Case Western Reserve University Students to Pilot Latest Addition to Amazon Family of Wireless Reading Devices
President Barbara R. Snyder joined Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos this morning in New York City to unveil the Kindle DX, an update of the company's wireless reader device that will include textbooks and a broad range of other materials.
Case Western Reserve is one of five campuses nationwide that will pilot the machines this fall. The others are Princeton, Arizona State, Virginia and Reed.
"We believe e-book technology has significant potential to influence the way students approach learning," President Snyder said at the news conference. "To be able to have hundreds of textbook pages available within a single device opens a new world of educational opportunity. We look forward to seeing precisely how our students take advantage of it." Read more.
Case Western Reserve University Awards
2009 Inamori Ethics Prize to Former
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University has named global human rights, health care, sustainability and corporate responsibility advocate Mary Robinson as the recipient of the 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize.
A former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Robinson was also the first female president of Ireland and helped change the face of Anglo-Irish relations there.
Robinson is one of 12 members of Nelson Mandela's organization, The Elders. Mandela says of this group, "Together we will work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair."
Robinson is known most recently for her work with Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She founded the nonprofit to promote equitable trade, humane practices in the work environment, corporate responsibility and women's leadership. Read more.
The Office of Alumni Relations has partnered with Liberty Mutual to offer Case Western Reserve University alumni special savings on auto, home and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus. Two of Liberty Mutual's local sales representatives will be at Alumni House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, to provide free, no-obligation rate quotes. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their current insurance declarations for comparisons. Boxed lunches will be provided by the Office of Alumni Relations. RSVP by contacting Emily Cole by e-mail or by phone at 368-3085.
1-2-1 Fitness Center is participating in "Get Active America!" by offering a free guest week May 11-17. Try top-brand equipment, group exercise classes, amenities, special events, health screenings, chair massage, kids events, free food and more. Family and friends are invited. Go online for scheduled events and information.
For Faculty and Staff
The Department of Human Resources spring/summer learning schedule has arrived. There is something for everyone, including sessions on how to sharpen supervisory skills, to effectively manage conflict, and "going green." Go online to register and for more information.
A new class, Commercialization and Intellectual Property Management, is available to law students, MBA students, and Ph.D. candidates in genomics and proteomics. This two-semester, interdisciplinary course will cover a variety of topics, including principles of intellectual property and intellectual property management, business strategies and modeling relevant to the creation of start-up companies, and exploitation of IP rights in relation to biomedical-related inventions. The instructors will come from the law school, management school and technology transfer office. Contact Professor Joseph Nadeau for complete details.
CollabTech 09, a showcase demonstrating the integration of technology into teaching and learning at Case Western Reserve University, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, May 7, in Thwing Center. Presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions will highlight faculty innovators at Case Western Reserve, Stanford, Cornell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern, and the University of Central Florida. Keynote speeches and panels will be streamed online, as well as off the CollabTech 09 Conference Web page. Learn more.
The campus community is invited to the AOA Spring Lecture featuring Karen DeSalvo from 2 to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at the School of Medicine, Room E301. Following Hurricane Katrina, DeSalvo worked to restore and revolutionize health care and medical training in New Orleans. The title of her talk is “Rebuilding Health Care for a Great American City." She is a professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Her lecture was arranged by student members of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's Alpha of Ohio Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
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.
Wednesday, May 6:
Single Sign-On performance affected
- Slow response to logins to SSO sites such as ftp.case.edu
Friday, May 8:
- ERP Student Development Servers (Application Development only)
- LDAP Server (Redundant replica, no outages expected)