More than 70 Students
to Present Research Findings on July 31

The campus community can learn first-hand about some of the dynamic research being conducted by undergraduate students by attending the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Poster Session from 8:45 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 31, in the Biomedical Research Building atrium.

More than 70 undergraduate students—mostly from Case Western Reserve—spent the summer as interns in numerous university departments representing the life sciences, as well as neighboring University Circle institutions. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with the students and ask questions about their projects.

The SPUR program is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and acquaints students with all aspects of scientific research from formulation of a question to production of a final report. Each participant worked with a faculty member, and their research is expected to contribute to ongoing research in the faculty members' laboratories.

More than 400 students applied for the summer program. Learn more.

Campus News

The annual Work Study Job Fair will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 1, in Thwing Center. Campus departments are invited to reserve tables in order to interview students who are eligible for Federal Work Study funding. A completed reservation form is due to the Office of Student Employment by Friday, August 14. Call 368-4533 for more information.


Regionally Speaking 2009 focused on the Greater University Circle Initiative, which is designed to stimulate new investment in the neighborhoods of University Circle. The series, a virtual symposium hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium, featured Case Western Reserve faculty and staff, local residents, and civic and community leaders. The campus community is invited to catch up on the conversations.

The Visual Perception Lab announces the following: "Vision Study Participants Needed! UH-IRB Protocol #04-87-75. The Perception Lab, in Case Western Reserve's Department of Psychology, is currently seeking "Vision Study" participants. To be eligible to participate, you must be a healthy adult, between the ages of 50 and 60, or 75 and older, with no major vision problems, no major heart disease or diabetes, and English must be your first, or native, language. The study is completely non-invasive and primarily requires looking at images on a computer screen, as well a doing some tasks designed to mimic activities of daily living. Total time required will range from 2 to 8 hours. Study participants will be compensated for their time and expenses. We are able to accommodate evening and weekend appointments. The location is in Mather Memorial, Room #6. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the Perception Lab at 368-6465, or e-mail"

For Faculty and Staff

The Office of Finance and Administration, in partnership with the ERP Project, recently introduced a certification program, Case Western Reserve University's Administrative Professional Series (CAPS). The program blends university financial policy with procedure, and is composed of 15 courses, including Purchasing at Case from A to Z, Running and Interpreting Financials Reports, Purchasing at Case from A to Z and Proposal to Award—Pre-Award Services. Go online for classes and dates. Send an e-mail to

For Students

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



Party on the Quad will take place from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, July 24. The event is designed to bring faculty, staff, and students together. Festivities will include trivia games and contests. Picnic fare will be available to those with a Case Western Reserve ID. Go online for contest times and rain site information. Sponsored by the Department of Human Resources and the Staff Advisory Council.

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 23, 2009

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Case in the News

Obama admin declines to appeal key water-rights case

New York Times, July 21, 2009
The Obama administration will not ask the Supreme Court to review a high-profile takings case with potential implications for water rights and the Endangered Species Act, despite a bevy of requests from environmental groups and the state of California. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Stopping harmful oral bacteria in their path

Medical News Today, July 22, 2009
The best way to keep bacteria from doing any damage is to stop them in their tracks before they can start down their pathological road to destruction. Yiping Han, associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, aims to understand how to build roadblocks for a common bacterium that's harmless in a mother's mouth but can turn deadly when it reaches an unborn child.

Higher Ed News

Researchers urged to think harder about compiling and sharing data

Chronicle of Higher Education, July 22, 2009
Data overload is creeping up on everyone, and research scientists are no exception. So it's time, according to a report out today from the federally chartered National Academies, to think about what to do with all that data.

Schools of sustainability, colleges of the environment

Inside Higher Ed, July 23, 2009
In recent years, a steady stream of universities have established either a college, school or campus dedicated to the study of sustainability and the environment, and they're experimenting with a range of innovative organizing principles and structures to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research.