Track Athlete Multitasks in Sports, Classroom

Obinna Nwanna

Although he is a member of a rebuilding track and field team at Case Western Reserve University, Obinna Nwanna is a part of an already renowned and established biomedical engineering (BME) program.

Nwanna is exercising his multitasking skills in the classroom -- managing the course load of a biomedical engineering program ranked among the top 10 in the country; working as a lab assistant creating devices to restore genitourinary function for victims of spinal cord injuries; and even as a sophomore, already weighing his options for after graduation: doctor, engineer or something else.

His multitasking doesn't end in the classroom, as this season he hopes to compete in the decathlon at the Hurricane Invitational on March 22 in Florida during the Spartans' outdoor track and field season. He has already established himself in the long-jump and high-jump this season, taking first in the high-jump and second in the long-jump at the Case Invitational, while also finishing third overall in the shot-put in the same meet. Read more.

M.F.A. Candidates Present Dance Works March 27-30


Case Western Reserve Master of Fine Arts candidates Heather Koniz and Sheau-Feng Luo will present their thesis dance concert, "No Boundary," at 8 p.m. March 27-29, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m., March 30 at the Mather Dance Center.

The concert culminates the dancers' experiences as graduate students in the Case Western Reserve theater and dance department, and features six works that explore intimate issues. Each has staged a program that showcases their talents as dancers and choreographers. Read more.

Campus News


The Weatherhead School of Management invites the campus community to celebrate the appointment of Professor Bo Carlsson to the Frank Tracy Carlton Chair from 4-6 p.m., April 1 at the George S. Dively Building, Room 202. The event will include a presentation by Carlsson entitled "Knowledge Creation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth," with a reception immediately following the talk. RSVP by March 28 online, or call Peggy Sobul at 368-3247.

Information Technology Services will host an open forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 20 in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Featured topics will include Adobe Connect, the university's information architecture and the Tier I Controls.

The Common Reading Committee is beginning the selection process for the assigned reading for new undergraduate students entering the university in fall 2009. The committee is seeking a theme for the selection process as well as specific books that conform to the proposed theme. To make recommendations, complete the online Common Reading survey.

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.

"The Unspoken Culture of Gender" workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m., March 20 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The session will explore differences in cross-gender communication, and participants will be provided with tools to effectively manage communication differences in the workplace. Register via e-mail.

For Students


Doctoral Fitting Days -- a fitting occasion for all new Ph.D., J.D., M.D., D.N.P., D.M.D. and D.M.A. graduates -- will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 20 at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building. Representatives from the University Bookstore and the Commencement Office will be on hand to assist students with their graduation planning and celebration needs. Students will have an opportunity to be measured for academic regalia, and can register to participate in Commencement ceremonies.



The Footlighters, the university's student-run musical theater group, will be presenting the musical Chicago as part of its 10 year anniversary. Show times are 8 p.m. March 27-29, with an additional show at 11:59 p.m. on the 29th, all shows in Thwing Center's ballroom. Tickets are $5 for students with ID and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or reserved online.

The Institute for Global Security Law and Policy presents Elizabeth Hillman, visiting professor from the University of California's Hastings College of Law, on the topic of "The Bomber Generals & the New Laws of War: Terror, Romance & American Air Power," from 4:30-5:30 p.m., March 20 at the Moot Courtroom, Room A59. Free.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents "Russian Modernism: A Prelude to the Twentieth Century" featuring George Kalbouss, a professor emeritus from Ohio State University, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. today in Clark Hall, Room 309.

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.

March 19, 2008

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Case in the News

Letting NIH funding slide is a mistake with deadly consequences

The Plain Dealer, March 18, 2008
In an op-ed piece, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis explains why biomedical researchers across the country are so concerned about slow downs in federal financial support for the National Institutes of Health.

African-American women are in a unique position this presidential year

WKSU, March 17, 2008
Women voters are getting more attention in this presidential season than ever before, especially African- American women voters. Karen Beckwith, professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

MetroHealth appoints interim CEO, president

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 18, 2008
The MetroHealth System has appointed Mark Moran as its interim president and CEO. Before joining MetroHealth, Moran was a partner at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and taught finance for six years at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management.

Higher Ed News

Harvard Law, hoping students will consider public service, offers tuition break

New York Times, March 18, 2008
Concerned by the low numbers of law students choosing careers in public service, Harvard Law School plans to waive tuition for third-year students who pledge to spend five years working either for nonprofit organizations or the government.

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