Case Western Reserve University Student
Earns U.N. Internship


The month of March is designated as Women's History Month, and a Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences student is devoting several months to working for the betterment of women worldwide.

Moon Choi, a doctoral degree candidate, began interning through the United Nations (U.N.) Headquarters Internship Programme in February. Based in New York, she works for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Her assignments involve analyzing the gender distribution data in the UN system and preparing for a session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which is being observed through Friday, March 13. Read more.

Campus News

According to the Department of Facilities Services, temperatures fluctuate substantially between daytime highs and nighttime lows during the fall and spring. While the goal is to provide a comfortable and productive environment for faculty, staff and students, the types of cooling systems in several campus buildings limit the ability to do so. Learn more about how the university is addressing this issue on campus.


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 brunch in June. The nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, March 16. Contact Patsy Harris for complete details and a nomination form.

Case Daily will not publish on Friday, March 13, due to the university's spring break holiday. Publication will resume Monday, March 16.

For Faculty and Staff

Resources are available from University Archives to help departments and offices determine how long records need to be kept, which ones should be transferred to the archives for long-term preservation, and how to dispose of records containing confidential information. Records disposition schedules are a well-established tool to ensure that records are kept as long as needed. Schedules are available online. Guidelines for records that should be transferred to the archives also are available online.

For Students

Opportunities are available to do summer research through the Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) on campus or at other Ohio universities. This is for underrepresented minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Information can be found online, or visit the SOURCE office in Sears 451. Apply online. The deadline has been extended to March 15.

The Case Reserve Review is accepting submissions of prose, poetry and photography. A prize of $150 will be awarded for first place entries in each category, as well as $75 for second place entries. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 17. Send an e-mail to the publication's staff for more information.


The Office of Student Activities & Leadership, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the University Program Board are sponsoring a Unity Week Celebration event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, March 23, in the Thwing Center atrium. The event kicks off a celebration of campus diversity, as well as a means of defining and acknowledging the importance of unity. All students, faculty, staff and campus community members and friends are invited to attend.  The event will include food, fun and entertainment. Contact Christina Mastrangelo at 368-3434 for more information.

Attend "Learning and Teaching with Objects" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This interdisciplinary program, co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Cleveland Museum of Art, explores the use of the museum as a learning and teaching laboratory. Experts in such fields as pedagogy, cognitive science, conservation, and museology will present lectures. Break-out discussion sessions, led by area specialists, will be scheduled at CMA and other area museums. Certificates of attendance will be available for teachers. The session is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register online or call 368-8961.

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 12, 2009

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Case in the News

Update: University of Michigan announces major embryonic stem cell initiative

Kalamazoo Gazette, March 9, 2009
In the first big move since voters loosened the state's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, the University of Michigan announced Monday that it will create new lines of embryonic stem cells with an initial focus on studying inherited neurological diseases and diabetes. Other collaborations are planned with Oakland University, U-M Dearborn and Case Western Reserve University.

Lawn mowing: An American pastime

All About Lawns, March 2009
From spring to the late fall, millions of Americans participate in a weekly ritual--lawn mowing. The lawn mower has become entrenched into Americana—it is as familiar as apple pie and baseball. However, this slice of American life is actually not American at all. The article cites research from Ted Steinberg, Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University.

Examining Parthenon politics and Cycladic sanctuaries

Athens Plus, Feb. 13, 2009
Jenifer Neils, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History with a secondary appointment in Classics at Case Western Reserve University, is featured in an article about Athens, Greece.

The genesis of a debate

The Washington Post, March 11, 2009
Every winter, David DeWitt takes his biology class to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, but for a purpose far different from that of other professors. DeWitt earned his doctorate in neuroscience from Case Western Reserve University.

Drinkin' drama, cocktail comedy: Cleveland Play House mixologist serves a cast of characters at Stages restaurant

The Plain Dealer, March 10, 2009
Michael Patterson, the bartender at the Cleveland Play House restaurant, knows his patrons well. He tries to look out for his customers, including students in the Play House/Case Western Reserve University graduate acting program.

Higher Ed News

In shifting era of admissions, colleges sweat

New York Times, March 7, 2009
As colleges weigh this year's round of applications, high school seniors are not the only anxious ones. Just as nervously, colleges—facing a financial landscape they have never seen before—are trying to figure out how many students to accept, and how many students will accept them.