Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner to Give Talk
on Tuesday at PlayhouseSquare


The Baker-Nord Center/Cleveland Foundation Lecture Series presents Mohsin Hamid, 2008 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award® recipient for his novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, who will give a free public lecture entitled "Literature, Pakistan, Islam and 'The West'" at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare.

Seating is limited and tickets are required for the event, held in partnership with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards®, Cuyahoga County Public Library, ideastream® and PlayhouseSquare, with support from Continental Airlines. For ticket information, contact the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University at 368-8961 or e-mail the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities.

The lecture will also be streamed live and can be viewed for free on campus in Clark Hall, Room 206. Read more.

Campus Programs, Services Available to Help
Students Coping with Eating Disorders

It might start out with a friend mentioning the desire to lose a few pounds. Maybe they spend hours at the gym or constantly count calories. If their actions become obsessive, professionals say that their behavior could be a sign of an eating disorder.

As Case Western Reserve University plans activities to coincide with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Feb. 22-28, students, friends and parents should know that there are resources available on campus to help someone who might be struggling with an eating disorder. Read more.

Campus News


President Barbara R. Snyder invites the campus community to nominate a non-faculty staff member for the President's Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award honors staff members whose outstanding contributions to campus culture have a transformational effect on university colleagues, students or visitors. Nominations may come from any university staff, student or faculty member. The Staff Recognition Committee of the Staff Advisory Council will review nomination materials, select outstanding candidates and forward the names and information about those individuals to the Office of the President. The honorees will each receive a $1,000 cash award, their names will be engraved on a plaque that is currently on display in Tomlinson Gallery, and they will be honored at a luncheon in June. Nominations are due by March 15. Contact Patsy Harris for complete details and a nomination form.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Science in Positive Organizational Development program will host free online workshops and open houses throughout spring semester. Faculty and alumni will explore leadership and organizational change. Join Jon Utech Tuesday, Feb. 24, for "Carbon Foot-printing." Learn more.

Legendary biologist E. O. Wilson from Harvard University has been invited to give Case Western Reserve University's 2009 Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Severance Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more.

The Weatherhead School of Management is hosting an open house for students to learn more about the master of science in finance and the master of science in operations/research supply chain management. The event will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 120. Learn more about the one-year master's degree. The session will include pizza and soda.  RSVP to Collin Hanson.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will host "Effective Networking" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Crawford Hall, Room 209. Ly'Nette Cordaro, associate vice president and deputy chief information officer in the Office of Information Technology Services, will help attendees learn more about the true mission of networking: Making connections, building relationships and assisting others in achieving their goals. Participants will design and practice a one-minute introduction about who they are and what they have to offer. Register online.

For Students

The Office of Greek Life and the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) are hosting the semi-annual Faculty Forum on SAGES from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the Schmitt Lecture Hall. The Faculty Forum involves students, faculty, administrators and staff, and will be moderated by President Barbara R. Snyder. Pizza and soda will be provided. Registration is not required.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Case and Koinonia Christian Fellowship will host Stuart McAllister at 7 p.m., Monday, March 2, in Strosacker Auditorium. McAllister will address why he believes Jesus Christ is relevant and important for collegiate life and academia. The event targets undergraduates, but the community is welcome to attend. 


The Department of English presents John Lahr, senior drama critic for The New Yorker and author of numerous profiles of prominent cultural figures, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Clark Hall, Room 309. His talk, Comedy and Revenge, is part of the Wain Lecture Series. Learn more.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is hosting a talk with Madeline Cámara, the University of South Florida, "Written on a Woman's Body: Re-reading Cuban Nationalist Discourse Through the Images of the Mulata in Popular Culture," at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, in Guilford House. She will analyze the construction of the social body of mulatto women as a symbol of the Cuban identity from the 19th century to contemporary times.

The Department of Mathematics hosts numerous seminars each semester. Learn more.


Kelvin Smith Library presents a Living History @ Lunch event beginning at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the library. Actress Sherrie Tolliver will portray Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Learn more on the KSL NewsBlog.


Thwing Center will host its annual Mardi Gras Celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the atrium. Attendees will have an opportunity to make their own masks and sample food from Fat Fish Blue. Cats on Holiday will provide the music. Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership, the University Program Board and the Undergraduate Student Government.

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. 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

Wednesday, Feb. 25, and Thursday, Feb. 26

Reroute current Southside of Campus backbone connections through new Medical School to KSL backbone fiber in order to bypass Crawford Hall.

Saturday, Feb. 28

The KSL Data Center Remediation work is almost complete. The last major planned outage will begin at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28,  when the main KSL server switches will be moved to new power and network connections. It is anticipated that the work will be completed by 6 a.m. Sunday, March 1. ITS will try to minimize the downtime for as many applications as possible, especially Blackboard and MediaVision courseware.

Services that will be affected during the outage:

Services Down:

  • All ERP systems (HCM, SIS, Financials)
  • Blackboard
  • University Library Web site (
  • E-mail
  • mail to Case will be queued at sender

    outgoing mail servers will be down web interface to iPlanet mail will be down

  • MediaVision on campus video streaming services
  • Oracle Databases (all applications using shared Oracle servers)
  • Software Center
  • EStore sites (Sprint, Dell, Time Warner)
  • Development
  • Dental Clinic scheduling system

Services Up:

  • Single Sign-On and LDAP
  • Google Apps only email subscribers
  • no new incoming/outgoing mail, but can read mail already stored in mailbox
  • access to

Internet Access:

  •–capacity will be reduced so may be slow
  • SAN
  • Wiki, Blog
  • Health Services
  • Phone system (reduced capacity for incoming/outgoing calls)
  • Voicemail delivery may be delayed but will be able to leave voicemail messages

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 23, 2009

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Case in the News

Residents want abandoned homes torn down (via, Feb. 23, 2009
East Cleveland, Ohio, has more than 2,200 empty homes—that's 20 percent of the city. It has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the state. Volunteers and students with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University started cataloging all of the abandoned homes last week.

Growing in good health: Experts say parents need to be aware of some habits developing in their children

The News-Herald, Feb. 20, 2009
Many teens stay up well past midnight watching television, playing video games or spending time on their computers. Experts say because teens are still growing, they need additional sleep. Stephen Sroka, an adjunct assistant professor for Case Western Reserve University's Center for Adolescent Health, discusses other negative behaviors teens sometimes display.

Eyes on a climate prize will deliver innovation

The Tennessean, Feb. 19, 2009
Jonathan H. Adler, professor of law and director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, says that nothing short of a clean energy revolution will be capable of meeting the proposed emissions controls while maintaining an acceptable standard of living.

Center for Environmental Health and Human Ecology to focus on healthy homes, offices

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 21, 2009
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine are expected to announce Monday that they have inked an agreement to create the Center for Environmental Health and Human Ecology. The creators say they believe the center is the first of its kind. Its creators envision creating an academic-based role at the museum to give practical advice to Northeast Ohioans on how to make their environment—be it house, workplace or world—healthier

Lev Gonick: Rethinking technology leadership on campus

Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 20, 2009
Lev Gonick, vice president for information technology services and chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, is the February guest columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education. This week, he discusses technology leadership on campus.

Nortech Innovation Awards 2009: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 16, 2009
Eric Arts and his research team at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine have invented a technology to monitor treatment in HIV-infected patients and to identify when a drug is being resisted. Arts is an associate professor of medicine.

Higher Ed News

Study abroad shifts in troubled economic times

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 23, 2009
Many institutions are expecting increasing or at least flat study abroad enrollments in the near future.