Internationally Renowned Artist's Abstract Sculpture Added to Campus Collection


Case Western Reserve University recently celebrated the dedication of Inner Circle, a sculpture by internationally recognized artist David Deming, president and CEO of the Cleveland Institute of Art. The circular abstract piece in stainless steel is the 35th artwork – and the third piece from an artist at the institute – commissioned for the John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection on the university campus.

Deming said he has been fascinated with the many meanings of rocking and "the cycle of motion" in art. While he has created a few kinetic works that move, he stated "that capturing the essence of movement is more important to me than creating real movement." Inner Circle's brushed textured surface continually reflects the changing light angles, giving an elevated sense of motion to the fixed work. Read more.

Brew Named Finalist for Football Player of the Year, Second-round Playoff Game to be Simulcast


Tom Brew from Mentor, Ohio, a senior linebacker on the Case Western Reserve University football team, has been named one of the 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the outstanding football player in the NCAA Division III.

This season, Brew led the Spartans to an undefeated regular season (10-0) and the first playoff win in Case Western Reserve history. The Spartans take on Wabash College in the second round of the Division III National Championship at noon, Saturday, November 24 at Case Field.


The university's Office of Student Affairs and Undergraduate Student Government will provide free admission for undergraduate students. Adult tickets for the NCAA Division III playoff game are $8. In addition, the Silver Spartan Diner will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Starbucks at the Village at 115 will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on game day.

The game will be simulcast (audio and video) live on the university's athletics Web site.

A national committee will announce the winner of the Gagliardi Trophy on December 15. Fans can vote online for their favorite finalist up until December 4.

Campus News

Case Daily will not publish on Thursday or Friday, November 22 and 23, due to the university observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Publication will resume on Monday, November 26.

The Department of Ophthalmology is conducting an Extended Wear Contact Lens Research Study. Healthy contact lens candidates are needed to sleep in Night & Day soft contact lenses for one year and must meet at least one of the following qualifications: new contact lens wearer; of Asian ethnicity; aged 15-21 years old. Participants must live locally during study period. All study visits and contact lenses will be provided. Call (216) 844-8552 to enroll.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity's fall workshop series continues with "Making Whiteness Visible," from noon to 1 p.m., November 27 and 29 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Participants must sign up for both sessions. Attendees will view Shakti Butler's film Making Whiteness Visible, which explores the concept of white privilege through the lens of several white anti-racism advocates. Register via e-mail to facilitator Erica Merritt, or by phone at 368-4786.

For Faculty & Staff

Faculty, staff and students are invited to check out university-owned apartments as a living option. Read more for listings and additional information.

For Students

Undergraduate students planning to graduate soon are invited to find out more about the Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Science in Management in Finance. The Department of Banking and Finance will host two information sessions with free lunch: November 27 in Nord Hall, Room 310B, and November 29 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Both sessions are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register online.

Amnesty International at Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Institute of Art is hosting its annual free concert, Jamnesty, from 9 p.m. to midnight, November 28 at the Spot. The concert will feature the bands To Be a High Powered Executive and Folktronica. The event will raise awareness about the plight of former child soldiers in Uganda. Donations will be accepted. More details available online or by e-mailing Tony Foster.


The Global Medical Initiative's "Healing the U.S. Health Care System: Lessons from Around the World," events take place next week. At 7 p.m., November 27, the group will present a free showing of the movie Sicko in Strosacker Auditorium. Beginning at 6 p.m., November 28 in Thwing ballroom, there will be a benefit dinner featuring a panel of speakers representing world health care systems. Tickets are $5 in advance (sold at Nord Hall), $7 at the door. Questions: Send e-mail to Neeraja Krishnaswamy.

The Master of Public Health program will be hosting the first MPH Student Capstone Presentation Day, in which five graduating students will be presenting the results of their Capstone Projects, from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 26 in the BRB lobby and BRB Room 105. Keynote speaker will be Bernard Goldstein, dean emeritus and professor from the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, who will be presenting, "Credentialing Public Health: Professionals in a Changing World." Details: Send e-mail to Laura Santurri.

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 21, 2007

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Case in the News

Scientists replicate stem cells

News & Observer November 21, 2007
Researchers from Japan and Wisconsin reported Tuesday that they had reprogrammed mature human cells to behave almost exactly like embryonic stem cells, a biological breakthrough that recasts the field's ethical, scientific and economic landscape. Insoo Hyun, a bioethicist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Chamomile targets cancer cells

Cancer Monthly November 20, 2007
Research is finding that chamomile might prove a powerful tool against cancer. Chamomile contains two active components that might potentially play a role in cancer cell death: a natural antioxidant called apigenin, and essential oils. Sanjay Gupta, associate professor in the Department of Urology at Case Western Reserve University and the study's author, comments.

Akron provides guide for college tech transfer

Crain's Cleveland Business November 19, 2007 (subscription required)
The University of Akron has tripled the revenue it receives from technologies invented at the university, and Cleveland State University and Kent State University are looking to follow its lead. The article notes that Case Western Reserve University, the technology transfer leader among local universities, set a revenue record in fiscal year 2007 with $11.2 million in royalties and licensing fees. Joe Jankowski, assistant vice president for biomedical sciences in the tech transfer office, is quoted.

Higher Ed News

Lawmakers take aim at college costs

USA TODAY, November 20, 2007
Democrats and Republicans are pushing measures that would go further than ever before to control college costs. Some proposals would reward schools that control their costs and cast an unflattering spotlight on those that don't. Others would require schools with multibillion endowments to use more of that money to lower tuition.

Majoring in mailroom management

New York Times, November 21, 2007
There was the ant farm, the air-conditioner, the barbecue grill. Then there was the chalk, pool cues and pool balls, and the car tires and a bumper. These are just some of the items delivered recently to mailrooms at universities across the country, a reflection of students' tastes and online shopping habits.

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