Case Western Reserve Student Yvette Cendes Reports from the American Association for the Advancement of Science Meeting

Yvette Cendes

Case Western Reserve University physicist Lawrence Krauss—a writer of popular science books—may have some future competition for the bestsellers' list. Recently the National Science Writers Association (NASW) chose senior physics major Yvette Cendes as one of 10 undergraduates to participate in the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston.

"The reason this honor was so cool is that I got a press badge. That was fun," said Cendes.

But that wasn't everything the NASW offered. She was teamed up with Time magazine contributing writer Michael Lemonick for shadowing and mentoring. Lemonick introduced her to reporters and editors of major science magazines as well as scientists -- many Cendes said she has admired for a long time. Read more.

Developments in Umbilical Cord Blood-derived Stem Cell Studies to be Discussed at Research ShowCASE


Exciting research is taking place in the development and application of stem cells, considered the body's "master" cells because they create all other tissues, organs and systems in the human body. Researchers have concluded that stem cells are the key to the body's regenerative ability.

A forum sponsored by The Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Cord Blood Foundation, dba the Cleveland Cord Blood Center, will explore how stem cells from umbilical cord blood have been used in lifesaving treatments and research. The discussion will take place on April 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon during Research ShowCASE, an annual event that highlights ongoing research from Case Western Reserve University's faculty, students and collaborative partners. Read more.

Campus News

Lost item: Sporting event tickets were recently found on campus. Please claim by naming the event, time and day. Send e-mail to Patsy Harris.

The campus community is invited to join a walking tour of the John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection beginning at 12:30 p.m., April 11. Meet in the Thwing Center atrium. The outdoor sculpture collection was established to enrich the visual and educational environment of the campus and University Circle.

The Office of Alumni Relations has partnered with Liberty Mutual to offer Case Western Reserve University alumni special savings on auto, home and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus. Two of Liberty Mutual's local sales representatives will be at Alumni House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 17 to provide free, no-obligation rate quotes. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their current insurance declarations for comparisons. Lunch will be provided by the Office of Alumni Relations. RSVP by calling 800-866-6280.


The university will host the Third Annual Celebrate Recovery at Case, a fundraising event to benefit the university's Prevention & Recovery Services (PRS), which includes Recovery House at Case, scholarships for recovering students and PRS campus/community programs and services geared toward substance abuse prevention. The event is from 6-10 p.m., April 19 at the George S. Dively Center. The keynote speaker is Jane Eigner Mintz, a certified international intervention specialist. Tickets are $25 for faculty, staff and the community in advance, $35 at the door. Students from local colleges are admitted free. Learn more.

The Theta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Omega and Case EMS presents the Third Annual March for Marfan -- a 5K run/3K walk -- beginning at 11 a.m., April 12 at Nord Hall. The walk/run raises funds for the National Marfan Foundation. Go online to get event details and to learn more about the illness.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to compete in the Cleveland 3v3 Soccer Tournament to help support the American Cancer Society. The contest begins at 11 a.m., April 13 at the Case Western Reserve athletic field at the Village at 115. Teams are asked to arrive 45 minutes prior to the tournament start, may have up to five participants and may be co-ed. Registration is $50 per team and includes T-shirts for each member. All entries must be received by 6 p.m., April 11. Registration is available online, along with tournament rules. Prizes will be awarded, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Sponsors include Mahle, FastSigns Downtown Cleveland, Quiznos, Lube Stop and the Cleveland City Stars.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Bookstore is holding a faculty textbook order contest for fall 2008. Place any book request by April 11 and be entered into a drawing for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. Orders can be submitted via campus mail, e-mail, or fax to 368-5205. In addition, orders can be placed online through the bookstore's Web site (click on the faculty button).

For Students

The Career Center has several databases that provide information about internships, profiles and statistics about popular careers. Learn more.

The April 2008 edition of the Mind Body Connection, the monthly newsletter from the Center for Collegiate Behavioral Health, is now available online.

Case Western Reserve's American Medical Student Association presents "Dinner with Doctors" at 6:30 p.m., April 14, at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The event is an opportunity for all undergraduate students to talk with physicians from different specialties -- including ophthalmology, plastic surgery and obstetrics/gynocology -- during a formal dinner. Tickets will be on sale for $12 (cash only) in Nord Hall's atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April 11, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 14 for $15 (CaseCash accepted). For information, send e-mail to Debra Zauner.


Koinonia Christian Fellowship is hosting a benefit concert for the Bellflower Center for Prevention of Child Abuse from 8-9:30 p.m., April 14 in Thwing Center's ballroom. Groups including Solstice, Case in Point, the university's Juggling Club and Judah Early will be performing. Tickets -- which cost $3 -- will be sold in Nord Hall through April 11, as well as at the door before the event. CaseCash will be accepted. For questions, e-mail Koinonia.

Case Western Reserve University's MaDaCol (Mather Dance Collective) will present its spring concert at 8 p.m., April 17 and 18, and at 7 and 8:30 p.m., April 19 at the Mather Dance Center. MaDaCol is the university's dance ensemble of undergraduate dancers from a wide range of majors and community members. Admission is $3 at the door.

Patrizia Bonaventura, assistant professor of communication sciences and cognitive science, and Per Aage Brandt, Emile B. de Sauzé Professor of Modern Languages & Literatures and Cognitive Science, will present a discussion with Mario De Caro from the University of Rome on the topic of "The Mind-Brain Problem: The Naturalization of the Soul," from 1-3 p.m., April 11 in Crawford Hall, Room 618. Part of the Philosophy and Cognition series, presented in collaboration with the Laboratory of Applied Research in Cognitive Semiotics and the Center for Cognition and Culture. Read more about other lectures in the series.

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.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

In Memoriam


Yoh-Han Pao, George S. Dively Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Engineering, died April 3. He was 85. Pao was nationally known for his work in lasers. He joined the university in 1967 as a professor of electrical engineering, and he chaired the electrical engineering and applied physics departments for 10 years. In addition, he was the founding director of the Center for Automation and Intelligent Systems Research.

April 10, 2008

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Case in the News

Case is ranked by U.S. News as social work, nursing leader

The Plain Dealer, April 9, 2008
The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University ranked No. 10 out of 182 social work programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

The aria of Chris Matthews

The New York Times Magazine, Issue dated April 13, 2008

A profile story about MSNBC's Chris Matthews references his keynote address at Case Western Reserve University's 2005 Commencement Convocation.

Leading geneticist Francis Collins named first recipient of the Inamori Ethics Prize at Case Western Reserve University

KAIT, April 9, 2008
Francis S. Collins, a physician-geneticist and leader of the Human Genome Project, has been named recipient of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize from the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University.

Varied interests and goals for high school scholars

The Washington Post, April 10, 2008

A feature story about Washington, D.C. area high school students includes a profile on Stephanie Onuoha. She has a cumulative 3.895 grade-point average, and plans to pursue a career in education at Case Western Reserve University.

Stop anxiety and stress less, April 10, 2008
An article which offers tips for leading a less stressful life cites research from Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

For Class of '08, a scramble for jobs

Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2008
As the credit crunch roils financial markets and the U.S. economy sputters, new college graduates are plunging into the rockiest job market in recent years.

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