Case Western Reserve Alumnus Uses Poetry, Prose to Express Love for City of Cleveland

santa.jpg If Cleveland officials need a poster child to help promote the city as a modern metropolis rather than a community trapped in its industrial past, they need look no further than Sean Santa.

So enamored is Santa with this Midwestern city that he has written a book to express his feelings about the place that has been his home since childhood.

Down and Out And… prose poetry and stories from Cleveland (2007, RoseDog Books, Pittsburgh, Pa.) describes the good, the bad and the hopeful about Cleveland. Santa, in his curt, pointed way, uses gritty language and deft details to depict the people he's known, the neighborhoods he's frequented and the experiences that he's had. He wrote much of the contents while he was an undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University. Read more.

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Et al

Mark ChanceSandeep Rekhi, research associate at the Case Center for Synchrotron Biosciences, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Mark Chance, professor and director of the Case Center for Proteomics Mass Spectrometry, learned that their carbonado diamond research was ranked number 60 among the 100 top scientific stories of 2007, as published in the January 2008 issue of Discover Magazine

Lauren Geiser, a first-year student at Case Western Reserve University, has won the female lead role in a Pennsylvania production of Damn Yankees. Geiser is a political science and philosophy major with a theater minor. Read more.

Professor of English Ted Gup recently earned the 2007 George Orwell Award for a Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language, for his book Nation of Secrets. The award "recognizes writers who have made outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse." The National Council of Teachers of English presents this award to one person each year.

December 28, 2007

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Case in the News

The Court House: How One Family Fought Foreclosure

The Wall Street Journal, December 28, 2007

Richard Davet and his wife, Lynn, were served with a foreclosure lawsuit in 1996. Rather than turn over the keys, he hit the law books. Four times a week he went to Case Western Reserve University School of Law to study legal writing and case law and staved off foreclosure for 11 years.

First American to win Nobel in physics grew up in Murphys

The Record, December 28, 2007

Albert Michelson lived in a house that still stands on Main Street and walked a few blocks each day to a two-room grammar school. That was during the Gold Rush. He is still famous, even among 10- and 11-year-olds. Perhaps his most well-known experiment was in 1887 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Local institutions get state grants

Crain's Cleveland Business, December 27, 2007

Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher has approved Thomas Edison Program grants for four Cleveland institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, which will receive $5,000 to help fund its Neural Interfaces Conference.

Doctor combats pull of drug reps

St. Petersburg Times, December 27, 2007

James P. Orlowski, a medical student at Case Western Reserve University 33 years ago, may not be the only doctor in the Tampa Bay area, but he's the only one listed in the online directory of an organization opposed to accepting freebies from the pharmaceutical industry.

Higher Ed News

Federal Budget Blahs

Inside Higher Ed, December 28, 2007

What seemed a promising budget year for most federal programs important to colleges ended in relative disappointment this month, as Democratic leaders in Congress blinked in a stare-down with President Bush.

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