Case Western Reserve's Distinguished Lecturer Explores Creativity and Madness on March 18


Was the poet Lord Byron right when he said "we of the craft are all crazy"? Is the creativity found in the visual arts and words rooted in psychological suffering? Best-selling author and psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison will explore "Creativity and Madness" in her talk as Case Western Reserve University's eminent speaker for its Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture Series. The free public lecture program will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave.

"Kay Jamison is plainly among the few who have a profound understanding of the relationship that exists between art and madness," said William Styron, the late award-winning author of Sophie's Choice who struggled with depression throughout his life.

Jamison has made the best-seller lists with An Unquiet Mind (1995). In her memoir, she went public with her personal and professional struggles to conquer the extreme mood swings of manic-depression and offers hopes to those with the illness and their families. Read more.

Waters is Keynote for Today's Stokes Symposium

Maxine Waters

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), considered an outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the economically disadvantaged, will deliver the keynote address at 5 today for Case Western Reserve University's annual free, public forum on public service.

Waters will be featured at the university's Annual Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium, which will take place in the Allen Memorial Medical Library. She is the first woman to deliver the keynote for the Stokes Symposium, now in its fifth year.

Following her remarks, audience members will be able to engage in a question-and-answer session with Waters, and two Case Western Reserve faculty members will provide brief reaction statements. Read more.

Medical School to Study Genetic Predisposition for Alzheimer's, Needs Participants


Researchers at the University Memory and Aging Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center are conducting a multi-site, National Institutes of Health-funded study of genetic risk assessment for Alzheimer's disease that likely will help uncover the promise--and perils--of personalized genetic medicine.

The center is looking for a total of 70 people to participate in the study in which subjects will be tested for a genetic variation that has been associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's. "In addition to helping people manage the risks associated with Alzheimer's disease, this study also may begin to address potential limitations of personalized genetic medicine," said Peter J. Whitehouse, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve. Read more.

Campus News

The Center for Community Partnerships is seeking holiday donations to benefit youngsters who attend Daniel E. Morgan Elemetary School in Cleveland. The campus community is asked to participate in Operation Snowflake by donating items such as ethnic (baby) dolls, stuffed animals, big trucks, cars, balls and/or age-appropriate board games for children in pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. All toys should be new and unwrapped. Drop off items in care of Latisha James in Nord Hall, Room 612 by December 12. Gifts will be distributed on December 21 at the school. Contact the center if interested in volunteering.

A university-wide public forum has been created by the Task Force on Diversity for the University Strategic Plan. All members of the university community, including alumni and people in surrounding neighborhoods, are invited to post. Posts to this forum can be read by anyone with a Case ID, and will be sent via e-mail to Beth McGee, chair of the task force and faculty diversity officer.

For Faculty & Staff

Case Western Reserve University's open enrollment period for selecting 2008 benefits continues on the PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) system through 8 p.m., Friday November 30. Vendor applications, which are required if changes are made in coverage elections, must be received in the human resources office by 5 p.m., December 7. Human resources representatives and computer terminals to use for enrolling are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through November 30 in Crawford Hall, Room 209. If no changes are necessary for benefit elections for 2008, enter the open enrollment tool through HCM and click on the "I have no changes" button. Direct questions by e-mail to Benefits Administration or call the Benelect Hotline, 368-1234.

The Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (TDA), otherwise known as a Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRA), provides a way for employees to contribute to a retirement account on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction. The limits for calendar year 2008 are unchanged from 2007: For calendar year 2008, employees can contribute up to $15,500; employees aged 50 or older in 2008, can contribute up to an additional $5,000; and employees with more than 15 or more years of service may be eligible to contribute up to an additional $3,000. Call Sharon Fleischer at 368-6693 for more information.

For Students

Students applying to be a resident assistant for the 2008-09 year can attend the Career Services program on resume writing at noon on Tuesday, November 27 in Clapp Hall, Room 108. Applications and the selection timeline are available on the housing Web site. Send any questions to the housing office.


The Case Global Medical Initiative's program, "Healing the United States' Health care System--Lessons from Around the World," will take place at 7 p.m., November 27 with a free showing of the Michael Moore movie Sicko in Strosacker Auditorium. Join the group at 6 p.m., November 28 in Thwing Center ballroom for a benefit dinner and panel discussion. Presale tickets are $5 each; $7 at the door. Purchase in Nord Hall atrium. Questions? Send e-mail to Neeraja Krishnaswamy.

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 26, 2007

A daily newsletter published by the Office of Marketing & Communications, Case Western Reserve University. Submit items for inclusion to:

Case in the News

MetroHealth doctors test powerful new CT 'super scanner'

The Plain Dealer, November 25, 2007
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine radiologists David Rosenblum and Pedro Diaz comment about a new "super scanner" designed to take virtual tours of the body to detect diseases and injury.

Researchers end debate over fractal analysis of authentication of Pollock's art

Science Daily, November 26, 2007
Story cites the research of Case Western Reserve University physicists and scientists that has brought some closure to the debate regarding the authenticity of art work by Jackson Pollock.

Case's Calderone kicks back into gear yet again

The Plain Dealer, November 24, 2007
Profile on Case Western Reserve University football player Brian Calderone, a junior defensive end, whose skills and leadership contributed to his team's winning season.

Higher Ed News

Doctorates to minority-group members increased in 2006, new report says

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 26, 2007 (subscription required)
Twenty percent of the more than 26,000 research doctorates awarded to U.S. citizens by American universities in 2006 went to members of minority groups, according to a newly released report sponsored by a cross-section of federal agencies.

Big rise in cost of birth control on campuses

The New York Times, November 22, 2007
In health centers at hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, young women are paying sharply higher prices for prescription contraceptives because of a change in federal law.

Other Events

All Events >>