Physics Chair Named APS Fellow, AAAS Speaker

Dan Akerib

Daniel Akerib, chair of the Case Western Reserve University department of physics, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in honor of his work in the area of astrophysics.

He also was scheduled to speak at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago today.

Specifically, the astrophysicist was lauded for "significant contributions to direct dark matter detection experiments, in particular for his work on the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search experiment."

The APS recognize less than one-half of one percent of the society's current members each year by electing them fellows for their "advances in knowledge through original research and publication" or "significant and innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology." Read more.

Campus News

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations seeks nominations for the 2009 John A. Yankey Student Community Service Award. The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, will be presented to a Mandel Center student who has been actively engaged as a volunteer in one or more successful community service activities or projects. The nomination deadline is noon, Wednesday, Feb. 25. Call 368-4211 for more information.

RePlay for Kids is hosting its next toy repair and modification workshop from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Nord Hall, Room 310. The toys will benefit local children with disabilities. Most of the repairs involve testing and fixing broken wires or other simple repairs. Send an e-mail or call Bill Memberg at (330) 721-8281 for information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Faculty Senate seeks input from faculty members who would like to serve or are interested in nominating candidates to serve on standing committees. In an effort to determine interest and willingness to serve beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year, the Nominating Committee is soliciting responses from all faculty in a brief survey. The Faculty Senate seeks committed faculty who can identify and resolve issues and provide insightful advice in institution building and university governance. Faculty members are invited to download the survey form, indicate nominations, and e-mail the form to Jennifer Lhotsky, Office of the Provost, by Wednesday, Feb. 18.

For Students

The Career Center will host "Steps to Finding a Satisfying Federal Career" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in Nord Hall, Room 400. Nancy Fink, president of the Case Western Reserve Alumni Board of Trustees, will share her knowledge and expertise with navigating the system. Register online.

Educational Services for Students has introduced a workshop series to help students enhance their presentation skills. Students can learn ways to organize their work, understand their audience, use appropriate visual aids, and speak with confidence. Workshops are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Sears building, Room 480. Go online for more information.



The sixth annual Faculty/Staff vs. Students Basketball Game begins at year's at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, in Veale Center's Horsburgh Gym. In addition to the game, the event will feature prizes, an energetic half-time show and food.


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:

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Relocation of Core 0 within Crawford Data Center from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Minimal Impact to network services (Multi-Cast video traffic not available).

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Relocation of Internet Router within Crawford Data Center from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • No Impact

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 16, 2009

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The campus community can continue to keep up with varsity athletics by checking out the new Spartan Sounds podcast. The programs—airing every other week—will offer an in-depth look at the university's student-athletes.

Case in the News

Great Lakes Science Center & Case Western Reserve celebrate National Engineering Week, Feb. 15, 2009
What can you build out of gum drops and tooth picks? Some Case Western Reserve University engineering students are putting that and other experiments to the test during National Engineering Week.

Fallen soldiers, coming home in public

The New York Times, Feb. 14, 2009
Last week, President Barack Obama was asked if he would allow coverage of the flag-draped coffins arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. These photographs have been banned since 1991. Brian Gran, associate professor of sociology and law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Chrysler, GM plans due Tuesday

Detroit Free Press, Feb. 15, 2009
On Tuesday, General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC will submit cost-cutting plans that call for shedding thousands of jobs, closing plants, paring union benefits and cutting their debts. Susan Helper, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

As health benefit cuts grow, so does providers' interest in offering individual plans

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 16, 2009
As the recession forces layoffs and benefit cutbacks at many employers, more individual health insurance plans are popping up, though the question remains as to whether people who need such coverage will be able to afford it. J.B. Silvers, professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Feagler & Friends, Feb. 13, 2009
Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University, was a recent guest on Feagler & Friends. Scharf, who helped train judges and prosecutors of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal, discusses the next steps.

Higher Ed News

New from YouTube: Free downloads of college lectures

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, Feb. 13, 2009
YouTube began testing a new feature that lets users download videos posted to the site from partner institutions—including colleges—rather than just watching the videos in a streaming format.