Screen Actors Guild President
Returns to Cleveland


Screen Actors Guild President and theater alumnus Alan Rosenberg (ADL '72) is returning to Case Western Reserve University. The actor, whose screen credits include L.A. Law, Cybill and The Guardian, will appear on campus at noon on Thursday, March 5, for a free public talk.

The event, "The Business of Entertainment," will be held at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations in room 112.

Rosenberg is in town to guest direct Autobahn at the Cleveland Play House. The production features students from a joint program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Play House. Read more.

Campus News

The university's book club is currently reading Luncheon of the Boating Party. Those interested in discussing the book are invited to attend the group's next meeting from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in Crawford Hall, Room 720. Contact Sue Benedict for details.

The Center for the Study of Writing invites current faculty members, students, instructors and lecturers to nominate faculty members for the Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing. The award recognizes teaching that has contributed to the development of student writing within academic and professional fields across the university. Nominees can be tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty from any school or college. The recipient will be honored during the opening ceremony of Case Western Reserve's inaugural Writing Week in April. Nomination letters are due Friday, March 6.

Case Western Reserve University Police and Security Services asks the campus community to be aware of their surroundings following a series of laptop computer thefts and office equipment from both secure and non secure offices in the academic quad area. The thefts have generally occurred during the work week. The department recommends that all easy–to–carry items such as laptops be secured in a desk drawer or cabinet drawer when you are leaving your office or area, even for a few minutes. To report a crime, suspicious activity or any emergency, immediately contact campus police dispatch 24 hours a day at 368-3333. Dispatchers will direct the appropriate university and city responders for the situation. Laptop locks are available from the police department crime prevention office. Call Karen Gregor at 368-6811 for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Is There Grade Inflation at Case Western Reserve University?" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 5, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. Attendees will discuss the grade inflation issue both in national terms and based on data from Case Western Reserve. Julie Petek, director of degree audit and data services in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, will present. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP to UCITE.

The Case Western Reserve chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa national honorary society is updating its membership list of "resident members" (university faculty or staff who are Phi Beta Kappa). Faculty or staff who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa at their undergraduate or graduate institution are requested to send an e-mail to Margaret Robinson, the chapter co-secretary and dean emerita of undergraduate studies.

For Students


In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Biomedical Graduate Student Organization will host "Hangover Hump Day Breakfast" from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, March 18, at the Biomedical Research Building lobby. The breakfast is free for all graduate students. Contact Amanda Svenson for information.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Graduate Student Body Government Association is co-sponsoring a party for all graduate students and graduating seniors from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, March 5, at Bodega on Coventry. The event will include complimentary drinks and appetizers. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per person, $15 per couple. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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. 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.


The School of Law will present Harry Arthurs of York University on the topic of "The Mysterious Disappearance of Labor...and of Labor Law?" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, at the School of Law Moot Courtroom (A59). Arthurs has been an arbitrator and mediator in labor disputes. Sponsored by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution. The talk will be Web cast and available for viewing on demand after the event.


Disability Resources is sponsoring a series of movie matinees as part its awareness campaign, Disability ≠ INability. Students, faculty and staff are invited to a free screening of Emmanuel’s Gift at 4 p.m., Friday, March 6, in the Sears building, Room 435. Emmanuel was written to bring dignity to people with physical disabilities in Ghana, and the story is considered inspirational to all people who are trying to overcome challenges. Snacks and soft drinks will be served. A discussion will follow.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant at Case Western Reserve will present its final installment of the Model Organisms Seminar Series. The last installment will focus on the use of viruses as model organisms with guest speaker Michael Barry of the Mayo Clinic. He will speak at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the Wolstein Auditorium, and later that day at 4 p.m., both sessions on the topic of "Adenovirus." Learn more.

Thomas Carlson will discuss "Neither Idol nor Icon: On Love, World, and the Human Image in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology" at 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, in Clark Hall, Room 206. Carlson, of the University of California, will sketch an understanding of human love as a form of 'unknowing.' Go online or call 368-8961 for information.

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. Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

March 3, 2009

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Year of Darwin


Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong series of events celebrating Charles Darwin's life, work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory has impacted research at 5:30 p.m. today. E.O. Wilson of Harvard University will discuss "From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin and the Future of Biology." Register online. Learn more.

Case in the News

'We Run This City' helps kids stabilize weight, build self-esteem through fun of foot races

The Plain Dealer, March 2, 2009
For most people, running 26.2 miles is out of the question. But for students in the Cleveland School District, a marathon is becoming an ever-more realistic goal. What do they have the rest of us don't? Well, in addition to youthful energy, they have free shoes, discounted race fees and structured encouragement through a public health initiative called "We Run This City." The Center for Health Promotion Research at Case Western Reserve University is involved in the project.

Patent bill to be reintroduced in Congress this week, March 2, 2009
Members of the U.S. Congress plan to introduce a pair of patent reform bills on Tuesday, lending stronger support to a complicated political topic that has failed to win congressional approval in previous years. The Patent Reform Act of 2007, a bill that would have introduced sweeping changes to the U.S. patent system, passed in the House but never made it to the Senate floor. The article cites research from Scott Shane, professor of economics at Case Western Reserve University.

One-third of Americans lose sleep over economy

EurekAlert, March 1, 2009
One-third of Americans are losing sleep over the state of the U.S. economy and other personal financial concerns, according to a new poll released by the National Sleep Foundation. The poll suggests that inadequate sleep is associated with unhealthy lifestyles and negatively impacts health and safety. Susan Redline, professor of pediatrics, medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University, was involved in the research.

Law firm cuts mean law school angst, March 2, 2009
Northeast Ohio's tightening job market has ravaged the regional workforce in the manufacturing, banking, and business fields—but a quieter trend of job cuts is impacting the state's law schools. Case Western Reserve University School of Law reports no students have yet had offers rescinded, and that applications for law school admission are actually increasing.

Higher Ed News

Best ways for professors to use student-response systems

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, Feb. 27, 2009
"Clickers" allow students to respond to questions during class using a wireless, handheld device. Instructors can then immediately view and display the results, often in the form of a poll. Instructors were interviewed about the pros and cons of clickers.