Research ShowCASE to Feature
Traditional Panel Discussions, Digital Options


Several panel discussions about the economy and children, research on teaching and learning, and advanced energy for Northeast Ohio will take center stage during Research ShowCASE.

The Case Western Reserve and local communities are invited to learn more during this year's event, which takes place Thursday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Veale Convocation Center.

In addition to the panel discussions, Mary Woolley, president of Research!America, will deliver the keynote address for Research ShowCASE. She will share with the 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.

Also, several Research ShowCASE forums, as well as the keynote presentation, will be streamed into Second Life, and recorded and available online following the event. Read more.

Campus News


The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites the campus community to the inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. The event will honor Rhonda Y. Williams, associate professor of history, director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies, and director of the university's Social Justice Initiative. The ceremony will be preceded by lunch and a dialogue discussion. RSVP to Robynn Strong by e-mail or by phone at 368-8877 by Monday, April 20.

Due to a recent number of laptop thefts, Case Western Reserve Police & Security would like to remind students, faculty and staff to secure valuable items such as laptops and avoid leaving them unattended. The campus community also is encouraged to call the police and security dispatch center at 368-3333 to report suspicious activities or people on campus at any time. The department has laptop locks available for purchase. Contact Karen Gregor at 368-6811 for prices and billing options.

For Faculty and Staff

Final exam schedules are available in the Faculty Center in SIS. Please review and send questions to If your course meets in a room controlled by the University Registrar's office, it has been scheduled into the same room for the exam (or a different room upon the instructor's request). If your course does not meet in a room controlled by the University Registrar's office, you will need to reserve the room yourself with the normal scheduler of that room. If you have special needs, such as requiring a larger room or multiple rooms for your exam and have not already notified the registrar, please contact the office as soon as possible.

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) announces a "Forum on Research on Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Classrooms" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, in the Veale Convocation Center's multi-purpose room. This panel provides a perspective on research on teaching and learning being conducted by disciplinary faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) departments at the national level with specific examples of work being done in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve. Part of Research ShowCASE. Learn more.

For Students

Second-year undergraduate students are invited to enter the Annual Second-Year Celebration Essay Contest. The topic is: "During your second year at Case Western Reserve University, you have been challenged to explore and engage in the many opportunities available to students. In view of your second-year experiences, what is your personal vision for your final years at Case and beyond?" The top three essays will be recognized and awarded the following prizes: a $250 book scholarship, a $150 book scholarship and a $100 book scholarship. All entries are due by 8 a.m., Thursday, April 23. Essays need to be saved as a PDF or Microsoft Word attachment and e-mailed to: The winning essays will be announced at the Second Year Celebration, which will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 27.

Students interested in careers in the health professions, health law or the life sciences, or just interested in broader ethical issues raised by biomedicine and the life sciences, are invited to learn more about the master's degree in bioethics. An information session will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. this evening in Thwing Center's Spartan Room. Hosted by the Department of Bioethics. Pizza will be served. RSVP to Jan Liber by e-mail or by phone at 368-0635.


The Department of Mathematics is celebrating the fact that the number of math majors recently reached 100, more than doubling in just a few years. The department is planning a celebration with cake at 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 17, in Yost Hall 300.

The second annual Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago in collaboration with Case Western Reserve's Italian program, will feature the Cleveland premier of five Italian films. The festival runs Thursday, April 16, through Tuesday, April 21, in Strosacker Auditorium. All films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. Free and open to the general public. Contact Denise Caterinacci, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, for information.


Case Western Reserve's Kendo Club will host the 21st Annual Cleveland Kendo Tournament and Promotion Test, April 18 and 19, in Adelbert Gym. According to the club, Kendo is considered to be one of the most popular martial arts in Japan. It is a Japanese-style fencing. The Cleveland Kendo Tournament is one of the largest in the United States. Admission is free. Campus community members interested in joining the university's Kendo Club should contact club officers Joe Chen or Andrew Lau, or faculty adviser Shigemi Matsuyama.

The School of Law's Center for Business Law and Regulation will present the George A. Leet Business Law Symposium from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the Moot Courtroom (A59). The topic is "Institutional Investors in Corporate Governance: Heroes or Villains?" Professors George Dent and Simon Peck of Case Western Reserve are two of the commentators. Free, open to the public. Registration is required by Thursday, April 16.

Researchers, educators, business and nonprofit leaders will participate in a half-day colloquium entitled "Combining Practice and Theory to Improve Nonprofit Accountability and Governance" on Thursday, April 16, at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Some of the latest research-based thinking about nonprofit accountability, governance and effectiveness will be discussed. Seating is limited. To register for the event contact Marilyn Chorman or go online.

The Department of Astronomy is co-sponsoring the 2008-09 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Renowned astronomers from across the country will give free lectures at the Natural History Museum. The last speaker will be Mario Livio of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 16, on the topic of "Is God a Mathematician." Light refreshments will be served. Earlier the same day, he will give an Astronomy Colloquium at 3 p.m. in Sears Library, Room 552, entitled, "Dark Energy: Hopes and Expectations."

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.

Relocate SAN Cabinets Saturday, April 18:

  • Backup Storage Area Network off-line (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • PeopleSoft SIS will be affected
Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

April 15, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight


Visit the Case Western Reserve University athletics Web site to read student-athlete profiles, check game schedules and catch up on recent scores and news. This week, learn more about women's tennis player Jennifer Clever.

Case in the News

News analysis: Accused Nazi guard granted stay, April 15, 2009
The long and twisted legal path of a former Ohio auto worker accused of being a Nazi death camp guard has taken another turn. John Demjanjuk was expected to be deported to Germany last night. He was minutes away from his flight from Cleveland to Munich when he got word—An appeals court in Cincinnati granted Demjanjuk a temporary stay. Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University and an expert in prosecuting war crimes, comments.

Honored: Case Western Reserve's Barbara Snyder and Lynn Singer, Rev. Tracey Lind recognized by Human Rights Campaign

The Plain Dealer, April 15, 2009
The Human Rights Campaign honored three local leaders at a March 28 gala. It gave Leadership Awards to Barbara Snyder, Case Western Reserve University president, and Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic programs, honoring the two for supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity efforts on campus.

Innovation Reigns at the Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE

CoolCleveland, April 14, 2009
A wellspring of cutting edge ideas in science, technology, education, and medicine will be on display at Case Western Reserve University's annual Research ShowCASE exhibition Thursday, April 16. The day-long exhibition is no cost, open to the public, and presents a remarkable opportunity to find out about the future and breakthroughs in knowledge.

Team NEO gives top site consultants a tour of Northeast Ohio's assets

The Plain Dealer, April 12, 2009
While the city bustled to do its rock 'n' roll best two weekends ago, a much smaller yet vital effort to showcase the region was taking place. Over the next 40 hours, the region's business boosters would squire several people to private confabs with the region's brightest minds and most powerful leaders. University of Akron's Luis Proenza and Case Western Reserve University's Barbara Snyder talked of commercializing academic research and efforts to keep college talent in the region.

How do animals fly? Science deconstructs simple stability rule

Boston Globe, April 14, 2009
A hawk moth can fly fast, slow, up, down, sideways, even backward. It can hover. It can easily position itself at an open flower swaying in the breeze. Its entire life is an aerial show. Human engineers would love to make a tiny flying device, a little robot insect, if you will, with even a fraction of the flying prowess of a hawk moth, a hummingbird, a bat, or a fruit fly. Mark Willis, associate professor of biology at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Ohio lawmakers don't want teens convicted of 'sexting' labeled sex offenders

The Plain Dealer, April 13, 2009
Two Ohio lawmakers want to make sure teens accused of "sexting"—sending sexually-explicit photos of themselves via cell phones or the Internet—are not labeled felons and sex offenders. Carmen Naso, visiting assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Matches and mismatches in producing Ph.D.'s

Inside Higher Ed, April 15, 2009
In theory, these days, everyone agrees that attrition in Ph.D. programs is a real problem. Also in theory these days, most academics agree that it's crucial to expand the diversity of the Ph.D. pipeline so that the candidates for faculty positions represent a broader demographic than the current professoriate. Research presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association challenged higher education a bit on both of these supposed consensuses.