Offers Parents Comprehensive Resource on Children and Play


The Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University announces the launch of , a joint venture in blogging with Step2, the nation's largest toddler toy manufacturer and Optiem, a Cleveland based interactive marketing agency.

This new site draws upon the expertise of Case Western Reserve University faculty in diverse fields of knowledge including psychology, anthropology, communication sciences and music education. The new site encourages children to use their imaginations in creative play, and features research conducted by Case Western Reserve experts regarding children and play. The site also highlights current news and suggested activities.

" was developed to connect parents with child development experts at Case Western Reserve University who have a wealth of knowledge about children and imagination," says Jill Korbin, director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies. Read more.

Chris Sheridan Named Chief of Staff to the President


President Barbara Snyder has promoted Chris Sheridan to the position of Chief of Staff to the President.

"Since she arrived in September, Chris has proved herself an invaluable member of our leadership team," President Snyder said. "This new title recognizes the integral role she plays in coordinating the work of my office with both campus and external constituencies."

Sheridan advises the president on a wide range of issues and policy questions, and also serves as her representative on select university committees. She interacts regularly with faculty and other university leaders to help advance select initiatives and also works to ensure the president is fully informed regarding developments both within and beyond the campus.

Sheridan came to the university after a long career as an award-winning journalist, and spent the previous 12 years as a member of the editorial board of The Plain Dealer. A graduate of Yale University, she also has taught in the SAGES program since 2004.

Campus News

Campus groups, departments and divisions that would like to participate in the Fall 2008 Activities Fair are invited to fill out a survey. This year's fair will begin at 11:30 a.m., August 23 on Freiberger Field. Groups are asked to bring information about their organization and show how they uniquely contribute to student life and/or the Case Western Reserve community. For questions or more information, send an e-mail to the activities fair staff.

Outdoor yoga on the quad continues every Tuesday and Thursday through July 17. Free. Refer to the summer yoga Web site for information, or send e-mail to Marcia Camino.

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is offering CaseLearns summer classes. The campus community is invited to take free classes on topics including research skills, software, technology, patent searching, basic poster making and more. Five new classes have been added, including Adobe Connect, Adobe InDesign and HTML 1 and 2. More details, including convenient online registration, are available on the KSL NewsBlog.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) will once again be hosting seminars on the "Brain, Learning and Teaching." The five-part series will be run by James Zull, professor of biology, to discuss ideas from his book The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning. All the sessions will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The discussions will examine whether new ideas for teaching can now be gleaned from neuroscience research on learning. The reading is approachable for teachers in all disciplines, and does not require a science or neuroscience background. Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the session. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

The Jolly Scholar (formerly Wackadoo's) will offer a 50 percent discount to all faculty and staff today through July 3 in appreciation of their support over the last year. For details and hours of operation, go to the restaurant's Web site.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center is holding summer hours now through July 28. A writing consultant is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Bellflower Hall, Room 104. Schedule an appointment online.


The Continuing Medical Education program is hosting a conference, Neurocritical Care 2008: Getting Better, September 11-13. An international group of experts will review the latest information in neurocritical care and cerebrovascular disease. Continuing education credits are available, and neurointensivists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, critical care physicians, internists, anesthesiologists and emergency medicine physicians are invited to attend. Nurses and other allied health professionals may also find the conference to be of value.

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.

June 30, 2008

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A transcript of Craig Newmark's 2008 commencement address is now available online. In addition, the campus community is invited to watch the commencement video.

Case in the News

Use of telemedicine expanding in Ohio

Zanesville Times Recorder, June 27, 2008
Telemedicine is growing in Ohio, which has vast rural areas across Appalachia and between Cincinnati and Toledo. Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus plans to establish a connection with a hospital in Zanesville later this year and is shooting for links with four other hospitals serving rural areas next year. The hardware costs hospitals about $7,600. However, Susan Wentz, director of NetWellness at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said video conferencing can miss patient cues, such as nuances of body language and what patients show through their eyes.

What happened to the 'conservative court'?

The National Review Online, June 30, 2008
Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, writes in an op-ed piece that a year ago, legal commentators proclaimed a new conservative era had dawned on the Supreme Court. According to him, the just-concluded Supreme Court term did not hew to the script. During the 2007-08 term, the Court was neither particularly conservative nor starkly divided.

Reporters' Notebook: June 30, 2008

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 30, 2008
Just about everyone remembers their mother telling them to go outside and play, and not to complain about being bored. A new web site is designed to help parents take that mantra a little further. The site,, gives parents ideas on how to keep their kids engaged by using their imagination. The site is a collaborative effort among Case Western Reserve University's Schubert Center for Child Studies, Streetsboro-based toy maker Step2 Co., and Cleveland marketing agency Optiem. Jill Korbin, director of the Schubert center, comments.

Higher Ed News

Commuter colleges go residential, gain enrollment

USA TODAY, June 29, 2008
Commuter colleges across the country are transforming into more traditional college campuses to boost enrollment and gain prestige. And each is creating a thriving community that spills over into surrounding neighborhoods, drawing restaurants and retail into once empty streets.

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