Baker-Nord Center Awarded Major National Endowment for the Humanities Grant


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University has received a major award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The $650,000 NEH Challenge Grant was awarded to support research and programs that advance the humanities across the Case Western Reserve campus and in the Cleveland community.

The Baker-Nord Center's long commitment to collaboration was key to its winning proposal, according to NEH program director Bruce Cole. "[Peer] reviewers were especially impressed with the center's strong record of collaboration with local cultural institutions," Cole said. "They found the wide range of programs to result from sound and thorough planning to involve significant issues and intellectual perspectives central to the humanities."

Case Western Reserve received the third largest of the 18 NEH Challenge Grants awarded in this cycle. Read more.

Campus News


The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, in conjunction with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and Alpha Phi Sorority, are sponsoring "Untold Stories from the Heart" from 2 to 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Case Western Reserve faculty and staff, as well as community members, will share stories of how heart disease among women has impacted their lives. In addition, a panel of heart health experts will discuss women's health issues. Go online for more information.

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

In honor of Valentine's Day, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity is selling chocolate-covered strawberries. Each box—which contains either four or five strawberries—is $6. The group is accepting orders in Nord Hall and Thwing Center through Monday, Feb. 9. Payment methods include cash, check and CaseCash. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association. Learn more.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is hosting an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at its new building. Employees can take advantage of the university's tuition waiver benefit for the master's degree. Refreshments will be served. Call 368-6025 or go to the program's Web site.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Getting and Using Student Feedback" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The session will focus on getting informative feedback from students, as well as the mechanisms that can be utilized. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

For Students

The Support of Undergraduate Research & Creative Endeavors Office (SOURCE) is sponsoring a workshop on "Finding Research Opportunities On and Off Campus" at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6, in Sears 462. Go online for more information.

Doctoral and graduate students are invited to the Statistical Consulting Forum, which is designed to provide students with experience in consulting work. The forum, which will meet through April 27, is part of a special consulting class with graduate and doctoral statistics students that is supervised by faculty. Rather than provide homework help, the forum is designed to give pointers on how to solve statistical problems that come up during research and projects. Send an e-mail to the forum organizers for more information.

Students Helping Students, a weekly drop-in discussion support group for students who are reconsidering the use of alcohol or other drugs in their lives, meets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Tomlinson Hall Library Room, second floor. The group will meet throughout the semester. Contact Amy Haller.


The campus community is invited to learn about careers in the health field that do not require a medical degree during the third annual Case Western Reserve Healthcare Symposium from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Nord Hall, Room 310. Topics will include biomedical engineering, medical crisis simulation, bioethics, health management consulting, and coordinating institutional review boards. This event also is open to the public. Dinner will be provided. Questions may be sent by e-mail to Ashley McKee.


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, Feb. 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 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 involve 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 during the next several days include:

Wednesday, February 4

Crawford Hall Room 106 / 107 Faceplates Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Data Network Services to the Crawford Hall Room 106 / 107 Faceplates

Other services:

  • ERP Financials & HCM / Should remain online
  • ISIS / Offline

Thursday, February 5

  • ERP Financials & HCM Development / offline
  • E-mail (Delivery) / Should remain online

Monday, February 9

  • Oracle Databases, non-PeopleSoft production / Offline

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 3, 2009

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Year of Darwin


Campus members who have missed some of the events that have been part of Case Western Reserve University's celebration of Charles Darwin are invited to go to the official Web site. Choose from several videos featuring experts who've already visited campus as part of the academic observance of Darwin's life and work.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve University researchers find clues to preterm labor in oral bacteria

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 3, 2009
Microbiologist Yiping Han of the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University found that routine hospital testing misses many of the bacteria that lead to preterm birth. Using DNA technology much more sophisticated than that available in hospitals, Han and her team in the Department of Periodontics were able to discover previously undetected bacteria in the amniotic fluid of women who went into preterm labor.

Couple donates $7.5 million to Case Western Reserve's Weatherhead school

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 3, 2009
A trustee at Case Western Reserve University and his wife have committed $7.5 million to the Weatherhead School of Management's "sustainable enterprise" initiatives. The gift from Chuck and Char Fowler will add to ongoing efforts in sustainable business and social entrepreneurship.

Introducing Wired Campus's February guest blogger, Lev Gonick

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, Feb. 2, 2009
The Chronicle of Higher Education will feature a guest blogger each month to offer a view from the trenches in education technology. The February guest blogger is Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve University gives seniors a break with latest tuition increase

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 2, 2009
Tuition will rise for all undergraduates at Case Western Reserve University next fall, but seniors will get a bit of a break. Undergraduates who started after fall 2006 will pay $35,900 annually beginning next fall. Those who started in fall 2006 or earlier will pay about $1,000 less. Related article.

Case Western Reserve prof wins award for research

Akron Beacon Journal, Feb. 1, 2009
Scott A. Shane, an economics professor at Case Western Reserve University, is the 2009 recipient of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research for "contributions to an increased understanding of the conditions under which the entrepreneur and the small business operate."

Higher Ed News

Strickland's budget spares cuts to basic aid for Ohio colleges

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 2, 2009
Gov. Ted Strickland's budget proposal spares Ohio's public colleges and universities cuts to basic aid, thanks largely to federal stimulus money expected to come to the state.