Marixa Lasso's Visa Problems Over


Stranded in Panama since July, Marixa Lasso, assistant professor of history, got word that her visa problems have ended.

Jonathan Sadowsky, chair of the Department of History, sent out an e-mail message to university colleagues late yesterday. "In case you have not yet heard, I am happy and relieved to say that Marixa was issued her visa today. She will stay in Panama until January to fulfill the terms of her Fulbright, but will be back in time for spring classes," he said. Sadowsky added that Lasso is "very appreciative" of the efforts and support of her colleagues and the university administration.

Lasso's problems began July 12 when she went to the United States Embassy in Panama for an interview about her visa so she could return to campus and also resume her married life with her husband of seven months, Jim Raden. She was told she would be granted a visa, but 20 minutes later received a telephone call from the American Consulate informing her that her visa approval would be subject to a delay of an unspecified length of time. Read more.

Campus News

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing continues to academically support Case Western Reserve University's Ph.D. program in Nursing as well as a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, or DNP. The Ph.D. in Nursing program at the Bolton School is one of the first doctoral programs of nursing to gain international recognition. The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) is the new name for the Bolton School's practice doctorate, previously known as the N.D. (Nursing Doctorate). In October of 2004, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing published a position statement (based on the recommendations of a national task force) stating that the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) be the degree associated with practice-focused doctoral nursing education. Read more for additional information.

Homecoming and Alumni Weekend is October 4-7, and there are several activities the campus community can participate in. October 5 is Blue and White Day, and the campus community is invited to wear school colors and Spartan gear. Convertible or vintage vehicle owners are invited to participate in the October 6 Homecoming Parade. And campus departments can join in the celebration by decorating or posting Homecoming signs for a chance to enter a Spirit Contest. The winning department will win a pizza party sponsored by Wackadoo's. For more details about registering a vehicle for the parade and additional information about these events, call the Student Activities and Leadership Office at 368-2679, or send e-mail to Colleen Barker-Williamson.

The Kelvin Smith Library Open House 2007 will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., October 3. Open house features displays of services, resources, spaces and more. See GIS, top Web sites, tour the Freedman Center, check out ILLiad, OhioLINK and more. Food, fun, gifts, prizes and a showcase of the library's best. More details on the KSL NewsBlog.

For Faculty & Staff

Human resources is offering free flu shots to faculty and staff from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., October 30 in Crawford Hall, Room 209. No appointments are necessary. A limited supply of doses will be available; any remaining quantities will be offered during the Annual Benefits Fair on November 13. Further information will be distributed in the coming weeks.

For Students

The American Medical Student Association is sponsoring the second annual Health Professions Fair at the university's Thwing Center ballroom on October 12. Over 40 medical, pharmacy, public health, podiatry, vet, natural medicine and graduate health programs and schools will be represented.


"Silenced Democracy," featuring Ted Gup, investigative reporter and a journalism professor at Case Western Reserve University, takes place at 7 tonight at the American Civil Liberties Union's Max Wohl Center, 4506 Chester Ave. Gup will examine the culture of excessive secrecy that has challenged the nation's ideals of democracy. Free, but RSVP at (216) 472-2220 or via e-mail.

The School of Law's Lecture Series continues throughout the month of October, featuring some of the world's most sought-after speakers and authors sharing their expertise on important legal topics. Read more for specific dates, times and topics.

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.

October 2, 2007

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Case in the News

Federal spending on research trailed inflation in 2006

Chronicle of Higher Education, issue dated October 5, 2007 (subscription required)
Federal spending for academic research and development fell in the 2005-6 fiscal year, after adjusting for inflation, for the first time in nearly 25 years, the National Science Foundation said in a report released last week. There were two big exceptions, including Case Western Reserve University, which leaped 20 places, to 24th.

Local universities weave way into blogosphere

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 1, 2007 (subscription required)
Some local colleges and universities are making their mark in the blogosphere. Case Western Reserve University has a robust university blogging network at that currently hosts about 1,300 blogs, said Jeremy Smith, middleware engineer at the university.

Taking aim

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 1, 2007 (subscription required)
Local college officials are taking a hard look at what they can do to prevent a tragedy like the one at Virginia Tech. Dick Jamieson, the university's vice president of campus services, comments.

Higher Ed News

Student loans sow seeds of economic ills

USA TODAY, October 1, 2007
The near doubling in the cost of a college degree the past decade has produced an explosion in high-priced student loans that could haunt the U.S. economy for years.

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