Happy Zoo Animals Drives Case, Zoo Research in Cleveland


Mokolo, a Cleveland Metroparks Zoo gorilla, sits as quietly as a Rodin "Thinker." Elena Hoellein, a Case Western Reserve University biology graduate student, also appears as pensive, but is actually recording every move 19-year-old Mokolo and his companion, 22-year-old Bebac, make --some behaviors so subtle that many zoo visitors miss them.

Meanwhile, Grace Fuller, also a graduate biology student, observes infant and juvenile interactions in two family groups of guenon monkeys, while Jenni Mueller, who is the only Case biology graduate student not studying primates, records the movements of elephants and rhinoceroses.

These graduate students and undergraduates from biology are engaged in a unique research and education collaboration with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo that holds potential for better understanding how to manage and care for wild animals in captivity.

While most graduate students have offices and labs around the university's campus, these students are housed in the Sarah Allison Steffee Center for Zoological Medicine under the direction of their graduate advisor Kristen Lukas, curator of conservation and science at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and an adjunct professor in the biology department. Read more.

Campus News

Faculty, staff and students, save the date: The 2007 Party on the Quad will be held from 3-6 p.m. on July 20 on the main quad (rain site Adelbert Gym). This year's theme is Case Reality TV, featuring Case Idol (singing contest), a dance contest, the "Who's Smarter than a Clevelander" trivia game, and a hula hoop contest. Featuring music, food and fun for all. To register for the singing or dance contest, send e-mail to Elaine Barney, or call 368-6018. Sponsored by the Department of Human Resources, in partnership with the Staff Advisory Council.

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting free online workshops throughout the summer with world-renowned faculty from the organizational behavior department to explore leadership and organizational change. The first workshop will be held from 4-6 p.m. on June 20, featuring Richard Boyatzis as he speaks about emotional intelligence and his best-selling book on resonant leadership. Register online.

For Faculty & Staff

Hossein Sadid, the university's chief financial and administrative officer, invites all faculty and staff to join him in an informal reception to say good luck and farewell to Tony Kinslow, vice president for human resources, from 3-5 p.m. on June 22 at SAGES, located on the first level of Crawford Hall. Kinslow is joining the University of Texas, Arlington as vice president of human resources. RSVP by June 18 to Nancy Wheelock.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.


The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing presents "The Art and Soul of Nursing: A Celebration", an event paying tribute to Dean May L. Wykle and other distinguished leaders in the field of nursing on June 22 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Proceeds will benefit a professorship named after Wykle.

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

Et al

Two law school students will spend the summer serving with nonprofit public interest law organizations as a part of the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program. Jennifer Becker and Marc Epstein will each earn a $1,000 education award voucher through this national AmeriCorps-funded program.

Eckhard Jankowsky, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher and an assistant professor of biochemistry, was recently selected as one of 16 nationwide award winners for the Burroughs Wellcome Award for Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, worth $500,000 over five years.

Karen Olness, a pediatrics and family medicine professor at the School of Medicine, was recently named as a recipient of the University of Minnesota Medical School's Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their local, regional or national community through medical practice, teaching, research or other humanitarian activities.

June 15, 2007

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Case in the News

FPs fulfill professional goals, patient needs with house calls

American Family Physician, June 13, 2007
Steven Landers, director of the House Call Program operated by Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical, is featured in a story about doctors making house calls to better serve patients.

Case law students assist in war-crimes trial

Cleveland Jewish News, June 15, 2007
This article highlights the Case Western Reserve University School of Law students -- along with Professor Michael Scharf --who provided research for the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia.

Swagelok improves stainless steel hardness

Design News, June 12, 2007
This article highlights new methods from Swagelok Co., well known for its products in fluid systems. Swagelok has a development partnership with Case Western Reserve University.

Westinghouse Women in Nuclear Awards first scholarship to Melanie Worek of Kiski Area High School

Earth Times, June 12, 2007
The Westinghouse Electric Company chapter of Women in Nuclear awarded its first ever scholarship to Melanie Worek, who will use the award to help finance her education at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

More grads opt to serve the poor

USA Today, June 15, 2007
Recent college graduates are seeking community service jobs, where they can learn marketable skills while doing work they find meaningful. For many, it offers a chance to test out a career before settling into one.

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