Case Western Reserve Celebrates, Observes National Engineers' Week February 18-22

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The Case School of Engineering is holding several events to celebrate National Engineers' Week February 18-22. "E-Week" is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of engineering as a career and how the contributions of engineering have impacted our daily lives.

"Collaboration for Creation," the theme of this year's week of activities, centers around today's necessary collaboration of all engineering disciplines to create essential solutions for tomorrow, says student Heather Herd, president of the Case Engineers Council and research assistant in the department of biomedical engineering. Students, faculty, staff and local high school students and the general public will spend much of the week testing their engineering and technology acumen in competitions and experiments demonstrating that engineering can be fun and practical at the same time. Read more for a list of activities and events.

Campus Police Encourage University Community to Subscribe to Emergency Alerts

In light of recent incidents on college campuses across the country, Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services strongly encourages all faculty, staff and students to subscribe to and regularly update their information on the new CaseWARN emergency text- and voice-messaging notification system.

These alerts will be used, among other methods of communication -- including e-mail, Web and public address systems -- in the case of imminent danger or a serious threat to the campus community.

Campus police also ask faculty, staff and students to be watchful at all times for suspect behavior or activities. Members of the university community should call the dispatch center at 368-3333 with a description of any suspicious person and his or her location and direction of travel.

In addition, faculty, staff and students can review the university's new online Emergency Procedures Handbook.

Campus News

The Weatherhead School of Management invites the campus community to celebrate the appointment of Professor Gary Previts to the E. Mandell de Windt Professorship in Leadership and Enterprise Development from 4-6 p.m., March 3 at the George S. Dively Building, Room 202. The event will include a presentation by Previts entitled "Accounting and the 21st Century Academy," immediately followed by a reception. RSVP by February 28 online, or call Peggy Sobul at 368-3247.

Beginning today, the crosswalk at Euclid Avenue and Adelbert Road will be under construction. As a result, there will be some periods of time where traffic on Adelbert Road will be reduced to one lane, as well as different crosswalk patterns. The campus community is advised to be cautious while driving and walking through the area. Police officers and additional traffic signs will direct pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The work is scheduled for completion by February 20.

Information Technology Services will host an open forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., February 21 in Nord Hall, Room 310B. Topics will focus on the university's five year network plan and data warehousing.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education seeks volunteers for "Science is Fun! Family Day," taking place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 8 in Nord Hall, Room 310. Volunteers are needed to assist with events, science activities, and friendly competitions arranged for the general public. Orientation for volunteers is scheduled for 2-4 p.m., March 7 in Nord Hall, Room 310. For information, send e-mail to Kathryn Kwiatkowski, or call 368-5075.

For Faculty and Staff

Today is the deadline to submit nomination letters to the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) for the Glennan Fellows Program, designed to reward excellence in faculty and to facilitate their growth as teachers and scholars. Glennan Fellows are perceived as role models for new faculty, and nominees must be regular, tenure-track faculty members. The awards are for $6,500, and the funds may be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education. The nominee is responsible for submitting the proposal to UCITE by March 3. Read more for a complete list of details.

For Students

Discussions, the undergraduate research journal, has extended its submission deadline for the Spring 2008 issue to February 17. Research papers from all majors are welcome. Send submissions via e-mail to Bethany Pope.


The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning administers Case SERVES, a program that offers students the opportunity to participate in community service activities every Monday through Thursday. Case SERVES provides transportation to sites, and volunteer activities include helping the Cleveland Foodbank, tutoring children, and working with the elderly. Go online to sign up for activities and for more information.


The Mortar Board Honor Society is hosting "Rock for Doc" 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 who died in 2005. The event will feature performances from several student groups. Donations will be accepted to benefit a scholarship in the late professor's name, as well as for a proposed bronze statue of Ocasio. For details, send e-mail to Lauren Hassen.

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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Sheila Pedigo, director of the Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) office, was recently elected to a three-year term as a councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in its Undergraduate Research Program Directors Division. CUR is a national organization whose members represent over 900 colleges and universities. The mission of CUR is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.


Case Western Reserve men's basketball center Mason Conrad has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team. This is his third selection to the All-District IV team. He also was honored in 2006 and 2007. Conrad, a mechanical engineering major, has a 3.72 GPA and is now eligible for Academic All-America honors. He and his teammates will take a step back in time this weekend, February 15-17, during the third annual Throwback Weekend at Adelbert Gymnasium.

February 15, 2008

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Case in the News

In the Rust Belt, hope

Globe and Mail (Canada), February 15, 2008
U.S. companies, particularly manufacturers, are enjoying strong foreign sales, even as the U.S. economy cools, according to trade figures for December released yesterday. Exports were up 1.5 per cent from November, helping to narrow the trade deficit. Bo Carlsson, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

GOP, Dems offer competing plans to fix U.S. healthcare

Cleveland Jewish News, February 15, 2008
As medical costs and insurance rates continue to skyrocket and millions of Americans go without any coverage, healthcare is one of the major issues in the 2008 presidential race. Joseph White, chair of the political science department at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Case Western Reserve deploys $1.1 million gift

Crain's Cleveland Business, February 14, 2008
Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business. Case Western Reserve University has created a new faculty position -- the 10-year John Oshchypok Professor of Chemistry -- to develop energy-related materials with a $1.1 million gift from the family of a 1951 Case Institute of Technology graduate.

Reagan united Republicans, can McCain?

U.S. News & World Report, February 8, 2008
Alexander Lamis, assistant professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, offers his perspective for an article about the Republican presidential hopeful John McCain's appeal.

Case Western Reserve glee club delivers Valentine's cheer all day long

The Plain Dealer, February 15, 2008
Feature story on Case Western Reserve University's Men's Glee Club and and their annual tradition of delivering singing valentines.

Higher Ed News

Gunman kills 5, self in campus shooting

USA TODAY, February 15, 2008
Several people, including the gunman who shot himself, died from gunshot wounds in a shooting that took place at Northern Illinois University yesterday.

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