National Cityscapes Conference Traverses Urban Environments Through Humanities' Lens

Cleveland Skyline as seen from the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River

The three-day National Cityscapes Conference, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, will examine the urban environment, past and present, through the lens of the humanities, asking what contributions the arts, culture and society have made to the formation of cities.

The free, public conference, March 27-29, launches with an exhibition by conceptual artist Carl Pope, who has turned a public conversation about Clevelanders' dreams and anxieties for their city into a poster installation called The Mind of Cleveland that will extend out into the city through billboards and kiosk posters.

The Cityscape conference dovetails with Case Western Reserve's 2008 Humanities Week celebration -- which runs through March 29 -- dedicated to the theme of Cityscapes. The featured keynote speaker for Humanities Week is Norman Krumholtz, winner of the 2007 Cleveland Arts Prize for his lifetime work in urban planning. His talk, also free and open to the public, takes place at 4:30 p.m., March 28 at Amasa Stone Chapel. Read more.

Baseball's Clay Hurley at Home on the Diamond


The grandson of a former Cleveland Indians pitcher, Clay Hurley wanted to play football coming out of high school, ended up briefly playing college basketball, and now is the leadoff man and starting centerfielder for the Case Western Reserve University baseball team.

"Coming out of high school, [when football wasn't an option] it was a toss up between basketball and baseball," Hurley said.

A pre-med student and biology major, Hurley has certainly found a great way to start his collegiate baseball career, as his single and collision at first base in the top of the ninth in the team's season-opener against No. 5 Emory sparked a four-run inning, leading to a 5-4 victory for Case Western Reserve. Read more.

Campus News


Volunteers are needed for the 36th Annual International Dinner , taking place April 5 at Thwing Center's ballroom. The event offers guests an opportunity to sample authentic international cuisine, enjoy entertainment from around the world, and to admire the rich colors and fabrics of traditional clothing from many different lands. The dinner's success depends upon over 100 student, faculty and staff volunteers in the areas of cooking, event set up, decorating, greeting guests and more. In addition, tickets -- $10 for undergraduate students and $15 for graduate students and others -- are on sale at the Office of International Student Services. For questions, call 368-2517.

The Office of Alumni Relations is sponsoring "Onsite Auto and Homeowners Insurance Quoting Days" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 27 at the Alumni House. A representative from Liberty Mutual will be available to provide free quotes on home and auto insurance. 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.

For Faculty and Staff

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting a seminar entitled "Through the Labyrinth: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Women as Leaders," from 2-4 p.m., March 27 at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 118. Alice Eagly, professor of psychology and James Padilla Chair in Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, will make the presentation based on a recent book she co-authored, Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders. Sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation and Academic Careers in Engineering and Sciences.

The Staff Advisory Council seeks nominations for vice-chair and secretary. Those who would like to nominate themselves or the name of a serving member for consideration should do so by noon on March 27. Forward nominations via e-mail to Richard Cole.

For Students

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) has launched the fourth annual Biomedical Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Awards (BMEidea). Student teams must submit by April 4, 2008. The top prize is $10,000. Winners will be announced in June. Contact Ed Caner, director, Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) at 368-3710 or visit the NCIIA Web site for more details.

Online applications for the Student Turning Point Society (STPS) are due by March 28 to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. STPS is a select group of undergraduate leaders -- chosen by their peers -- committed to promoting the spirit of Case Western Reserve University. E-mail Alex Hamberger with questions.




The campus community is invited to attend "Israeli Politics and Palestinian Politics: Internal Pressures and the Prospects for Peace," a conversation with Abraham Diskin, associate professor of political science at Hebrew University, and Rex Brynen, professor of political science at McGill University, from 7:30-9 p.m., April 8 at Ford Auditorium, Allen Medical Library. Co-sponsored by the Center for Policy Studies and the Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies. Learn more. Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

The Norman Wain Distinguished Journalist speakers series continues from 6:30-8 tonight with Jane Kramer, European correspondent for The New Yorker and a founding director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She has written a regular "Letter from Europe" column for 20 years, and has written nine books; the latest is Lone Patriot.

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 26, 2008

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Case in the News

Case-Play House master's program sets the stage for careers in acting

The Plain Dealer, March 26, 2008
Eight third-year students in the Cleveland Play House/Case Western Reserve University graduate acting program will earn master of fine arts degrees this spring, and their Actors' Equity Association union cards for doing Pride and Prejudice, the beloved Jane Austen tale adapted for the stage by James Maxwell.

The end of cosmology?

Scientific American, March 25, 2008
An article co-authored by Lawrence Krauss, professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, focuses on how an accelerating universe could wipe out traces of its own origins. The piece references an article Krauss and Glenn Starkman, professor of physics, co-authored.

Is the biomedical industry sick?, March 24, 2008
Many like to say that the biomedical industry is where Northeast Ohio's future lies. However, research funding from the National Institutes of Health has been flat for the last five years. Joseph Jankowski, assistant vice president of life sciences at Case Western Reserve University's Technology Transfer Office, was a guest for the Sound of Ideas program on this topic.

Lentigen signs brain cancer agreement with university

FDA, March 26, 2008
Lentigen and Case Western Reserve University will collaborate to develop a stem-cell therapy for glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer.

Northeast Ohio banks court National City customers

The Plain Dealer, March 26, 2008
With market leader National City Corp. bombarded with bad mortgage loans, a volatile stock price and rumors that it could be sold, the competition for banking business is quickly heating up in Northeast Ohio. Scott Fine, a finance professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Encouraging interfaith experiences

Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2008
A summit this week sponsored by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, explored the types of campus structures -- architectural, administrative and otherwise -- that might encourage meaningful interactions across religious lines.

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