Medical Student is Fulbright Scholar

Nigeria will be the site of Blessing Igboeli's work as a Fulbright Student

Blessing Igboeli, a third-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, has been selected to represent the United States as a Fulbright student grantee in Nigeria through the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

The grant is made possible through funds that are appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress and in part by partner countries and/or the private sector.

"This is a unique opportunity to delve into an area that will help to alleviate silent suffering. I feel truly humbled to have received such a prestigious fellowship," said Igboeli.

She will spend nearly one year in Nigeria, working to educate young couples between the ages of 19 and 26 years old, on the causes of infertility with a focus on the preventable/treatable aspects of infertility, when identified early enough. With Nigeria home to 130 million people, it is estimated 40 million are infertile. Read more.

Campus News

When high temperatures are predicted and the possibility of an electrical overload exists, the university will proactively reduce nonessential lighting during daytime hours in public areas. Nonessential lighting includes hallways (partial), building entrances, lobbies and atriums. Public areas that receive natural lighting also will be reduced. This status will remain until conditions warrant a return to normal operating levels. Call Customer Service for Facility Operations with questions or concerns at 368-2580.

The Squire Valleevue Farm staff is asking university departments and offices to donate outdated office supplies for use with children's programs conducted at the farm. Items such as ink pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, drinking cups and more are needed. For more information about donating items, send e-mail to Ana Locci or call 368-0274.

For Faculty & Staff

The Staff Advisory Council will host a Forum on Staff Morale from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 30 in Wolstein Research Building, Room 1413 (first-floor auditorium). The intent is to have a conversation centered on finding out what is working in different areas on campus in order to build and improve morale. Lunch will be provided.

For Students

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


University Circle Inc. is sponsoring its first Charity Golf Outing featuring prizes, silent auction and more. Event will be August 9 at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake. Proceeds benefit the University Circle Police Department, which serves the campus community. Details: Call or send e-mail to Sheila Corrigan, 216-707-5035.

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

Congratulations to the following staff members whose son or daughter received a scholarship from the Staff Advisory Council and Information Technology Services to attend the icamp help at the university. Winners are Lori Shack, Sinziana Seicean, Tonya Phillips and Adel M. El-Shabasy.

Melissa Krebs, a first-year graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received a National Science Foundation Fellowship, which will provide funds to support her tuition and stipend for three years of her graduate studies at Case. In addition, she has received a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Krebs works in the lab of Eben Alsberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery.

July 27, 2007

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Case in the News

Most large firms now have gay job bias rules, report finds

Gay People's Chronicle, July 27, 2007
Case Western Reserve University is one of two Ohio institutions of higher education to have full gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender protections and domestic partner benefits.

No way to save a forest

The Cincinnati Post, July 26, 2007
Are people really that good and desire to help others? Stephen Post, professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, responds.

Higher Ed News

Off the quad

Inside Higher Ed , July 27, 2007
As many universities continue to face space squeezes, they are freeing up room for teaching and research by moving non-academic staff away from the central campus. Officials say it’s the best option given the growing demand for classroom and lab space, but some fear staff will become less connected to their institutions as they move farther away.

In Humanities, 10 years may not be enough to get a Ph.D.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2007 (subscription required)
By the time the 10th anniversary of their enrollment in a Ph.D. program has rolled around, about 57 percent of doctoral students have their terminal degrees in hand, according to new data from the Council of Graduate Schools.

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