Case in the Community Forum Launched to Highlight University-community Partnerships


The Center for Community Partnerships at Case Western Reserve University has launched its inaugural Case in the Community Forums to highlight academic-community work underway at the university. The first of two forums planned for this year focuses on Case Western Reserve's involvement in supporting K-12 education. The free, public event takes place Wednesday, November 12, at 4 p.m. in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall.

"The forums are designed to serve as another vehicle for members of the campus community to learn more about the instrumental role Case Western Reserve University has in the community," said Latisha James, director for the Center for Community Partnerships. "The university is bursting at the seams with incredible outreach programs that touch others all over the world. Serving the needs of the community is embraced by our faculty, staff and students year-round. However, we are so humble with our efforts that we have not sought the spotlight to tell others about the significant impact our programs have in the community at large." Read more.

Hungarian Physicist is Latest International Resident Affiliate in Tech Transfer at Case Western Reserve


Tamás CsörgÅ‘, a scientific adviser and member of the Scientific Council at the KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, has been named the second resident affiliate in the Office of Technology Transfer's International Resident Affiliates Program at Case Western Reserve.

By expanding the international reach of the technology transfer office, Case Western Reserve is poised to facilitate possible international business deals through the new program, as well as give the resident affiliate the opportunity to learn the ropes at an existing office. The program's first resident affiliate, Andrea Frosini, a tech transfer manager in the Liaison Office at the University of Siena, Italy, spent three months in Cleveland last summer. Read more.

Campus News

The World Doctors Orchestra (WDO), featuring over 80 doctors from 14 countries, will make its United States debut on Sunday, February 8 at Severance Hall. The WDO will be performing works by several composers, including Brahms and Beethoven, with guest soloists from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Local proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Free Medical Clinic. Individual tickets ($20-$75) are now on sale at the Severance Hall Ticket Office or online. Student discount tickets are also available and must be purchased in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office. Tax deductible sponsorships also are available which feature in part, premium seating, a VIP reception following the concert, and event program book listings. Call 216-983-5261 for sponsorship opportunities. Read a Plain Dealer article about the WDO.

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety promotes the health and safety of the Case Western Reserve University community and its environment. Six times a year, the department publishes its Safety Newsletter. The current edition, as well as newsletters dating back to 1993, can be accessed online.

WVIZ's Applause! program will feature an interview with Hector Vega showcasing the public art mural created for Case for Community Day. The program is scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, November 8, and 12:30 p.m., Sunday, November 9.

For Faculty and Staff

A faculty development workshop on the topic of "What I Wish I'd Known Earlier in My Career: Some Suggestions for Advancement in Academia," will take place 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, November 14, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The panelists include Robin Dubin, professor of economics and associate dean for graduate and professional programs with the Weatherhead School of Management; Shirley Moore, Edward J. and Louise Mellon Professor of Nursing and associate dean of research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; and Elizabeth Tracy, professor and chair of the doctoral program with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. These three professors will share their insights about advancing in academia based on their personal experiences and observations. They will discuss what they wish they'd known earlier and things that may have made advancement easier. They also will share crucial factors beyond research that helped. Emphasis will be placed on how to be proactive, what to watch out for and tips for success. A question and answer session and discussion will follow. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by November 11 to Emily Amdurer.

For Students

The Case Film Initiative will present a screening of King Kong, the original 1933 version, at an event to announce and celebrate the new film minor beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 18, at Mather Memorial, Room 125. There will be free food and prizes.

The Case Western Reserve Swing Club is sponsoring a night of live music and dancing at The Spot from 9-11:30 p.m., Monday, November 10. The university's jazz bands will play. Students should arrive at 8 p.m. for a free swing dancing lesson.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, will host "Engineering Futures: Team Chartering," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, November 15, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The event will be moderated by the national Tau Beta Pi organization and is modeled after workshops held by Fortune 500 companies to promote synergy among co-workers. The workshop is designed to help students develop the "soft skills" every engineer needs to succeed in the workplace. RSVP by November 8 to For more information, go to the Ohio Alpha chapter Web site.



The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Case Western Reserve University's Saba Valadkhan, Patricia Princehouse and Neil Greenspan on the topic of "The Origin of Life on Earth," at 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 10, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

"Bad to the Bone: Can Our Genes Help Make Us Evil?" featuring Barbara Oakley of Oakland University from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, at Strosacker Auditorium. Oakley, author of the nonfiction thriller Evil Genes, which touches on psychology, sociology, politics, philosophy, theology, biology, communications, history and more. Free, hosted by the Case Center for Inquiry.

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. Learn more about the series.

Lou Bellamy, founder and artistic director of the acclaimed Penumbra Theatre Company, will direct the Cleveland Play House (CPH) production of Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. Case Western Reserve University and the CPH collaborate for the M.F.A. acting program.

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


Judith Neulander, co-director of the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve and Wesley K. Sutton, City University of New York/New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, recently spoke at Case Western Reserve on the topic of "Science, Ethnography and Crypto-Jewish Claims-Making" for members of the Center for Genetic Research, Ethics and Law (CGREAL). The two became colleagues after Sutton's DNA analysis of 2004 supported earlier ethnographic research conducted by Neulander. Their research projects independently refuted popular claims of a "secret" or crypto-Jewish survival in New Mexico. Neulander's research originally focused on crypto-Jewish interpretations of local folkways. Sutton deals with statistical probabilities of genetic relatedness among different Iberian populations. As a result, Neulander and Sutton have received grants from CGREAL and from the Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies to begin research in the summer of 2009.      

The Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland's Dietrich Diabetes Research Institute (DDRI) recently presented the 2008 Lifetime Achievement in Diabetes Research Award to two Cleveland-area scientists renowned for their research in the area of diabetes: Satish C. Kalhan of the Cleveland Clinic and Richard W. Hanson, the Leonard & Jean Skeggs Professor of Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University.

November 7, 2008

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Case in the News

Donald, Ruth Goodman leave $39M to Cleveland Foundation

The Plain Dealer, November 7, 2008
The estate of a Pepper Pike couple has left $39 million to a Cleveland Foundation endowment set up before their deaths, creating one of the largest gifts the foundation has ever received. The Donald J. and Ruth Weber Goodman Philanthropic Fund, which supports research and education at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center, was established in 2004.

Conversations with Kathleen Dunn

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 6, 2008
Alexander Lamis, associate professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University, discussed the 2008 election in comparison to recent elections with radio host Kathleen Dunn on her November 6 program.

Doctor puts heart into training tool

Akron Beacon Journal, November 7, 2008
An Akron General Medical Center doctor who works with medical students and residents has invented a training stethoscope that transmits realistic heart, lung, bowel and other bodily sounds into the listener's ears. Kathleen Rosen, faculty director for the Mount Sinai Skills and Simulation Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, said the center purchased a Ventriloscope after researching other "smart stethoscopes," which need to be used on an electronic board instead of actors portraying patients.

Higher Ed News

Report on 'emerging cyber threats' raises security concerns about smart phones

Chronicle of Higher Education, November 6, 2008
Internet-surfing cell phones were one of five top "emerging cyber threats" named in a new report by Georgia Tech's Information Security Center. The number of people who own iPhones or other smart phones is growing rapidly, and users are beginning to store and send personal information from the devices, making them a potentially rich target for cyber-attackers.