Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder Remembers Stephanie Tubbs Jones as Political Pioneer, University Friend

To the Case Western Reserve University Community:

I share with all of you profound sorrow at the sudden death of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, one of our most distinguished alumnae.


A graduate of both Flora Stone Mather College and our School of Law, Stephanie emerged as one of Ohio's modern-day political pioneers. She was the first female and first African American to serve as prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, the first African-American woman to serve as a judge for the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and the first African-American woman from Ohio elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

But for all of these historic accomplishments, what always struck me most about Stephanie was her capacity to bring joy to others.

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Incoming Students' First Assignment: Learning about Charles Darwin


As the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2012 make their way to campus this week, most of them will have already completed their first assignment: The reading of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution by David Quammen.

Of the book, which was published in 2006, a Los Angeles Times Book Review critic wrote that "Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."

Case Western Reserve's common reading selection — and its annual Fall Convocation speaker for 2008— will help kick off the university's yearlong celebration of Darwin. Read more.

Campus News

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting an open house from 4-6 p.m., August 27 at the center, located in Thwing Center, Room 309. The campus community is invited to meet the staff, have a snack and hear about the center's offerings. Learn more.

The Kelvin Smith Library staff invites the campus community to try out a new research database featuring travel and leisure information. PressDisplay allows users to access local news, entertainment, cultural events, dining and sporting venue information from home. PressDisplay provides instant access to current newspapers from the United States and around the world, and its offerings have just been expanded by 30 percent. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a free seminar series, "Practice-Based Research Seminar Series," from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays August 28 through November 20 at the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office. The series will go over the theory, history, scope, data collection and analysis utilized in Practice Based Research Networks. These networks make up a key component of the Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative. Free parking is available in the front of the building and refreshments will be served weekly. Attendees may earn CME and CREC credits. For more information, view a brochure or go to the Practice-Based Research Network Web site.

For Students

Case Western Reserve University has entered into a new agreement with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) that will provide full-time graduate and professional students an option to purchase RTA rapid/and or bus passes at a cost of $75 per semester. The passes are available for purchase at Access Services, located in the lower level of Crawford Hall. Fall 2008 semester passes will expire January 14, 2009.


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.

August 21, 2008

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Case in the News

The miracle weight loss that isn't, August 18, 2008
Despite the growing popularity of obesity surgery—and the general perception that it's a shortcut to thinness and good health—it's no easy path. Paul Ernsberger, a nutrition professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Court rejects E.P.A. limits on emissions rules

New York Times, August 19, 2008
A federal appeals court this week threw out an Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting the ability of states to require monitoring of industrial emissions. Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, commented on the case on a legal affairs blog, The Volokh Conspiracy.

KSU part of grant worth $8 million

Ravenna Record Courier, August 19, 2008
The state's Third Frontier research and development project and Ohio Research Scholars Program has given $8 million in funds to a collaboration between Northeastern Ohio liquid crystal research companies and a number of local universities. The cluster combines research capabilities at Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University and Youngstown State University with the environmental technologies at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

Business Accelerator assists minority-owned companies in Northeast Ohio

The Plain Dealer, August 17, 2008
The Minority Business Accelerator 2.5+, backed by $1 million from the Fund for Our Economic Future, seeks to build jobs and economic spin-off in black and Hispanic communities. The program recently helped a Hispanic-owned business, Global Point Technologies Inc., land a $300,000 cabling contract with Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Welcome, freshmen. Have an iPod.

New York Times, August 20, 2008
Some universities are doling out Apple iPhones and Internet-capable iPods to students. The always-on Internet devices raise some novel possibilities, like tracking where students congregate. In addition, colleges could send messages about canceled classes, delayed buses, campus crises or just the cafeteria menu.

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