Case Western Reserve's Darin Croft is Host for the International Paleontology Conference


Paleontologist Darin Croft from the department of anatomy in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will be the host committee chair for the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, October 15-18. This is the first time SVP has held its meeting in Cleveland.

"The public usually doesn't hear about the latest scientific research until it is published," said Croft. "At conferences such as this one, scientists present their latest research and ideas before they are published so they can get feedback from colleagues."

For those unable to make the meeting, the public will have an opportunity to hear from paleontologists when Science Café Cleveland hosts it Monday meeting on October 13 at 7 p.m. at the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Another related event is the free, public talk by Neil Shubin at the Cleveland Museum of History on Tuesday, October 14, at 7 p.m. Shubin is a well-known paleontologist who studies the morphological and developmental origins of the tetrapod limb. Read more.

Relay For Life to Host Kickoff Rally October 10


Case Western Reserve University's Relay For Life group aims to be one of the nation's model university Relays. Based on the inaugural event held at the university, the chapter is well on its way. It plans to start this year's Relay season by hosting a rally from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, October 10, in Thwing Center's ballroom.

Relay For Life is a way for communities to join together and take up the fight against cancer. During the event, participants and the campus community will take turns walking the track at Case Field, celebrate cancer survivors, remember those who lost their battle, and fight back against cancer by raising awareness of prevention options and patient services. A signature event for the American Cancer Society, Case Western Reserve is partnering with the organization to bring Relay For Life to campus for a second time next spring.

In addition to the rally, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear the color purple on Friday to show their support for cancer research and awareness. Read more.

Campus News


The Case Cycling Club is sponsoring a bicycle tuneup from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 11, on the Kelvin Smith Library oval. The campus community is invited to bring their bikes in for repairs and adjustments that are a fraction of the cost compared to bike shops. A full tuneup is $25.

Faculty, staff and administrators at Case Western Reserve are invited to submit proposals for the University System of Ohio's Learning, Libraries & Technology 2009 Conference, which is being held March 1-3 in Columbus, Ohio. The University System of Ohio seeks interactive and engaging proposals for presentations, pre-conference workshops and technology demonstrations by Wednesday, October 15. Learn more.

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting its second annual All-Weatherhead Open House from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 11, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. The campus community is invited to learn more about the school's programs and talk with alumni, faculty and current students. There will be a continental breakfast. Free.

For Faculty and Staff

In order to encourage the development of research and teaching in thematic areas of importance to the Weatherhead School of Management, $120,000 per year is available to fund initiatives in the areas of social entrepreneurship, sustainable enterprise and/or managing as designing. The goal of these grants is to expand the use and demonstrate the applicability of these concepts to a wide variety of management disciplines. Proposals are sought from all departments at Weatherhead and from relevant departments of the university and neighboring institutions for projects that will enhance the reputation of faculty as researchers in these areas, contribute to the culture of ideas and produce outcomes that can be used in the classroom. Learn more.

For Students

Registration is now open for Saturday of Service, taking place Saturday, October 11. The service day offers students the opportunity to contribute to the local community at least one day a semester. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL).


The Case Western Reserve University Testing Center, located in the Sears building, Room 440, is hosting "Case Students GRE Day" at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the following dates: October 10 and 24; November 7, 14 and 21; and December 12. There is a fee to take the test. To reserve a seat and for more information, send an e-mail to or stop by the Testing Center.

Case Western Reserve's undergraduate chapter of the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity is hosting a benefit dinner and raffle fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network at 7 p.m., Thursday, November 13, in the Thwing Center ballroom. Tickets will be on sale for $15 between October 13-17 in Nord Hall. CaseCash will be accepted. For more information, contact Jason Bonomo.



Evalyn Gates, a professor from the University of Chicago, will speak on the topic of "Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career in Science" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, at Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Her talk will be followed by a question and answer session and dessert. Learn more.

The Human Initiative Foundation and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will present a documentary and talk on the topic of "Invisible Children: Can a Story Change the World?" at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 9, at in the Inamori Center in Crawford Hall. Motivated by the unseen war in Northern Uganda, Invisible Children was created by three young filmmakers with a mission of using the power of stories to change lives around the world. This event will serve as the opening event for the "ISE Lecture Series: Innovation. Service. Ethics." Free admission. Contact Shira Schwartz with questions.

The Department of Mathematics hosts numerous seminars each semester. Learn more.

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.

October 8, 2008

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Case in the News

Fed's action on commercial paper aimed at stability

The Plain Dealer, October 7, 2008
At any given time during normal financial circumstances, between 1,700 and 2,000 corporations use short-term, usually unsecured loans called "commercial paper," for cash to keep business rolling. Experts say in today's economic environment, fear has all but shut down these kinds of essential loans. Scott Fine, a professor of finance at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

You can weather the economic storm, October 3, 2008
Experts say weathering the economic storm sparked by bad housing loans, investment-bank collapses and stock market changes means business owners must be vigilant. Adjustments to pricing, marketing and cash flow will likely be necessary. Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Credit fears threaten to clobber world economy

The Plain Dealer, October 7, 2008
The London Interbank Offered Rate, known as LIBOR, is culled from a survey of what banks charge each other for short-term loans and is used as a gauge for bank lending worldwide. The LIBOR remained at a near-record high Tuesday, providing further evidence of a credit freeze that is threatening to plunge the world economy into a deep and prolonged recession. Asim Erdilek, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

When is it time to seek therapy? Experts offer suggestions

M Live, October 7, 2008
Some problems need a pro. And the faster you get to one, the faster you're likely to feel better, experts say. Kathryn Betts Adams, assistant professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Doctors report Botox taking pain out of migraines

Denton Record-Chronicle, October 7, 2008
Using nerve-numbing agent Botox to treat migraines was stumbled upon about six years ago when Bahman Guyuron of Case Western Reserve University performed brow lifts.

Higher Ed News

Higher-education policy group sets up online university-ranking resource

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, October 8, 2008
The Institute for Higher Education Policy, a Washington-based research group, has set up an online resource devoted to the fast-growing field of university-ranking tables.