Inamori Center Sets Date for Inamori Prize, Announces Newsletter, Upcoming Programs

Kazuo Inamori

Case Western Reserve University's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is launching a monthly newsletter and ethics blog. The most current information on the new forums—and the first details on the inaugural Inamori Prize ceremony—is available online.

The Inamori Prize, which honors outstanding international ethical leaders, will be awarded September 4, 2008, during a ceremony in Severance Hall. In addition, the prize recipient will present a lecture and participate in a campus symposium and related events.

In addition to the newsletter and blog, the center is developing several forums for ethical discussion, including "What are the Ethical Responsibilities of Journalists?" Friday, November 16, 2007, at 12:30 p.m. in the Inamori Center on the ground floor of Crawford Hall. This discussion will address such questions as, what are the boundaries of the "need to know?" How does a journalist deal with information that was obtained unethically, and what is the appropriate use of blogs by journalists?

Also, "Eugenics 2007: Is the Customer Always Right?" will take place Wednesday, December 5, at 5 p.m. in Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Library. This forum is related to the exhibit "Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race" at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood, Ohio. This forum will address the ethical issues arising from genetic manipulation and the options available as a result of the ability to identify specific genes before or anytime after birth.

For more information about events and forums related to the Inamori Center visit its Web site.

Suchitra Nelson

Researchers Explore Low Birth Weight, Oral Health Problems

Suchitra Nelson, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine associate professor, will lead a team of researchers in a $1.7 million, four-year study from the National Institute of Craniofacial Dental Research (NICDR) of the National Institutes of Health. They will study babies born weighing three pounds or less to see if low birth weight babies are predisposed to oral health problems that might have an impact on dental care. Read more.

American Music Masters Conference to Examine Life, Music of Jerry Lee Lewis

Register online now to learn more about the "devil" inside the life and music of Jerry Lee Lewis during the American Music Masters conference, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, in the Wolstein auditorium of the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building on campus. The conference, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, is free for Case students.

Jerry Lee Lewis Poster

Lewis's sister, Linda Gail Lewis, a singer and author of the autobiography, The Devil, Me and Jerry Lee, will open the conference. Award-winning author Peter Guralnick, who has written on Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke and a variety of other rock 'n' roll figures, will give the morning's keynote address.

Other participants include musicians Cowboy Jack Clement and Ken Lovelace, both of whom worked with Lewis; Knox Phillips, son of the founder of Sun Records, where Lewis recorded some of his biggest hits; rockabilly great Sleepy LaBeef; and Lewis associates J.W. Whitten and Cecil Harrison. Rockabilly artists Billy Lee Riley and Narvel Felts will close out the day with a discussion and musical demonstration.

Registration is required. Those who do not have a Case student ID may purchase tickets online. To learn more, visit the Web site or call (216) 368-6280.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University's Police and Security Services is sponsoring free rape aggression self defense classes for women from 1-5 p.m., November 11 and 18 at Wade Commons. E-mail Beth Mandl for more information.

A Faculty Forum focusing on the topic of "University and Cleveland Community Relations" begins at 12:30 p.m., November 9 at Schmitt Auditorium. Moderated by Cyrus Taylor, College of Arts and Sciences dean, the faculty forum is a semesterly event that aims to bring students and faculty together in a meaningful discussion and debate about current issues impacting the campus community.

Charles Bromley, a SAGES fellow, will be a guest speaker for the "Foreclosure Crisis - Shaping the Consumer Response" from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., November 9 at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. He and other experts will discuss fair lending and anti-predatory lending strategies. $30 conference fee includes continental breakfast and lunch; students can attend for free with university ID. To register or for more details, call (216) 431-6070.

For Faculty & Staff

UCITE, the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education, is sponsoring "Teaching Students to Give Presentations," from noon to 1 p.m., November 8 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The workshop will examine ways for instructors to both help coach their students on how to give good presentations and to devise better means of assessing student presentations. Pizza lunch provided. Register online, or by calling UCITE at 368-1224.

Upcoming Supervisory Education and Excellence Development (SEED) workshops will focus on the university's hiring and employment practices, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., November 14 and 29 in Nord Hall. The seminar will focus on job descriptions and evaluation processes, behavioral interviewing, reference checks, hiring, and employment laws. All supervisors and hiring managers are invited to attend. Register by e-mail.

For Students

"Should Case Ban Cell Phones and Laptops in Class?" will be the topic for an open forum during the Community Hour from 12:30-1:45 p.m., November 9 in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The discussion will be moderated by Deborale Richardson-Bouie, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; William Deal, professor of religious studies; and Demetrius Colvin, an undergraduate student. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by the Share the Vision Committee and the Undergraduate Student Government.

Graduate students are invited to attend a fun evening out during "Grad Night Out 2007," taking place from 7-11 p.m., November 8 at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood. Free food, drinks, bowling and more. Transportation provided.

Interested in finding out what it's like to be a medical school student? Find out at "Get in the Know: The Ins and Outs of the Medical School Admissions Process," from 5-6:30 p.m., November 8 at the Thwing Center Spartan Room. Presented by Christian Essman, director of admissions at the Case School of Medicine, and students from the Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Society.


The Society of Plastics Engineers is hosting Barry Farmer, a Case Western Reserve and Case Institute of Technology alumnus, who is now a chief scientist with the United States Air Force's Materials and Manufacturing division. He will speak on his experiences working as a researcher beginning at 11:30 a.m., November 8 in the Kent Hale Smith Building, Room 119. Food will be served. For more information, send e-mail to Marie Marinan.

The Mather Dance Center will launch its centennial year with the fall concert, "Milestone," beginning November 9 at the dance center, 11040 Bellflower Road. The concert features a diverse mix of new and restaged choreography by the university's distinguished dance program faculty and guest artists. Admission price and complete details available online.

The symposium, "Terrorism in Europe: The 'German Autumn' of 1977 after Thirty Years," continues through November 8. The program will revisit the wave of terrorism that swept across Germany through a series of lectures, films and discussions. Read more.

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.

November 7, 2007

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve secures $6.37M grant

Crain's Cleveland Business, November 7, 2007
Case Western Reserve University's medical school and University Hospitals Case Medical Center have received a $6.37 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to find new ways to treat psoriasis.

Notebook: First timer

NCAA Sports, November 6, 2007
Case Western Reserve University won its first outright University Athletic Association championship in school history following a 35-27 win over Washington (Mo.) last weekend. Head coach Greg Debeljak is quoted.

Nitric oxide helps high-altitude survival

United Press International November 6, 2007
U.S. researchers -- including several from Case Western Reserve University -- have discovered that high blood levels of nitric oxide allow people to live at high altitudes where air has low levels of oxygen.

Higher Ed News

Beyond rankings: A new way to look for a college

USA TODAY, November 6, 2007
While many popular college guides focus on things like SAT scores of incoming freshmen, or a college's party-school reputation, the National Survey of Student Engagement seeks to gauge the quality of an undergraduate education by looking at how actively involved students are with their studies, professors and the campus community.

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