Left-right brains at work in Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Institute of Art Class

Students build shadow boxes for Sounds of Doan Brook.

Biology and sculpture students create art with environmental themes for public display

Uniting the scientist's left brain thinking with the artist's right brain creativity has resulted in a number of environmentally based art installations and projects in Biology 312, a course offered jointly by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The public will have the opportunity to the view these works from this cross disciplinary course in the College of Arts and Sciences' department of biology and the sculpture department at CIA during the week of December 1-5.

This semester, Michael Benard, a new assistant professor of biology, and Charles Tucker, head of the sculpture department at CIA, together taught the class of 15 students, comprised primarily of fourth-year biology majors and sculpture majors. Read more.

Campus News

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Submissions for presentations are being accepted now through January 30 for Research ShowCASE 2009, which will take place Thursday, April 16. The campus community is invited to join fellow faculty, staff and students in presenting their latest research and scholarship. This year's graduate and post-doctoral poster competition includes cash prizes. Refer to the Research ShowCASE Web site for details.

The seventh annual Giving Tree program has begun. Be sure to stop by Thwing Center atrium to select a gift tag describing a gift to be donated to a neighborhood child served by Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON). The gifts will go to 100 children living in neighborhoods close to Case Western Reserve University. Campus offices and departments that would like to take a group of tags should contact Arlet Wright, 368-2654. All gifts should be wrapped and returned to Thwing Center Operations Office (located across from the Post office in Thwing Center), no later than Wednesday, December 17, 2008. For more information, please contact Arlet Wright, Thwing Center, at 368-2654 or Suzanne Leach, Student Activities & Leadership, at 368-2679. Your generosity is greatly appreciated this holiday season!

For Faculty and Staff

Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost W. A. "Bud" Baeslack will host a Faculty and Staff Holiday Open House from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, December 12, in Adelbert Hall. Additional information with RSVP instructions is forthcoming.

Midterm grades entered for the fall 2008 semester will be archived beginning at 5 p.m. today. This means that faculty members will no longer be able to view the grades in the Student Information System (SIS). The SIS team recommends that faculty download any grade roster containing midterm grades to Excel to have a copy of the information for their files. To do this, click on the Grade Roster icon for a class. In the blue header above the student roster, click the Download icon, which looks like a table with a red arrow pointing towards it. This will download all of the information in that section to Excel, including the student's ID, name and midterm grade. Send an e-mail to reghelp@case.edu or call 368-4310 to request assistance from the registrar's office.

Questions About the Proposed Conflict of Interest Policy? Please attend one of our forums this month where representatives of the drafting committee will offer clarifications and hear your feedback. The forums will all be held in the Toepfer Room on the Second Floor of Adelbert Hall on Thursday, December 4, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.; Friday, December 5, 3 – 4 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 9, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. For more information or a copy of the policy, please email chris.sheridan@case.edu.

For Students

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) announces the 2009 NASW Student Travel Fellowships to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). As many as 10 undergraduate students interested in science journalism will receive up to $750 in travel expenses to attend the 2009 AAAS meeting in Chicago. The meeting will take place February 12-16, 2009. NASW's education committee will select students to receive the fellowship and will pair each one with a veteran writer for a one-day mentorship program. The application deadline is December 12. Go online for more information and an application.

Events

The Serial Killer's Apprentice

Local author James Renner will visit the Case Western Reserve University Bookstore on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. to sign copies of his book, The Serial Killer's Apprentice. In his latest book, investigative journalist Renner cracks open 13 of Northeast Ohio's most intriguing unsolved crimes, including the 1964 murder of Garfield Heights teen Beverly Jarosz; the West Side disappearances of Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry; and eleven other equally haunting tales. Renner's unblinking eye for detail and unwavering search for the truth make this book a gripping read and a great gift idea for the true crime/local history buff on your holiday shopping list. While at the Bookstore, use your Case ID to save 10% on books and other gifts for the holidays.

December 1, 2008

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Media Moment

Blackboard to Teleportation
Blackboard to Teleportation: Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning, presented by Wendy Shapiro and Michael Kubit of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing, showcases different learning technologies available to faculty at Case Western Reserve University.

Case in the News

RTA plans dramatic improvements for Cedar Hill station

The Plain Dealer, November 30, 2008
A glassy new rail station, with a platform atop the overhead tracks that bridge Cedar Glen from north to south, would culminate in a dramatic prow pointing north toward the Case Western Reserve University campus.

Even in a recession, some Northeast Ohio businesses poised to do well

The Plain Dealer, November 30, 2008
Businesses that are cyclical—autos, steel and consumer products, for example—tend to flourish in times of full employment and general prosperity but droop when credit becomes tight, houses don't sell and layoffs increase. Scott Shane, a Case Western Reserve University economics professor, says cyclical businesses are being hit hardest in the current economic downturn.

Mix Up Your Career Cocktail

KMTV, November 29, 2008
Case Western Reserve University alumnus Justin Morgan is quoted in this article demonstrating the advantages of integrating multiple areas of study. By majoring in both physics and engineering, Morgan developed two distinct skill sets that prepared him for his career as a senior analyst.

Why the 'Senior Voting Bloc' is a Myth

News America Media, November 29, 2008
"Assumptions that older persons vote as a 'benefits bloc' are wrong—up to now," stated political scientist Robert Binstock, professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Higher Ed News

Graduate Students' Pay and Benefits Vary Widely, Survey Shows

Chronicle of Higher Education, December 5, 2008
A Chronicle survey, conducted this summer and fall, of the pay and benefits of teaching and research assistants at more than 100 research institutions reveals a dizzying array of variables that students must compare.