Wain Journalism Series Continues
with Tina Brown Talk on April 1

As today's economic concerns mount and digital media outlets proliferate, traditional media outlets—including magazines and newspapers—are struggling. Some are folding altogether, while others are going to digital-only formats to deliver news and information.

With the journalism landscape encompassing new formats, many acclaimed writers and editors are creating or moving to these vehicles to maintain their current audience while finding new ones.

Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Talk, and Tatler magazines, will share her observations with the campus community while speaking on the topic of "Feeding The Daily Beast: Re-inventing Journalism for the Internet" on Wednesday, April 1, in Clark Hall 309. Read more.

Campus News

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The campus community is invited to check out Off the Shelf, a series of podcast interviews with Case Western Reserve University faculty authors. Hosted by librarian William Claspy, the site currently features an interview with Thrity Umrigar, associate professor in the Department of English.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Executive MBA program is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the George S. Dively Building. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet faculty, current students and alumni. Appetizers and beverages will be served and parking will be available. Contact Kate Coleman, EMBA program manager, at 368-6411 to reserve a spot, or register online.

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.

The Weatherhead School of Management and the Department of Organizational Behavior will host an informational open house about the Master of Science Program in Positive Organizational Development and Change (MPOD) from 4 to 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Richard Boyatzis, a professor in the Weatherhead School of Management and the College of Arts and Sciences, will lead a free online workshop on "Coaching with Compassion: The Path to Developing Leaders" before the open house. Register online.

For Faculty and Staff

The deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from 2008 Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) is June 30. Claims must be for eligible health care and/or dependent care expenses that were incurred between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2008. Completed claim forms and proper expense documentation should be mailed to: Meritain Health, 19800 Detroit Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44116-1816. Health care FSA claim forms and dependent care FSA claim forms are available online, as well as information about the spending account programs. Call Benefits Administration at 368-6781 or Meritain Health at (877) 801-1500 with questions.

For Students

"Life of An Engineer," a panel discussion about the daily work lives of Case Western Reserve alumni engineers, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the Alumni House. The event is free, and will include appetizers. Contact Amber Oxley for information.

Today is the deadline to register for the Spring Saturday of Service sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning. The day includes a variety of service projects around town on Saturday, March 28. Learn more.

Law Students for Reproductive Justice is sponsoring a university-wide "Sex Ed Trivia Night" from 9 to 11 p.m. tonight at the Jolly Scholar. The event is designed to promote sexual health and safe practices via a trivia event. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.

The Pre-Dental Society is hosting an elementary outreach program on Friday, March 27. The group will visit Citizen's Academy to teach students about proper dental hygiene, and the dental society is accepting donations of dental hygiene items for this program. Contact Fred Chen for details.

Events

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The campus community is invited to hear Jeff Hawkins discuss "Hierarchical Temporal Memory: How a Theory of the Neocortex May Lead to Truly Intelligent Machines" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, in Wolstein Auditorium. Hawkins is well known as co-founder of two computer companies, Palm and Handspring, and as the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Following nature's example, Hawkins has developed a theory, Hierarchical Temporal Memory, of how the neocortex performs specific tasks. To turn this theory into a useful technology, he and his colleagues have created a company called Numenta. Hawkins will describe the theory and its biological basis, and show the progress being made in turning it into a useful technology. The program is part of the Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lecture Series, in partnership with the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Seating is limited. Go online or call 368-4063 for registration information.

The Confused Greenies invite the campus community to come and be entertained by seven plays in the style of Kyogen, performed during Japan Connection's Spring Anime Marathon on Saturday, March 28.  The performances will begin at 7 p.m. in Nord Hall 410, and everyone is encouraged to attend the rest of the marathon from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring anime, panels on Japanese culture and contests. Free.

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The Center for Global Health and Diseases will host a seminar, "Detecting Local Selection in Human Populations," from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, at the Biomedical Research Building, Room 105. Mark Stoneking of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. His research involves using molecular genetic methods to address questions of anthropological interest concerning the origins, migrations, and relationships of human populations. Call 368-4818 for more information.

The Department of Classics will host its "Third Annual Outing for Classicists and Closet Classicists" from 8 to 11 p.m., Saturday, March 28, on the fourth floor of Mather House. Those who have studied Latin or Greek, dabbled in classical literature or mythology, or just curious about ancient history are encouraged to attend. The event will be a celebration of the Greco-Roman legacy featuring food, beverages and entertainment. Go online for more information.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Office of Continuing Education is offering several workshops on and off campus this week. Continuing Education Units are available. Complete details are 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.

In Memoriam

Bob Sparks, a former faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering, died on March 21 in St. Louis. He joined the faculty in 1963 and taught here until the early 1970s.

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 26, 2009

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RecycleMania Update

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Case Western Reserve University continued to lead other schools in the University Athletic Conference in the Waste Minimization category in Week 8. Meanwhile, other UAA schools were leading Case Western Reserve in the Per Capita Classic category. Learn more about RecycleMania, which ends Saturday, March 28.

Case in the News

Rescuing science from politics

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2009
Wendy Wagner, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Texas, and Professor Rena Steinzor of the University of Maryland, are member scholars of the Center for Progressive Reform. Together they edited Rescuing Science from Politics: Regulation and the Distortion of Scientific Research.

Expert: Mentors needed in schools

Philadelphia Daily News, March 26, 2009
Stephen Sroka, who travels the world advising schools, knows firsthand what labels can do to children. He is an adjunct assistant professor with Case Western Reserve University's Center for Adolescent Health

Case Western Reserve basketball player Alfred Preston makes an impact off the court

The Plain Dealer, March 23, 2009
While many Case Western Reserve University students spent their spring break relaxing, one men's basketball player headed down to New Orleans to give his time and energy to help Hurricane Katrina victims still in need. Sophomore guard Alfred Preston Jr., a Cleveland native, volunteered his entire spring break to helping out in New Orleans.

Forget stocks: The real rally now is in corporate bonds

NBC Washington, March 25, 2009
While stocks have been rallying lately, the big investing story these days may be corporate bonds, where soaring yields are drawing strong interest. Dennis Barba, an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, comments.

Higher Ed News

MBA candidates test skills in New Orleans

USA TODAY, March 25, 2009
Wall Street's troubles have master's degree candidates rethinking life after graduation. One of the main benefactors of this trend has been New Orleans, a city nearly destroyed by the 2005 floods.