Case Footlighters' Production of Sweeney Todd is an Integration of Engineering and the Arts


Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical thriller, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, will be presented by Case Western Reserve University's student-run theater group, the Case Footlighters, just in time for Halloween. There will be four performances: Thursday through Saturday, October 30-November 1, at 8 p.m., and another performance on November 1 at 11:59 p.m. All performances will be held at the Carlton Commons. The production is being directed by Nicholas Badger, a second-year mechanical engineering and German studies major.

Not only are students producing, directing and starring in the production, many of the engineering majors in the group are also building the set and props, including the infamous barber's chair where Sweeney Todd performs his evil deeds.

"Nowhere on campus is engineering being more integrated into the arts as it is for this production," said Bradley Hughes, a third-year electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) major. Read more.

St. Baldrick's Foundation Awards Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Researcher $330,000 in Funding


St. Baldrick's Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, recently awarded $330,000 to fund Alex Huang, M.D., Ph.D., of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, as a St. Baldrick's Scholar for three years.

Huang is one of the first doctors to be funded as a St. Baldrick's Scholar. His research project is entitled, "Enhancing Immune Surveillance In Pediatric Sarcomas." His work aims to incorporate the immunological arm of cancer therapy into standard therapeutic protocols to provide life-saving treatments for children with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, and rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of sarcoma—cancers that develop from connective tissues. Read more.

Campus News

Microsoft recently released an 'out of band' security bulletin and software patch to address an emerging issue for Windows systems. The directive from the Case Information Security Office is for users and administrators to address this issue immediately via assessment of their infrastructure for applicability, testing the patches, and application of patches as soon as possible. Learn more.

The Case Alumni Association is hosting a trophy design competition that is open to all faculty, students, alumni, staff and friends of the university. The winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card. Entries do not need to be technical drawings or created using computer-aided design. The submission deadline is November 15, 2008. Complete competition rules are available online. Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Delia Mannen or by mail to Case Alumni Association, Attn: Trophy Competition, 10605 Chester Ave., Suite 309, Cleveland, Ohio 44106. Call (216)-231-4567 x2232 with questions.

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.

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

"What Can I Do With My Major?—Career Options for Arts and Science Majors," will take place 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, in Nord Hall, Room 410. The presenter is Amy Goldman, a Case Western Reserve alumnus. The session will help students learn how to identify their transferable skills, where to use them and how to start the career decision-making process. Learn more.

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

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is again offering its award-winning International Study/Travel three-credit hour courses. This year, six courses are being offered to undergraduate and graduate students. The program will head to Bangladesh, El Salvador, Israel, the Netherlands, Guatemala and China. There are no prerequisites or language requirements, and financial aid is available. Learn more at several upcoming information sessions: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, October 28; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 29; and 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-7 p.m., , Thursday, October 30. All sessions will meet in the Mandel School, Room 108. For more information, contact Deborah R. Jacobson, the program's director, at 368-6014.


The Case Center for Inquiry (CFI) is hosting a lecture featuring Toni Van Pelt, the center's national congressional lobbyist, entitled "Promoting Science, Reason and Secular Values in Our Capital: Perspectives from a Washington Lobbyist," beginning at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 29, in Strosacker Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the CFI Community of Northern Ohio.

MOBILIZE, a group of campus community members based out of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is hosting a discussion, "Understanding Issue 5—The PayDay Lending Issue," at 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, at the Mandel School, Room 224. The guest speaker will be Paul B. Bellamy, an attorney.

The Rozella Schlotfeldt Lecture Series presents Sheila P. Burke, a faculty research fellow at Harvard University and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kaiser Family Foundation, on the topic of "The Future of Health Care: Impact of the Candidates' Positions," from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today in Ford Auditorium. Following the lecture, a panel of representatives from the university and Cleveland health institutions will discuss the local impact of the candidates' positions.

The College Scholars Program continues its "Intergenerational Perspectives on the Future of Health: Aging, Environment and Healthcare Systems"series when Andrew Jameton, a philosopher and environmental ethicist from the University of Nebraska, speaks at 4:30 p.m. today in Wolstein auditorium.

The Election Speaker Series: Economics Faculty Spotlight 2008, presented by Omicron Delta Epsilon, concludes this evening with Mark Votruba on "Health Care and the Election" from 5-6 p.m. in the Spartan Room, Thwing Center. Contact Tim Gasper for additional information.

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 27, 2008

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$2M grant to Case Western Reserve aids research effort

Crain's Cleveland Business, October 27, 2008
Case Western Reserve University has received $2 million from an anonymous donor to endow the program directorship of the Coulter-Case Translational Research Partnership.

Takeover by PNC heralds fall of a Cleveland institution

The Washington Post, October 25, 2008
PNC Financial Services Group agreed to buy National City Bank. Cleveland is still home to another large regional lender, KeyCorp, but the loss of one such venerable institution was a blow to the city and is emblematic of the way the financial crisis is rippling through communities. Bill Mahnic, professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University, predicted that PNC would lay off as many as one-third of the National City employees in its home city, particularly in senior management and processing and operations staff. Related article.

Incubators have laid an egg, adviser says

Akron Beacon Journal, October 25, 2008
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, says the Fund For Our Economic Future would create more jobs and build wealth in Northeast Ohio by supporting seasoned entrepreneurs, attracting venture capital firms and angel groups, and increasing pre-seed funding to a handful of high-potential companies.

Ohio State University program may lead to the hiring of unqualified faculty

The Plain Dealer, October 26, 2008
In an op-ed piece, George W. Dent Jr., professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and president of the Ohio chapter of the National Association of Scholars, writes that Ohio State University's new hiring goals for its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs could create even bigger problems.

Great Wolf Lodge owners sue to keep Thurston County from collecting property tax

The Olympian, October 26, 2008
The owners of the Chehalis tribe's Great Wolf Lodge have gone to federal court to prevent Thurston County from assessing the resort for property taxes. Erik Jensen, a professor at Case Western Reserve University who studies and writes about tax issues involving tribes, comments.

Higher Ed News

Low-income student borrowers may miss some intended benefits, advocates say

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, October 26, 2008
Congress approved a series of changes in recent months aimed at helping low-income college graduates repay their government-backed loans. For some of those graduates, however, the changes may not have gone far enough, advocates say.