Michael Merzenich, Brain and Hearing Pioneer, to speak at Case Western Reserve University

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Michael Merzenich, one of the world's premier researchers on brain development, is the featured speaker at the Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lectureship Series from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 4, at the Wolstein Auditorium. Sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, the program is free and open to the public.

Merzenich led the research team that developed the first commercial cochlear implant to restore hearing for the severely deaf and has more recently developed several software-based therapies for language disabled children and aged populations.

"Dr. Merzenich is perhaps the most recognizable figure in brain plasticity and how one develops competence through experience and learning," said Dominique M. Durand, Ph.D., chair of the lecture series and Elmer Lindseth Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve. Read more.

The World is a Classroom for Student, Alumni Travelers in the International Studies Program

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Microfinance in Bangladesh, women's issues in El Salvador and Israel, criminal justice in the Netherlands, child welfare in Guatemala and health and human services in China are a few of the study abroad topics offered this year by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences award-winning International Studies program.

Talking about prior travel-study experiences, International Studies coordinator Deborah Jacobson said, "Movies and books could not have prepared me last year for the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and impact of seeing so many people in India."

Students see firsthand how solutions to social issues are met differently by each country with its particular value system. The experience is designed for students to come back with new perspectives and ways of approaching the social issues they might encounter in their classrooms or work in the United States. Read more.

Campus News

Halloween at the Farm will take place from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, November 1, at Squire Valleevue Farm. The annual tradition brings the entire Case Western Reserve community together, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families. The event will include food, music, children's activities and more. Free. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. There is limited parking at Squire Valleevue Farm; shuttles will run continuously to and from Thwing Center between 4:30-11 p.m. Alumni should register online to attend.

The campus community is invited to pair up with volunteers each weekday at 5 p.m. in the Thwing Center atrium to take the RTA bus to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for early voting. Contact Neil O'Brian for more information.

Sponsoring departments would like to thank the campus community for its participation in the recent Wellness Week. People who attended the events are invited to complete a short survey that will help organizers plan future programming.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Managing Time and Writing" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, October 30, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Researchers are constantly being pulled in different directions by the demands of teaching, committee work, grant writing and grant managing, advising and supervising students. The session will focus on ways to help faculty members find more balance with their time in order to become more productive writers. Professor Kurt Koenigsberger of the English department will be present as a resource person. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

The Career Center is sponsoring "Major Tips for Major Decisions! Choosing a Major–What You Need to Consider" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, October 30, at Nord Hall, Room 410. The Career Center's Jennifer Price-Davis and students will help other students figure out how to choose a major based on information about themselves, the world of work and more. Also, students can find out more about Facts and File and the center's resources. The target audience is first- and second-year students. Learn more.

The Choices 2008: Exploring Academic & Experiential Opportunities Fair, sponsored by Undergraduate Studies, will be held during the Community Hour, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Friday, October 31, in Veale Center. The fair offers students the opportunity to learn about degree offerings by speaking with faculty and student representatives from academic departments. The event is mandatory for all first-year students; lunch will be provided with a Case ID. Undeclared upperclass students also are strongly encouraged to attend.

Students who want to participate in future Ohio elections can now receive a copy of a "utility bill" from the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life to verify their residency in Ohio. The Ohio Secretary of State decided that utility bills would be considered appropriate verification of residency for college students. In addition, students who registered by the state's deadline will be able to use this letter for absentee voting in the November 4 election. Students interested in obtaining this verification of residence should stop by one of three offices for the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life—Yost Hall, Wade Commons or Fribley Commons—to receive a copy of the letter.

Events

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The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities/Cleveland Foundation Lecture Series presents "Taking Folklore Seriously: John Henry, Steel-Drivin' Man and a Story of Unmarked Graves" at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, October 30, at the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd. The keynote speaker is Scott Reynolds Nelson, Legum Professor of History at the College of William and Mary. Reynolds Nelson is the winner of the 2007 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Registration recommended. A reception and book signing will be held later in the evening at the The Lit: Cleveland's Literature Center. Learn more.

The Department of Anthropology's Medical Anthropology and Global Health program begins its lecture series on Global Health, Culture and Change at 4 p.m., Tuesday, November 11, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 108. The lecture series features scholars at the forefront of new perspectives in medical anthropology and global health. Speakers include: James Pfeiffer, University of Washington; Stephen McGarvey, Brown University; Vinay Kamat, University of British Columbia; and Margaret Bentley, University of North Carolina. The series begins with "The Influence of Pentecostalism on Utilization of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Services in Central Mozambique" presented by Pfeiffer, an associate professor in the Department of Health Services and the Department of Global Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle. Free, reception to follow. For more information call 368-3703. Learn more about the series.

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 29, 2008

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Athletics Spotlight

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Visit the Case Western Reserve University athletics Web site to read student-athlete profiles, check game schedules and get the latest scores and news updates. This week, learn more about Liz and Ann Altenau, two sisters who are playing together on the women's soccer team.

Case in the News

PNC chairman visits, pledges commitment to Cleveland

WKYC.com, October 27, 2008
James Rohr, the CEO of PNC—the Pittsburgh bank buying National City Bank—visited Cleveland Tuesday. Bill Mahnic, professor of banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments on the overall banking situation. Related article.

Experts cite sewer leasing pros and cons

Akron Beacon Journal, October 29, 2008
The proposed Akron city charter amendment that would free up millions of dollars from the public sewer system to finance college scholarships has generated a flood of competing claims. There are two issues wrapped into one charter change, according to William Peirce, professor emeritus and former economics department head at Case Western Reserve University.

Hopes and fears of wars aired at election forum

Dayton Daily News, October 28, 2008
Four men touched in some way by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars expressed hope, fear and grief Tuesday night at an Ohio Election Forum. One of the panelists was Paul Schroeder, a visiting political science professor at Case Western Reserve University.

Healthy habits

Vegetarian Times, October 2008
If getting on the road to good health has been on your to-do list longer than you'd like to admit, give yourself a jump start with some helpful hints. Tea, particularly green tea, possesses properties that help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, certain cancers and dental cavities; protect skin from UV damage; and fight bacteria and viruses. Studies conducted by Hasan Mukhtar of the Case Western University School of Medicine show that green tea can stop the growth of cancer at all stages, affecting both growth and speed.

Seinfeld campus tour

Cleveland Scene, November 3, 2008
The suits at Sony Pictures Television think sitcom fans can't get enough of puffy shirts, Junior Mints and Estelle Costanza dolls. That's why they're rolling out the Seinfeld Campus Tour bus, a 60-foot-long museum-on-wheels that comes to Case Western Reserve University today.

Higher Ed News

Outsourcing, open source and budget cuts

Inside Higher Ed, October 29, 2008
It turns out information technology wasn't immune to the past year's worsening economic conditions. As colleges across the country adjust their budgets and prepare for possible belt tightening ahead, support for campus network and computing functions could take a hit.