University's Second Annual
Relay For Life Set for April 17 and 18


Case Western Reserve University's inaugural Relay For Life resulted in $60,000 in donations to the American Cancer Society. Organizers hope this year's event raises even more money for cancer research.

"Everything seems to have slowed down with the economy, but we know that our need for a cure is still as pressing," said Brian Browne, Relay For Life public relations chair.

Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, April 17, and run through noon, Saturday, April 18, at Case Field. During the event, participants and the campus community will take turns walking the track, celebrating cancer survivors, remembering those who lost their battle, and fighting back against cancer by raising awareness of prevention options and patient services. Read more.

Campus News

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.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will host an open house from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 8. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak to faculty, staff, admissions counselors, financial aid representatives, and students, as well as tour the school. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

Undergraduate Student Government is sponsoring a "Celebrity Bake Sale" Thursday, April 9, to raise money for Relay For Life. Faculty and staff interested in submitting an item for bid should e-mail for more information. For those who are not bakers, items will be open for bid from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Thwing Center. All proceeds will go to the USG Relay For Life team's efforts.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Course Materials and Copyright" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. , Wednesday, April 8, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room.  Raymond Ku, professor of law; Karen Oye, business reference librarian and head of customer services; and Crystal Hester, library services, Kelvin Smith Library, will discuss the various options that are available to faculty to provide materials conveniently to their students while working within copyright law in teaching and professional presentations. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by email to UCITE.

In honor of Financial Awareness Month, the Department of Human Resources is offering its Money Wise Series. The next session is "Take Control of Your Retirement Planning" from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Crawford Hall 209. Amy Sheldon, benefits manager, will provide an overview of Plan C, investment options in Plan C, and information on how to take control of planning for retirement. Register online.

The next Supervisory Briefing Session will focus on the topic of "Avoiding Retaliation Claims" and "The Basics of Human Resource Laws." Colleen Treml of the Office of General Counsel and Employee Relations staff will lead the discussion. The session will take from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 9, in Nord Hall 310.

For Students

The Case Western Reserve University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Alpha of Ohio, sponsors research grants ranging up to a few hundred dollars for undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears 357. Application forms and additional information are available online. Questions may be directed to Professor Kenneth F. Ledford, chair of the selection committee.

The Village at 115 and Murray Hill Complex will host "Rockin' Out Serving Others" beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 9, at the Jolly Scholar. The event will feature food and rocked out entertainment. There will be a live rock band, jugglers, a Case Western Reserve a cappella group, and other student performances. There is also a 50/50 raffle. The price is $8 for food and any one drink at the bar, including alcoholic beverages for those age 21 and older. Half of the money raised will go to a fundraiser for the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.


The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning is accepting applications for the Civic Engagement Fellows program. This is a unique nine-week service learning opportunity for eight undergraduate students that will take place from June 1 through July 31, 2009. Fellows will earn a stipend of $2,900. The deadline for online applications is Wednesday, April 8.

Students Helping Students, a weekly drop-in discussion support group for students who are reconsidering the use of alcohol or other drugs in their lives, meets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Contact Amy Haller for more details.


Richard R. Ernst will be the keynote speaker for the Adamczyk Memorial Lecture from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today in the Rockefeller Building, Room 301. The topic will be "Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine by NMR and MRI." A pioneer of NMR and MRI technology, Ernst won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions toward the development of Fourier Transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the subsequent development of multi-dimensional NMR techniques. Register online.


Giuseppe Mazzotta, an authority on Dante, will discuss "Ethics and the Sacred in Renaissance Epics," at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Clark Hall 206. He will focus on epic poems by Ariosto and Tasso and will explore their rethinking of the most fundamental values of the Renaissance: freedom and a new idea of the sacred. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Department of Classics.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law's Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution presents the CISCDR Symposium Forgiveness, Reconciliation and the Law from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Friday, April 10, in the Moot Courtroom (A59). The keynote speaker will be Jens Meierhenrich of Harvard University. Other speakers include Julie Exline, associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve. Online registration is required by Thursday, April 9.

Constantine Petridis, associate curator of African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will discuss "Do the Chokwe Have Power Objects?" beginning at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in the museum's recital hall. Free and open to the public. Contact Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani 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.

April 7, 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. Sarah Tishkoff as part of the series at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, in Clapp 108. Tishkoff is a population geneticist working on human variation, adaptation and evolution in Africa. Hosted by the departments of anthropology, biology and evolutionary biology. Learn more

Case in the News

Law prof: Demjanjuk case 'longest, most convoluted ever', April 6, 2009
Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, has worked on the cases of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic. However, he says the John Demjanjuk saga is "the longest, most convoluted extradition and deportation ever, bar none."

Obama stem cell policy debated in bioethics forum

Post Chronicle, April 3, 2009
President Barack Obama's recent removal of restrictions on federal funding of research on embryonic stem cell lines has prompted an ongoing and hearty debate in Bioethics Forum, an online publication of The Hastings Center. Insoo Hyun, who teaches bioethics at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, comments.

Susan Helper: Understanding the U.S. auto industry, April 6, 2009
Susan Helper, AT&T Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, explains what's going on with the auto industry and the auto bailout plans.

Budding artist Tait Keller to sell work to head professor of art at Case Western Reserve University

Sun News, April 1, 2009
Tait Keller recently became a celebrated artist in the springtime of her fourth grade year. Last month her art teacher brought a piece of Keller's artwork to the Ohio Art Education Association art show at Case Western Reserve University, where it was judged by graduate students in art education along with Tim Shuckerow, director of the art studio and art education programs. Shuckerow liked Keller's print so much that he plans on buying it.

Improve your willpower by shifting your tooth-brushing hand, April 3, 2009
Feel like your willpower could use some boosting? Try brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand. A study by Case Western Reserve University suggests that making small alterations to your habits like this can increase your mental flexibility and stamina for sticking to tasks.

Higher Ed News

International applications up four percent

Inside Higher Ed, April 7, 2009
Graduate school applications from foreign students grew four percent between 2008 and 2009, with the increase "driven almost entirely" by growth at institutions with the largest numbers of international students enrolled already, according to a new survey from the Council of Graduate Schools.