Case Men's Soccer Team Heading to Brazil for Competition, Sightseeing

Men's soccer players on the field

While many of their classmates are heading home for summer vacation and beginning summer jobs, the players on the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team will kickoff their summer in Brazil, as they depart for South America today for 10 days of competition, sightseeing, and maybe a few surf lessons.

The Spartans will spend time in Guaruja, Sa Paulo, Sao Bento do Sapucai, Ilha Grande and Rio de Janeiro. Highlights of the trip abroad will include a visit to Santos Stadium, the Pele Museum and other famous landmarks.

While they are in Brazil, the Spartans will play three or four friendly matches against a variety of nonprofessional affiliated Brazilian club teams, including a six-on-six "cage match" in which the field dimensions are smaller, but the goals remain the standard size. In addition, the team will blog about their experiences. Read more.

View University's May 8 Technology and Community Engagement Summit Online

Although Case Western Reserve University's Collaborative Technology and Community Engagement Summit is sold out, the campus community can still participate through SecondLife after creating an avatar. In addition, much of the programming will be offered online in new near-high definition streaming (H264).

The event, taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 8 in Thwing Center, will feature the OneCommunity launch of the new and expanded University Circle wireless mesh network, a keynote address, "Mass Collaboration and the Future of Higher Education," by Anthony Williams, co-author of Wikinomics, and 16 breakout sessions and 40 speakers and demonstrations.

Details on programming are available online.

Campus News

The Center for Community Partnerships and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland will host an informational brown bag lunch for individuals interested in becoming a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The session will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m., May 9 at the Inamori Center. The campus community is invited to learn how easy it is to become a "Big," and how much of an impact can be made on the life of a child in just a few hours each month. Representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland -- as well as "Bigs" in the Case community -- will be on hand to share their experiences and to answer questions. The organization states that one of the biggest misconceptions about being a Big Brother or Big Sister is the concept of being a perfect role model. Instead, what it really means is being a friend, being yourself, and sharing the best part of yourself with a child. There are hundreds of children waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister in Greater Cleveland. "Bigs" must be at least 18 years of age. For information, contact Latisha James at 368-3909 or send an e-mail to Julie Amon.


May 10-18 marks Cleveland Bicycle Week, and several events are planned. Activities include Bike to Work Week May 12-16; Bike to the Movies (a bicycle film festival) from 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 12; and the Case Alumni Association (CAA) 2nd Annual CAA Larry Mattson '57 Metric Century Bike Ride beginning at 8 a.m., May 17. Organizers say that cycling can be a great way to get to work, stay fit, or spend an afternoon in a favorite Cleveland neighborhood. In University Circle, efforts are underway to expand the bike network by linking existing bikeways and creating safer, more attractive routes.

For Faculty and Staff

Joseph Fagan, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Psychology, will once again offer his summer grant writing course Critical Thinking in Research to faculty June 2 through July 28. By the end of the course, attendees will gain the necessary skills to complete a funding proposal for the Fall 2008 federal deadlines. Information about class schedules, registration and tuition waivers is available online. Class size is limited, so prompt registration is encouraged.

For Students


Returning and transfer undergraduate students are invited to enter the 2008 Common Reading Essay Contest. Students must answer a prompt related to the introduction of this year's book, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin by David Quammen. The deadline is August 8. Winners will be eligible to receive a $300 gift certificate to the university's bookstore; winners will be announced at the University Convocation on August 28. Information, including the specific prompt, can be found on the Common Reading Web site.


The 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.

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


Carolyn Nieman, an acute care nurse practitioner, flight nurse specialist, director of the Flight Nursing Summer Camp, and a lecturer at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, died May 2. A passionate nursing leader both at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, she enlisted the help of several flight nurses to devise a way to improve on the Broselow Tape method, which is traditionally used in emergency medical situations involving children requiring resuscitation. Nieman earned her master's degree from the School of Nursing in 2004. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. today at the Misencik Funeral Home, 36363 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio, where closing prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m., May 8, followed by a 10 a.m. mass at Holy Trinity Church on Detroit Road in Avon. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Flight Nurse Academy, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44106.

May 7, 2008

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Case in the News

News you can use: Older Americans Month, May 5, 2008
May is Older Americans Month. Who are America's elders and how are they doing? Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Our great 'secretocracy', May 6, 2008
As a columnist prepares the questions he'd ask the presidential candidates, he thinks about including one on the topic of secretocracy. Ted Gup, journalism professor at Case Western Reserve University, uses the term to describe the post Sept. 11 society.

5 things entrepreneurs should know about business partners

U.S. News & World Report, May 6, 2008
With more online avenues, finding a fellow entrepreneur can be easy—and profitable. This advice column cites research from Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Shaker Heights High School's Daniel Strassfeld wants to share his love of learning

The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2008
Daniel Strassfeld, a Shaker Heights High School student who volunteers with Case Western Reserve University's macromolecular engineering department, is featured in the newspaper's Senior Standouts section. Strassfeld is an intern for David Schiraldi, associate professor. Alexis Crosby, who also is an intern for Schiraldi and plans to attend the university in the fall, is mentioned in the hard copy edition of the newspaper.

Higher Ed News

Shifts in Ph.D. tuition policy

Inside Higher Ed, May 7, 2008
Graduate school tuition doesn't tend to grab the headlines that undergraduate tuition does, if only because Ph.D. students often aren't paying their own way. But both Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania are standardizing tuition rates across schools and colleges to keep pace with changes in interdisciplinary Ph.D. education — and, in Cornell's case, to stretch research grants further.

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