Case Western Reserve University Social Work School Pilots Class on Podcasting


The 15 students enrolled in a pilot course at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences are taking to the streets like ace reporters to capture stories from the world of social work.

Taught by Jerry Floersch, an associate professor of social work, this new podcast class is experimenting with ways to supplement and enrich textbook content with the sounds of real people, ranging from clients to agency staff and administrators who can describe how they do their job or provide advice on a particular situation.

Floersch plans to build a database and library of podcasts, digital sound files that capture information about a specific topic, that others at the social work school can use to supplement materials in their classes. He calls each podcast a 'learning asset' and has received assistance from the Mandel Foundation for the project. Read more.

Weatherhead School Sponsors 34th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon

Just days after the Federal Reserve had announced it is cutting the federal funds rate for the third straight year, Case Western Reserve University banking and finance senior lecturer Sam Thomas


will provide his insights on the 2008 economic outlook during the Weatherhead School of Management's 34th annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast Luncheon. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., Friday, December 14 at the Marriott at Key Center.

Thomas will provide an academic viewpoint on the current state of the economy and make predictions for 2008, including what possible responses may come from governmental authorities and fiscal policymakers heading into an election year.

In addition, the Weatherhead Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented during the luncheon. Ticket and registration information are available on the Weatherhead School of Management Web site. Read more.

Campus News


The campus is invited to the final presentations of the Computer Game Project Design course offered jointly between Case School of Engineering and the Cleveland Institute of Art this semester. Teams of students were required to develop a computer game from initial concept to jacket design and testing. The presentations will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, December 14 in the White Building, Room 411. Afterwards, guests can have refreshments and play some of the games that the students developed in the Virtual Worlds lab on the fourth floor of the Olin Building. For additional details, send e-mail to Marc Bruchner or Knut Hybinette.

Car wash by appointment is available to the university community. The fee-based service is offered by Detail Masters and is by appointment only. All car washing is done in Lot 29, the Campus Center Parking Garage beneath the Kelvin Smith Library near Severance Hall. Call 440-521-2890 or send e-mail to Detail Masters to make an appointment and for rates.

For Faculty & Staff

Be sure to register by today if planning to attend the Adelbert Hall Holiday Open House. RSVP to Open House 2007. The seasonal social is open to all university faculty and staff members and will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., December 14.

On November 19, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security issued a final regulation regarding the security of chemicals that could be diverted for illicit use. This regulation requires the university to perform an inventory of the campus for substances that Homeland Security lists as Chemicals of Interest (COI). The information collected will be used by Homeland Security to assign the university a Security Tier. The university will then be required to implement security measures for those chemicals of interest identified on campus. The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety (DOES) has been charged by Homeland Security and the Office of the Provost to collect the required information. An inventory of the chemicals in laboratories is required according to the Homeland Security chemicals of interest list and the results must be reported to DOES before January 31, 2008. An Excel spreadsheet listing the chemicals of interest has been assembled for use to report results. Refer to the DOES Web page for instructions and the spread sheet. Questions should be sent by e-mail to the DOES.

For Students


The Case Cheese Club will provide samples of chesses and fondues along with other assorted breakfast fare during the annual Late-Night Breakfast sponsored in part by the student affairs office. Take a break from finals and head over to Leutner or Fribley Commons beginning at 9:30 tonight. Free, but students need to bring a Case ID.

Reminder: The Writing Resource Center will offer limited hours through December 18. View available hours online. All writing appointments on December 17 and 18 will be held in Bellflower Hall only. Questions: Send e-mail to the Writing Center.


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December 13, 2007

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Case in the News

False alarm

The Nation, December 10, 2007 (essay)
Case Western Reserve University English professor Ted Gup pens a Web-only essay about his chance meeting with former CIA Director George Tenet.

KSU pays to educate administrator, December 13, 2007
Report on a decision by Kent State University's president to pay the tuition of a senior administrator to attain his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, with remarks by Sue Nartker, managing director of the business program.

Case Western Reserve University, Holden Arboretum to collaborate

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 13, 2007
Case Western Reserve University and Holden Arboretum have signed a three-year affiliation agreement to create a graduate research program in plant sciences and ecology.

The Brain is colorblind

The Trenton Times, December 13, 2007 (editorial)
A study by Case Western Reserve University psychology professor Joseph Fagan is referenced in this editorial about the long-standing debate regarding IQ tests.

Higher Ed News

Law-Enforcement group offers accreditation for colleges' police and public-safety departments

The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 13, 2007 (subscription required)
Accreditation and public safety are vital issues for colleges, but rarely do they put the two together. The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators is trying to change that. The group, known as Iaclea, started accrediting colleges' police and public-safety departments this year, holding them to a strict set of standards.

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