Nine from School of Law to Help
Underserved Communities Through
Equal Justice Works Program

Nine first- and second-year law students from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law have been selected for the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program, designed to engage law students and help deliver legal services to communities in need.

Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2009 will provide 355 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members provide legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities in the United States on a broad range of issues, including civil rights, community economic development, death penalty, disability rights, housing, domestic violence, education, public benefits and workers' rights. The students must complete 300 hours of summer service. Read more.

Campus News

Applications are being accepted for Shipwreck Camp 2009, a two-week day camp from July 20 through July 31. Young people ages 12-15 can attempt to find one of the many shipwrecks off of Lake Erie from the "deck" of Guilford House. Participants will engage in hands-on science and engineering. In addition, they will meet local experts and be introduced to SCUBA. The camp fee is $450. Sponsored by the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. Contact Kathryn Kwiatkowski by e-mail or by phone at 368-5075 for more information.


Regionally Speaking 2009, a virtual symposium hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium, will spend the next several weeks focusing on the Greater University Circle Initiative, which is designed to stimulate new investment in the neighborhoods of University Circle. The series will feature Case Western Reserve faculty and staff, local residents, and civic and community leaders. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

Traveline Travel Services, one of the university's preferred travel vendors, is offering June and July training sessions for the "Travelport" online booking tool. Users enjoy many benefits, including directly charging travel reservations to the University Business Travel Account. Interested travelers and travel arrangers are invited to sign up for the online sessions.

The Weatherhead School of Management's Office of Graduate Programs is sponsoring "A Case Western Reserve Employee Lunch: An Opportunity for Case Employees to Learn About Weatherhead's Graduate Programs" from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. The luncheon will feature information on the MBA, MSM program in Finance, the Executive Doctor of Management, the Executive MBA, and the Master for Positive Organizational Development and Change. Go online for more information and to register.

For Students

This section will be updated occasionally during the summer. Refer to the "Campus News" section for general information.



The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will feature Bryan Palaszewski of the NASA Glenn Research Center on the topic of "Rocket Propulsion: Aiming Toward the Stars." The discussion begins at 7 p.m., Monday, June 8, at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.


The Sixth Annual Spartan Open will be held Monday, June 8, at Fowler's Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio. The daylong event includes lunch, golfing and dinner. The event is in support of the Athletic Department, with the cooperation of the Case Reserve Athletic Club, to support student-athletes. The event is presented by Bon Appetit Management Company. Learn more.

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.

Et al


Dario Gasparini, professor of civil engineering, recently won the Cleveland Technical Societies Council's Technical Educator Award. The award was presented during the 63rd annual achievement and awards event held last month.




Joe Recht, a mechanical engineering and Japanese studies dual degree student, was awarded a National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Japan for the 2009-2010 academic year. NSEP awards the scholarships to outstanding U.S. undergraduates through a competitive national merit-based process. Each Boren Scholar goes abroad to a critical country to study its language and culture. Learn more.


Rom Leidner, a Fellow with the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, received a 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award in the amount of $50,000. Leidner's research focuses on the genetic evolution of Barrett's esophagus to adenocarcinoma, which has been rapidly increasing in Western Europe and the United States. Esophageal adenocarcinoma now accounts for 60 percent of all esophageal cancers in the U.S. with an estimated 8,000 new cases diagnosed per year. Learn more.

June 5, 2009

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Case in the News

Global Forum 2009 at Case Western Reserve University advocates designers as social, business problem-solvers

The Plain Dealer, June 5, 2009
Designers, who have shaped everything from the Brooklyn Bridge to frozen enchilada dinners, may have the right stuff to help transform 21st-century business into a force for good in the world. That's part of the message of Global Forum 2009, a four-day management conference at Case Western Reserve University that has drawn 550 participants from North America, Europe and Latin America

Cleveland entrepreneur Benson Lee searches for market for small fuel cell that can generate electricity from any fuel

The Plain Dealer, June 3, 2009
Fuel cells at their simplest generate electricity by combining hydrogen fuel with oxygen from the air, producing only water as a byproduct. But the electro-chemical magic has turned out to be delicate. Many fuel cells are finicky and require pure hydrogen. Internationally known expert Thomas Zawodzinski, a fuel cell scholar at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

'Dissection' documents med school rite-of-passage

National Public Radio, May 29, 2009
James Edmonson, co-author of Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine 1880-1930 and chief curator at the Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University, discusses the book.

Short sleep, cell damage linked

The Reporter, May 29, 2009
Scientists have found that the same molecule that makes us want to go to sleep also has a natural inflammatory effect in the body. Earlier this year, researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland took an in-depth look at some of the mechanisms of cellular damage related to short sleep duration.

Homelessness crisis

With Good Reason, April 25, 2009, 2009
Dan Kerr, a Case Western Reserve University alumnus who now teaches history at James Madison University, spoke to homeless people in Cleveland, and shares recordings of those conversations to help explain some reasons for homelessness in America.

Higher Ed News

Campuses as vet-friendly zones

Inside Higher Ed, June 5, 2009
Student veterans have become more visible on many campuses, and colleges, preparing for an expected increase in veteran enrollment once the new Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect this August, have taken notice. Many colleges have been stepping up their support for and outreach to veterans, by creating veterans' offices, streamlining their admission and registration processes, expanding their counseling center capacity, establishing mentoring programs, and training faculty and staff.