Campus Community Could Help Build a School, One Penny at a Time


Pennies for Peace jars will begin appearing around campus soon, and the campus community is being asked to drop in some extra change.

The coins collectively will aid the humanitarian work of Fall Convocation speaker Greg Mortenson. He is the author of this year's Common Reading book, Three Cups of Tea, and co-founder of the philanthropic organization, Central Asia Institute.

A former mountain climber, Mortenson now scales obstacles to bring new schools and peace to remote villages in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. In his first Ohio appearance, the public can hear him talk about his mission at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, in Severance Hall.

Case Western Reserve's Mayo Bulloch, Kate Police Kraus and Audra Horomanski are leading the Pennies for Peace initiative on campus. Read more.

Campus News


The campus community is invited to celebrate the appointment of Mario Garcia-Sanz as the Milton and Tamar Maltz Professor in Energy Innovation. The chair dedication ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 23, at the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building. RSVP to Crystal Daprile.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, at the Mandel School. The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master's program, field education, and financial aid. Contact the admissions office at 368-2280 to register.

For Faculty and Staff

James E. Zull, professor of biology and author of The Art of Changing the Brain, continues his series on the human brain on Tuesday, July 14, with "The Cycle of Learning and its Brain Basis." The series focuses on the fact that the mind is the creation of the physical brain and hence any changes in our ways of thinking must correspond, in some way, to actual physical changes in the brain. The sessions meet each Tuesday at noon in the Herrick Room, located in the Allen Memorial Library Building, through August 4. Sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). Pizza and sodas will be provided. RSVP to UCITE by e-mail at

For Students

The Chess Club meets from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays in Guilford House. Contact Erica Wieser for more information.


Campus community members who suffer from joint pain, or know someone suffering from joint pain, are invited to attend a free seminar, "TMJ Joint Disease and Treatments: Your Options as a Patient." The program, led by Dale Baur, associate professor and chair of the oral and maxillofacial surgery department, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, at the Wolstein Research Building auditorium. RSVP or learn more.

The next Science Café Cleveland, sponsored by the university's Sigma Xi chapter, will focus on the topic of "Harnessing the Power of a Swarm: A Collaboration Between Ingenuity Festival and Science Café Cleveland." The discussion begins at 7 p.m. tonight at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave.

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.

July 13, 2009

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Case in the News

Delay in appointing census director could cost Ohioans in the long run

The Plain Dealer, July 12, 2009
Jonathan Entin, professor of law and political science at Case Western Reserve University, writes that the delay in naming a permanent Census Bureau director less than a year from the 2010 Census is troubling.

Burritos aren't safe on their plate

San Diego Union-Tribune, July 8, 2009
Burritos remain something of a Southwest phenomenon, but they're gradually making headway coast to coast, particularly with athletes and college students. They are cheap, filling, easy to transport and come in virtually endless varieties. However, burritos can be loaded with calories. Mary Beth Kavanagh, a dietitian at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

The more senior you are, the more college has to teach—Thomas Suddes

The Plain Dealer, July 12, 2009
A member of The Plain Dealer's editorial board writes about the benefits of higher education. He references Case Western Reserve University.

Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls to share findings on how girls learn, especially in science and math

The Plain Dealer, July 11, 2009
Laurel's Center for Research on Girls will host more than 30 educators for a three-day conference on how to use the latest findings on girls' learning styles in actual classrooms. In its first year, the center backed Case Western Reserve University researchers in their study of self-esteem in middle-school girls.

Superman birthplace is restored

The Wall Street Journal, July 11, 2009
Visitors have come from around the world to see the place where Superman was born seven decades ago. Workers put the finishing touches on a $70,000 renovation funded by fans of the comic-book icon. Bradley Ricca, who teaches a Superman course at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Obama student loan plan wins support in House

The New York Times, July 11, 2009
The chairman of the House Education Committee has dismissed a last-ditch plea from the private student loan industry and is throwing his support behind President Obama's plan to end the role of private banks in the federal education lending systems.