President Snyder Invites Case Western Reserve Community to Participate in Relay For Life Event


I write today to make sure you are aware of an exciting new event taking place next month at Case Western Reserve University. Thanks to the energy and activism of a committed group of students, our campus will host its first-ever Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's signature annual event.

More than 30 teams across our community already have pledged to participate, and I am pleased to serve as honorary co-chair. Our event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 18 and continues through noon on Saturday, April 19. It is scheduled to take place at and around the track at the North Residential Village (and will relocate to Veale Convocation Center in the event of inclement weather).

I don't need to tell you about the devastation cancer can wreak; too many of us have personal experience with loss. Nor do I need to explain the amazing progress researchers have made in battling the disease; our own Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has been responsible for some of the most impressive discoveries. What bears repeating, however, is that so much more work must be done. Your support of our Relay For Life can make a concrete and measurable difference in this effort.


Many opportunities still are available to participate. You can form a team of your own or join an existing one. You can donate to others. You can volunteer that Friday or Saturday (or both). The point is, I know this campus cares deeply; witness the 160,000 volunteer hours you commit each year to schools, hospitals and other worthy organizations. This event allows us to come together on our own campus and demonstrate the depth of our compassion -- and our desire to make a difference in people's lives.

The Relay For Life also welcomes survivors. They open the event by walking the first lap, and then can participate in a free, celebratory dinner Friday evening.

I hope you will join me in working to make this inaugural version of our Relay For Life one to remember. For more information, you can e-mail the Relay For Life organizers, or contact Katie Rosenbalm at our local chapter of the American Cancer Society or by phone at 1-800-ACS-OHIO, ext. 1201. You also can register online.

Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist, to Deliver University's Commencement Address

Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative of the Internet classified ad giant and a double alumnus of Case Western Reserve University, will deliver the keynote address at the university's commencement ceremonies, Sunday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the Veale Athletic and Recreation Center.

Newmark, who received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Case Western Reserve in the mid-1970s, was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2005. The craigslist site, which receives nine billion page views per month, features a wide variety of postings -- including notices for jobs, housing, personals, services and events, as well as space for online discussion forums.

Online registration for commencement ceremonies is open through April 1. Read more.

Campus News

Yesterday at approximately 4 p.m. several members of the Case Western Reserve University community received "Spear Phish" e-mails, scams through which people are lured into providing sensitive data about themselves to official-looking e-mail addresses. This message, which appeared to come from the university help desk and asked users to verify their e-mail accounts and personal information, has been determined to be fraudulent. Faculty, staff, students and others should not reply to the message, nor ever provide sensitive information, such as user IDs, passwords, birth dates, social security numbers or other personal data, via email. Details are available on the Information Security Web site.

Campus community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day or have sleep apnea may qualify for a new research study investigating how the treatment of sleep apnea affects the markers of oxidative stress in blood. Throughout the study, participants will come in for two overnight visits at the Dahms Clinical Research Unit in Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital to have their progress monitored. Eligible participants will be compensated for their time, and will receive a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to keep following the study. Potential volunteers should meet the following requirements: Be between the ages of 20 and 75; have sleep apnea or a history of snoring; have excessive daytime sleepiness; and must be in otherwise good health. For information, contact Amanda Hayes via e-mail or at (216) 844-6269.

For Faculty and Staff

Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology, will once again offer his summer grant writing course Critical Thinking in Research to faculty June 2 through July 28. By the end of the course, attendees will gain the necessary skills to complete a funding proposal for the Fall 2008 federal deadlines. Information about class schedules, registration and tuition waivers is available online. Class size is limited, so prompt registration is encouraged.

For Students


The Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life is currently accepting applications for the 2008 summer resident assistant and graduate assistant positions within Residence Life. All applicants must be current RAs or graduate staff, or must have worked within Residence Life for one academic semester. Send inquiries via e-mail to Jamie Elwell.

Undergraduates interested in living together under the common theme of "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" are invited to e-mail Ed Caner from the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program, or Gary Wnek from The Institute of Management and Engineering as faculty advisers. An application for special interest housing is available online.

The Career Center invites undergraduate students of all majors and class standings to apply for a Career Peer position. Career Peers are advisers who educate students about employment opportunities and services. They work approximately 8-10 hours per week assisting students with accessing resources, planning and presenting Career Center programs and promoting the center via student outreach.


Refer to the Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group Web site for a listing of upcoming discussions, which take place most Fridays during the academic year from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. Free.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is hosting "Science is Fun! Family Day" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 8 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event will include science activities, friendly competitions and demonstrations throughout the day. Free. To RSVP, call 368-5075, or send e-mail to Kathryn Kwiatkowski.

March 6, 2008

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The country's top senior athletes will be coming to Cleveland en masse in 2013 for what will be one of the biggest events ever hosted here. The competitions will take place at several venues, including Case Western Reserve University.

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Prospects for a presidential debate focusing on science and technology -- Science Debate 2008 -- are on the upswing. Lawrence Krauss, one of the key organizers and a professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

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Cleveland Scene, March 5, 2008
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