Lessons from Member of "Little Rock Nine" to Highlight University's MLK Celebration


Fifty years after the landmark integration of Little Rock's Central High School, Ernest Green, one of the "Little Rock Nine," will share his personal experiences as one of the trailblazers of the civil rights movement. He will be the keynote speaker for Case Western Reserve University's 2008 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. The free, public event begins at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18, in Amasa Stone Chapel, 10940 Euclid Ave.

Along with eight other black students, Green courageously integrated the then all-white Central High School in 1957. Several books, movies and documentaries have been produced which chronicle Green and his classmate's historic and turbulent school year, the most recent being the Ernest Green Story.

The convocation kicks off a week's worth of events across campus celebrating King January 18-25. Other events include author and historian James West Davidson's lecture at the MLK Day Student Luncheon, poetry readings, the spring service fair and an invitation-only dinner with United States Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Junior Awarded Prestigious Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship


Case Western Reserve University junior Hannah Cha has been selected as a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow by the United States Department of State. Cha was among 20 students selected from over 1,000 applicants.

As a Pickering Fellow, Cha will receive tuition, board and book reimbursement for her remaining two years of undergraduate work, as well as her first year of graduate school. The grant also includes living and travel stipends during the three-year time period. In addition, she will have an orientation in Washington, D.C., two summer internships - one domestic and one abroad - with the U.S. Department of State, and guidance from a Foreign Service Officer mentor during her graduate studies.

Following completion of her master's degree, Cha will enter into a commitment as a Foreign Service officer. Read more.

Campus News

It's not too late to get a flu shot: The University Health Service is offering influenza vaccines to all students, faculty and staff for $10, payable in cash or check. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 368-4539.

Winter break hours for the university evening shuttle bus continue through January 11, with all university shuttle routes returning to normal hours of operation January 12. During winter break, only one campus evening shuttle bus will be in operation for the north and south side routes, from 5:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The day shuttle routes will maintain the normal schedule. Refer to the Web site for general information.

For Faculty & Staff


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. 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 Observer is seeking a reliable student to distribute newspapers on Fridays between 9 and 11 a.m. Access to a car is strongly recommended. The student will be paid for four hours of work each week. If interested, send an e-mail to the newspaper staff.



Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder will be the featured speaker at the City Club of Cleveland's Friday Forum beginning at noon on January 11.

Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, the City Club of Cleveland is the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion. The speeches are broadcast on WVIZ/PBS Channel 25 on Sundays at 10 a.m., and over most Time Warner Cable systems on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 9. In addition, City Club of Cleveland forums are broadcast at 9 p.m. Fridays on WCLV, 104.9 FM, made possible by the university. Listeners also may subscribe to the City Club of Cleveland podcasts. For additional details, go to the City Club of Cleveland's Web site.

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.

In Memoriam

J. Reid Shelton, professor emeritus of organic chemistry and molecular sciences, recently died at the age of 96. Shelton, who began as an instructor in the chemistry department in 1936, was appointed assistant professor in 1941, associate professor in 1946, professor in 1949 and professor emeritus in 1977. A tribute service to celebrate his life will be held beginning at 2:30 p.m., January 19 in the Watkins Chapel of Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church, 1919 E. 107 St., Cleveland.

January 8, 2008

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Case in the News

Talent, money key for growth in technology sector

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 7, 2008 (subscription required)
Access to talent in the Northeast Ohio bioscience field will remain an issue for that sector into 2008, according to local technology experts. Nikki DiFilippo, president of Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead Alumni Board and president of the ViaVera Group, which lends marketing services to technology companies, said the bioscience sector has more resources to solve its talent shortage, citing the graduates that come out of the university's engineering school.

Elizabeth Sullivan: Science and politics do mix -- finally

The Plain Dealer, January 6, 2008
Columnist Elizabeth Sullivan writes about presidential politics. She interviewed Case Western Reserve University physicist Lawrence Krauss about how science should factor into the next president's agenda.

Winter skin survival guide

CNN.com, January 7, 2008
Jerome Litt, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Case Western Reserve University, comments on factors that can lead to dry skin during the winter months.

Higher Ed News

Attacking the GMAT monopoly

Inside Higher Ed, January 8, 2008
For decades, there has been one way to apply to the top business schools: The Graduate Management Admission Test, know as the GMAT. But in the last year, two top business schools -- at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- have started giving students an option of submitting scores on Graduate Record Examinations instead.

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