Undergraduate Students Encouraged to Submit Abstracts for Intersections Symposium


Some people might think that innovative or creative research primarily takes place at the graduate level. However, Sheila Pedigo, director of the Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) office at Case Western Reserve University, has proof that stimulating ideas and research begin to take shape during the undergraduate years.

Her office is encouraging undergraduates to present their research during the annual Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session. Students have until Friday, March 20, to submit abstracts for this year's event.

Approximately 140 projects are featured each year, highlighting a range of ideas from undergraduates. Learn more.

Campus News

As part of Writing Week, the SAGES University Seminar Case Writes is conducting a campus survey of writing practices and attitudes. The online survey is open through Friday, March 27.

Campus community members and the general public are invited to register online for Research ShowCASE 2009. 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.

Kelvin Smith Library continues its KSL Digital Library Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m., Friday March 20, in the Dampeer Room. Kathleen Woodward of the University of Washington will discuss how the digital humanities focus and Web 2.0 has changed the educational environment. Learn more.

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety promotes the health and safety of the Case Western Reserve University community and its environment. Six times a year, the department publishes its Safety Newsletter. The current edition, as well as newsletters dating back to 1993, can be accessed online.

For Faculty and Staff

The Freedman Fellows 2009 Program will offer five awards to full-time permanent faculty. The $3,000 stipends help faculty learn how to incorporate information technology into their teaching and learning, and can be applied toward new uses of digital tools and new types of scholarly works. Applications will be available at an information session at noon, Thursday, March 19, at the Kelvin Smith Library. Details and requirements for the May 11-15 seminar week are available online.

The University Center on Aging and Health has received funding from the McGregor Foundation and The President's Strategic Initiatives Fund to support interdisciplinary research on aging. Priority will be given to junior, tenure-track faculty applicants with minimal off-campus funding who are beginning their university research program and to researchers making a change in their program of research to focus on aging. Proposals for the first funding cycle are due Friday, March 20, with notification of award by April 10. Proposals for the second funding cycle are due Friday, August 21. Additional information is available online.

For Students

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) invites students to learn more about upcoming WISER events and committees during the "Alternative Careers in Science and Engineering" panel discussion at 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Learn more.

Students are invited to enter the Michelson-Morley Research Competition in the Biological Sciences. This competition honors the collaborative research initiated in 1885 between Albert A. Michelson, a Case Institute of Technology physicist, and Edward W. Morley, a Western Reserve University chemist, which culminated in the Michelson-Morley experiment of 1887. To apply for the competition, students must write a paper in the form of a journal article about original biological, biochemical, biopsychological or biomedical research carried out at any institution in 2007 or 2008. The application deadline is Friday, March 20. The top three prizes are $300, $200 and $100. Learn more.

Case Western Reserve will host its first Cognitive Science Student Conference, April 17-19, at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. The conference aims to orient students to the format of academic conferences and to expose them to the growing body of research being done here and around the globe. In addition to student presenters, speakers will include several faculty members. The abstract deadline is Friday, March 20. Send an e-mail to CSSOconference.@case.edu with questions.



The Dittrick Medical History Center will present the 2009 Handerson Medical History Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 26, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Zverina Room. Simon Chaplin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England will discuss "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hunter." Who—or what—was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's classic gothic thriller The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Chaplin will explore the role of anatomical museums in managing the social tension between private dissection and public life in 18th-century London. A reception will follow in the Dittrick Museum. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Jennifer Nieves by e-mail or by phone at 368-3648.


The Office of Student Activities and Leadership, Thwing Center and the University Program Board are hosting a St. Patrick's Day celebration for the campus community from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, in Thwing Center. The event will feature music, food and a "plant a four leaf clover pot" craft activity.

Noelle Giuffrida of Vassar College will discuss "Emperor, Exorcist, Protector: Representing the Daoist God Zhenwu, the Perfected Warrior, in Ming China (1368-1644)" at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, in the Cleveland Museum of Art's Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

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 16, 2009

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Case in the News

The institutions

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 16, 2009
Northeast Ohio is home to some of the most innovative health care institutions in the country. Through the use of extensive resources and sophisticated technology, the area has become home to research and medical innovation leaders. Crain's names Case Western Reserve University as one of the innovation leaders.

PROGRESS: When will the recession end?

The News-Herald, March 8, 2009
We didn't even know the recession happened until we were several months into it. The same thing is likely to happen with recovery, said Ron Traub, Mentor, Ohio's, economic development director. Molly Irwin, director of the Child Policy Initiative at Case Western Reserve University's Schubert Center for Child Studies, comments.

Next advanced energy challenge: storing it

Crain's Cleveland Business, March 16, 2009
No matter how good they get, wind turbines and solar panels by themselves won't be enough to get the world running on something other than fossil fuels. That's because advanced energy requires advanced energy storage. Northeast Ohio companies and researchers, however, are working on ways around the fact that the wind doesn't blow all day, the sun doesn't shine at night and strong batteries are too big and finicky. Robert Savinell, George S. Dively Professor of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

U.S. risks losing highly skilled immigrants

The Earth Times, March 10, 2009
In the spring 2009 edition of Issues in Science and Technology, Maxwell Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University writes that products and services to boost performance, appearance or capability are here to stay and that better, more sophisticated ones are on the way. He is director of the university's Law-Medicine Center.

East Tech: An inspiring story from a gritty neighborhood

The Plain Dealer, March 13, 2009
A feature story about the East Tech Scarabs mentions Alfred Preston, an honor student from Tech who is now a student at Case Western Reserve University and a member of the men's basketball team.

Higher Ed News

Economic collapse puts graduates on unforeseen paths

The Boston Globe, March 14, 2009
As the economy collapsed last fall, so did the job prospects of thousands of college seniors, especially those who had set their sights on Wall Street. But after the initial panic, some students said they felt an odd relief. Instead of going straight into a 100-hour-a-week job at an investment bank, they are pursuing less lucrative but potentially more satisfying opportunities in public service, enrolling in record numbers in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America.