Samantha Culver Hits Home Run with Education, Career Through Case-Fisk Partnership


Samantha Culver is at the forefront of the sports world—though not as a professional athlete. She has scored a position in the front office of the Cleveland Indians Baseball Company LP after studying at Fisk University and now Case Western Reserve University.

While working as a staff accountant in the finance division with the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball organization, Culver has become one of the newest members of a team that has shared education and diversity for nearly eight decades.

The Case-Fisk Partnership, officially created in 2002, offers expanded opportunities in education and research for students, faculty and staff at the two universities. The legacy of dual alumni, however, stretches back to the early 1920s. Read more.

Mike Edwards Joins Case Western Reserve as Associate Vice President for Research


Mike Edwards, former assistant vice president and director of the Office of Research at the University of Notre Dame, has been named associate vice president for research in the Office of Research and Technology Management at Case Western Reserve University. Edwards' goal is to help increase the university's research profile beyond Northeast Ohio and further enhance its reputation for research success in large-scale, multi-partner projects.

In his new role, Edwards will lead and manage sponsored projects administration, provide stewardship of sponsors' funds and compliance with external regulations governing research and stimulate sponsored research projects by bringing faculty, external sponsors and other interested parties together to develop proposals that build on the research strengths of the university. Read more.

Campus News

The Perception Lab, housed in Case Western Reserve's Department of Psychology, is seeking participants for a vision study. Participants must be healthy adults with no major vision problems, and English must be a participant's first or native language. The study is completely non-invasive and primarily requires looking at images on a computer screen, as well a doing some tasks designed to mimic activities of daily living. Total time required will range from two to eight hours. Participants will be compensated for their time and expenses at a rate of $15 per hour of participation, and evening and weekend appointments are available. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call the Perception Lab at 368-6465, or send e-mail to

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For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Foreign Faculty and Scholars (OFFS) is now offering a new service to families of the university's international employees. OFFS is offering 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. The service costs $100 and is offered by appointment only. For complete details, contact Richard Friedman via e-mail or by phone at 368-4289.

For Students

For students looking to make some extra cash, The Observer is seeking two responsible students to distribute newspapers around campus this fall. Applicants must be free between 9 and 11 a.m. on Friday mornings and must have access to a car. If interested, send an e-mail to the newspaper's staff.


The campus community is invited to observe the Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio (YANEO) program at work in Wade Oval. YANEO has hired more than 80 local high school students to apprentice in the arts this summer. They are on the job 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday through July 31 in preparation for a free, public exhibition and performance to be held at 5 p.m., July 30.

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 29, 2008

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Case in the News

Black men left behind by high-tech economy, report warns

The Plain Dealer, July 25, 2008
As the region and the state strive to prepare workers to compete in the new economy, a local research group warns that huge numbers of people—including African-American men—are likely to be left behind. Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Are criminals and entrepreneurs similar?

Small Business Trends, July 28, 2008
Are entrepreneurs and criminals cut from the same cloth? Some evidence suggests that the answer is yes. Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, outlines the similarities in his column.

Business in the burbs: Emisphere reports upbeat results in drug tests, July 28, 2008
Emisphere Technologies Inc. said yesterday that study results show an oral form of vitamin B-12 that the company is developing reduced the amount of time it took for the body to absorb the nutrient, while increasing the amount of the vitamin that was absorbed. Donald W. Jacobsen, professor of molecular medicine at Case Western Reserve University, discusses the findings.

Making the grade

Crain's Cleveland Business, July 27, 2008

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Parts of Northeast Ohio's bioscience industry are where they need to be to turn the sector into a national power, but a lack of entrepreneurs and executives with experience in the industry is holding back progress, according to several local experts, including Joe Jankowski, assistant vice president for biomedical sciences within Case Western Reserve University's Technology Transfer Office,

Higher Ed News

New ethics rules for admissions consultants

Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2008
The Independent Educational Consultants Association has changed its ethics code to bar people who work in college admissions from also working as private college admissions consultants.

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