Law Student to Get Front Row Seat for War Crimes Trial of former Liberian President


Most Americans learned of former Liberian President Charles Taylor in last year's blockbuster movie Blood Diamond, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Now, as Taylor's trial for crimes against humanity is set to resume on the small screen, one Case Western Reserve University School of Law student will have a front row seat.

Brianne Draffin, a third-year law student, will depart today for The Hague, Netherlands, to serve as a judicial clerk intern for the globally televised trial which continues January 7. She'll likely be seated in the court room just below the judges' bench.

Though she was thrust into the spotlight at the last minute, Draffin is quite familiar with the international tribunal process. She was the first intern hired last summer by the newly founded Cambodia Tribunal, is the symposium editor of the law school's Journal of International Law, editor-in-chief of the War Crimes Prosecution Watch e-newsletter and webmaster of the Grotian Moment: International War Crimes Trial Blog on the School of Law's Web site. Read more.

Human Resources Updates Policies and Procedures


As the university continues its commitment to create a positive work environment for all employees, the Department of Human Resources has updated several policies and procedures. To review these changes, which were effective as of January 1, refer to the special section on the Human Resources Web site.

A link to this information included in a previous e-mail communication has been updated.

Staff development sessions outlining the changes will be held from noon to 1 p.m., January 16 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall, and from 1-2 p.m., January 18 in the Moot Court Room (A59), School of Law. Employees are encouraged to direct questions to their supervisors, or to contact the following employee relations representatives: Lorraine Tobias-Watson, director, at 368-4503, or Carolyn Gerich, senior employee relations specialist, at 368-2458.

Campus News


The School of Dental Medicine is hosting free oral exams, X-rays and teeth cleaning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 26 at the clinic, located at the corner of Cornell Road and Emergency Drive. No appointment is necessary; walk-in patients will be accepted until 12:30 p.m. Appointments will last approximately one to two hours. Patients must be age 18 or older. There will be $10 off the admitting fee for participants who elect to become dental school patients. For additional information, call 368-3570.

The Case Club at Severance Hall will be closed through January 6. It will reopen on January 7. Prior to visiting the restaurant, interested persons are encouraged to make reservations online, especially for groups of six or more.

Fellowship positions are available for research-oriented clinicians interested in developing careers as independent and highly collaborative investigators conducting practice-based network research. Candidates in primary care (family medicine, pediatrics, general internal medicine), dentistry and doctorally prepared advance practice nurses are invited to apply. Review of applications will begin January 31 for positions starting August 1. Complete details are available online.

For Faculty & Staff

Applications are being accepted for financial support for attendance at the 2008 Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, taking place June 21 through July 16. Admission is open to women faculty and college or university administrators whose background, experience and present responsibilities indicate a potential for professional advancement in higher education administration. The university award covers tuition, room and board and transportation; application deadline is January 18. To apply, applicants should send a short summary (maximum two pages) explaining how the Summer Institute will help with career goals and how attendance will benefit the applicant's department or school; a current curriculum vitae; and a memo of support from a dean or department chair. Submit applications to Associate Provost Kathryn Karipides, Office of the Provost, 216 Adelbert Hall, LC: 7001. Awards will be made by Deputy Provost Lynn Singer by February 8, allowing time for applications to be sent to Bryn Mawr by March 1.

For Students


Juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to take a new course in spring 2008, Fundamental Concepts in Global Health, INTH 301/401.

The course will integrate the multiple perspectives and objectives in global health by showing how the disciplines of biology, medicine, bioethics, epidemiology, anthropology, nursing, mathematics and engineering analyze and approach the same set of international health problems.

Ronald Blanton is the course director. Learn more about the Framework Program for Global Health.


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January 3, 2008

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Case in the News

Mullen... A cold, hard look at one of science's hottest mysteries

The Chicago Tribune, December 31, 2007
A University of Chicago team is using the powerful South Pole Telescope and working with researchers from six institutions -- including Case Western Reserve University -- to unravel the mysteries of dark matter.

Jeff Mayer of Vermilion proves that dreams really can come true

The Morning Journal, January 1, 2008
Case Western Reserve University student Jeff Mayer has overcome serious injuries, and is now studying engineering and playing football for the Spartans.

No TV belongs in child's bedroom, December 30, 2007
In an advice column, Sylvia Rimm, a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, offers her opinion on the topics of television sets in children's bedrooms and the appropriate age for sleepovers.

Higher Ed News

E-textbooks -- for real this time?

Inside Higher Ed, January 3, 2008
It's the central paradox of 21st-century college students: Despite embracing radically new ways of communicating with each other and learning about the world, they still remain wedded to the paper-bound textbook. But sensing an opportunity among early adopters -- and possibly signaling a shift in people's preferences -- Amazon's Kindle and Sony's Reader Digital Book are betting that the time is ripe for nudging a change in reading habits.

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