University to host United Nations Global Compact Northeast Ohio Partnership

Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit brings U.N. to campus on November 29


More than 400 business leaders and educators from over 40 countries met on the Case Western Reserve University campus as part of a United Nations Global Compact forum in October 2006, bringing together the corporate and academic worlds in the corporate responsibility movement.

Now, the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit or BAWB is again bringing the Global Compact to campus, this time on a regional level. This first meeting of the United Nations Global Compact Northeast Ohio Network on Thursday, November 29, will mark the beginning of an opportunity to position the region as a leading hub for sustainability.

The event hosts are Chuck Fowler (MGT '90), president and CEO of Fairmount Minerals and Case board of trustees member, and David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor in Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management and founder and chair of BAWB. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the George S. Dively Building, 11240 Bellflower Road. Read more.

Inamori Center to Host Forum on Ethics of Eugenics


As James Watson, a 1962 Nobel laureate, once said, "If we could make better human beings by knowing how to add genes, why shouldn't we do it?" The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University, in conjunction with the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law, will explore that question and many others during "Eugenics 2007: Is the Customer Always Right?," a discussion of the ethical issues arising from genetic manipulation.

The forum is open to all faculty, staff and students and takes place from 5-6 p.m., December 5 in the Ford Auditorium of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Read more.

Campus News

The sixth annual Giving Tree program begins today. Be sure to stop by Thwing Center atrium to select a gift tag describing a gift to be donated to neighborhood pediatric clinics affiliated with the Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. Campus offices and departments that would like to take a group of tags should contact Maura O'Beirne-Stanko, 368-2654. Gifts should be returned to Thwing Center by December 12 for distribution.

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Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology, is hosting Mitten Mania, a community service project benefiting Cleveland elementary school students. Drop off new or gently used winter outerwear in the red boxes in Mather Memorial Building for children who cannot afford these necessities this winter. The collection concludes December 7.

For Faculty & Staff

A Money Management Education seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m., November 28 in the Inamori Center, located on the lower level of Crawford Hall. The seminar is designed for those dealing with life changes such as impending retirement and job changes. Topics include building a solid foundation for proper short- and long-term planning; tax implications of lump sum distributions; wealth coordination strategies; and asset accumulation and protection. Register by e-mail to

The second Supervisory Education and Excellence Development (SEED) program for November will focus on Hiring and Employment Practices at Case. The session takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m., November 29 in Nord Hall. The seminar will focus on job descriptions and evaluation processes, behavioral interviewing, reference checks, hiring and employment laws, among other issues. All supervisors and hiring managers are welcome to attend. Register by e-mail to SEED.


The annual Adelbert Hall Holiday Open House and Party will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Friday, December 14. All university faculty and staff (all employees) are welcome to stop by to partake of beverages, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and a specialty holiday drink. Musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music will perform during that time. If attending, RSVP by December 10 to Open House 2007.

For Students

The 34th Annual Cleveland Symposium, organized by Case Western Reserve University art history graduate students, will be held Friday, February 29, 2008. The Cleveland Symposium Committee is looking for eight works of art that focus on the nude figure to show during the evening reception. Entries must be received by November 30. Complete details are on the symposium Web site.

The Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council are accepting nominations for the November Creed and Values Awards, the last of the semester. Any student, faculty or staff member may submit nominations for a fraternity or sorority chapter or individual who has truly lived out their chapter's Creed and Values this past month. Go to the Greek Life Web site to fill out a nomination form.


Carl Pope's Bad Air Panorama

What are your thoughts, wishes and desires for the city of Cleveland? Now is your chance to speak out. Your thoughts are needed for The Mind of Cleveland, a billboard and letterpress poster project by Carl Pope, an Indianapolis-based photographer and installation artist. Pope has been commissioned by the Baker-Nord Center for Humanities at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) to create a public artwork that will be part of the humanities centers yearlong theme of "Cityscapes." Pope will give a public talk about his works at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29 in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, 2103 Cornell Road. Read more.

"Doc Opera 2007: License to Heal" will be performed at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 1 at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium. Doc Opera, now in its 23rd season, is a variety show written and performed by medical students from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University. To buy tickets or to make a donation online, refer to the Doc Opera Web site. Campus members can purchase tickets ($12 advance; $15 at the door) from noon to 2 p.m. through November 29 in the Biomedical Research Building lobby.

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 27, 2007

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Case in the News

The lowdown on doomsday: Why the public shrugs at global warming

The Wall Street, November 27, 2007 (op-ed)
Case Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler shares his views as to why some Americans and others are slow to respond to widespread reports and documentation about global warming.

Surgery helps Squirrel Hill violinist overcome epilepsy

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, November 25, 2007
Hans Lüders, professor of neurology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and director of the Epilepsy Center, comments about the surgery performed to help a musician with a rare form of epilepsy.

Creation Museum draws thousands

The Detroit Free Press, November 25, 2007
Case Western Reserve University physics professor Lawrence Krauss comments about the allure of the Creation Museum in Kentucky that is surpassing its visitation goals.

Higher Ed News

Political campaigns get personal with students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 27, 2007 (subscription required)
Credit-card companies, apartment complexes, you name it. College students are constantly barraged with unsolicited advertisements. As political campaigns look to corral young voters, those calls could be a harbinger of things to come in 2008: Campaigns going after students through contact information that public colleges are required to release.

When e-mail is outsourced

Inside Higher Ed, November 27, 2007
In 1998, Dartmouth College was at the forefront of campus e-mail. Its homegrown system, BlitzMail, reflected the college's reputation for being ahead of the curve on technology. But nearly 10 years later, even the director of technical services calls the service "archaic."

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