Case Western Reserve University's Farm is Getting a Little Greener

Feasibility study is underway to see if wind turbine can generate electrical needs for facility


Case Western Reserve University's Squire Valleevue Farm in Hunting Valley may be green, but if the university finds it feasible, the 389-acre farm will become even greener with the installation of an energy-generating wind turbine. If implemented, the wind turbine would showcase alternative energy and yield significant economic, environmental, research and educational benefits for Case Western Reserve students and faculty.

The wind turbine study is a joint project of the University Farm and the Great Lakes Institute of Energy Innovation, based at the Case School of Engineering. Read more.

Center for Layered Polymeric Systems Sponsors First Industrial Showcase at Case Western Reserve

The National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) is presenting its first Industrial Showcase on Tuesday, October 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kent Hale Smith Building. CLiPS researchers have developed an event at which representatives from industry across the country will have the opportunity to learn about the activities of the center.

The showcase provides an in-depth review of the advanced research taking place and the potential for new technologies with industrial significance. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to bring in items for the Office of Multicultural Affairs' Annual Thanksgiving Food & Toiletries Drive October 20 through November 3. Food items needed include: cans of yams/sweet potatoes, cans of corn/green beans, boxes of instant mashed potatoes, instant stuffing mix, and corn bread mix. Toiletries needed include: Shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, ethnic hair products, shaving cream and razors. Items can be dropped off in specially marked boxes in Thwing Center. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Thwing Center, the Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering a Fall Break Special. Case Western Reserve employees and students can enjoy free guest days, October 18-21. All university employees and students are invited to enjoy our the 28,000 sq. ft. facility that includes top-name equipment, including 28 treadmills, 22 ellipticals, 40 group cycle bikes, a dedicated free weight room, and machine weights. All group exercise classes, lockers, towels, parking and baby sitting services also are free during this event. Special incentives are being offered during the fall break special. Call 368-1121 for more information.

The University Circle Al-Anon Family Group meets at 12:15 p.m. every Monday in the Lerner Tower of University Hospitals, 10th floor, Conference Room 10A. For more information, call Addiction Recovery Services at (216) 983-3066.

For Faculty and Staff


The following staff members were elected to the Case Western Reserve University Staff Advisory Council for a two-year term effective September 15: Adam Evans and Charles Knox, College of Arts & Sciences; Bonnie J. Copes and Ann E. Boughner, Case School of Engineering; Rosemary A. Samuelson and Jan Deike, School of Law; Brittany Gabel and Jonathan E. Fuller, Weatherhead School of Management; and the following from the School of Medicine: Shannon Swiatkowski; Diane Shoemaker; Pamela Woodruff; David T. Collins; William P. Jacobberger; Michelle Mazala; Kurt Fretthold; Xu Chen; Christian Essman; Kathryn Howard; Daniel Anker; Bob Hetzel; Rebecca Kahl; Karen McColl; Peter Lawson; Anita Gupta; Robin Blass; Avery Gottfried; Lonnie D. Thomas; Carol A. Chalkley; Melissa Holtzman; Dale Ray; Alex Polinkovsky; and Mark Wolinsky. Learn more about the work being done be SAC committees.

For Students

Fall break is Monday, October 20, and Tuesday, October 21.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is co-sponsoring a Project on Men & Gender Community event, What's the Real Deal About Masculinity? A Community Celebration, from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at Thwing Center. Case Western Reserve students who have something to say about masculinity are invited to submit proposals and join the community celebration featuring scheduled and open mic performances, short films, informational presentations, resources, pizza and prizes. Free, open to the public. Students should contact Emily at the Center for Women by calling 368-0985 or by e-mail at

Delta Gamma Sorority is hosting its fifth annual Anchor Splash event at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 8, at Veale Center. Proceeds will benefit national Service for Sight and the Cleveland Sight Center. If interested in registering a team of at least six people, contact Jeannette DeGuire.



Free tickets are available for the Saturday October 18 matinee performance of Angels in America by students in the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting program. The performance begins at 4:00 p.m. at the Brooks Theatre in The Cleveland Play House at 85th and Euclid. Reserve your seats online by entering the free promotion code "ANGELS."

Tickets are now on sale for the American Music Masters conference, "Rock and Roll Retrospective: the Les Paul Phenomenon." The conference will be held on Saturday, November 15, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wolstein Auditorium in the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building (2103 Cornell Road). Case Western Reserve students can attend for free by registering online.

Marc Ellis of Baylor University will speak on the topic of "Jewish Identity in the 21st Century: Reflections from a Jewish Theology of Liberation," at 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, in Clark Hall, Room 309. Free, open to the public. Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice. For more information, contact Professor Alice Bach.

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


David Gurarie, professor of mathematics at Case Western Reserve, and Edmund Y. W. Seto, University of California, recently published a paper, "Connectivity sustains disease transmission in environments with low potential for endemicity: modelling schistosomiasis with hydrologic and social connectivities," in the Journal of The Royal Society. According to Gurarie, the paper offers new insights into infectious transmission among spatially distributed populations and the role of connectivity. The findings can have major implications for effective disease control.

The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association recognized Roland Moskowitz, professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, with the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award. Recipients of this award are nominated fro national or international peer recognition of accomplishments in education, research, clinical practice or administration; for their strengths in scientific discovery and publication; for leadership in their field; for outstanding community service; or for their professional and personal integrity.

Jacqueline Lipton, professor of law and co-director of the Center for Law Technology and the Arts and associate director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, presented a paper entitled "From Domain Names to Video Games: The Rise of the Internet in Presidential Politics" at Obama Phenomena: Facets of a Historic Campaign. The symposium was held at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. The symposium papers will be published in January 2009 in the Denver University Law Review.

October 17, 2008

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Case in the News

Mather Alumnae pledges $5 million to Case Western Reserve

Cleveland Jewish News, October 17, 2008
The Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association of Case Western Reserve University will distribute its remaining endowment in a series of gifts to Case Western Reserve University, ultimately adding up to a combined commitment of $5 million.

Flatlanders Artists Journey To The Edge Of Themselves At Downtown Galleries

Cleveland Scene, October 15, 2008
At most, there's a thin line between high and not-so-high (and, yes, probably really high) art, as curator, and Case Western Reserve University art history doctoral candidate, Brittany Hudak demonstrates in Fine Line, an exciting, geekily hip exhibit of works by five young graphic designers.

Seinfeld Campus Tour to roll into Case Western Reserve University

The Plain Dealer, October 17, 2008
It's like Festivus in October for fans of the man in the puffy shirt. The Seinfeld Campus Tour, a 60-foot-long bio-diesel fueled bus bearing Pez dispensers and Fusilli Jerry, will roll up to Case Western Reserve University from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29.

Ohio to create innovation hubs

Cincinnati Business Courier, October 17, 2008
Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher wants to create at least a dozen targeted investment zones near research centers and universities across Ohio. If he’s forced to scale back the program to a single hub in 2009, Cincinnati would face formidable competitors in other parts of the state, including the Cleveland area and Case Western Reserve University.

3D Nanoimaging Process Provides Detailed Look at Physical Properties of Liquid Crystals, October 17, 2008
Charles Rosenblatt, professor of physics and macromolecular science at Case Western Reserve University, and his research group have developed a method of 3D optical imaging of anisotropic fluids such liquid crystals, with volumetric resolution one thousand times smaller than existing techniques.

Recharging McCain's battery prize

National Review Online, October 16, 2008
Max Schulz, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, writes that John McCain has offered the most innovative proposal on energy issues—a $300 million prize for the development of a battery package for commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars—but that he seems reluctant to mention it again. He cites a column written by Jonathan Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western Reserve University.

Fierce critic of law school rankings steps down as dean — but goes out swinging

The National Law Journal, October 17, 2008
The Case Western Reserve University School of Law dean whose opinion piece in The National Law Journal this summer called on his colleagues to unite against the U.S. News & World Report law school rankings is stepping down at the end of the semester.

Higher Ed News

Professors Found to Keep Political Views Quiet, but Students Detect Them

Chronicle of Higher Education, October 17, 2008
Politics in the classroom is a huge problem for American higher education. But it's not that there is too much of it. Actually, there is too little. That's the conclusion of a new book that takes on the long-running allegation by conservative critics that higher education is full of liberal professors who try to indoctrinate students.