Case Western Reserve University's
Annual Celebration of Ethics Set for September 9


The United States marks National Ethics Awareness Month in March, but September is the time to commemorate global ethical leadership at Case Western Reserve University.

Each September, Case Western Reserve hosts the Inamori Ethics Prize Lecture and Academic Symposium. This year the international event—"New Challenges for Human Rights in the 21st Century"—begins with the lecture at 12:30 p.m. September 9 in Severance Hall. The symposium follows at 3 p.m. in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission.

The Inamori Ethics Prize symposium will feature Case Western Reserve faculty members Michael Scharf, professor of law, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, and director of the Cox Center War Crimes Research Office; Patricia Marshall, professor of bioethics; and Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science.

The 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize winner Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the first female president of Ireland, will join the faculty panel. Robinson, one of 12 members of Nelson Mandela's organization The Elders, also will give the Inamori Prize Lecture. Read more.

President Snyder Announces
New Vice President for Enrollment Management


President Barbara R. Snyder announced today that she has appointed Richard W. Bischoff as Case Western University's new Vice President for Enrollment Management, effective November 1. Bischoff comes to the university from the California Institute of Technology, where he has served as Director of Undergraduate Admissions for the past five years.

"Our enrollment team has made remarkable progress over the past two years," Snyder said. "Rick Bischoff's record of achievements gives us confidence that he is a leader who can build on that momentum."

Bischoff will succeed Randall C. Deike, who accepted the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at New York University earlier this summer after two years at Case Western Reserve. In that time, incoming students' average SAT climbed 28 points, to 1329. In the past year alone, the number of international students tripled, and the proportion of out-of-state students climbed by 13 points, to 63 percent. Read more.

Campus News


The Saturday Tutoring Program—one of the university's community partners—is seeking tutors. Volunteers provide free tutoring for students in grades 1-12 from school districts throughout Greater Cleveland. Sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Church of the Covenant. Materials, training, supervision, and free parking are provided. Tutors do not have to volunteer every Saturday. An orientation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, September 12, at the church.

For Faculty and Staff

August paychecks reflect an undercharge in payroll deductions for parking for all parkers except those who usually park in Lot 55. The Parking Office will forgo the differential in the deduction for payroll-deducted employees for August. September deductions will reflect the correct rate for fiscal year 2010. Lot 55 parkers have been contacted directly.

For Students

The Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) will host its kick-off meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, September 3, in Thwing Center's Bellflower Lounge. Students are invited to learn about WISER and its social and service activities, academic and professional networking, mentoring, and more. Free T-shirts and pizza will be available.

Church of the Covenant will host its "Picnic in the City" event beginning at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, September 6, at the church's lower patio. Case Western Reserve students can eat for free. The Cache Resale Shop—which features clothing, household items and appliances—will be open.

The Case Western Undergraduate Bioethics Society (CWUBS) will hold its first general body meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Members will be provided with a variety of bioethical resources and information. Contact the CWUBS committee for information.



The third-year graduate ensemble from the Case Western Reserve University Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Acting Program at The Cleveland Play House will take to the stage September 9-19 for William Shakespeare's rarely seen play All’s Well That Ends Well in the Brooks Theatre. The play is Shakespeare's take on lust, love and loss. The production is directed by Visiting Professor Geoff Bullen from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7.50 for students with a valid ID. Learn more.

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.

August 31, 2009

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Case in the News

Cuyahoga County land bank close to acquiring first properties, considers foreclosure-averting 'better bank'

The Plain Dealer, August 30, 2009
Cuyahoga County's new land bank is likely to acquire its first properties this week, starting a new phase in the local battle to combat an unprecedented foreclosure crisis. Since the beginning of the year, about 8,800 new foreclosures have been filed in Cuyahoga County, according to Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

Software lets doctors share images

Columbus Dispatch, August 31, 2009
President Barack Obama dedicated $20 billion in stimulus money to digitize medical records and prescriptions. Under Obama's plan, health providers with electronic systems would receive increased Medicare payments for five years and a bonus for putting in the system by 2014. Sharona Hoffman, professor of law and bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Stimulus money will fuel nurse-faculty loan program

MedCity News, August 28, 2009
Nursing schools throughout the country will use stimulus money to expand efforts to cut the nurse-educator shortage and broaden a loan program often reserved only for doctoral students. Case Western Reserve University will receive more than $900,000 from the Nurse Education Loan Repayment Program. Patricia Underwood, executive associate dean at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, comments in a related article.

Case Western Reserve University gets $3.5 million in stimulus money for medical research, training

The Plain Dealer, August 29, 2009
More federal stimulus dollars are flowing into Northeast Ohio and around the state in the form of $14 million for medical research and training. Case Western Reserve University and the university's Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine are big winners with awards totaling $3.5 million.

Demand for social services soars in outer-ring suburbs

The Plain Dealer, August 27, 2009
A year ago it was rare for social-service providers to receive a call from more-affluent suburbs. Today, calls are just as likely to come from a laid-off middle-class worker unable to afford COBRA insurance payments as it is to come from a low-wage earner who never had health coverage. Michael Schramm, associate director for community information at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Northeast Ohio students get hands-on experience of studying water quality

The Plain Dealer, August 29, 2009
A feature story chronicles the efforts of the Environmental Heroes—teenagers involved in Case Western Reserve University's Center for Science and Mathematics Education program.

Higher Ed News

Professors embrace online courses despite qualms about quality

Chronicle of Higher Education, August 31, 2009
They worry about the quality of online courses, say teaching them takes more effort, and grouse about insufficient support. Yet large numbers of professors still put in the time to teach online.