Inaugural Coulter-Case Lectureship on October 11 Features Alumnus James Wyant

James Wyant

James Wyant, the dean of the internationally acclaimed College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, will be the featured speaker at the Inaugural Coulter-Case Lectureship in Biomedical Engineering. Event will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, October 11 at Case Western Reserve University's Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road. The program, "From Professor to Inventor to Entrepreneur: The Excitement of High Tech Innovation" is free and open to the public.

Wyant, a 1965 graduate of the Case Institute of Technology, helped create "the Optics Valley" in Tucson, through optics research and entrepreneurship. He holds numerous patents and established WYKO Corporation, a laser interferometer company, in the early 1980s. Read more.

Read more about Wyant's education at CIT and early career.

Weeklong King Celebration Being Planned

Case Western Reserve University has begun to plan for a weeklong celebration around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in January. To honor the memory and spirit of King, some funding will be made available to schools, academic departments and student organizations to help support programs and activities throughout the week of January 21, 2008. The university will be issuing a call for proposals next week, with submissions due October 29. Details are forthcoming.

Campus News

Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations will sponsor an Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 13 in room 115 at the center. Learn about the advantages of working in the nonprofit sector, the types of jobs that are available and how a Mandel Center degree or certificate can enhance a career in this field. The center will provide a brunch. Staff and students welcome. To RSVP, call 368-6025 or visit the Mandel Center Web site for details.

The university is soliciting input from faculty, staff and students to help in planning future food service facilities on campus. Take a moment to respond to a short Campus Food Services Survey. The survey closes on October 19. Participants who provide an e-mail address will be entered into a drawing for an iPod shuffle.

For Faculty & Staff

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Community Service Committee is sponsoring its seventh annual SAC Basket Raffle fund raiser in conjunction with the Benefits Fair on November 13. Individuals, campus departments and offices can begin to prepare baskets to be raffled during the fair. Commitments are due October 22. Last year's raffle raised $6,000 for the Hunger Network of Cleveland. This year, all proceeds will benefit Restore Cleveland Hope for the Cozad-Bates House Restoration Project/Education Center. Alumna and author Joan Southgate (SAS '54) is leading the effort to convert the site into an education center. For details, send e-mail to the committee, or call Michelle Saafir, 368-3185 or Rhonda Peoples, 368-5109.

For Students

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning is sponsoring a Saturday of Service on October 13. Students are encouraged to sign up online to volunteer with Cleveland-area organizations including nature centers, senior citizen homes, youth tutoring programs and food banks. Learn more.

Science in the Circle, a program that engages sixth and seventh graders in real science, needs students to assist with set up, greeting and activities at four University Circle institutions. Hourly rate is $10. Students need to be available from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 23. For complete details, call Kathryn Kwiatkowski at 368-5075.

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will have an information session to describe the International Travel/Study spring semester courses for graduate and undergraduate students. The hourlong session begins at 12:45 p.m., October 12 at the Mandel School, Room 224. Details are online or send e-mail to Deborah Jacobson.


The annual CWRU Choral ShowCase will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 13 in Harkness Chapel. Three choral groups will participate, including the Early Music Singers directed by Ross Duffin; the University Singers directed by E. James Kotora; and the Case Concert Choir directed by Rob Dunn. Free. Learn more about the choirs.

Celebrate the appointment of Professor David Cooperrider to the Fairmount Minerals Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship.The event features a presentation by Cooperrider immediately followed by a reception. The chairing ceremony will be held from 4:30-6 p.m., Friday, October 19 in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 04. RSVP online by October 16 or call Peggy Sobul, 368-3247.

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 10, 2007

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Case in the News

Obese, pregnant? Best to restrict weight gain

South Bend Tribune, October 10, 2007
Patrick Catalano, professor of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University comments about new guidelines on weight gain for obese women who are pregnant.

Higher Ed News

2 European scientists win Nobel Prize for nanotech discovery used in computer hard drives

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 10, 2007
The Nobel Prize in Physics this year will go to two scientists, from Germany and France, who in 1988 independently discovered a magnetic phenomenon that led to the hard-disk drives used in computers today. Albert Fert, a professor at the University of Paris-Sud, and Peter Grünberg, of the German Research Center in Jülich, will share the $1.5-million prize,

Ignorance or bliss — or both?

Inside Higher Ed, October 10, 2007
Numerous groups are working at the national level to try to get college and university faculty members more involved in overseeing their campus sports programs, given the widely accepted premise that too much compromise – academic, financial and otherwise – occurs in too many programs.

File-sharing students fight copyright constraints

The New York Times, October 10, 2007
A national organization sprouting up on college campuses advocates loosening the restrictions of copyright law so that information – from software to music to research to art – can be freely shared.

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