Research!America President to Give Keynote Address at Research ShowCASE

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As advances in scientific and health research dominate news headlines, Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, will deliver the keynote address for Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE 2009 on Thursday, April 16, at Veale Convocation Center.

Research!America is a nonprofit, membership-supported, grassroots public education and advocacy organization committed to making medical and health research a national priority.

Woolley will share with the Research ShowCASE audience how the $10.4 billion earmarked in the federal budget for investment in health research and basic sciences is an encouraging sign for the research community. Her talk begins at 4 p.m.

Research ShowCASE is the University's annual event that brings together hundreds of researchers, scientists and scholars for a day of collaboration, creativity and innovation. Online registration is required for the free public event. Read more.

Campus News

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Readers are needed to participate in a continuous public reading of The Aeneid, Vergil's ancient epic poem, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at the SAGES Café. One book will be read each hour. University Latin, classics and arts and humanities groups are welcome to participate. Contact Professor Timothy Wutrich at 368-6026 for more information or to participate as a reader or performer.

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 American Red Cross of Cleveland will hold two blood drives on campus this month. The first one runs until 7 p.m. this evening at Wade Commons. The second drive will take place from 2 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at Fribley Commons. Make an appointment online.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting two upcoming information sessions. The first meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m.,  Wednesday, March 25, while the second meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 25. Both sessions at the school. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The sessions will focus on the master’s program, field education and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 368-2280 to register.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty members are invited to submit outlines for pilot projects for potential inclusion in the Gastrointestinal (GI) SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) taking place September 2009. Successful proposals will be included in the NCI SPORE application and will be considered for Case Comprehensive Cancer Center funding beginning September 2009. A SPORE project must be directed toward translational research of a GI cancer. At least one specific aim should involve either direct patient contact or the study of patient derived tissue samples. For more information and forms go online. The deadline is Friday, March 27. Contact Terri Daso.

For Students

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The Commencement Office will host Grad Fair 2009 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, at the University Bookstore in Thwing Student Center. This is Case Western Reserve University's official "one stop shop" for all graduation information, services and products. The event promises "no hassle for your tassel" to members of the class of 2009 while they save time, money, and begin their commencement celebration. Learn more.

The Office of University Financial Aid announces that the deadline for financial aid is May 15 for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students should complete the FAFSA and Case Financial Aid Form by this date. Students can check the status of their applications through briefCase, as well as verify if any additional documents are needed.

Students with a major or minor in academic disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for the Experiential Learning Fellowship. The fellowship funds a wide range of undergraduate student projects. The deadline for two of the programs is Friday, March 20. Go online for complete details.

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) invites students to participate in a WRC Campus Workshop on "Research and Documentation." This interactive workshop will provide students with valuable strategies for constructing strong research papers. The workshop will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Friday, March 20, in the WRC Library. While not required, students are encouraged to bring their laptops. Go online for more information or send an e-mail to the WRC staff.

Events

"How International Terrorism is Financed and What Can Be Done About It," a talk featuring Richard Gordon, associate professor of law at Case Western Reserve, will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Inamori Center. The talk is part of the Friday Public Affairs discussion group.

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The campus community is invited to hear Jerome Lowenstein of the New York University Medical Center as he delivers the keynote speech for the new Student Clinician Ceremony. The ceremony will celebrate the transition of second year medical students to full-time clinical immersion, and will honor recipients of the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Awards. The event takes place at noon, Friday, March 20, in the Wolstein Auditorium. Call 368-3164 for 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. The entire campus community is invited to attend. The event will include food, fun and entertainment. Contact Christina Mastrangelo at 368-3434 for more information. Note: Later that evening Case SERVES will volunteer at the Cleveland Foodbank from 5:30 to 8p.m.

The sixth annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public.

Phi Delta Theta is organizing its inaugural Phi Delt Food Fest to raise money for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. Campus organizations are invited to showcase their finest cuisine to benefit ALS research from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 21, in Carlton Commons. Registration information is available online.

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

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 19, 2009

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Case in the News

Top administrators at Case Western Reserve University forgo raises, boost pay for faculty and lower-level staff

The Plain Dealer, March 18, 2009
Case Western Reserve University's top administrators will give up raises for the coming year so that faculty and other staff can still see modest salary increases. Related article.

What if the government bailed out of the bailouts?

The Associated Press, March 18, 2009
What if the government got out of the bailout business? The idea certainly seemed all right with throngs of Americans who were outraged by news that American International Group paid out millions of dollars in executive bonuses after it was rescued with taxpayer cash. But would no bailout be even worse? Susan Helper, AT&T Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, is quoted in the article.

Maintaining a healthy weight especially important for African-American women

The Plain Dealer, March 17, 2009
Esa M. Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, writes a column for NetWellness about the importance of African-American women maintaining a healthy weight.

Business books: Best of 2008

Library Journal.com, March 15, 2009
Scott Shane, A. Malachi Mixon III Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, made the Library Journal's 2008 list of best business books for The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By.

MedCity morning read, Thursday, March 19

MedCity News, March 17, 2009
Today is Match Day, the day thousands of graduating medical school students find out where they have been accepted to do their residencies. The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine scheduled its Match Day for 11 a.m. today.

Cleveland Clinic student's top residency choice based on 'gut instinct,' but will that be her Match Day match?

The Plain Dealer, March 19, 2009
Renee Salas, a student in the inaugural class of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, writes that her first choice for Match Day was a gut instinct. She'll learn today if she's been selected for that particular residency program.

Higher Ed News

Private colleges still have questions about new GI Bill

USA TODAY, March 19, 2009
Colleges and universities nationwide are preparing to roll out their welcome mats for veterans who will be eligible for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. It goes into effect Aug. 1.