Case Western Reserve University Basketball Team Heads to Brazil

brazil_large.jpg The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball program will do something it has not done in more than 20 years when it travels out of the country this month to play the sport that brings them together. This trip will not only jumpstart the 2007–2008 season, but it will also play a major role in recruiting and showing the world that Case Western Reserve is an opportune place for student-athletes to develop academically and athletically.

"I believe our team will benefit from this trip in three ways," said head coach Sean McDonnell. "From a competitive standpoint, it allows us to practice before we travel and while we travel, compete against some outstanding teams. Secondly, I think it helps create some great camaraderie, chemistry and team cohesion. Thirdly, it provides our players with a glimpse of what life is like outside the United State as they learn about another culture. The 12-member team and coaching staff will leave August 12 for a two-week visit. Read more.

Campus Advisory

The campus community is asked to proceed with caution today in light of the heavy rainfall earlier this morning. Some roadways leading to campus and some parking garages experienced temporary flooding, though nothing has occurred to impede normal campus operations. Even as the water recedes in these and other areas, campus members are advised to travel about the campus with care. For updates on the weather, visit the Case Weather Station.

Campus News

The Mood Disorders Program at Case Medical Center is beginning a project with the Ohio National Guard and needs volunteers to participate in a brief, one-time interview to help its study staff gain experience with rating assessments. Compensation provided. To volunteer and to learn more, call James Pontau at 216-844-2863 or Emily Caldes at 216-844-2869. Case Medical Center is a partnership between the School of Medicine and University Hospitals.

For Faculty & Staff

The Staff Advisory Council is accepting nominations for representatives .from the School of Dental Medicine, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, School of Nursing and University and Academic Administration. Eligibility for membership on the council is defined as all regular, full- or part-time, exempt and non-exempt, non-faculty employees of the university with at least six months of service. Staff members may nominate themselves or another member of the staff from those departments. Nominations are open through August 15. The election will take place beginning August 27. Send nominations by e-mail to Kathryn Howard.

For Students

The Career Center encourages students to take advantage of the summer. It is an opportune time to explore employers, internships/jobs, career fields and graduate schools, and network with alumni or other contacts. Learn more in the Guide to Using Your Time Wisely.

Welcome President Snyder: Join undergraduate and graduate students as they welcome our newest member to the university family during the Community Hour. Sponsored by the Student Executive Council and the Graduate Student Senate, the event will be from noon to 2 p.m., August 31 on Freiberger Field. Lunch provided. All Case students, faculty and staff are welcome.


Case School of Engineering Dean Norman Tien will serve as a panelist at the next Corporate Club at Landerhaven Series Luncheon beginning at noon on August 9. The topic is "Looking Back, Moving Forward." Learn more and register online.

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.

August 7, 2007

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Case in the News

Case to partner in $6.5 million project to help paralyzed people

Crain's Cleveland Business, August 7, 2007
Case Western Reserve University, Brown University and Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc., a biotechnology firm in Foxborough, Mass., have received a five-year, $6.5 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to help persons with paralysis learn how to function better.

Bridge collapse validates fears

The Plain Dealer, August 4, 2007
Psychiatrists call it gephyrobia -- an irrational fear of crossing bridges. Matig R. Mavissakalian, director of the Phobia and Anxiety Disorder Clinic at Case Western Reserve University, comments about this and other common phobias in the aftermath of the bridged that collapsed in Minneapolis.

Spinoff machines rev up

Boston, August 7, 2007
Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments about the increase in university-based startups.

UD, six other schools get nearly $2 million for clean-coal research

Dayton Daily News, August 7, 2007
Case Western Reserve University is one of seven Ohio universities and colleges to share in $1.98 million in state funding for clean-coal research.

Higher Ed News

Oriented toward safety

Inside Higher Ed August 7, 2007
Laptop theft, underage drinking and sexual assault are the typical crimes that are discussed at college orientations, but some institutions, hoping to answer questions before parents ask them, are adding detailed campus safety briefings -- for both students and parents -- to their introductory programs.

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