Case Western Reserve University Mathematician Inspired By Science

Peter Kotelenez

The world is constantly abuzz with particles in motion, and Peter Kotelenez, professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, is using his numerical knowledge to explain this scientific spectacle.

Kotelenez has constructed mathematical proofs of models that describe time-dependent physical phenomena -- large and small particles interacting in the transition from the microscopic to mesoscopic to macroscopic levels. He provides detailed analyses of this work in his newly published book, Stochastic Ordinary and Stochastic Partial Differential Equations: Transition from Microscopic to Macroscopic Equations.

The application of the stochastic equations that Kotelenez has derived through his National Science Foundation-funded research potentially will aid researchers in the field of mathematical biology who might want to describe how proteins move through fluids, or chemists and chemical engineers interested in the diffusion of particles in chemical reactions. Read more.

DEA Inspector to Highlight Integrity Week

A keynote address by a chief inspector of personal responsibility for the national Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) tops Case Western Reserve University's third annual Integrity Week February 9-15.


Sponsored by the university's Academic Integrity Board, I-Week aims to raise awareness, particularly among students, of individual honesty in education.

This year's I-Week features John Bryfonski, deputy chief inspector in the Office of Personal Responsibility for the U.S. Department of Justice's DEA, who will speak during the Provost Hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 14, in the Thwing Atrium. With the DEA, Bryfonski investigates allegations of misconduct, monitors trends in integrity and analyzes data to develop strategies to prevent dishonesty. Lunch will be provided.

In addition to a variety of other events, I-Week also includes a faculty and student panel discussion of "Loyalty to Peers vs. Loyalty to the Code" from 12:30-1:45 p.m. , February 15, in Nord Hall room 310. The complimentary lunch and conversation, moderated by Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., director of the university's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, includes faculty members Chris Butler, mathematics; Laura Tarttakoff, political science; and Leon Blazey, accounting.

Details about the Academic Integrity Board and I-Week are available online.

Campus News


The kickoff of the university's "Relay for Life at Case: Celebrating Survivorship!" will take place noon to 2 p.m., February 15 in Thwing Center's atrium. There will be food, music and information about the 18-hour relay, and participants will share their stories. Part of the American Cancer Society's 2008 Relay for Life events, the kickoff program is in preparation for the university's s Relay for Life event April 18 and 19.

The Commencement Speaker Selection Committee is seeking nominations from the campus community for a 2009 commencement speaker. A commencement speaker displays excellence in any valued aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service and the performing arts. Additional considerations for the speaker: a high degree of name recognition among students; the ability to serve as a role model for students; a university or Cleveland connection; a broad appeal for both students and faculty; supportive of university values; a strong speaking ability; the willingness to speak without an honorarium; and availability on May 17, 2009. Submit recommendations online.

The Mood Disorders Program of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve's School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland, 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.

For Faculty & Staff

The Office of Faculty Diversity continues its workshop series for faculty -- Money Management Educators -- with the session "Smooth Transitions" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., February 29 in Clapp Hall, Room 108. The discussion is designed for those dealing with life changes such as switching jobs and impending retirement. The workshop will touch upon the accumulation and conservation phases of life and will provide some insight into the changes necessary to succeed during this period. For questions, contact Amanda Shaffer at 368-8874 or via the Faculty Diversity Office e-mail.

For Students


The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students Association and the Graduate Student Senate is hosting Jorge Cham, author and creator of the comic strip Piled Higher & Deeper (PhD) at 5 p.m., February 22 in Schmitt Auditorium. Cham takes a satirical look at the life of graduate students, and he will speak on the topic of "Surviving Graduate School 101." His books will be available for purchase, and he will sign copies after the talk. Free food and beverages.

The Writing Resource Center will hold a writing workshop on the "Top Ten Grammar Rules" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., February 15 in Nord Hall, Room 410. For more information, go the center's Web site.


The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations presents a research seminar, "How Integrated are Stably Integrated Communities: A Consideration of the Role of Nonprofit Organizations in Fostering Inter-ethnic Interaction" from noon to 1:30 p.m., February 14 at the center's new building, Room 115. Presenters include Case Western Reserve's Paul Salipante Jr., professor of labor and human resource policy, and Mark Chupp, visiting assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Brown bag lunch, beverages will be provided. To RSVP or for information, send e-mail to Maria Sharron.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History -- which hosts several anthropology faculty as curators -- is presenting a Mexican Cultural Festival from noon to 4 p.m., February 10. Activities will include chia planting, making corn dolls, the evolution of chocolate, dancers, guest speakers, artists and music. Free with museum admission. For details, send e-mail to anthropology student and museum intern Sarah Robinson.

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.

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Lashanda Korley, assistant professor of macromolecular science and engineering at the Case School of Engineering and a faculty member from the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), attended the U.S.- India Institute program in Chennai, India last January. The institute featured seven days of tutorials by senior faculty, talks by early-career faculty and poster presentations by student and postdoctoral participants, and panel discussions by industrial participants, from the two countries. In addition, the American participants visited Indian academic institutions and national laboratories engaged in nanoscience research. Korley, who joined the engineering faculty last July, focuses on designing functional materials with an emphasis on improving their mechanical properties.

Anne Helmreich, associate professor of art history and art, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Ohio Humanities Council to fund her Humanities Week 2008: Cityscapes project. The program will explore ways in which the urban environment serves as a setting for artistic expression, architectural planning and social change.

February 8, 2008

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A call for professional attire

Inside Higher Ed, February 8, 2008
Erik Jensen, David L. Brennan Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, writes a column about dressing more professionally in academia.

Letters: Paddling unruly kids doesn't help

The Plain Dealer, February 7, 2008
David Crampton, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, wrote a letter in response to a reporter's column on corporal punishment for children.

MetroHealth Medical Center stanches operating loss at 2007 close

The Plain Dealer, February 8, 2008
Final quarter belt-tightening helped reduce MetroHealth Medical Center's operating loss last year, but uncompensated care at the public hospital surged beyond what was expected. Still in the works is the renegotiation of its affiliation agreement with Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine.

Higher Ed News

House, focusing on cost, approves Higher Education Act

Inside Higher Ed, February 8, 2008
The House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation to renew the Higher Education Act that would toughen regulation of the student loan industry and simplify the process of applying for federal financial aid, among many other things.

Is your college student safe at school?

Reader's Digest, March 2008
Colleges should do more to limit the threats that lurk on their campuses, Reader's Digest says in its March issue. The magazine ranks colleges' crime rates and grades their campus safety. The rankings are based on statistics from the U.S. Department of Education.

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