First-year Students Come to Campus, to Play Wannabe Rock Stars During Orientation 2008

orientationgroup_sm.JPGOrientation 2008.

Each year orientation inducts a new class of undergraduates with a unique theme. This summer, first-year students will be assigned all-access, back-stage passes to the rock concert-like environment that will costume Case Western Reserve.

Orientation at Case Western Reserve includes one of four Summer Sessions as well as Welcome Days. During the Summer Session, undergraduates meet with academic advisers, take any placement tests, select fall classes, tour campus and get to know fellow classmates. This year the sessions run from July 8-10, July 13-15, July 16-18 and August 18-20. Read more.

Leading Authority on Use of Science in Environmental Law Joins Case Western Reserve


Further bolstering Case Western Reserve University's interdisciplinary expertise in energy, sustainability and the environment, a leading authority on the use of science by environmental policymakers and a prominent voice on toxic regulation issues has joined the faculty of the university's School of Law.

Wendy E. Wagner has returned to the Case Western Reserve law school, where she began her teaching career and first established herself as a nationally prominent scholar. Before entering academia, she practiced for four years, first as an honors attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, and then as pollution control coordinator with the Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel. Read more.

Campus News


The university's Sustainability Web site provides information on all things sustainable at the university, including recycling, energy conservation, Adopt a Building, Energy Ambassadors and more. Refer to the site for tips on recycling and energy conservation both on and off campus.

The Case Western Reserve wireless network is open to guests at the university. However, in order to receive the highest wireless speeds on campus and connect more securely to the Case data network, ITS recommends using VPN (virtual private network), a software program that can be downloaded from the Case Software Center. When using wireless on campus, if the network appears to be working slowly, users should check to make sure they have signed into VPN. Also, VPN is recommended for those working from home who need to access Case Western Reserve services. Remember to use VPN if sending e-mails from Outlook or Thunderbird mailboxes; without VPN, those messages may end up sitting in the Outbox until users connect to the Case data network at the office.

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.

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 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 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.

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 6. 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 next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Terry Meister from the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant and Richard Switalski of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District on the topic of "Down the Drain: The Sewer System Under Greater Cleveland and What Happens to Our Wastewater," at 6:30 p.m., July 14 at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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.

July 7, 2008

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The Center for Community Partnerships and the Western Reserve Studies Symposium (WRSS) invite the campus community to participate in a discussion about "The Livable City and its Neighborhoods" on the Regionally Speaking virtual symposium. Learn about the university's involvement in the transformation of Cleveland's neighborhoods.

Case in the News

New details emerge about Mercury

The Plain Dealer, July 3, 2008
A local scientist reported that a heavenly body seems to be holding up so well, it might teach us a lot about the solar system's early history. "It has a pretty old surface," said Steven A. Hauck II of Case Western Reserve University, one of 23 scientists chosen to analyze the first bits of data about the planet Mercury from the spacecraft Messenger.

Are long-term care policies worth it?

The Buffalo News, July 7, 2008
With baby boomers aging and long-term care costs rising, the relatively new long-term care insurance is growing. The trend is expected to increase, and some see a day when such insurance may be offered as a workplace benefit. Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Getting AC next year

The Plain Dealer, July 7, 2008
As the Continental Cup looks to expand playing fields, Cleveland might be an option. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission might reach out to schools like Case Western Reserve University to see whether they can use their fields for the tournament.

What Barack Obama owes Clarence Thomas

Dallas Morning News, July 6, 2008
Sam Fulwood III, a writer for the Plain Dealer and lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, writes in an op-ed piece that he draws a straight line between Barack Obama's White House aspirations and Clarence Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation.

Higher Ed News

Ohioans study Kalamazoo Promise program of guaranteed college scholarships

The Plain Dealer, July 7, 2008
Ohio could be the next land of promise for students who need extra money and other support to earn a college degree. Interest appears to be building here in creating scholarship guarantees patterned after the Kalamazoo Promise.

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