Students to Design, Build Water System in Dominican Republic

Engineers Without Borders

The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Engineers Without Borders recently spent nine days in Cruce de Blanco, a village of about 600 in the rural mountains of the Dominican Republic, where the students will construct a new water system.

The group of four Case Western Reserve students -- two engineering majors and two public health majors fluent in Spanish -- and two professional engineers spent the nine-day assessment trip exploring various possible sources of clean, fresh water and discussing options with the community.

The chapter plans to begin building the system the community selected in May.

Engineers Without Borders always accepts new members and will meet for the first time this semester at 6 this evening in Thwing Center. Read more.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Presentation on Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Game Show highlight middle of MLK Week


Case Western Reserve University's weeklong Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration hits high gear with four programs on Wednesday, January 23.

From noon to 1:30 p.m. January 23 in Kelvin Smith Library's Dampeer Room, the library will sponsor a presentation and characterization of "Women in History: Rosa Parks," followed by a question-and-answer session and light refreshments. From 4-6 p.m. in the Guilford House lounge, the Case History Club will conduct interactive games of Civil Rights Pyramid and Civil Rights Jeopardy to test students, faculty and staff members' historical knowledge of the civil rights movement.

Immediately following the Civil Rights Game Show, the university's Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) will present "CCEL Film Night: A Celebration of Civic Engagement and MLK," from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence in Crawford Hall. A screening and discussion of the film Citizen King will include a supper of chicken wings and sub sandwiches.

An alternate to the dinner and movie is the discussion "Jr., Justice and Jesus: What's the Connection?" from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the 1914 Lounge of Thwing. This seminar sponsored by the Inter-varsity Christian Fellowship and Case Western Reserve Koinonia Christian Fellowship will explore King's philosophy and theology on social justice and the connection to the New Testament.

A complete schedule of MLK events can be found online.

Campus News

The Mood Disorders Program of University Hospitals Case Medical Center -- a partnership between Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine and University Hospitals -- is conducting clinical research on the treatment of symptoms related to bipolar disorder. The research study will focus on the treatment of depression symptoms in participants who have not responded to their current medication. Participants must be between 18 and 65 years of age, diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder and currently being treated with one or two of the following drugs: lithium, olanzapine (Zyprexa) or valproic acid (Depakote). Study participation will last up to 11 weeks. Compensation will be provided. For more information, call (216) 844-2871.


Proposals are being accepted through January 31 for Research ShowCASE 2008, being held April 16 and 17. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's program includes more cash prizes, including 10 grand prizes of $1,250; prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winners in the graduate student poster contest. Refer to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details.

For Faculty & Staff

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., January 23 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning January 30. Participants receive 17 sessions for $186, payable by cash, check or charge at the January 23 meeting. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to learn more.

The Faculty Climate Survey closes today. 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 previously sent to full-time faculty at the rank of instructor and above. If unable to locate this prior e-mail, contact Lynice Willis.

For Students


There are still four slots available for tenors in the Case Concert Choir. Audition information and brief recording excerpts of the choir can be found online. The choir, which rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Harkness Chapel, consists of 50-60 select singers, and performs a wide variety of interesting and challenging a cappella and accompanied music. Send an e-mail to Rob Dunn to schedule an audition.

Today is the deadline to apply for the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance Academic Year Research Internship for Underrepresented Minorities. Details available online.


The Distinguished Lecture in Law and Technology, presented by the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts, will feature guest speaker Daniel Solove from George Washington University Law School on the topic of "The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet," beginning at 4:30 p.m., January 23 at the School of Law's Moot Courtroom (A59). Free, open to the public.

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.

January 22, 2008

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Case in the News

Students double up on degrees to get an edge in the work force

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 21, 2008 (subscription required)
A handful of students at business schools in the region are coupling their MBA studies with another professional field and graduating with dual degrees. At Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, about 50 MBA students are either studying law, medicine or social science while taking business classes, said Deborah Bibb, the school's professional degree program director.

Case prof returns after being stuck in Panama for 8 months, January 21, 2008
The NewsChannel5 Troubleshooter unit and a team of people -- including students -- helped bring Case Western Reserve University assistant professor of Latin American history Marixa Lasso back home after she was trapped in Panama City when her visa was rejected.

Race colors Democratic primaries

The Plain Dealer, January 19, 2008
For many Americans, race defines how they view the political landscape, say social scientists, political strategists and media experts. Sharon E. Milligan, an associate professor in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, said every voter makes political choices based on unique life experiences.

Research not keeping up with bacteria

United Press International, January 20, 2008
Harmful bacteria are evolving faster than scientists can develop antibiotics to fight them, U.S. researchers say. To fix the problem, some experts -- like Louis Rice at Case Western Reserve University -- have proposed taxing drug companies that do not work on antibiotics to support research at companies that do.

Higher Ed News

It's a Mac! It's a PC! It's ... both?

Inside Higher Ed, January 22, 2008
Many college information technology officials have operated separate Mac labs for students. But the rival Windows and Mac OS X operating systems came within reach of each other when Apple launched its first laptop featuring an Intel chip in 2006. With an Apple program called Boot Camp -- then in beta, and now a part of the latest version of OS X, Leopard -- users can now run both Windows and Mac operating systems on the same machine, choosing their preferred environment at startup.

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