Case Western Reserve, H&R Block Collaborate to Encourage Low-Income Students to Explore Higher Education

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Case Western Reserve University today announced new support for a financial aid study designed to examine the effectiveness of a college access program for low-income students. A $1.2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help support the research of Eric P. Bettinger, associate professor of economics at the Weatherhead School of Management.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the National Science Foundation also have contributed substantial financial grants to the project.

Along with his colleagues, Bridget Terry Long of Harvard University, Phillip Oreopoulos of University of Toronto and Lisa Sanbonmatsu of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bettinger will study the implementation of an H&R Block program that assists low- and middle-income families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Read more.

Join Colleagues at the Adelbert Hall Holiday Party

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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 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. If attending, RSVP by December 10 to Open House 2007.

Campus News

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Thanks to Case Western Reserve University fans, Greg Debeljak has been named a finalist for the 2007 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, which honors college coaches who demonstrate responsibility and excellence on and off the field. However, he hasn't won yet; there's one more step Spartan fans can take to help Debeljak become Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. Vote online through December 15 to again cast votes for Debeljak to help him surpass the four other finalists. If he wins, Debeljak will receive $50,000 for his favorite charities and $20,000 for Case Western Reserve University's alumni association.

The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting a family-friendly reception for members of the Case Community beginning at 2 p.m., December 9 before an afternoon performance of A Christmas Carol at Playhouse Square's Ohio Theater. The reception will be held in the PBJ lounge; the play begins at 3 p.m. General tickets are $30, $15 for students. For more information or to order tickets, go to the Alumni Relations office Web site.

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Proposals are being accepted through January 31 for Research ShowCASE 2008, being held April 16 and 17. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff, and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest. Go to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details on submitting abstracts and more information about the event.

For Faculty & Staff

The final exam schedule for fall 2007 is now available online. Faculty can e-mail corrections or changes to the Office of the University Registrar.

The Department of Human Resources invites university employees to a free, 90-minute interactive seminar designed to promote teamwork, performance improvement, change management and the Dale Carnegie methodologies from noon to 1:30 p.m., December 13 in the Inamori Center. Register via e-mail. Bring your lunch.

For Students

Looking for a study break, free food, fun and entertainment? Head over to the Thwing Study Over beginning at 8 p.m., December 10 in the Thwing Center atrium. Take a break from the books to spend time with friends, get a massage, eat and participate in fitness opportunities such as yoga and hip hop classes with 1-2-1 Fitness Center, as well as spend time in a money machine to earn UPB Cash.

Events

Case Western Reserve University will celebrate the appointment of James Rebitzer, chair of the economics department at the Weatherhead School of Management, as the next John R. Mannix Medical Mutual of Ohio Professor for Health Care Finance with a reception at 4:30 p.m. December 10 at the George S. Dively Building on campus. During the event, Rebitzer will give a presentation entitled "Health Insurance and Investments in Future Health." Register online to attend.

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The Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will welcome Wyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who will speak on the DARPA Urban Challenge and the future of robot cars. Discussion is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., December 7 in the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free.

Student groups Speakeasy and Case in Point are having their winter concert at 7:30 tonight in Harkness Chapel. Free.

The SGI Buddhist Club is hosting a meeting this evening at 6:30 in the Bingham Building, Room 103. The club aims to share the philosophy of life from a Buddhist perspective.

The "Sense of Place Exhibit: The Doan Brook Through Photography and Writing" exhibit is on display through December 10 in Thwing Center atrium. 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.

December 6, 2007

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Case in the News

Animals in the med school classroom

Inside Higher Ed, December 6, 2007
While animal research is still common, there's general agreement that fewer schools now offer animal laboratories, in which dogs or pigs are given anesthesia and then euthanized following the lesson, than was true decades ago. Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, which used dogs in the past, has discontinued that practice, officials say.

Science and the candidates

The Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2007
In this commentary, Lawrence Krauss, a professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, writes that a major challenge for the country's next president is the need to guide both the public and Congress to address the problems that have produced a "science gap" in the United States.

PET and bioluminescent imaging aid evaluation of stem cells' potential for new ways to treat disease

HealthTech Wire, December 5, 2007
Using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with bioluminescence -- the light produced by a chemical reaction within an organism -- researchers are starting to understand the behavior of transplanted or implanted stem cells that may one day be used to develop new treatments for disease. The article refers to Zhenghong Lee, an associate professor of nuclear medicine/radiology and biomedical engineering departments at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Stanford 'invests' in faculty diversity

Diverse Issues in Higher Ed, December 4, 2007
Stanford University has developed a $4.5 million program to provide two-year fellowships, faculty mentors and seminars on the academic profession to 36 doctoral candidates over the next four years as part of an effort to prepare graduate students from diverse backgrounds for a career in academia.

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