Max Kade Foundation Grant Supports University's German Cultural Activities

Jutta Ittner

In the next months, Rooms 112 and 113 in Clark Hall will undergo a high-tech transformation for German cultural activities.

A $100,000 grant from the Max Kade Foundation in New York City will be used to reconfigure the Max Kade Center for German Studies to support a multi-use environment for classes, readings, lectures, workshops, film screenings and more.

Currently those activities take place at different locations around campus, but the renovations will enable the center to be home to German culture on campus, said Jutta Ittner, director of the center and associate professor of German and comparative languages in the College of Arts and Sciences. Read more.

Fulbright Scholar Steven Feldman to Discuss Research on American-Chinese Business Relations

Steve Feldman

Steven Feldman will discuss his experiences in the People's Republic of China as a Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics through the Fulbright Scholars program beginning at 11:30 a.m., February 28 in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall.

During "China Lessons: A Fulbright Experience in Shanghai," Feldman, associate professor in the Department of Marketing and Policy Studies, will talk about his teaching and carrying out international business ethics research, as well as the challenges the two countries face.

Feldman's talk will also provide insight to faculty interested in learning more about the Fulbright program. This was his second Fulbright award. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community will observe Global AIDS Week of Action February 25-29. Activities will include a red balloon display, lectures, a movie and more. Sponsored by the university's American Medical Student Association, the School of Medicine, the Student Global AIDS Campaign and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Students, faculty and staff can receive a free LASIK screening and $200 off per eye for LASIK surgery through the University Hospitals Laser Vision Center. To take advantage of the offer, campus members must mention their university affiliation when scheduling an appointment and must present their university ID during the screening. For details, call (440) 720-0331.

For Faculty and Staff

Check out Kelvin Smith Library's digital library, which archives, preserves and disseminates the intellectual output of research at the university in electronic formats, as well as collections of historical library materials that have been digitized.

For Students

Wellness Week will take place February 25-29. Activities will include workshops on sleep, nutrition, exercise, women's health, stress management, meditation and much more. In addition, there will be raffles and the chance to win prizes at the events. Sponsored by the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, University Health Service and the Department of Athletics.

The Department of Family Medicine, Center for Adolescent Health seeks volunteers to help administer the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in over 70 local middle schools through June. The time commitment is approximately one to two hours. Volunteers will receive gift cards for their participation. For information, contact Edward Hill via e-mail or at 368-6742.



The Case Western Reserve University Bookstore will host a book discussion of The Myth of Alzheimers: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis with authors Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology and coauthor Daniel George. Discussion will take place noon to 1 p.m., February 25. For details, call 368-2650.

The Department of Art History announces the 34th Annual Cleveland Symposium from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., February 29 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The theme is "Au Naturel: Studying the Representation of the Nude in Art." The keynote address will be given by Henry Adams, professor of American art at Case Western Reserve. The symposium is organized by students in the joint graduate program between Case and the art museum. Free, open to the public.

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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Jeanine Arden Ornt, vice president and general counsel, was recently appointed to serve on two national committees: the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Advisory Council, and the Joint Commissions on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Sentinel Events Advisory Committee.

Two members of the Case Western Reserve community have had photographs accepted for inclusion in the six-state 28th annual FAVA (Firelands Association for the Visual Arts) Photography Show. Al Aiken, a lecturer in photography in art education in the College of Arts and Sciences, has three color-composite photographs on display, including "Forest/Trees," which won the Juror's Award. His two other works in the show are called "Trees (Summer)" and "Trees (Spring Blue)." Susan Griffith, a senior media representative in University Marketing and Communications, submitted a black and white photograph, "Leaf Impression," which was accepted for the gallery exhibition. The FAVA show is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays through March 28 at the New Union Center for the Arts on Main Street in Oberlin, Ohio.

The 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest winners have been announced. The first place prize was awarded to Janice Reed, a student at the School of Medicine; second place went to Bob Amico, an undergraduate studying philosophy and economics; and third place was awarded to Paulette Goll, a lecturer in the Department of English. Their essays are posted online.

In Memoriam

William C. "Will" Schmich, 28, of Macedonia, Ohio, died February 18. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve in 2003, and was working on an M.B.A. through the Weatherhead School of Management's weekend program. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the cheerleading squad. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m., February 23 at DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home of Willoughby Hills, 28890 Chardon Road.

February 22, 2008

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Monthly Science Cafés attract crowds for a beer and brain-teasing banter

The Plain Dealer, February 22, 2008
Case Western Reserve University's chapter of Sigma Xi hosts the Science Café, a public discussion of scientific issues, at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. the second Monday of each month. Nicholas Ziats, associate professor of pathology and chapter president, said the idea is to bring science to the community in a friendly environment.

Cleveland courting Hungarian medical companies

The Plain Dealer, February 22, 2008
A conference call set for Tuesday could be the start of a deeper economic connection between Northeast Ohio and Hungary. The prospect of greater economic cooperation emerged last spring when a local trade mission -- including Mark Coticchia, vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University -- visited Hungary.

Macro micro

BusinessWeek, February 20, 2008
It's often said that men make better entrepreneurs than women. Not so. Companies founded by men and those started by women are equally profitable, according to research coauthored by Scott Shane, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Measuring 'impact' of B-school research

Inside Higher Ed, February 22, 2008
Like any other academic enterprise, business schools expect their faculty to produce peer-reviewed research. The relevance, purpose and merit of that research has been debated almost since the institutions started appearing, and now a new report promises to add to the discussion -- and possibly stir more debate.

Higher education gap may slow economic mobility

New York Times, February 20, 2008
Economic mobility -- the chance that children of the poor or middle class will climb up the income ladder -- has not changed significantly over the last three decades, according to a recent study. The study warns that widening gaps in higher education accessibility could soon lead to a downturn in opportunities for the poorest families.

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