Francis S. Collins, Recipient of Inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize, to Discuss the Genomic Revolution September 4


Case Western Reserve University's Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will host Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-geneticist and former leader of the Human Genome Project—who also is the recipient of the inaugural Inamori Ethics Prize—beginning at 1 p.m., September 4 in Severance Hall. Collins will speak on the topic of "The Promise and Peril of the Genomic Revolution."

The lecture and symposium are free and open to public and will include a question-and-answer period with the audience. Dress is business attire.

The Inamori Ethics Prize honors outstanding international ethical leaders, and will be presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership and whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind.

University to Share Some of its Visions at Cleveland Economic Development Event


Case Western Reserve University will showcase some of its advanced energy expertise during the 10,000 Visions of Cleveland event: One of the university's booths will be powered completely by a commercially available fuel cell.

Mirko Antioga, director of applied research at the Case Western Reserve Wright Fuel Cell Center, will teach visitors how fuel cells work and share news of the energy alternatives being created through the university's Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation during the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 6, at the Galleria at Erieview, 1301 E. Ninth Street. Read more.

Campus News


All faculty, staff and students are invited to a reception honoring Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., for his dedication to Case Western Reserve University from 3-5 p.m., September 5 at the Alumni House. RSVP to Jane Howarth Vogelsberger.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the campus community to the 2008 Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., September 23, at Windows on the River. The event will honor Mitchell Kahan, director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum, and Hattie Larlham for their excellence in nonprofit leadership and innovation. A keynote address by Jennifer Pryce, director of advocacy and site director for the Nonprofit Finance Fund's Washington, D.C., office will explore the current challenges of linking money to mission. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Read more for ticket information and additional details.

Case Western Reserve users have received a number of phish messages welcoming them back and asking them to verify accounts by sending in their passwords. ITS advises deleting these non-legitimate messages. If you or somebody you know has responded, contact the Case Help Desk immediately for instructions on how to reset and protect your account. Case Western Reserve will never ask for passwords or related information to be sent via e-mail. Learn more about protection against phishing scams.

For Faculty and Staff

A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus for individual retirement counseling sessions this month and several days in October. Employees who already have retirement accounts with TIAA-CREF and those who are considering setting up an account should contact TIAA-CREF to schedule an appointment.

For Students

Students interested in rowing are invited to learn more about Case Crew, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff. An all team meeting will be held at 8 p.m. tonight in Veale Center's Hall of Fame room; no experience necessary. New rowers can learn the basics during one-hour sessions from 4-7 p.m. today and Thursday.


The Office of Undergraduate Admission seeks enthusiastic Case Western Reserve undergraduates to serve as Student Ambassadors. These students serve as overnight hosts to prospective students, as well as participate in other undergraduate recruitment events. Ambassadors must live in a university residence hall, enjoy meeting new people, and be willing to share their enthusiasm for the university with their guests. First-year through graduating seniors are invited to join. Interested students should attend one of the following information sessions: 5:30-6:30 p.m., September 8, Wade Fireside Lounge; 5:30-6:30 p.m., September 9, Fribley Fireside Lounge; or 6-7 p.m., September 10, Thwing Center's Cleveland Room. No RSVP is required; pizza and beverages will be provided. Send an e-mail to Christine DeSalvo Miller with questions.

The university's Big Brothers Big Sisters program will host an information session at 7 p.m. tonight in Thwing Center, Meeting Room A. Students are invited to learn about the program and how to become a mentor. Contact Rebecca Owens or Jessica Pekala with questions.


The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant Program at Case Western Reserve invites the campus community to the commencement of the Model Organisms Seminar Series. The series focuses on yeast, fruit flies, zebra fish, mice and viruses. The training grant is sponsoring two talks on each organism; one on the utility of the organism and another on recent research advancements using the organism. Both talks will be given by leading experts in the field, usually on the second Tuesday of the month. The first installment of the series on September 9 will feature Nevan Krogan from the University of California, San Francisco, on the topic of yeast as a model organism. Read more for the titles and locations of the talks.

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.

September 3, 2008

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Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at noon, September 9 with a lecture by Gary Litman, an authority on the evolution of the immune system. Read more.

Case in the News

Rock Hall of Famer Les Paul to be honored in Music Masters series

The Plain Dealer, September 3, 2008
Electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul has been chosen as the honoree for the 13th Annual American Music Masters series, presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Case Western Reserve University and Gibson Guitar Corp.

Manufacturing jobs in Ohio: Two views

BusinessWeek, September 3, 2008
With the economy front and center in the Presidential campaign, it's no surprise that attention is centering on key Midwestern states like Ohio and Michigan. There, concerns over jobs and the manufacturing economy have made for grueling battles but given neither party a lasting foothold. Susan Helper, an economist at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve preview: WR Cowdrick eager for season free of injury

The Plain Dealer, September 2, 2008
A year ago, the Case Western Reserve football team celebrated an 11-1 season and University Athletic Association title. The Spartans figure to be the favorite again in 2008. Junior wide receiver Tim Cowdrick can tell you about the agony of the feet–and the back as well.

Who produces black Ph.D.'s?

Inside Higher Ed, September 2, 2008
In 2006, one in five African-American bachelor's degree recipients earned their diplomas from historically black colleges and universities, compared to well over a third in 1977. The article includes statistics from dozens of universities, including Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Don't let your choice of major limit how much you earn

The Plain Dealer, September 2, 2008
New college graduates with degrees in the engineering and computer science fields receive the highest average starting salaries, according to the latest report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. NACE reported in its Summer 2008 Salary Survey that the overall average starting salary offer to new college graduates, regardless of major, increased by slightly more than 7 percent over last year.