Thrity Umrigar to Receive
Cleveland Arts Prize


Since her first novel, Bombay Time, landed on bookshelves in 2001, Thrity Umrigar has received critical acclaim for her vivid portrayal of the diverse relationships, cultures and lifestyles related to India. Four books and one memoir later, Umrigar will be a recipient of a 2009 Cleveland Arts Prize on Thursday, June 25.

According to its Web site, the Cleveland Arts Prize "identifies, selects and publicly honors those creative artists whose original work has made Northeast Ohio a more exciting place to live, and whose accomplishments have set a standard of excellence to which other artists can aspire."

Umrigar, associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, will receive the Mid Career Award. Prior to joining the ranks of academia in 2002—where she has taught courses in fiction and non-fiction, journalism, creative writing, and African-American and 20th century literature—she spent 17 years as a reporter. Umrigar said she made the transition to teaching and writing novels because she was interested in new challenges. Read more.

Campus News

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, in Thwing Center's ballroom. There is a critical blood shortage during the summer months. Donors can make an appointment online by entering sponsor code "CaseWestern." Free T-shirts will be given to all donors.


The summer barbecue season continues Wednesday, June 24, with a Jamaican theme and music by Walkin' Cane. There will be different menus and musical styles from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Crawford Deck every Wednesday through July 8. The events are open to the public. Each barbecue event costs $7.75 per person, and includes a full menu, beverage and dessert, as well as a front row seat to the entertainment. CaseCharge, CaseCash and cash accepted. Go online for more information.

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is co-sponsoring the "Great Lakes Maritime Transportation Education Program: Great Lakes Shipping Education Chest" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, at the Cleveland Lakefront State Park headquarters. The session is for K-8 educators, and will include tools to deliver an educational program about commerce on the Great Lakes. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) is hosting a discussion on "Identifying and Selecting Course Goals" from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 25, in the Allen Memorial Medical Library's Herrick Room. The discussion will center on how the most important step in planning a course is to boil down content goals into three major ideas or concepts. The session will help professors identify the three major conceptual categories. Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by email to UCITE.

For Students

The Case Western Reserve Ice Hockey club is currently in the process of recruiting players for the upcoming season. Students interested in playing should contact Joseph Timpona for more information.


The Center for Science and Mathematics Education is co-sponsoring Friday Family Fun Night at Cleveland Lakefront State Park from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 26. This free family event engages participants of all ages in hands-on science focusing on Robert Ballard's "Immersion Presents: Ocean Exploration" program. Participants will compass their navigational skills, create tools of an explorer, participate in a scavenger hunt, and simulate a remote search for a shipwreck. Reservations are requested by calling (216) 881-8141 x3001.

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.

June 23, 2009

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Case in the News

Work begins on world's deepest underground lab

The Associated Press, June 23, 2009
Far below the Black Hills of South Dakota, crews are building the world's deepest underground science lab at a depth equivalent to more than six Empire State buildings—a place uniquely suited to scientists' quest for mysterious particles known as dark matter. Tom Shutt, associate professor of physics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Case Western Reserve University researchers tie sleep apnea to heart problems

The Plain Dealer, June 23, 2009
Sleep-related breathing problems common in older men were linked to irregular heartbeats in a new study led by Cleveland researchers. Sleep specialists at Case Western Reserve University reported Monday that obstructive sleep apnea—breathing interruptions caused by a blocked airway—is associated with a potentially deadly rhythm disturbance of the heart's lower chambers. The School of Medicine's Reena Mehra, who led the study, comments.

Collaborative solutions to meeting community needs can be found in NE Ohio's own back yard

The Plain Dealer, June 23, 2009
David Crampton, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, writes a letter to the editor on how collaborative solutions can meet community needs in Northeast Ohio.

Manufacturers urged to adapt to defense

Crain's Cleveland Business, June 22, 2009
Note: Register now for a free yearlong digital subscription to Crain's Cleveland Business Many of the manufacturers still doing well in Northeast Ohio can claim that status because they make things for the military, often from steel, polymers or composite materials. More companies could do the same—if they'd learn to work with titanium and other advanced metals, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. James McGuffin-Cawley, chair of materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Scholarship program extends help to local students heading to college

The Plain Dealer, June 23, 2009
The Cleveland Scholarship Program will help more than 1,750 students this year by giving out $2.5 million in college assistance. One of those students is Grace Elliott, who is headed to Case Western Reserve University.

Higher Ed News

Colleges must alter their business models, some presidents say

Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, June 22, 2009
College leaders urged their colleagues to change how they do business in light of the recession. Panelists warned that unless colleges reformed their business models, higher education could face the same fate as the housing and banking industries.