First Wellman Hill Political Science Interns Try Out Future Professions


Thanks to a recent gift from Elizabeth Michelle Hill, a 1997 joint bachelor's and master's political science graduate, five political science undergraduates explored potential public service careers during the summer.

The first group of Wellman Hill Political Science Interns engaged in a wide range of opportunities, such as studying global elections and human rights violations at the Carter Center in Atlanta; observing the criminal justice system at the Cook County State's Attorney's office in Chicago; working for the defense team at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; interning with Unite For Sight in India; and doing genetic disease advocacy at Genetic Alliance in Washington, D.C. Read more.

Cross Country's Mike Petro, Classmates Become Entrepreneurs


"When is the last time I had a good experience with..." was the phrase cross country runner Mike Petro and his team of Case Western Reserve University students used to get their minds thinking recently about a business start up. And, after edible forks and the breeding of miniature hippopotamuses were rightfully removed from the table, a trip to the grocery store sealed the deal for the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium winners.

"Entrepreneurship Immersion Week," part of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium program, held recently at John Carroll University, challenged participants from seven area schools to come up with an idea that would keep money in the local economy and grow to be profitable.

The team from Case Western Reserve—which also included Magda Marcel, Michael Benning, Sean Detwiler and Aaron Myhre—came up with an idea for a high tech coupon card. Their prize for first place was $4,000. Read more.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve University invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to submit recommendations for honorary degrees to be conferred at commencement ceremonies in 2010 or 2011. According to the Faculty Handbook, the university confers degrees to recognize individuals who exemplify in their work the highest ideals and standards of excellence in "any valued aspect of human endeavor, including the realm of scholarship, public service, and the performing arts." Nominations are due by September 15. Learn more.

Information Technology Services will host an open forum from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, September 18 in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Topics will include advanced research computing and data center remediation updates.

The university is encouraging all faculty, staff and students to sign up for the university's emergency notification system, called CaseWARN. Users go to a Web page and enter a cell phone number for text messages and/or a telephone number for voice calls in the event of an emergency.

For Faculty and Staff

As a reminder to employees, the celebration period with Sprint and the discounted pricing offer ends September 17. Any staff member that has or is in need of a university provided mobile device, including mobile broadband cards, is encouraged to contact Sprint via e-mail to learn more about available savings and solutions.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Tenure and Promotion and the Faculty Handbook," the third in a series for faculty who are either tenured, on the tenured track, or anticipating a tenure track position. The typical criteria for tenure and promotion are scholarship, teaching and service. Learn how these terms are applied and measured at Case Western Reserve. Jerold Goldberg, dean of the School of Dental Medicine; Lynn Singer, deputy provost; and Lois Langell, special assistant to the provost, will present. The group will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 12, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students


Students are invited to attend the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning's Community Service Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 11 in Thwing Center's ballroom. More than 30 nonprofit organizations, service-oriented student organizations and campus programs will be present to share opportunities and ways to make a difference in the community. Students also can register to vote at the fair.

The Department of Bioethics is offering three-credit fall and spring short-term study abroad opportunities to all undergraduate and graduate students. The program includes courses in Costa Rica, Spain, Argentina, France, the Netherlands or Belgium during winter and spring breaks. For more information, contact Michelle Champoir at 368-5377, or visit one of the upcoming information sessions being held 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 11 in Thwing Center's Euclid Room, and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 12, in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A.


The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Heroes and Politicians," with Tim Wutrich, visiting assistant professor of classics, and Joe White, Luxenberg Family Professor of
Public Policy and chair of the political science department. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 12 at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall.

"Standup For Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace," takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, September 12, in Thwing Center's ballroom. The comedy show, created by Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah, brings Arab- and Jewish-Americans together to laugh, and encourages a dialogue in support of a peaceful, political resolution. Both will answer audience questions. Hosted by the university's chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. Tickets are $7.

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 10, 2008

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Case in the News

Suffering from hay fever? Blame ragweed!

Canton Repository, September 9, 2008
If September bestows upon you a tsunami of sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose, then ragweed likely is the culprit. Ragweed usually is found along rural roadways, in ditches and fields. But the plant's pollen can be in the air we breathe anywhere. Steven J. Ossakow, clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, comments.

Black Holes and the Large Hadron Collider, no worries

University at Buffalo, September 9, 2008
The startup of the Large Hadron Collider this week won't create a massive black hole that will wipe out life on Earth as we know it, according to University at Buffalo assistant professor of physics Dejan Stojkovic. He recently created Black Max, a computational black-hole simulator, along with a UB postdoctoral research fellow and collaborators at Oxford University and Case Western Reserve University.

A grand, green entrance

The Plain Dealer, September 7, 2008
Turn south off busy Chester Avenue toward the Cleveland Clinic, and you'll travel a restful avenue lined with trees and intriguing reflecting pools. The Cleveland Clinic needed a grand entrance, one that would announce it as a pre-eminent medical center, as well as help it to blend with the museums and Case Western Reserve University campus in nearby University Circle.

Not all children need special programs

Savannah Morning News, September 8, 2008
Sylvia Rimm, a clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, offers advice to a newspaper reader who is wondering if her child should be tested for a gifted program.

Higher Ed News

Marketing code for student lenders

New York Times, September 9, 2008
Resolving an investigation into whether they misled consumers, seven student loan companies have agreed to follow a code of conduct for their marketing, the New York attorney general's office said on Tuesday. The companies also agreed to put a total of $1.4 million into a fund to help educate students and their families about financial aid.