Three Cups of Tea Author to Speak August 26 at Case Western Reserve University


In his first university appearance in Ohio, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson, will speak about his philanthropic work: Bringing peace to a region by building schools and educating children in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He is the invited speaker for Case Western Reserve University's Fall Convocation at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, in Severance Hall.

Three Cups of Tea was selected as the university's Common Reading book for incoming students. Read more.

Campus News

A new campus tradition will be unveiled on Friday, August 28. Faculty, staff and students are invited to dance as a group as part of the inaugural "All Campus Boogie" on Freiberger Field at 12:30 p.m. More details are forthcoming.

The Staff Advisory Council will host "Steps for Staff," a health and wellness event, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, October 9, in Adelbert Gym. Campus departments and organizations interested in promoting on-campus health initiatives geared toward the mind, body or soul are invited to set up a table or donate raffle prizes. Send an e-mail to to reserve a spot or for more information. The Steps for Staff event also will include a walk around campus. Early registration is $15, with proceeds benefiting the Staff Educational Enhancement Fund. More details are forthcoming.

For Faculty and Staff

The Human Capital Management (HCM) system used for managing employment records and payroll information is scheduled for a system upgrade the weekend of August 14-16. The system will not be available beginning at 12 p.m., Friday August 14, through 7 a.m., Monday, August 17. Questions regarding the down time or upgrade should be directed to Shawn LeHue.

Full-time women staff have an opportunity to apply for the Women Staff Leadership Development Initiative. The program aims to nurture and develop talent while helping women staff cultivate their leadership skills. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, August 14. Send materials to Dorothy Miller.

For Students


Applications are being accepted for short term study abroad through the Department of Bioethics International Education programs. Courses are open to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of major. Students can earn three credits while traveling the world. Courses will be held in Costa Rica for winter break; Spain, The Netherlands, France, and Argentina during spring break; and Spain in the May Term. Contact Michelle L. Champoir at 368-5377 to reserve a space.


Department of Music faculty member Debra Nagy will celebrate the release of The Tastes Reunited with two concerts this weekend. The CD marks the debut of her French Baroque ensemble, Les Délices. They will present a special event Saturday, August 8, at TAP Jewelry Studios. Learn more. The second performance will take place at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 9, at Harkness Chapel. Free, but suggested donation of $15. Audience members will be invited to participate in a raffle featuring a variety of prizes.

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.

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Nature recently highlighted the research being done in magnetic nanoparticles by Melissa Krebs, a graduate student working with Eben Alsberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and an expert on tissue engineering. The research also involves Randall Erb, the brother of Krebs and a student at Duke University.

"Public Corruption and Money Laundering," written by Richard Gordon, professor of law, has been cited extensively in recent weeks as changing the understanding of how the proceeds of grand corruption is laundered. The report was funded by the World Bank and will be available in print soon. Gordon will conduct a follow-up study with School of Law students as research assistants to investigate unanswered questions raised in the first report.

The international workshop on cosmological magnetic fields recently awarded a prize for the "Best Young Speaker" to Bess Ng, a physics graduate student. Robert Brown, professor of physics, says Ng is "one of the clearest thinkers and expounders on her understanding of  physics that I've ever seen in graduate school. She has presented a number of seminars on her work in front of students and faculty alike, and I am amazed at her ability to give a talk that both teaches much and entertains much, at the same time."

An essay written by Kaine Onwuzulike, a resident in neurological surgery, was featured in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

August 7, 2009

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Case in the News

Sonia Sotomayor confirmed 68-31 by Senate

Chicago Tribune August 7, 2009
Sonia Sotomayor completed an unlikely and historic journey Thursday, one that began with her birth in a Bronx housing project 55 years ago and culminated in her confirmation as the Supreme Court's 111th justice. When she is sworn into office Saturday, Sotomayor will take her place as the high court's first Latino and just its third woman. Jonathan Adler, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Facial surgery may offer migraine cure

CNN August 4, 2009
Facial surgery that targets and removes small portions of migraine-triggering muscle or nerve tissue may offer permanent relief for some people with the debilitating headaches, a new study suggests. The study was headed by Bahman Guyuron, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Consumers worried about poor monsoon, food-led inflation August 6, 2009
According to findings from the CNBC-TV18 Boston Analytics Consumer Confidence Index for July, many Indian consumers are worried about the poor monsoon and food-led inflation. Sam Thomas, senior lecturer at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management and head-researcher with Boston Analytics, comments.

Polaris offers free session on job training Monday

News Sun, August 6, 2009
A major theme developed when more than 1,400 people attended a March job fair at Polaris Career Center: Unemployment is impacting career fields across the board. Polaris has a working relationship with Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine. The university offers an expanded functional dental assisting program. It will waive the two-year work experience requirement for Polaris dental assisting students.

Higher Ed News

U.S. proposes new regulations on accreditation

Inside Higher Ed, August 7, 2009
The U.S. Education Department on Thursday proposed new regulations to carry out changes that Congress made last year to federal law governing higher education accreditation.