Case Western Reserve Political Scientist Reviews Women's Advances in Politics

Karen Beckwith

Women have made strides over the past 30 years in American politics, but those gains only rank American women 57th in the world as elected participants in their governments and legislation—well behind other western nations and countries like Rwanda where 48 percent of their legislative seats are filled by women.

The road to political office in the U.S. is fraught with obstacles for women. Some women have navigated the barriers to fill 17 percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress, but for many others these obstacles present real challenges to gaining office at state and national levels, according to Karen Beckwith, Case Western Reserve University political scientist. She is an editor of and contributing author to Political Women and American Democracy, published this month by Cambridge University Press. Read more.

University Plan Open Forums Begin May 7

As the University Plan approaches completion, the plan Steering Committee will hold several open forums this month to provide all campus constituents the opportunity to comment in general, and more specifically to provide input into refining the action steps to carry out strategic initiatives.

The forums and their targeted audiences are:

  • Session I: Faculty
    Wednesday, May 7 from 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Session II: Staff and Students
    Thursday, May 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Session III: Faculty, Staff and Students
    Thursday, May 8 from 5–6:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held in the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 103. Campus members unable to attend their specific forums are invited to attend any of the sessions. Additional information is available on the University Plan Web site.

Campus News

The university community is invited to take a survey to gauge the interest level regarding child care services on campus. The survey will remain open until May 16.

Nabil Bissada, chair of the Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, will present a free continuing education course during the school's Reunion Weekend. His talk, "The Oral-Systemic Connection: A State of the Clinical Science and Dental Practice," will begin at 9 a.m., May 17 in the Plaza Room at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Cleveland. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The talk is free, open to the public. Registration is due by May 9 via e-mail, or by phone at 368-3480.

For Faculty and Staff

Applications are being accepted for the 2008 Faculty Horizons Program July 10-12 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Program, is intended to provide post-doctoral research fellows and upper-level graduate students, particularly women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with necessary skills to become successful tenure-track faculty in the United States. Special attention is paid to including women from underrepresented groups. Applications are available online through May 5. Funds are available to defray the cost of participation. For questions, send e-mail to the UMBC ADVANCE program.

For Students

lnight2.jpg The Late Night Breakfast begins at 9:30 p.m. tonight at Leutner and Fribley commons. The annual event offers students the opportunity to take a break from their studies by loading up on plenty of breakfast food, fun and entertainment.

The Writing Resource Center will provide assistance throughout the May 7 finals period. Students will be able to make half-hour or one-hour appointments. Online appointments also are available. To make an appointment, go online and select "WRC Finals Schedule" from the drop-down menu on the main scheduling page. For questions, send e-mail to the writing center staff.


MarkDavis.JPGThe 31st Annual Biomedical Graduate Student Symposium begins at 9 a.m., May 9 at the Wolstein Research Building. The keynote speaker is Mark Davis, professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's School of Medicine. He will present on the topic of "Uncovering the Molecular Underpinnings of T-cell Recognition and New Approaches to Human Immunology." For a complete schedule and details, go online.

The Case Art Studio continues its "Spring Semester in Review" student art exhibition through May 2 at the gallery, 2215 Adelbert Road. The exhibit features art made by students enrolled in the spring semester art studio classes. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m.

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.

May 1, 2008

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Case in the News

Author puts his pen to paper to prove God's existence

Canton Observer, May 1, 2008
Northville has birthed many aspiring personalities from rock stars to entrepreneurs, and Justin Ferriman, 23 year-old-author of The G Word, is no exception. He will receive his master's degree in management from Case Western Reserve University this month.

Cleveland Institute of Music picks new head

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 30, 2008

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The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) has tapped a Julliard professor, Joel Smirnoff, to take over the helm. Smirnoff said one of the things he found attractive about CIM was the fact that it's located within a campus community, including its proximity to Case Western Reserve University.

Janet Okoben's higher education

The Plain Dealer, April 23, 2008
Students at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law beat out 600 schools from 98 countries to win the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition last month.

Higher Ed News

A classroom path to entrepreneurship

New York Times, May 1, 2008
The college campus can be an ideal incubator for hatching small businesses. Undergraduate entrepreneurship courses in how to start and run a small business are becoming as ubiquitous as Economics 101.

The spending side of the equation

Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2008
Across sectors of higher education, only a minority of spending by colleges supports direct instructional costs, according to a report being released today as part of an effort to reframe the debate over college costs.

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