Up, Up and Away: Case Western Reserve Lecturer Debuts Documentary of Cleveland's Favorite Super-Son

University members also showcase ancient species, new media at Cleveland Ingenuity Festival


For his 70th birthday, Superman is being celebrated at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival July 25-27 with the showing of Last Son, a documentary work-in-progress on the world's most popular superhero and his native Cleveland creators. The documentary is directed by Brad Ricca, lecturer at Case Western Reserve University.

Last Son combines an examination of Superman's origin with an in-depth look at the life and influences of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, teenagers from Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood who created the "Man of Steel" in the 1930s. Ricca takes viewers up to 1940, two years after Superman's debut in the first issue of Action Comics.

Darin Croft, assistant professor of anatomy, and Jared Bendis, creative director of new media, also will take part in Ingenuity Fest, the annual three-day celebration of innovation and creativity held in downtown Cleveland. Read more.

Ohio Lead Awareness Week: Researcher Examines the Effect of Lead on Reproductive Health


This week marks Ohio Lead Awareness Week. Lead poisoning is the most common chronic poisoning and environmental illness in the United States, and continues to be a major public health concern in Cleveland given its aging housing stock and industrial past. Childhood lead exposure can cause developmental and neurological delays; however, little is understood regarding the long-term effects of lead in relation to other outcomes.

One researcher, Leila Jackson, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, studies both the short- and long-term effects of lead on reproductive health. Read more.

Campus News

The Office of Student Employment invites campus departments to participate in its annual Work Study Job Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 4 in Thwing Center ballroom. Lunch will be provided for departmental participants. The job fair will allow departments to interview and even hire on the spot students who are eligible for Federal Work Study and seeking campus employment for the 2008-2009 academic year. The Office of Student Employment will distribute an employer directory to students prior to and at the fair. Departments registered by August 18 will be included in this directory. For information call the office at 368-4533.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering two weight loss programs beginning July 28. Take it Off is a 12-week nutrition-focused program designed for those who need to lose 20 or more pounds. Choose to Lose is a 10-week exercise program designed for those wanting to lose between 5-15 pounds. In addition, 1-2-1 is offering a fun Summer Olympics contest open to non-members with cash rewards and prizes. The center also is expanding with a new cardio and stretching area. For information, go online, call 368-1121 or stop by for a tour.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources is conducting a workshop, "Learning to Lead: Essential Skills for New Supervisors," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., August 12 at the Inamori Center, and from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., August 27 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. The sessions are designed for those recently promoted into a management role or experienced managers who'd like a refresher course. Erica Merritt, director of employee, education, training and development, will help participants learn how to avoid challenges that sabotage many supervisors; build a productive team; give and receive constructive feedback; and build a network that will support professional development. To register, send an e-mail to Merritt.

For Students

The Career Center has implemented a partnership with Interfolio, a Web-based credential and reference file management service, to maintain files for current students and alumni. This service replaces the former method of maintaining paper-based files. All current file holders should complete a Transfer Consent Form by August 1 and submit the form with a $5 fee payable by cash or check. Learn more.



Staff, faculty and students are invited to stop by the Party on the Quad from 3-6 p.m. today on the main university quad. This year's party features food, contests and prizes, raffle drawings, music and more. A Case ID is required to receive food. Sponsored by the Department of Human Resources, Bon Appétit and the Staff Advisory Council.

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.

Et al


According to the Library Journal, Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, And Policy Makers Live By, was the number five best seller in business and economics from October 2007 to June 2008. The book was written by Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Adjunct Professor David Leopold testified before Congress yesterday on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He spoke on the immigration issues surrounding the arrest, prosecution and conviction of undocumented workers.

In Memoriam

Gay Kitson, who died Monday at age 67, was a retired professor of sociology at the University of Akron, and a former Case Western Reserve University teacher and researcher. During her tenure at Case Western Reserve from 1968 to 1989, she was the principal investigator in several nationally funded sociology research projects, and was an associate professor in the departments of sociology and anthropology, and family medicine and psychiatry.

Charles Z. Wick, the long-serving director of the United States Information Agency, died last Sunday. He was 90. Wick earned a law degree from what is now Case Western Reserve University in 1943.

July 25, 2008

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Case in the News

Editorial: Greater Clevelanders should shed no tears as Clinic-Columbia deal wilts

The Plain Dealer, July 25, 2008
The Plain Dealer's editorial board writes that the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University should work to preserve its relationship as the clinic looks to affiliate with a medical school. The editorial board writes that keeping students, faculty, prestige and research dollars in Cleveland is a win-win for all involved.

Paleontologist relaxes by creating a beautiful mix of plants in his garden

The Plain Dealer, July 24, 2008
When Darin Croft, assistant professor of vertebrate paleontology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, isn't showing medical students where this bone connects to that one, he's in South America on paleontology jaunts. And when he's in neither place, you'll probably find him in his garden.

Karadzic case offers court a chance to repair its image

The Washington Post, July 24, 2008
The arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, offers a major test -- and, some say, a shot at redemption -- for the huge and costly international court that will try him. Michael Scharf, a war crimes court specialist who teaches law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cancer drug delivery cuts days to hours

EmaxHealth.com, July 24, 2008
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a technique that has the potential to deliver cancer-fighting drugs to diseased areas within hours, as opposed to the two days it currently takes for existing delivery systems. Findings are discussed in a paper, co-authored by Clemens Burda, associate professor of chemistry, and graduate student Yu Cheng, in the current edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Natural history museum leader to retire Aug. 31

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 22, 2008
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Bruce Latimer, executive director of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, plans to retire August 31. Latimer also is an adjunct associate professor in Case Western Reserve University's anatomy and anthropology departments. He plans to focus more on teaching and writing.

Higher Ed News

'Teaching nonmajors'

Inside Higher Ed, July 25, 2008
A new book offers advice to professors on how to teach students in a subject that isn't their major.

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