Undergraduates Explore Animal Cognition, Disposition in Interdisciplinary Philosophy Course

Sara Waller

Dogs listen to iPod music. Cats stare at computer animation. It's all part of students observing animals during Sara Waller's service learning philosophy class on animal behavior, consciousness and cognition at Case Western Reserve University.

While students are walking dogs, playing with cats or observing animals, they have some bigger philosophical questions to answer. Do animals think? Can they reason or are they just machines such as philosopher Rene Descartes suggested.

"I think animals are more than machines, but I'm also interested in how animal minds might be set up differently from our own minds," said Waller. Read more.

Select Collections Go Live on University's YouTube Channel

Case Western Reserve University is expanding its reach in cyberspace with the launch of its own dedicated YouTube channel.

From "The Story of Case Western Reserve University" to President Barbara Snyder at The Spot, the university's YouTube unique playlist of news, events, stories and special interests currently includes 111 videos. The "Stuff for Your Brain" section features multi-media of more than 70 classes, public lectures and presentations.

Already available at youtube.com/case are athletic competitions and gospel concerts, center dedications and campus celebrations, research collaborations and the summer reading speaker -- now with 300 times the views and visibility of previous Internet instruments.

Even without an official launch announcement, the university has garnered more than 7,000 views in its first two weeks on the world's leading online video-sharing Web site. Read more.

Campus News

The last Community Hour scheduled for this semester is the Undergraduate Honors Assembly from 12:30 to 2 p.m., April 25 at Amasa Stone Chapel.


All Case Western Reserve researchers are welcome to join the Biochemistry Stockroom's Customer Appreciation Day from noon to 2 p.m., April 25 at the School of Medicine's Wood Building, fourth floor of the biochemistry department. Existing and potential customers can learn more about the Stockroom's services while enjoying fresh scooped ice cream and pizza. Since the celebration falls on Arbor Day, attendees may win a prize from the "Money Does Grow on Trees" tree. Donations to the National Arbor Day Foundation will be accepted. For information, send an e-mail to Gerri Gardner, manager of the Biochemistry Stockroom, or call 368-3486.

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month continues, the campus community is invited to participate in the Take Back the Night Rally and March beginning at 9 p.m. tonight at Thwing Center's atrium. For questions or information, send e-mail to Katie Hanna.

As the university continues observances in honor of Earth Day, the campus community is invited to join members of the sustainability team on a behind-the-scenes tour of the university's newest residential complex -- the Village at 115 -- which has recently been awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Attendees are asked to meet in the lobby behind the Clock Tower Starbucks at 7 p.m. this evening.

For Faculty and Staff


The Commencement Office is seeking dependable Case Western Reserve employees to help make Commencement 2008 a special and memorable day for graduates. Those who are interested in working the event (per approval from direct supervisor) should go online or review the volunteer form for additional details. For information, contact Lauren Dettmer at 368-2229.

Applications are being accepted for the Staff Advisory Council's Staff Educational Enhancement Fund for summer 2008. Funds can be used for textbooks, online courses, certification, training sessions, conferences, conventions, professional association meetings, and workshops that are not funded under regular university benefits. Funds may not be used for travel-related expenses (food, transportation, lodging, etc.). Applications must be submitted by May 1 to Kathleen Dowdell or Kathleen O' Linn.

For Students

Between now and April 30, undergraduate, graduate and nursing students are requested to complete end-of-semester course evaluations using the online system. Course evaluations are an important tool used by the faculty and administration to improve future course offerings, and course evaluation results play a role in faculty promotion, tenure and salary decisions. Students should log in to the MyCase portal; within the MySchedule portlet will be hyperlinks to the course evaluation system. Students may also access the system directly.


Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, will hold book collections for its semesterly "Tau Beta Pi Bookswap." Collections will be held in Nord Hall's atrium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1, 2 and 5-8, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 3 in Thwing Center's atrium. Sellers set the price, and the group will pay cash when the book sells.

The Career Center announces that Procter & Gamble is hosting a barbecue for engineering students from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 25 on the quad. The event is an opportunity to meet the company's recruiting team and to enjoy free food and products. Bring résumés.

Today is the deadline to apply for the second annual Entrepreneurship Immersion for Undergraduates, an intensive, one-week academic experience August 10-15 at John Carroll University. The program is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium.To be considered for selection to the Case team, go online to secure an application form. Applications can be submitted via e-mail to Professor Scott Fine. For information, contact Fine or James Hurley, assistant dean of undergraduate and integrated studies.


The Player's Theater Group will present its second annual benefit cabaret, Songs for the City 2008, April 25 and 26 at the Eldred Black Box Theater. A reception will be held at 8:30 p.m., followed by the show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Cleveland Public Theater's Student Theater Enrichment Program.

This week's Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will take place from 12:30-1:30 p.m., April 24 at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall, Room 9. The featured speaker is Laura Weir, a graduate student and lecturer in the university's political science department.

Speakeasy, the male a cappella group, is hosting its annual Spring Concert at 8 p.m., April 28 in Strosacker Auditorium. Case in Point will open the show, which will feature new songs.

The College of Arts and Sciences will host a talk, "Queenfight: Confession, Confrontation, and Coercion in Schiller's Maria Stuart," at 4:30 p.m., April 28 in Clark Hall, Room 206. The featured speaker is Gail Hart, a professor of German from the University of California, Irvine, who will provide a challenging re-examination of Schillerian freedom and the necessity of coercion for that freedom to be exercised. Free, open to the public. A reception will be held before the talk.

The university's Asian Pacific American Student Medical Association is hosting its annual regional conference April 26 at the Wolstein Research Building. This year's theme is "Model Minority, Model Health? Exploring Asian American Identities in Medicine." Read more for details about sessions, speakers and registration fees.

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.

April 24, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University plans innovation site

The Plain Dealer, April 24, 2008
Case Western Reserve University wants to turn fallow land in its West Quad into a fertile home of innovation for medicine and energy. The university is pursuing a $105 million project that would house three cutting-edge programs on the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center site.

Enrolling needy students: How the wealthiest colleges rate

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2008
An article showing the proportion of undergraduates who received Pell Grants at the wealthiest public and private colleges includes Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve professors pull close win over Heights High students in spelling bee

WKYC.com, April 23, 2008
A team comprised of Case Western Reserve University professors narrowly edged out Heights High School students in the 17th annual Reaching Heights Adult Community Spelling Bee on Wednesday night. They raised $15,000 for Reaching Heights, a group that supports the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district.

Keep off the grass

Guardian Unlimited, April 22, 2008
In an op-ed piece, Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, writes that the fertilizer industry's campaign to portray lawn care as environmentally friendly is just the latest example of corporate greenwashing.

Higher Ed News

What happens when a course is taught entirely via YouTube?

The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, April 24, 2008
What would happen if a class was taught entirely via YouTube? A Pitzer College professor and her students decided to find out, creating the course Learning From YouTube. All class assignments took the form of YouTube videos, most discussion took place in the form of comments posted to videos, and all class lectures and discussions were filmed and shared with the world for anyone to see and comment on.

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