff

The new online course evaluation system for undergraduate, graduate and nursing courses is open for student input through May 2. Faculty are reminded to encourage their students to complete course evaluations online. By logging into the MyCase portal and using the "Course Evaluation Results" hyperlinks under the faculty tab, faculty members can monitor the response rates for their courses. Alternately, faculty may access the system directly by using as the URL. Course evaluation results will be available in raw form beginning May 14.

For Students

An alcohol and drug clinic is being held today from 2-4 p.m. on the second floor of University Health Services. No appointment or registration is necessary. Students are invited to stop by and talk with counselors if they are concerned about substance abuse issues.

The SAGES Peer Writing Crew is available online for grammatical questions, thesis help, and additional writing advice.


A classics lecture, "Nero's Cultural Politics," with guest speaker Niall Slater of Emory University, begins at 4 today in Clark Hall, Room 206.

Eldred Theater concludes its 2006-07 main stage season with William Shakespeare's comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Performances continue this week with shows at 8 p.m., April 26-28, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m., April 29. Jerrold Scott, associate professor of theater and dance, directs the 15-member ensemble. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and university employees, and $5 for students. Call the Eldred Theater Box Office at 368-6262.

Semiotics Circle, a new discussion group, will hold a meeting from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m., May 7 (changed from April 30) in Crawford Hall, Room 618. Semiology -- the study of signs and symbols -- is a field of inquiry with a wide range of applications, from art history to artificial intelligence to linguistics and biology. The new group will meet every other Monday, and both beginners and experts are invited. For more details, contact Jessica McGuiness or Per Aage Brandt.

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

In Memoriam

Janett Mullins, who worked at the Kelvin Smith Library until last year, died April 19 following a prolonged illness. She began her career at the university in the mid-1970s, working in the Freiberger and Sears libraries. She eventually went on to work in the Office of Collegiate Affairs/Undergraduate Studies from 1993-1995, the Office of Annual Giving and Development from 1996-1998, and in the Kelvin Smith Library from 1998 through 2006. The Mullins family will receive visitors from 4-7 today at E. F. Boyd & Sons, 2165 East 89th St. Funeral services will be held on April 25 at the Elizabeth Baptist Church, 8501 Holton Ave. in Cleveland, with a 6 p.m. wake followed by a 6:30 p.m. funeral. Cards and notes sent to KSL Administration, Room 212 (LC: 7151) will be forwarded to the family.

April 24, 2007

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Case in the News

No pregnant pause

USA Today, April 24, 2007
This op-ed focuses on research pioneers such as James Clapp, emeritus professor of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University, and others who have found that exercise is safe for pregnant moms and their unborn babies.

Changes in medical school classrooms

WKSU News, April 23, 2007
Several researchers and students from Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine discuss the new case inquiry group program and changes in teaching methods for new doctors. The program is a two-part series.

Doctors advised to say 'sorry'

Columbus Dispatch, April 23, 2007
For years, practicing medicine in Ohio meant never having to say you're sorry. But more and more states are passing laws that allow doctors to acknowledge mistakes without fear of lawsuits. Ohio passed its law in 2004. At Case Western Reserve University, medical students learn during their first month how to talk to patients and their families about mistakes.

Higher Ed News

Senators discuss preventing college attack

New York Times, April 24, 2007
Lawmakers began weighing ways Monday to prevent more tragedies on college campuses in a hastily convened Senate hearing a week after the shootings in Virginia. The hearing explored the adequacy of campuses' mental health resources, security plans and communications systems.

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