Case Western Reserve Continues Observance of Darwin Celebration with Three September Talks


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 with three high-profile events rounding out the month of September.

The first event is at 5 p.m., Thursday, September 18, at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. Robert Richards, a noted historian of science and medicine who has published several books relating to evolutionary thought, will address the campus community on the topic of "Darwinian Moral Theory." The talk is sponsored by the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

On Thursday, September 25, Judge John E. Jones, the federal judge who presided in the controversial trial pertaining to the teaching of intelligent design in Dover, Pa., will speak from 5-6 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. The event, which allows for questions from the audience after the talk, is sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

September's Darwin events conclude with Richard Katskee and Lauri Lebo speaking on the topic of "The Devil in Dover and Elsewhere: The Personal Side of the Creationism Controversy," from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, September 26, in Clark Hall, room 309. Katskee is an attorney for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Lebo is a journalist who covered the Dover, Pa. intelligent design trial. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.

Learn more about these and other Darwin events throughout the academic year.

Football's Gian Genovesi is a Big Force, Big Brother


Case Western Reserve University student Gian Genovesi has a busy schedule: Academics, football and serving as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He already has two younger brothers back home in the Dayton area, so why did he decide to become a Big Brother to a Cleveland boy?

"I grew up in a house full of kids (two younger sisters and the aforementioned brothers), so it was weird to come to college and not be around them," Genovesi explained. "I get a lot out of hanging out with them–it keeps me grounded."

Grounded is something the Case Western Reserve football team, currently ranked No. 18 in the country in the NCAA Division III, also is trying to remain.

Big Brothers Big Sisters guidelines usually require volunteers to talk once a week on the phone and meet once a month in person with the child. Genovesi goes above and beyond the call of duty with Steven, an area eighth grader. Read more.

Campus News


The Case Western Reserve University community is invited to a reception honoring School of Dental Medicine Dean Jerold Goldberg's service as interim provost. The reception is from 4-6 p.m., Friday, September 26, in the Hovorka Atrium. For more information, e-mail

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 continues from 8-9:30 a.m., Thursday, September 18. Professor Emeritus John Yankey will discuss "Coopetition–Can We Survive This Alliance?" Call 368-1687 to register, or visit the Mandel Center Web site.

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 American Red Cross will continue hosting blood drives on campus this week to offset a blood shortage in the area. Drives will be held until 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, September 19, both in Thwing Center. Donors can schedule an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern."

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

All graduate and professional students are invited to attend a University Student Medical Plan information and discussion forum from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, September 18 in DeGrace Hall, Room 312. The forum will address the university's student medical plan, administered by the Aetna Student Health. Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate.

The Journal Distribution Project is holding its first general body meeting, a sundae mixer, from 8-9 p.m. tonight at Wade Fireside. Students are invited to learn more about participating in the upcoming election while enjoying ice cream.

A new campus chapter of Unite For Sight, an organization dedicated to eliminating preventable blindness locally and abroad, will host its first general body meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 24 in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The chapter aims to host fundraising events for the global cause, as well as vision screenings around the Cleveland area. During the meeting, the group will fill various executive board positions that are available, as well as discuss events for the upcoming year. Refreshments will be available. Contact the group by e-mail for information.

SOURCE (Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors) is hosting a seminar, "Finding Research and Creative Endeavor Opportunities," at noon, Thursday, September 18, and 1 p.m., Friday, October 3, both sessions in Sears 462.

There will be a gathering for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in the Department of Biochemistry from 4-5:30 p.m. today in the Biomedical Research Building atrium. All students interested in majoring in biochemistry are welcome to attend. There will be door prizes and snacks.


Henk A. M. J. ten Have, director of the Division of Ethics of Sciences and Technology, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, will discuss "Next Steps in Bioethics, Globalization and Development"at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 18, in the first floor auditorium of the Wolstein Building. A reception will follow the free lecture. Sponsored by the Department of Bioethics. He also will speak from 9-10 a.m., Friday, September 19, at the Wolstein Research Building, Room 4-136, and later that morning at the City Club of Cleveland. His three-day visit on campus is part of the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Visiting Professorship.


Case Western Reserve University is hosting a Health & Wellness Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 25, in the Thwing Center ballroom for students, staff and faculty. The fair is in conjunction with the annual Wellness Week to encourage the campus community to learn new, creative ways to lead a healthy life. Come learn from the experts and pick up information and prizes. As part of the week, the University of Cincinnati's Wendy Kline will speak on the topic of "Reproducing Our Bodies, Ourselves: Birth Control and the Women's Health Movement," at 6 p.m., September 25, in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required to Jennifer Nieves by September 22.

The Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation is sponsoring a seminar, "Advanced Control Systems for Energy Innovation," featuring Mario Garcia-Sanz from the the Public University of Navarra, Spain, at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 18, in Nord Hall, Room 310.

Curtis Carlson, president and CEO of SRI International, is the keynote speaker for the 2008 David Deioma Lecture, beginning at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. Attendance is free, but registration is required. The theme is "The Innovation Imperative." Carlson's book, Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want, will be reserved as a gift to the first 150 registrants.

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 17, 2008

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Case in the News

Jones Day gives Cleveland Clinic $1.5M

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 16, 2008

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Cleveland law firm Jones Day has contributed $1.5 million to establish an endowed, chaired position at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

Experts will highlight innovative nanotechnology applications to diagnose and treat disease, September 17, 2008
Renowned top medical experts and business professionals will describe the use of nanoparticles for drug delivery, treatment and imaging of cancer and other diseases at the upcoming NanoMedicine Summit September 25-26. Hosted by NorTech's Nano-Network, Cleveland Clinic, and Case Western Reserve University, the summit will bring together scientists, clinicians, business professionals, and investors to discuss the latest nanotechnology discoveries and medical applications for the health care industry.

Parenting program for low-income families reduces toddlers' problem behavior

Science Centric, September 16, 2008
Low-income families who participated in a brief, tailored intervention program designed to improve parenting saw less problem behavior in their toddlers than families who did not take part. That's the finding of a new study published in the September/October 2008 issue of the journal Child Development. The research was conducted at the University of Oregon, University of Pittsburgh, Case Western Reserve University, Oxford University, and the University of Virginia.

My mother's case of 'pleasant dementia'

Newsweek, September 13, 2008
In an article a daughter writes about her mother's case of "pleasant dementia," she quotes Peter Whitehouse, professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University.

Survive in cold water by taking proper steps

Ithaca Journal, September 16, 2008
Many boaters confuse cold water immersion with hypothermia. To obtain accurate information on this topic, the writer consulted with Joseph Sopko, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

An interview with Craig's List founder-Morristown Native Craig Newmark

New, September 15, 2008
An interview with Craig Newmark, founder of Craig's List and a Case Western Reserve University alumnus.

Higher Ed News

Colleges spend billions on remedial classes to prep freshmen

USA TODAY, September 16, 2008
It's a tough lesson for millions of students just now arriving on campus: Even if you have a high school diploma, you may not be ready for college. In fact, a new study calculates, one-third of American college students have to enroll in remedial classes.