Case Western Reserve University's Fulbright Winners Going Green with Overseas Research


Case Western Reserve University's 2008 Fulbright Scholars, Olivia Corey and Michael Davidson, will each take "green" research to Europe and Asia, respectively.

Corey, of Lakewood, plans to study sustainable building materials at the Technical University of Munich in Germany. Davidson, of Eugene, Ore., is heading to Tsinghau University in Beijing, China, where a new initiative involves installing and tracking the use of renewable energy sources.


The two students followed similar paths to Fulbright Scholarships. Each has majored in a language and while undergraduates, spent a year abroad in the regions they will return to next year for research. Both seniors will graduate with their bachelor's degrees from Case Western Reserve during Commencement ceremonies on May 18.

Corey and Davidson also have crossed paths during their years at the university due to the nature of their research. "I envision that Michael and I will someday be sitting on some international committee discussing green issues," Corey said. "Our lives seem to run in parallel directions." Read more.

Center Director Unveils First Details of Inamori Ethics Prize Events

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)—and recipient of the Inamori Ethics Prize, conferred by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University—is expected to give a public lecture and participate in a symposium as part of the Inamori Prize celebration.

Collins, known for his consistent emphasis on the importance of ethical and legal issues in genetics, will receive the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize at a ticketed ceremony September 4 in Severance Hall.

In the May 2008 "Message from the Director" of the Inamori Center, Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., unveils the first details about the public lecture and symposium and discussion, which also are expected to take place September 4, at 1 and 2 p.m., respectively, in Severance Hall. Information on how to register is forthcoming.

In addition, in the May issue of the Inamori Center newsletter, Eastwood discusses the importance of understanding self, recognizing how others see things and the advantage to leaders of being able to behave in non-preferential ways.

University Seeks Input on New Web Site Designs, Survey Extended Through May 19

Case Western Reserve University is seeking input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends on rough design concepts for a new university Web site.

Members of the university community can provide their feedback regarding three homepage design concepts by completing an online survey, which has been extended through May 19. The survey will take less than 10 minutes.

The rough concepts for the new homepage—created by the in-house University Marketing and Communications Web design team—have been developed based on input collected from the university community through forums, focus groups and other surveys conducted last summer and fall.

The designs are only rough concepts and likely will be reorganized, rewritten and redesigned into a working prototype based on responses to this new survey. Reports on survey results will forthcoming in Case Daily.

Campus News


The Department of Orthodontics at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is recruiting 250 youth between the ages of 11 and 16 and who qualify to participate as patients in the dental school's discounted braces program that begins in July 2008. Normally, braces cost $5,000 or more, but Case will treat youth for $2,500. Each youth will have a team that includes both a faculty and a resident orthodontist in the dental school's graduate programs that trains licensed dentists as specialists in orthodontics. Read more.

WVIZ/ideastream, Channel 25, plans to rebroadcast the Feagler & Friends show featuring Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder at 11:30 a.m., May 11. The broadcast introduces the Cleveland community to Snyder, along with two other new local college presidents: Michael Victor of Lake Erie College and Marvin Krislov of Oberlin College.

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars (OFFS) will soon offer a new service to families of the university's international employees. Beginning this June, OFFS will offer assistance with the preparation of I-539 Applications to extend/and or change non-immigrant status on behalf of these family members. OFFS will provide explanations of the form and questions asked on the form, required supporting documents and filing information. Cost of the service is $100. The service will be offered by appointment only. For complete details, contact Richard Friedman via e-mail or by phone at 368-4289.

For Students

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is offering its award-winning International Short-Term Immersion Courses for graduate and undergraduate students to Bangladesh and El Salvador in December. Students can earn three credit hours. The Bangladesh program will take place December 27 through January 11, 2009, and the El Salvador experience will take place December 6-13. In addition, plans are being made for spring break 2009 to Israel, Guatemala and the Netherlands. Learn more.

The Observer is looking to fill several undergraduate staff positions for the 2008-09 academic year. If interested in being an illustrations editor or business assistant, send an e-mail to the newspaper's staff.


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Robert Clarke Brown, treasurer of Case Western Reserve University, was recently appointed to the Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force. He will serve on the Maximizing Public Investment committee. The task force will prioritize how the state balances the movement of people and freight, promotes safety and reduces congestion, helps to build sustainable communities, and links all modes of transportation. In addition, the group also will identify the fairest ways to finance Ohio's future transportation system.

Susan Griffith, senior media relations representative in the Office of Marketing and Communications, has been selected to receive a Merit Award from B&W magazine for her photography. Her work will be featured as part of a two-page spread in a special portfolio edition that should be published in June. There were 837 photographers from around the world and 12,000 images entered, and only 68 photographers were picked to be featured in the special issue. In addition, two of her photos are being featured in the Mandel JCC Photography Show, which runs through June 8. The show is considered one of the largest and most prestigious open photo shows in Northeast Ohio.

Linda Ehrlich, associate professor of Japanese and associate director of the College Scholars program, recently spoke at a film showing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in conjunction with the first U.S. retrospective of the paintings and sculpture of noted Spanish artist Antonio López García.

May 9, 2008

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Blogs and wikis and 3D, oh my!

Inside Higher Ed, May 9, 2008
The Volokh Conspiracy is one of the most widely read legal blogs. It has been cited in court rulings. Its readership stands at over 700,000 unique visitors a month, many from academe and some from within the Supreme Court itself. Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a contributor to Volokh, joined several other bloggers in a discussion held on the Cleveland campus about academe's adoption of the online publishing format and how it has contributed to — or hindered — scholarly work in the real world. Note: this blog was recently ranked third by law professors based upon visits and page views over the last year. Related article.

Co-Founder of SecondLife says academics are biggest trailblazers in virtual worlds

Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2008
Cory Ondrejka, the co-founder of the virtual world SecondLife who is now a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, said in a speech that virtual worlds are here to stay, and that professors are among the most active pioneers. He spoke at Case Western Reserve University's Collaboration Technology and Engaging the Campus 2008. Related article.

UH Case Medical Center, Dutch firm team up

Crain's Cleveland Business, May 8, 2008

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Case Medical Center, a partnership between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, has teamed up with Cardialysis BV, one of the world's best-known contract research organizations, to open a location here to collaborate on research in interventional cardiology. Daniel Simon, Herman K. Hellerstein Professor of Cardiovascular Research at Case Western Reserve, comments.

Higher Ed News

Top colleges dig deeper in wait lists for students

New York Times, May 9, 2008
In what may be a happy surprise for thousands of high school seniors, Harvard plans to offer admission to 150 to 175 students on its waiting list, and Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania each expect to take 90, creating ripples that will send other highly selective colleges deeper into their waiting lists as well.

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