South Pole Telescope Team Uses New Method to Discover Clusters of Galaxies Far, Far Away


Scientists have studied the night sky for thousands of years searching for clues to help them understand the universe. The South Pole Telescope (SPT) team, including Case Western Reserve University Professor of Physics and Astronomy John Ruhl and graduate student Zachary Staniszewski, achieved a major milestone toward using a new technique to probe the most mysterious component of the universe, dark energy.

Staniszewski is the lead author on the multi-institution collaboration's paper, "Galaxy clusters discovered with a Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect survey," released today in a pre-publication posting on astro-ph, an electronic preprint archive. The paper chronicles the discovery of three galaxy clusters using a new survey technique.

The technique relies on an effect that galaxy clusters have on the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) light that passes through them. The SPT team surveyed a 40-square degree patch of sky looking for galaxy clusters via this effect, called the Sunyaev-Zeldovich (SZ) effect. The survey resulted in finding four galaxy clusters, one previously known and three new ones. It is the first time this technique has been used to discover new clusters. Read more.

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing Dean May L. Wykle received the National League for Nursing's (NLN) Isabel Hampton Robb Lifetime Achievement Award during the organization's recent Education Summit 2008.

The award recognizes a lifetime of visionary work that transforms nursing education and the profession of nursing.

A renowned expert in gerontology, Wykle has been dean of the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University since 2001. For more than two decades, she has also been director of the University Center on Aging and Health, and has overseen one of the nation's first certificate courses in gerontology. Through this position, she has mentored young faculty to follow in her footsteps as leaders in gerontology. Read more.

Campus News

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is launching its Digital Library Lecture Series for 2008-09 with Melvyn Goldstein, John Reynold Harkness Professor of Anthropology and co-director for the Center for Research on Tibet. The lecture is from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, October 31, in KSL's Dampeer Room. "From Basic Research to Digital Archive: The Tibet Oral History Project" also will feature David Germano from the University of Virginia, who will discuss digital transformation in research and scholarship. The lecture series is open to the campus community, as well as to local academic communities. The complete schedule, including details and presenter bios for the October, November and March 2009 events are available on the KSL NewsBlog.


The Case Western Reserve community is invited to showcase the university via the U.S. News & and World Report/YouTube "Why My School Rocks! College Video Contest" through Friday, October 31. Videos should highlight unique and memorable characteristics of campus life. The grand prize is a spring break trip for two. Complete rules are available online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources' Employee Education, Training and Development Unit provides a vast array of on-campus training and educational opportunities. The next opportunity is a mini session entitled "Life Mapping with Monika Moss" from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, in Adelbert Hall's Toepfer Room. Moss is the author of Life Mapping: A Journey of Self Discovery and Path Finding and owner of MKM Management. This concept creates a road map to help make dreams come true and visions real–financial, professional, spiritual or personal. The book will be available for purchase. Register online.

Applications are due Monday, October 13, for UCITE's (University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) spring 2009 Learning Fellows. The fellowships are for faculty members from all colleges and schools at Case Western Reserve who want to meet with other professors from the university to explore ideas on how people learn and how those ideas can be applied in the classroom . Meetings will occur once a week on Tuesdays 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.

For Students

Applications are being accepted for the 2009-2010 undergraduate RIBMS program (Research at the Interface of the Biological and Mathematical Sciences). Second- and third-year students interested in joining a team of other students majoring in math, statistics, biology, systems biology or biochemistry are being sought to work on research projects under the mentorship of interdisciplinary teams of faculty. Available research projects include malaria genotyping and ecology; biomechanics of soft-bodied organisms; chemotaxis and the immune system; and cognitive networks and the structure of human memory. RIBMS students will work intensively during a 10-week summer internship, followed by two semesters of research during the academic year. Go online for more details and application materials.

Registration is due today for the Engineers Without Borders Bucket Brigade relay race, taking place 2-4 p.m., Sunday, October 12, at the Village at 115 track. The relay will raise awareness about the group's initiatives. Go online to learn more about the available prizes and registration fees.


The Department of Anthropology's Kassen Lecture will feature Linda C. Garro of the University of California, Los Angeles, on the topic of "Enacting Ethos, Enacting Health: Parental Commentary and Everyday Life in a California Family." The discussion is from 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, October 24, at Mather Memorial, Room 201. A reception will follow.

Evalyn Gates, who earned her Ph.D. in physics from Case Western Reserve and is now at the University of Chicago, will speak at 4:15 p.m., Monday, October 13, in DeGrace Hall, Room 312, on the topic of "Human Detectors: A Scientific Approach to Increasing the Number of Women in Science." A wine and cheese reception will follow in Hovorka Atrium. Sponsored by the Krumhansl Foundation, through the Case Alumni Association and the Department of Physics. In addition to the Monday presentation, she will discuss "Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Career in Science" on Tuesday, October 14. Learn more.

Mark Bassett, a SAGES lecturer in the Department of English, is participating in a free roundtable discussion from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, October 11, at the Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio. The discussion, sponsored by the Cleveland Artists Foundation (CAF), will complement the current CAF traveling exhibition "Charles Lakofsky: Ohio Modernist Master," which was curated by Bassett and other artists.

The ninth annual conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse and Language (CSDL): Meaning, Form and Body, takes place October 18-20 at Case Western Reserve University. CSDL features papers in the fields of cognitive linguistics, functional linguistics, discourse, corpus linguistics, and speech and language processing, especially among scholars exploring the interface between language and cognition. Registration and fee information is available online.

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.

Et al

Case Western Reserve University Athletic Director Dave Diles has announced the hiring of Erin O'Neill as interim softball coach for the 2008-2009 school year. O'Neill was an assistant basketball coach at Kenyon from 2005-2007. Prior to that, she was a graduate assistant softball coach at John Carroll University from 2004-2005.


Randy O'Conner, a Case Western Reserve University alumnus, was recently honored by the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Ohio with its Excellence in Leadership Award.

The Lux chapter at Case Western Reserve University was among the outstanding chapters to be honored for their excellence at the 2008 Mortar Board National Conference. The group was one of 27 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award. Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Chapter President Sarah Murphy accepted the award at the summer conference.

October 10, 2008

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Case in the News

Case Western Reserve physics grad travels to South Pole to study dark energy

The Plain Dealer, October 10, 2008
A mile from the South Pole, on a high plateau where the frigid air is crystal clear, Zak Staniszewski, a Case Western Reserve University physics graduate student, spent 10 months scanning deep space with a powerful new telescope whose components he helped design. The South Pole Telescope team includes John Ruhl, professor of physics and astronomy.

Report: National City Bank For Sale, October 9, 2008
One of Cleveland's largest employers, National City Bank, is reportedly for sale. The Wall Street Journal reports that National City is in talks with several possible buyers, NewsChannel5 reported. Bill Mahnic, professor for the practice of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, offers insight.

Billboard Bits: Les Paul

Billboard, October 9, 2008
Cleveland will be the place to be on November 15 when over a dozen of the preeminent guitarists in the world will play a tribute show in honor of guitar pioneer Les Paul. The event is presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Case Western Reserve University and Gibson Guitar.

More rumors National City is for sale, October 9, 2008
Troubled Cleveland-based National City Bank is once again rumored to be up for sale. Bill Mahnic, professor for the practice of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cleveland's public art hot spots

The Plain Dealer, October 9, 2008
Outdoor art in Cleveland traces the history of modern sculpture. It also reveals how public art in America has swung over the past century from populist expressions of civic virtue to idiosyncratic visions of individual artists and back to boosterism and pride. Volunteers from Case Western Reserve University completed a temporary mural designed by Cleveland artist Hector Vega for a 200-foot wall at an RTA rapid stop in University Circle.

Cosmic strings might emit cosmic sparks, answer cosmological questions, October 9, 2008
For astronomers, understanding what happened in the early moments of the universe could answer many questions in physics and astronomy. One possible player in the early universe is cosmic strings, which arise naturally in particle physics models. Tanmay Vachaspati, professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Lake-Geauga: It will soon be RIP for NEC

The Plain Dealer, October 9, 2008
Get ready to say goodbye to the Northeastern Conference. The league that once featured 10 schools, including Painesville Riverside and Madison, is down to five and will have just four for football next fall when Painesville Harvey switches to the Chagrin Valley Conference. The article references Case Western Reserve University student athletes Dan Whalen and Shaun Nicely.

'Grit and Glory' of Cleveland depicted in excellent photo exhibit

The Plain Dealer, October 9, 2008
"Grit and Glory," a landscape photography exhibition on view at Bonfoey Gallery, makes the point that Cleveland is at least two cities, not one. Frank Gehry's Peter B. Lewis Building at Case Western Reserve University is part of the exhibit.


Ted Landphair's America, October 9, 2008
A veteran news reporter offers insight into the life of William Feather, a Case Western Reserve University alumnus who was once considered to be America's "business philosopher."

Higher Ed News

Penn State trading cards tout academics, not athletes

USA TODAY, October 9, 2008
Perennial college football powerhouse Penn State University is promoting glossy trading cards similar to those collected by sports fans. Only, there's no card for Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno or any of his Nittany Lions. The 10-card set showcases top faculty members.