Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
Awarded Several Grants to Enhance Programs


The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at the Case Western Reserve University College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded a number of grants to enhance its programs.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has awarded the center a $7,500 project support grant to allow the center to bring to campus ethicist Andrew Light. He is the keynote lecturer for the 2009 Humanities Week, which focuses on this year's Baker-Nord theme Cultures of Green: Nature and the Environment. Light's talk, "Ethics and Climate Change," takes place on Thursday, October 22, at 6 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel.

The Cleveland Foundation has awarded the center an approximately $10,000 Creative Fusion grant. This is a new granting category intended to utilize the arts as a means of building community and, in particular, bridging ethnic diversity and enhancing the international profile of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

The center was also awarded a $24,000 Enduring Questions grant, a new grant program at the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will sponsor a pilot course, Nature and Culture. Read more.

Campus News

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Fall Kundalini Yoga classes for faculty, staff and students begin Wednesday, September 9. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the Veale Center Multipurpose room. The session will run 12 weeks with an option of taking one or two classes per week. The cost will be approximately $4 per class. Registration forms are available at Veale Center. Contact Mina Moore at 368-2191 for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty who are on the tenure track or anticipate a tenure track position some day are invited to attend a discussion on "Tenure and Promotion and the Faculty Handbook" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Friday, September 4, in the Herrick Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack, Deputy Provost Lynn Singer and Special Assistant to the Provost Lois Langell will be available to share with attendees how faculty should prepare a case for tenure. They also will answer questions. Sponsored by the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE). Pizza and beverages will be served. RSVP by e-mail to UCITE.

For Students


The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is accepting applications for first-year participants, mentors and student facilitators. Applications are due Tuesday, September 8. The goal of the ELP is to give first-year students an opportunity to develop a foundation of leadership skills. Participation in the ELP is limited to first-year students, but second-, third- and fourth-year students are invited to serve as mentors or facilitators. Contact Christina Mastrangelo by using the ELP e-mail address for details.

The short-term study abroad program available through the Department of Bioethics will host an information session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, September 3, in Thwing Center's Meeting Room A. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to learn about three-credit winter and spring break international opportunities. Contact Michelle L. Champoir for information.


Campus activities related to the Fifth Annual Constitution Day will take place Thursday, September 17. This year's topic is "The Death Penalty and the Constitution." A discussion featuring Michael Benzaby, visiting associate professor at the School of Law; Jonathan Entin, associate dean and professor of law and political science; and Shannon French, director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will begin at noon in Thwing Center's 1914 Lounge. Later in the day, the School of Law's Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture will feature Sister Helen Prejean, a nationally recognized opponent of the death penalty. Her talk will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the law school.


The campus community is invited to hear Benny Begin, Israel Cabinet Minister, at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, September 10, in the Thwing Center Ballroom. He will discuss topics related to current Middle East issues. A light lunch will be available for the first 100 people who arrive. The free event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Hillel Foundation and several campus organizations and departments. 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.

September 2, 2009

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Athletics Spotlight

HeritageDayLogo2.jpgThe No. 16 ranked Case Western Reserve University football team will put its 21 regular season game win streak on the line at noon, Saturday, September 5, when they host Kenyon College in their season opener. For the first time in 39 years, the modern day squad will walk out onto the field without blue and white uniforms and without a Spartan logo on their helmets. Instead, they will wear retro red and brown jerseys, white pants and sport Red Cat and Rough Rider logos on their helmet as part of Heritage Day. Learn more.

Case in the News

We are all mutants say scientists

BBC News, September 2, 2009
Each of us has at least 100 new mutations in our DNA, according to new research. Joseph Nadeau, professor of genetics at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Smart and green

Campus Technology, August 2009
Case Western Reserve University is piloting smart building technology in several campus buildings.

Study finds possible link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis

Journal of the American Dental Association, August 2009
People with periodontal disease and a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis experienced reduced arthritic pain and a reduced number of swollen joints and degree of morning stiffness when their dental problems resolved. Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland studied 40 patients with moderate-to-severe periodontal disease and a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis.

First, cure cancer. Second, build an iPhone app

MedCity News, August 18, 2009
Susann Brady-Kalnay, associate professor in the molecular biology and microbiology department at Case Western Reserve University, is working on a patent for a mobile application that would alert users when someone nearby has similar musical tastes.

Professional science master's update: The internship component

The CGS Communicator, July 2009
Edward Caner, executive director of the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program at Case Western Reserve University, discussed the program in an article.

Higher Ed News

H1N1 creeps onto campuses

Inside Higher Ed, September 2, 2009
A summer of anticipation and worst-case-scenario planning has given way to a new academic year of inevitable illness as the H1N1 flu virus appears at colleges and universities across the nation.