Case Western Reserve University Explores Legacy Of Charles Darwin

Year-long celebration begins with Convocation August 28


Charles Darwin and evolution—the man and his ideas such as natural selection—will be highlighted at Case Western Reserve University this coming academic year.

The university will celebrate Darwin's legacy and influence during the 2008-09 Year of Darwin and Evolution. Instead of a one or two-day event, throughout the academic year schools and departments across campus have planned activities from lectures to a theatrical event.

The Darwin celebration got an early launch as incoming first-year students received David Quammen's "The Reluctant Mr. Darwin" as this year's Common Reading selection. The official kick off comes this week with Quammen's appearance and talk during Fall Convocation at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, August 28, in Severance Hall. Read more.

University's New Web Site Exhibits Early Success


Case Western Reserve University's new Web site is showing early signs of success.

Launched one month ago, the Web design with streamlined information architecture has been nominated as a noteworthy site on eduStyle, an Internet design gallery where higher educational professionals submit, review and comment on Web sites.

Web statistics also are showing a positive response from visitors to the new home page. In the first three weeks following its debut, nearly 2,000 visitors had submitted information through the homepage, including 250 who completed the apply form and 400 who entered a request for information using the e-business technology incorporated into the green menu items at the top of the page. Read more.

Campus News

Uptown Logo

A community briefing about Uptown will take place from 7-9 p.m., August 26 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. The Uptown district is a $200 million investment by Case Western Reserve University, MRN/Zaremba development partnership, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland, The Cleveland Institute of Art and University Circle Inc. at the intersections of Euclid and Mayfield avenues and Ford Road. Register online to attend the briefing.

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.

For Faculty and Staff

In addition to suggestions on how to better engage students and how to encourage them to read and write better, UCITE will provide tips on things faculty and instructors can do to make the semester go more smoothly during their next session from noon to 1 p.m. August 28 in the Herrick Room on the ground floor of the Allen Memorial Library building. Pizza and beverages will be provided. RSVP to

For Students

Case Western Reserve's 121 Fitness Center welcomes students back to campus with an opportunity to sign up for a "Spartan Shape Up" fall membership. The membership includes usage of 28,000 sq. ft. of top-name equipment, four personal training sessions, a nutrition consult, access to over 40 group exercise classes per week, towel and locker service and more. Enroll by September 29 and receive a free t-shirt. New for fall: Buy your supplements at 121 Fitness. The center accepts CaseCash and is open Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the center's Web site.


Francis Collins

Francis S. Collins, who has led the Human Genome Project since 1993, will give a free lecture followed by conversation with faculty at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, September 4 in Severance Hall. In addition, the audience will be invited to comment and ask questions of Collins and the faculty panelists. The lecture and symposium are free and open to the public. Dress is business attire.

At 6 p.m. the same day, Collins will be presented with the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize in Severance Hall. Tickets to the prize ceremony are $25. Tickets can be purchased through the Severance Hall box office by phone at (216) 231-1111. Dress is business attire or black tie.

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 25, 2008

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Video Screen Capture

Case Western Reserve University provides a video tribute and community blog in memory of alumnae Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who died August 20.

Case in the News

10 MINUTES WITH . . . David Quammen

Plain Dealer, August 25, 2008
After a 13-year drought between publication of his first and second novels, Rhodes Scholar David Quammen adapted to a new niche: nonfiction. Several award-winning books followed. One—“The Reluctant Mr. Darwin”—is this fall’s all-campus reading choice at Case Western Reserve University.

Medication Management For College Students

PsychCentral, August 25, 2008
A growing number of students are arriving on campus with medications for conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder and attention deficit disorder. That concern has become the focus of a new Case Western Reserve University study about how students manage their mental illnesses.

In Biden, a life story to complement Obama's

USA Today, August 24, 2008
The Obama campaign is betting that Joe Biden's blue-collar appeal will extend throughout the Rust Belt, and some political analysts agree. Alexander Lamis, a political scientist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, comments.

They work to relieve suffering

Plain Dealer, August 24, 2008
In this column, Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University writes that social workers, nurses and community organizers deserve more respect.

New Bible edition reorders text in the spirit of clarity

Dallas Morning News, August 23, 2008
The Chronological Study Bible will be released this fall in the midst of a Bible-publishing boom in the United States—in an industry that now has as much to do with profits as with prophets. Professor Timothy Beal from Case Western Reserve University comments.

Higher Ed News

Inquiry Into Higher-Education Group Reveals Odd Connections

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 25, 2008
The American Association for Higher Education has assumed the identity of a now-defunct organization with a similar name—the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE). It has even acquired AAHE's old phone number.

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