Case Western Reserve's MLK Celebration Starts with Lessons from "Little Rock Nine"


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 a trailblazer 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.

Along with eight other black students, Green courageously integrated the then all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. When Green became the first black student to graduate from the school, King sat in the audience with Green's mother during the commencement ceremony.

Green's address kicks off a week of workshops, films, discussions and speakers sponsored by various academic departments and schools, centers, offices and student organizations to honor the memory and spirit of King. A complete schedule of events can be found online.

Dental Health Researchers Examine Link Between Gum Disease and Osteoporosis


Researchers from the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine and Case Medical Center, a partnership between the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland, are recruiting 240 post-menopausal women to participate in a dental health study related to gum disease.

Study participants will receive bone density scanning and diagnosis, calcium and Vitamin D supplementation, blood work and related medical and dental treatment during the course of the study at no cost.

The 12-month study is being conducted by Leena Palomo from the Department of Periodontics at the dental school, and the project's medical adviser, James H. Liu , professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Case Medical Center. In a pilot study, Palomo and Liu found that women given medication to treat osteoporosis had improved oral health. Read more.

Two-day Law Review Symposium Features Prominent Property and Business Law Experts

Joseph W. Singer

A two-day symposium -- "Corporations and Their Communities" presented by the Case Western Reserve University Law Review -- will explore topics such as eminent domain, the future of Northeast Ohio's automotive plants and the impact of big box stores to the local community. The symposium begins at 11:15 a.m. January 25 and continues at 10 a.m. January 26. Both sessions will be held at the School of Law's Moot Courtroom (A59).

The keynote address, "Corporate Responsibility in a Free and Democratic Society," by Joseph W. Singer, concludes the conference. Singer, the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, has published more than 40 law review articles and has written a casebook and a treatise on property law, as well as two theoretical books on property. Read more.

Campus News

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities announces the "Getting Funded" series for faculty and graduate students during the month of February. Each Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206, representatives from the university, a consulting firm and grant programs will share their expertise and strategies for finding resources, budget preparation and proposal writing. The series is designed to empower graduate students and faculty members with information needed to write successful funding applications for research in the humanities. Light refreshments will be served. Call 368-8961 for more information.

For Faculty & Staff

The Faculty Climate Survey will close on January 22. The confidential survey is being conducted by Case Western Reserve's Resource Equity Committee, and inquires about experiences and quality of life as a faculty member. A link to the survey was sent by Interim Provost Jerold Goldberg to full-time faculty at the rank of instructor and above. Faculty unable to locate this prior e-mail can contact Lynice Willis in Institutional Research for the link.

The deadline to apply for financial support to attend the 2008 Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration is January 18. The university award covers tuition, room and board and transportation. Admission is open to women faculty and college or university administrators whose experience and present responsibilities indicate a potential for professional advancement in higher education administration. To apply, send a short summary explaining how the institute will help with career goals and the attendee's department or school; a current curriculum vitae; and a memo of support from a dean or department chair to Associate Provost Kathryn Karipides, Office of the Provost, 216 Adelbert Hall, LC: 7001.

For Students

The deadline to apply for the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance Academic Year Research Internship for Underrepresented Minorities is January 22. The application is available on the Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors Web site.



The Case Western Reserve University Department of Music continues the 22nd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness at 7:30 p.m., February 9 in Harkness Chapel with a concert by the international ensemble REBEL. The program offers late baroque and rococo music, played on baroque violins and violas, baroque cello, recorder, baroque flute, harpsichord and organ. Read more for ticket prices and additional information.

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January 17, 2008

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New Mandel Center at Case Western Reserve University makes a solid contribution to campus

The Plain Dealer, January 17, 2008
The newspaper's architecture critic writes that Case Western Reserve University's new Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations building proves that a solid, contemporary architecture and a strong, neighborhood-sensitive design can fit well in a setting, and are not mutually exclusive.

Upcoming tech mission reaffirms Israelis' desire to enter Ohio's blooming market

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 14, 2008
In March, Northeast Ohio will host a high-profile financial information technology business mission, setting the stage for more global partnerships and the opportunity to work with several of Israel's most advanced IT companies. Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher says the region is becoming a hot tech spot due to strong collaborations between businesses, state government and higher education institutions such as Case Western Reserve University.

Acquaintance of murder defendant recalls he seemed 'ready to blow'

The Athens News, January 17, 2008
Defense attorneys for an Athens, Ohio, man charged with murdering his father have indicated that they plan to use information from forensic psychiatrist Phillip Resnick of Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

Applications to colleges are breaking records

New York Times, January 17, 2008
Applications to selective colleges and universities are reaching new heights this year. Officials said the trend was a result of demographics, aggressive recruiting, the ease of online applications and more students applying to ever more colleges as a safety net.

Global warming 'teach-in'

Inside Higher Ed, January 17, 2008
As part of a national effort to promote environmental activism on campus, professors at more than 1,100 colleges have agreed to discuss issues relating to global warming in their classes on January 31 or take part in panels running throughout the day.

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