Record Number of Submissions Received
for Research ShowCASE 2009

Campus Community Invited to Register for April 16 Event


The Case Western Reserve University community should expect to see even more thought-provoking projects on display at this year's Research ShowCASE. That's because organizers have received a record number of more than 600 project proposals.

Campus community members and the general public are invited to register online for the exhibition. Attendees should expect to see real-world applications, critical insights and creative and intellectual activities. The projects will highlight the full range of faculty, postdoctoral and graduate research done year-round at the university. Read more.

Campus News

The department of facilities services has several vehicles for sale through sealed bid. The viewing date will be Friday, Feb. 27. Go online for more information about the vehicles, locations and bid due dates.

As part of National Eating Disorder and Body Awareness Week February 23-28, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is sponsoring a display exploring how body image affects students at Case Western Reserve University. Over 30 students from various cultural backgrounds have agreed to to share their personal experiences to demonstrate how heritage and culture influence self perception. The campus community is invited to view the display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Thwing Center's atrium.


The Office of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring "An Evening with Kirk Franklin" for its 19th Annual Unity Banquet & Scholarship Benefit beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March 27, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven. Franklin, a contemporary gospel artist, is the guest speaker. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and retention efforts for underrepresented students at Case Western Reserve. Tickets are $60 through March 6; $70 March 7-21; and $80 March 22-25. Contact Darlene Barnes by e-mail or by phone at 368-2904.

Bon Appétit has initiated a five-week campaign to reduce consumer waste at its cafés around the country. Each day, the amount of waste will be weighed and compared to the previous daily amount. The end goal is a 20 percent overall reduction in food waste at the end of the initiative. If this goal is achieved, Bon Appétit will make a monetary donation to a sustainable cause at Case Western Reserve or in the Cleveland community on behalf of the university.

For Faculty and Staff

For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center is seeking input for its first Excellence in Consulting Award.  Vote for a consultant online. The winner will be formally recognized during Writing Week in April. More information can be found online.

Learn more about Greek Life's Joe Member Program. Any member of the university's Greek community is invited to register for the program, which is designed to reward participants for their involvement in campus activities. Participants are required to attend eight programs throughout the semester.


The Samuel Rosenthal Center for Judaic Studies is co-sponsoring "Israel Update: Elections, War and Peace" with Michael Oren from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, 11291 Euclid Ave. Oren is a senior fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based research facility. He specializes in the diplomatic and military history of the Middle East. Contact the Cleveland Hillel Foundation by phone at (216)231-0040 or e-mail for information or to RSVP. Free, open to the public.


As part of Case Western Reserve University's year-long celebration of Charles Darwin's life, work and evolutionary theory, Hayagreeva Rao (MGT '89) of Stanford University will discuss "Darwin, Selection and Social Fitness: Two Studies" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the George S. Dively Building, Room 202. A happy hour event will immediately follow the talk. RSVP to Colleen Gepperth by e-mail or by phone at 368-1156.

The Weatherhead School of Management is sponsoring its annual Casino Night at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. The theme for this year's black-tie event is "Las Vegas." Casino Night is an opportunity to interact with current and prospective Weatherhead students, faculty, alumni and business executives. Tickets are $50 each, $80 for two tickets, and the price includes appetizers, dessert, drink tickets and game chips.
Must be age 21 and over to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Foodbank.

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

Louis Giannetti, film professor emeritus, will introduce a special screening of Lawrence of Arabia at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Cleveland Cinematheque. Tickets are $6 for Case Western Reserve students, $8 general admission.

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.

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Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder was recently appointed to the Third Frontier Advisory Board. The Third Frontier Project, initiated in 2002, is the state's largest-ever commitment to expanding Ohio's high-tech research capabilities and promoting innovation and company formation that will create high-paying jobs for generations to come.




Scott A. Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, was recently named the 2009 recipient of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. According to the award committee, "Professor Scott A. Shane has an impressive and innovative range of publications that cover practically all of what we recognize as entrepreneurship research. His contributions have strongly influenced scholarly work in the field and his efforts to promote entrepreneurship as a legitimate field of research have contributed to enhancing its position within the social sciences."


Student Avanti Jakatdar has received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to attend the 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April. She conducted research in the laboratory of Helen Salz, professor of genetics, entitled "A genome wide search for proteins controlling the balance between proliferation and differentiation in the Drosophila ovary, an in vivo model system."

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:

Monday, Feb. 23

Relocation of Bingham Hall to Crawford Hall Backbone Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Veale Center Cable Television unavailable

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Relocation of Adelbert Gym to Crawford Hall Backbone Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Telephone Services to Tomlinson Hall
  • Data Network Services to Tomlinson Hall
  • Wireless Network Services to Tomlinson Hall

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 20, 2009

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Case in the News

Who should regulate greenhouse gases?

The New York Times, Feb. 16, 2009
Should the Environmental Protection Agency be the lead agency in regulating greenhouse gases? Is there a better way to carry out climate change initiatives? Jonathan H. Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Will economic hard times result in more entrepreneurs?

The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 20, 2009
What's happening with self-employment in the bad economy? Will all those laid-off workers become entrepreneurs? Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, examined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to figure out how the economic hardship is affecting entrepreneurial activity.

Surgery through a straw

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 19, 2009
A team of doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is gaining recognition for surgery through a straw. Alan Cohen, professor of neurological surgery at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

5 silver linings (that's right!) of the recession

U.S. News & World Report, Feb. 19, 2009
Does the recession have some hidden bright spots? Research from Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, is part of a list of positive aspects of the recession.

Layoffs hitting the legal profession, Feb. 19, 2009
Several Cleveland-area law firms recently announced layoffs. Jon Groetzinger, visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, says different kinds of practices are being affected in different ways by the down economy.

Higher Ed News

Security infiltrates college classrooms

USA TODAY, Feb. 18, 2009
There has been huge growth in the popularity of security-related programs. The programs began popping up at community colleges and online-only institutions five or six years ago, and now they are being offered at some of the nation's most prestigious universities.