Rhonda Williams Named Among History News Network's Top Young Historians

Rhonda Y. Williams

Rhonda Williams, associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, was recently named a "Top Young Historian" by the History News Network. She joins a group of young researchers recognized by the flagship online site that posts news about historians, historical research and current events.

Williams, who teaches courses on African American, women's and urban history, says she regularly visits the History News Network Web site to monitor what her peers at other colleges and universities are doing in the field of history.

Twenty historians from different fields in history were honored this year. Read more.

Football Receives Touchdown Club's Top Team Award


After their record-breaking season this past fall, the Case Western Reserve University football team has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the Bob Gain Cup, recognizing the best small college football team in the state of Ohio. The announcement was made by the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities.

The University Athletic Association champion Spartans finished the 2007 regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, and had several players earn postseason accolades. Read more.

NetWellness Enters Partnership with New Online Health and Fitness Section

Beginning today, NetWellness will be featured in the Plain Dealer's new online health section for consumers on Cleveland.com. Launched together with a companion section for the medical community, the consumer section is designed to help people make health decisions, navigate the health care system, and have better communication with their providers.

NetWellness will contribute a weekly Wednesday column featuring faculty experts from Case Western Reserve University and other institutions that are part of the online site, and the NetWellness search will be a regular part of the health and fitness page. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Annual Giving has moved to Nord Hall, Room 214. The new location code is 7218; all phone numbers remain the same.

The Case School of Engineering continues its celebration of National Engineers' Week through February 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. Read more for a list of activities and events.

For Faculty and Staff


The Spartan Cheerleaders seek faculty and staff members to cheer during the Annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball game beginning at 5:30 p.m., February 22 in Horsburgh Gym at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center.

Faculty and staff are invited to come out and encourage their friends and colleagues who are playing in the game. No cheerleading experience is necessary.

If interested in participating, send e-mail to Shane Jeffers.

For Students

The Women in Science & Engineering Roundtable (WISER) presents the "Nontraditional Careers in the Sciences Panel Discussion" from 12:30-2 p.m., February 22 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The session will explore topics such as the diversity of careers in the science and engineering fields. During the discussion, scientists in nontraditional careers will discuss their unique jobs. For a complete listing of panelists, go to the WISER Web site. For information, contact Liz Lierman via e-mail or at 368-6858.

Beginning February 22 and continuing each Friday through April 25, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Molly Berger will hold "Summer Office Hours" from 12:30-2 p.m. at SAGES Cafe to answer questions about the summer session, the new May Term, and available classes. She also will have informational fliers and fun giveaways.

The Pre-Dental Society will host Philip Aftoora, director of student services at the School of Dental Medicine, at 7:30 p.m., February 21 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. He will discuss the student interviewing process for those interested in attending dental school. For information, send e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.


Eldred Theater will stage Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie February 22, 23, 28, 29, and March 1 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on February 24 and March 2. General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and university personnel, and $5 for students. Read more.

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. RSVP is required by calling 368-0985.

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.

In Memoriam

Walter Strauss, Elizabeth and Walter C. Treuhaft Professor Emeritus of Humanities, died February 5 at age 84. He taught at the university until 1993, earning awards for outstanding graduate and undergraduate teaching. He published more than 100 articles, as well as chapters in more than 25 books.

February 20, 2008

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Case in the News

Maine's aging Boomers: Boomers want more state needs to prepare for retiring generation

Maine Morning Sentinel, February 20, 2008
As a group, Baby Boomers are outspoken about their desire for better health care, more educational opportunities, and environmental policies. Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The surrogate science debate

MSNBC.com, February 20, 2008
The advisers on technology policy for Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama took turns answering questions about what their bosses would do if they were president at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting. Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Low-dose dopamine doesn't affect PD motor symptoms

Rehab Management, February 20, 2008
Low doses of apomorphine do not worsen symptoms in patients with Parkinson disease. The article references a study conducted by Steven Gunzler, assistant professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University, and his research team.

Higher Ed News

Wealth gap growing bigger among American colleges

New York Times, February 20, 2008
Colleges and universities raised about $30 billion in 2007, six percent more than the previous year. But nearly one-third of that increase -- $518 million -- went to just 20 institutions.

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