History Fellow Expands Baseball Entries for Encyclopedia of Cleveland History


Two years after the National Negro Baseball League—the first official professional black baseball league—organized in 1920, Cleveland had its first team, the Cleveland Tate Stars. The team moved from playing the sandlots to professional status in 1922.

But few people may know that during National Negro Baseball League history, the city had 11 teams.

Baseball aficionados and Cleveland history buffs can now learn more about the League's past courtesy of Stephanie Liscio, the Ralph M. Besse Fellow in the Department of History. She has spent the past year updating entries and adding new ones for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History and expanded offerings related to the city's Negro League baseball history. Read more.

Campus News

Information Technology Services is completing a project to upgrade the existing voicemail system (Communité) to a new minor vendor release version. The conversion to the new voicemail system will take place at midnight, August 3. There should be very few user-visible changes; the one change of major importance is the conversion to a local message store from the iPlanet IMAP-based store, and the consequent loss of the 'UM-Messages' IMAP folder. No other changes in accessing voicemail are expected to occur. Campus community members are being asked to send reports of problems with the voicemail system and message access to the Help Desk. Users who experience any telephone prompt differences between the previous version and the one available after August 3 should report the changes to voicemail-upgrade@case.edu. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

Linda Ehrlich of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature will serve as director of the College Scholars Program for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Reminder: The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is planning a one-day "Breast Cancer Research Retreat" for October 5. Principal investigators currently examining topics related to all aspects of breast development and cancer are encouraged to submit abstracts by August 1 to Gillian Irwin. Abstracts should include title, authors, and affiliation, and the body of the abstract should be 300 words or less.

Case Western Reserve employees are invited to learn more about opportunities to jumpstart their graduate education by using their tuition benefits in the fall 2009 semester. An "Evening and Saturday MBA Information Session" will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, at the Peter B. Lewis Building. Sponsored by Weatherhead MBA Admissions. Learn more.

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Ralph Harvey, associate professor of geology, and the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program he leads are portrayed in a newly released book. Chris Cokinos' The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars, laces the history, science and folklore of shooting stars with adventures of scientists to flimflammers who've hunted space rocks. Cokinos, a Utah State University English professor, scoured ice fields alongside Harvey in 2003 and spoke highly of him: "My experience in Antarctica is the big finale to my book."

Michael Scharf, professor of law, recently delivered a lecture to an audience of 150 international criminal law experts at the Asser Institute in The Hague. His speech focused on the debate about using Joint Criminal Enterprise Liability. Read more.


Ann Serenko, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, won a gold medal at the 3rd World TaeKwanDo Expo in South Korea. Read more.


Dan Whalen, senior quarterback, was recently named to the OhioCollegeFootball.Com (OCF) "Great Eight" team, which highlights Ohio's top eight players in all divisions. Learn more.

Eric Bixler, School of Law student, is completing the 2009 Indiana Secretary of State Internship Program. Bixler drafted numerous complaints, consent agreements and default judgments for the Secretary of State's Securities Division. Secretary of State Todd Rokita described Bixler as "a valuable addition to our office."

July 31, 2009

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Case in the News

Free dental clinic Friday

Parkersburg News and Sentinel, July 30, 2009
More than 700 volunteers will provide free dental care at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Dental students from Case Western Reserve University will be gaining clinical experience while giving back.

Empathy on the high court

Scripps News, July 29, 2009
The three days of confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court came down to just a handful of utterances, according to a reporter. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is quoted.

First, do no harm to small business?

The New York Times, July 29, 2009
Scott A. Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University, offers his perspective about health care reform and small businesses.

Cleveland judge takes Wells Fargo to task

Next American City, July 27, 2009
In cities across the country, large lending institutions have been accused of failing to maintain their growing inventory of bank-owned foreclosed properties. Cleveland Judge Raymond Pianka is holding one of those institutions accountable. Data from Mike Schramm, a researcher with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, is referenced.

How to look younger without plastic surgery

Stop Aging Now, July 24, 2009
With the cosmetic world in a frenzy to create newer, less invasive plastic surgery techniques and longer lasting injectables to make aging faces look younger, a study of identical twins conducted by the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University confirms that stress, strain and poor lifestyle choices can make the difference between a fresh, youthful looking face and a haggard, wrinkled one.

Higher Ed News

Rent, read and return

Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2009
Students frequently rent DVDs to watch in their dorm rooms, but soon they may start checking out something much heavier and pricier: textbooks. Saying they offer an alternative to the textbook industry's bloated prices, a growing number of companies are renting new and used titles at reduced prices.