Campus Community Can Network, Indulge
in Food and Fun at Party on the Quad


Calling all karaoke lovers and trivia buffs: You have a few days to brush up on your singing skills and game strategies for Party on the Quad. The annual event will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, July 24.

The event is designed to bring faculty, staff, and students together.


Trivia games, corn hole tournaments, and karaoke contests are just a few of the activities open to the campus community. Bon Appétit will once again provide picnic fare to those with a Case Western Reserve ID.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council.

Online registration is now open for the contests.

Campus News

Case Western Reserve Police and Security Services is offering a free self defense course for women. The course is a 12-hour, four-week course. Classes will be held at Veale Center and take place on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 22. Class size is limited, and participants are being asked to commit to the first three weeks of classes (Week #4 is optional); those who are unable to attend all of the sessions are invited to wait for the fall session. To register, contact Karen Gregor by e-mail or by phone at 368-6811. Leave a name and contact number.


Applications are being accepted for the international travel/study courses sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and interested professionals for fall 2009 and spring 2010. Most courses have been approved for global and cultural diversity. The group will travel to Bangladesh and El Salvador in December; Guatemala, Israel, and the Netherlands during the spring; and Ecuador during the summer. Contact Deborah Jacobson for more information.

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 21, with "The Essential Role of Emotion in Learning and Reasoning." 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. The series is 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

Researchers in the Case Western Reserve University Department of Cognitive Sciences are looking for Case undergraduates to participate in an IRB approved study. Participants will perform a series of primarily computer-based tasks that will require two sessions in the laboratory and a number of online questionnaires in your own time. Participants must be 18 years or older. Participants will be compensated. Learn more. E-mail or call 368-4996 for more information.


Refer to the University Circle Inc. calendar for a list of events and activities taking place in the community.

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 20, 2009

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Case in the News

Diversity a touchy topic at Sotomayor hearings

Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2009
History will still be made if Sonia Sotomayor takes the oath of office as the court's newest justice. But there wasn't much talk about that as three days of grueling testimony came to an end Thursday. And for some, the hearings left a bitter taste. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Bank 'walkaways' from foreclosed homes are a growing, troubling trend

The Plain Dealer, July 19, 2009
"Bank walkaways" are another troubling development in the foreclosure crisis, particularly in cities like Cleveland with weaker housing markets, say housing advocates and government officials. Researchers at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University are studying the issue. Researcher Michael Schramm comments.

Emporium's games train older brains

United Press International, July 17, 2009
Older Cleveland residents are sharpening their recall via computer games at The Brain Emporium run by Case Western Reserve University. The emporium is a computerized brain fitness center—a mind gymnasium where elders can increase their mental strength and agility T.J. McCallum, assistant professor of psychology, said.

Obama-inspired volunteerism continues in Northeast Ohio, though with less intensity

The Plain Dealer, July 15, 2009
Last year, thousands of foot soldiers fanned out across Ohio, knocking on doors and making calls to get Barack Obama elected president. Does the fire to change America still burn in their bellies? Mike Lalich, a Case Western Reserve University student, canvassed a Cleveland Heights neighborhood on Wednesday to talk about preventing water pollution.

Higher Ed News

Dodging the bullet

Inside Higher Ed, July 20, 2009
Despite dire fears to the contrary, most private colleges expect to maintain or slightly increase enrollment numbers this fall, according to a survey released today by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.