Case Western Reserve University Students Take Honors in Goldwater Competition

Daniel S. Alt

Three undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University, who have been actively involved in research along with their academic achievements, have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Daniel Alt has won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship to continue his studies in science, mathematics and engineering. Alt is a biomedical engineering major with a specialization in tissue engineering and minors in chemistry, biology and Spanish.

Recognized with honorable mentions were Viral Shah and Joshua Hamilton. Read more.

University Releases Details of Upcoming Yearlong Celebration of Darwin

Charles Darwin

Case Western Reserve University is planning a yearlong celebration to help mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth—and the 150th anniversary of the publication (November 24, 1859) of his influential book On the Origin of Species—and has launched a Web site with the first details of events to be conducted on campus from fall 2008 to summer 2009.

To celebrate the Year of Darwin—in honor of the British naturalist who proposed that evolution was the process by which current species change over time and new species arise—Case Western Reserve will host a series of lectures that demonstrate the importance and wide applicability of evolutionary ideas and approaches in varied spheres of intellectual and practical endeavor. Read more.

Campus News


The Center for Science and Mathematics Education invites the campus community to "Science is Fun! Family Day" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 3 in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event will include science activities, friendly competitions and demonstrations throughout the day. In addition, attendees will be able to view broadcasts from Introducing Immersion Presents: Expedition to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary." Free. Volunteers are needed for the event. To RSVP for attendance or to volunteer, call 368-5075, or send e-mail to Kathryn Kwiatkowski.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering its fun and electrifying Buff Brides Bootcamp for brides-to-be and bridesmaids striving to look their best for the big day. The bootcamp includes a nutritional consultation, body fat analysis, body measurements, and a health risk assessment to ensure success. There is an option to upgrade the package to include a couples massage or sunless tan. The bootcamp includes a free buff bride tank top to wear on the honeymoon. The program begins May 6, and space is limited. Go online or call 368-1121 for details.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to learn more about the graduate program in nonprofit management by attending an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., May 7 at its new building, 11402 Bellflower Road. Refreshments will be served. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. For details, call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

April 30 is the deadline to apply for Videoconferencing Opportunity Grants being offered by the university's Instructional Technology and Academic Computing (ITAC) group. ITAC and MediaVision have set aside funds for five systems. The equipment can be used to support academic needs, meetings, research and more. Read more.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will meet weekly from from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning April 30 in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144, payable by cash, check or charge. Call 368-3924 or send an e-mail to learn more.

For Students

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking current undergraduate students to help with campus tours for six summer open houses to be held on the following Fridays: June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 1, 8 and 15. Tour guides work a full day on these dates and wages start at $10.50 per hour. In addition, there may be opportunities for working at additional admission events on several Saturdays throughout the summer. Enthusiasm for Case is a must. Previous experience in public speaking is preferred but not required. Training will be provided. Contact Judy Weiss for additional information.


Thwing Study Over begins tonight at 8 p.m. and wraps up at 1 a.m. There will be plenty of free food from local vendors, massages, and numerous activities to help students unwind before finals begin.

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.


The School of Medicine's Dean Pamela Davis and the Department of Pharmacology are hosting the Annual Scientific Research Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., April 30 at the Wolstein Research Building's auditorium. The keynote speaker is Aaron Ciechanover, a physician and the 2004 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. There will be six presentations throughout the day, and Ciechanover will speak on the topic of "The Ubiquitin Protoelytic System: From Basic Mechanisms thru Human Diseases and onto Drug Targeting." For information, go online or call 368-5996.

There will be several upcoming seminars featuring Lorna Gibson, Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES) Distinguished Lecturer today and Wednesday. Gibson is an associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She will discuss "Mechanical Behaviour of Cells on Tissue Engineering Scaffolds" from 4:15-5:15 p.m. today at the White Building, Room 411. Refreshments will be served. From 2-3 p.m., April 30 at the Glennan Building, Room 421, Gibson will give a talk on the topic of "Engineering a Career at MIT," followed by a wine and cheese reception.

IMPROVment, the university's short-form improv comedy troupe, is hosting its year-end show from 8-10 p.m. tonight at Strosacker Auditorium. Free.

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 29, 2008

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Case in the News

Trial to begin for top official under Saddam

USA TODAY, April 28, 2008
After Saddam Hussein, no other member of Iraq's former regime is more famous than Tariq Aziz, his deputy prime minister. Today, Saddam's chief international envoy — last seen in public in 2006 ardently defending the dictator at his war crimes trial — will go on trial himself on charges of ordering the execution of 42 Baghdad merchants. Michael Scharf, a law professor and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Could constitutional flaw unravel eight years of patent board rulings?, April 28, 2008
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may have a major problem on its hands -- the possibly unconstitutional appointment of nearly two-thirds of its patent appeals judges. Craig Nard, a law professor and director of the Center for Law, Technology and the Arts at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The potholes we deserve

The Plain Dealer, April 27, 2008
In a letter to the editor, Robert Mullen, professor and chair of the civil engineering department at Case Western Reserve University, explains why local roads are in such bad shape.

Squeeze cash from a down market

Men's Health, April 28, 2008
An article offering tips on making the most of your money in a tight economy cites research from Scott Shane, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Twenty in their 20s

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 28, 2008

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Fred Franks Jr., a student at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, was recently named a rising young adult on Crain's annual "Twenty in their 20s" list. Michelle Stein, another Weatherhead student, also made the list.

Higher Ed News

College's high cost, before you even apply

The New York Times, April 29, 2008
As the frenzied admissions season winds to a close, many students finally know where they will be attending college in the fall. But how much damage was done along the way?

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