Robert Fischer to Present Research During White House Faith-based Community Conference

Robert Fischer

Robert Fischer, co-director of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will be sharing his expertise on how to evaluate faith-based services with the White House.

Fischer will write and present a research paper on evaluating the effectiveness of federally funded, faith-based programs during the White House Conference on Research Related to the Faith-based and Community Initiative in Washington, D.C.

Fischer submitted the proposal, "He Who Casts the First Stone: Assessing the State of Research on Faith-based Services," to highlight quality practices in evaluating program services. It was accepted by the Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives and will become a part of a compendium that conference attendees will receive. Read more.

University Launches Searchable Class Schedule on New Student Information System

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Beginning today, all faculty and students will be able to access the new Student Information System (SIS) to view the searchable schedule of classes for summer and fall 2008.

To access the data visit the University Registrar's Web site and click on the "Summer 2008 or later" link.

Videos from campus-wide information sessions on the SIS -- which include live demonstrations of the system -- conducted for faculty and students earlier this month are available on the news section of the ERP projects Web site.

The next phase in the SIS implementation process will be in March 2008 when the university will go live with the student registration module of the new system. Additional launches will follow throughout the spring and summer. Visit the project Web site or e-mail the SIS staff for additional information and updates.

Inamori Center's February Newsletter Available Online

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During the month of the 199th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth -- and the 149th anniversary of the publication of the naturalist's influential book On the Origin of Species -- Case Western Reserve University's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence is stimulating discourse on whether morality, ethics and altruism have evolved in Darwinian fashion.

The article, "Sometimes I Just Can't Help Doing the Right Thing -- I Guess It's in My Genes," is the subject of the center's February issue of the Inamori Center's newsletter, written by Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., director of the center. Readers are encouraged to respond to this essay by submitting their comments online.

In addition to taking part in the university's yearlong celebration of Darwin this fall, the Inamori Center 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.

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

Campus News

The University Plan Steering Committee has scheduled the last in a series of forums about the university's emerging goals and priorities from 5:30-6:30 p.m., February 20 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend. Cookies and coffee will be available.

The Office of Government Relations is hosting "Ohio Voting Systems Integrity: The EVEREST Report Voter Education Public Forum" from 5-7 p.m., February 21 in Strosacker Auditorium. The forum will include a formal presentation by Chris Nance, assistant secretary of the State of Ohio and Patrick McDaniel, the study's principal investigator. The EVEREST Report is the academic study that investigated the security and integrity of electronic voting equipment in Ohio. Attendees also will learn more about how the state is working to assure the public about votes cast during the upcoming March 4 and November 4 elections, and audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. Free, open to the public.

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For Faculty and Staff

The submission deadline for employee tuition waiver applications for the Spring 2008 semester is February 29. A completed waiver application is required to receive the university's tuition benefits available to employees as well as their spouses and dependents (refer to the education benefits summary for program details). Tuition benefits policies and procedures were revised effective January 1 to define an appeal process for employees if a supervisor does not approve the tuition waiver application. The decision may be appealed to the director of employee relations, and must be made before the tuition waiver application deadline. Application forms are available online and in the Benefits Administration Office in Crawford Hall, Room 224. For questions, contact Michelle Belle via e-mail or at 368-3316.

For Students

The deadline for the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance Summer Research Program is March 1. Case Western Reserve University is a member of the alliance, and is one of the locations where students can conduct their research. Application documents can be found online in the "Formal Summer Programs" section.

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. His books will be available for purchase, and he will sign copies after the talk. Free food and beverages.

Events

The Taiwanese-American Student Association and Omega Tau Zeta invite the campus community to a Lunar New Year banquet at 6 p.m., February 21 at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Tickets are $3 in advance, $5 at the door, and can be purchased this week in Nord Hall and Leutner Commons. For information, send e-mail to Diane Lui.

The discussion "The Low Down on Start Ups: What to Consider When Building Your Company" has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m., February 20 in the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. The talk will focus on innovation and the technology commercialization process with speakers Warren Goldenberg from Hahn Loeser and Parks and Michael Haag, director of biomedical licensing for the university's Technology Transfer Office, which is sponsoring the event.

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 19, 2008

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Case in the News

University Circle has culture and jobs; now it wants residents

The Plain Dealer, February 17, 2008
With $2.4 billion in projects built or under way since 2000, the University Circle area is growing bigger. City leaders -- and residents in struggling neighborhoods nearby -- want it to grow better. The story references the proposed arts, retail, and office development planned for eight acres owned by Case Western Reserve University and University Circle Inc.

Board hears of math scores improvement

Times-Reporter.com, February 17, 2008
Eric Bettinger, assistant professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University, recently reported statistics from a pay-for-performance program to the Coshocton Board of Education.

Who gives more to charitable causes, conservatives or liberals?

Baltimore Examiner, February 18, 2008
An op-ed article about charitable giving cites research conducted by Stephen Post, professor of bioethics, philosophy and religion at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Open minds, open books, open source

Inside Higher Ed, February 19, 2008
Some university library systems -- disappointed with software that doesn't fit their needs -- have begun creating their own open-source solutions that are fully customizable, free for others to use and compatible with existing systems.

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