Case Western Reserve Assistant Professor Among First Recipients of National Science Foundation Grant Program


LaShanda Korley, assistant professor of macromolecular science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, has received one of the first Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) from the National Science Foundation.

Korley received her BRIGE grant out of more than 120 applications in the program's first year. The two-year grant is for $175,000. Targeting investigators early in their careers, the BRIGE program is designed to broaden opportunities for all engineers including those from groups underrepresented in engineering fields. The program's goal is to encourage active engagement in research by independent investigators.

Korley's research focuses on the toughening of elastomeric materials, particularly through the modification of the elastic response of the materials' network under deformation. Read more.

Film Screening Documents the Works of Case Western Reserve Artist


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve will present a film by Cleveland videographer Tom Ball entitled, "The Beauty of Damage: A Film on the Art of Christopher Pekoc."

As part of the Baker-Nord Center's work in progress series, the free, public program will be held Wednesday, September 24, at 6 p.m., in the Lecture Hall at the Cleveland Museum of Art. A reception follows.

The film will accompany an upcoming national traveling exhibition of Pekoc's work. A nationally renowned artist, Pekoc is a lecturer for Case Western Reserve's art studio program. Read more.

Campus News


Friday, September 19, marks the sixth annual Case for Community Day at Case Western Reserve University. More than 500 staff, students and faculty—the largest number of volunteers since the program's inception—will work in the community on a variety of projects. Tomorrow's activities will conclude with a "Thank You Barbecue" outdoors on the Kelvin Smith Library oval complete with live jazz and reggae music performed by Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and the Footprints and the Carlos Jones Reggae P.L.U.S. Band. The barbecue, which begins at 4 p.m., is free for Case for Community Day volunteers, and a $3 donation for the rest of the campus community. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Foodbank.

Free self defense classes for women will be held at Veale Center beginning September 22. Rape Aggression Defense classes are 12 hours in length divided into four consecutive Mondays. The classes are from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Open to all women. Call 368-6811 to register. Sponsored by Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services.

Dozens of free computing classes are being offered this fall through CaseLearns, including the Basics of Wikis from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, September 25, at Kelvin Smith Library. Learn about wikis, the various uses and best practices to implementing your own wiki. Explore examples in action such as the Case Wiki, Wikipedia and more. In addition, 11 new classes are available this semester through CaseLearns, covering topics including Adobe products and Microsoft Office applications. Registration required. Learn more

Campus members providing care at home for a family member with Alzheimers disease or another type of dementia are invited to take part in the Caregiver Knowledge and Skills Project. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals are conducting this research project with the goal of learning how best to help family members of persons with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia increase their knowledge and skills related to caregiving. The study involves taking part with other family caregivers in a series of workshop sessions, and in a follow-up program designed to extend and enhance the benefits of the workshop. Participants will be asked to answer questions periodically about their well being, their experiences with and attitudes toward caregiving and their opinions about the project. There is no cost to participate in the study. To learn more, contact Nancy Catalani at (216) 844-6357.

For Faculty and Staff

UCITE (University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) invites faculty members from all colleges and schools at Case Western Reserve to apply to become Learning Fellows during the spring 2009 semester. The fellowships are for faculty members who want to meet with other faculty from across the university to explore ideas on how people learn, and how those ideas can be applied in the classroom to improve teaching. Meetings will occur once a week on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for every week of the regular semester, beginning January 13 and ending April 21. Upon successfully completing the program, each faculty member will receive a grant of $2,500 to be used at their discretion for academic purposes. Applications should be received at the UCITE office by Monday, October 13.

For Students

Students who plan to vote in the November 4 General Election must be registered by October 6. Learn more.


The University Career Fair is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, October 2, at Veale Center. All students and alumni are invited to attend, and are invited to find resources for a practicum, internship, co-op or full-time job. Over 100 employers are registered. Attendees should dress in business attire and bring multiple copies of their resumes. In addition, several area companies will be on campus to conduct practice interviews with students during Mock Interview Day Friday, September 19.

The Student Alumni Association is sponsoring a free dinner with law students, an opportunity for undergraduates to find out what it is really like to attend law school. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., Friday, September 19, at the Alumni House. Send an e-mail to Kathleen Norman to reserve a spot.


The next Art Talk (formerly known as Art for Lunch), begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 19, at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. Doctoral candidate Rachel Geschwind will present "New York Fairytales: Helen Levitt's Photographs of Children."

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Evolution and Politics," with Robert Richards from the University of Chicago. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 19, at the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall.

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 18, 2008

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Case in the News

Sticker shock

Women', September 2008
Labels are supposed to be easy to understand. But some—like your local pharmacy's prescription-bottle stickers—seem designed to mess with your mind. Experts, including Darrell Hulisz, associate professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University, provide an explanation for the labels.

Cells take direction from virus

Chemistry World, September 18, 2008
International scientists have made a simple cell scaffold from a virus. Jeff Capadona of Case Western Reserve University, who currently researches smart biomimetic polymer nanocomposites, comments.

Feather your nest

Women', September 2008
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University found that people who listen to music in the 60-to-80 beats-per-minute range (a close match to your resting heartbeat) before bedtime report more satisfying sleep.

Higher Ed News

Will professors delay retirements?

Inside Higher Ed, September 18, 2008
At TIAA-CREF this week, the volume of calls from clients is up 30 percent from the same point a year ago. Given the dramatic drops on Wall Street, it's not surprising that many in academe are wondering about the status of their retirement funds. But a big question for academe may be whether those funds are shrinking substantially enough to prompt professors to delay retirement.

Pell Grants said to face a shortfall of $6 billion

New York Times, September 17, 2008
Battered by a worsening economy, college students are seeking federal financial aid in record numbers this year, leading Bush administration officials to warn Congress that the most important federal aid program, Pell Grants, may need up to $6 billion in additional taxpayer funds next year.