Case Western Reserve Students Test Potential New Food Sources for African Countries


Case Western Reserve University students in Christopher Cullis's biotechnology lab are testing wild, native plants from South Africa to determine if the legumes have the potential to become domesticated crops and help feed the hungry there.

The students will be assigned lab experiments that focus on unraveling the genetic codes for the Bambara nut, cowpea and marama bean plants. Because of the limited resources for plant research in South African and Namibia. Cullis said the 34 students in his lab are able to contribute valuable hours toward finding molecular markers in these plants, described by the National Academy of Sciences as the underutilized "lost crops of Africa."

As part of this project, Cullis, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has enhanced his students' lab experience by broadening their international exposure through the use of new technologies in the classroom. He has received support from a three-year McGregor Fund grant to create the World-Wide Learning Environment (WLE) in the College of Arts and Sciences. Read more.

Complete Strategic Planning Surveys by November 30

The University Plan Web-based surveys for faculty, staff, students, and alumni and friends remain active through the end of the day tomorrow, Friday, November 30. Nearly 2,000 people have already completed surveys, but the response rate for some groups is much lower than for others. For those who have not completed the surveys yet, take advantage of this important opportunity -- by clicking on the appropriate link above -- to share personal thoughts about the university's future with the University Plan Steering Committee and senior leadership.

Campus News

Due to construction on the Cornell Road bridge, the visitor entrance of the Health Sciences Garage will be from Emergency Drive effective this week. The change will impact the Dental Clinic and the nursing and medical schools.


Office of Civic Engagement and Learning is sponsoring a drive for used ink cartridges and cell phones for donation through November 30. Drop off these items in the center's office located in the basement of Thwing Center.

The Department of Operations at the Weatherhead School of Management invites interested faculty, staff and/or students to an Open House from 10 2 p.m., Friday, November 30 in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Program will feature information on the Master of Science in Management, Operations Research and Supply Chain programs, and guest speaker Mike Manion of Nestle Corporation. Register online if attending or send e-mail to Olivia Seifert with questions.

For Faculty & Staff


The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Faculty Colloquium Series will feature Prof. Jerry Floersch, who will talk about "SMART: Subjective Medication Adolescent Research Team," from 12:45-1:45 p.m., Thursday, December 6 in the Mandel School, Rooms 320 B and C. This new series is exclusively for Mandel School faculty, doctoral and master students and interested staff as a way to share information with colleagues and show various research projects.

Kelvin Smith Library invites interested campus members to submit a video for the ISI Web of Knowledge, a scholarly database used by KSL and Case libraries. The ISI Web of Knowledge seeks videos describing how researchers use the database. The first 20 videos submitted and successfully added to the gallery will receive an iPod Shuffle; the most downloaded clip will win an iPod Touch. Learn more or contact Earnestine Adeyemon, 368-4248, for additional details.

For Students

The International Bioethics Spring Break Study Abroad program with trips to Paris, Amsterdam, Buenos Aries, and the Netherlands takes place March 10-14, 2008. Apply online to receive an information packet. Courses are open to all Case undergraduate and graduate students. No prerequisite courses are required. For details, contact Michelle Champoir, director, at 368-5377.

The Princeton Review and Phi Alpha Delta will be sponsoring a free Practice LSAT test from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday December 1 in Clark Hall, Room 205 on the Mather quad. To register or to obtain more information, visit Princeton Review online or call 800-2Review.



A judicial pioneer will be honored today, November 29, with an enduring symbol at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. A bust of Perry B. Jackson, Ohio's first African American judge, will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. in the Davis Room of the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library at the School of Law. Read more about Jackson and the ceremony.

"Domestic Violence: The Forgotten Victims," a presentation featuring James Preuter, veterinarian and founder of SAFE (Safety for Animals and Families in Emergencies), will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, November 30 in Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge. Free. Cosponsored by the College Scholars Program and the Case Animal Rights and Ethics Society or CARES.

The Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will welcome Nico Lacetera, Case assistant professor of economics, who will speak on the safety of blood supply. Discussion is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday, November 30 in the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free.

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 29, 2007

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Case in the News

Ohio's first black judge honored at Case law school

The Plain Dealer, November 29, 2007
Profile on Perry Jackson (ADL '19, LAW '22), the first African American to earn a law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The law school will honor him with a bust in his image during a ceremony at 5:30 today. See related story.

Case Western Reserve University professor clarifies remark on universe

The Plain Dealer, November 29, 2007
Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University offers comments and clarity about remarks he made earlier regarding his research on the state of the universe that appeared in New Scientist magazine.

New Ohio clean energy center at UT

Ohio News, November 28, 2007
Case Western Reserve University School is part of a consortium of 15 Ohio universities and colleges that have agreed to work on clean energy under the name of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio to be housed at the University of Toledo.

Higher Ed News

A shift in applications as early admission is cut

The New York Times, November 29, 2007
When Harvard, Princeton and the University of Virginia announced that they would eliminate early admission starting this fall, many educators wondered whether the decision would alter the strategies of thousands of students seeking a spot at the nation's most selective colleges and universities.

Emergency notification: Not just a technology issue

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 29, 2007 (multimedia)
Colleges are struggling with better emergency notification systems. A discussion with Marshall University information technology staff members about the many issues involved.

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