Polar-Palooza Connects Changes in Ice Caps to Cleveland Climate


Unlike Las Vegas, what happens at the North and South Poles doesn't stay at the Poles. How changes at the Poles directly affect the climate of Cleveland and the rest of the world is the subject of Polar-Palooza, a two-day multimedia celebration of the earth's frozen tips held at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on September 12 at 7:30 p.m. and September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The emcee for Polar-Palooza will be Ralph Harvey, associate professor of geology at Case Western Reserve University. No stranger to the South Pole, Harvey is principal investigator for the Antarctic Search for Meteorites program, funded by the Office of Polar Programs of the National Science Foundation. A portion of the Polar-Palooza program will be devoted to Harvey's work at the South Pole using a combination of high-definition video and his live commentary.

Through high-definition videos, hard facts and personal anecdotes from the presenters, Polar-Palooza shows in an entertaining and informative way how the earth's icecaps and global climate are closely linked. Read more.

Mandel Center to Honor Akron Art Museum Director and Hattie Larlham Organization

Case Western Reserve University's Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations has named Mitchell Kahan, director and chief executive officer of the Akron Art Museum, and Hattie Larlham, a nonprofit organization and leader in developing and delivering services for 1,400 children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental retardation throughout Ohio, as recipients of the 2008 Leadership in Nonprofit Management Award and Organization Innovation Award.

Both winners will be recognized during the Mandel Center's Nonprofit Awards Luncheon at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore Ave. on Tuesday, September 23, at 11 a.m. The annual event brings together leaders from Northeast Ohio's nonprofit community. Read more.

Campus News

Dozens of free computing classes are being offered this fall through CaseLearns. Eleven new classes are available this semester, including Adobe products and Microsoft Office applications. Learn more.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations announces its expanded Professional Development Program Series for the 2008-09 academic year. Seminars at the Center and Conversations at the Center feature respected faculty from across the university, and offers opportunities to expand both knowledge and ability to effectively address and solve pressing issues in nonprofit management and leadership. The series begins at 9 a.m., Friday, September 12 with "Fired-up Leadership" led by Deb O'Neil. On Thursday, September 18, Professor Emeritus John Yankey will discuss "Coopetition–Can We Survive This Alliance?" from 8-9:30 a.m. Call 368-1687 to register for these events, or visit the Mandel Center Web site.

Staff members from the Office of Student Activities & Leadership and Greek Life are working on the October 4 Homecoming Parade. They are soliciting participation from any university staff, student, alumni or faculty member who would like to feature their convertible or historical vehicle. Interested parties should e-mail Colleen Barker-Williamson. Homecoming 2008's theme is "Spartan Paradise." Call 368-2679 for details.

For Faculty and Staff

To help professors and instructors better prepare for the unexpected in courses and individual classes, the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting "Planning for the Unexpected," from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 11, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The group will look at some specific cases and discuss guidelines and strategies for defusing unexpected situations. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) is holding a seminar, "Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities," at 1 p.m., Friday, September 12, in the Sears Building, Room 462.


The Office of Annual Giving is seeking enthusiastic members of the Class of 2009 to establish this year's Senior Class Gift committee. The Senior Class Gift campaign gives departing seniors the opportunity to leave an enduring legacy on campus and express their appreciation for the university. The office is seeking individuals who are interested in the following roles: Work with the office to choose a project for this year's campaign; give to the Class of 2009 Senior Gift; attend committee meetings (one or two per semester as needed); and staff Senior Class Gift campaign activities. For information, contact Vivian Ruszkiewicz at 368-5388.

The Biomedical Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) is holding its first meeting of the year for all School of Medicine graduate students at 4:30 p.m. today at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 732. The BGSO represents and addresses the needs of the university's biomedical graduate students.



Journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of the critically acclaimed book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, will discuss her writings as the featured speaker for the fourth annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture on September 12. LeBlanc's work often focuses on poverty and adolescence, providing what critics called "mastery as an observer of human character." Her subjects tend to be marginal figures, but she makes their mundane, gritty lives riveting to readers. The free, public event begins at 12:30 p.m. in Severance Hall. Pre-registration is encouraged. Read more.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is co-sponsoring a brown bag lunch featuring artist Margaret Denk-Leigh at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 10 on the second floor atrium of the Mandel School. Her exhibit, 45 Works on Paper: Print Exhibition, is on display through October 6. For information, contact June Hund or Kristen Kirchgesler at 368-2302.

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.

In Memoriam


John F. Wallace, an emeritus professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, died September 5 at age 88. Wallace joined the university in 1954 as an associate professor of metallurgy, and held numerous positions before being named LTV Steel Professor of Metallurgy, Emeritus, in 1990. During his time with the university, he received over a dozen awards, and he supervised 80 master's degree and 68 doctoral theses. A funeral mass will be held Friday, September 12, at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Dominic, 19000 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights.

September 9, 2008

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Year of Darwin


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 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 11 with a lecture by Sean B. Carroll, respected author and leading biologist. Learn more.

Case in the News

Five percent certainty and the performance of biomedical start-ups

Small Business Trends, September 8, 2008
The statistical analysis that is used to show how well a new biomedical product works, and therefore, whether it is worthy of approval, has some interesting wrinkles, writes Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve sports news and notes

The Plain Dealer, September 8, 2008
A roundup of Case Western Reserve University football, women's soccer and volleyball news.

Is Sarah Palin a beacon for other women?

BillLucey.com, September 7, 2008
How much of an inspiration is Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, to other women? A roundup of experts includes Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science at Case Western Reserve University.

The great outdoors with D'Arcy Egan

The Plain Dealer, September 4, 2008
John Orlock, the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, looks at fly fishing a little differently than most. He's teaching a first-year seminar, Reflections in the Water: The Metaphysics, Sport and Literature of Fly Fishing.

Higher Ed News

College presidents defend rising tuition, but lawmakers sound skeptical

New York Times, September 8, 2008
Two dozen college presidents and policy experts defended the rising costs of tuition on Monday and argued against forcing colleges to spend more of their endowments.