Case Western Reserve Political Scientist Examines Ohio's Role in Presidential Elections


As the 2008 presidential campaign enters the final stretch, Ohio is one of a dozen difficult-to-predict battleground states, according to Alexander P. Lamis, associate professor of political science.

Two historical facts will keep attention on the state this fall: First, no Republican has ever been elected president without carrying Ohio; and second, the historic 2006 election in Ohio witnessed a remarkable Democratic Party comeback after a generation of Republican dominance in the state. Read more.

Case Western Reserve Publishes Free Primer on Oral Presentation for Undergraduates


The top tip for students speaking in front of a class from Case Western Reserve University faculty: Remember the ears—those of the audience, that is.

Classmates—and professors—can't use a highlighter to note the important points in an oral presentation, and not many can take notes as fast as someone actually speaks. So the talk has to be clear, direct and easy to recall, according to "Speak: How to Talk to Classmates and Others," a new, compact primer on oral presentations that the university's SAGES program specially commissioned and is distributing free this semester. Read more.

Campus News


Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2008—Thursday, October 2 through Sunday, October 5—will feature approximately 40 events. The extended weekend's offerings include lectures, tours, parties, exhibitions, and performances–many of them free. Online registration is required for most of the events. Read more.

The campus community is invited to meet senior representatives from Crane Aerospace and Electronics from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Thursday, October 2, in Nord Hall, Room 310. Crane, based in Elyria, Ohio, has operations throughout the United States and around the world. The company, which has career opportunities available, consists of several distinct businesses that produce a variety of products under a number of familiar industrial brand names. Lunch is being provided. Seating is limited. RSVP to Mitzi Vazquez-Long via or by phone at 368-0336.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations invites the community to an open house from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, at its new building, 11402 Bellflower Road. Case Western Reserve employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) September Research Spotlight brings news of unprecedented access to industry analysis, marketscopes, trends and data through Gartner Research, a database available to Case Western Reserve for a limited time via a collaboration between KSL and Information Technology Services. Gartner Research offers news and case studies for nine major industries such as energy, education, health and banking. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Concept Maps and Alignment" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 2, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on conceptualizing a course in a way that exposes students to central ideas in newer, enriched contexts. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is offering its first fall semester 2008 workshop for first-year and other writers from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 3 in Nord Hall, Room 400. The workshop will introduce students to college writing, including conventions of academic discourse and modes of argumentation. This workshop is open to all interested students and faculty. No RSVP is required. More information about the WRC can be found online. Contact the center by e-mail with questions.

The Graduate Professional Council is hosting an event at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 1 at Bodega, 1854 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights. The menu will feature drink specials and tapas, and is open to all graduate and professional students. Contact Bharath Surapaneni for information.

By special request, an evening meeting has been scheduled to inform students about the upcoming Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences' international study/travel three-credit hour courses. The session will meet from 5-6 p.m. this evening at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 115. Go online for more information and future information session dates.


Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are invited to join University Alumni Relations for a Community Hour Concert featuring music by alumni composers from the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Institute of Music Joint Music Program from 12:30-2 p.m., Friday, October 3, in Amasa Stone Chapel. A reception follows. For more information on all of the Joint Music Program 40th Anniversary events taking place during Alumni Weekend, go online.

"The Healthcare Policy—The Election 2008 Interactive Symposium" takes place from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, October 3, at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. The guest speakers are Maxwell Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and a professor of bioethics; J. B. Silvers, Truehaft Professor of Health Systems Management; and Joseph White, Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and chair of the university's political science department. RSVP by phone at 368-2574 or by e-mail by the end of today.

Ting Chang of Carnegie Mellon University will speak at 6 p.m. tonight in Kulas Auditorium, Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), on the topic of "Bodies and Ideas in Motion: French Collectors in Meiji." Sponsored by Case Western Reserve's Department of Art History & Art and the CIA.

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 30, 2008

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Year of Darwin

darwinbanner170.JPG 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 beginning at 4:30 p.m., October 9, when Thomas Near of Yale University will discuss climate change and diversification of Antarctic fish. Learn more.

Case in the News

Ohio election officials brace for early voting

Associated Press, September 30, 2008
Voters in the crucial swing state of Ohio began casting absentee ballots today, a day after state and federal courts upheld a disputed early voting law. Five people were waiting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections when doors opened at 8:30 a.m. One of them was Julia Kramer, a first-year student at Case Western Reserve University.

Child's play

Crain's Cleveland Business, September 29, 2008 (subscription required)
As the cost of living drives more couples to pursue two incomes, child care companies are opening more centers in Northeast Ohio to satisfy the demand for their services. According to a March 2007 report by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Policy and Community Development, preschool enrollment was high in areas such as Tremont and Kamm's Corners in Cleveland, as well as in Fairview Park and Beachwood.

Supplements don't slow cartilage loss well, study says

The Deseret News, September 30, 2008
Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate—two dietary supplements popular with people suffering osteoarthritis—did no better than a placebo in slowing the rate of cartilage loss in the knees, according to a large multicenter study led by University of Utah doctors. The findings are being published in Arthritis & Rheumatism. Case Western Reserve University also participated in the study.

42,000 absentee applications sent to out-of-county voters, September 29, 2008
Cuyahoga County mailed thousands of vote-by-mail applications to people who no longer live in the county. Joe Becker, a teacher at Case Western Reserve University, said he is concerned the mailers might lead to mistakes, even fraud.

Flashes of genius, years of turmoil

AutoWeek, September 30, 2008
Throughout his embattled life, Robert Kearns made it a point not to drive cars that featured his invention: Intermittent windshield wipers. It was one way of protesting the injustice he felt had been done to him by automakers. Flash of Genius, a movie about Kearns, who earned a doctorate in 1964 from Case Western Reserve University, opens this Friday.


Cleveland Jewish News, September 26, 2008
Hundreds of Richie Havens fans turned out to see the legendary folk singer perform at a benefit concert for the Case Western Reserve University School of Law's new Center for Social Justice. During the concert, Dean Gary J. Simson announced two substantial gifts to the center.

Higher Ed News

A crack in the dominance of the LSAT?

Inside Higher Ed, September 30, 2008
While more and more colleges are questioning the use of the SAT, the use of standardized tests for law and medical school admissions is much more widely accepted. As a result, the University of Michigan's decision to admit some law students without LSAT scores is raising eyebrows.