Case Western Reserve University Farm Holds Open House for New Lab Facility


University Farm Director Ana Locci invites the campus community to an open house on Thursday, November 6, from 2-4 p.m. Visitors can tour the new Mather Teaching Lab at Squire Valleevue Farm in the farm's main barn and learn about the possibilities the new space and farm offer for indoor/outdoor classes from many disciplines in and out of the sciences.

The $100,000 project was made possible with a gift from the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association as part of its final gift to the university.

After the farm administration assessed renovation possibilities, the lab was gutted this past summer. What followed was the installation of new flooring, windows and lab benches to accommodate as many as 24 students, a projection system tied to wireless communications and storage space for field equipment like microscopes, plant presses and microscopes. It is expected that the renovated Mather Teaching Lab space will be used by over 950 students, faculty and teachers as a learning space. Read more.

Biomedical Engineering Professor Receives Prestigious Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award


Eben Alsberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedic surgery, has been named a 2008 Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging by the Ellison Medical Foundation. Case Western Reserve University was invited to nominate two faculty members to submit a proposal, and Alsberg was one of those nominated for this award after an internal competition. National competition was strong, with only 25 awards being granted. Alsberg received the award based on his project proposal, "Novel Microenvironmental Technology to Rescue the Chondrogenic Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Aged Individuals for Autologous Cartilage Tissue Engineering," which exhibited outstanding promise in the realm of aging research.

The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging awards provide funding for newly independent investigators early in their careers when they are establishing their own labs. Alsberg's $400,000 award will be distributed over four years. The funding provides for laboratory staffing and establishes research programs to support a long, productive career in science. Read more.

Campus News

There will be a six hour scheduled service outage to test a new redundant Internet connection beginning at 11 p.m., Friday, November 7, and lasting through 5 a.m., Saturday, November 8. Access through the Internet to/from systems on campus will be impacted. Those who are off campus during this time period will not be able to access any on-campus servers, including, e-mail, Oracle calendar, the Case portal, VPN, HCM, SIS or any system that requires Single Sign-on. Those who are on campus will be able to access these systems. However, there will be no access to the Internet, nor will users be able to receive incoming e-mail messages or be able to send e-mail during this period. All outgoing e-mail messages will be queued and delivered after the outage. Incoming messages sent by other service providers will be queued according to the other providers' rules. Phone service, building access, security, and telemetry services will not be affected by this outage.

The Spartan Cheerleaders will host their fourth annual Little Spartans Cheer Clinic Saturday, November 8. Campus community members are invited to bring their children in grades K-8 out to learn cheers and a dance routine prior to the football game. The children will have an opportunity to perform at the game. The cost is $10 for the clinic only, $20 for the clinic, performance and a T-shirt. Contact Roseann Bertone with questions or to register.

For Faculty and Staff

Gartner's research portal is available to the campus community and provides decision support and guidance on technology investments and industry trends.  Gartner's research portal enables professors to bring timely, real-world case studies and content to the classroom, enriching the educational experience and providing students with insight into the application of technology in solving business problems.  Access to the Case Western Reserve Gartner research portal is available online. Learn more about this tool at an Information Technology Services open forum beginning at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 20, in the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall. Phil Flannagan, Gartner's Midwest regional manager of higher education, will give a presentation and online demonstration on "Leveraging Gartner Information Technology Research." He will be available to answer questions following the presentation. Contact Bob Sopko at 368-1522.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "The Accidental Plagiarist" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, November 6, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on what constitutes plagiarism, how to educate students on what it is and how to avoid it, and what instructors can do if, despite their best efforts, it still occurs. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

Focus One photographers will be on campus Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12 to take pictures of undergraduate seniors for the yearbook. Students can make an appointment by calling (800) 589-8060 or online. Session hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. All sessions will take place at Thwing Center's Hitchcock Hall lounge.

Students are invited to join the Knovel University Challenge. Participants take a three-question quiz for an opportunity to win a Nintendo Wii, an iPod Nano or free iTunes music. Find out why over 10,000 people a day around the world find answers to their applied science questions on Knovel by watching a quick video that offers search tips on answering the questions. Find out how to play on the Kelvin Smith Library NewsBlog.


The Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights, presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, will feature Geoffrey Robertson, head of Doughty Street Chambers and former appeals judge, Special Court for Sierra Leone, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 6, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom. He will speak on the topic of "The Future of Human Rights." He will map the future of the fast-growing field of human rights law and discuss strategies for litigating human rights cases against corporations and former foreign government officials, obstacles that stand in the way of success and future trends. The event will be webcast live and available for viewing on demand after the event.

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.

November 5, 2008

A daily newsletter published by the Office of Marketing & Communications, Case Western Reserve University. Submit items for inclusion to:

Athletics Spotlight


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, read how the women's cross country team became a dominant team in a powerhouse cross country conference. The Spartans claimed the 2008 University Athletic Association Championship last Saturday in Atlanta. It was Case Western Reserve's second UAA title in three years and second overall in school history.

Case in the News

Hadron Collider black holes would be harmless, scientists say

The Plain Dealer, November 5, 2008
Scientists' contention that any black holes they make at the Large Hadron Collider won't cause harm is based partly on physics and partly on logic. The physics argument: A black hole's ability to suck in objects—its gravitational pull—is dictated by the amount of energy or matter it contains. Case Western Reserve University Physicist Glenn Starkman comments.

Watching the election

New York Times, November 5, 2008
Election result viewing parties were held around the United States last night. Mitzi Vazquez-Long, part of the Office of Corporate Relations staff at Case Western Reserve University, and her family and friends are featured in a photo article.

Economist speaks on Ohio's future, what businesses can do to weather crisis

Cleveland Jewish News, October 31, 2008
Although no part of the country is immune to the current economic crisis, some states are hit harder than others. Ohio, says Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University, is worse off than most. Job loss (largely manufacturing jobs) has especially taken a toll. Ohio, which has the nation's second highest loss in the number of jobs after Michigan, "is not out of the woods yet," believes the economist.

Governor Schwarzenegger announces appointments

Imperial Valley News, November 4, 2008
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced several appointments. Steven Lamar of Novato has been appointed hospital services administrator for the Yountville Veterans Home. He earned his doctorate degree in nutrition and a master's degree in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Obama on higher ed

Inside Higher Ed, November 5, 2008
Over the course of two years leading up to his election, Sen. Barack Obama has given many policy addresses and issued many proposals about education that may guide his work in office.