How Dry is the Moon? Research Discovers Moisture Below Lunar Surface


A research team including Jim Van Orman, a Case Western Reserve University faculty member, has uncovered that, contrary to accepted theory, there may be water within the moon's interior.

Using new techniques, scientists from three major research universities have discovered for the first time that tiny beads of volcanic glasses collected from two Apollo missions to the moon contain water.

Van Orman, associate professor of experimental petrology and geochemistry in the geological sciences department at Case Western Reserve, and the other researchers found that water was not entirely vaporized in the violent events that formed the moon. The new study suggests that the water came from the moon's interior and was delivered to the surface via volcanic eruptions over three billion years ago. Read more.

Mandel Center Collaborates to Increase Revenue Stream for Nonprofits


A group of nonprofit organizations is softening Northeast Ohio's hard economic punch by sustaining the organizations' missions through profit-making ventures.

New revenue-producing sources are being developed through the Cleveland Community Wealth Collaborative, one component of a partnership between the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University and Community Wealth Ventures Inc.

The Mandel Center and Community Wealth Ventures also teamed up today host a workshop for local nonprofit leaders who are participating in the 10-month business planning program of the Cleveland Community Wealth Collaborative. Julius Walls Jr., the president and CEO of Greyston Bakery -- producer of the famous brownies used in Ben & Jerry's brand ice cream and some other 20,000 pounds of ice cream mix-ins daily, among other bakery items -- gave the keynote address. Greyston Bakery is known nationally for its socially responsible, as well as enterprising, goals. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to check out Robocars, the Discovery Science Channel's feature on the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, at 10 p.m., July 14. The program will feature DEXTER, Team Case's autonomous vehicle that finished in the top 20 of the DARPA Urban Challenge. Check local listings for multiple air dates.

The SAGES Café in Crawford Hall will resume "Frio Fridays" starting July 11. The café serves Peet's coffee and teas, and will offer any medium blended ice latte for half price on Fridays until the end of summer. For more information about the cafe, e-mail Eileen Kelbach or read up on recent events on the café blog.

Kundalini Yoga classes are currently being held in the air-conditioned comfort of the Veale Recreation Center multipurpose room from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 31. There is a sign up fee. To learn more, send an e-mail to Mina Moore. All members of the university community are welcome to participate.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a summer series of informal lunchtime discussions meant to provide faculty from all areas of the university an opportunity to get together to raise and discuss issues of interest in relation to their research, teaching and campus community life. These discussions will take place noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. The July 10 topic is "Balancing act: Juggling the many demands of academic life." Pizza and soda will be served. RSVP to UCITE or register online.

For Students

Beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year, Aetna Student Health will serve as the new administrator of the university's Student Medical Plan. Service will not be interrupted nor will the policy noticeably change. The student fee for the plan will increase slightly, to $660 per semester, due to rising healthcare costs in general. The university will continue to offer the Optional Dependent Medical to students who wish to purchase coverage for their dependent spouse, domestic partner and children. Details are posted online. Contact Louise Matchett at 368-3050 with questions.


WOW: Wade Oval Wednesdays, an evening of free concerts in University Circle, takes place each Wednesday through August 27. This evening's concert, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will feature the sounds of Kristine Jackson and the Jim Miller Band. In the event of rain, the WOW concerts scheduled through July 30 will move into the large tents on Wade Oval.

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 9, 2008

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Required summer reading brings college freshmen together in fall

Newhouse News Service, July 9, 2008
In the summer between high school and college, countless incoming freshmen have already received their first reading assignment -- one book -- meant to help calm new-student anxiety by giving freshmen a shared college experience even before starting school. Case Western Reserve University has selected David Quammen's The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution. Mayo Bulloch, director of the university's educational enhancement programs, comments.

Golf balls, make-up and diapers see prices soar, July 8, 2008
If you're a golfer, a parent of a newborn or a buyer of cosmetics, this oil crunch is putting a special squeeze on your shopping habits. Robin Dubin, associate professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, explains why. Watch the video.

Cleveland mayor promotes city to sister city in France

The Plain Dealer, July 9, 2008
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's international marketing tour resumed yesterday with a trip to Rouen, France. Joining Jackson in France are representatives from the Positively Cleveland tourism bureau, Case Western Reserve University and other schools and organizations.

Math meltdown

USA TODAY, July 8, 2008
A columnist writes that summertime means school for an increasing number of high school students who have struggled in their math courses. But the system could be contributing to the kids' poor performances. The article features Sam Alexander, who is heading to Case Western Reserve University this fall to study engineering.

Reach out and read program is introduced at Portsmouth City Health Department

The Community Common, July 7, 2008
Getting books from the doctor will soon be a routine part of well-child visits at the Portsmouth City Health Department as doctors and nurses welcome the Reach Out and Read program to the practice. The Portsmouth City Health Department joins more than 3,800 programs nationally that are working to make books part of a healthy childhood. Robert Needlman, associate professor of pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Higher Ed News

Ohio gives veterans in-state rates at public colleges

New York Times, July 9, 2008
In an effort to attract more veterans to Ohio's public universities, Gov. Ted Strickland announced Tuesday that the state would charge in-state tuition to all veterans attending college on the G.I. bill. The Ohio plan, the first of its kind in the nation, makes all veterans "honorary Ohioans" for the purpose of a college education.

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