Inamori Center to Host Prize, Darwin Events


Case Western Reserve University's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will be awarding the first ever Inamori Ethics Prize in September 2008.

The main Inamori Ethics Prize events will take place September 4 and will include a lecture by the recipient, a symposium featuring area ethics experts and a black tie prize ceremony in Severance Hall. The winner of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize will be announced in June.

In addition, the Inamori Center will host a lecture by Robert Richards, Fishbein Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago in September 2008. Richards, whose interests include the evolutionary basis of ethical behavior, will visit Case Western Reserve September 18-19 as part of the university's Year of Darwin celebration.

Additional information about the Inamori Center and its activities is available online. Read more.

Security Alert

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services has issued a security alert regarding a robbery that occurred at 11 p.m., February 8 at 11610 Euclid Ave., the parking lot between the Triangle complex and the Cleveland Institute of Art "factory" building. The incident occurred off campus and did not involve anyone from the university community. Because of the proximity to campus, however, Police and Security Services wanted to inform the university community. Read the full alert.

Campus News


The University Plan Steering Committee has scheduled four open forums within the next two weeks so that faculty, staff, students, and alumni can offer comments and questions about Case Western Reserve University's emerging goals and priorities. The faculty forum is scheduled from 3:30-5 p.m., February 12; the staff session will take place from 3:30-5 p.m., February 14; and meetings for students will be held at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 19 and from 5:30-6:30 p.m., February 20. The session scheduled for February 20 will be held at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103, while the rest of the meetings will take place in Ford Auditorium in the Allen Memorial Library Building. Cookies and coffee will be available at all of the forums. Faculty, staff and students who are unable to attend the forum set up for them may attend one of the others, while alumni are invited to attend any of the forums. Refer to the University Plan Web site for details on the strategic planning process.

On April 3, Kelvin Smith Library (KSL), in partnership with the university's biology department, will host GIS Technology: Sustaining the Future & Understanding the Past. The theme for this year's biennial symposium is "GIS - Global Public Health," with emphasis on using GIS technology to predict and guard against pandemics and infectious diseases. Members of the campus community who have used GIS in any health or environmental related study are invited to present a poster or brief demonstration at the symposium. Contact Ann Vander Schrier via e-mail or at 368-8689 for details or an application. Application deadline is March 3.

The campus community is invited to a farewell reception in honor of Kenneth Basch from 3:30-5:30 p.m., February 12 in the Hovorka Atrium. Basch, vice president for campus planning and operations, will become the executive director of Wake Forest properties at Wake Forest University.

For Faculty and Staff

Changes to the Accounts Payable "Payment Request" system are now in effect. For more information, go to the Accounts Payable Web site.

For Students

The Undergraduate Student Government Academic Affairs Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2008 Teaching Excellence Awards. The awards are designed to recognize faculty and staff who excel in specific areas of undergraduate education. Awards will be given in five categories: Extra Mile Outside the Classroom; Outstanding SAGES Activity; Best Educational Program Organized by a Campus Office; Inspiring Professor; and Engaging Lectures. For information about the awards or to submit a nomination, refer to the awards Web site. Nominations will be accepted until midnight, March 2.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and the Career Center are co-sponsoring a new internship program, the Amelia Earhart Internship for Women Students in the Sciences and Engineering. Students interested in completing a summer internship in a science or engineering field in Cleveland are eligible to participate. Application deadline is February 29. Details about the scholarship are available online.



The Mortar Board Honor Society is hosting this year's "Rock for Doc" event from 1-4 p.m., February 16 in Thwing Center's ballroom. The event is in honor of the late Ignacio Ocasio, a chemistry professor at the university who died in 2005. Complimentary lunch will be provided in addition to performances by eight student groups covering genres of music, juggling and dance. Donations will be accepted to benefit a scholarship in the late professor's name, as well as for a proposed bronze statue of him that the Class of 2008 would like to erect on campus. For details, send e-mail to Lauren Hassen.


The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women presents its Annual Black History Month Luncheon with Women in History from noon to 1 p.m., February 21 at Thwing Center's Spartan Room. The center will once again welcome a performance by Women in History, a nonprofit organization established to educate through dramatic monologues. This year, attendees will "meet" Josephine Baker, a 20th century entertainer and civil rights activist. The performance will be accompanied by a free catered lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. RSVP via e-mail, or call 368-0985 by February 14. Funded by the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association, the program is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the African American Society, the Daniel Hale Pre-Medical Society, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Tonight's Science Café Cleveland will feature Lee Thompson, associate professor of psychology and Barbara Lewis, associate professor of pediatrics on the topic of "A New Alphabet for the Classroom: The Genetics of Reading and Writing." Two sessions -- 5:30 and 7:30 -- will be held at the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

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.

February 11, 2008

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Case in the News

Senators ask schools to justify hefty endowments

Crain's Cleveland Business, February 11, 2008
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Case Western Reserve University and Oberlin College are going to need to justify to the federal government why their endowments exceed $500 million and how such large endowments benefit students of the two schools. Hossein Sadid, Case Western Reserve's chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, said interest in endowments has been around for many years.

The Bible as graphic novel, with a Samurai stranger called Christ

New York Times, February 10, 2008
In the last year, several major religious and secular publishing houses have announced or released manga religious stories. Manga is the Japanese form of graphic novels. Timothy Beal, a professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Scientific literacy

C-SPAN, February 11, 2008
Lawrence Krauss, physics professor at Case Western Reserve University, delivered the monthly Bradley Lecture titled "Science and Anti-Science," at the American Enterprise Institute. He addressed scientific illiteracy among the public and elected officials. The speech is schedule to air at 5:30 this evening on C-SPAN.

Foster kids deserve to be heard

The Plain Dealer, February 7, 2008
David Crampton, assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted in an article about foster children.

Case Western Reserve quintet cooks up idea for a farm-to-table business

The Plain Dealer, February 8, 2008
Five Case Western Reserve University students -- Trevor Clatterbuck, Matt Szugye, Bob Gavlak, Kyle Napierkowski and Aaron Shaffer -- conceptualized Fresh Fork Market, an online farmers market debuting in May.

Higher Ed News

U.S. universities rush to set up outposts abroad

New York Times, February 10, 2008
The American system of higher education is becoming an important export as more universities take their programs overseas.

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