Science is Fun! Family Day Receives Grant


When the Center for Community Partnerships invited Case Western Reserve University departments and groups seeking charitable funding to apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants, they received dozens of applications. Ten campus affiliates were selected to receive $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year to continue their outreach work in the areas of Pre K-12, senior citizens, health, social service, community and economic development and lifelong learning.

Each of the winning groups will be featured in an ongoing Case Daily series. Today, learn more about Science is Fun! Family Day. Read more.

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Those unable to attend the recent lecture featuring keynote speaker Ward J. "Tim" Timken Jr. are invited to watch the talk on YouTube or listen on iTunes. Timken, chair of the Timken Company, spoke on the topic of "Business Ethics and Leadership."

Kundalini Yoga classes open to students, faculty and staff are being offered from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 27. The classes will meet in Veale Center's multipurpose room. Contact Mina Moore at 368-2191 for information. All levels are welcome.

Several finalists for the technology support (Help Desk) contract will give presentations to faculty, staff and students. The sessions continue from noon to 2 p.m. this week. The dates, locations and vendors are: Tuesday, January 27, Toepfer Room, FIT Technologies; Wednesday, January 28, Herrick Room, Allen Memorial Library, CDI IT Solutions; and Friday, January 30, Herrick Room, Allen Memorial Library, Kelly Services.

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, January 29, at the Fribley Fireside lounge. Donors can schedule an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern."

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty are invited to nominate their peers for the Glennan Fellowship, which is designed to reward excellence in faculty and to facilitate their growth as teacher/scholars. Nominees must be regular faculty members who are in the tenure track but not yet tenured. The Glennan awards are for $6,500, and the funds may be used to support a wide range of activities related to teaching and education. Nomination letters are due by Friday, February 6. Complete details are available on the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education Web site.

For Students

All undergraduate students are invited to attend the Student State of the University Address beginning at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, January 29, at Amasa Stone Chapel. A panel of student leaders will give a talk and discuss the current standing of the university as it relates to undergraduate students. Students are invited to ask questions. The groups represented are the Class Officer Collective, Interfraternity Congress/Panhellenic Council, Media Board, Residence Hall Association, University Program Board, and Undergraduate Student Government. 

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is seeking rising third- and fourth-year students as paid interns for the 2009-2010 academic year.  An intern's main responsibilities include interviewing prospective students and co-presenting during admission information sessions.  Applications, instructions and copies of the job description are available in the first-floor reception area of the admission office in Wolstein Hall. Completed applications are due by Friday, January 30. Contact Diane Feckanin with questions.

Educational Services for Students is introducing a workshop series to help students enhance their presentation skills. Students will learn ways to organize their work, understand their audience, use appropriate visual aids, and speak with confidence. Beginning January 27, workshops will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Sears building, Room 480. Go online for more information.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of Unite for Sight will hold a general meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. All students are welcome to join. In its first semester, the group made contacts at local hospitals, established eyeglass drive locations at 10 different sites, held eye vision screenings in Cleveland , and has raised approximately $1,000. Send an e-mail to the organization for more information.


Carole L. Anthony, curator of the Sepia magazine photo archive at the African American Museum in Dallas, will present a free, public lecture on "Capturing the African-American Experience: The Sepia Magazine Photo Archive," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, in Clark Hall, Room 309. A reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 206.  First published in 1947, Sepia magazine focused on culture, politics, lifestyles and music, especially during the civil rights era. Anthony will discuss historically significant photos of artists, musicians, and more. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.


The Global Health, Culture and Change series continues with Brown University's Stephen McGarvey, who will discuss "Public Health in the Samoas: Anthropology, Nutrition and Translational Research" at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, February 12, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Room 108.

The campus community is invited to purchase special two-for-one tickets to see the United States debut of the World Doctors Orchestra. Purchase any ticket and get one free–any level–from $20 to $75. Mention promotional code 5939. Up to four tickets; no other discounts will apply. The concert, scheduled for Sunday, February 8, benefit the Cleveland Free Medical Clinic. The special is available through Wednesday, February 4.

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 institute Fiber Backbone Panel Relocations in Crawford Data Center. 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. 

Services affected by the moves this week include:

Tuesday, January 27:

Adelbert Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2-6 a.m.:

  • Telephone services to Adelbert Hall
  • Data network services to Adelbert Hall
  • Wireless network services to Adelbert Hall

Wednesday, January 28

Yost Hall to Crawford Hall Distribution Fiber from 2-6 a.m.:

  • Telephone services to Yost Hall
  • Data network services to Yost Hall
  • Wireless network services to Yost Hall

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

January 26, 2009

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The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities has posted several of its programs and guest speakers online. Campus community members can watch the videos or listen to podcasts.

Case in the News

Academics seek private research ties

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 26, 2009
Officials from each of the region's four major universities say their schools are putting a greater emphasis on conducting industry-sponsored research and collaborating with researchers from the private sector. As an example, Case Western Reserve University plans to hire a faculty member who'll do nothing but work on building research relationships with private companies. Joe Jankowski, associate vice president, Translational and Interdisciplinary Research, comments.

Case Western Reserve University researchers study drug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria

The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2009
The list of bad germs you never heard of grows ever larger, thanks to the ability of infectious bugs to outsmart antibiotics. A timely case in point: Acinetobacter baumannii. These bacteria have emerged in recent years as a growing threat to critically ill hospital patients. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are discovering the reasons why. Geneticist Mark Adams led the study.

The Obamas: A first family that's not only endearing, but is one we can identify with and strive to be

The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2009
A young, busy, uncommonly traditional family moved into the White House last week, enchanting the nation, inspiring parents and offering a new model of the American family. Renee Sentilles, an American women's history professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Cowan Pottery's legacy as a Cleveland institution and an art form

The Plain Dealer, January 25, 2009
This week's Elegant Cleveland column focuses on R. Guy Cowan, who aimed to combine the world of art with the craft of pottery-making. Mark Bassett, a lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, co-wrote the definitive book on Cowan pottery, Cowan Pottery and the Cleveland School.

Cleveland Clinic selects medical school dean as chief executive of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

The Plain Dealer, January 24, 2009
Andrew Fishleder, dean of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, will now oversee the Cleveland Clinic hospital now under construction in Abu Dhabi.

Higher Ed News

College computing could get greener

Chronicle of HIgher Education News Blog, January 26, 2009
In recent years, the attention of many information-technology professionals has turned to making their systems more sustainable and energy-efficient.