Intersections Symposium to Feature
Research of More than 400 Undergraduates


More than 400 Case Western Reserve University undergraduates are participating in the annual Intersections: SOURCE Undergraduate Symposium and Poster Session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, April 17, in Thwing Center. The campus community is invited to stop by to view some of the innovative and creative research being conducted by undergraduates. The projects represent numerous academic disciplines.

"The purpose of Intersections is to provide an opportunity for the campus community to see and learn about the work of our undergraduate students involved in faculty mentored research and creative projects. I appreciate these students showing their work and their faculty mentors who have worked closely with them," said Sheila Pedigo, director of the Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) office at Case Western Reserve University.

Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with many of the student researchers throughout the day. Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services announces that web-based training for Microsoft Windows-based programs is now available at no cost for campus users through the Case Software Center. These learning opportunities help end users get the most out of new technology and the software they use every day. Microsoft's eLearning courses are designed for maximum skill building in minimal time, and provide accurate, relevant, and engaging courses using Microsoft technologies. eLearning also eliminates time and location boundaries. To get started, login to the Case Software Center and click on the Microsoft eLearning Activation link.  For more information and support, go online.

Repairs will be done on the Adelbert Road sewer beginning Monday, April 20. The work, which will last for approximately one week, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The northbound lanes will be closed and traffic will alternate on the southbound lane. All RTA buses and large trucks will be rerouted to Cornell Road.

For Faculty and Staff

The Writing Resource Center can work with faculty to develop and present in-class writing workshops to cover a variety of topics, including research and documentation, the writing process (planning-drafting-revising-editing), audience awareness, and strategies for selecting and narrowing topics. Workshops can be designed to fit the specific content and assignments for your courses, and can range in length from 30 minutes to two hours. Contact Hazel Emery to schedule a meeting on how to help students become better academic writers.

1-2-1 Fitness Center is offering Case Western Reserve employees an opportunity to join this month for a $0 initiation fee. For approximately $1.50 per day, receive access to over 28,000 sq. ft. of top fitness equipment. All members receive free personal training, group exercise classes, locker service, towels, baby sitting, locker room amities, sauna, and more. Go online or call 368-1121 for information.

For Students

The Office of Student Activities & Leadership held the annual Dr. Dorothy M. Pijan Student Leadership Awards ceremony on April 13. More than 180 students and organizations were nominated for the 25 awards. Go online for a list of this year's recipients. Students who were nominated for awards but unable to attend the ceremony should contact Christina Mastrangelo in the Office of Student Activities & Leadership (Thwing Center 110) to pick up their gifts.

Students are invited to learn about the master's degree in cognitive linguistics. The cognitive science department at Case Western Reserve is considered to be unique in the nation for its focus on higher order cognition as it relates to culture, creativity and design. The university's master's program in cognitive linguistics, the only one in the United States, offers students from various backgrounds the opportunity to pursue research interests in these domains as they are manifested in grammar, conceptualization, discourse, and thought. The application deadline for the 2009-2010 academic year is Friday, May 1.

The Pre-Dental Student Association is hosting a Dental Student Panel at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 20, in the 1914 Lounge. Students will be able to ask current dental students questions. Representatives from each class year are scheduled to be available so that undergraduate students can ask questions ranging from getting into dental school to choosing a specialty. 



Shatter the Silence Week, part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, continues through Friday, April 17. A benefit for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight at Arabica Coffee House. Early Girl will perform. The event also will feature Peekay, Mina and Plains of Olympus. The $5 admission includes a T-shirt, desserts and beverages.

Seth Rockman of Brown University will discuss "Shirts for Slaves: The Business Ethics of Plantation Provisioning in Antebellum America" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Friday, April 17, in the Allen Memorial Library's Zverina Room. Examining the history of Northern firms that specialized in shovels, hoes, shoes, blankets, machetes, and even whips for plantation use, this talk asks how market societies police the boundary of what is legitimately saleable and how certain economic activities become morally suspect. Sponsored by the Department of History. Contact Kalli Vimr for more information.


Writing Week continues through Saturday, April 18. Ongoing events include a keynote lecture ("Rules for Writers: Who Writes these Rules Anyway?") with Anne Curzan from 5 to 6 p.m. this evening; student readings and performances; the Edward S. and Melinda Melton Sadar Lecture; a Celebration of Student Writing; and a Faculty and Alumni Fiction Reading. All events are free and open to the public. Go online for complete details.

Discussion Day, sponsored by the Association for Continuing Education (ACE) at Case Western Reserve, has selected Don DeLillo's Falling Man as this year's book for discussion. The guest commentator will be John N. Duvall of Purdue University. The program will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, April 20, at the Suburban Temple in Beachwood. Registration is required. Admission is $15 for ACE members, $20 for admission and $15 for lunch for non-members. Call 368-2090 for information.

As part of its Distinguished Contributor Alumni Lecture Series, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will present a talk on "The Challenge of Prisoner Re-Entry" from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, April 17, at the Mandel School, Room 320. Kathleen Farkas, associate professor at the Mandel School, will be the speaker. Free, but reservations are required by contacting Pamela Carson by e-mail or by phone at 368-2281. Continuing education units are available.

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 16, 2009

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Case in the News

The Sound of Ideas; 2009 Research ShowCASE, April 15, 2009
Summer's almost here, and with it, the chore of mowing the lawn, but researchers at Case Western Reserve University are had at work making sure you won't have to work too hard. They're working on robotic lawnmowers, fuel cells, and technology to increase human life spans, among a host of other projects, all of which are on display today at Research ShowCASE. Mark Griswold, associate professor of radiology; Todd Packer, independent consultant to the 2009 Research ShowCASE; Roger Quinn, director of the Center for Biologically Inspired Robotics Research; Robert Savinell, George S. Dively Professor of Chemical Engineering; and Mary Woolley, president of Research!America and the keynote speaker for the event, were guests on the radio program.

THS grad's deep thinking earns him prestigious scholarship

Twinsburg Bulletin, April 15, 2009
Since 2007, Case Western Reserve University junior Gerald Pho has been conducting research to better understand epilepsy. That deep thinking about the deeper parts of the brain have earned him a prestigious scholarship. Recently, this research earned the third-year biomedical engineering student the Goldwater Scholarship.

Court stays Demjanjuk deportation

Cleveland Jewish News, April 15, 2009
The legal ping-pong continued this week for John Demjanjuk as an 11th hour court ruling put off his deportation to Germany to face charges he helped murder 29,000 Jews. Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University and an expert in international war-crimes trials, comments.

Robotic innovations to be on display

Crain's Cleveland Business, April 15, 2009
The work of more than 600 researchers will be on display today at Case Western Reserve University's Research ShowCASE 2009. The free event is expected to draw about 2,000 people to Veale Convocation Center, said Cindy Barker, director of communications and development with the Office of Research and Technology Management.

The hype of science

The Scientist, April 15, 2009
Neil Greenspan, an immunologist and professor of pathology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, describes a recent and notable case from the journal Science in which the perceived novelty and importance of a study were significantly enhanced.

Case Western Reserve University engineers hit pay dirt with clay mixture

EurekAlert!, April 14, 2009
A watery, mud-like substance has hit pay dirt for Case Western Reserve University engineering professor David Schiraldi and his research group. The researchers have created a line of patented foam-like and environmentally friendly polymers, called clay aerogel composites that can take on the shape and size of any container that can hold water—from ice cube trays to rubber ducky molds to clam-shell packaging molds that hold and ship electronics.

Case Western Reserve University hosts Research ShowCASE, April 13, 2009
Cindy Barker, director of communications and development with the Office of Research and Technology Management, and Roger Quinn, professor of mechanical engineering, appeared on Channel 3 News this morning to discuss Research ShowCASE.

Higher Ed News

Colleges ask donors to help meet demand for aid

New York Times, April 15, 2009
Faced with one of the most challenging fund-raising environments anyone can remember, colleges and universities are appealing to donors to help meet the swelling demand for financial aid.