Presidential Inauguration Series

The upcoming presidential inauguration has stirred the interest of millions of Americans, including some members of the Case Western Reserve University community, who are taking part in special ways. Case Daily continues sharing their stories this week.

Music Lecturer to Play at Inaugural Luncheon

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For a music lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, the high note of the inauguration won't be the swearing in ceremony or throngs of people or even the glamorous balls and parties. It will be a much quieter event: the traditional inaugural luncheon for the new president.

Julie Andrijeski, a violinist, will be part of a small chamber ensemble that will perform during the traditional bipartisan meal, which is attended by members of both houses of Congress, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet members and the families of both the outgoing and incoming presidents and vice presidents.

"I was thrilled (to be asked to play). It is such an honor," Andrijeski said. "This election has been very exciting and filled with action-packed thrills through the whole process." Read more.

Campus Community Urged to Do Some "Trash Talking" in Nationwide RecycleMania Competition

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Case Western Reserve University is "throwing down" not by throwing away, but by recycling and reducing waste as it enters RecycleMania for the first time. The annual nationwide competition between colleges and universities begins Sunday, January 18, and runs through Saturday, March 28.

The 10-week event pits schools against each other to see who can motivate their campus communities to recycle more and reduce overall waste. Rankings and results will be posted weekly beginning January 30. The school that collects the most recyclable trash and reduces overall campus waste wins the grand prize and the RecycleMania trophy. Read more.

Campus News

As part of the university's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the SGI Case Western Reserve Buddhist Club and the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) are sponsoring the exhibit Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace Exhibition. The traveling display features an extensive collection of photographs, quotations and historical information, and will run January 16-25 at KSL. An opening ceremony with remarks from Marilyn S. Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity, begins at noon, January 16. Refreshments will be served. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Contact SGI for information. Learn more.

Campus community members who snore at night, feel tired throughout the day, or have sleep apnea may qualify for a new clinical trial. The HomePAP study compares two different approaches to diagnosing and  determining optimal treatment pressures for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who will be using continuous positive airway pressure to treat their condition. Contact Rawan Salem for specific details. Learn more.

The university's book club will discuss Ayn Rand's We the Living beginning at noon, Tuesday, January 20, in Crawford Hall, Room 720. All faculty, staff and students are invited. Attendees can bring suggestions for future book discussions. Contact Donna McIlwain for information.

For Faculty and Staff

The participant tax-deferred contribution limit is increasing to $16,500 this year for Salary Reduction Agreement contributions made to the 403(b) plans sponsored by the university. Participants age 50 and older can contribute up to an additional $5,500 on a pre-tax basis. To increase per paycheck contributions, employees should submit a Salary Reduction Agreement form (Plan A and Plan C forms can be accessed online) to Benefits Administration. Call 368-6781 with questions.

Today is the deadline to apply for the university's financial support to attend the Summer Institute at Bryn Mawr College. Learn more.

For Students

The Cleveland Orchestra is seeking student volunteers for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Open House on Monday, January 19, at Severance Hall. Available shifts are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2-4:15 p.m. Volunteers will receive two tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra concert, subject to availability. Contact Lisa Judge at (216) 231-7353 by 5 p.m., Friday, January 16.

A meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, January 22, in Nord Hall, Room 410 for students interested in learning more about semester and year abroad programs. The deadline for submission of applications for study abroad for fall semester 2009 has been extended to February 15.

Events

"Business Ethics and Leadership," a lecture by Ward J. "Tim" Timken Jr., chair of the Timken Company, begins at 4 p.m. today at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Learn more.

The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Opportunity Corridor–to Link I-490 with the Circle" with Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 16, at the Inamori Center.

The Film Society presents its 34th annual Science Fiction Marathon January 16 and 17. Read more for information about ticket prices, parking and a complete movie schedule.

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.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will be migrating all of the university's servers from the current infrastructure to a new one. The final phases of the data center renovation project involves moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

Applications that may be affected by the server moves and planned outages during the next week include:

Tuesday, January 20:

  • My.Case.edu / should remain online
  • Library Web Site Production / should remain online
  • Library Web Site Development / should remain online
  • Voice over IP / should remain online
  • Library Catalog Server / offline
  • ERP Financials & HCM / should remain online
  • MediaVision Streaming Media / limited functionality

Wednesday, January 21:

  • Plant Services / offline
  • Ad Astra Room Scheduling / offline
  • MediaVision Streaming Media / limited functionality
  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / should remain online
  • Novell File Server (Rhodes) / offline
  • Dept. of Development File Server / offline
  • Helpdesk Web Services / offline
  • Library Web Site Production / should remain online
  • Library Web Site Development / should remain online
  • ERP Financials & HCM / should remain online

Thursday, January 22:

  • Novell File Servers (Nobel and Pulitzer) / offline
  • Active Directory Services / should remain online
  • Voice over IP / should remain online
  • OSPA Web Server / offline
  • Domain Name Services / should remain online
  • Ad Astra Room Scheduling / offline

Read more for a complete schedule of planned outages.

January 15, 2009

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Case in the News

Brushing teeth may help prevent preterm birth

Discovery News, January 13, 2009
Previously undiscovered bacteria usually found in the mouth could be responsible for up to 80 percent of early preterm labors, estimate doctors from Case Western Reserve and Yale universities in a new study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Yiping Han, associate professor with the dental and medical schools, is the study's lead author.

Winds of change

Cincinnati CityBeat, January 14, 2009
Ohio finds itself tilting at windmills in its quest to reach for the kind of energy-efficient, sustainable, economically healthy future that might get the United States out of its recession. Up to 10 wind turbines might be built offshore near Lake Erie. A task force looking into the proposal includes representatives from Case Western Reserve University.

Cell phone hoax making the Internet rounds—again

San Antonio Express, January 15, 2009
A recently circulated e-mail warns that wireless carriers this week will give customers' cell phone numbers out to phone solicitors. In reality, the companies aren't releasing the numbers this week, nor do they plan to in the future. Jacqueline Lipton, a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

At M.I.T., large lectures are going the way of the blackboard

The New York Times, January 12, 2009
With physicists across the country pushing for universities to do a better job of teaching science, the physics department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has replaced the traditional large introductory lecture with smaller classes that emphasize hands-on, interactive, collaborative learning.

The I.R.S. considers pressing schools to further reveal their business activities

The New York Times, January 12, 2009
The Internal Revenue Service is considering expanding its scrutiny of colleges and universities to focus on billions of dollars associated with academic research, federal financing and intellectual property, a senior agency official said on Tuesday.