Research by Case law students helps put former Liberian president on trial

scharf.jpg Students and faculty of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law have played a central role in the events leading to the international trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, which is set to start on June 4. Taylor will be tried by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (sitting at the International Criminal Court in the Hague) for his role in the commission of crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone, which were portrayed in the Academy Award-nominated film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The School of Law is highly regarded in the field of international law and the prosecution of war criminals. Shortly after the Special Court for Sierra Leone was established by an agreement between the United Nations and Sierra Leone in 2002, its chief prosecutor, David Crane, contacted Case law professor Michael Scharf requesting assistance. Scharf, a former U.S. State Department official who knew Crane from Crane's days as dean of the Army JAG School, runs the War Crimes Research Office at Case, which provides legal assistance to several international tribunals. Read more.

Campus News

Members of the campus community are invited to participate in a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a questionnaire that can be used to find out what caregiving resources (such as housing, health care, social services) can be found in a community. The university community was selected because its members live and/or work in Greater Cleveland and may know about community resources. The purpose of this research is to evaluate how useful the Community Capacity for Caregiving Index (CCCI) is to get information about what resources and services can be found in a community. This study will help to further evaluate and revise the questionnaire. Respondents do not need to be a caregiver to complete the questionnaire. The questionnaire is for new respondents; do not complete the questionnaire if it's been done in the past. Learn more.

In order to complete the Blackboard 7.1 upgrade that was postponed from May 19, the Blackboard system will be down for system maintenance from 6 p.m., Friday, June 1 to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 3. Users will not be able to access Blackboard in that period, so please plan course activities accordingly. The Blackboard system should be available again for use after 6 p.m., Sunday, June 3.

Charter Life Sciences and Triathlon Ventures, both Cincinnati-based early-stage venture capital firms specializing in bioscience-related investing, have teamed with BioEnterprise and Case Western Reserve University to present Bio Boot Camp Cleveland from 1-4 p.m., June 19 in the Wolstein Research Auditorium. The free program is open to inventors and entrepreneurs who want to learn what it takes to launch a health care technology startup business. Refer to BioEnterprise online for more details and to register.

For Faculty & Staff

UCITE announces two summer series of seminars on the Brain, Learning, and Teaching, which will be run by James Zull, professor of biology. Two back-to-back offerings of this five-seminar series will be held to discuss ideas from Zull's book, The Art of Changing the Brain; Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning. All the sessions will be from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays beginning June 5. The series will repeat on July 10. Meet in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. UCITE will provide pizza lunch and sodas at each session. Register by e-mail to UCITE or call 368-1224. Learn more.

For Students

This section will only be updated occasionally during the summer. For general university information, refer to the "Campus News" section.


The 61st annual University Book Sale sponsored by the Association for Continuing Education gets under way this weekend in Adelbert Gym. Come early to find the best selection of rare, gently used and unique books that are a bibliophile's dream. Attend the preview for $20 admission from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 2. Free and open admission will be from noon to 6 p.m. Browse and/or shop from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, June 3 and 4, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 5. Cash or check only. Call 368-2090 with questions.

May 31, 2007

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Case in the News

U.S. anti-war movement shrugs off setbacks

Reuters AlertNet, May 30, 2007
The anti-war movement in the United States has experienced a few setbacks recently. Alexander Lamis, a political analyst and an associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Pacemaker lets patient finally breathe on her own

Houston Chronicle, May 31, 2007
A Texas woman was the first in her state yesterday to receive a diaphragm pacing system. The device was invented by Raymond Onders, a surgeon affiliated with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Cosmetic surgery goes ethnic

The Canton Repository, May 31, 2007 (subscription required)
This story focuses on the increasing awareness of ethnic needs and practices in plastic surgery. Monte Harris, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, is a cofounder of the Cultura Medical Spa, a center that focuses on ethnic plastic surgery.

Higher Ed News

The next frontier

Inside Higher Ed, May 31, 2007
Study abroad programs might soon come under stricter scrutiny. A largely unregulated industry that's experienced rapid growth in recent years, study abroad programs are ripe for quality control mechanisms, said Brian Whalen, president and chief executive officer of the Forum on Education Abroad, an organization representing about 250 institutions that is beginning a voluntary self-study and external evaluation review process.

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