Research ShowCASE to Highlight Faculty, Student Research, Collaborations


Online registration is now open for Case Western Reserve University's Sixth Annual Research ShowCASE -- taking place April 16 and 17 at Veale Convocation Center.

More than 500 undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral students, and faculty will present research being conducted at Case Western Reserve and its collaborating institutions through poster displays, interactive demonstrations and other media. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in forums framing the research in the context of current local and global issues and the commercial aspects of research and discovery. The general public and friends of the university also are invited to attend the free exhibition. Read more.

University to Test Outdoor Speakers March 25-April 1

Case Western Reserve University will be testing its outdoor speaker system periodically over the next two weeks. All tests will take place during regular business hours.

The public address system, part of the university's emergency communications network, consists of eight to 12 loud speakers at blue phone locations around campus. These tests will be voice-based.

During the public address system tests, campus police and security personnel will be stationed around campus near the outdoor speakers in case some faculty, staff, students, community members or visitors to campus are not aware of the trials. Notices regarding the tests also are being sent to neighboring institutions.

Members of the campus community do not need to respond to any of the outdoor speaker tests March 25-April 1.

After a test to take place April 1-4, faculty, staff and students will be asked to complete a short online survey to note whether they heard and understood the messages broadcast over the public address system. Voice, e-mail and text message communications also will be tested at this time. Details are forthcoming.

Additional information will be available through e-mail and on the main university homepage.

New Student Information System Now Available

Beginning today, undergraduate, graduate, nursing and law students -- and the faculty who teach and advise them -- are able to access the new Student Information System (SIS) for the first time. The link to the new system also is available on the registrar's Web site. Faculty and students will log in with their Case Network IDs and passwords.

In the new system, faculty can:

  • release advising holds (substitutes for registration PINs) for advisees
  • view course history, cumulative grade reports and other advisee academic data
  • view advisee rosters (with photos, e-mail options)
  • grant course permissions and overrides
  • view class rosters (with photos, e-mail options) for courses in which students have enrolled

Written materials and the dates of upcoming "how to" sessions for faculty are currently available on the ERP project Web site. There is also a SIS faculty brochure in the works.

For students, there is a way to register for classes beginning with summer and fall 2008. The new SIS is being implemented university-wide on a rolling basis, and SOLAR will no longer be used for registration.

Students will be able to register using the new system according to the schedule, which can be viewed online.

Although students will not be able to register until their appointment date arrives, system access begins today for undergraduate, graduate, law and nursing students. Students will be able to search for classes, add them to the shopping cart and validate classes in the cart to see if there will be any issues ahead of appointment dates. Students can check for things like time conflicts, missing enforced requisites, missing permissions and more. There are many other features to explore such as course history, cumulative grade reports and a grid view of the weekly schedule.

Additional launches will follow throughout the spring and summer. Visit the project Web site or send an e-mail for additional information and updates.

Campus News

The Office of Alumni Relations is sponsoring "Onsite Auto and Homeowners Insurance Quoting Days" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 25 and 27 at the Alumni House. A representative from Liberty Mutual's Group Savings Plus program will be available to provide free quotes on home and auto insurance and to provide additional details about the company's offerings. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their current policy declarations. Lunch will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are being accepted by e-mail to Janice Barker or by phone at (440) 808-0288, ext. 51946.


The Weatherhead School of Management tax assistance group is offering free tax preparation services for university staff and students. Service is provided by student volunteers on a first come, first served basis. Go to the Weatherhead event calendar for session dates and locations.

Campus community members who are involved in research are invited to attend a CaseLearns class, "Patent Research: Basic Search Techniques," at 10 a.m., March 28 in the Kelvin Smith Library. This course will introduce simple patent terminology and basic search techniques. Register on the KSL Web site to participate.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Faculty Diversity continues its workshop series for faculty featuring money management educators with "Estate Planning -- Wills and Trusts," from 12:30-2 p.m., April 4 in Clapp Hall, Room 108. The workshop is geared toward people interested in protecting their assets from unnecessary loss, taxation or erosion. The workshop will focus on the benefits of proper estate planning, issues related to wills and living trusts and the probate process. Free. Spouses welcome to attend; participants will receive one private consultation. RSVP to Amanda Shaffer via e-mail or at 368-8874.

For Students

Students earning either a bachelor's or a master's degree are encouraged to attend Case Western Reserve University's GRAD FAIR 2008 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., March 26 and 27 at the University Bookstore located inside Thwing Center. The fair will feature one-stop shopping for graduates' needs. Discount pricing will be available on cap and gowns, class rings and other graduation supplies. Students attending the GRAD FAIR also must register online to reserve tickets for the University Commencement Convocation.

The Pre-Dental Society is hosting a panel discussion with current School of Dental Medicine students beginning at 7:30 this evening in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Those who have questions about attending dental school are invited to attend. For information, send e-mail to Saleh Al-Kharsa.



Case Western Reserve University is co-sponsoring the Cleveland Clinic's Ideas for Tomorrow speaker series event featuring J. Craig Venter, an unconventional scientist, author and entrepreneur who led the effort to sequence and publish the first human genome in 2001. He was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2007. Venter's free talk will begin at 5 p.m., April 3 at the Bank of America Conference Center located at the InterContinental Hotel. RSVP online.

The History Department and the History Graduate Students Association are sponsoring a free lecture with guest speaker Michael Neufeld, chair of the Space History Division at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., March 25 at the Mandel Center for NonProfit Organizations, Room 115. His topic will be "Space Hero or Nazi Villain? Werner von Braun as Cold War Icon." Neufeld wrote a recently published biography on Werner von Braun, considered to be the man behind both Nazi Germany's V-1 and V-2 rockets and NASA's postwar rocket program.

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 24, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve joins economic collaborative

Akron Beacon Journal, March 21, 2008
Case Western Reserve University became the sixth higher education institution in the region to join the Fund for Our Economic Future as a voting member, committing $100,000 over three years. The initiative unites philanthropic organizations in an effort to help transform the region's economy.

UT begins push to improve ranking among U.S. colleges

Toledo Blade, March 23, 2008
The University of Toledo has begun a formal initiative to raise its U.S. News & World Report rankings to the "third tier" of national universities. Higher-ranked schools such as Case Western Reserve University can restrict admission to students with certain grade point averages and standardized test scores. But UT is challenged by its open admissions policy.

Poker a game of skill according to doctoral student studies

Casino Gambling Web, March 23, 2008
A student from Case Western Reserve University, Michael DeDonno, has determined through two poker-related studies that the game is skill.

Even with a map, the road is rocky

Washington Post, March 24, 2008
Franchises are often seen as a good way for newcomers to start a business. For a fraction of the capital it would take to launch a business from scratch, franchisers can build one that comes with a basic road map. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Fear of rejection

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 24, 2008 Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business
Dustin Tyler, an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University's medical and engineering schools, said young researchers have one question on their minds: Is becoming a researcher worth the sacrifices and worry?

Higher Ed News

U.S. proposes new rules on student privacy

Inside Higher Ed, March 24, 2008
Responding to the issues raised by Virginia Tech, by- laws like the Patriot Act, and by several recent court decisions, the U.S. Education Department today proposed new regulations to govern the educational privacy law known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

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